Korea Republic set for USA test
Seoul: Korea Republic’s preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers will include one of the biggest tests in the women’s game; back-to-back confrontations with reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champions the United States.
The East Asians will face the world’s number one side in Charlotte and Chicago in October as part of the Americans’ five-match Victory Tour, celebrating the world title they won in Lyon last month.
The tour has been scheduled as part of Korea Republic’s run-in to December’s EAFF E-1 Championship in Busan, as well as their bid to reach Tokyo 2020, which begins early next year.
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While the matches will be the last for USA’s departing dual World Cup-winning mentor Jill Ellis, they may be the first for Korea Republic’s yet-to-be-appointed new head coach following the resignation of former boss Yoon Duk-yeo after the team’s group stage elimination in France.
Korea Republic travelled to the US for a similar tour in 2017, suffering successive defeats at the hands of the world’s top-ranked side, who they have not beaten in 11 attempts since 1999.
The Americans were dominant on their way to a fourth world title in France, winning all seven matches, with four players – Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz – shortlisted for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award on Wednesday.
October 3 - USA v Korea Republic: Charlotte, North Carolina
October 6 - USA v Korea Republic: Chicago, Illinois
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