The United States women's national team will kick off their Send-Off Series ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup when they host South Africa at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday.
The friendly with Banyana Banyana is the first of three warm-up games before the USA kick off their World Cup campaign against Thailand in France on June 11.
For South Africa, this will be the first of two friendlies, with another match against Norway scheduled for June 2.
Date: Sunday, May 12
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT
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Jill Ellis' side will be the defending champions in France, having regained their title from Japan at the 2015 World Cup.
They are well aware that they will be the team to beat:
As Christen Press told soccer reporter Robert Jonas, they will accept nothing less than their fourth World Cup:
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#USWNT forward Christen Press on the team's @FIFAWWC expectations: "We are going to the World Cup to win it, and anything else would be a failure for us. That's the DNA of this team. That was the expectation long before I was ever on it and, hopefully, long after I am retired."
After scoring 11 combined goals in their friendlies with Australia and Belgium in April, the USWNT will look to continue tuning up after their disappointment in the SheBelieves Cup.
The U.S. were unbeaten in the four-team tournament also comprising England, Japan and Brazil but finished as runners-up behind the Lionesses after being held to two draws.
Meanwhile, South Africa will be pursuing their first win of 2019, having lost four and drawn three of their seven matches this year.
They shared a look at their preparations for Sunday's clash:
Their only other meeting with the U.S.—in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics—ended 1-0 to the Americans, who had 18 shots.
Ellis will hope her side can be as clinical against South Africa as they were in their most recent outings this time around.
If they fail to convince on Sunday, she will have a clearer idea of any areas in need of work ahead of June's showpiece.