USWNT announces two November matches against Romania

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by TOM SLATER

The Unites States Women’s National Team will finish its roller-coaster 2016 season with two matches against Romania in California on November 10 and 13.

The Americans will open the two-game set at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, on Thursday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2) before traveling down the coast for a second match on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the StubHub Center in Carson (6:30 p.m. PT on FS1).

The United States have an 18-0-3 record on the field but had its worst Olympic finish ever in Brazil, falling to Sweden in penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round in August. The loss to Sweden was officially listed as a draw.

The two friendlies will mark the first matches between the USA and Romania in women’s soccer. Romania, currently 36th in the FIFA rankings, finished second behind France in Group 3 of qualifying for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, earning a spot in the playoffs for the final berth to the 16-nation tournament being held in the Netherlands.

The United States will play Switzerland twice in October — on October 19 in Utah and October 23 in Minneapolis.

Coach Jill Ellis is using the upcoming games to look at new players in the national team pool. Eleven players — eight from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and three from the collegiate ranks — searching for their first cap with the senior team have been called into Ellis’ camp.

New players include Lynn Williams, from the newly minted NWSL champion Western New York Flash and Golden Boot Winner, and high-scoring Kealia Ohai from Houston are among the new players in camp for the Switzerland matches.

Missing at least from the October camp are veterans Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh, Julie Johnston, Ali Krieger and Megan Rapinoe.