US Women’s National Soccer Team to be Briefed on Zika Virus
The U.S. women's national soccer team was set to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before opening the region's Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.
The 2016 Olympics are scheduled for Aug. 5-21 in Brazil, where the Zika virus is spreading rapidly. Speaking at a news conference in advance of the U.S. team's tournament opener against Costa Rica, coach Jill Ellis said there have been "constant conversations behind the scenes" about the virus.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo said in an interview with Sports Illustrated published Tuesday that she was concerned about the virus.
The Americans are ranked No. 1 in the world and are vying for one of the two Olympic team berths for the North and Central America and Caribbean region. The tournament's championship game is set for Feb. 21 in Houston.