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#ToN2017: Together for the Game We Love

Earlier this week, U.S. Soccer announced that it will host a second four-team elite women’s tournament. This one will be held during the summer in years that do not feature a World Cup or an Olympics and will be called the Tournament of Nations.

Following in the footsteps of the SheBelieves Cup, the Tournament of Nations brings together some of the best women’s soccer players and teams in the world while celebrating the increasingly competitive nature of the women’s game worldwide.

While the SheBelieves Cup emphasized the U.S. WNT’s campaign to inspire young girls and women to believe in their dreams, themes that are at the forefront whenever the USA plays a match, the 2017 Tournament of Nations will focus on the ability of international soccer to create connections across geography and culture.

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The Tournament of Nations is a competition that speaks to the diversity of our fans and their respect for the game world-wide, which facilitates global connections both on and off the field.

This tournament will celebrate some of the world’s premier women’s soccer players, many of whom compete in the National Women’s Soccer League, right here in the United States.

With soccer being the world’s most universal and popular sport, the Tournament of Nations hopes to inspire the next generation to be passionate, to immerse themselves in the global aspect of the game and above all, to build their own tribe.

The U.S. WNT will open the tournament on July 27 against Australia at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, then continues on to San Diego to face Brazil on July 30, and finishes with an epic clash with Japan on August 3 at the familiar confines of StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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U.S. Soccer to Offer Girls Fantasy Camp in LA Around Tournament of Nations

U.S. Soccer will host a Girls Fantasy Camp around the Tournament of Nations matches on Thursday, August 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. featuring the U.S. WNT, Australia, Brazil and Japan. The camp is a special fundraiser to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. All proceeds will fund important initiatives to help develop world-class players, coaches and National Teams.

Hosted at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson from August 1-4, Girls Fantasy Camp participants will truly have the opportunity to live and train like National Team players at this exclusive player/fan experience. Fantasy Camp includes:   

  • On-field tickets to U.S. WNT v. Japan and Australia v. Brazil on Thursday, August 3
  • Pregame VIP stadium tour, including access to the U.S. WNT locker room
  • Daily training sessions led by former U.S. WNT players at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the U.S. WNT camp
  • Hotel accommodations and all meals
  • Honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the Development Fund
  • Customized U.S. Soccer jersey, training apparel and more
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers if needed

The Girls Fantasy Camp is open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Participation is made possible through a $3,395 donation to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and approximately 50% of your donation is tax deductible. Since launching in 2015, the U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camps have raised over $215,000 for the Development Fund.

For more information: Register NowFantasy Camp FAQ Guide | About the Development Fund

Space is very limited for the Camp with a roster size comparable to that of a National Team and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Questions? Contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org or call 312-528-1220.

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PREVIEW: WNT Takes on Australia in First Meeting Since 2015 Women’s World Cup

CHICAGO (May 10, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin play at the U.S. Soccer Tournament of Nations against Australia on July 27 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (7p.m. PT; ESPN).

Fans can follow all the action from #USAvAUS on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team along its journey on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

LAST TIME OUT

The USA and Australia last met in the opening match of Group D play at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Winnipeg, Canada. The 3-1 U.S. win ignited the WNT’s seven-game run to the World Cup title.

Midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored two goals and forward Christen Press had one to propel the Americans past the Matildas. The USA’s first goal came off a deflected shot from Rapinoe in the 12th minute, but speedy Australian striker Lisa de Vanna tied things up in the 27th.

The USA attack came alive in the second half and the Americans dominated down the stretch with Press and Rapinoe scoring the game-winner and clincher, respectively. The goals were Rapinoe’s second and third in World Cup play after she scored against Colombia at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany. It was Press’ first World Cup goal and it came in her World Cup debut.

STORYLINES

The Series: USA vs. Australia
The USA has a record of 25-0-2 against Australia dating back to 1987 and has outscored the Matildas 95-22. The WNT has only allowed more than one goal to Australia on just four occasions. Before the 2015 WWC match, the two sides had last met on Oct. 20, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas, a 4-0 U.S. victory.

