CHICAGO (July 21, 2015) – The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team will play its third and fourth matches on its post-Women’s World Cup tour in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama, this September.
The games are part of a 10-match tour to celebrate the USA’s third World Cup title. The remaining six match dates, venues and opponents will be announced as they are confirmed.
The USA will face Women’s World Cup quarterfinalist Australia on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) followed by a match on Sunday, Sept. 20, at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2).
Tickets for the September games go on sale to the public Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. local time at ussoccer.com. For the Detroit contest, tickets are also available by phone at 1-877-212-8898 and at the Ford Field ticket office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the event in Birmingham, tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and Walmart locations). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Legion Field except on the day of the event.]
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.
The press credential application for media planning to cover the post-Women's World Cup tour matches is available online by clicking here. The deadline to submit the U.S. Soccer press credential application for the matches against Australia will be Friday, September 11.
The USA and Australia met in the opening Group D game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-1 U.S. victory on two goals from Megan Rapinoe and a game-winner from Christen Press that kick-started the USA’s run to the championship.
The USA’s tour begins on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 37,000 tickets have been sold for that match. [TICKETS] The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. That match is sold out with over 20,000 fans expected to attend.
- The Sept. 17 clash with Australia will mark the USA’s fourth match in the Detroit area and third at Ford Field, home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
- The USA played indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1993 on grass in a test match for the 1994 World Cup, and then played at Ford Field in December 2008 and 2012 at the end of victory tours to celebrate the Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, respectively.
- The USA returns to Alabama for the first time in more than seven years. The U.S. Women played at Legion Field in 2003 against England, in 2004 against Brazil and in 2008 against Australia, a wild 5-4 victory that saw the Americans race out to a 4-1 lead only for the Matildas to roar back and tie the match. The U.S., which scored not one but two own goals in the game, won the match on a goal from Angela Hucles in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.
- In Canada this summer, Australia finished second in Group D and defeated Brazil 1-0 in their Round of 16 match on a goal from Boston Breakers forward Kyah Simon, before falling in the quarterfinal to eventual Women’s World Cup finalist Japan, 1-0, on an 87th minute score.