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U.S. Women to Face Mexico at Paetec Park in Rochester, N.Y., at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 13



U.S. Star Forward Abby Wambach Returns to Her Hometown as
U.S. Women Become First U.S. National Team to Play at New Stadium

CHICAGO (July 14, 2006) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Mexico at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 13, in Rochester, N.Y. at the brand new PAETEC Park, which hosted its first-ever match on June 3. The match will be broadcast live in primetime on ESPN2.

Home to the Rochester Rhinos of the USL First Division, long one of the best supported clubs in the league, the $40 million PAETEC Park seats almost 13,000 and should provide a fantastic atmosphere for the U.S. women, who will be playing in Rochester for the third time. The stadium, which features a synthetic Field Turf playing surface, is also home to the Rochester Rhinos Women of the USL W-League.

Tickets starting at $18 will go on sale starting Tuesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com, at all Rochester area Ticketmaster outlets (including Kaufmann’s and Ticket Express), at PAETEC Park’s Main Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and by phone at 585-232-1900. Groups of 12 or more can purchase tickets by calling 312-528-1290 or visiting ussoccer.com.

The USA’s two previous matches in Rochester, both sellouts at Frontier Field, the former home of the Rhinos, were packed with drama. In September of 1998, the USA defeated Russia 4-0 in the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup as Mia Hamm scored the 100th goal of her career. In September of 2004, the USA opened its “Fan Celebration Tour” in Rochester after winning the Olympic gold medal and went up 3-0 on Iceland only to give up three goals in a six-minute span in the second half, a U.S. record of the infamous sort. The gold medallists then got a winning goal in the final seconds from defender Heather Mitts, who pounded the ball into the net from close range during a goalmouth scramble after a corner kick.

The match also marks the return of local hero Abby Wambach to her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. The U.S. striker, who scored the winning goal in the 2004 Olympic gold medal match, has 54 career goals in 72 appearances for the USA. She scored twice in the first half in the USA’s last visit to Rochester, as well as assisting on a goal to Hamm, much to the delight of the packed house. Wambach, who reached 50 career goals in less games than any U.S. player in history besides Michelle Akers, scored 142 goals in her prep career at Our Lady of Mercy High School. She was a two-time high school All-American and the New York Gatorade Player of the Year in 1997.

The match against Mexico also renews a rivalry that has become increasingly intense over the past few years as the tricolor has steadily improved on the world stage. The last meeting between the two teams came in October of 2005, a 3-0 victory for the USA in Charleston, S.C.

Like the USA, Mexico is gearing up for CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mexico easily advanced to the finals of the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup (which serves as Women’s World Cup qualifying) by winning their preliminary group in Mexico with a 9-0 victory against Nicaragua and an 8-0 victory against El Salvador. The 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup will be held in the United States in late November with dates and sites to be announced.

The match vs. Mexico is the fourth domestic game confirmed so far this year for the U.S. women, who will open its slate of summer games on Saturday, July 15, against Sweden at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Kickoff for USA-Sweden is set for 5 p.m. CT. The USA will then face Ireland on July 23, at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego (1 p.m. PT) before traveling to Cary, N.C. to face Canada at SAS Soccer Park on Sunday, July 30 (1 p.m. ET). All three July matches will be on ESPN2 and fans can also follow all the games on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The USA-Canada match will also be broadcast live in Spanish on Telemundo.

The U.S. women have played nine matches so far this year, all outside of the country (China, Portugal and Japan), and have a 6-0-3 record. The U.S. team is 14-0-4 since Greg Ryan took over as head coach in March of 2005. In those 18 games, the U.S. team has allowed just one goal from the run of play and three goals total.

The U.S. women will likely play three more domestic matches this fall in addition to the ones already confirmed.

U.S. WNT Game Schedule
Date        Opponent       Venue;City                                                      Kickoff/TV
July 15    Sweden          National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.      5 p.m. CT ESPN2
July 23    Ireland            Torero Stadium; San Diego, Calif.            1 p.m. PT ESPN2
July 30    Canada          SAS Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.                      1 p.m. ET ESPN2/Telemundo
Sept. 13  Mexico            PAETEC Park; Rochester, N.Y.                  8 p.m. ET ESPN2

TICKET INFORMATION FOR JULY WNT MATCHES

USA vs. Sweden – July 15, 2006, National Sports Center - Blaine, Minnesota – ESPN2 (5 p.m. CT)
Tickets are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Minnesota and Wisconsin area Ticketmaster outlets (including Cash Wise Foods, Hy-Vee Foods, and Marshall Field’s) and by phone at 651-989-5151. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto ussoccer.com or calling (763) 792-7337.

USA vs. Ireland – July 23, 2006, Torero Stadium – San Diego, Calif. – ESPN2 (1 p.m. PT)
Tickets for USA-Ireland will go on sale June 14, at 10 a.m. PT online at ussoccer.com, at all San Diego and Southern California area Ticketmaster outlets (including Tower Records, Robinson's-May and Second Spin stores) and by phone at 619-220-8497. (Note: Tickets will be available at Torero Stadium only on the day of the event.) Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto ussoccer.com or calling (312) 528-1290.

USA vs. Canada - July 30, 2006, SAS Soccer Park – Cary, N.C. – ESPN2 & Telemundo (1 p.m. ET)
Tickets are on sale online at ussoccer.com, at all Cary area Ticketmaster outlets (including Hechts, FYE, and Publix Stores) and by phone at 919-834-4000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by logging onto ussoccer.com or calling (312) 528-1290.

USA vs. Mexico – September 13, 2006, PAETEC Park – Rochester, N.Y. – ESPN2 (8 p.m. ET)
Tickets starting at $18 will go on sale starting Tuesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com, at all Rochester area Ticketmaster outlets (including Kaufmann’s and Ticket Express), at PAETEC Park’s Main Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and by phone at 585-232-1900. Groups of 12 or more can purchase tickets by calling 312-528-1290 or visiting ussoccer.com.

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