The unique doubleheader will also feature Women's World Cup favorite and Olympic semifinalist Brazil against 2000 Olympics host Australia, giving Northwest soccer fans an exciting preview of four teams that will be participating in the 1999 Women's World Cup. The tournament will be conducted in 17 doubleheaders across the country, including two in Portland on June 23rd and 24th, which will feature Japan, Russia, China, Ghana, North Korea, Denmark, Germany and Mexico.
Tickets are available by calling 503/224-TIXX, Civic Stadium or any FASTTIXX outlet. For group discounts, call 503/525-8000. Ticket prices are $20, $28, $48 and $100 for premier.
The USA-Canada "Send-Off" match will be the final game of the NIKE Road to Pasadena Tour and the last match before the Americans begin Women's World Cup play on June 19 against Denmark at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (Kickoff 3 p.m. ET on ABC). That doubleheader will also feature Brazil vs. Mexico (Kickoff 5:30 p.m. ET) as well as the Official Opening Ceremonies.
Until now, fans were required to buy tickets in Stadium Series Packages, which included one ticket to each of the games at a particular venue. The match at Civic Stadium is expected to break the attendance record for a non-Olympic, stand-alone U.S. Women's National Team match, which currently sits at 17,358 fans who watched the USA vs. England match on May 9, 1997 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Organizers expect an electric atmosphere in Civic Stadium to send the "home team" into World Cup play. Natural grass will be put down over Civic Stadium's artificial turf surface for both the June 6 games and the two Women's World Cup doubleheaders.
The match will be the first for the U.S. women at Civic Stadium, and will mark a homecoming for former University of Portland stars Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan. Milbrett, a native of Portland, scored the winning goal in the 1996 Olympic final and MacMillan scored the first goal in that 2-1 victory over China. The USA has played two matches in Portland, selling out both games at the 5,000-seat University of Portland's Merlo Field.
The U.S. Men's National Team has played two matches at Civic, one in September of 1997 against Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying that drew a raucous sell-out crowd of 27,369 and the other in May of 1998 against Kuwait just prior to the World Cup that drew over 25,000.
"I was at the USA vs. Costa Rica game at Civic Stadium and I can't wait to play in that kind of atmosphere," said Milbrett, who scored 103 goals for the Pilots. "I love playing in front of Portland soccer fans. They're smart, they're passionate and they really appreciate the U.S. women's team."