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WNT will play Denmark in January

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USA Women v Sweden Women - International Friendly Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images

The United States women’s national team will open up 2018 with a friendly game against Denmark on January 21 in San Diego.

The US hasn’t played Denmark since 2014, when they were still participating in the Algarve Cup. You’ll remember that was a wild 5-3 loss for the United States and their overall performance in that tournament, ultimately placing seventh out of 12 teams, directly led to then-head coach Tom Sermanni being released by US Soccer.

Denmark is one of several teams that put on a great show at the 2017 Euros, making it all the way to the finals against the Netherlands, where they lost 4-2. But they showed a flair for very fun attacking soccer throughout the tournament and also took down powerhouse Germany, which makes them a very interesting upcoming opponent for the US.

As for the United States, this match will come after their January training camp in Los Angeles. Expect Jill Ellis to call in plenty of younger faces, especially with the college season over. We’ll also see if Morgan Brian and Rose Lavelle are healthy enough to participate at that time after injuries dragged at them for most of 2017.

Given US Soccer’s preference for scheduling friendlies in pairs, they may also announce a second game for the January 15 - 23 FIFA window, but for now, Denmark alone should be a plenty exciting prospect.

Schedule and TV
Sunday, January 21
4:30 PM ET
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
ESPN