• Four of women’s top five in pre-Rio showdown


    CHICAGO: Three-time defending Olympic women’s football champion United States will play host to England, France and Germany in a March tournament among four of the world’s top teams ahead of August’s Rio Olympics. The Americans, who beat fourth-ranked Japan in last year’s Women’s World Cup final at Vancouver, will be tested by second-ranked Germany, third-ranked France and number five England for the SheBelieves Cup from March 3-9. The US women, featuring FIFA 2015 Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, will not compete at Portugal in the Algarve Cup, an event where they have competed for the past 18 years, which will be played over the same time frame. Double-headers will be staged on March 3 in Tampa (Germany-France and USA-England), March 6 at Nashville (USA-France and Germany-England) and March 9 at Boca Raton, Florida (France-England and USA-Germany).



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