USWNT to host Russia, April 6 and 9 in Texas

The Equalizer Staff February 17, 2017 151
The USWNT will face Russia at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on April 9. Three days earlier the teams will play outside Dallas.

The USWNT will face Russia at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on April 9. Three days earlier the teams will play outside Dallas.

The United States will host Russia in a pair of international friendlies in Texas on April 6 and 9. The teams will meet at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on the 6th and BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on the 9th. The matches will be broadcast live on FS1 and ESPN respectively.

Russia last came to the U.S. in 2014 and were thrashed in two matches, 7-0 and 8-0 respectively. In the second game the Russians were charged with two own goals. Currently ranked 23rd in the world, Russia will compete in next month’s Algrave Cup. They will play Portugal, Canada, and Denmark in group play.

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The April matches will be the first for the U.S. women after the SheBelieves Cup which runs March 1-7. Russia will be preparing for the Women’s Euros this summer. The Euro draw was not kind to Russia. They will face Germany, Italy, and Sweden.

Toyota Stadium and BBVA Compass Stadium hosted the Olympic qualifying tournament last year. The U.S. played group matches at Toyota before heading to Houston and qualifying for Rio and then winning the tournament at BBVA Compass. They did not concede a goal during that tournament.

Last October, BBVA Compass Stadium hosted the NWSL Championship. Despite two goals from USWNT regular Crystal Dunn, the Washington Spirit fell to the Western New York Flash on penalties.

  • kernel_thai

    This is Ellis’ idea of friendlies against top 10 teams?

    • Gary Diver

      Maybe Trump and Putin made this happen in their telephone call. What it is, as most USWNT Friendlies, is just a “meet and greet” for USWNT fans. It is strangely amazing how USWNT “underperforms” against teams that on paper they should beat with a Lyon-type score (e.g. 8-0).

      • Steglitz49

        There is probably a population base (ie player pool) below which a nation is not competitive. That line has not been drawn for WoSo yet. For BroSo it used to be about 15m inhabitants but Euro-16 for the men showed that nations like Iceland and Wales could compete while Portugal won the shebang.

        In Euro-17 we can expect Eng, Fra and Ger to dominate, while Den, Nor and Swe make up the numbers, maybe also Scotland.

        • Rufan

          Russia’s population is about 146 million with estimates as low as about 140M., the ninth largest in the world. If the women’s team had a shot at an Olympic medal, Putin would put (more) money into the program.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. What is the missing ingredient? After all, Putin’s cronies pay for American WNBA players to come and play.

          • Rufan

            How big is men’s BB in Russia? Maybe the cronies are willing to fund only Men soccer?

          • Steglitz49

            Women’s handball is big in Russia.

            On the whole handball is a bigger sport than basket in Europe. Outside Europe a few countries play it, like Brazil and in the middle east.

            Why these indoor sports should be bigger than outdoor WoSo is an interesting question. An obvious answer is that the squads are smaller so the salary bill is less. Maybe they get bigger spectator numbers for indoor sports? Maybe they can run fenale-male double headers?

          • HOFCToDi

            Putin put money into state sponsored doping instead.

          • Armstrong

            So there is something else he has in common with the US leaders

        • Lorehead

          A lot of big countries have very low participation rates and bad girls’ development systems, so the Nordic countries end up competitive. China doesn’t win everything, and India is a nonentity in women’s sports (not helped in big international competitions by the fact that it didn’t choose the same sports as the first world to get good at). On the other hand, the countries that have both high populations and high investment in WoSo are the U.S. and Germany, and they’ve traded places as number one and number two in the world rankings since they began.

          • Steglitz49

            “India didn’t choose the same sports as the first world to get good at” — you mean, like grid-iron, softball, baseball and icehockey?

            China is rebuilding their WoSo as we saw in both the OG-16 and already in WC-15. Remember 1999?

            I never know how much or little Japan invested in their WoSo. They flew their world champs coach to the London Olympics while their U23 men got to go business.

