This will come about a month after the team finishes playing Germany, France, and England at SheBelieves in early March, making for a great early slate of opponents as the WNT enters the beginning of a new World Cup cycle leading up to CONCACAF qualification in October.
This game does fall in a FIFA international window, which should make the usual suspects available for selection although it will be a slight bump in the NWSL schedule. Still, it’s only two weeks into the regular season, which begins March 24-25, and it’s certainly worth getting a preview of regional rivals Mexico.
This could be a young-ish Mexican team, drawing from players who have just gone through their first full season of Liga MX Femenil, where the teams have a U23 roster age limit that only allows two overage players. Mexico is clearly moving to invest in the development of young players as a foundation for their WNT, looking to improve on their record of one win in 34 meetings with the US. Looking at their recent U20 performance in CONCACAF U20 WWC qualifying, Mexico’s youth development has clearly pulled up right next to the United States - a low bar at this time, perhaps, but one Mexico is ready to hurdle.
So a senior team clash that features a younger Mexico roster could give everyone in the region a preview of what’s to come, and playing in an area with a large Mexican population could make for a top notch atmosphere. Meanwhile, Jill Ellis will keep refining her qualification roster pool as the USWNT keeps their eye on adding a fourth star to the jersey.
Schedule and TV info
USA vs. Mexico
Sunday, April 8
1:30 PM ET, FOX
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston