U.S. Women Will Play in San Antonio for First Time Since 1996;
U.S. Head Coach Tom Sermanni Faces His Former Team on NBC at 12:30 p.m. CT
CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Australia on Sunday, Oct. 20, in San Antonio, Texas. The USA’s first game since 1996 in San Antonio will be broadcast live on NBC at 12:30 p.m. CT, and fans can follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at ussoccer_wnt.
The match will be played at the Alamodome, marking the 10th match in U.S. Women’s National Team history to be played indoors. The USA is 9-0-0 under a roof, playing its first match indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Mich., in 1993.
“I’ve been delighted with how our team has played over the year as a whole,” said Sermanni. “The players have embraced how we’ve tried to play and we’ve gone about our performances in a really professional manner, which can be difficult to maintain at times when you go into games with everyone expecting you to win. We’re certainly looking forward to facing an Australian team that will be a great challenge tactically and physically.”
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio (including many HEB and Walmart locations), as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. 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 exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. CT and runs until Friday, Sept. 20, at 8 a.m. CT at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The U.S. women have played 11 matches in the state of Texas, including two in 2012 (in Frisco and Houston), but this will be the first visit to San Antonio since a pre-Olympic warm-up match at Blossom Field in 1996. The U.S. defeated Sweden, which featured former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage at forward, 3-0.
The match will mark the first time U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has faced his old team. Sermanni was head coach of Australia from 1994-1996 and from 2005-2012, when he lead the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments.
“It’s always a special occasion when you come up against a team you were formally involved with, especially if it was significant as was my tenure with Australia,” said Sermanni. “It will be very interesting to be on the other side knowing the ability and the character of the Australian team. I know it will be a difficult game.”
- The U.S. team, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings, is 10-0-2 in 2013 and has scored 43 goals while allowing eight.
- Australia is ranked eighth in the world and will enter qualifying for the 2015 Women’s World Cup at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from May 14-25, 2014. Five teams from Asia will qualify for Canada ’15.
- The USA last faced Australia in two matches on the Fan Tribute Tour presented by Panasonic to celebrate the 2012 Olympic gold medal. The USA defeated the Matildas 2-1 and 6-2 in the final two matches for former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage.
- The USA is 11-0-0 all-time in the state of Texas.
- Abby Wambach leads the USA in scoring this year with nine goals, increasing her career total and world record to 161.
- Sydney Leroux is second on the U.S. team in scoring this year with seven goals, bolstered by her four-goal performance against Mexico on Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C. Both Alex Morgan and Christen Press have six goals for the USA this year.
- Fourteen different players have scored for the USA this year.
- The USA has dominated the all-time series against Australia, holding a 21-0-2 record with one of those ties (1-1) coming during group play at the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
- The Matlidas (from the song Waltzing Matilda) is the official nickname of the Australia Women’s National Soccer Team. It was instituted in 1994, in no small part due to the support of Tom Sermanni.