USA to Play in Germany for First Time Since 2000;
Match at Newly Constructed Impuls Arena Which Will Host Games at 2011 FIFA WWC
CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2009) – The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany on Oct. 29 at the newly constructed Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany, in the first meeting between the two women’s powers since January of 2007. The stadium in Augsburg, which seats almost 31,000 fans, is one of nine venues that will host matches of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The match kicks off at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The Bavarian city of Augsburg is located in south central Germany, about 42 miles northwest of Munich. Augsburg will host four matches during Germany 2011, including one quarterfinal, but this will be the first international match at the new venue and an important test run for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The match will mark the 25th meeting between the two countries (counting two matches against the former West Germany) with the USA having won 16 games, lost four and tied four. The two most successful women’s soccer nations have met in several of the most epic matches in U.S. history, including a 5-2 U.S. win in the semifinal of the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-2 U.S. win the quarterfinal of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a 3-0 U.S. loss in the semifinal of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The teams did not meet in either the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup or the 2008 Olympics. The most recent meeting in world championship play occurred in the semifinal of the 2004 Olympics, a 2-1 U.S. victory on an overtime goal from Heather O’Reilly. The USA and Germany met in the Algarve Cup Final in both 2005 (a 1-0 U.S. win) and 2006, where the Americans fell in penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in regulation.
“I am very pleased about the opportunity to play Germany in Germany,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage, who will be facing Germany for the first time with the USA. “With the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany, there could not be better preparation for the U.S. team than to travel there and play in a wonderful environment against one of the best teams in the world. The match will give us a good indication of where we stand with our playing style. It will be a great challenge to keep their extremely technical and tactical players away from our goal while trying to be unpredictable in our attacking against a country that brought team defending to another level during the Women’s World Cup in 2007.”
The match in Augsburg will come at the tail end of a training camp in Germany. The game also comes about six weeks after the completion of the 2009 European Women’s Championships to be held in Finland from Aug. 23-Sept. 10, a competition in which Germany is the favorite.
The USA is currently first in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings with Germany ranked third, just a few points behind second-ranked Brazil.
The USA played two friendly matches in Europe in July of last year in both Sweden and Norway, but prior to that had not traveled to Europe for a friendly match since the middle of 2000 when the Americans played two matches in Norway. That trip came right after a three-match run in Germany at the DFB Jubilee Cup where the USA faced Norway, China and Germany. The match against the Germans marked the last time the USA faced the two-time defending Women’s World Cup champions in their home country, earning a 1-0 victory on a goal from Julie Foudy.