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U.S. Women's National Team Matches at 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup to be Broadcast Live on ESPN and ESPN2

CHICAGO (August 28, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s National Team’s run at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN2, which will combine to present live coverage of all 32 World Cup matches on Sept. 10-30 from China. All matches will also be carried live on and select matches will re-air on ESPNU, ESPN Classic and ESPN2.

Tournament coverage will also include 30-minute pre-game shows and one-hour shows between matches on select days. Coverage kicks off on ESPN2 on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:55 a.m. ET with the opening match between reigning champions Germany and Argentina at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai.

U.S. WNT coverage begins on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4:55 a.m. ET as the U.S. Women take on Korea DPR on ESPN2. It continues on Friday, Sept. 14, at 4:55 a.m. ET on ESPN with the U.S. WNT matching up against Sweden. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:55 a.m. ET, the USA faces Nigeria in their final Group B match, also on ESPN.

ESPN2 will air the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final live at 7:55 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. The match will also be re-broadcast at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN Classic and at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The quarterfinals will be broadcast live on Sept. 22-23, the semifinals on Sept. 26-27 and the third place match on Sept. 30 at 4:55 a.m. ET, all on ESPN2. ESPNU, the college sports network, will also broadcast the USA’s three group matches and any U.S. quarterfinal matches on taped delay.  

The 2007 event marks the fourth consecutive Women’s World Cup televised on ESPN and ESPN2, who aired six 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC televised all 32 matches of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 18 matches of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup when the tournament was moved to the U.S. due to the threat of SARS in China.

Leading the way in China is team captain Kristine Lilly, 35, who was named to her record fifth Women’s World Cup Team. Lilly, who played in her first Women’s World Cup in China in 1991, is the only player still active from that U.S. team that won the inaugural Women’s World Cup. Lilly has played in all 24 matches the USA has contested in Women’s World Cup competition, starting 23 of them.

The 21-player roster includes goalkeeper Briana Scurry, who will be participating in her fourth Women’s World Cup after making her tournament debut in 1995 in Sweden. Two other players – defenders Kate Markgraf and Christie Rampone (known as Sobrero and Pearce, respectively, in the historic 1999 Women’s World Cup) were named to their third Women’s World Cup Team.

Lilly, Scurry, Markgraf and Rampone are also the only four players on the 2007 WWC roster who were on the USA’s 1999 WWC team.

Of the other 17 players, five were named to their second Women’s World Cup Team, but 12 of the 21 players were named to their first Women’s World Cup Team, the most first-timers ever for any U.S. Women’s World Cup Team (not counting, of course, the first Women’s World Cup in 1991).

2007 U.S. WNT FIFA Women's World Cup Television Schedule
Date             Opponent                  Kickoff (ET)          TV (Live)
Sept. 11       Korea DPR               4:55 a.m.              ESPN2
Sept. 14       Sweden                     4:55 a.m.              ESPN
Sept. 18       Nigeria                       7:55 a.m.              ESPN
Sept. 22/23 Quarterfinals*            TBD                      ESPN2
Sept. 26/27 Semifinals*                TBD                      ESPN2
Sept. 30       Third Place / Final*   TBD                      ESPN2
*If necessary