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US women to play the Netherlands on April 9

The US women will travel to Europe and face the Dutch just four days before the start of the 2013 NWSL season. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

The United States women’s national team will play the Netherlands at Kyocera Stadium, home of club ADO Den Haag, on April 9 in The Hague, Netherlands a 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET).

The Dutch federation announced the match early Wednesday via their Facebook page and tickets are already on sale. The announcement comes one day after Canada and the United States announced that the US would travel to Toronto on June 2 to face Canada.

It will be the second match in four days in Europe for the US, which plays Germany away on April 5.

US Soccer confirmed the match late on Wednesday.

“The Dutch and the Germans will be at the height of their preparations for the European championships and we are fortunate to get these kind of quality matches in the year after the World Cup and Olympic cycle,” US coach Tom Sermanni said. “Our team is looking forward to experiencing the fantastic soccer cultures of both countries and embracing the challenge of playing two sides just two months before they take part in the biggest women’s soccer event in Europe.”

The US is 4-1-0 all-time vs. the Netherlands, with the only loss coming in Holland in 1991 (a 4-3 loss).

Primarily a team that plays friendlies at home, the US last played on European soil at the 2012 Olympic Games, where the Americans won their third straight gold medal with a 2-1 victory over Japan in the gold medal match.

Tuesday, April 9 is just four days prior to the National Women’s Soccer League’s April 13 inaugural game, meaning the two matches will take players away from final preseason preparations with their clubs but should not prevent them from missing first kick.

The Dutch are ranked No. 14 in the world, while the US extended its lead atop the world rankings following victory in London.

Date Matchup Time Venue TV Notes
March 6, 2013 U.S. Women vs. Iceland 9 a.m. ET Estadio Municipal
Albufeira, Portugal
Algarve Cup
March 8, 2013 U.S. Women vs. China PR 9 a.m. ET Estadio Municipal
Albufeira, Portugal
Algarve Cup
March 11, 2013 U.S. Women vs. Sweden 10 a.m. ET Estadio Municipal
Lagos, Portugal
Algarve Cup
March 13, 2013
U.S. Women vs. TBD TBD TBD Algarve Cup
April 5, 2013 U.S. Women vs. Germany 12:15 p.m. ET Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium
Offenbach, Germany
April 9, 2013
U.S. Women vs. Holland 1 p.m. ET Kyocera Stadium
The Hague, Netherlands
June 2, 2013 U.S. Women vs. Canada 4:30 p.m. ET
BMO Field
Toronto, Canada
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