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USWNT to play Romania twice in Calif. in November

Crystal Dunn and the USWNT will face Romania twice in November. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Crystal Dunn and the USWNT will face Romania twice in November. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

The United States women’s national team will play Romania in the California cities of San Jose and Carson on Nov. 10 and No. 13, respectively, in the U.S.’ final two matches of the 2016 campaign.

The first match will take place at Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2); the second match will take place at the StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy (9:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

Romania is currently ranked No. 36 in the world in FIFA rankings and just finished second behind France in Group 3 of qualifying for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, earning a playoff spot for the final berth into the 16-team continental tournament. Romania will play Portugal in a two-leg playoff on Oct. 21 and Oct. 25. The winner will qualify for its first major tournament ever.

The U.S. and Romania have never played an international match before in women’s soccer. Romania will be the U.S.’ 51st different country played.

First up for the U.S. is a pair of friendlies against Switzerland next week. Head coach Jill Ellis brought in a young and experimental roster for the Oct. 19 match in Sandy, Utah, and the Oct. 23 match in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Switzerland, ranked No. 15 in the world, sill play in next year’s Euro.

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