          • Lorehead

            There aren’t any major international tournaments in American football, either. India would kick our keisters at cricket for sure, but that doesn’t help them win Olympic gold medals or World Cups.

          • A_Dog_Without_A_Clutch
          • HOFCToDi

            High investment?

            Since the conclusion of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Costa Rica has traveled to China, USA, Brazil to participate at international women’s friendlies. Costa Rica will travel to Japan for the next international women’s friendly.

            us.women.soccerway.com/teams/costa-rica/costa-rica/7588/

            Meanwhile, the USSF is too cheap to send the Senior USWNT off shore.

          • Lorehead

            You’re trolling. The USWNT played abroad more than twenty times in the last cycle. You can also look up its budget, which is much higher than any other WNT in the world, in USSF’s annual reports.

          • Steglitz49

            I don’t remember the USWNT being abroad in 2016 except for the OG tournament but maybe they played a game in Canada?

          • HOFCToDi

            Get a clue.

            The USWNT fell short six international women’s friendlies for fiscal year 2017.

            resources.ussoccer.com/images/160127-AGM-PDF-FINAL.pdf

          • HOFCToDi

            The last time the Senior USWNT played a road international women’s friendly was 13 Feb 2015.

            ussoccer.com/matches/wnt/2015/150213-wnt-vs-eng#tab-1

          • oldknees

            But the U18 WNT is in England right now. Taking many of the same players as have failed to produce this past year. In fact I don’t think any player with less than probably 4 or 5 camps except the add on GK at the WC is going. Would have thought that April would have had a couple of her own camps to evaluate a bigger pool of players before spending a chunk of budget on an international event. Seems an imprudent use of funds.

      • guest

        The sport is built around literally two events every four years. It’s just one long exhibition.

        • Steglitz49

          European Championships and AFC not to forget the ladies Champions League.

          • kernel_thai

            the woman’s version of UEFA CL is maybe a four team event that somehow takes a year to complete.

          • Wayne G

            Still everyone is eager to participate. It seems to be a dream of all women soccer players to play UWCL. The European Championship is also an interesting competition. And don’t forget Olympics.

            I personally also consider the semis and the final of the NWSL to be highlights of every year. Bundesliga also has some nice competition.

            I think it is to easy and not appropriate as American to always diss European competitions cause they are non-American events. Folks use attendance figures and lack of competition as arguments. But in reality it is the ignorance against everything which is considered to be non-American.

          • kernel_thai

            The problem is if FIFA gets off it’s butt and sponsors a real Club WC for women, this becomes nothing but a qualifier.

          • Steglitz49

            Japan tried for 3 years to run a International Women’s Club Cup but the NWSL could not be bothered to show up.

            Maybe if the NWSL had taken the time and made the effort, the competition would still be up and running.

          • Rufan

            Maybe, but would have required to pay players to go there.

          • Steglitz49

            So what? It would have been one team representing the US, so the USSF could have paid them.

          • kernel_thai

            Because the Mobcast people were determined to run it in late November which works well for winter leagues and the W-league but not the NWSL. Chelsea and Arsenal gave it a try but they only had to maintain the team one month after close of the FAWSL not the three months u expected the NWSL team to stay in training.

          • Steglitz49

            Excuses, excuses, excuses.

            You could argue that the NWSL wanted it to fail so the US could run such a club cup competition. Then wiser heads prevailed and the USSF started the SB Cup instead.

          • kernel_thai

            Bull. The failure of Mobcast can’t be blamed on the NWSL. If they wanted NWSL participation they would have moved the date. If u want to blame someone, blame UEFA who didn’t legitimize the tournament by sending the UEFA CL champion each year. UEFA probably felt it undermined there own tournament as a real Club WC will.

          • Cynthia Cobolth

            There is no one to blame. A year has only 52 weeks. There is no time for such a cup. Unless you want to “kill” the players by not providing them any recovery window.

            The only country being eager to have such a cup is the US since they are bored between October and April and are jealous on the UWCL

          • Steglitz49

            Verily and forsooth.

