For the U.S. women's national team, Saturday afternoon's match against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium (2 p.m., NBC) provides one last dress rehearsal to get things right ahead of next month's Olympic tournament.
Pia Sundhage's side enters the send-off friendly against its CONCACAF rival in good form, putting the Algarve Cup disappointment in the rear-view mirror and turning things around with a 5-0-1 record since, including two wins over Sweden, a win and a draw against Japan and wins over Brazil and China. That turnaround has been spearheaded by Alex Morgan, who has nine goals in those six matches, and Sundhage's willingness to experiment with an unconventional 3-4-3 formation that has led to some explosive attacking results.
In Canada, the U.S. women not only face another Olympic competitor, but the game will be a rematch of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament final, one won by the United States 4-0 on Canadian soil behind two goals apiece from Morgan and Abby Wambach. For more about the send-off friendly, read Fox Soccer's preview of the match.
As for fans hoping to catch an extra glimpse of the women's national team, it is hosting a public training session on Friday at 11:30 a.m. local time at Rio Tinto in Sandy, Utah.
After Saturday's match, for which about 13,000 tickets have already been sold according to U.S. Soccer, the U.S. women will depart for Olympic duty. Group matches against France, Colombia and North Korea will take place July 25, 28 and 31, respectively.
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