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U.S. Women vs. Finland on February 27 Relocated to University of Tampa


CHICAGO (Sunday, February 7, 1999) - The U.S. Women's National Team match vs. Finland scheduled for February 27 has been relocated to Pepin/Rood Stadium at the University of Tampa. The match was originally scheduled for the University of Florida in Gainesville, but was moved to avoid any sponsor conflicts in Gainesville and to maximize exposure for U.S. Soccer. The game, which will be carried live on ESPN2, kicks off at 4 p.m. (ET).

The match marks the fourth full international for the U.S. Women's National Team in Tampa, where the team most recently defeated France in a hard-fought match, 2-1, back on April 27, 1997.

U.S. scoring sensations Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers will both continue their march on the all-time international soccer scoring mark of 108 goals, currently held by Elisabetta Vignotto of Italy. Hamm currently has 103 goals, while Akers hit the 100-goal plateau in the USA's 6-0 victory over Portugal in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 30.

The USA holds a 4-0-0 all-time record against Finland, outscoring them 10-0 in three victories in 1995 with the most recent win coming 2-0 in March 1998.

Ticket information will be announced later this week after being finalized.

The U.S. Women's National Team is coming off its most successful season since the team was established in 1986. Ranked No. 1 in the world, the team finished 1998 with a single year best 22-1-2 record that was capped by a 5-0 victory over Ukraine on December 20 in Fresno, Calif.

The USA is currently preparing to host the FIFA World All-Stars on February 14 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. in a game that will feature the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Draw at halftime. Tickets for the draw are available by calling 408/924-4086.

Tickets for all Women's World Cup matches, which have surpassed the 215,000 mark, are available by calling 800/WWC-TIKS (800/992-8457).

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