          • Steglitz49

            The first year Lyon went, holders of the Champions League.

            The next two years Wolfsburg were meant to travel but could not get permission from the German Federation to postpone a league match. Instead Chelsea and Arsenal stepped in and did the honors for UEFA.

            Nevertheless, your point is taken, that UEFA probably did not cry a river over the Japanese endeavor failing because it has left the Champions League as top dog. Meanwhile, the English and French come up smelling roses, having supported the Japanese attempt.

          • HOFCToDi

            Seriously?

            CONCACAF does not even support a Gold Cup competition for women only FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifications.

          • HOFCToDi

            UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 is nothing more than a coronation for Germany.

          • Steglitz49

            A bit like the Olympics used to be for the US.

            At least there is the CONCACAF for the USWNT to win.

          • Steglitz49

            Typical snide WoSo comment.

            The quarterfinalists this year are: Wolfsburg, Lyon, PSG, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Man City, Rosengård and Hjörring.

          • kernel_thai

            And one of Lyon/Wolfsburg goes out in the quarters. This tournament becomes more than masturbation when u can have a chance of something like Man City and Barcelona in the final.

          • Steglitz49

            Like the FA Cup, each round is drawn. Unlike the FA Cup the rounds are home and away and at least in the earlier rounds, clubs from the same countries can’t meet but I think that is gone for the QF draw.

          • Esk22

            FA Cup in England too.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. In spite of just being a domestic trophy, like the Superbowl.

            The final has been well attended in the past two years. This year will be a litmus test because hopefully it will continue to go up.

            Carli, Crystal and HAO all can win it in theory.

          • BB

            What about the famous English cup final?

          • Steglitz49

            Do you mean the FA women’s Cup final or the Conti Cup final?

        • Breakers fan

          I wouldn’t say it’s “built around” those 2 events, but rather that those 2 events are by far the most popular among fans. Otherwise, like other sports, they play pro league club seasons in the interims.

    • guest123

      Russia might not be Top 10 but they didn’t necessarily get blown out by Germany (#2) during Euro group stage qualifiers. Russia only lost 2-0 (Oct 2015) in Germany and then 4-0 in Russia (Sept 2016). A lot of people said the same thing when USWNT played South Africa but SA surprised us with the us only getting 1 goal.

      http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2017/teams/team=557451/matches/index.html

      • kernel_thai

        Keeping the score close and having a competitive match aren’t the same thing. Last time Russia was here they couldn’t have scored if the US had failed to come out after the half. They have a good keeper and likely have taken to piling players in front of her.

        • HOFCToDi

          In last eight matches, Russia has only beaten Costa Rica.

        • HOFCToDi

          Russia does not seem as inept defensively as was the case three years ago.

      • HOFCToDi

        us.women.soccerway.com/teams/russia/russia/4124/

        10/20/16 BEL 3 RUS 0
        10/23/16 BEL 3 RUS 1
        12/07/16 ITA 3 RUS 0
        12/11/16 BRA 4 RUS 0
        12/14/16 RUS 3 CRC 1
        12/18/16 RUS 1 CRC 0
        01/18/17 FIN 2 RUS 0
        01/24/17 NED 4 RUS 0

  • Ando91881

    Crazy that the NWSL has not released its schedule yet. League is not going to have any attendance growth this season. Should have been released by Feb. 1st.

  • Jim

    Two friendlies against a crap team in a state that doesn’t support woman’s soccer. So we can watch Alex Morgan play 90 minutes!

    • Steglitz49

      If WoSo is to survive and grow, it needs to make it in Texas.

    • guest

      I don’t think Alex is a 90 minute player anymore. Pretty sure that era ended with the olympics. They aren’t even using her in their marketing these days.

      • kernel_thai

        Id be stunned to see Morgan come out of any close match in SBC…same with Lloyd. Ellis’ knickers get a bit tight against quality.

