U.S. Women's National Soccer team to play in Connecticut this July

Published on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:04
Written by Ryan Ames


EAST HARTFORD – The United States Women’s National Team will be heading to Connecticut this summer for a pair matches against Mexico ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

Team USA will first play on July 1, and then again on July 5, at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford as part of the WNT Send-Off Series, presented by Visa.

Both games will feature the full Olympic Women’s Team roster as the final 18-player team will be decided in late June, before heading off to compete in the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“These are games to work on the final details, to once again give our players a chance to play with their position groups and areas on the field and to make sure our fitness is in the right place heading into our pre-Olympic training camp,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Mexico is a team that has larger ambitions as it prepares for the run-up to the 2023 Women’s World Cup so we know they will give us two tough tests, which is what we need to continue to sharpen our team before we leave for Japan.”

The last time the two teams met was during the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2020, in a match Team USA won, 4-0.

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field has hosted the USWNT seven times in the past, with the most recent meeting coming July 29, 2018 in a 1-1 tie. Team USA has also never lost in the Nutmeg State, going 4-0-3, since it’s first match in 2004 against China PR.

Alyssa Naeher, the USWNT goalkeeper, will be returning to her home state as the netminder grew up in Stratford, about 60 miles from Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

Lastly, the pair of games will mark the 40th and 41st total meetings between the USA and Mexico. Tickets will be available at near full capacity and information for both games will be announced soon.

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:04. Updated: Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:06.