USSoccer announced yesterday that the U.S. WNT will travel to Commerce City, CO on April 6 where they will take on China PR at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
China is an old rival for the U.S. ladies and they have clashed more times than any other country. In fact, this will be the 51st meet up between the two. The U.S. hold an all-time record of 30-8-12 against China, having last defeated them 5-0 in the 2013 Algarve Cup. While the U.S. leads FIFA rankings at No. 1, China sits comfortably at No. 19.
The U.S. is undefeated so far this year, always bringing their A game of course. They recently wrapped up two matches against Russia this month, obliterating the scoreboard with powerful goals to shut them out twice.
Despite a successful start, they will have to keep their wits about them, because China will surely bring their A game as well since the match serves as crucial preparation for Women’s World Cup qualification. They will compete in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in May, in which the top five finishers will earn a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“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,” U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni told USSoccer. “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.”