Out of the 27 meetings between both teams, 12 have been outside the USA with the Americans winning 11 of those matches and tying one. Fifteen of the games have been on U.S. soil, with the USA winning 14 times and tying once, a 1-1 draw on Oct. 16, 2005 in Fullerton, California.

Aussies in the States
The NWSL is home to a several Australia National Team players, most notably goalkeeper Lydia Williams, who is the starting goalkeeper for Australia and the Houston Dash, where she is teammates with WNT players Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian. Williams also played pro club soccer in the USA for both the Western New York Flash and the Washington Spirit. During her time with those clubs, she played alongside U.S. defender Ali Krieger and fellow goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Another prominent figure for Australian women’s soccer in the U.S. is defender Steph Catley, who plays for the Orlando Pride alongside Harris, Krieger and Alex Morgan, and at 57 caps is one of the most capped players on the Matildas roster.

Veterans Haley Raso (Portland Thorns), Samantha Kerr (Sky Blue FC) and Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) also compete with and against U.S. Women’s National Team players. Most recently, Laura Alleway (Orlando Pride) and Larissa Crummer (Seattle Reign) worked their way into the National Team and were named to the Olympic Team in 2016. Alleway has 48 caps with Australia, while Crummer has 13. They both have two goals each.

Americans Down Under
Australia has become a popular off-season destination for American players as the Australian league is underway during the off months of the NWSL. Several players have jetted off to Australia in the last few years, including many names that have ties to the U.S. WNT. In the past two years, recent call ups Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers) went down under to played for Newcastle Jets, while midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars) played for Adelaide United in 2016. Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), who was with the WNT during this past January Camp, played for Adelaide United in 2015. Other players in the league that have headed to Australia and have received a call-up to the U.S. WNT at one point or another include: Christine Nairn (Seattle Reign / Melbourne Victory), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars / Perth Glory), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars / Newcastle Jets) and Eryka Tymrak (FC Kansas City / Melbourne City FC), etc.

Aussie Legend: Lisa De Vanna
De Vanna, Australia’s co-captain (alongside fellow veteran Clare Polkinghorne), is still one of the most dangerous attacking players in the world and the most capped player for Australia with 121. De Vanna has had a very lengthy professional soccer resume that began in 2006 in England. During her more than 10 years as a professional, De Vanna has played in the United States various times, including a stint with the Washington Freedom in 2009-10, magicJack in 2011, Sly Blue FC in 2013, and most recently the Boston Breakers (2014), Washington Spirit (2014) and the Orlando Pride (2016).

De Vanna has played in two Olympic Games (2004, 2016) and three Women’s World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015), helping Australia reach the quarterfinal round in each of those five tournaments. With 40 international goals, she is currently the leading scorer for Australia, doubling the next closest player, Kyah Simon who at age 25 already has 74 caps and 22 goals. Simon played in the U.S. with the Boston Breakers from 2015-16.

Getting Younger
Just like many countries around the world, Australia is going through a bit of a rebuilding period and while it still counts on many of its veterans, change is coming for the Matildas. On their latest roster that finished in fourth place at the 2017 Algarve Cup, Australia’s squad featured only six players that were 25 years or older. Meanwhile, the two youngest were 16-year-old Ellie Carpenter (7 caps; 1 goal) and 18-year-old Alex Chidiac (3 caps).

At CenturyLink Field
The U.S. Women have played in the state of Washington four times. The match against Australia will only be the second game at CenturyLink Field, where the U.S. most recently faced Brazil on Oct. 21, 2015, a 1-1 draw, that was also the farewell game for legendary WNT midfielder Shannon Boxx.


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GALLERY: WNT vs. Australia Through The Years

The U.S. WNT and Australia have met on 27 occasions with the first meeting taking place on Dec. 16, 1987, a 6-0 U.S. win. Most recently, the teams played each other in the opening group game of the 2015 FIFA WWC, a highly competitive matchup that resulted in a 3-1 USA victory in Winnipeg. Here's a look at #USAvAUS through the years. Read more
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U.S. Soccer to Host Australia, Brazil & Japan in Seattle, San Diego and LA for 2017 Tournament of Nations

CHICAGO (May 10, 2017) – U.S. Soccer will host its second four-team elite international tournament of the year as Australia, Brazil and Japan come to the USA for the Tournament of Nations to be held from July 27-August 3 at three venues along the west coast. The round-robin tournament will feature three doubleheaders. The USA is currently ranked second in the world, Japan is tied for sixth, Australia is eighth and Brazil is ninth.

