US Soccer has announced that the United States will play Colombia in a second game on April 10 in Chester, Pa at Talen Energy Stadium, formerly PPL Park.
The USWNT is already scheduled to play Colombia on April 6 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. The teams' last meeting was in the 2015 World Cup, when the United States defeated Colombia 2-0 to knock them out of the tournament in the Round of 16.
This now brings the total number of pre-Olympic WNT friendlies to five, with the US playing four World Cup teams in England, France, Germany, and Colombia in the period from March 3 to April 10.
This scheduling should give national team players enough time to travel and rest for the start of the NWSL season, which kicks off Saturday, April 16. It also mostly lines up with NWSL preseason, which starts mid-March for most teams and should allow national team players at least a couple of weeks with their clubs while not on national team duty.
USSF could attempt to squeeze in a sendoff game or two in the last FIFA window before the Olympics, May 30 - June 7. When NWSL announced the 2016 schedule, they said there would be no overlap between NWSL games and FIFA dates and no NWSL games conflict with that period. But these next five friendlies will surely see head coach Jill Ellis solidifying her Olympic roster.
Players like Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan seem to have emerged from Olympic qualifying as clear frontrunners for Olympic spots, while other players like Stephanie McCaffrey and Samantha Mewis are harder to read. The starting XIs against world powers like France and Germany will definitely be more telling than those used in qualifying against CONCACAF minnows.
USA vs. Colombia in Chester will air live on ESPN at 2 PM ET.