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.
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.