United States women’s national team set to return to Utah

United States defender Whitney Engen, left, celebrates with fellow defenders Emily Sonnett (22), Becky Sauerbrunn (4) and Kelley O'Hare (5) after they defeated South Africa in an international friendly women's soccer match in Chicago, Saturday, July 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Rio Tinto Stadium will host the United States women’s national team this summer as it takes on China on June 7, The Tribune has learned.

The match will mark the USWNT’s fifth stop in the stadium’s history. The team’s first visit to Sandy came in March, 2010, less than two years after Rio Tinto Stadium’s opening. The United States beat Mexico 1-0 in that debut, and has won every international friendly in Sandy since.

In 2012, the USWNT drew 16,805 fans to Rio Tinto, the most it ever has in Sandy, for a friendly against Canada. Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez netted the winning goal for the United States in the 85th minute.

At least two Utah Royals FC players are expected to join the USWNT for the international friendly at their home stadium this summer. Regular United States call-ups Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O’Hara were named this week to the preliminary roster for the USWNT April friendlies against Mexico.