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USWNT to host China at DSG in April

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The U.S. Women’s National Team will be returning to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in April in a match that pits it against a familiar foe.

The U.S. will take on China in a friendly on April 6 at the soccer-specific stadium in Commerce City, Colo. The match will mark the Americans’ third at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and first since a 2012 clash with Australia (which was coached by current U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni).

It will also be the U.S.’s 51st all-time meeting with China, which is only second to Canada in terms of matches played against the Americans.

“China seems to be getting to the stage where they’ve got some increased stability in (their) coaching staff and their player pool, and the results of that stability and planning are beginning to show on the field,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. “As always, the match will be a chance for our players to make claims for spots on the World Cup qualifying roster later in the fall, but it will also be just before the players head into the NWSL as friendly combatants, so we’ll want to put in quality performances for our home fans.”

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What do you think of the Americans scheduling a friendly vs. China? Would you like to have seen them face a different opponent? Wishing the U.S. would play more matches abroad instead of at home?

Share your thoughts below.

15 comments
  • NATO

    another 5-0 victory for the USWNT. How shocked we the fans will be

    can’t we just focus all this USWNT support and fanfare and $$$ into improving the women’s soccer league. Best NT on the planet yet the league is probably ranked 10th in the world.

    I don’t get why women don’t support female athletes. Is it just cause they don’t care or judge them in relation to male athletes? Is it the lack of PR?

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    • Ezra

      I don’t get how you think the NWSL is the 10th best in the world… I can only think of 5 max where the top teams in the leagues would even be considered around the same level, and the NWSL has much better quality top to bottom than any of those other leagues.

      But I do agree that I’d rather see them playing in the NWSL than in meaningless friendlies against teams that don’t provide any challenge.

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    • Joe+G

      Friendlies are the moneymakers, though. We get 10-20k crowds paying for expensive tickets. That gives the USSF the money to pay for NWSL.

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      • Samuel

        Who really cares about women’s soccer except for perhaps the relatives involved?

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      • Ezra

        Not sure if your ignorant statement even warrants a response… but, the USWNT averaged 16,479 fans last year with a total of 148,307 (and these were all friendlies). Is their attendance lower than the men? Of course, sports are a male dominated industry. But, I’d say 148,307 fans are a bit more than the players relatives. Clearly there are many fans that aren’t misogynistic like you and enjoy women’s soccer.

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  • RB

    “The match will mark the Americans’ third at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and first since a 2012 clash with Australia (which was coached by current U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni).”

    Well that was actually Sundhage’s farewell match. Big salute to her that night and she took a victory lap around the field. So it’ll be Sermanni’s first here.

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  • RB

    “The match will mark the Americans’ third at DSGP and first since a 2012 clash with Australia (which was coached by current U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni).”

    Well that was actually Sundhage’s farewell match. Big salute to her that night and she took a victory lap around the field. So it’ll be Sermanni’s first here.

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  • Philly Joe

    As a fan, I like the friendly’s at home. But as far as the US gaining anything from them, I have my doubts. I think the teams we play learn much more then we do, both from an individual stand point and much more importantly from a scouting stand point as it relates to the World Cup.

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    • Philly Joe

      God Samuel that is such a sad comment. The women’s game is so great. It has such honor and purity unlike most of what you see broadcast as sports these days. I would ask you take the time to watch a few games. These women are so strong and courageous it’s a amazing to see. It’ a beautiful game.

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