The United States women’s national team will play Switzerland in a pair of October friendlies, U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday. The two teams will meet on Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, then on Oct. 23 at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The matches are the third and fourth, respectively, announced by U.S. Soccer in the team’s first games since shockingly bowing out of the Rio 2016 Olympics in the quarterinals in a penalty-shootout loss to Sweden.
Sept. 15 will mark the U.S. women’s national team’s return to competition with a match against Thailand at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Three days later, the U.S. will play the Netherlands at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
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The Equalizer confirms that there will be six total friendly matches for the U.S. women before the end of the year. The final two games to be announced will likely be played in mid-November.
October’s matches will be played just a week after the NWSL Championship in Houston on Oct. 9. The September matches fall in a FIFA window between the penultimate and final week of the NWSL regular season.
FIFA’s latest women’s world rankings saw the U.S. maintain a narrow lead as the No. 1 team, just edging out 2016 Olympic gold-medalist Germany. Switzerland is ranked No. 15 in the world. The U.S. has won both previous meetings, 4-1 on August 20 in Cary, N.C., and 3-0 on March 6, 2015 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
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