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U.S. Women to Kick Off 2008 Domestic Schedule Against Australia in Cary, N.C. and Birmingham, Ala.

CHICAGO (March 20, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play their first two domestic matches of 2008 against Australia, taking on the Matildas on April 27 in Cary, N.C., and on May 3 in Birmingham, Ala. The two games will be the first in the United States for new U.S. WNT head coach Pia Sundhage.

The U.S. will face Australia first at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., kicking off at 7 p.m. ET before meeting the Matildas again at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local) at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. The second match will be televised live from Legion Field on Fox Soccer Channel on Saturday. Fans can both matches online with’s MatchTracker.

The matches come less than two weeks after the U.S. concludes CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, and will hopefully be using the matches as preparation for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Earlier this week, Sundhage invited in a 26-player roster for the team's final training camp before they leave for Mexico.

For the match in Birmingham, tickets starting at $18 go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. CT through, by calling 205-715-6000, and at all Birmingham-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and FYE stores).

For the game in Cary, tickets starting at $18 go on sale to the general public next Wednesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. ET through, by phone at 919-834-4000, and at all Raleigh-Durham area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Macy’s and FYE stores).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form for either game at or call 312-528-1290. Additionally, as a special benefit to Visa® cardholders, a Visa-only pre-sale will be held for the game in Cary for one day starting Tuesday, March 25, at 10 a.m. ET at Visa, the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer, is the only payment method accepted for this advance sale opportunity.

The April 27 match at WakeMed Soccer Park will be the first visit to the Tar Heel state for the U.S. WNT in two years, since a July 30, 2006, victory against Canada. The USA has played nine matches in North Carolina since 1995, three in Cary, two in Charlotte, three in Davidson and one in Greensboro, winning eight of those games with one tie.

The U.S. team has deep ties with North Carolina as numerous Women’s National Team players have played at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. At the 2008 Algarve Cup in Portugal, which the U.S. won on March 12 with a 2-1 victory against Denmark, there were five UNC alums with Cat Whitehill, Lindsay Tarpley, Lori Chalupny, Heather O’Reilly and current sophomore Tobin Heath, the youngest player on the roster.

Australia is ranked 12th in the most recent FIFA Women’s World Rankings, and finished in the top eight at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Voted one of the most exciting teams in the tournament by fans, the Australian team pushed finalist Brazil to the limit before falling 3-2 in the quarterfinals. The U.S. is 16-0-2 vs. Australia, with the last meeting a 2-0 victory at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea in October 2006.

On May 3, the U.S. WNT will visit the hometown of defender Cat Whitehill for the third time, and the first time since a 5-1 victory vs. Brazil on April 24, 2004, at Legion Field. That match served as a warm-up on the U.S. WNT’s path to the gold medal at the Athens Games.

2008 U.S. Women’s National Team Upcoming Schedule
Date Opponent Location Kickoff (ET)
April 4 Jamaica* Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 10:30 p.m.
April 6 Mexico* Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 4:30 p.m.
April 9 Semifinal*+ Ciudad Juarez, Mexico TBD
April 12 Final/Third Place*+ Ciudad Juarez, Mexico TBD
April 27 Australia Cary, N.C. 7 p.m.
May 3 Australia Birmingham, Ala. 5 p.m. (Live on FSC)

* CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
+ If necessary