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U.S. Women's National Team to Train at the Pingry School Prior to Opening 1999 Women's World Cup at Giants Stadium in N.J.


CHICAGO (Tuesday, April 6, 1999) - The U.S. Women's National Team will come together on June 12th in suburban New Jersey to begin final preparations for the greatest women's sporting event in history, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The U.S. team will train daily at The Pingry School in Bernards Township, N.J., located in the north central part of the state, as it fine tunes the squad that will take on Denmark on June 19th at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. That match will be televised live on ABC (3 p.m. ET). The USA-Denmark clash will be the first match in the Opening Game doubleheader that will also feature the Opening Ceremonies.

The Pingry School offers a world class training field that also served host to the Italian National Team during the 1994 World Cup. Pingry has also hosted the Scotland National Team, Turkish club Galatasaray, the Italian Olympic Team, top Italian club Parma, the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and the U.S. Men's National Team.

The U.S. women are scheduled to train daily in the morning at Pingry with interview opportunities after each practice. The interview sessions after practice will be the only time the U.S. team will be available to the media prior to the Opening Game of the Women's World Cup.

"The Pingry School has a great tradition of soccer excellence," said U.S. Head Coach Tony DiCicco. "They have outstanding field facilities, an athletic department with top professionals and an administration that is willing to assist in any number of ways. They also have the experience in handling World Cup teams and everything that goes with that, so we are very excited about training at the Pingry School."

The USA will gather in New Jersey after a six-day break following the "Send-Off" match against Canada on June 6 at Civic Stadium in Portland, Ore. The U.S. team will be available to the media for a period of time every day during the tournament when logistically possible.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the U.S. Women's National Team," said Jack Lewis, Assistant Headmaster of the Pingry School. "Having the U.S. women's team on our campus is an honor and continues the tradition of hosting the very best soccer teams in the world."

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