USWNT to host summer tournament on West Coast

The Equalizer Staff May 10, 2017 46
Jill Ellis and the USWNT will be hosting a second elite tournament this summer. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Jill Ellis and the USWNT will be hosting a second elite tournament this summer. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

The United States will host a summer tournament, the Tournament of Nations, against Australia, Brazil, and Japan in a new event that is expected to be held each summer during non-World Cup or Olympic years. The United States will face Australia on July 27 in Seattle (CenturyLink Field), Brazil on July 30 in San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium), and Japan on August 3 in Los Angeles (StubHub Center in Carson). All three match days will be doubleheaders with the remaining two sides facing off in the opposite matches.

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“It’s fantastic to play another tournament at home against some of the world’s best teams in a year after the world championship cycle, and it shows U.S. Soccer’s continuing dedication to growing the women’s game,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said in a release from U.S. Soccer. “These are three talented teams that we haven’t played in a while so we’re looking forward to a summer tournament that will be extremely challenging and valuable for our players and entertaining for the fans.”

All three opponents are currently ranked 9th or higher in the official FIFA World Rankings meaning the U.S. will have played seven of the top nine teams in the world with the exceptions being themselves and Canada. France, Germany, and England came for the SheBelieves Cup in March and the U.S. has a friendly in Sweden scheduled for next month. The United States is currently ranked No. 2 behind Olympic champion Germany.

The tournament, which does not yet have a name attached, will feature the same four teams in 2018. After that the next renewal would be in 2021.

Tickets for the doubleheaders in San Diego and Los Angeles go on sale to the public Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com. For the tournament opener in Seattle, tickets will become available on May 26 at 10 a.m. PT, also through ussoccer.com. Fans looking to purchase by phone should dial 1-800-745-3000 for the events in Seattle and San Diego and 1-888-929-7849 for the doubleheader in the Los Angeles area

  • FawcettFan14

    It looks like WNT players will miss NWSL games on that weekend. Unless I’m missing something it isn’t a FIFA window.

    Good opponents though. I’m glad the West Coast is getting some love after the very East-centric Shiba Leaves.

    • DNG

      There is one for the European championship not sure if there is one for non euro teams.

      • JL

        I believe international windows apply to all teams, even if said window is because of one confederation’s tournament.

      • kernel_thai

        I still think it would be more fun to just do the non-Euro. U hold it every four years opposite the Euro in the same FIFA window.. U call it the Pacific Rim Challenge Cup and invite the eight highest ranked teams from Confeds bordering the Pacific. U have two groups of four. One group has the US as host and u play three sets of doubleheaders in US cities. The other group has Canada as host and plays in Canada. This ensures that all six group matches will have the host team present to help with attendance. Top two in each group play the semis with the winners meeting for the PRC Cup. NWSL takes a break as they would for OG or WC.

        • DNG

          I agree I think the Women need another tournament. A real one though which would require someone to invest into a prize pool. Not sure if the game is there yet though

    • WoSoFan

      There are no NWSL games that weekend. I’d guess players would still miss a game due to camps though.

      • Frozen Blue

        Do they really need a camp of more than a few days prior to the first game as all players should be in form given the tournament is mid season?

        • mockmook

          No, therefore they will have a week of camp…

    • another guest

      The FIFA women’s international match window is Jul 16 thru 6th August.
      The NWSL schedule has a gap ( 23 July thru 3rd Aug ) for part of the FIFA window and these USWNT tournament of nations matches are scheduled to fall within the FIA window and within the NWSL schedule gap.

      The USWNT players may miss NWSL matches on 4th and 5th of August (and Ellis might also call player up early potentially impacting the July 22nd games).
      However it does appear that both NWSL and USWNT schedules were setup mindful of the FIFA women’s international match window.

      for what it is worth, the FIAF window for teams participating in UEFA EURO’s starts around July 2nd (14 days before Jul 16th start) so some NWSL teams will have some International NT players out for all of July up thru 6th August.

  • newsouth

    Finally, San Diego gets a decent game. China was a waste of money.

    http://www.athletepromotions.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Christen-Press.jpg

    • HOFCToDi

      Christen Press only scores against banana republics.

      USWNT Career
      FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
      USWNT Goals Scored
      Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
      Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
      Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3

      Christen Press is the quintessential international FRAUD.

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

      #ChristenChasingObscurity

      • guest15,401

        If you ever took a break from your repetitive posting, you’d realize newsouth’s interest in Press has nothing to do with her soccer ability.

        • HOFCToDi

          The “Press Gang Troll Brigade” require a daily reminder of the international incompetence of Christen Press.

