French federation releases tentative SheBelieves Cup schedule

Kieran Theivam December 22, 2016 41
The USWNT won all three SheBelieves matches in this year's inaugural SheBelieves Cup. (photo by US Soccer)

The USWNT won all three SheBelieves matches in this year’s inaugural SheBelieves Cup. (photo by US Soccer)

The second edition of the SheBelieves Cup is almost certainly going to take place on the East Coast after tentative details were released by the French Football Federation.

The competition, which will once again feature the United States, England, France and Germany, is due to take place between the 1st and 8th of March, with games taking place in Chester, Pennsylvania (March 1st), Harrison, New Jersey (March 4th), and Washington DC (March 8th).

The announcement came in a press release where the French were announcing two friendlies against South Africa in January in Saint-Denis and against Euro 2017 hosts the Netherlands in Utrecht, later in April. Also embedded in the release were France’s fixtures for the She Believes tournament, with the dates and venues included.

No communication has been distributed from either U.S Soccer, the English FA or German FA, and Jonathan Tannenwald of philly.com reported that stadium deals have not been finalized.

Based on the French release, the schedule could look like this:

March 1: USA v Germany / France v England (Talon Energy Stadium; Chester, PA)
March 4: USA vs England / France v Germany (Red Bull Arena)
March 8: USA v France / Germany v England (Washington DC)

The only weekend date is March 4, a Saturday. That is outside of Major League Soccer’s traditional television window which will leave both of U.S. Soccer’s television partners free of other soccer commitments. The first SheBelieves Cup, in which the U.S. won all three matches to claim the trophy, did not have all of the matches on cable television. Alex Morgan was the top scorer in the tournament with two goals.

Of course, the ongoing CBA negotiations between the U.S women and U.S Soccer means that it is not 100 per cent certain that the fixtures will go ahead. The current agreement expires at the end of the year and the players have not ruled out a strike if they cannot come to a new agreement before then.

  • Diane (DeeG)

    *expires at the end of the year.

  • kernel_thai

    Hopefully the weather cooperates.

    • guest

      Yeah, well they’re asking for a blizzard. Just watch.

  • Steglitz49

    Denmark play Scotland in 2 friendly matches on Friday 20th January and on Monday 23rd January 2017 in Cyprus.

  • Movement
  • MovementEntertainment
    • guest

      She believes that they will strike.

      • guest

        so be it. they are not needed to win 18 tomato can friendllies. a combination of nwsl and college players can do that too.

  • Gary Diver

    Interesting!

    So the first reports of SBC come from French leaks?

    Last year SBC was also held during the first week in March and the matches were held at Tampa, Nashville, and Boca Rotan. I went to all three double headers and they were a lot of fun. Holding “major matches” in the Northeast during the first week in March honestly does not sound like fun to me. It is though somebody wants this to fail bigtime.

    • Melano

      As somebody who lives in Upstate New York I’m ecstatic to actually be able to go to a national team game. 🙂

      • Gary Diver

        Other than the possibility of winter weather, these matches should be good. Last year’s matches were excellent. I thought originally it was suppose to be the top 4 teams in the world, but Canada is now ahead of England. A USWNT-Canada match probably would be a fiercer match than a USWNT-England match. Canada has not beaten USWNT in nearly 15 years and Herdman and Sinclair would be happy to die if they could beat USWNT.

        • Kevin

          England was #5 in the world last year when the schedule was made.

          • Gary Diver

            You’re right. Still, Canada would make for some feisty matches next year.

          • Steglitz49

            Your point has merit. From a marketing angle including Sweden would be good so that the USWNT could hammer them into the ground and erase the bitterness of the Brasilia Bomb.

            Indeed, Germany took OG gold, Sweden silver and Canada bronze. One wonders whether the WoSo marketers are permanently out to lunch.

    • Silver Frost

      Yay, a snow bowl. Travel plans can be upset dramatically at that time in March. The heaviest snowfalls in Northeast history have been in March.

  • guest

    as the song goes….”the east coast is the best coast.”

  • Маркус Джилс

    Fingers were crossed that what is very much the premier soccer tournament in this country wouldnt be on the East Coast… again.

    Welp…

    So annoying. San Diego had a 26k attendance when WNT played… Ireland. Last time LA got to see WNT vs a good team was AUS like 6 yrs ago. West coast soccer-powerhouse cities such as Seattle, Portland, San Fran, & San Diego seem forgotten at times.

    • Steglitz49

      WoSo marketers seem permanently out to lunch. The lights are on but nobody is at home — or awake.

    • mockmook

      It would have added significant time to the travel by the euroweenies.

      But, a blizzard may change their calculus 🙂

      • CED

        More jet leg potential playing in a short window.

      • Silver Frost

        Euroweenie GER owns the current OG gold medal in woso. What does that make us?

        • Steglitz49

          Your point, that the SBC should be Canada, Germany and Sweden together with the US, is well taken.

