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U.S. Women to Face Brazil at Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.; May 22 Match will be Last in Florida Before USA Breaks Camp


CHICAGO (Tuesday, March 9, 1999) - The U.S. Women's National Team will face 1996 Olympic semifinalist Brazil at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on May 22 as part of the "NIKE Road to Pasadena" tour that will take the USA to nine cities across the USA. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET and the match will be televised live on espn2.

It will be the final match in Florida for the U.S. team that will have spent five months in residency training camp at the Seminole County Sports Training Center in Sanford, Florida, just outside of Orlando. The USA will play its last preparation match on June 6 at Civic Stadium in Portland, Ore., against Canada, before beginning Women's World Cup play on June 19 against Denmark at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

The Florida Citrus Bowl has added significance for the U.S. team, which played its first two matches of the 1996 Olympics there, both victories. The USA last played at the Florida Citrus Bowl on Aug. 2, 1998, as the first-game of a doubleheader with the Major League Soccer All-Star Game, defeating Canada, 4-0.

"The Florida Citrus Bowl is in many ways our home stadium because of our residency camp location and because of our success there in the Olympics," said head coach Tony DiCicco. "Brazil will be an excellent test before the Women's World Cup and will give us an idea of what, if any, fine tuning we have to make. The match will feature great players with flair and creativity and it should be a fantastic advertisement for the tournament."

The USA has a long history with Brazil, dating back to 1986 when the Americans picked up their fourth-ever international win with a 2-1 victory in Jesolo, Italy. The USA also faced Brazil in the first round of the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, winning 5-0. The USA has played Brazil seven times since the meeting in China, four times in Brazil, and lost for the first time ever to the South Americans, 1-0, in Sao Paulo on Dec. 13, 1997. The U.S. team avenged that defeat in September at the NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '98, winning 3-0 in Richmond, Va.

TICKETS: Tickets are available through all Florida TicketMaster outlets or by calling TicketMaster in Orlando at 407/839-3900. For group discounts contact Florida Citrus Sports at 800/297-2695. Tickets are $20 for premium seats, $15 for adults and $10 for youth 16 & under.

NIKE Road to Pasadena
DateOpponentLocationKickoff / TVTickets*
Mar. 28Mexico** Rose Bowl
(Pasadena, Calif.)
5:00 p.m. (ET) /
ESPN
310/445-1260
(Los Angeles Galaxy)
Apr. 22China Hershey Park
(Hershey, Pa.)
7:00 p.m. (ET) /--717/534-8900
(Hershey Wildcats)
Apr. 25China** Giants Stadium
(East Rutherford, N.J.)
4:30 p.m. (ET) /
ESPN2
201/583-7000
(NY/NJ MetroStars)
Apr. 29Japan Ericsson Stadium
(Charlotte, N.C.)
7:00 p.m. (ET) / --704/522-6500
(TicketMaster)
May 2 Japan Dekalb Memorial Stadium
(Atlanta, Ga.)
2:00 p.m. (ET) /
ESPN2
404/377-5575
(Atlanta Silverbacks)
May 13 Holland Uihlein Soccer Park
(Milwaukee, Wisc.)
8:00 p.m. (ET) / --414/358-2510
(Milwaukee Kickers)
May 16Holland** Soldier Field
(Chicago, Ill.)
1:00 p.m. (ET) /
ESPN2
888/657-3473
(Chicago Fire)
May 22Brazil Citrus Bowl
(Orlando, Fla.)
7:30 p.m. (ET) /
ESPN2
407/839-3900
(TicketMaster)
800/297-2695
(Florida Citrus Sports)
June 6Canada Civic Stadium
(Portland Ore.)
2:00 p.m. (ET) /
ABC
503/525-8800
(Portland WWC)
June 6Australia v. Brazil Civic Stadium
(Portland Ore.)
4:30 p.m. (ET) / --503/525-8800
(Portland WWC)
*Ticket prices vary from venue to venue.
** Doubleheader with Major League Soccer.

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