CHICAGO (Tuesday, April 27, 2004) — U.S. Soccer announced today that the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play regional rival Canada on Saturday, July 3, at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tenn., in a match that kicks off at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) live on ESPN. The match marks just the second-ever trip to Tennessee in 20-year history of the U.S. Women’s National Team and will mark the return of the state’s greatest-ever female player, Memphis native Cindy Parlow.
Tickets for USA-Canada range in price levels from $18 to $45 and go on sale starting Friday, April 30, at 10 a.m. ET at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Kroger and Hecht’s stores), by phone at 615-255-9600, and on-line at ussoccer.com. A limited number of On-Field Seats are also available at $150. Groups of 20 or more can call 312-528-1290 [Click here for complete ticket information].
The match at the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans will be the U.S. Women’s third-ever game in the state after two matches in Chattanooga in 1997 (a pair of 3-1 wins over Sweden). A then 19-year-old Parlow played in one of those games, traveling to join the team during her junior season in college at UNC. The 5-foot-11 Parlow is the fifth leading goal scorer in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team, pounding in 68 goals since she debuted in January of 1996 at the age of 17.
Parlow won the MAC and Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player after both her junior and senior seasons, joining Mia Hamm as the only player to win the trophies twice. A two-time high school All-American at Germantown High School in Memphis, she was the 1994 Tennessee Girl’s High School Player of the Year and one of just two players in Tennessee prep history to score more than 100 career goals, doing so in just three seasons before she left high school a year early to attend UNC.
“It’s so impressive to see how much soccer has grown in the state of Tennessee from the time I was playing youth soccer until now,” said Parlow, who played her youth soccer for the Memphis Futbol Club and is running a soccer camp in Nashville the week before the USA arrives in town. “It’s always great to go home and play in front of friends of family because they rarely get the opportunity to see me play without traveling across the country. I try to give a little back to the Tennessee girl’s soccer through my camps, but to have the whole national team come is a great gift to my state and I can’t wait to share the experience of playing with the national team with all the young girls in Tennessee who have big dreams.”
The youngest player ever to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Women’s World Cup title, Parlow was named as the Tennessee Hall of Fame 2003 Professional Female Athlete of the Year.
The USA-Canada match renews one of the most intense rivalries in women’s international soccer. The USA defeated Canada 22 out of the first 23 times the two teams played, including 21 straight victories from 1986 to 2000, but since then the USA holds a 5-2-3 record against their northern rivals. The USA has won the last two important matches, defeating Canada, 3-1, in the Third Place Match at the 2003 Women’s World Cup and then 2-0 at the Four Nations Tournament in China last January.
Canada suffered a gut-wrenching setback to their program when they failed to qualify for the 2004 Olympics after losing to Mexico, 2-1, in the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica in early March, but still feature some of the world’s top players in strikers Christine Sinclair and Christine Latham and long-time captain, defender Charmaine Hooper.
The USA-Canada match will be the fourth of six domestic exhibitions across the country to help the U.S. Women prepare for Athens in August. In its first home match of 2004, the U.S. rolled by world power Brazil 5-1 on April 24 in Birmingham, Ala., behind a pair of goals from young star forward Abby Wambach and a goal and three assists from legendary forward Mia Hamm.
The U.S. also has matches scheduled for June 6 (vs. Japan in Louisville), July 21 (vs. Australia in Blaine, Minn.), May 9 (vs. Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.) and one final match to be announced later this week.