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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

May 26, 2016
WINDY CITY WARMUP
USWNT sets South Africa match


CHICAGO -- The U.S. Women's National Team will meet South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago at 12 p.m. CT Saturday, July 9 in a warmup game before the Olympic Games, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Thursday.

The U.S. team will then regroup for another match, yet to be announced, before traveling to Brazil. At the Olympics, the USA will face New Zealand (Aug. 3), France (Aug. 6) and Colombia (Aug. 9) in Group G.

The match against South Africa will be the first meeting between the two countries in women's international play and will also mark the second African country the USA has faced. The Americans have played Nigeria four times in World Cup or Olympic competition.

"We're very excited to play a country that we've never faced before as well as get a game against another team that will be competing in the Olympics," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "We are going to really embrace these last two opportunities to play in front of our home fans before we go to Brazil."

The USA is 11-0-0 heading into its next two matches against Japan, on at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., at 7 p.m. MT June 2 (FS1) and at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland at 12:30 p.m. ET June 5 (ESPN2).

South Africa, which qualified for its second consecutive Olympic Women's Soccer Tournament, was drawn into Group E with Brazil, China and Sweden.

In its first women's FIFA event at the 2012 Olympics, South Africa did not advance out of its group, falling 4-1 to Sweden and losing 3-0 to Canada, but then drawing 0-0 with eventual silver medalist Japan.

The U.S. Women have played 11 matches in Chicago, but have not played at Soldier Field since 2007 and has never lost in Chicago, going 4-0-1 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and 6-0-0 at Soldier Field. The WNT's most recent visit to the historic venue resulted in a 6-1 victory against New Zealand on Aug. 12, 2007.

   
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