The US women’s national team has announced that it will face France in a friendly match on April 13 at the Stade Océane in Le Havre.
The match will be the second of a two-match European tour, with the USWNT facing Sweden in Stockholm on April 10.
After the two-game European swing, the USWNT will have just three games left before head coach Vlatko Andonovski names an 18-man roster for the Summer Olympics.
What was said?
“We feel really lucky to be able to get these two games during the April game window,” Andonovski said in a press release.
“Playing France in France is one of the toughest games we can schedule and that’s exactly what we’re looking for in the run-up to the Olympics.
“They have top class players in every position, play an exciting style and will certainly be very motivated.
“They will present a lot of challenges that we will have to overcome both defensively and on the attack. “
USWNT history against France
The game in Le Havre will be the first time the two teams meet since the 2019 World Cup quarter-final. Megan Rapinoe scored twice in this game to send the USWNT to the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory , eliminating Les Bleues at home.
France defeated USWNT 3-1 in Le Havre in January 2019, the last loss the United States suffered. Since that game, the USWNT has not lost in 37 straight games.
Overall, the USWNT and France have played 24 times, with the United States compiling an 18-3-3 record.
USWNT seeks challenges ahead of Olympics
France will be the fourth top 10 opponent in the FIFA World Rankings that the USWNT will face in 2021.
The USWNT faced Canada and Brazil at the 2021 SheBelieves Cup and will face fifth-placed Sweden ahead of the game against France.
After the game against France, the USWNT will likely face three quality opponents in the Tournament of Nations in June.