On June 25 and 28, the United States women’s team will receive its counterpart from Colombia in the cities of Commerce City (Colored) and Sandy (Utah) as part of two international friendlies preparatory with whom the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) plans to prepare what will be its participation in the Conmebol Copa America 2022 which will take place in Armenia, Bucaramanga y Cali.
The first matchup against the four-time world champion and eight-time Concacaf champion North American powerhouse will be played at the home of the Colorado Rapids club of Major League Soccer (MLS) and for this duel the Tricolor players are ready to travel from Bogotá.
They will do it on the morning of Wednesday, June 22 with a roster of 25 players called by coach Nelson Abadíaamong which are figures such as Catalina Usme, Leicy Santos, Jorelyn Carabalí, Daniela Montoya, Sandra Sepúlveda, among others.
Taking into account that In addition to the Copa América Femenina, the FCF plans to qualify the national team for the 2023 FIFA World Cup.Colombia hopes to get one of the three direct slots that will be awarded by Conmebol along with the two playoffs for the orbital event the following year in ocean territory.
By getting a good place in the Women’s Copa América, Conmebol will also award three tickets to the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile and if it was not enough, it will also give a direct place and a playoff spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
In this regard, the defender of Deportivo Cali and the coffee team, Jorelyn Carabalí, declared in a previous press conference that She is optimistic to see what she and her teammates can achieve to qualify for all the competitions that she will have next year in terms of women’s soccer:
The truth is that we are very compact and very sure of what we want to achieve in this Copa América, of qualifying for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. It is a very convinced group and we know what each one can contribute to the team and obviously add to the collective to play a great role
For her part, Daniela Arias, soccer player for the Pachuca club in Mexico, spoke at a press conference last Friday, June 10 and spoke about the role he will play in visiting the four-time world champions and eight-time Concacaf champions at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and later, on Tuesday, June 28 at the Rio Tinto Stadium (home of the Real Salt Lake franchise of the MLS).
Arias also highlighted the experience that the group of players in question has achieved to face the next two months at a sporting level:
I hope we can keep the win, we are not going to hide and I hope we play a good game to keep the win, we are aware of the national team and we have a responsibility with the Copa América
The Colombians have faith in their good performance at the individual level in their respective clubs. Now they will have to ratify the favoritism by being placed in Group A of the Copa América along with Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia. Colombia will debut in the continental tournament on July 8 against Paraguayat the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Cali.
Coach Nelson Abadía knows that the biggest challenge is to achieve, at a minimum, a place in the World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. The matches of the Colombian women’s team can be seen live on Caracol’s HD2 signal Television and on the web through the micro-site of the program Gol Caracol.