CHICAGO (Oct. 6, 2004) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, coming off wins in each of its first three games of the 2004 “Fan Celebration Tour,” rolls into the Midwest for its next four matches, facing New Zealand in Cincinnati this Sunday, Oct. 10, at Paul Brown Stadium (4 p.m. ET), followed by matches against Mexico at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Oct. 16 (5 p.m. CT) and Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago on Oct. 20 (7:30 p.m. CT). From there, the Olympic champions head south to Houston, Texas, to face Ireland again at Reliant Stadium on Oct. 23 (7 p.m. CT).
While none of the matches are televised, but fans can follow all the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
The USA brings a 2004 record of 23-1-3 to Cincinnati and needs just four wins to break the record for most victories for the U.S. Women’s National Team in a calendar year.
The U.S. team’s stop in Ohio will undoubtedly feature Cincinnati native Heather Mitts, a former All-State selection at St. Ursula Academy who helped lead the Bulldogs to the state title in 1993. The defender is one of 16 gold medal winners who will participate in the tour, as young stars Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly, who scored in the Olympic final and semifinal respectively, have commitments to the their college team at the University of North Carolina. For the match in Kansas City, the U.S. will be without Julie Foudy and Briana Scurry, who will not attend the match in Kansas City due to prior commitments.
The “Fan Celebration Tour,” which will include seven two-time gold medallists in Scurry, defenders Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain, midfielders Kristine Lilly and team captain Foudy and forwards Mia Hamm and Cindy Parlow, is serving multiple purposes.
First and foremost, the 10-game tour spread across 10 cities in nine states against five different countries in three different time zones, will give the U.S. players a chance to thank the fans which have been tremendous supporters of the team over the years as well as give fans across the nation the opportunity to cheer on the current world champions. The tour will also celebrate the gold medal victory and give the fans a chance to see some of the legends of the women’s game for a final time as Foudy, legendary goal scorer Hamm and iron-women defender Fawcett play what will be their last matches in a U.S. uniform.
Two U.S. players have achieved major milestones on this one-of-a-kind tour. Last Sunday against New Zealand in Portland, Ore., Lilly became just the fifth player in the history of international soccer to score 100 goals for her country. Forward Abby Wambach, who has scored in all three games so far, has a team-leading 22 goals in 2004, the second highest total ever in a calendar year for a U.S. Women’s National Team player.
Lilly and Wambach starred in the USA’s knockout matches at the 2004 Olympics, with Lilly scoring in the quarterfinal win over Japan and semifinal win over Germany, while Wambach scored in the quarterfinal and the headed in the winning goal in overtime against Brazil in the gold medal game.
Hamm, who added two scores to her world record total of international goals against New Zealand in Portland, brings an all-time total of 156 scores into Cincinnati. Even more amazing, she has recorded 137 assists in a U.S. uniform, far and away the most ever in U.S. Women’s National Team history.
The USA won its final three games at the Olympics by 2-1 scores, the final two in 120-minute overtime matches, showing tremendous character and heart, especially against a wildly talented Brazil team in the championship game.
The USA won every tournament it entered in 2004, taking four tournament titles culminating with the 2004 Olympics. The U.S. team has lost just once this year, that to Sweden, but also beat the Swedes in the first match of the year. The USA’s three ties – vs. China, Japan and Australia – were also coupled with wins over those opponents, meaning the USA has defeated every team it has played in 2004.
Ticket information for all “Fan Celebration Tour” matches are available online at www.ussoccer.com. Only the final match of the tour in early December has yet to be finalized.
2004 U.S. WNT “Fan Celebration Tour” Results / Schedule
# Date Result Venue; City Attendance
1 Sat., Sept. 25 USA 4, Iceland 3 Frontier Field; Rochester, N.Y. 14,870 (sell out)
2 Wed., Sept. 29 USA 3, Iceland 0 Heinz Field; Pittsburgh, Pa. 6,386
3 Sun., Oct. 3 USA 5, New Zealand 0 PGE Park; Portland, Ore. 16,554
# Date Match-up Venue; City Kickoff (local)
4 Sun., Oct. 10 USA vs. New Zealand Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio 4 p.m. ET
5 Sat., Oct. 16 USA vs. Mexico Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo. 5 p.m. CT
6 Wed., Oct. 20 USA vs. Ireland Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill. 7:30 p.m. CT
7 Sat., Oct. 23 USA vs. Ireland Reliant Stadium; Houston, Texas 7 p.m. CT
8 Wed., Nov. 3 USA vs. Denmark Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J. 7:30 p.m. CT
9 Sat., Nov. 6 USA vs. Denmark Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. 4 p.m. ET
10 TBD TBD TBD; TBD TBD
2004 U.S. WNT “Fan Celebration Tour” Roster
* Will not appear on Oct. 16 in Kansas City
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Luckenbill, Briana Scurry; DEFENDERS (6): Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (5): Shannon Boxx, Julie Foudy, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (3): Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow, Abby Wambach.
Head Coach: April Heinrichs Gainesville, Va.
Asst. Coach: Tracey Leone Phoenix, Ariz.
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon Monroe, Ct.
General Manager: Nils Krumins Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Medical Doctor: Dr. Chris Amann Chicago, Ill.
Medical Trainer: Julie O’Connell Chicago, Ill.
Massage Therapist: Johnny Zecopoulos Charleston, S.C.
Equipment Coord.: Mindy Hammond Columbus, Ohio
Security Liaison: Mark Pharris Atlanta, Ga.
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz Hermosa Beach, Calif.