CHICAGO (August 26, 2004) — Following the U.S. Women’s National Team’s emotional 2-1 Gold Medal overtime victory over Brazil, U.S. Soccer has unveiled plans to host a 10-game “Fan Celebration Tour” that will kick off on Sept. 25 at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y., home to U.S. Olympic hero Abby Wambach.
The tour marks one last chance for fans of the U.S. Women's National Team to see retiring players like Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm on the international soccer stage as they celebrate a legacy that includes two Women's World Cup championships, two Gold Medal victories and top three finishes in each of their seven FIFA world championship events.
The U.S. will face Iceland in the first match of the tour in Rochester. It will be the WNT's sixth meeting with the northern European nation, going unbeaten (4-0-1) in their previous five meetings. The match will be just the second visit to Frontier Field for the WNT, with the first match a 4-0 victory over Russia on Sept. 18, 1998, in which Hamm scored her 100th international goal.
The remaining dates, venues and opponents on the tour will be released in the near future and fans are encouraged to log on to ussoccerfan.com to register to receive the latest ticketing information as it becomes available.
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In addition to Fawcett, Foudy and Hamm, who have confirmed that the Athens Olympics was their last world championship event, the 2004 Gold Medal winners also include veteran defender Brandi Chastain, midfielder Kristine Lilly and goalkeeper Briana Scurry, as well as the USA’s new Gold Medal and FIFA Women’s World Cup heroes: Wambach, Shannon Boxx and Cat Reddick.
It was Rochester hometown-girl Wambach who scored the thrilling overtime winner in the 112th minute of the epic USA-Brazil clash. The goal came on a patented leaping header from the forward who has scored 18 times in 24 games in 2004 to lead the United States. Wambach is the reigning U.S .Soccer Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year and led the U.S. with four goals in Greece.
The victory for the U.S. was a sweet return to the top of the women’s soccer mountain for the United States, who previously won the Olympic Gold in the USA in 1996 and FIFA Women’s World Cup crowns in 1991 and 1999.