        • guest

          I think she has come around on Press a lot to be honest. We’ll see if Press comes through. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lloyd-Press to start with Morgan subbing in for one at the half . Why Lloyd is the 90 min player is beyond me but she is.

          • Steglitz49

            After Brasilia and the NWSL SF, how and even why would JE rate Press?

          • guest

            After Alex Morgan’s entire club season and uselessness in their last few friendlies and thus far at Lyon, why would she rate Alex?

          • Steglitz49

            Your point is not without some merit but the proof of the pudding is in the eating thereof. Let’s wait, shall we, for the Champions League games against the She-wolves before we cast Alex out into utter darkness.

          • kernel_thai

            Im thinking she sticks with 3-4-3 and u get

            ………Press – Morgan – Dunn
            …………………..Lloyd
            Heath………………………………Pugh
            ………………….Brian

          • FawcettFan14

            And the back three will be Short-Long-Sauerbrunn.
            And they will win 6-0, 7-0, something like that.
            And the weaknesses of this very offensive formation and Allie Long as your center back will be masked again.

            On the other hand, maybe Ellis tries it and it backfires in SheBelieves and will have tweaked things by then. I don’t mind the 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 in theory, I just worry this midfield is not defensively secure.

          • kernel_thai

            Im not really sure about Short anymore. With Klingenberg back I doubt Ellis gives her the backup role to Heath who never comes out. No matter what Ellis says it’s still about square pegs. She picks the players she wants to put out there and they fits them into the role available instead of picking the players best suited to fill the roles.

          • Breakers fan

            I’m gonna predict she starts with Short over Klingenberg though I agree it could go either way. I wonder if “whether they approve of Klingenberg’s “behavior” in the negotiations” will have any bearing on the amount of playing time she will get? Thing is about that – we’ll never know either way, we’ll only be able to throw it out as a possible explanation for what happens, though I certainly hope it wouldn’t be a factor at all.

          • mockmook

            So, Lloyd at CAM is an example of “picking the players best suited to fill the role”?

            There is no better playmaker in the USA?

            Driesse? Lavelle? Pugh? Dunn? Brian?

          • rkmid71

            Do we know rosters for Germany, France, England for SBC?

          • DNG

            This lineup with get absolutely shredded on the counter.

          • kernel_thai

            U may be right but Id bet on it. I can also see a back line of Klingenberg – Long- Sauerbrunn tho Short will get playing time.

          • DNG

            Ugh. Klingenberg – Long – Sauerbrunn. Way to dampen my spirits here.

          • mockmook

            k_t has a fetish about always having a place for Lloyd in the midfield (usually as a DM!!!!). S/he is fairly normal otherwise.

          • DNG

            Ha I hadn’t actually noticed that. I’m not surprised that many seem to have a hard time letting go of Lloyd though. By some metrics she appears to be as good as ever. k_t’s lineup is actually respectable, even if not my preferred, if he/she would replace Lloyd with an actual DM/CM.

          • HOFCToDi

            Russia is a complete waste of time for USWNT veterans:

            Lloyd, Carli
            Krieger, Ali
            Sauerbrunn, Becky
            Rapinoe, Megan
            Heath, Tobin
            Morgan, Alex

          • HOFCToDi

            Press is utilized for tomato cans. That’s all she is good for.

          • Komodo

            Say YOU don’t care about press

        • HOFCToDi

          Alex Morgan starts against the crème de la crème. Christen Press starts against tomato cans.

      • HOFCToDi

        Go back into the corner and put your dunce cap back on.

      • guest

        if you don’t start for your club team you shouldn’t start for the national team. just like on the men’s side. if not, it just breeds more uswnt corruption.

        • mockmook

          So players from Mexico who couldn’t earn a starting spot on NWSL clubs were supposed to be removed as starters from the MEX WNT?

          And, every USWNT starter is good enough to start on every women’s club on earth? You know that you are essentially saying that every USA starter is the best in the world at her position, right? How do they ever lose a game?

