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U.S. women’s national soccer team returning to Commerce City

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The U.S. Women’s National soccer team will square off with China PR at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

The United States has faced China more than any other nation besides Canada, according to a statement from U.S. Soccer. The meeting in April will be the 51st between the two countries. The last match was in the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal, and the Americans won it 5-nil.

 

“China seems to be getting to the stage where they’ve got some increased stability in coaching staff and their player pool, and the results of that stability and planning are beginning to show on the field,” said U.S. coach Tom Sermanni in a statement. “As always, the match will be a chance for our players to make claims for spots on the World Cup qualifying roster later in the fall. But it will also be just before the players head into the NWSL as friendly combatants, so we’ll want to put in quality performances for our home fans.”

The match is also a Women’s World Cup qualifying preparation for China, which competes in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam in mid-May. The top five finishers from that tournament qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

This is the United States’ third match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The U.S. played there in 2008 against Brazil and in 2012 against Australia. The U.S. holds a 30-18-2 lifetime edge against China and is undefeated this year in three starts. China is No. 19 in the FIFA rankings, while the Americans are at the top of those rankings.

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-866-461-6556 or 303-534-6119 or at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores in metro Denver and at the stadium box office.