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USWNT vs. China PR: Year-End Friendlies and Historic Rivalry

 USWNT vs. China PR: Year-End Friendlies and Historic Rivalry

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Christen Press #23 of the United States looks for a pass during the first half against China at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 12, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Image-Getty) 

U.S. Women's National Team Faces China PR in Year-End Friendlies

Early December sees the USWNT concluding the year with two matches against China PR. The first clash is set for Dec. 2 at DRV PNK Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, while the second encounter will be on Dec. 5 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Both matches will be broadcasted on various platforms.

Series History: USA vs. China PR

This fixture marks the 59th meeting between the USA and China PR, with the USA leading the series with 36 wins, 13 draws, and 9 losses. The teams last faced each other on June 12, 2018, resulting in a 2-1 victory for the USA. Notably, the upcoming matches end a hiatus spanning over five years, the longest in the rivalry dating back to 1986.

Memorable Matchups

The rivalry has witnessed iconic moments, including the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup where the USA claimed victory. Memorable clashes in the 1995 Women’s World Cup and the 1996 Olympics, where the USA secured gold, contribute to the historical significance of this fixture. The teams met seven times in world championship events, enhancing the intensity of their encounters.

Inside the Roster: China PR

China PR brings a youthful roster featuring players from the 2023 Women’s World Cup squad and emerging talents. Notable players include goalkeeper Pan Hongyan, defenders Li Tingyingge and Wang Sigian, and forward Huo Yuexin. The roster also includes experienced players like 33-year-old defender Wang Shanshan.

Disappointment Down Under

China PR faced disappointment in the 2023 Women’s World Cup, failing to advance beyond the group stage. A defeat to Denmark and a subsequent win against Haiti were followed by a significant loss to England, resulting in a third-place group finish.

Pursuit for Paris Falls Short

China PR's quest for the 2024 Paris Olympics came to an end as they finished third in their group during the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The team faced setbacks against North Korea and drew with South Korea, missing out on Olympic qualification for only the second time.

These friendlies provide an opportunity for both teams to conclude their respective years on a positive note and build momentum for future competitions.

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