U.S. Women’s National Team to compete in new tournament this summer

The U.S. Women’s National Team will compete in the Tournament of Nations, July 27-Aug. 3 with two locations in Southern California, including the StubHub Center in Carson.

The U.S will be joined by Brazil, Australia and Japan in the four-team tournament. The U.S. hosted the SheBelieves Cup in March. Japan is ranked sixth in the latest FIFA World Rankings, Australia is eighth and Brazil is ninth.

The format of the Tournament of Nations is the same as the SheBelieves Cup. Four teams will compete in three doubleheader events at the three venues over an eight-day period.

Brazil and Japan will open the tournament, July 27 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 4:15 p.m., followed by the U.S. and Australia at 7 p.m.

The teams will head to San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, July 30 with Japan facing Australia at 2:15 p.m., with the U.S. and Australia at 5 p.m. The tournament concludes Aug. 3 at StubHub Center with Australia and Brazil kicking off at 4:15 p.m. and the U.S and Japan following at 7 p.m.

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.

U.S. Soccer plans to host this tournament every summer during years that do not feature at Women’s World Cup or Olympic Games.

“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,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “It shows U.S. Soccer’s continuing dedication to growing the women’s game. 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.”

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U.S. women’s coach Jill Ellis turns attention toward 2017

The U.S. women concluded 2016 with a 5-0 victory over Romania Sunday night at StubHub Center.

After a break for the holidays, Ellis expects to reconvene with a January camp. With some ussoccerlogoveterans on the way out, the two-game series against Romania afforded Ellis with a chance to see some familiar, younger faces in bigger roles.

“At this point, we have a camp in January scheduled,” Ellis said. “I think this is what’s been great about having a lot of different players in (camp). Now, it is about trying to pick a group for that.

“The other plan is there will be an under-23 camp that will happen prior to our camp and not just looking at under-23 players, but pulling potentially a couple of our best under-17, our best under-20s, our best college players … I want to see as many players as I can and having a camp prior to ours, if somebody does well, then they can stick around for a few days and train with us. That’s kind of how its done and that’s how we piggyback those two teams.

“Beyond that, the She Believes tournament is very important, big tournament and where we get to test ourselves.”

Ellis said the January camps would possibly be in Carson at StubHub Center, “unless the MLS teams are here hogging it.”

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