January 11, 2017
DEFENDING THEIR BELIEF
USWNT to meet England, France, Germany
The defending champion U.S. Women’s National Team will meet England, France and Germany in the second SheBelieves Cup, with doubleheaders scheduled March 1-7, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.
The USA, ranked first in the world, is the reigning Women’s World Cup Champion. Germany, ranked second, is reigning Olympic champion. France is ranked third and England fifth.
"It's fantastic to play these three teams in the first three games of the year," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "As I've said many times, one of our main goals is to play the best teams in the world as often as possible and we have tremendous respect for France, Germany and England, which all feature world class players at multiple positions. To hold this tournament at home is great for our fans and TV partners, but especially for our players and our coaching staff as these are the kinds of games where we get tested and can really learn a lot about ourselves."
Last year, the USA took the title, defeating England and France by 1-0 scores and downing Germany, 2-1, in the championship game. Germany finished second, England was third and France fourth, the competitiveness reflected in three 1-0 results, two 2-1 results and 0-0 draw.
The U.S. and France last met during group play at the 2016 Olympics, the U.S. winning, 1-0.
The USA has a 20-4-7 all-time record against Germany and 2-0-0 against West Germany. The U.S. rallied to defeat the Germans in the SheBelieves Cup Boca Raton, Fla., March 9. Anja Mittag opened the scoring in the 29th minute, Alex Morgan equalized with the U.S. Soccer Goal of the Year in the 35th minute and Samantha Mewis broke the deadlock in the 41st minute.
The USA is 17-1-2 all-time against France, the loss a 2-0 setback in Lorient, France, Feb. 8, 2015. The USA then took a 2-0 win over the in the championship game of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, Julie Johnston and Christen Press scoring. The losing team in each of those games had a penalty kick saved as Sarah Bouhaddi denied Abby Wambach in Lorient and Hope Solo denied Amandine Henry in Faro. Last year, the U.S. took two 1-0 wins over France, on a stoppage time goal from Morgan in Nashville, Tenn., March 6 and on a Carli Lloyd score in group play of the 2016 Olympics in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The U.S. has an 8-3-1 all-time mark against England. The USA has beaten England by 1-0 scores in the two most recent meetings: on a Morgan header in Milton Keynes, England, Feb. 13, 2015; and on a Crystal Dunn goal in the SheBelieves Cup in Tampa, Fla.
The U.S. has a 15-0-2 all-time record in games at RFK Stadium, Red Bull Arena and Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park).
The #SheBelieves movement was developed by USWNT players to inspire young girls. The campaign was launched in the runup to the 2015 Women's World Cup and has connected the team and fans. During the USWNT 2015 Victory Tour, players worked with women in various professions regarding advocacy, leadership and role modeling.
2017 SheBelieves Cup
• Mar. 1 (Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.) England vs. France 4 p.m. ET; USA vs. Germany, 7 p.m. ET (FS1);
• Mar. 4 (Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.) France vs. Germany, 2:15 p.m. ET;
USA vs. England 5 p.m. ET (FOX);
• Mar. 7 (RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.) Germany vs. England 4 p.m. ET; USA vs. France, 7 p.m. ET (FS1).
The champion will be based on total points (3 for a win, 1 for a tie). The first tie-breaker overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, then head-to-head result and, FIFA ranking.