CHICAGO (Friday, August 16, 2002) — The 2002 edition of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup is coming to North Carolina, where the U.S. Women’s National Team will play two games as part of doubleheaders at SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C. The U.S. Women’s National Team matches are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 6.
While the entire Nike U.S. Women’s Cup schedule and opponents have yet to be completely finalized, fans attending the Carolina Courage’s WUSA playoff match on Saturday against the Atlanta Beat will have a chance to buy advance tickets to the 2002 tournament matches in Raleigh.
Tickets for both matches will go on sale next week at a date to be determined.
The Carolina Courage recently completed an impressive WUSA regular season, grabbing first place honors after finishing at the bottom of the standings in 2001. The team will battle the Atlanta Beat in a one-game semifinal match on Saturday (August 17) beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET at SAS Stadium. The winner will advance to the 2002 Founders Cup championship game in Atlanta on August 24 against the winner of the Washington, D.C. Freedom-Philadelphia Charge semifinal match.
For the U.S. Women, the appearance in North Carolina will mark the team’s first match at the recently-opened SAS Stadium, which debut as the home of the Courage this past May. Although the U.S. women have previously played matches in Charlotte, Davidson and Greensboro, N.C., the two October doubleheaders will mark the team’s first-ever international games in the Raleigh-Durham area, which is of course home to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and double-digit NCAA women’s soccer championships.
The Nike U.S. Women’s Cup is the most prestigious women’s event conducted by U.S. Soccer, and one of the most respected women’s tournaments in the world. The tournament is usually played as a four-team, six-game competition and has been staged eight times since it’s debut in 1994, including last year’s abandoned event which was scheduled to end the weekend after the tragic events of Sept. 11. The U.S. has amassed an amazing 21-0-0 record across the eight tournaments winning all seven championships against opponents like Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy and Norway.
Complete details on the entire Nike U.S. Women’s Cup schedule will be announced in the near future.