WNT Books Two-Game Set vs. New Zealand for September in Denver and Cincinnati

Last Match Against the Football Ferns Was in the Opening Game of 2016 Olympics

CHICAGO (July 7, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will take on New Zealand this fall in two friendly matches with the first on September 15 (8 p.m. MT; ESPN2) at Dick’s Sports Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, followed by a second game on September 19 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1) at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. 

The U.S. Women last played in Colorado on June 2, 2016 in the first of a two-game set of friendlies against Japan. The teams played to a wild 3-3 draw in front of a sell-out crowd at DSGP that saw the USA go down 2-0 after 22 minutes, only to roar back and take a 3-2 lead heading into stoppage time on goals in each half from Alex Morgan and a dramatic 89th minute header from hometown hero Lindsey Horan. The referee added four minutes to the end of the second half and Japan equalized in the third minute of stoppage time. The three goals for each team during the 3-3 draw equaled the highest-scoring draw in WNT history.

This will mark the first visit to Cincinnati for the U.S. Women since 2008 and its first match at Nippert Stadium, home to FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League. The club has drawn fantastic crowds since its debut in 2016 and is currently in preparations for its U.S. Lamar Open Hunt Quarterfinal match against Miami FC on June 12. 

“The fall friendly matches are an important transition period to 2018 and we want to get the most out of them by continuing to play teams with World Cup and Olympic experience like New Zealand,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said. “Denver has been a fun place to play for our team over the years, but we also enjoy going to cities where we haven’t been in a while, like Cincinnati. The fans there have shown extraordinary support for their USL team and we’re looking forward to an enthusiastic crowd for our match as well.” 

The USA last faced New Zealand in the opening game of 2016 Olympics, a 2-0 victory in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, that featured goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

TICKETS

Denver
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-866-461-6556 (Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT). Tickets will be available at box office locations, if inventory remains, beginning Saturday, July 15. Dick's Sporting Goods Park box office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Pepsi Center box office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cincinnati
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. [Note: Tickets are not sold at Nippert Stadium except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can order HERE. 

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for both games exclusively through ussoccer.com.

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