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Philadelphia to Host U.S. Women's National Team on Nov. 6 as Part of 'Fan Celebration Tour'


CHICAGO (Sept. 23, 2004) — U.S. Soccer announced today that the U.S. Women’s National Team’s highly anticipated “Fan Celebration Tour” will travel through Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, Nov. 6, as the team meets Denmark at 4 p.m. ET.
   
Tickets ranging in price levels from $15 to $40 go on sale to the public this Saturday, September 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Delaware Valley (including Strawbridge's and Tower Records) and by phone at 215-336-2000. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Lincoln Financial Field ticket office beginning Monday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.   
   
The match is one of 10 for the U.S. Women’s National Team this Fall as they tour the country in the wake of the team’s emotional 2-1 Gold Medal overtime victory over Brazil at the 2004 Athens Olympics. That victory was a sweet return to the top of the women’s soccer mountain for the U.S. WNT, who previously won the Olympic Gold in the USA in 1996 and FIFA Women’s World Cup crowns in 1991 and 1999.
   
The entire “Fan Celebration Tour” marks one final chance for the U.S. Women's National Team’s legion of diehard supporters to see living legends like all-time leading scorer Mia Hamm, team captain Julie Foudy and “Ultimate Soccer Mom” Joy Fawcett on the international soccer stage. The players and fans alike will be able to celebrate the U.S. legacy that includes a remarkable 18-year history together and top three finishes in each of their seven FIFA world championship events.
   
In addition to the celebrated retirements of Hamm, Foudy and Fawcett, 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: 2004 leading scorer and Gold Medal game-winning goal scorer Abby Wambach, midfielder Shannon Boxx, and defender Cat Reddick.
   
Philadelphia has hosted the U.S. Women just once before, when the U.S. crushed Nigeria 5-0 in the opening round of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 25, 2003 in front of 31,553 fans at Lincoln Financial Field.  The U.S. has a 6-2-0 record in the state of Pennsylvania, having played previous games everywhere from Hershey to Bethlehem to Oakford.

The U.S. has a 9-3-1 all-time record against Denmark that dates back to 1985, the first year of the U.S. Women’s National Team program.  The Danes were undefeated in the first three matches (a 2-0-1 record), but over the last 10 years the U.S. has owned the edge with a 9-1 record.
   
The “Fan Celebration Tour” begins with a Sept. 25 match at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y. The match in Rochester sold out on Sept. 11 just a few hours after tickets went on sale to the general public. Following the match in Rochester, the hometown of U.S. Olympic hero Abby Wambach, the tour will immediately embark for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s first-ever match in Western Pennsylvania as the city of Pittsburgh and Heinz Field host the team on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
   
The team will travel west for the third scheduled match on the tour, which is slated for PGE Park in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 3, site of FIFA Women’s World Cup games in both 1999 and 2003. The tour then proceeds rapidly through four cities in the Midwest: Cincinnati (Oct. 10 at Paul Brown Stadium), Kansas City (Oct. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium), Chicago (Oct. 20 at Soldier Field) and Houston (Oct. 23 at Reliant Stadium).    The first November date on the tour will see the U.S. at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Nov. 3, a return to the venue that kick-started the 1999 Women’s World Cup by hosting the tournament’s sold-out opening game in front of 79,972 fans.
   
The tour will conclude with a final match in December at a venue still to be finalized. As it becomes available, schedule and ticket information for all 10 matches on the “Fan Celebration Tour” will be released to registered fans at ussoccer.com.
   
2004 “Fan Celebration Tour” – U.S. Women’s National Team

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