Japan, Australia name rosters for 2018 Tournament of Nations
The tournament begins on July 26
(Left to right) Seattle Reign FC's Nahomi Kawasumi, Houston Dash's Kyah Simon and Seattle Reign FC's Rumi Utsugi. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne.isiphotos.com)
(Left to right) Seattle Reign FC's Nahomi Kawasumi, Houston Dash's Kyah Simon and Seattle Reign FC's Rumi Utsugi. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne.isiphotos.com)

Japan and Australia have released their rosters for the 2018 Tournament of Nations and there will be plenty of NWSL players in action.

For Japan, Seattle Reign FC’s Rumi Utsugi and Nahomi Kawasumi have been named to the squad. They’ll join the team on July 23 in Denver, per the official roster release. (View the full roster)

For Australia, 11 NWSL players are on the squad: Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns FC), Steph Catley (Seattle Reign FC), Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns FC), Katrina Gorry (Utah Royals FC), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars), Clare Polkinghorne (Houston Dash), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns FC), Kyah Simon (Houston Dash), Emily van Egmond (Orlando Pride) and Lydia Williams (Seattle Reign FC). (View the full roster)

In their roster release, the Matildas said that the team will assemble in Kansas on Monday, July 23, ahead of their first game vs. Brazil on July 26.

Foord has yet to play for Portland Thorns FC this season as she has been out with a right lis franc repair. The Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg reported on Tuesday that Foord could see her first minutes of the season on the road vs. Sky Blue FC on Saturday. Update — on Tuesday evening, Australia announced that 15-year-old Mary Fowler has been added to the roster. Head coach Alen Stajcic said Fowler was added to the roster because Foord would not appear in games during the tournament.  

Last year’s Tournament of Nations featured 34 players across all four teams (Australia, Japan, Brazil and the United States).

After this weekend’s games on July 20/21, the NWSL will mostly be on break until August 5, though the Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC will meet on July 28. The full NWSL slate resumes on Sunday, August 5, with four games.

Australia, Brazil and Japan have all qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The United States will take part in Concacaf’s qualifying tournament in October. All four teams are currently ranked in the top eight teams in the world: United States (No. 1), Japan (No. 6), Brazil (No. 7) and Australia (No. 8).

The Tournament of Nations will only take place in years that don’t have a Women’s World Cup or Olympic tournament — so this will be the last tournament until 2021.

Full Tournament of Nations schedule and broadcast info, if available:

 

Thursday, July 26

Children’s Mercy Park

Kansas City, Kansas

 

Brazil vs. Australia | 4:15 p.m. ET

USA vs. Japan | 7 p.m. ET | FS1


Sunday, July 29

Pratt & Whitney Stadium

East Hartford, Connecticut

 

Japan vs. Brazil | 4:15 p.m. ET

USA vs. Australia | 7 p.m. ET | FS1


Thursday, August 2

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, Illinois

 

Australia vs. Japan | 5:45 p.m. ET

USA vs. Brazil | 8:30 p.m. ET | FS1

 

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