Becky Sauerbrunn

U.S. women begin final preparations for Olympic soccer tournament

U.S. women begin final preparations for Olympic soccer tournament

U.S. women’s soccer Coach Jill Ellis has called 24 players into the final national team training camp ahead of this summer’s Olympic Game in Brazil.

The U.S. will play two friendlies – July 9 in Chicago against South Africa and July 22 against Costa Rica in Kansas City, Kan. – before Ellis cuts the roster to the Olympic limit of 18 players. The U.S. opens defense of its Olympic title Aug. 3 against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte. The Americans will also play France in Belo Horizonte before closing group play against Colombia in Manaus. The top two teams in each of the three groups, plus the best two third-place teams advance to the knockout round.

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