USWNT to finish Fall 2022 schedule with pair of home friendlies against Germany
CHICAGO – The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its fall schedule with two marquee matchups against 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro runners-up Germany on Thursday, Nov. 10 at DRV PNK Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (5 p.m. ET on ESPN).
The matches will bring together the top two teams in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings with the USA sitting first and Germany second. This will mark the first visit to Ft. Lauderdale for the USWNT in 22 years and first match at the current home of Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer.
“Playing Germany in the final matches of the year will be ideal for our World Cup preparations for all of our players and coaching staff, but it’s also fantastic for all the fans,” said U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “USA-Germany is always one of the most entertaining match-ups in women’s international soccer and it’s a rivalry that has some wonderful history as well.”
These will be the USA’s first meetings with the two-time Women’s World Cup champions and eight-time European champions since the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-0 U.S. victory played in challenging weather conditions in Columbus, Ohio.
On Sept. 3, Germany qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Turkey (followed by an 8-0 trouncing of Bulgaria on Sept. 6) and topped Group H in UEFA qualifying with a 9-0-1 record while scoring 47 goals and allowing five.
At the end of July, Germany made an impressive run to the title game of the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro, but fell in overtime to host England, 2-1, in front of a record crowd at Wembley Stadium. Midfielder Lina Magull scored Germany’s lone goal in the final, which was played without star forward Alexandra Popp, who was injured during warmups and could not add to her six tournament goals, which tied for most in the competition.
Germany boasts some of the top young players in the world and several world class veterans, which will make for two compelling games to end the USWNT’s 2022 schedule of matches.
- The match at Red Bull Arena, another jewel in the collection of MLS venues, will mark the USWNT’s eighth game at the home of the NWSL’s NJ/NY Gotham FC and MLS’ NY/NY Red Bulls. Of the USA’s last five matches at Red Bull Arena, three were sell-outs and two others fell just short, drawing 25,706 and 26,332.
- While this will be the first match for the USWNT at DRV PNK Stadium, the USA did play in Boca Raton, Fla. in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
- The last time the USWNT played in Ft. Lauderdale was Feb. 6, 2000, at Lockhart Stadium, which was on the site where DRV PNK Stadium currently sits. The USA lost 3-2 to Norway that day.
- The USA also played a match at Lockhart Stadium in January of 1999, a 6-0 win over Portugal in which Michelle Akers scored her 100th career goal and kick-started the run to the 1999 FIFA women’s World Cup.
- The USWNT’s history with Germany dates to the early years of the program when the teams’ met twice in 1991, the second of which was a 5-2 victory for the Americans in the Women’s World Cup semifinal in China PR.
- The USA and Germany have met 33 times, the most matches against any European team besides Norway and Sweden. The USA is 22-4-7 all-time vs. Germany.
- The USA and Germany are the only countries that hold multiple Women’s World Cup titles, four for the USA (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019) and two for Germany (2003 and 2007).