I am proud to have been able to play so many games for my country but, I've never been one who likes attention. More than any number of caps, I’m proud to have been able to play so long because of the experiences I've had in the game and the fact that I've been able to keep learning along the way on this amazing journey. Since I played my first game for the National Team in 1997, I've grown tremendously as a person, as a mom, and as a player. Even approaching 300 caps, I’m still learning about the game. I’m playing for my fifth head coach and I’m glad to be able to embrace change.
People often ask me to look back over all these caps, but I’m a person who likes to look forward. You can always think back and say ‘I wish I was this fit or this confident 10 years ago,’ but you learn from those experiences and move forward; that’s part of being successful. I will say, sometimes when I have a bad game, I stop and think, ‘I have almost 300 caps, how could I have a bad game!’ That’s soccer – nothing is given, everything is earned.
My family will likely be at my 300th cap, and my oldest daughter Rylie is starting to understand what I've done in my career, although she probably has no idea what a cap is. She knows about the big events, the World Cups and the Olympics, and all the players she’s been able to hang out with and places she’s gone. Someday, I’ll try to explain to her how I've gotten to this point in my career.
While the U-13/14 age division focuses on its Central regional event this weekend in Westfield, Indiana, the older age groups continue to forge ahead through the 2014-15 regular season.
Several teams will face some difficult road challenges over the Oct. 25-26 weekend, which could potentially set the tone within their respective divisions.
Out West, De Anza Force heads north for two tough road tests in Northwest Division play. On Saturday, De Anza Force takes on Vancouver Whitecaps FC, followed by Crossfire Premier on Sunday. The Whitecaps U-17/18s are 7-0-0 (3.00 points per game) and their U-15/16 team is 5-1-1 (2.29 points per game), good for second place behind the San Jose Earthquakes. Both De Anza Force teams are in third place in the division, with the U-17/18s at 4-1-0 (2.40 points per game) and the U-15/16s as 2-1-2 (1.60 points per game). Crossfire Premier’s U-17/18 team is off to a good start this season with a 4-2-2 record and 1.75 points per game, in fifth place.
In the East, a highly anticipated matchup at the U-17/18 age group features Weston FC traveling to face Kendall SC. Kendall leads the Southeast Division with a 6-1-1 record and 2.38 points per game, and Weston is in fifth place at 4-2-2 (1.75 points per game).
One of the toughest road trips among the Central teams is in the Frontier Division. Sporting Kansas City heads to Texas to face FC Dallas, which is in first place at the U-15/16 level at 4-0-0 and 3.00 points per game and third at the U-17/18s at 3-1-0 (2.25 points per game). Sporting’s U-17/18s are right on FC Dallas’ heels in fourth place (3-1-1, 2.00 points per game).
With the U.S. Women’s National Team advancing to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, it’s time for fans to begin locking in plans and purchasing their tickets to support the team during its quest for a third World Cup title in Canada next summer.
For fans who can’t wait until the Women’s World Cup Draw on Dec. 6 when the U.S. Women’s National Team finds out their opponents, venues and match dates, or are looking to purchase tickets at a specific venue, package tickets by stadium are now available for purchase during the first of four sale phases. The first phase runs until Dec. 5.
The second ticketing phase (Dec. 6-Early 2015) will allow fans to purchase tickets to specific U.S. WNT matches.
Below is information on the stadiums, the ticket phases, the types of ticket packages and frequently asked questions. For more detailed information, fans can check out FIFA’s Ticketing Guide.
There will be six stadiums in six different cities hosting games at next year’s World Cup: BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia; Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario; Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick.
A Stadium Passport includes tickets for every match day at a single stadium (with exception of the Final match ticket at BC Place). Each of the six stadiums has an individual package with prices ranging from $90 to $495* depending on the number of matches set to be held in each venue, and whether it is hosting a Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinal or Semifinal match.
A Stadium Half Pass includes a fixed set of tickets for half of the matches at the selected stadium (with exception of the Final match ticket at BC Place). The Stadium Half Pass will only be offered for three venues: BC Place, Commonwealth Stadium and Olympic Stadium. Prices range from $80 to $315* depending on the number of matches set to be held in each venue, and whether it is hosting a Group Stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinal or Semifinal match.
*Ticket prices do not include all fees and are in Canadian dollars.
Phase 1 (Oct. 24-Dec. 5, 2014): During this phase, fans have the ability to purchase a Stadium Passport and/or a Stadium Half Pass. At this time, fans will NOT know which teams will be playing in each stadium as the Women’s World Cup Draw is not until Dec. 6. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through a price category reservation system at FIFA.com/Canada2015. Seat assignments will be completed by the end of November 2014, and fans wishing to sit together should purchase on one account.
Phase 2 (Dec. 6, 2014-Early 2015): Starting after the Women’s World Cup Draw on Dec. 6, fans also have the ability to purchase a Stadium Passport and/or a Stadium Half Pass during this stage. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for specific matches as the entire schedule will be known. Also, individuals will be able to select their own seat when purchasing a Passport and/or Half Pass by using either the interactive map seat or ‘best available option’ through FIFA.com/Canada2015.
Phase 3 (Early 2015-Late Spring 2015): During this stage, all remaining tickets in the stadiums will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Phase 4 (Late Spring 2015-July 5): During this stage, all remaining tickets in the stadiums which will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets will also become available at official ticket offices during this stage (the ticket office locations will be confirmed at a later date).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How and when will I get my tickets?
Individuals who have purchased Stadium Passports and/or Half Passes during Phases 1 and 2 will receive unique tickets that will be delivered beginning in late March 2015. Purchasers who select the ‘print at home’ option must check the email address associated with their ticketing account for the notice and link to print tickets.
Q: Do I need to buy two tickets for a doubleheader?
No. One ticket gives you access to both matches on a doubleheader match day.
Q: What about purchasing tickets for the Final match?
All Stadium Passport or Half Pass purchasers during Phase 1 in any official host city will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to the Final match. The Final match will be available as a purchasable add-on while completing your ticket order. Final match ticket must be purchased at this time and cannot be purchased after completing your Stadium Passport or Half Pass purchase. Single ticket purchase opportunity will be available in 2015. A limit of six tickets will apply to the Final match and prices range from $50 to $165.
Q: Can I leave and re-enter the stadium with my ticket?
No. There is no re-entry into a stadium. Once a ticket has been used to enter the stadium, it cannot be used to enter again, including between matches of a doubleheader. If you leave the stadium after the first match, you will require another ticket to re-enter for the second match.
Q: Do children have to purchase tickets as well?
Children two years and under at competition time (June/July 2015) do not require their own ticket for entry but must sit in a guardian’s lap and not take up an additional seat of their own. Children older than two years must have a ticket to entry.
Q: What if a match is delayed/postponed or cancelled?
Tickets to delayed or postponed matches are valid and are not exchangeable or refundable. The tickets should be used at the reschedule date and time. If a match is cancelled, the ticket purchaser will be eligible for a refund.
For further ticketing information including more FAQs, group tickets options, accessibility concerns, and list of prohibited items and code of conduct, click on the official FIFA ticket purchasing guide.