      • rkmid71

        This might fall into that category of “as long as JE is coach you might be banging your head against the wall”. Unfortunately, appears to be the same with Long, Lloyd. She seems hellbent to find a way to fit them somewhere on the field, no matter the result.

        • HOFCToDi

          Oh really?

          Christen Press
          2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
          16 Jun 2015
          USA 1 NGA 0
          Minutes Played 0

          resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/00/60/eng_31_0616_nga-usa_fulltime.pdf

          Christen Press was BENCHED!

          Christen Press
          2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
          30 Jun 2015
          USA 2 GER 0
          Minutes Played 0

          resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/52/49/eng_49_0630_usa-ger_fulltime.pdf

          Christen Press was BENCHED!

          Christen Press
          2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
          05 Jul 2015
          USA 5 JPN 2
          Minutes Played 0

          resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/66/12/93/eng_52_0705_usa-jpn_fulltime.pdf

          Christen Press was BENCHED!

          Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

          http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2933/ROFLMAO.png

          • rkmid71

            Why is JE including her on the roster if she never plays? She’s definitely not a supersub type. I guess sort of a veteran deep bench type player that doesn’t play in important games much — that collects her NT salary and perks and helped negotiate a sweet new CBA.

          • HOFCToDi

            Jill Ellis does not wish to suffer the same fate as Tom Sermanni, an USWNTPA revolt.

          • htm222

            She’s pretty popular with sponsors at this point, she has a large fanbase (largest following after Lloyd and Morgan), and she has performed well over the years in the league… no one really has better stats than her in NWSL. She needs to be a starter though or they need to start looking for a replacement. I agree she is pretty useless when you plug her in for the last 20-30 minutes. She needs a lot of time to get into the flow of a game.

          • DNG

            I’m guessing you’re talking about Press? I think Leroux has a bigger following. I don’t really see a place for her either.

          • htm222

            I think Leroux is actually a better supersub than Press but that’s the only way I would use her. I’d think there are better forward options out there than Leroux though, at this point.

          • guest

            I’m pretty sure Press is in for 2019 if healthy. She gave an interview on exactly what Ellis told her she needs to work on for the next WC. They need some vets out there and it’s almost impossible to get “fired” from this team. I’m not sure how this whole being more aggressive thing/changing her style of play is really working for her though… she seems to be accumulating a lot of yellows.

  • Steglitz49

    Scotland’s Swedish head coach Anna Signeul, who will take charge of Finland after Euro-17, is set to play a key role in shaping the Laws of the Game of soccer, because she is joining the IFAB advisory panel.

    The International Football Association Board is the universal decision-making body for the laws of soccer. It consists of the four British football associations (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — the so-called Home Unions), holding one vote each, with FIFA holding four votes.

    The appointment will see Signeul sit on the Football Advisory Panel (FAP), consisting of former players, coaches, managers and referees from across the world. The FAP represents the main stakeholders in football and provides IFAB with additional perspectives and expertise for the decision-making process.

  • guest123

    Off-Topic: US Soccer formally files tampering charges with FIFA against JM Aulas for trying to lure Allie Long to sign with OL via twitter. I wonder why they didn’t do this with Alex Morgan? Don’t remember when Aulas started tweeting at Alex but I’m pretty sure it started last year when Morgan was still a Fed player & the CBA was still in effect. Could it be that with Paulson being a US Soccer board member, he forced them to do it?

    https://twitter.com/GrantWahl/status/862372187965194243

    • guest123

      Wonder if this is payback for Amandine Henry leaving Lyon and signing with Portland.

      Alex Morgan >>> Allie Long. You would think that US Soccer would protect the “face” of USWNT.

    • JL

      Paulson isn’t on the board of directors any more.

    • guest

      This is so ridiculous to me. Aulas is a twitter troll, sort of like Trump but much less nefarious… I think it’s funny and I’m pretty sure he does too. Not sure why Parsons and now USSF (?) is taking it so seriously. They really are obsessed with Allie Long for some reason. You’d think she was some wunderkind prodigy when in reality she is a mediocre NT player who has been on the fringes for years.

      • rkmid71

        Isn’t Morgan good friends with Long? I don’t see why it’s such a big deal either and agree with mediocre (poor at CB, and mediocre at DM or holding mid), average at AM. They do seem to be going out of their way to find a role for her on the team for some reason. Maybe she has a lot of advocates among the more established players. It could be perceived as a team chemistry thing …. but I don’t see that on the field and certainly hasn’t been obvious based on team performance in the 2016 OG or 2017 SBC.

