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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 Brazil as Historic Powers Square Off in San Diego

CHICAGO (May 10, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its second game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations against longtime rival Brazil on July 30 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego (5 p.m. PT; ESPN2).

Fans can follow all the action from #USAvBRA 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 Brazil haven’t met since a pair of friendlies in October of 2015 during the USA’s Victory Tour following its triumph at the Women’s World Cup in Canada. The USA drew the first game, 1-1, in Seattle, and then won 3-1 in Orlando, which was the most recent meeting between the teams. The win marked the USA’s first victory in its last four meetings with Brazil after falling 3-2 and drawing 0-0 in Brazil in December of 2014.

The 1-1 tie on Oct. 21, 2015, was played in front of a record crowd of 23,603 at CenturyLink Field. The crowd was the largest for a WNT match played in the state of Washington. Prior to the match, Shannon Boxx was honored for her legendary career with the WNT. She retired after 12 years with the WNT with two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title.

Brazil got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Monica in just the third minute. The USA tied the match in the 85th minute, when Meghan Klingenberg beat a pair of defenders to get into the Brazil box and sent in a cross that Carli Lloyd hammered home.

Four days later, the WNT faced Brazil on the opposite coast, this time at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. A huge crowd of 32,869 fans attended, marking the largest stand-alone crowd to watch a USA friendly in the state of Florida.

During the match, defender Lori Chalupny and midfielder Lauren Holiday played in their final matches for the WNT and were honored before the game. Both retired as World Cup and Olympic champions, and as two of the most successful players to put on the USA jersey, earning 106 and 133 caps, respectively.

It was a fast-paced, end-to-end match that saw Brazil control the play for significant parts of the game, but it was the United States that got on the scoreboard first. In the ninth minute, Alex Morgan received a perfect through pass from Tobin Heath on the left side, ran past the defense, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted it home.

Nearing the end of the first half, Brazil got its equalizer when Cristiane received a nice slip pass from Marta in the right side of the penalty box. The USA mounted an immediate response to regain the lead three minutes later when a point-blank header from Lindsey Horan was blocked by Brazil goalkeeper Luciana but rebounded to Crystal Dunn, who finished through traffic with her right foot for the 2-1 U.S. advantage. Stephanie McCaffrey, who was making her USWNT debut, added another score in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage, volleying home a perfect Megan Rapinoe cross from the left side for the final score.

STORYLINES

The Series: USA vs. Brazil
The U.S. WNT and Brazil have met a whopping 34 times, tied in fifth place alongside Japan and Mexico as the country the WNT has faced the most in its history. Canada and China PR lead the group with 56 games against the U.S. each, followed Norway (49) and Sweden (37). The first match between the USA and Brazil was also Brazil’s first official international match, a 2-1 U.S. win on was on July 22, 1986 in Italy. The teams did not play each other again until Nov. 19, 1991 in China, a 5-0 U.S. win during group play at the first FIFA Women’s World Cup. Between 1995-2000, the teams met 15 times, with 10 of those in the United States.

The USA and Brazil have met four times in a World Cup, once in 1991, again in 1999 (a 2-0 U.S. win in the semifinal), in the ill-fated semifinal in 2007, a 4-0 U.S. loss, and of course, in the epic quarterfinal match in Germany at the 2011 Women’s World Cup. That match saw Abby Wambach score the game-tying goal in the 122nd minute of play to take the U.S. to penalty kicks, which it would eventually win 5-3. The USA and Brazil have also met four times in the Olympics, with two of those games going into extra time, but all four resulting in U.S. victories, including a dramatic 1-0-win courtesy of Carli Lloyd goal in 2008.

Despite not winning a Women’s World Cup or an Olympic gold medal, Brazil is one of the most respected women’s soccer teams in the world, and by far the most successful women’s national team in South America. Its best finishes on the world stage were second-place at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it lost 2-0 to Germany in the World Cup Final, but only after Nadine Angerer had saved a penalty kick from Marta, and second place at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, losing to the U.S. in the Final on both occasions. 

Former FIFA Player of the Year vs. Current FIFA Player of the Year
While both teams are composed of world-class players, two stand out amongst the rest in Carli Lloyd for the United States and Marta for Brazil. Lloyd, the current back-to-back FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, will take the field against a five-time winner in Marta. The two No. 10s are two of the most recognized faces in the game worldwide and have scored some of the most important goals for their country’s histories, while impacting the women’s game for generations to come.

Brazil Legend: Marta
In a soccer-mad country such as Brazil, Marta has reached a level of fame akin to many of the male stars. Her career is the stuff of legends. She holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments with 15, has played in four World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015) and in four Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) and was named the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year an outstanding five years in a row (2006-2010), the only player to ever do so. She also played in two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tournaments in 2002 and 2004, helping Brazil to fourth-place finishes in both. In 2002, she won the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the tournament. In 2004, she did herself one better, winning the Golden Ball. At the 2007 FIFA WWC in China she won both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball as the top scorer and best player of the tournament, respectively. Most recently, she was named to the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2016. Marta has scored more than 100 international goals and has played more than 100 games for Brazil.

Her professional career began in 2002 and throughout her 15 years, she has had various stints playing in Brazil, Sweden and the United States, playing with and against many U.S. WNT players. Currently, she is teammates with Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris with Orlando Pride of the NWSL. She scored her first career NWSL goal on May 7 against FC Kansas City.

Brazilians in the NWSL
While there are many international players in the NWSL, the number of Brazilians in the league has been increasing since its inception in 2013, and currently stands at eight. While Marta is the most recognizable name of the group, other veteran and standouts for Brazil playing professionally in the U.S. are Monica (Orlando Pride), Rosana (NC Courage) and Bruna (Houston Dash). The other Brazilian players in the NWSL are Camila (Orland Pride), Debinha (NC Courage), Andressa (Houston Dash) and Poliana (Houston Dash).

At Qualcomm Stadium
The U.S. Women have played in California 38 times, with six of those matches taking place in San Diego. The game against Brazil will be the seventh in San Diego and the third at Qualcomm Stadium. The USA most recently played in that venue on Jan. 23, 2016, a 5-0 friendly victory against the Republic of Ireland that saw Mallory Pugh make her senior team debut and score her first goal at 17-years-old. Long an area that has produced talented female players, San Diego is the home of U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Shannon Macmillan and World Cup and Olympic veteran Rachel Buehler (now Van Hollebeke), who is currently in medical school at UC San Diego.



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GALLERY: A Look at WNT vs. Brazil History Through The Years

The U.S. WNT and Brazil have a rich history that includes two Olympic Finals, with the USA coming on top both times. Having played each other 34 times, most recently twice in 2015, anytime the U.S. and Brazil take the field, a dramatic match ensues - e.g. the 2011 FIFA WWC Quarterfinal match. Here's a look at the history between these teams 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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