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USWNT to host Colombia in pair of June friendlies

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The U.S. women’s national team’s busy summer is headlined by the Concacaf World Cup Qualifying tournament in July, but first Vlatko Andonovski’s squad will have two final preparation matches this June.

Colombia will oppose the USWNT this June in a pair of friendly matches on June 25 and 28 respectively, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado will play host for the first friendly before the scene switches to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah later that month.

“Colombia has a good chance to make it to the World Cup and both teams will be in our final preparations for our qualifying tournaments, so I expect some highly competitive matches between players who are competing to represent their countries in some really important games,” said Andonovski in a statement.

“When we get to Colorado, we’ll be coming off a stretch of more than two months that the players have been with their clubs and away from the National Team environment, so we’ll be looking to get maximum value out of our last days and games together before we go to Mexico for qualifying.”

Colombia is currently ranked No. 26 in the world and will use these friendlies as preparation for the 2022 Copa America Femenina tournament this summer. The Copa America Femnina will send three nations directly to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and two additional teams to the 10-team intercontinental playoffs.

The USWNT has faced Colombia eight times previously and holds a 7-0-1 record against Las Cafeteras, with the only draw coming during a 2-2 tie at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The last head-to-head meetings came in January 2021, which the Americans won by scores of 4-0 and 6-0.

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