          • Lorehead

            Well, to be fair, they hardly ever do lose a game. The last official loss (not by PSO) on their record is when they kept trying to set up one last goal for an out-of-shape Abby Wambach against China instead of playing to win.

            And it really would be crazy for any club to pay for a USWNT player and then use her as a backup. Even the Thorns decided they didn’t need two keepers of USWNT-prospect quality, so they traded the one they had to pay for themselves and kept the one they didn’t.

          • Dwight

            Clubs do play away games, the USWNT not. Clubs play against other clubs which have the same preparation level and clubs play against other clubs which don’t face jet lag issues.

            Once the USWNT plays away games it doesn’t look so glorious anymore.

            So maybe it is not that crazy to use a USWNT player as a backup. Especially in away games when they meet a team which has the same preparation level

          • Lorehead

            The USWNT is undefeated in its last four major tournaments at neutral sites. It won gold in the one before that, but did lose one group-stage match to Norway.

          • Steglitz49

            You are not only economical with the actuality, you know that you are.

          • A_Dog_Without_A_Clutch
          • Steglitz49

            Fiorentina is an interesting club. Their CEO recently proposed to UEFA that only men’s clubs that had a ladies team should be qualified to play in the men’s Champions League. It would disqualify Real Madrid and Man Utd. Not surprisingly, Fiorentina’s proposal did not get much support.

          • HOFCToDi

            The Senior USWNT failed to reach the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The U-20 USWNT failed to medal at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The U-17 USWNT failed to reach the knockout stage of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

          • rkmid71

            In NWSL, clubs don’t pay. USSF pays. They shouldn’t be forced to play them if they aren’t performing. Heck they don’t even show up half the time. As I said elsewhere, Dallas Cowboys signed Tony Romo to $108 million contract. He was a backup to Dak Prescott last year. That wasn’t what they expected to happen. But Prescott got a chance and was actually better. So the Cowboys stuck with him. Were they crazy? Don’t think so. They might be looking to trade Romo though.

          • DNG

            It’s a two way street though. Clubs right now don’t have to pay for USWNT players and the salary cap can remain lower than it would be otherwise. This is really to the benefit of the smaller clubs as they wouldn’t be able to compete financially otherwise.

          • rkmid71

            Agree. But I was challenging Lorehead’s statement that “it really would be crazy for any club to pay for a USWNT player and then use her as a backup.” First off they don’t pay. Second, I don’t think it would be crazy at all even if they did pay (see Romo example). It all depends on how they perform for club. If a club thinks they bring in fans, have them stick around and sign a bunch of autographs. But play the players that help you win. It would only be if the USSF puts down a behind the scenes ultimatum and threatened to withdraw the subsidy if they didn’t start and play a certain position. Some WNT players seem to only show up for USWNT games … and we all know the typical competition level for the USWNT. In Concacaf, HOFC pointed out there are only 2 Top 24 teams. Mexico is lurking at 26. Russia is 23.

          • DNG

            Yeah this is a case of me needing to read a little bit closer and I think I mostly agree with you, at least at the moment. This doesn’t really seem like it’s an issue though as teams would likely just trade a USWNT player for assets if they didn’t need her and some have done so in the past. I agree that clubs should play the best player for their team

            I think the statement that some WNT player only show up for USWNT games applies to a small number of players. As critical as I am of Morgan she is in a very different environment in Orlando compared to Press, Williams, or even Dunn.

  • Guest

    How come they never play in Portland?
    Texas is always empty for men’s games.

    • doug

      Money. Portland stadium only holds 20,000. Though they would sell it out. Unlike other two venues which will be bunch orange seats & red seats. Those stadiums hold more people.

      • Guest

        I think it’s more because Portland has turf, not the capacity. Red Bull holds 25,000 and PPL only holds 18,500 so it doesn’t seem like capacity is the issue.

        I think Long mentioned in her FB live that they don’t play in Portland cause of the turf.

        • Lorehead

          Of course, the USMNT played a Gold Cup match there and she plays half her league season on that same turf.