U.S. Soccer is planning on hosting this tournament every summer during the years that do not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games. Next year’s tournament will feature the same four teams.

“It’s fantastic to play another tournament at home against some of the world’s best teams in a year after the world championship cycle, and it shows U.S. Soccer’s continuing dedication to growing the women’s game,” U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis said. “These are three talented teams that we haven’t played in a while so we’re looking forward to a summer tournament that will be extremely challenging and valuable for our players and entertaining for the fans.”

How, When, Where Can I Get Tickets?
Tickets for the doubleheaders in San Diego and Los Angeles go on sale to the public Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com. For the tournament opener in Seattle, tickets will become available on May 26 at 10 a.m. PT, also through ussoccer.com. Fans looking to purchase by phone should dial 1-800-745-3000 for the events in Seattle and San Diego and 1-888-929-7849 for the doubleheader in the Los Angeles area. Tickets are also available at the CenturyLink Field Northwest Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). [NOTE: Tickets are not sold at Qualcomm Stadium except on the day of the event.] 

U.S. Soccer Members receive presale access prior to the general public for all U.S. Soccer controlled matches. If you would like to be included in the presale for the Tournament of Nations and are not already a member, click here to join the membership by Monday, May 15.

To receive notifications directly and for early ticket access, join U.S. Soccer’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.

Girls Fantasy Camp
U.S. Soccer will offer a four-day Girls Fantasy Camp around the match in Los Angeles, running from August 1-4. The camp is open to girls born in 2003, 2004 and 2005. This exclusive opportunity includes training sessions with former Women’s National Team stars at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center, behind-the-scenes access, on-field match tickets, a pre-game stadium tour and field-level access to watch warm-ups, U.S. Soccer training apparel and jersey, hotel accommodations, an honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the Development Fund, meals and more. The Fantasy Camp is a fundraiser to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund and includes a special tax-deductible donation. Space is very limited with a roster size comparable to a National Team. For more information and to register, visit the U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camps web page or contact fantasycamp@ussoccer.org

Quick Hits: Breaking Down the Opponents

USA vs. Australia

The USA is 25-0-2 all-time against the Matildas, who made it to the quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup before falling 1-0 to Japan. Australia also made to the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympic tournament, but fell to Brazil in a penalty kick shootout that went eight players deep.

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USA vs. Brazil

The USA is 26-3-5 all-time against Brazil in a series that has featured some epic matches, including the gold medal games of the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, both U.S. wins in overtime, a semifinal loss for the USA at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a penalty kick win during the quarterfinal at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup that featured Abby Wambach’s last gasp header in overtime, one of the famous goals in U.S. history.

USA vs. Japan

The USA has a record of 26-1-7 against Japan with just 11 of those games have taken place on U.S. soil. The USA is 7-0-4 against Japan in the United States. The two teams have met in some of the most exciting matches ever player in women’s soccer including the last three of four World Championship Finals.

2017 Tournament of Nations Schedule

Date

Matches

Stadium

City

Kickoff

TV

July 27

Brazil vs. Japan

CenturyLink Field

Seattle, Wash.

4:15 p.m. PT

July 27

USA vs. Australia

CenturyLink Field

Seattle, Wash.

7 p.m. PT

ESPN

July 30

Japan vs. Australia

Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego, Calif.

2:15 p.m. PT

 

July 30

USA vs. Brazil

Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego, Calif.

5 p.m. PT 

ESPN2

Aug. 3

Australia vs. Brazil

StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

4:15 p.m. PT 

Aug. 3

USA vs. Japan

StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

7 p.m. PT

ESPN2

Tournament Format
The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.

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