U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players to the training camp roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. The USA will gather on July 20 for several days of training before opening the tournament against Japan on July 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (6 p.m. CT on FS1). Ellis will name a 23-player final roster prior to the start of the four-team tournament, which will also include games against Australia on July 29 in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and against Brazil on Aug. 2 in Bridgeview, Ill. (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1). Japan, Australia and Brazil have all qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Five Things About the 2018 ToN, Presented by Thorne
USA Once Again Welcomes World’s Top Teams
The 2018 SheBelieves Cup that U.S. Soccer hosted last March featured the teams currently ranked 1-4 in the world. The 2018 Tournament of Nations will feature the top-ranked USA, Japan (#6), Brazil (#7) and Australia (#8) and many of the world’s top players on display over six games. This is the second time U.S. Soccer has staged the Tournament of Nations, which is planned to be held every summer that does not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games, meaning the competition will return in 2021. Australia won last year’s tournament, while the USA finished second, Japan third and Brazil was fourth.
“This is again an opportunity to host and play against some of the world’s best teams. We will see different styles and scenarios, which for sure will benefit us down the line, but ultimately our players love to compete and they are driven to win medals. Outside of our injured players, the core of our team has been together since January and even with just a few days of prep, this group will be excited and ready to get back on the field together against Japan.”
World Cup Qualifying on the Horizon
The USA has five matches remaining before kicking off the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship that will be held from October 4-17, a tournament that will determine this region’s three representatives at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two of those games will come against Chile in California (Aug. 31 in Carson and Sept. 4 in San Jose) after the U.S. tackles a three-match set at the Tournament of Nations. The USA’s 25-player roster for ToN reflects a narrowing of the pool in preparation for World Cup qualifying. The roster features 22 players who have played for the USA this year. The other three are uncapped goalkeeper, Adrianna Franch, forward Kealia Ohai, who last played for the USA in November of 2016, and defender Jaelene Hinkle, who last played for the USA in February of 2016. All have had quality NWSL seasons for their clubs so far. The roster also marks the return of defenders Casey Short and Emily Sonnett from injury. Short last appeared for the USA in the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, while Sonnett missed the most recent friendlies in June against China PR.
2018 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS SCHEDULE
July 26 - Brazil vs. Australia - Children’s Mercy ParkKansas City, Kansas - 3:15 p.m. CT
July 26 - USA vs. Japan - Children’s Mercy ParkKansas City, Kansas - 6 p.m. CT FS1
July 29 - Japan vs. Brazil - Pratt & Whitney StadiumEast Hartford, Conn. - 4:15 p.m. ET
July 29 - USA vs. Australia - Pratt & Whitney StadiumEast Hartford, Conn. - 7 p.m. ET FS1
Aug. 2 - Australia vs. Japan - Toyota ParkBridgeview, Ill. - 4:45 p.m. CT
Aug. 2 - USA vs. Brazil - Toyota ParkBridgeview, Ill. - 7:30 p.m. CTFS1
Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale through ussoccer.com. For the games in Kansas City and Chicago, tickets are also available via phone at 1-800-745-3000. For the games in Hartford, tickets are available via phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at any of the three stadium ticket offices except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com.