    • g2

      USWNT matches in Texas also have poor to moderate attendance results

      8,143 for USWNT vs Costa Rica in Toyota Stadium, Frisco TX Feb 10, 2016
      15,032 for USWNT vs Mexico in Toyota Stadium, Frisco TX Feb 13, 2016
      7,658 for USWNT vs Puerto Rico in Toyota Stadium, Frisco TX Feb 15, 2016
      5,561 for USWNT vs T&T in BBVA Compass, Houston TX Feb 19, 2016
      10,119 for USWNT vs Canada in BBVA Compass, Houston TX Feb 21, 2016

      • kernel_thai

        The local defense for bad attendance at Olympic Qualifiers was CONCACAF marketed it or actually didn’t.

  • kernel_thai

    Well this is one way to get Carli Lloyd to actually show up for a match in Houston.

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  • if you do the same thing over

    So all JE will play all her newcomers in these matches and still no one will know if they can play at the international level. Brilliant!

    • kernel_thai

      Also, Portland is having their pre-season NWSL tourney March 26- April 1. Hard to see Ellis not pulling the NT players at least partially out of that

      • tonysocref

        Why would she? Ohhhh that’s right, USSF doesn’t follow the FIFA calendar for the women.
        Actual window is 3-11 April.

        • CED

          What are you blathering about? The games WNT are in the FIFA window.

          • tonysocref

            Read kernel_thai’s second sentence.

          • Timber Dave

            The games are in the FIFA window, but Ellis will probably pull her players into a camp some time before that.

          • kernel_thai

            Last year I can’t remember what Seattle did but Portland NT players only played the first match and then left for camp. I don’t believe Lloyd or Brian (injured) went to Portland at all.

    • AlexH

      There are, however, only so many teams that can give the WNT a credible match and not all of them are always available to play. We only have 5 games scheduled so far and 3 are pretty good.

  • Gary Diver

    It would be interesting to do a plot of USWNT home game attendance versus opponent ranking for the past 1 1/2 years. I expect no correlation, which in itself would tell us something.

    • AlexH

      I think it says that people want to watch the USWNT play and that they will take what they can get. We went last year to the Ireland game in San Diego because it was close enough to my home in Vegas to make a weekend out of it.

      • Gary Diver

        I think you are right, but it will be interesting to see if the 2017 average attendance keeps up the 2016 average attendance. It will also be interesting to see how many home matches USWNT has in 2017 compared with 2016. If USWNT has fewer matches in 2017, how can they raise enough revenue to pretend everything is alright.

        • Kevin

          The USWNT historically plays it’s smallest schedule at the start of a new cycle and more games every year up to the end of the cycle.

          WC years = yellow
          OG years = orange

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c56d81397d54828768af5298bb02cfd585d67b6a07089277c7af1e6229f9dcc8.png

        • Kevin

          The USWNT historically plays it’s smallest schedule at the start of a new cycle and more games every year up to the end of the cycle.

          It would be highly unprecedented to play as many games in 2017 as 2016.

          WC years = yellow
          OG years = orange

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07507dfeda34cf653573bb75a16342ebc103b5dfc1c4f4e5c279b1267728ba3b.png

          • Steglitz49

            I don’t follow you. Are the matches played in the WC and in the OG included in your total?

            Anyway, som of the year to year differences seem trivial like 2006 to 2007, 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2015 to 2016 when 2016 is less than 2015.

          • Kevin

            What are you struggling to follow? They play their least amount of games the first year of each cycle.

          • Steglitz49

            I contend that Gary Driver’s point was on the money.

            As for your point about the lowest number of games, it depends on how you view it:
            — in 1992 it was 2 games because there was no WoSo OG then, 1993 17, 1994 13, 1995 25
            — turning to the years with OG the games on the year after the OG makes interesting numbers: 1997 18, 2001 10, 2005 9, 2009 8, 2013 16 and we have to wait and see what 2017 gives. Indeed, if you deduct the 4 games of the Algarve Cup there were very few games at all in 2001, 2005 and 2008.

