Sep. 10, 2007
USA READY FOR NORTH KOREA TO OPEN 2007 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team conducted its final training on Sept. 10 at the Chengdu University of Information Technology and will open the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 11 at Chengdu Sports Center Stadium on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET (Live on ESPN2). FIFA President Sepp Blatter will be in attendance at the match to watch the two-time WWC champion USA take on rising power North Korea. The final training brought 13 days of excellent preparation in China to a close, and the U.S. players are entering the match with an excitement born from the experiences of a journey almost three years in the making that has included 46 matches under head coach Greg Ryan. This fifth FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to be the most competitive ever, with more strong teams than in any past tournament, including three of the top five ranked teams in the world playing in Group B (#1 USA, #3 Sweden and #5 North Korea). The beginning of the tournament also starts the USA’s second straight Women’s World Cup facing the same three teams, after also playing Sweden, Nigeria and North Korea in 2003. U.S. WNT television coverage begins on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4:55 a.m. ET as the U.S. Women take on Korea DPR on ESPN2. It continues on Friday, Sept. 14, at 4:55 a.m. ET on ESPN with the U.S. WNT matching up against Sweden. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:55 a.m. ET, the USA faces Nigeria in their final Group B match, also on ESPN. ESPN2 will air the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final live at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. Fans can also follow the WNT’s run in China at ussoccer.com’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup homepage, which will bring you the latest news, a WNT Blog, exclusive podcasts, video and much more.