The current calendar for the U.S. men’s national team, U.S. women’s national team and U.S. under-20 women’s squad …
Sept. 3: Czech Republic friendly at Generali Arena in Prague, 2:15 p.m. ET (TV tba)
Oct. 6-14: Two home friendlies, to be announced
Nov. 18: Ireland friendly at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, 2:45 p.m. ET (TV tba)
The proposed friendly against World Cup star James Rodriguez and Colombia on Sept. 9 in San Antonio will not happen, the USSF says. The sides had a handshake agreement but Colombia did not meet Monday’s deadline to finalize the deal. So the visit to Prague will serve as the only game in September. Initially, Jurgen Klinsmann planned to call a mostly Euro-based squad for the Czech game and an MLS-themed crew for the Colombia match. With just one date, however, he seems likely to name a mixed team.
The USSF is close to finalizing two home games in October. No details are available yet. Ecuador has been rumored as one opponent. With an extended period together, Klinsmann is likely to summon players from Europe, MLS and Mexico.
The FIFA window in November allows for two friendlies, and while the Americans would love to play twice in Europe, they will have difficulty arranging a second game because of scheduling conflicts with teams involved in European Championship qualifiers. Hence, the Ireland game will probably be the only U.S. match that month. Klinsmann will primarily use Euro-based players and domestic candidates whose MLS teams have closed their season.
Here was the U.S. squad’s schedule under Bob Bradley immediately following the 2010 World Cup:
Brazil in East Rutherford, N.J. (2-0 loss)
Poland in Chicago (2-2)
Colombia in Chester, Pa. (0-0)
South Africa in Cape Town (1-0 victory)
Aug. 20: Switzerland friendly at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., 7:30 p.m. ET (streaming video on ussoccer.com)
Sept. 13: Mexico friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, 6:30 p.m. ET (video tba)
Sept. 18: Mexico friendly at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Oct. 15-26: CONCACAF championship (World Cup qualifying) in Kansas City, Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia (Fox outlets). Draw is Sept. 5.
The Switzerland match falls on a FIFA fixture date but also the week of the National Women’s Soccer League semifinals. Most of the players called up by Coach Jill Ellis will have to scramble back to their clubs for the playoffs.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo (Seattle), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (Kansas City), midfielders Lauren Holiday (Kansas City) and Megan Rapinoe (Seattle), and forwards Sydney Leroux (Seattle) and Amy Rodriguez (Kansas City) are assured of playing in the NWSL semis. Top seed Seattle is home Aug. 23, second-place Kansas City is home Aug. 24.
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defenders Ali Krieger and Crystal Dunn are likely to qualify for postseason with the Washington Spirit, while midfielder Allie Long and forward Alex Morgan are currently on the fourth-place club, the Portland Thorns.
The only non-college selection, University of Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian, is scheduled to open the NCAA season two days after the U.S. match, at home against Marshall.
U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN
Saturday: U-20 World Cup quarterfinal vs. North Korea at BMO Field in Toronto, 5 p.m. ET (ESPNU, ESPN3.com).
After an opening defeat to Germany, the reigning champions rebounded with a pair of victories to secure passage to the quarterfinals. A 3-0 triumph over China on Tuesday locked up the second position in Group B behind the Germans, who scored five straight in the second half to thrash Brazil, 5-1. Lindsey Horan, who skipped college to play for Paris Saint-Germain, posted two goals and assist. (Germany will face Canada in a quarterfinal in Edmonton.)
Six members of the U.S. squad have ties to the Washington region:
Defender Brittany Basinger, a Woodgrove High graduate from Purcellville, Va., who played for FC Virginia, started all 23 matches as a freshman at Penn State last year.
Defender Kaleigh Riehl (Fairfax Station, Va.) has a year remaining at South County in Lorton before heading to Penn State. She plays for Braddock Road Youth Club.
Midfielder Carlyn Baldwin, a Flint Hill graduate from Oakton, Va., is heading to Tennessee after the World Cup. She played for Braddock Road.
Midfielder Andi Sullivan, a South County graduate from Lorton, Va., is heading to Stanford after the World Cup. She played for Bethesda Soccer Club.
Forward Midge Purce, from Olney, Md., is a rising sophomore at Harvard. She played for Freestate Soccer and was a two-time Washington Post All-Met player of the year at Good Counsel High School.
Forward Makenzy Doniak, a California native, is entering her junior year at the University of Virginia after scoring 20 goals last season.