            In short, before the WC-11 final in Frankfurt, there did not seem to be much US interest in WoSo even after Olympics that the US won. The US beating Japan in OG-12 seems to have acted as a catalyst but USSF were also launching the NWSL so a lot of games were a good idea.

          • Kevin

            “I contend that Gary Driver’s point was on the money.”

            All I said was they historically don’t play as many games (both home and overall) in the first year of a cycle.

            The only thing I was pointing out was that it’s very unlikely they will play as many games (home and total) compared to last year based on historical precedence.

            If we’re talking about the dropoff between the last year of a cycle to the first year, why in the world are you comparing 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 to 2017?

            The comparison should be the dropoff from the last year of a cycle to the first year, not comparing all the first years of a cycle.

            TOTAL GAMES
            1996-97 = 24 games to 18 games (6 less)
            2000-01 = 41 games to 10 games (31 less)
            2004-05 = 34 games to 9 games (25 less)
            2008-09 = 36 games to 8 games (28 less)
            2012-13 = 32 games to 16 games (16 less)
            2016-17 = 25 games to ???

            HOME GAMES
            1996-97 = 15 games to 10 games (5 less)
            2000-01 = 16 games to 2 games (14 less)
            2004-05 = 16 games to 5 games (11 less)
            2008-09 = 13 games to 2 games (11 less)
            2012-13 = 13 games to 9 games (4 less)
            2016-17 = 16 games to ???

            The 16 HOME games does not include the 5 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying games.

          • Steglitz49

            As Disraeli commented: there are lies, damned lies and statistics.

            Why should they play more games in the 2nd year than in the 1st year of a cycle?

            2016 is in some ways the most interesting because it is the first time since 1995-96 that the Olympic year had less matches than the WC year (only 1 in either case, granted), which stands to reason.
            2017 will tell us the full story.

          • Kevin

            “Why should they play more games in the 2nd year than in the 1st year of a cycle?”

            …because of World Cup Qualifying.

            WC & OG MATCHES (including qualifiers) BY YEAR IN CYCLE…
            Year 1 = none
            Year 2 = World Cup Qualifying (~5 matches)
            Year 3 = World Cup (~7 matches)
            Year 4 = Olympic Qualifiers & Olympics (~10 matches)

          • Steglitz49

            World Cup and Olympic matches and the qualifying matches are obligatory matches. You have to play those.

            Thus, the question boils down to: how many matches apart from obligatory matches does the USWNT play in each year? I suspect it is more than the European and Asian NTs do, not least the Asians, because of travelling costs and times/distances.

          • Kevin

            It makes sense to play more warm-up matches prior to the obligatory matches.

          • Gary Diver

            So after winning the first women’s World Cup in 1991, USWNT played only two matches in 1992? Apparently, USSF has never understood the concept of marketing nor the concept of “striking when the iron is hot”.

          • Steglitz49

            WoSo only entered the OG in 1996. The US got WoSo into the olympics, another reason for women to tbe grateful to the US.

            It could be argued that 1999 and 2000 were the first years that WoSo got some notice. 2003 was not to bad either but then we had to wait til 2011.

    • Kevin
  • CED

    This absolute moronic scheduling. First the games are vs a not very good opponent, so little can be gathered from it. Second, both games are in the same state 250 miles apart. Third, when the CONCACAF OG Quals tourney were at these sites the WNT attendance was pretty poor with 8K, 15k, 7.5k, 5.5K and 10k

    • kernel_thai

      USSF has a financial stake in Toyota Stadium so that might be the reason they get a lot of play. Second match would have been better served outside Texas tho.

    • Does it matter?

      You play who is willing to come for what you are willing to pay.

  • guest

    This might be a good time for a lockout and bringing in the scrubs, but I’m pretty sure US Soccer subscribes to the Harlem Globetrotters school of team management and actually believe keeping a small stable of players, grooming them, building PR campaigns around them, and giving them lots of job security by not allowing competition for their jobs is good for business, so I expect to see business as usual and lots of goals.

