The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Chile in two friendly matches later this summer in California. The first match will be held August 31 at StubHub Center Carson and the second leg will take place September 4 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. This will be the first matchup between the two countries in women’s soccer.
“It’s exciting for the players and staff to face a new opponent,” said Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. “Chile hosted the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008 and clearly that event positively impacted the current generation because they’ve qualified for France. It will be great preparation to play a South American team as we head into a final preparation phase for our own qualification this October.”
The two friendlies against Chile will be the final matches before the United States enters the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship for a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The World Cup qualifying tournament will be held October 4–17 with the United States playing its group A games in Cary, North Carolina.
The match at StubHub Center at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center will be the USA’s 14th match at the venue, marking the most games at one stadium for the women’s team. This will be the USA’s fourth time at Avaya Stadium.