CHICAGO (Friday, May 2, 2003) – U.S. Soccer announced today that Ireland has replaced South Korea as the opponent for the U.S. Women's National Team on Saturday, June 14, 2003, in Salt Lake City, Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah. The match, presented by the Utah Sports Commission, will kick off as originally scheduled at 7 p.m. MT / 9 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on ESPN2.
The change was necessitated by the re-scheduling of the Asian Qualification Tournament for the 2003 Women’s World Cup, originally set for April in Bangkok, Thailand, but postponed due to the SARS outbreak in Asia. The two Asian qualifiers and a third team that will face Mexico in a playoff for the final spot in the 2003 Women’s World Cup will now be determined during a tournament running from June 10-22 in Bangkok.
In one previous match with Ireland, the U.S. Women earned a 5-0 victory on Sept. 4, 1999, at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. That match was the first for the U.S. after their thrilling victory at the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
Tickets ranging in price levels from $16 to $37 are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 801-325-SEAT (7328), and at all Ticketmaster outlets (including Fred Meyer and Graywhale CD Exchange). Groups of 20 or more can call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290). For more information, fans can go online at ussoccer.com. [Click here for complete ticket information.]
Throughout their history, the U.S. women have played domestic matches in 26 states and Washington, D.C., but this will be the first-ever match in the state of Utah. Previously, the U.S. Women’s National Team has played just one match in the intermountain region of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Nevada, that coming in Denver in 1999.
Ireland, an emerging women’s soccer nation in Europe, is about to begin its campaign for the 2005 European Championships, having been grouped with Croatia, Malta, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ireland beings Group 5 play on May 28 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The USA-Ireland game will be preceded by a United Soccer League match featuring the Pro Select League’s Utah Blitzz and the Orange County Blue Star at 4 p.m. MT.