USWNT to face Colombia in Connecticut on April 6
CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Colombia on April 6 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. on FS1). The teams last met in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup with the USA prevailing 2-0 in Edmonton on goals from Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.
Colombia, which is ranked 25th in the world and second in South America behind Brazil, is one of the world’s up-and-coming women’s national teams. Colombia put in a fine performance at the World Cup last summer, drawing 1-1 with Mexico, defeating world power France 2-0, and then falling to eventual third-place finisher England 2-1 to complete group play.
The four points were enough to earn Colombia a Round of 16 match with the USA and they put up quite a fight with the eventual world champions before bowing out.
“These games are not just great for the fans to see quality teams, but are critical for our team to be challenged by different styles from nations outside our region,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “Colombia is representative of the continued growth of the women’s game world-wide and we are very much looking forward to hosting them in April.”
This will be the sixth trip to East Hartford for the U.S. Women which played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium (formerly Rentschler Field) in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012 and most recently in June of 2014: a 2-2 tie with France.
- The USA and Colombia have only played each other three times, but the history is recent and rich, with all three games coming in world championship play.
- This will be the first friendly match between the USA and Colombia. The three previous meetings saw the USA defeat Colombia 3-0 in group play at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, 3-0 in group play at the 2012 Olympics and 2-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.