CHICAGO (Oct. 3, 2011) â€“ Tickets for the clash between two of the worldâ€™s top-three teams will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 7 in advance of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team match against Sweden. The match takes place Saturday, Nov. 19 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Tickets starting at $22 go on sale to the public Friday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. MST through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout metropolitan Phoenix (including Fryâ€™s Marketplace), as well as the University of Phoenix Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
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, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. MST and runs until Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 a.m. MST 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 U.S. team will be playing its third match since its dramatic run at the FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup in Germany where it captivated the country with an inspirational march to the final. The U.S. Women came tantalizingly close to winning the world championship before Japan scored a late overtime equalizer and then won the tournament in a penalty shootout. It will also be the USAâ€™s final international match of 2011.
CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games will take place from Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, Canada, where two teams will earn the right to travel to London.
The USA and Sweden will meet for the third time in 2011 and for the first time since competing in their final Group C game at the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup. With the top spot in the group on the line, Sweden captured a 2-1 victory that ended the USAâ€™s 18-match unbeaten run all-time in group play. Sweden went on to defeat France in the third-place match. Sweden also won the first meeting between the teams this year, posting another 2-1 victory on Jan. 21 in the Four Nations Tournament in China. Norway is the only country that has ever defeated the U.S. Women three consecutive times, doing so on two occasions.
Sweden is one of seven nations that has competed in all seven FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cups. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage played 146 times for Sweden and scored 71 goals. She played for Sweden in the 1991 and 1995 Womenâ€™s World Cup tournaments and in the 1996 Olympics, which was her last major tournament for her country.
The U.S. Women will be making their first appearance at the University of Phoenix Stadium and the first in the state since Dec. 17, 2000, when the American women drew 1-1 with Japan.
The match will also mark the return to Arizona of U.S. defender Amy LePeilbet, of one of the most decorated players in Arizona State womenâ€™s soccer history. LePeilbet was a three-time First-Team All-Pac 10 selection during her college career from 2000-2003 and did not miss a start in her four years at ASU, playing in 74 career games.