U.S. Women to Make First-Ever Appearance in Nebraska
CHICAGO (May 19, 2010) â€“ The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Sweden on July 13 at Creighton Universityâ€™s Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The match in Omaha, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT, will mark the first-ever visit for the U.S. Women to Nebraska.
Among the stars expected to be named to the USAâ€™s roster are high-scoring forward Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo. The USA is currently the top-ranked womenâ€™s national team in the world and the reigning Olympic gold medal winner, having topped Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and the WNTâ€™s new Twitter feed at twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt.
Tickets for the game start at $18 and go on sale to the public Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the greater Omaha area. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, VisaÂ® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m. CT and runs until Friday, May 21, at 8 a.m. CT at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The USA has won two and tied one of the previous three matches with Sweden. The most recent meeting came in group play at the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 1, a 2-0 U.S. victory on two goals from Lauren Cheney.
Sweden is widely regarded as one of the top womenâ€™s national teams in the world and one of several favorites to lift the trophy at the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The Swedes, who are fourth in the last FIFA Womenâ€™s World Rankings, should have sealed first place in their qualifying group by the time they come to the U.S. for the two matches. That first place finish will earn Sweden a place in a two-leg playoff that will produce one of the four European qualifiers for the Womenâ€™s World Cup.
Many of the Swedish players will not have to travel far for the matches as five are currently playing in Womenâ€™s Professional Soccer: Midfielder Caroline Seger and defender Sara Larsson of the Philadelphia Independence, midfielder Kosovare Asllani of the Chicago Red Stars, forward Jessica LandstrÃ¶m of Sky Blue FC, and forward Madelaine Edlund of St. Louis Athletica.
Following the game in Omaha, the two teams will travel to East Hartford, Conn., to face each other on Saturday, July 17, at Rentschler Field in the second match of Swedenâ€™s two-game American tour.
The U.S. Women have played official international matches in 30 of the 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia. Nebraska will become the 31st state to host the WNT.