Mallory Pugh

USWNT to Face Chile in Late-Summer Friendlies on Aug. 31 and Sept. 4

Matches in Carson, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. Will be First for the U.S. Women Against Chile

USA Women’s National Team will face Chile in Southern and Northern California for late-summer friendly matches, the first on Friday, Aug. 31 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (8 p.m. PT on ESPN2) before traveling up the coast for the second leg on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and UDN).

These will be the first matches after the 2018 Tournament of Nations and final matches before the USA enters the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in a quest for a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The World Cup qualifying tournament will take place from Oct. 4-17 with the USA playing its Group A games in Cary, N.C.

The match at StubHub Center at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center will be the USA’s 14th match at the venue, marking the most games at one stadium for the U.S. Women. The USA last played at StubHub Center in August of 2017 during a 3-0 victory against Japan to conclude the Tournament of Nations. The match at Avaya Stadium will be the fourth for the USA at the venue where it ended its 2017 schedule with a 3-1 victory against Canada on Nov. 12.

It doesn’t happen very often that the U.S. WNT faces a country it has never played before, but the two matches against Chile will be the first games between the countries in women’s soccer. Chile is also just the fourth South American team the USA has faced in its history, along with Brazil (35 games), Colombia (6) and Argentina (3).

Chile will be the 52nd country the U.S. women have faced in full international competition.

Chile was a surprise qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, finishing second behind Brazil in the Final Stage of the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which it hosted last April, to earn its first FIFA Women’s World Cup berth. Chile played in front of large and boisterous crowds on its home soil and emphatically clinched its spot for France with a 4-0 victory against Argentina.

“It’s exciting for the players and staff to face a new opponent. Chile hosted the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008 and clearly that event positively impacted the current generation, because they’ve qualified for France. It will be great preparation to play a South American team as we head into a final preparation phase for our own qualification this October.”

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