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Global Aug 21, 2017

USWNT to to play Canada in San Jose, California on November 12

CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Canada on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., in the second of a two-game, home-and-away series of friendlies to end the USA’s 2017 schedule. The game will start at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on FS1.

The first match, which was announced on June 29, will be played at BC Place in Vancouver on Nov. 9 (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2, UDN) before the teams travel south to meet again three days later in Northern California.

“The overall quality of our schedule in 2017 has been excellent and these games will be a great way to end the year,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis said. “From March until November, we’ll have played top teams from every Confederation except Africa and these games against Canada continue that trend while matching up two teams that are very familiar with each other. We want to continue to put our players in those challenging situations while asking them to excel. That’s how we get answers and how we get better as individuals and as a group.”

Additional Notes:

  • The match in San Jose will be the final game of 2017 for the U.S. WNT.
  • The USA is 47-3-6 all-time against Canada, which is ranked fourth in the world.
  • While the USA and Canada have played each other 56 times (tied with China PR for the most common opponent in U.S. WNT history), only twice before have the neighbors played back-to-back games in a home-and-away format.
  • The most recent meeting between the teams came in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, where the USA won 2-0 to take the regional title after both teams had already qualified for Brazil by winning semifinal matches.
  • While the USA has a long history of success against Canada, the nine meetings since the turn of the decade have featured two ties and three one-goal wins for the USA.
  • The match in Northern California will mark the USA’s ninth visit to San Jose, but just the third visit to Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes. The USA played at Avaya on Mother’s Day 2015, defeating the Republic of Ireland 3-0, and again last November in an 8-1 victory against Romania.
  • The USA’s first six matches in San Jose were all at historic Spartan Stadium.
  • The U.S. Women have never lost in San Jose, going 8-0-0 while scoring 39 goals and allowing just two.
  • The U.S. WNT has numerous players with Bay Area connections. Defender Kelley O’Hara, forward Christen Press and goalkeeper Jane Campbell all attended Stanford. Forward Alex Morgan attended UC Berkeley, while defender Julie Ertz attended Santa Clara University, which is very close to Avaya Stadium, and forward Lynn Williams is from Fresno, Calif., about 150 miles southeast of Avaya Stadium.
  • The matches against Canada will feature numerous club teammates squaring off as the Canadians have 11 players in the NWSL, including all-time leading scorer Christine Sinclair of the Portland Thorns and three goalkeepers in Stephanie Labbe of the Washington Spirit, Sabrina D’Angelo of North Carolina FC and Kailen Sheridan of Sky Blue FC.
  • The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and epic long-range goal.
  • The first came in 1995 when the USA defeated Canada 9-1 in Dallas on May 19 and then traveled to Edmonton and won 2-1 in what were the final matches before the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden. In 2001, the teams tied 2-2 in Toronto on June 30 and then traveled to Blaine, Minn., where the USA earned a 1-0 victory on July 3.

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