Tickets for USA-Italy World Cup Qualifying Playoff at Toyota Park Go on Sale Friday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. CT
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CHICAGO (Nov. 10, 2010) â€“ Tickets for the U.S. Womenâ€™s National Teamâ€™s final leg of an unprecedented two-game aggregate goal FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup qualifying series against Italy on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. CT. Kickoff for the match that will determine the final available spot in the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany is set for 1 p.m. CT and will be shown live on ESPN3.com.
Tickets starting at $10 go on sale to the public through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores), and at the Toyota Park ticket office (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Groups of 15 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, VisaÂ® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. CT and runs until Friday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The final Womenâ€™s World Cup berth will be determined by the total goals scored during the two games. If the aggregate total is equal after the two matches, then goals scored in the away match will be counted as double. If both games are scoreless draws, or the teams tie on goals and score the same amount of away goals, then a 30-minute overtime will be played followed by penalty kicks, if necessary.
The U.S. rebounded from a stunning loss to Mexico in the semifinals of the CONACACAF Womenâ€™s World Cup Qualifying Tournament on Nov. 5. in Cancun, Mexico, to post a 3-0 victory against Costa Rica on Monday night in the third-place match, which gave the U.S. a last chance to qualify against the fifth team from Europe. Lauren Cheney opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 17th minute, and Abby Wambach followed with a pair of goals on the either side of halftime as the U.S. earned a comfortable victory.
While the U.S. path to qualification was a five-game, eight-team tournament, Italy has played 14 matches to earn fifth place in Europe and a spot in the playoff against CONCACAFâ€™s third-place team. Italyâ€™s qualifying included a group stage against Finland, Portugal, Slovenia and Armenia that resulted in seven wins and one draw while outscoring opponents 38-3. After falling to France 3-2 in a two-game aggregate playoff in September, Italy got past Ukraine 3-0 and Switzerland 5-2 on aggregate in October in subsequent two-game seriesâ€™.
The U.S. is hoping to qualify for its sixth-consecutive FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. The USA won the inaugural event in 1991 and a title on home soil in 1999. The U.S. has finished third at the last two Womenâ€™s World Cups. Italy is looking to qualify for its third Womenâ€™s World Cup and first since finishing ninth in 1999 in the United States.
The U.S. holds an 8-4-1 all-time record against Italy with 26 goals for and 8 against. All four of the previous meetings on Italian soil have been losses for Americans, including the first-ever international match for the U.S. Women, a 1-0 loss on Aug. 18, 1985. The U.S. also lost in Italy in 1986 (the 10th-ever match for the team) and in 1988 (Kristine Lillyâ€™s 13th cap). The most recent matchup in Italy was a 1-0 loss on March 7, 2001, in which the U.S. fielded a young lineup of players prior to that yearâ€™s Algarve Cup.
The last meeting on U.S. soil came on Oct. 22, 2003, a 2-2 tie in Kansas City, Mo., after the FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup that year. In five other meetings at home dating to 1993, the U.S. has posted five wins and a 16-1 goal differential. The teams have met three times at neutral sites and the U.S. has won all three of those meetings, including a pair of wins in 2008 on March 7 (2-0 at Algarve Cup in Portugal) and on June 19 (2-0 win at Peace Queen Cup in South Korea).
The match will be the third for the U.S. at Toyota Park in the last five years, with victories against China and Ireland coming in 2006 and 2008, respectively. Including a perfect six wins in six tries at Soldier Field, the U.S. has a 9-0-0 record in Chicagoland dating to a May 4, 1997, victory against Korea Republic at Norris Stadium in St. Charles.
The U.S. roster for the two-game playoff against Italy will be announced in the near future.
The 16-team 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup will be held in nine German cities from June 26-July 17. Including Mexico and Canada from CONCACAF, the other participating nations will be Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand. South Africa, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon are the semifinalists and will face off on Nov. 11 to determine Africaâ€™s two representatives, while South America qualifying concludes on Nov. 21.
The FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup final draw will be held on Monday, Nov. 29, in Frankfurt, Germany.