  • guest

    “The tournament, which does not yet have a name attached, ” ???

    the US soccer announcement references Tournament of Nations as the name
    “CHICAGO (May 10, 2017) – U.S. Soccer will host its second four-team elite international tournament of the year as Australia, Brazil and Japan come to the USA for the Tournament of Nations to be held from July 27-August 3 at three venues along the west coast.”

  • Bruce

    ‘memba when Waldrum had too many world-class keepers back in March?

    https://twitter.com/ChelseyWrites/status/862350116577046529

  • Guest

    Discussions about attendance and building the NWSL audience abound. These should all be in NWSL markets and should have marketing the local team as a focus during the game.

  • Simon Redux

    Is Australia going to come this time?

    • Silver Frost

      Yes

  • Silver Frost

    What could be more fun than playing in San Diego in late July when it’s 120F on the pitch? ORL is not going to be too happy losing half the starters to the tournament, Marta, Morgan, Cately, Harris, Monica, et al.

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      • kernel_thai

        Well u can maybe throw Rachel Hill in there but to get her and Morgan on the roster ur going to have to cut two players….so much for ur one sub. If USSoccer is determined to take players off the roster in mid season, it’s a further reason they need to have 23 player roster in the league

        • Guest

          Oh good point. I’d waive Burkenroad and Spencer.

  • kernel_thai

    The question I have is how much rope does Ellis have? Sweden, Norway, Japan, Australia and Brazil. If the US isn’t any more convincing than they were at SBC does Galati risk losing another year as Ellis flips thru the pictures in Soccer For Dummies?

    • rkmid71

      I wonder whether that 352 with Long at CB is still on the table. Didn’t that burn 6 months or more of development time post OG? At least JE is willing to play better competition to make the stupidity obvious (to her and the players perhaps)…you’ve got to give her credit for that. It does seem like a somewhat surreal or paradoxical situation — JE stating that she’s trying to evolve and improve the quality of play and improve the attack (no matter the effect on the defense) while obviously being committed to certain players (because of CBA or her own choice)…one of which will be 37 yrs old at next WC. Not a recipe for success. I don’t think Gulati cares that much … he’s got a $100m cash stockpile (thanks to Copa America Centenario) to work with and men (youth and sr teams) seem to be doing better these days following his writeoff of JK. Swanson is still listed as an Assistant Coach — maybe he can help accelerate whatever “process” JE thinks they are going through.

      • AlexH

        I hope the Long at CB part is off the table. I think a 3 back system could still work very well but not how Jill plays it. Jill seems to view it as a way to just throw numbers forward and that isn’t really why you play it. In fact pretty much the first thing that any coach does in any formation is to organize the back line and I can’t see any evidence whatsoever that Jill has bothered to work with the back line on pretty much anything.

        • kernel_thai

          Which is a great point. The only interest Ellis had in the 3back was to have Long starting the attack from the back line. The 3back works if u have the players to make it work not by moving players out of their best positions to accommodate it. For me u can either do it with Sauerbrunn as the central back or u can’t…end of story.

          • DNG

            Can’t play it in my opinion. They don’t have enough great CBs with pace right now. That isn’t to say ellis won’t keep trying it.

          • kernel_thai

            Agree completely. The real question is can they play it over a short period to try and get a goal back.

          • AlexH

            It all depends on whether our FB supply is better than our CB supply. Not that Jill has looked very hard for either.

      • kernel_thai

        Ellis got caught trying to balance to many balls on her nose. For whatever reason she thought she could both experiment with the formation and integrate new player at the same time. What worked against Romania certain should not have been expected to work at SBC. Part of it is also Ellis’ arrogant disregard for the team she is playing.

        I don’t think Galati is ignoring the situation however. He realizes that the resurgence of the USWNT following Germany 2011 is based on more than just woso catching on The US needs to remain a top team in the minds of the fans to keep driving attendance. While I think Ellis gets credit for playing good competition, she needs to show that her team can play well against the best in the world. The most telling thing about SBC wasn’t finishing last but the anemic offense only managing a single goal and that came on a rebound. At some point Ellis has to show that she has an offense that works against top ten competition.

        I also wonder if support for Ellis is eroding in the locker room. The fascination with very young players, core players having their time reduced, constant formation shifts and embarrassing home performances don’t make for happy players.

    • Bill

      Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but suppose Ellis did not set this up but “bowed” to pressure? Could Gulati be putting the pressure on her early enough to do something about it?

      I dont have the slightest idea in this instance, but that would be a classic way to vette a coach