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The USWNT will face England at Wembley Stadium

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The United States women’s national soccer team, which is aiming to win a third consecutive World Cup trophy next summer, is tentatively set to face newly crowned European champions England in a friendly match on 7 October at Wembley Stadium, the respective federations announced on Tuesday.

The match depends on England qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in the September international match window. The Lionesses (8-0-0) only have to draw against Austria (6-1-1) on September 3 or defeat Luxembourg (3-5-0) three days later at home.

In an away qualifier with Luxembourg last year, England won 10-0. Should the Lionesses stumble and be forced into a World Cup qualifier in October, the England FA and US Soccer Association have said they will work to reschedule in the future.

The top-ranked Americans and England’s No.8 met in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals in France (US win 2-1) and the 2020 SheBelieves Cup in Orlando (US win 2-0). But after England won the Euro title for the first time on Sunday, beating Germany 2-1 before 87,192 at Wembley, interest in women’s football there is at an all time high and a game with the sport’s most decorated program would surely attract a lot of attention. .

England fans reacted to the country’s first major women’s football title on July 31. The Lionesses made history after beating Germany 2-1. (Video: Reuters)

Tickets went on sale immediately. The match will start in the evening in London. Fox Sports 1 will provide coverage in the United States.

In a statement, USA manager Vlatko Andonovski said playing England at Wembley is an “opportunity that doesn’t come around very often, so we are all grateful that the match could be arranged, and we hope the England will finish their game”. [World Cup] qualifying campaign.

Andonovski added: “It’s exactly the kind of game we need at the right time in our preparations for the World Cup so we can test ourselves against a very talented England side.”

Since the Americans won the world title in 2019, most of their matches have come against weak and average opponents. Last month, they qualified for the 2024 World Cup and Olympics by winning the Concacaf W Championship with five wins by an aggregate score of 13-0.

They are undefeated in 19 consecutive games since losing to Canada in the Olympic semifinals last summer and have recorded shutouts in 11 of 12 games this year.

The Americans haven’t appeared at Wembley since the 2012 Olympic gold medal game against Japan. Their only two away games against England have been in small venues around London, in 2011 and 2015.

After the proposed match against England, the United States plans to play a second friendly in Europe on October 10-11. Spain, ranked No. 7, are the best candidate, said a person familiar with the plans.

Before venturing to Europe, the Americans have two friendlies against Nigeria: September 3 in Kansas City, Kan., and September 6 at Audi Field in Washington. In November, they plan to play two home games. The opponent and venues have not been finalized.

All matches this fall will take place during FIFA international windows. The National Women’s Soccer League, which provides most of the U.S. national team’s players, has scheduled a match during the September window. The league is expected to suspend the start of the playoffs for October friendlies, and the NWSL Championship Game takes place more than a week before November games.

In a statement, England coach Sarina Wiegman said of the planned clash with the United States: “It would be the perfect match for our team to meet another strong team after so many difficult matches at the Euros. It’s good that we appreciate the moment we find ourselves in after this wonderful summer, but we know that we still have to work to take the next step forward.

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