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USWNT to take on Japan in Cleveland for second pre-Olympic friendly

Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports
Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports

The 2015 Women’s World Cup winner and runner-up will meet not once but twice in June as the U.S. Women’s National Team prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games.

U.S. Soccer revealed the location for the second match against Japan this summer, with the first taking place on June 2 and the second kicking off three days later in Cleveland, Ohio.

The U.S. will first host Japan at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on June 2 (9 p.m., Fox Sports 1). Then, the USWNT and Japan will face off at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 5 (12:30 p.m., ESPN2). Tickets to the match in Colorado are already sold out.

“Given the history and rivalry of these two teams, we know this match will provide challenges and pressures similar to what we will see in Rio, so in terms of preparation, we couldn’t ask for a better match up,” USWNT head coach Jill Elli said earlier this month.

Despite being a fierce competitor in recent competitions, Japan failed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Brazil.

What do you think of the USWNT hosting Japan in Cleveland? How do you think the Americans will do this summer at the Olympic Games?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. This game is going to be EPIC!! I am personally a fan of Hope Solo, so my mom and I got tickets to the game ASAP. I live in Hudson, Ohio so obviously I’m going! GOOD LUCK WNT!!

  2. These 2 games with Japan could be as good as anything the U. S. will see at Rio. After just
    missing at Asia-Qualifying, Japan will have something to prove. And they won’t be just trying
    out new players. They will be playing it like it was the WC Final all over again. If any of the
    U. S. players on the bubble, want to make their bones, this is where it will happen or not.

  3. Lol…

    Il many warm-up games are they going to play? Still 2-3 weeks after this game before they have to be in Brazil


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