U.S. Women’s National Team to Face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium
Match is the First Meeting with Germany in the United States
CHICAGO (March 17, 2010) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, as the world’s top two women’s soccer nations meet on American soil for the first time since the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.
Tickets starting at $18 go on sale to the public Friday, March 19, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Northern Ohio (including many Giant Eagle locations), as well as the Cleveland Browns Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 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 which 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, March 18, at 12 p.m. ET and runs until Friday, March 19, at 8 a.m. 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 game in Cleveland is the second match of a home-and-home series between the two international powers. In the first contest, played Oct. 29, 2009, in Augsburg, Germany, Abby Wambach’s goal gave the Americans a narrow 1-0 victory in front of an enthusiastic German crowd. The two teams also recently met in the championship game of the Algarve Cup in Portugal with the USA coming away with a 3-2 victory.
Germany and the USA have combined to win four of the five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments contested so far. Germany will host the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 26 through July 17 in nine German cities.
“It’s rare for the Women’s National Team to play in Ohio so it will be special to return to my home state,” said U.S. defender Heather Mitts. “It’s always fun when a player gets to represent the national team especially close to home and to do it against a great team like Germany is even better. We’ve played two amazing games against them over the past few months and we’re all looking forward to another one in May. I know a lot of people will come out to support us and they are going to see a very entertaining, attacking game.”
The match will mark the 27th meeting between the two countries (counting two games against the former West Germany) with the USA having won 18, lost four and tied four. The world’s two most successful women’s soccer nations have met in several epic matches in U.S. history, including a 5-2 U.S. win in the semifinal of the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 3-2 U.S. win in the quarterfinal of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a 3-0 Germany win in the semifinal of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Germany boasts tremendous depth and some of the world’s top players, including team captain Birgit Prinz, who has scored 126 career international goals, and forward Inka Grings, who scored seven goals at the recently completed Algarve Cup. The USA is currently first in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings while Germany is second.
The match will be the first for the U.S. Women during the upcoming WPS season. The league will not play games on the weekend of May 22.
The USA has played in Cleveland just once previously, that coming on June 16, 2007, at Cleveland Browns Stadium with Abby Wambach scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory against China. Current U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage was on the Chinese bench during that match as an assistant coach.