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.
|Date||Opponent||Location||Kickoff / TV||Tickets*|
|Mar. 28||Mexico**||Rose Bowl|
|5:00 p.m. (ET) /|
(Los Angeles Galaxy)
|Apr. 22||China||Hershey Park|
|7:00 p.m. (ET) /--||717/534-8900|
|Apr. 25||China**||Giants Stadium|
(East Rutherford, N.J.)
|4:30 p.m. (ET) /|
|Apr. 29||Japan||Ericsson Stadium|
|7:00 p.m. (ET) / --||704/522-6500|
|May 2||Japan||Dekalb Memorial Stadium|
|2:00 p.m. (ET) /|
|May 13||Holland||Uihlein Soccer Park|
|8:00 p.m. (ET) / --||414/358-2510|
|May 16||Holland**||Soldier Field|
|1:00 p.m. (ET) /|
|May 22||Brazil||Citrus Bowl|
|7:30 p.m. (ET) /|
(Florida Citrus Sports)
|June 6||Canada||Civic Stadium|
|2:00 p.m. (ET) /|
|June 6||Australia v. Brazil||Civic Stadium|
|4:30 p.m. (ET) / --||503/525-8800|
** Doubleheader with Major League Soccer.