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USWNT Opens SheBelieves Cup Today

Soccer

The GIST: Need another reason to get hyped for the Tokyo Olympics? Look no further than the SheBelieves Cup.

February 18, 2021
Source: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

The set-up: The annual invitational soccer tournament starts today and is a four-team event hosted by the USWNT. Usually held between three U.S. cities, this year’s tournament will take place entirely in Orlando, Florida, and the Canadian, Brazilian and Argentinian national teams have all been invited.

  • Every team plays three matches — one against each opponent — and the top team based on points (three for a win, one for a draw) after the round-robin is declared the winner. Unsurprisingly, the USWNT are the defending champions and favorites.

The squad: The band is back together. The world’s top team will be led by stars Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and last year’s top scorer, Christen Press, who haven’t all played together since the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup — and we all know how that ended. Check out the full squad and schedule here.