  • wosofan

    Terrible opponents. Come on.

    • Does it matter?

      You play who is willing to come for what you are willing to pay

      • wosofan

        No duh

        • sudeep das

          Probably it is better to play the U-23s

  • HOFCToDi

    Call up the U-23 USWNT for this tomato can.

    fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/index.html

  • Miami66

    Speaking of BBVA, when did they announce the NWSL Final host last year? I assume it’ll be in Orlando’s brand new stadium, though maybe an outside chance KC or CHI could host in their MLS stadiums too.

    • TsovLoj

      I’d like to know as well. I think those are the most likely scenarios by far, but I could maybe see SB borrowing Red Bull Arena for a final.

  • guest123

    GER injury news: Tabea Kemme (torn meniscus) & Svenja Huth (knee). Both were listed initially on the SheBelieves roster but will need to be replaced. So far, this adds to their other ones: Laudehr, Jakabfi, Goeßling, Nietgen & Prießen.

    https://twitter.com/JasSchweimler/status/832687061031268355

    • HOFCToDi
      • rkmid71

        Ok … it’s been a full day and nobody’s commented. Looks like our USWNT at the Olympics. 100% fit, ready to go.

    • JL

      Even though she plays in the Bundesliga, Jakabfi is Hungarian, so not a Germany injury issue.

    • Gary Diver

      Why has the Germans had so many serious injuries in the past two years? And Kim Kulig was forced to retire at 25 and Nadine Kessler was forced to retire at 28.

      • Steglitz49

        Your point is well taken. The German lasses play on grass, not plastic.

        To be fair, Kulig was injured in the QF against Japan 2011 and not in a club game. She never truly recovered. Kim did get back and play for the NT but now has some job with the German Federation.

      • Calci0

        Good question!

      • mockmook

        Obviously it is due to orflegmentilitgumitus which is much more prevalent in people of Germanic stock. How could you be ignorant of something like that???? 🙁

      • Ponderosa

        Participating that useless SBC won’t help them avoding those serious injuries. That cup is in the middle of their season just before very intensive and very important weeks for the clubs.
        .
        If clubs like Munich and Wolfsburg are smart they will convince some of their still healthy players to have a ” slight 1 week injury” in the week of the SBC.

        • Pinkman

          Nora Holstad (Norway/Bayern Munich) has withdrawn from Norways Algarve squad today.

  • JL

    These games are less about what the US can get out of them and more about what Russia can get out them. Remember, Russia is preparing for the Euros this summer, and what better preparation than to play the #1 ranked team in the world?

  • HOFCToDi

    FIFA Women’s Rankings

    fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/index.html

    Top 20 by Confederations
    UEFA – 11
    AFC – 5
    CONCACAF – 2
    CONMEBOL – 1
    OFC – 1
    CAF – 0

  • Steglitz49

    The ladies of Blackburn Rovers meet those of Middlesbrough and Milton Keynes Dons tackle Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League Reserve Cup semis tomorrow Sunday. The trophy is very handsome.

  • Steglitz49

    Tottenham Hotspurs take on WSL 2 newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion in one of the best match-ups of the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup tomorrow, Sunday.

  • Gary Diver

    Out of curiosity, do the visiting teams get any money for coming to the US to play Friendlies or does USSF keep all the proceeds?

    • guest

      I’m pretty sure the visiting federation receives payment. It is curious that they haven’t played a friendly abroad in what, years now?

      • guest

        whether they filter any of that money to their players is another story *cough cough Colombia*

      • tonysocref

        Last “Friendly” abroad was a 1-0 win on Feb 13th, 2015 against England. 5 days prior to that they lost to France 2-0 in Lorient.

  • Guest

    y?

    • mockmook

      bcuz

  • guest123

    For those complaining about the US playing tomato cans this year, Ellis says in a Fifa interview that they will play Japan & Brazil next.

    http://www.fifa.com/womens-football/news/y=2017/m=2/news=ellis-we-have-to-evolve-2867531.html