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U.S. Women Will Face Iceland on April 8th in Charlotte, N.C.; Next Domestic Game Brings USA Back to Ericsson Stadium


CHICAGO (Friday, February 11, 2000) - The U.S. Women's National Team will play its next domestic match on Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., taking on Iceland in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (9 p.m. ET). Tickets go on sale tomorrow, February 12, at 10 a.m. ET and range from $15-$28. Tickets can be purchased by calling TicketMaster at 704/522-6500. For more information and group tickets, call 336/856-7529 or visit the website of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association at www.ncsoccer.org.

U.S. Head Coach April Heinrichs, a former All-American at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is expected to bring a roster fully-loaded with members of the 1999 Women's World Cup champions in what will be USA's second appearance at the ultra-modern facility. Ericsson played host to the USA's 9-0 thrashing of Japan in a Women's World Cup warm-up match on April 29, 1999, in a game that saw forward Tiffeny Milbrett score four goals.

The USA has played Iceland just twice in its history, both coming in May of 1998 when the Americans won 6-0 in Indianapolis, Ind. and picked up a hard-fought 1-0 victory in sloppy conditions at Lehigh Univeristy in Bethlehem, Pa.

"The game against Iceland will once again give us an opportunity to assess a deeper pool of players," said Heinrichs. "By the time we get to April and this match, we should start having a good idea as to who our potential starters are."

Iceland is currently embroiled in qualifying for the 2001 European Women's Football Championships, competing in Group 3 with Ukraine, Italy and Germany. Iceland has completed the first legs of all three series', tying Ukraine, 2-2, also drawing with Italy, 0-0, while falling to Germany, 5-0. The winner of the group qualifies directly for the Euro 2001 Finals while the runner-up in the group will engage in a playoff for a spot in the eight-team final tournament.

"All of the European teams always present a great challenge for us," said U.S. co-captain Julie Foudy. "They are all very skillful and strong and get great competition playing against each other in Europe. They come over here and would love nothing better than to beat us. But we love that challenge as well."

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