USWNT looks to be heading to Norway for friendly

The Equalizer Staff February 21, 2017 17
According to Norwegian website ??? the U.S. will travel to face Ada Hegerberg and Norway in June

According to Norwegian website the U.S. will travel to face Ada Hegerberg and Norway in June

The United States national team could be on the verge of playing its first away friendly in more than two years. The Norwegian website reported and Katja Kragelund tweeted in English that Norway will host the U.S. on June 11. The last time Jill Ellis took her team outside the United States other than for the World Cup and Olympics was February 13, 2015, a 1-0 win in England. Five days earlier France dominated the U.S. in a 2-0 match.

The U.S. and Norway battled in some of the fiercest matches played during the nascent days of women’s soccer, but Norway’s fall from being among the world’s elite and a lack of important head-to-head matches has cooled off the rivalry to a degree. Norway won the 1995 World Cup and 2000 Olympic gold medal, going through the United States both tournaments. The two last played in the group stage of the 2015 Algarve Cup, a 2-1 win for the United States.

Meanwhile, Ellis revealed to that she has lined up Brazil and Japan for matches later in the year. She did not offer any other specifics.

“Our biggest focus coming out of the Olympics was to continue to have a very aggressive schedule,” she said. “We will play Japan, England, Germany, France and Brazil. We have all these teams lined up to play. That is important, because you can’t take an off year.”

England, Germany, and France are opponents for the SheBelieves Up which kicks off next week.

  • kernel_thai

    Wonder who else they line up for the trip. No way they head to Europe for a single match.

    • guest123

      Sweden would be a good one and is next door to Norway. Although, my guest is that they might play Netherlands.

    • Steglitz49

      Sweden, Denmark and Finland are obvious NTs.

    • TsovLoj

      Well, note that Norway’s pretty close for a polar route flight. Anything further south is basically out of the way.

    • Paul Klee

      If they charter they could play in Iceland.

      • Steglitz49

        Icelandair is a cost-effective and convenient way of travelling between the US and Europe.

  • guest123

    Off-topic: Canada will play Costa Rica in June.

    June 8 – Winnipeg
    June 11 – Toronto

  • JL

    Rumor is Brazil, Japan, and Australia in July.

  • The Oracle

    Might be the first time Hansen is healthy. Don’t believe she has faced the USA yet.

  • Timber Dave

    Is NWSL following the FIFA calendar this year? June 5-13 is a FIFA window — let’s hope NWSL pays attention.


    “Our biggest focus coming out of the Olympics was to continue to have a very aggressive schedule,” she said.

    What a bunch of BULLSHIT!



    November 13, 2016 WNT vs Romania 5-0 W StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

    Match Guide 20,336 Meluta(og), Press, Dunn, Brian, Mewis

    November 10, 2016 WNT vs Romania 8-1 W Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

    Match Guide 16,425 Press(3), Heath(2), Brian, Morgan(2)

    October 23, 2016 WNT vs Switzerland 5-1 W U.S. Bank Stadium; Minneapolis, Minn.

    Fantasy Camp | Match Guide 23,400 Lloyd(2), Press, Dunn, Ohai

    October 19, 2016 WNT vs Switzerland 4-0 W Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy Utah

    Match Guide 14,336 Williams, Heath, Press, Mewis

    September 18, 2016 WNT vs the Netherlands 3-1 W Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Ga.

    Match Guide 15,652 Lloyd, van den Berg(og), Long

    September 15, 2016 WNT vs Thailand 9-0 W MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

    Match Guide 10,490 Lloyd(3), Press, O’Reilly, Heath, Dunn, Morgan(2)

    August 12, 2016 WNT vs Sweden 1-1 D 3-4 PKs Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia 13,892 Morgan

  • Calci0

    Should be a challenging game against a team looking to peak right before the Euro’s. Curious move by Norway though, to line up the #1 team in the world. Iron sharpens Iron I guess…..

    • Steglitz49

      Norway is one of the favorites to win Euro-17. They can expect to reach the SF unless they are very unlucky.

    • guest123

      Let’s hope they’re all healthy before the Euros. 2 players recently got pulled from Algarve due to injuries.

  • guest123