USWNT’s South Africa Series Canceled, Squad to Face USMNT in Intersquad Matches
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Unfortunately, the No. 16 U.S. Women’s National Team will no longer host No. 21 South Africa for a series in October in Charlotte, N.C.
The United Eagles were set to host South Africa on October 5 and 7 for two International Hockey Federation (FIH) sanctioned matches. These were going to be the first games played on the new field on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Instead, the USWNT will face members of the Junior, Development and Senior U.S. Men’s National Team for intersquad scrimmages. Open to the public, the United Eagles and Wolves will battle on October 5, 6 and 8, all in preparation for the 2023 Pan American Games.
“Obviously we were disappointed that we could not have the opportunity to play a decent series of matches against South Africa, especially as these would have marked the first matches at our new home in UNC Charlotte,” said David Passmore, USWNT Head Coach. “We are thankful however to the Harry, the staff and the men’s team for stepping in at such late notice and for the ongoing support of the United States Performance Center in helping us host some final preparation matches against the Wolves.”
“In facing the formidable U.S. Women's National Team, we forge our women's team in the crucible of competition, preparing them to shine on the Pan American Games stage,” added Singh. “Every game against the best is a step toward our goal with the help of a mixed team.”