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Some of the best women soccer players will be in Seattle

Here are five reasons you should get to CenturyLink Field to watch them.

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On Thursday, July 27, the Tournament of Nations kicks off at CenturyLink Field—a friendly tournament between some of the best women’s soccer teams in the international game: United States (Ranked No. 1 by FIFA), Japan (No. 6), Australia (No. 7), and Brazil (No. 8).

According to Washington Post soccer reporter Steven Goff, as of Tuesday morning this week, Seattle has pre-sold 12,000 tickets for the double-header—meaning there are plenty of seats still available to catch Brazil face off against Japan (4:15 p.m. PT) and the U.S. take on an exciting Australia squad (7:00 p.m. PT).

Haven’t purchased a ticket yet? Here are five reasons to consider heading down to CenturyLink Field to watch from the stands.

1. Support local stars

As we previously reported, two Seattle Reign players will represent their national teams during the Tournament of Nations: Megan Rapinoe for the U.S., and Rumi Utsugi for Japan. Both players are critically important for their club and their county. It is rare that either Reign FC player gets a chance to play international soccer in front of Seattle fans.

2. World-class players

It is not an exaggeration to say that this tournament will feature a few players who might be playing the best soccer in the world at the moment. After recovering from an ACL tear that put her out most of last year, Rapinoe is in incredible form. She’s scored 12 goals in 15 matches in NWSL play this year, including a hat trick last weekend against Sky Blue.

Speaking of Sky Blue, the New Jersey side is pushing for a playoff spot thanks in large part to Sam Kerr, and Australian forward who is just one goal behind Rapinoe in NWSL play. Beyond the numbers, she is one of the most dynamic players in the game right now—and you have to watch her in person to truly understand the magic she produces.

And then there’s Marta. The GOAT. The legend. A wizard with the ball at her feet, Marta has carried Brazil on her back for more than a decade. The 31-year-old now has a strong supporting cast around her for Brazil, but whenever Marta is on the field, it’s hard not to focus all your attention on her.

3. The USWNT doesn’t come to Seattle often

This is just the fourth time in the last 20 years that Seattle has hosted the U.S. Women’s National Team. In 2015, after winning the World Cup, the U.S. stopped by CenturyLink Field for a Victory Tour match against Brazil, drawing 23,603 fans. Prior to that, the USWNT hosted a CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup match at Safeco Field in 2002 and battled against Brazil at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma in 1999 during a Women’s World Cup warm-up match. There’s no guarantee the USWNT will be back in Seattle anytime soon, so you should take advantage of the opportunity while you can.

4. World Cup rematch

The U.S. will be facing Australia for the first time since the two sides met in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. While the U.S. won that match 3-1—thanks to two goals from Rapinoe—the game was much tighter than the scoreline indicates. The U.S. has a record of 25-0-2 against Australia dating back to 1987, but the Matildas are hungrier than ever for their first win. They have the speed and the talent to do it, which means this should be a thrilling match.

5. Enjoy some quality soccer

Sure, the prices are steep—thanks, U.S. Soccer. Sure, it’s a midweek game. But as fans of the game who enjoy a perfectly placed through ball, pinpoint cross, or impressive ball skill to get out of pressure, all four teams in the Tournament of Nations have something to offer. The Sounders are out of town for the next two weeks, and so is Seattle Reign FC. This is your best chance to watch some quality soccer in person over the next few weeks.

Tickets start at $26 and get you into both matches for the doubleheader. See you there?

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