USWNT returns to Nashville for 2023 SheBelieves Cup at Geodis Park. Here's who else will be there

The U.S. women's national team will bring the 2023 SheBelieves Cup to Nashville, featuring Brazil, Canada and Japan on Feb. 19, when Geodis Park will host not one, but two international soccer matches.

As preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, the U.S. will come to the Music City to battle Japan (2:30 p.m.) at Geodis Park, followed by Brazil and Canada (5:30 p.m.), which will be the first pair of men's or women's international soccer games at the one-year-old, 30,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.

Presale tickets for the 2023 SheBelieves Cup will go live Monday and public sale will begin Dec. 20. Tickets purchased will be valid for all games scheduled on that given day. Nashville SC premium season ticket holders will have their presale window open Thursday at 10 a.m. and the window for standard season ticket holders will go live Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m.

The U.S. returns to Nashville after its last visit in March 2019 against England at Nissan Stadium in the SheBelieves Cup. USWNT forwards Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath scored in a 2-2 draw, in front of more than 22,000 fans. The U.S. has played in Tennessee seven times — four times in Nashville, starting in July 2004 — a friendly 1-0 win against Canada.

The SheBelieves Cup is a four-team, six-game tournament that first debuted in 2016 as part of the U.S. Soccer Federation's mission to inspire and promote women and girls to achieve their goals in and out of the sport. USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski is leading a U.S. team to Nashville against Asia's strongest team five months before the World Cup kicks off on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

“The first five games of the 2023 schedule will all be against teams playing in the World Cup and we expect to confirm a few more matches against top opponents before we go to New Zealand during the summer," Andonovski said. "We love the SheBelieves Cup for the world-class competition it brings, the format that helps replicate group play at a World Cup and the overall meaning that it has for our team and women’s sports.”

The 2023 SheBelieves Cup starts Feb. 16 and will be based in three cities for the first time since 2019, due to COVID-19: Orlando, Nashville and Dallas. Action begins at Orlando's Exploria Stadium, where Japan will take on Brazil. After, the U.S. will face Canada.

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This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: U.S. women's national soccer team will play in Nashville on Feb. 19