The "NIKE Road to Glory" will open on August 13 with a match against Russia at the Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. (Kickoff 5 p.m. ET -- LIVE on ESPN2). Tickets go on sale at halftime of the USA-South Africa Men's Nike U.S. Cup match at RFK Stadium on June 3, and at all Ticketmaster outlets beginning June 4 at noon. Tickets will also be available at the Naval Academy Ticket Office starting June 5. Tickets are priced at $20-$40 and available by calling 1-800-US4NAVY (800-874-6289) or by calling the Maryland Youth Soccer Association at 1-877-407-8497. This match against Russia will mark the first soccer game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since 1984 when the stadium played host to first-round men?s soccer games in the 1984 Olympics.
The USA will then face Canada at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday, Aug. 20 (Kickoff 2 p.m. CT -- LIVE in ESPN2). Tickets are priced at $15-$45 and are available by calling 816-920-9300. The final match will be against Brazil in California during the first weekend of September, with the confirmed date and venue to be announced in the coming weeks.
The "NIKE Road to Glory" will complete an unprecedented schedule of 32 matches in 2000 before the Olympics. The most matches ever played in a calendar year before this year was 29 in 1999. All three "NIKE Road to Glory" opponents participated in last summer's Women's World Cup, but only Brazil qualified for the Olympic soccer competition.
The USA has won each of its three matches against Russia in its history, the most recent coming on Sept. 18, 1998, in Rochester, N.Y., in a match that featured a bit of history. The sold-out crowd at Frontier Field saw the 100th career goal from Mia Hamm and the 100th career cap for Tiffeny Milbrett, who along with Hamm had two goals and two assists. Russia finished an unlucky eighth at the 1999 Women's World Cup and was therefore bumped from the Olympic tournament for host Australia. It will be the first match for the U.S. women in Annapolis, where former U.S. Women's National Team star and 1991 Women's World Cup MVP Carin Gabarra coaches the Naval Academy women's soccer team.
Canada has long played little sister to the USA in the CONCACAF region, winning just once in 21 games. The Americans have won 19 straight games against their Northern neighbors and go for number twenty today in Sydney, Australia when the two teams meet in the Pacific Cup.
The send-off match against Brazil will pair the two 1999 Women's World Cup semifinalists, who squared off in front of 77,000 fans at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto on July 4, 1999. The match will no doubt be a rousing send-off for both teams as the match will feature two of the world's most dynamic attacking sides.
|Date||Opponent||Location||Kickoff / TV||Tickets|
|Aug. 13||Russia||Navy-Marine Corp Stadium|
|5 p.m. (ET) / ESPN2||800-874-6289|
|Aug. 20||Canada||Arrowhead Stadium|
(Kansas City, Mo.)
|2 p.m. (CT) / ESPN2||816-920-9300|
|TBA||Brazil||TBA||TBA / TBA||TBA|