CHICAGO (Thursday, October 2, 2003) — U.S. Soccer announced today that the U.S. Women's National Team will take on the Mexican Women's National Team in a match at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. CT as part of the Nike "Live the Dream" Tour. The game comes just three weeks after the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003, and is being promoted by the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer and North Texas State Soccer Association.
The U.S. will face the Italian Women's National Team in the first game of the series at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 22.
The U.S. Women’s National Team has played 304 matches in its history, but just four previously in Texas (all wins) and only one in Dallas, making this match a unique chance for the thousands of players in the Dallas area to see all their favorite stars. The only previous match in Dallas came on May 19, 1995, in a warm-up match for the 1995 Women’s World Cup against Canada at Hillcrest High School, a resounding 9-1 win for the USA. The crowd of 6,145 was, at the time, the largest crowd ever to watch the U.S. women in the United States.
The U.S. has also played in San Antonio and twice in Houston, most recently a 3-2 win in front more than 11,000 fans over Mexico on Dec. 10, 2000. That match came immediately after the 2000 Olympic Games and saw the USA go down 2-1 before two Cindy Parlow goals pulled out the victory.
Tickets for the game in Dallas, which is being presented to U.S. Soccer fans by Avaya, go on sale Monday, October 6 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Burn office at 214-979-0303 or through Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Dalas Burn office located at 14800 Quorum Drive, Suite 300. Ticket prices start as low as $20 and go up in range to $120. Burn season ticket holders will have the option of exchanging a Special Game B and/or Special Game C ticket for a Side Reserved ticket to the game. In order to take advantage of this offer, season ticket holders must exchange their tickets no later than Monday, October 6. Additionally, season seat holders will be given the opportunity to upgrade to Center Reserved for an additional $10.
On Sunday, the U.S. Women's National Team defeated North Korea 3-0 in Columbus, Ohio, completing a clean sweep of their Group A competition and setting up a big quarterfinal showdown with arch-rival Norway on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The team is 3-0 in their quest to capture the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003, outscoring their opposition 11-1.
The U.S. Women’s National Team, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, features an extraordinary collection of athletes and stars, who have become household names. Veterans like Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy and Briana Scurry, are currently competing side-by-side with the next wave of stars like Cat Reddick, Abby Wambach and Shannon Boxx in their quest to capture their third overall FIFA Women's World Cup crown. Hamm, the world's all-time leading scorer with 144 goals, has strong ties to Texas. She attended Notre Dame High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, and was first brought into the U.S. Women's National Team after having been seen playing in the Texas ODP system.
U.S. Women’s National Team – Nike “Live the Dream” Tour
Wednesday, Oct. 22: USA vs. Italy - Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.) 7 p.m. CT / ESPN
Sunday, Nov. 2: USA vs. Mexico - Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Texas) 3 p.m. CT / ESPN2