USWNT to host one of 4 fall friendlies in Kansas City

Chris Smith
The USWNT will play Paraguay and Korea Republic this fall.
The USWNT will play Paraguay and Korea Republic this fall. / Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

The United States Women's National Team will play one of its four remaining fall matches at Sporting Kansas City's Children's Mercy Park, the club has announced.

Though not the outcome they were ultimately looking for, the USWNT left the Tokyo Olympics with a bronze medal, beating Australia 4-3 to take a place on the podium.

Vlatko Andonovski's side now have two games against Paraguay to come in September. The first will be played at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday 16 September, while the second will be the USWNT's first ever match at FC Cincinnati's brand new TQL Stadium on Tuesday 21 September.

And in October, the USWNT will host the Korea Republic at Children's Mercy Park on Thursday 21st before travelling to Minnesota United's Allianz Field to face the same opponent on Tuesday 26th.

All four fixtures will feature members of this summer's bronze medal-winning team, while it offers supporters a final chance to glimpse Carli Lloyd in a US kit. The 39-year-old is second on the all-time list for USWNT caps with 312 and fourth for goals with 128, but recently announced she would retire from playing at the end of the current NWSL season.

“The work never stops and every game we play has meaning,” head coach Andonovski said of the upcoming fixtures. “These games are important to welcome back our Olympic Team to play in front of our home fans, but they are also the first steps towards 2023 World Cup qualifying. We all know we have to be at the top of our game to win at the highest levels and the dedication of the entire group to that pursuit will never change.”

On the prospect of playing in his home town, Andonovski added: “I’m so excited to have the U.S. Women’s National Team in Kansas City. It’s such a great city. It’s going to be an incredible opportunity for the team to play in front of these fans. They create such a great atmosphere.”

The USWNT - who remain top of the FIFA World Rankings - are unbeaten in Kansas City to date, winning five and drawing three of their eight games there.