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How to watch: She Believes tournament

The United States kicks off a series of three games from March 3 - 9.

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The United States will participate in the She Believes tournament, a three-game series from March 3 - 9 against England, France, and Germany.

March 3 | USA vs. England | 7:30 PM ET | FS1

March 6 | USA vs France | 3 PM ET | ESPN3

March 9 | USA vs Germany | 7:30 PM ET | ESPN3

Unfortunately, only the American games will be broadcast on American television, although the BBC and French broadcasters D17 and Canal + Sport have picked up the other games. Here is the full schedule of all games.

She Believes is taking place during the time when the United States traditionally participates in the Algarve Cup invitational tournament in Portugal, but this year US Soccer decided to host a home soil series in preparation for the Olympics. All three teams will probably provide stiffer competition than the United States might have found in Algarve this year, although fans might remember the US crashing out of the tournament in 2014 with a seventh-place finish.

All three opponents have brought fairly full-strength rosters - France and Germany especially, since they are the UEFA nations who qualified for the Olympics. Germany vs. France kicks off just before United States vs. England tomorrow and could end up being the most entertaining game of the tournament. Germany beat France on penalties in the quarterfinals of the last World Cup, only to get knocked out themselves by the US in semis.

In any case, She Believes will allow the US to face World-Cup caliber competition while minimizing overseas travel. It will also be one of the last proving grounds for fringe players before Jill Ellis finalizes her Olympic roster. Players like Jaelene Hinkle, Samantha Mewis, and Mallory Pugh are all on the bubble, while returning players Heather O'Reilly and Whitney Engen must surely be doing everything they can to reclaim their roster spots.

Lindsey Horan is another player who would be new to a high-level tournament roster, but she's probably less on the bubble than others, based on her recent playing time with the team and Ellis' interest in using her as a defensive mid. And among the goalkeepers, with only two spots available, Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris will be fighting to see who goes as Hope Solo's backup and who drops to the alternate list. Playing time points to Naeher getting bumped up to #2 over Harris, but many things can change in camp between now and the summer.


United States

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)


GOALKEEPERS (3): Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Carly Telford (Notts County)

DEFENDERS (9): Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Arsenal)

FORWARDS (6): Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Chelsea), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns FC)


GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Méline Gerard (Olympique Lyonnais), Laëtitia Philippe (Montpellier HSC)

DEFENDERS (7): Sabrina Delannoy (Paris Saint-Germain), Kelly Gadea (Montpellier HSC), Laura Georges (Paris Saint-Germain), Jessica Houara D'Hommeaux (Paris Saint-Germain), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Griedge Mbock Bathy (Olympique Lyonnais)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais), Viviane Asseyi (Montpellier HSC), Charlotte Bilbault (FCF Juvisy), Elise Bussaglia (Vfl Wolfsburg), Kadidiatou Diani (FCF Juvisy), Kheira Hamraoui (Paris Saint-Germain), Aurélie Kaci (Olympique Lyonnais), Marie-Charlotte Leger (Montpellier HSC), Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)

FORWARDS (4): Marie-Laure Delie (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Claire Lavogez (Olympique Lyonnais), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Louisa Necib (Olympique Lyonnais)


GOALKEEPERS (3): Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)

DEFENDERS (7): Saskia Bartusiak (1. FFC Frankfurt), Kathrin Hendrich (1. FFC Frankfurt), Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies), Tabea Kemme (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam), Annike Krahn (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Leonie Maier (FC Bayern München), Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Melanie Behringer (FC Bayern München), Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), Sara Däbritz (FC Bayern München), Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), Lena Goeßling (VfL Wolfsburg), Svenja Huth (Vfl Wolfsburg), Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg)

FORWARDS (6): Mandy Islacker (1. FFC Frankfurt), Lina Magull (SC Freiburg), Dzsenifer Marozsan (1. FFC Frankfurt), Anja Mittag (Paris St. Germain FC), Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg), Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg)