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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: The USA-Japan Rivalry is Reignited in Carson

CHICAGO (May 10, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will close out the Tournament of Nations against Japan on Aug. 3 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2) at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Fans can also follow all the action from #USAvJPN 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 Japan met twice in June of 2016, playing friendly matches in Commerce City, Colorado, and Cleveland, Ohio. Those two matches were the first meetings between the two teams since the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final. In Colorado, the USA and Japan played to a wild 3-3 draw on June 2 that saw the USA go down 2-0 after 22 minutes, only to roar back to take a 3-2 lead heading into stoppage time on goals from Alex Morgan, one in each half, and a dramatic 89th minute header from hometown hero Lindsey Horan. The referee added four minutes to the end of the second half and Japan equalized in the third minute of stoppage time. The USA out-shot Japan 16-7 in Colorado, but Japan put four shots on goal and scored three of them. The three goals for each team during the 3-3 draw on June 2 equaled the highest-scoring draw in WNT history.

On June 5, the USA defeated Japan 2-0 in Cleveland in front of more than 23,000 fans with goals from Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan, in a match that was abandoned in the 76th minute due to inclement weather. The USA put in a dominant performance in the Cleveland before the rains came, controlling large swaths of the game and generating numerous goal scoring opportunities while holding firm defensively. The USA held Japan to just two shots on goal.

STORYLINES

USA vs. Japan
The USA and Japan have a long history dating back to 1986, the second year of the U.S. WNT program, but of course it’s the more recent meetings which have forever linked these two countries together in women’s soccer history. The USA has dominated the series with a record of 26-1-7 and has outscored Japan 97-25. The lopsided score at Canada 2015 was an aberration when looking at recent meetings between the two countries. Of the 12 meetings since 2011, all but two have been decided by two goals or less. The USA’s lone loss in regulation to Japan occurred on March 5, 2012 in Faro, Portugal, during the 2012 Algarve Cup, a 1-0 setback. The penalty kick loss in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final officially counts as a tie.

In Focus: Asako Takakura
Asako Takakura, who is one of the pioneers of Japan women’s soccer, was appointed as the first female coach of Japan’s senior Women’s National Team on April 27, 2016. The four-time Asian Women’s Coach of the Year made her national team debut at the age of 16 and was a midfielder in her playing days. She earned 79 caps for Japan while scoring 30 goals. She played in the 1991 and 1995 World Cups, as well as the 1996 Olympics. She most recently coached Japan to a third-place finish at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea where the U.S. U-20 WNT fell to Japan 1-0 in the Third-Place match.

Rebuilding Period
While Japan experienced a period of ascension in women’s soccer from 2011-15, several players, including legendary Japanese captain Homare Sawa, retired after the World Cup Final loss to the USA. Japan then failed to qualify for the Olympics, only the second time in its history to do so. Japan fell in the rankings from fourth in the world to seventh, and long-time head coach Norio Sasaki, who led Japan to its greatest triumphs, including three straight world finals, stepped aside.

Japan is experiencing a resurgence of late, not only with a new head coach but also with its young roster. Of the 22 players most recently called up for a 3-0 win in an international friendly against Costa Rica on April 9, 2017, 17 players had less than 20 caps. Additionally, 16 players on the roster were born in 1992 or later, with all six forwards being 23 years old or younger.

At StubHub Center
The U.S. Women are extremely familiar with Southern California, having played 21 matches and held numerous training camps in the area. The USA has played 11 matches at StubHub Center in Carson, going 11-0-0 while scoring 42 goals and allowing just three. The most recent match at the SHC was a 5-0 win against Romania on Nov.13, 2016, in the final match of the year.


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GALLERY: WNT-Japan Rivalry Through The Years

In the last few years, the U.S. WNT and Japan have developed a rivalry worthy of the history books. Of the last four Finals in a World Championship, three have been a #USAvJPN Final. What started in 2011 in Germany, continued in London in 2012 and most recently, reached a peak in 2015 in Canada. While the teams have faced each other 34 times, it's the last handful of games that have brought another spirit to the women's game when these team take the field. 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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