May 5, 2014
U.S. WOMEN TO HOST FRANCE
June Games in Tampa, E. Hartford, Conn.
The U.S. Women's National Team will face France in a pair of summer friendlies, Saturday, June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. and Thursday, June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
The U.S. and France last met in the opening match of the 2012 Olympics, when the USA overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 on its way to winning the gold medal; the USA is 13-0-1 all-time against France.
France, which is fourth in the latest FIFA Women's World Rankings, features some of the world's best players at their positions. The squad is made up primarily of players from Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. The French were expected to contend for the title at last summer's UEFA Women's Championships but were upset by Denmark on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round.
The USA's most recent encounters with France were epic matches in world championships. The Americans defeated France 3-1 on July 13, 2011, in a FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany, and also won the Olympic curtain-raiser 4-2 on July 25, 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland, as Alex Morgan scored twice and Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd once each.
The U.S. WNT has made one previous appearance at Raymond James Stadium, defeating the Korea Republic 1-0 on Nov. 8, 2008, but this will be the USA's sixth appearance in Tampa, having also played three matches at Pepin/Rood Stadium in the 1990s and one at Tampa Stadium in 1996.
The U.S. women have played eight previous matches in Connecticut; four were at Rentschler Field where the team holds a 3-0-1 record. The largest crowd to attend a Women's National Team game in Connecticut turned up at Rentschler Field in October 2012, as 18,870 saw the U.S. and Germany tie, 2-2.