The United States women’s national team will face familiar foes when they open their campaign to win a fourth consecutive Olympic Gold Medal. The draw for the men’s and women’s competition was held at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
The United States will face New Zealand, France and Colombia in Group G. The Stars and Stripes faced France and Colombia during the group stage for the 2012 Olympics (winning the matches 4-2 and 3-0, respectively) and defeated New Zealand 2-0 in the quarterfinals of that Olympics. The USWNT also faced the Football Ferns at the 2008 Olympics.
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“It’s always a positive to learn your path at a major tournament and it gives our team and staff increased focus on the challenges we will face in Brazil,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “We have tremendous respect for all of our opponents and know each one will bring a different style that we must be prepared for, but as always our prime focus continues to be on the evolution of this team so we are playing our best during the Olympics.”
USWNT Olympic Group Stage Schedule
vs New Zealand at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte (7 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET)
vs France at Mineirão Stadium (5 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET)
vs Colombia at the Amazônia Stadium in Manaus (6 p.m. local / 6 p.m. ET)
2016 Brazil Olympics Groups – Women’s Soccer
Group E (Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Brasilia):
Group F (São Paulo, Salvador, Brasilia):
Group G (Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Salvador):