USWNT, SheBelieves Cup coming to Geodis Park

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. Women’s National Team is coming to Nashville. On Friday, US Soccer announced that Geodis Park will be one of three host venues for the 2023 SheBelieves Cup.

From the press release:

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U.S. Soccer will host the eighth annual SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa®, from Feb. 16-22 as Brazil, Canada and Japan join the USA for the four-team international tournament. GEODIS Park will host the second date of the tournament with a doubleheader involving the U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan followed by Brazil vs. Canada.

The SheBelieves Cup is part of U.S. Soccer’s SheBelieves initiative to inspire and empower women and girls to achieve their goals in sport and beyond. All four nations will be participating in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer and all four are ranked in the top 11 in the world with the USA at No. 1, Canada at No. 6, Brazil at No. 9 and Japan at No. 11.

The USA, perennial South American and Asian powers Brazil and Japan, and the reigning Olympic gold medalists in Canada, will use this tournament as important World Cup preparation just five months before the competition kicks off in Australia and New Zealand.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the entirety of 2021 SheBelieves Cup was held at one stadium in Orlando, Fla. and the 2022 tournament was staged in two cities and two stadiums. For its 2023 edition, the tournament will return to its traditional three-venue format with matches played at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla., GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tenn. and Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

The matches of the 2023 SheBelieves Cup will be the first domestic games of the World Cup year for the USWNT, which will play two games in and against New Zealand in January.

The six-game tournament was first played in 2016. The USA won the inaugural edition and France took top honors in 2017. The USA won again in 2018, and England finished first in 2019, but the USA returned to the top of the podium in 2020, the first title for Andonovski, and took top honors in both 2021 and 2022.

The USWNT and the SheBelieves Cup have a history of playing in Nashville. Most recently, Nissan Stadium hosted games in 2019, a 2-2 draw between the United States and England in front of , as well as Brazil’s 3-1 win over Japan.

2016 saw two games in front of over 25,000; an American 1-0 win over France and Germany’s 2-1 defeat of England.

The pair of games will be the first international matches in Geodis Park’s history.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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