CHICAGO (June 20, 2007) - ESPN2, the U.S. English-language network for premier international soccer competitions, will present four matches of the 2007 U.S. Women’s National Team Send-Off Series beginning Saturday, June 23 at 5 p.m. ET with a match against Brazil’s Women’s National Team at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The series, featuring the U.S. Team in key matches against other top-tier women’s national teams, will lead into the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday Sept. 30, from five cities in China.
The U.S. team (8-0-2 in 2007) is coming off a 2-0 win over longtime rival and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup host China Sunday in Cleveland.
The U.S. Women’s National Team, led by midfielder Kristine Lilly, is unbeaten in regulation time in 41 matches under head coach Greg Ryan.
The team also features one of the best forwards in women’s soccer, Abby Wambach – 71 goals in 91 international matches; and goalkeeper Briana Scurry who has won 125 of 161 career matches, 75 by shutouts.
Julie Foudy, former U.S. team captain and lead analyst for U.S. Women’s National Team matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, and veteran soccer play-by-play commentator JP Dellacamera will call the matches. Former U.S. National Team coach Tony DiCicco will also join the booth for select matches.
|2007 Women's National Team Send-Off Series Schedule|
|Date||Opponent||Venue (City)||Time (ET)|
|Sat., June 23||Brazil||Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)||5:00 p.m.|
|Sat., July 14||Norway||Rentschler Field (East Hartford, Conn.)||6:00 p.m.|
|Sun., Aug. 12||New Zealand||Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.)||1:00 p.m.|
|Sat., Aug. 25||Finland||The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)||9:30 p.m.|
JULIE FOUDY (Analyst) – returned to ESPN’s FIFA World Cup studio team last summer … debuted on ESPN in June 1998 as a World Cup studio analyst … one of the world’s top female soccer players … recently retired as captain of the U.S. National Team – one of the top four historically successful men’s or women’s teams in FIFA World Cup competitions … 17-year veteran of the U.S. Women’s National Team … won Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004, silver medal in 2000 … graduated from Stanford in 1993 with a degree in biology … turned down Stanford medical school to pursue her two passions – soccer and public issues … visited Pakistan in 1997 to see first hand that child labor was not involved in the production of products she endorses … Former President of the Women’s Sports Foundation (2000-’02).
JP DELLACAMERA (Play-By-Play) – 2006 FIFA World Cup was the ninth straight FIFA World Cup (including three women’s) events Dellacamera has called as television or radio commentator … was lead commentator for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup … called the most-watched soccer event in U.S. television history – the 1999 Women’s World Cup title match (U.S. vs. China) from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. … joined ESPN in 1986 and focuses on international competition for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN International ... has called several MLS matches, including the MLS Cup and MLS All-Star game on ABC Sports … was the television voice of WUSA in its inaugural season on TNT … served as host of ESPN International’s opinion and debate show, /Press Pass/ … graduate of Graham Junior College in Boston, Mass.
TONY DiCICCO (Analyst) – Former U.S. National Team head coach (1994-99) with a 103-8-8 record, all-time leader in wins in U.S. Soccer history … won the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup and the first U.S. gold medal in Olympic women's soccer (1996) … ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC analyst for the 2003 Women’s World Cup … first ESPN role was with Dellacamera in 2000 for the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup … author of several books, including /Catch Them Being Good/ with co-author Dr. Colleen Hacker.