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Fuel Soccer Talk: Watch the USWNT practice for free; Sullivan gets the call for Victory Tour; Figuring out the Concacaf Champions League

U.S. Women’s National Team opens practices in Charlotte, Chicago

U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training sessions to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., and Saturday, Oct. 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago. In Charlotte, the North Gate will open at 4:30 p.m. ET. In Chicago, Gate 38 will open at 10:30 a.m. CT. Admission is free for both sessions.

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions will close out their five-game Victory Tour presented by Allstate with two matches against Korea Republic, on Thursday, Oct. 3 (8 p.m. ET on FS1, TUDN and the Fox Sports App [coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET]) at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, and Sunday, Oct. 6 (1 p.m. CT; ESPN and the ESPN App) at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears.

The match in Chicago – home of the U.S. Soccer Federation – will mark the 132nd and final match for Jill Ellis as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. On July 30, Ellis announced that she would step down after five and a half extremely successful years at the helm of the world’s top-ranked women’s soccer team, a span that included 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup titles.

Midfielder Andi Sullivan added to USWNT roster

Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan has been added to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the two upcoming matches against the Korea Republic on the 2019 Victory Tour presented by Allstate.

Sullivan was added due to several injuries and the overall work load of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Team players as the NWSL season nears its conclusion.

Sullivan, 23, had an excellent season with the Washington Spirit, playing every minute of all 22 matches in which she appeared and scoring twice. The 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at Stanford after helping lead the Cardinal to the NCAA title and top pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft, she earned her first senior team cap in 2016 after playing in FIFA World Cups at the U-17 and U-20 levels for the USA.

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions will finish up the 2019 Victory Tour when they take on Korea Republic on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Bank of American Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1, the FOX Sports App and TUDN) and Sunday, Oct. 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago (1 p.m. CT on ESPN and the ESPN App).

Figuring out the Concacaf Champions League qualifiers

The final Concacaf Champions League spot will go to the winner of MLS Cup, but what if the team hoisting the trophy on Nov. 10 has already qualified? If Atlanta UnitedNYCFC or LAFC win the cup, then that fifth place will go to the next highest finisher in the league table. Currently, that’s the Philadelphia Union.

Philly are on 55 points heading into Decision Day while the Seattle Sounders and Minnesota United each have 53 points. The Union host NYCFC and, should they lose or draw, the door is open for Seattle and Minnesota, who face each other on Decision Day. At the moment, Philadelphia have the first tiebreaker (wins) but if they draw and one of Seattle/Minnesota win, that team will be level on both points and wins with the Union. MNUFC have the edge in the next tiebreaker, with a goal difference of +10 to the Union’s +9 and Seattle’s +2, which would be the deciding factor in that scenario.

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