OREM — The Utah Valley women's soccer team will host a spring match against the Argentina women's soccer national team on Tuesday, April 2 at Clyde Field. The game is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be free to the public.
Argentina is preparing for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup that will take place this upcoming June and July in France. Argentina will compete in Group D at the World Cup, which includes England, Scotland and Japan. Argentina is one of three Latin American teams competing in this year's World Cup. The others include Brazil and Chile.
Argentina finished third at Copa America, which qualified the team for the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL playoff. The team defeated the fourth-place finisher from the CONCACAF Championship, Panama, in a two-game home-and-away playoff in November to qualify for this year's FIFA World Cup.
"This will be a monumental match for our program," said Utah Valley head coach Chris Lemay. "It is an honor to have the opportunity to host a national team at Clyde Field. It's even cooler being that this match is in preparation for the 2019 World Cup in France. Having played the Costa Rican national team (2015 World Cup qualifier) last year, I think that we will be prepared to compete."
Argentina is led by team captain Estefania Banini. The forward leads the team with six international goals. She scored a penalty kick in a match against Brazil, helping Argentina to a 2-0 win during the Copa America Femenina tournament. She also scored three goals at the 2018 Cope America Femenina. She currently plays for Levante in the Spanish Primera Division and also with the Washington Spirit of the NWSL.1 comment on this story
Utah Valley finished the 2018 season with a second straight WAC Tournament semifinal appearance. The Wolverines were led by redshirt freshman forward Sadie Brockbank, who led team with eight goals, 20 points, 58 shots, and 25 shots on goal last season. She also tallied a pair of game-winning goals in her first season of competition with the team. As a team, UVU scored 23 goals.
"We have already spoken as a team and we know that we will need to be sharp and play our best brand of soccer to ensure that we give Argentina a game that truly pushes them and helps them with their preparation. We are hoping that the soccer community supports us and comes out to cheer us on. We would love to have the stands filled and create a great environment for the fans."
Kickoff for the April 2 match against Argentina is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be free to the public.