        • mockmook

          Great Again!!! 😉

    • guest123

      The East Coast selection might be due to the MLS West Coast (CALI) teams having their season openers at the same time. LA Galaxy & San Jose Earthquakes have their home openers on March 4th which could affect the USWNT’s attendance lets say if they play San Diego or San Francisco the same day.

      https://twitter.com/MLS/status/811606557075132416

      I also think that they are going for (1) MLS stadiums in case they can’t fill an NFL stadium, (2) Grass fields, and (3) short distance travel.

      I’m surprised that they didn’t choose Pratt & Whitney Stadium/Rentschler Field (in Hartford, Conn) instead of DC. USWNT always drew great crowds at Rentschler Field. They played Germany in 2012 (18,870), France in June 2014 (14,695) and then Colombia this past April (21,792).

      • Steglitz49

        The USWNT needs to (start to) play matches regularly in the nation’s capital.

      • Or it could just be travel logistics for the visiting teams.

        When bringing teams over from Europe it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to stay on the East Coast.

  • CED

    Scheduling games in places where it is likely to be cold barring an abnormal weather is not smart. It might not just be cold which effects play, especially when player are use to playing in a summer league (NWSL), but there is a chance of snow at both sites, a lot less likely in DC. Also, do any of these field have ground heating systems b/c cold weather could mean frozen ground. That means you’re playing on essentially old school astroturf or virtually concrete. Hard to believe there were no better sites available even in likely warmer southeast places, even if they didn’t want to go to same places as 2016.

    • Steglitz49

      Says more about America’s attitude to WoSo than the Americans like to acknowledge. “Quite frankly, my dears, we don’t give a damn.”

    • TsovLoj

      It’s March on the East Coast, not the Shackleton expedition. They’ll be fine. Even here in MN the snow’s often melting by March.

      • CED

        I grew up in the northeast where, we averaged 100+ inches of snow a yr. Relying on decent weather to play soccer the 1st week of March is gambling and the odds are against you. Even if you don;t have snow, if it’s cold the attendance will be poor. This isn’t like football where cold is expected. March I’m still in ski mode

    • guest

      Lloyd approved on Twitter. Haven’t you heard, it’s still the Carli Lloyd show. of course they are playing in Philly again.

  • guest

    Who is going to emerge as the new American Hero. I think it is Press’s turn.

    • Guester

      oh come on. we all know who you are baiting.

    • mockmook

      It depends on how acrimonious the CBA negotiations become.

      If they make a deal and the WNT regulars don’t feel screwed-over, then I agree with you.

      But, I don’t think we have ever had the women feeling so entitled, so might not settle for a “reasonable” offer — therefore, it could be a whole new crop at the SBC.

    • anony

      nah, she’ll probably be too cold to score. the woman wears gloves and long sleeves to play when it’s like 60 degrees out.

    • guest

      2015: Christen Press: Set to break out this World Cu— never mind
      2016: Christen Press: Set to break out this Olym—- uhhh never mind
      2017: “Christen Press: set to break out this Shiba Lea— what the F is the Shiba Leaves Cup?”

      • guest

        She Believes in Mo’ Money. She Believes in Vet Protection.

    • HOFCToDi

      You are a moron.

      Christen Press
      2016 Summer Olympic Games
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
      Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

      Christen Press
      2016 Rio Olympics
      12 Aug 2016
      USA 1 SWE 1
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
      Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

      rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

      Christen Press
      2016 Rio Olympics
      09 Aug 2016
      USA 2 COL 2
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1
      Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

      rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

      Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

      4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
      78 caps
      2 head coaches

      Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans

    • HOFCToDi

      You are a moron.

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      18 Sep 2016
      USA 3 NED 1
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=32516

      Christen Press
      2016 Rio Olympics
      12 Aug 2016
      USA 1 SWE 1
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
      Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

      rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

      Christen Press
      2016 Rio Olympics
      09 Aug 2016
      USA 2 COL 2
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1

      rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      9 Jul 2016
      USA 1 RSA 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      5 Jun 2016
      USA 2 JPN 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 1

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      2 Jun 2016
      USA 3 JPN 3
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

      Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

      4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
      78 caps
      2 head coaches

      Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans

    • HOFCToDi

      You are a moron.

      Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
      TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards
      ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/02/160221-wnt-v-can/photo-gallery/160221-wnt-vs-can-photo-gallery19.jpg?h=600&w=786&la=en&hash=BF5ABEEA5BE7034EF13FA4F320F9E7BB8E549331&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

      concacaf.com/article/tsg-announces-cwoq-best-xi-awards

      By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

      Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

      4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
      78 caps
      2 head coaches

      Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans

    • HOFCToDi

      You are a moron.

      Friday, 11 Mar 2016
      Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC
      ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

      ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

      By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

      Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

      4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
      78 caps
      2 head coaches

      Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans