CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face the Netherlands in The Hague at Kyocera Stadium, home of ADO Den Haag of Dutch Eredivisie, on Tuesday, April 9.
The match in The Hague, located on the west coast of the Netherlands about 35 miles southwest of Amsterdam, comes four days after the USA squares off against Germany in Offenbach near Frankfurt. The USA’s first meeting with the Dutch since 2006 will kickoff at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET). Fans can follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
The games against Germany, the Netherlands and Canada in Toronto on June 2 are the first high-profile away friendly matches of the year for the U.S. WNT as U.S. Soccer celebrates its Centennial in 2013.
“The Dutch and the Germans will be at the height of their preparations for the European championships and we are fortunate to get these kind of quality matches in the year after the World Cup and Olympic cycle,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. “Our team is looking forward to experiencing the fantastic soccer cultures of both countries and embracing the challenge of playing two sides just two months before they take part in the biggest women’s soccer event in Europe.”
The match against the Netherlands will be just the sixth meeting between the two countries, the first since 2006 and the first in Holland since 1991, which was the USA’s only loss of the series, a 4-3 setback in Vianen. The match in 2006 took place at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, a 2-0 U.S. victory.
- Kyocera Stadium seats 15,000 fans and was built in 2007.
- The USA is 4-1-0 all-time vs. the Netherlands with four-consecutive shutouts by a combined 16 goals after losing the first match in the series 4-3.
- The Netherlands qualified for the 2013 European Women’s Championships in Sweden by virtue of being the best second-place finisher in the seven qualifying groups. The Dutch finished second in Group 6 behind England.
- The Netherlands will face Germany, Norway and Iceland in Group B at the Euros this coming summer.
- The Hague is the capital city of the province of South Holland and is third largest city of the Netherlands, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. While Amsterdam is the Dutch capital, The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court and the Council of State.