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U.S. Women to Play in Portland and Albuquerque After Return From The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (August 21, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play matches at PGE Park in Portland, Ore., and University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., vs. Mexico in October following the team's return from the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup being staged from Sept. 10-30 in China.

Following a previously announced match in St. Louis on Oct. 13, the U.S. women will play on Oct. 17 in Portland with a 7 p.m. PT kickoff at PGE Park before wrapping up the three-game series vs. Mexico in Albuquerque on Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. MT.

The games will feature the U.S. Women’s World Cup team that kicks off the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 11 vs. North Korea in Chengdu, China. The tournament concludes with the final in Shanghai on Sept. 30.

For the game in Portland, tickets starting at $20 go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 24, at 10 a.m. PT through, by phone at 503-224-4400, and at all Portland-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fred Meyer and Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More).

For the match in Albuquerque, tickets starting at $18 go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 24, at 10 a.m. MT through, by calling 505-925-5858 or 1-877-664-8661 (toll free), by visiting any University of New Mexico ticket outlet (including select Albertson’s), and at the UNM Ticket Offices at The Pit and the UNM Bookstore.

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form for either game at or call 312-528-1290. Additionally, as a special benefit to VISA cardholders, a VISA-only pre-sale will be held between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. local time on Thursday, August 23, at VISA, the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer, is the only payment method accepted for this advance sale opportunity.

The Oct. 17 match will be the sixth visit by the U.S. WNT to PGE Park and the 10th match played in Oregon. The U.S. has an 8-1-0 record in the state, with the lone loss a surprising semifinal defeat by Germany in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The last appearance for the U.S. in Portland was a 7-0 victory vs. Ukraine in 2005 at Merlo Field at the University of Portland that featured the 100th career goal from Portland legend Tiffeny Milbrett.

The Portland game will be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. defender Stepanie Lopez. Lopez, the youngest player on the 2007 Women’s World Cup roster, plays at the University of Portland where she helped the Pilots win the NCAA title in 2005. She will return to the Pilots after the Women’s World Cup to finish out her senior year.

The Oct. 20 game marks the second visit for the U.S. women to University Stadium on the University of New Mexico campus. In their first appearance on May 9, 2004, Lori Chalupny and the since-retired Mia Hamm and Cindy Parlow tallied for the U.S. in a 3-0 victory vs. Mexico in front of 17,805 fans. The U.S. has faced Mexico 19 total times and has not lost while conceding only six goals.

The match in Albuquerque will be a doubleheader that also includes the University of New Mexico Lobos men’s soccer team facing UNLV in the nightcap. The Lobos are ranked as high as 10th in the nation in preseason polls and were picked to win the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title by the conference’s coaches.

The U.S. Women’s World Cup roster features ‘Queen of Caps’ Kristine Lilly, who has made 330 appearances and scored 125 goals (second all time to Mia Hamm). The U.S. captain will be making her fifth appearance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Also on the roster is Abby Wambach, who has scored 77 goals, good for fifth all time in U.S. history.

The U.S. is unbeaten since head coach Greg Ryan took over the team in March of 2005 with a 38-0-7 record; the only blemish coming when the U.S. fell in penalty kicks to Germany in the 2006 Algarve Cup final. This year the team has a 12-0-2 record with one game remaining in the Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series vs. Finland on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

2007 U.S. Women’s National Team Upcoming Schedule
Date Opponent Location Result/Kickoff TV
Aug. 25 Finland The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6:30 p.m. PT ESPN2
Sept. 11 North Korea* Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. / 5 a.m. ET LIVE TBD
Sept. 14 Sweden* Chengdu (Chengdu Sports Center Stadium) 5 p.m. / 5 a.m. ET LIVE TBD
Sept. 18 Nigeria* Shanghai (Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium) 8 p.m. / 8 a.m. ET LIVE TBD
Oct. 13 Mexico Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis, Mo.) 7 p.m. CT
Oct. 17 Mexico PGE Park (Portland, Ore.) 7 p.m. PT
Oct. 20 Mexico University Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.) 4:30 p.m. MT

* FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007