June 14, 2016
USWNT set for Costa Rica match
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Women's National Team will face Costa Rica in its final Olympic Games tuneup at 8 p.m. CT Friday, July 22 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
The match will be broadcast on ESPN, the U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday.
The U.S. will also meet South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago at noon CT Saturday, July 9. At the Olympics, the USA will face New Zealand (Aug. 3), France (Aug. 6) and Colombia (Aug. 9) in Group G play.
"We will have named our final roster by the time we get to this match so it will be a great opportunity to get the Olympic team together and have one final tune up before departing for Brazil," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "It was important for us to play a final game at home and Kansas City will no doubt give us a fantastic send off."
The USA has faced Costa Rica more times than any other CONCACAF foe besides Canada and Mexico and has a 13-0-0 record against the Ticos, taking a 5-0 victory in the opening game of Olympic Qualifying in Frisco, Texas, Feb. 10. This will be the third match for the U.S. women in Kansas, the team playing at Children's Mercy Park (formerly Sporting Park) in September 2011 against Canada (1-1) and October 2014 against Trinidad & Tobago (1-0) in Women's World Cup qualifying. The USA has played four times at Arrowhead Stadium, winning twice and tying twice.
The USA, 12-0-1 (47-4 goal differential) this year, will meet South Africa for the first time in women's international play.