Fourth and Fifth Stops on U.S. Tour Take Team to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., on Oct. 20
and Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 23
CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team Fan Tribute Tour is set for stops in the Midwest and East Coast as the Olympic gold medal winners square off twice against Germany in back-to-back international friendlies on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and again three days later on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
The matches will pit the two countries that currently sit at number one and two in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings. The U.S. and Germany are two of the most successful women’s soccer nations in history and have met three times in the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the USA owning a 2-1-0 record in those games. The most recent meeting in a major tournament came in the semifinal of the 2004 Athens Olympics as, the U.S. defeated Germany 2-1 after extra time and then went on to the championship game where a victory against Brazil started the USA’s run of three straight Olympic gold medals.
The most recent friendly between Germany and the U.S. was played just more than two years ago with the USA earning a 4-0 win on May 22, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio. The U.S. Women’s National Team has faced Germany 25 times, compiling a record of 17-4-4 in a series that dates back to a 4-2 win on May 30, 1991, in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Toyota Park, located less than 15 miles from downtown Chicago, is home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and will host the fourth stop on the U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour celebrating the team’s third straight gold medal and fourth overall following a 2-1 victory against Japan on Aug. 9 in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium to close out the 2012 London Olympics.
The Chicago area is no stranger to hosting friendlies between the two countries. The U.S. has an undefeated record against Germany in games played in Chicago, winning 4-2 on June 28, 1998, and a 4-1 victory on Sept. 9, 2001. Both of those matches were at Soldier Field.
The U.S. WNT has played three games at Toyota Park, with the most recent being a 1-0 triumph against Italy on Nov. 27, 2010, in the second leg of a 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying playoff match that earned the USA a berth in the tournament. The U.S. also defeated China PR 4-1 on Aug. 27, 2006, and earned a 2-0 win against Ireland on Sept. 20, 2008, in two international friendlies at the stadium.
Rentschler Field, the 40,000-seat home to the University of Connecticut football team, also has hosted several U.S. Women’s National Team matches. The USA has a 3-0-0 record at the facility, last playing in East Hartford on July 17, 2010 in a 3-0 win against Sweden. In other matches at the stadium, the U.S. defeated China PR 3-1 on Aug. 1, 2004 and beat Norway 1-0 on July 14, 2007.
The U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour begins on Sept. 1 against Costa Rica at Sahlen’s Stadium in Abby Wambach’s hometown of Rochester, N.Y. The U.S. then faces Australia on Sept. 16 (TICKETS) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before heading to Commerce City, Colo., for another match against Australia on Sept. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (TICKETS).
Story courtesy of U.S. Soccer News Release