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USWNT set to open SheBelieves Cup against Japan

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NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 19: Mallory Swanson #9 and Lindsey Horan #10 of the United States makes they're way out to the field for warm up's before the SheBelieves Cup game between Japan and USWNT at GEODIS Park on February 19, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

The USWNT will open up its 2024 SheBelieves Cup against Japan, the team announced on Friday.

This year’s SheBelieves is an amended format, with the USWNT playing just one preliminary match before the final. The USWNT’s match against Japan will take place on April 6 at 12:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

A game between Brazil and Canada will take place later that day at 3:30 p.m. ET.

On April 9, a third-place and championship match will take place. The first match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET while the USWNT will play at 7 p.m. ET on TBS. The opponents for each are to be determined upon the results of the Brazil vs. Canada match.

All four of the teams are ranked in the top 11 in the world, and competed in last year’s SheBelieves Cup. The USWNT took first in that tournament, followed by Japan in second. Brazil was third, while Canada took fourth place.

“This is a tournament that features three teams already in the Olympics and Japan has a great chance to qualify, so coming off the Gold Cup, these are the exact kinds of games we need to evaluate players and continue to push our team as we prepare for France,” said U.S. interim head coach Twila Kilgore.

“One great thing about the SheBelieves Cup is that it goes a long way in replicating the group stage at the Olympics, both in the short amount of rest you get between games while also facing teams with different styles of play during a group stage. The games will be great tests for all the teams and fun for the fans ahead of the Olympics.”

Atlanta will play host to the first slate of games while the teams will travel to Columbus, Ohio for the finale matches.