May 3, 2013
USWNT schedules pair of East Coast matches; will be at Gillette Stadium June 20
CHICAGO - The U.S. Women's National Team will play the Korea Republic in a pair of June friendlies, June 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and June 20 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.
|Lauren Cheney scored her first international goal in the U.S. WNTís last match at Gillette Stadium, and had the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Mexico in the teamís last visit to Red Bull Arena.
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The Saturday night match at Gillette Stadium will kick off at 7 pm ET, while the Thursday finale at the home of the New York Red Bulls will begin at 7:30 pm and be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Fans will be able to follow both games on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter at ussoccer_wnt.
The matches are the first domestic friendlies during the inaugural National Women's Soccer League season and the first against the South Koreans since three matches in November 2008 following the USA's Olympic gold medal triumph in Beijing, China.
The U.S. Women have not played in the Boston area since 2007, a 5-0 victory against Mexico at Gillette Stadium. The USA has played seven games in Foxborough between Gillette Stadium and the old Foxboro Stadium and has never allowed a goal at either site, going 6-0-1. The team has played only once before at Red Bull Arena, a 1-0 victory against Mexico on June 5, 2011, in the final game before the Women's World Cup.
"Any games are extremely valuable for the continued development of the team, but games against different kinds of opponents are even better," said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. "We've played seven matches this year against European teams so it's nice to have the challenge of playing two matches against the South Koreans, who play a different style. South Korea has been improving steadily over the past decade and over the past couple of years they have put together a young, but highly skilled team built on the back of great success at youth World Cups. With the expansion of the Women's World Cup from 16 to 24 teams, I'm sure they have their sights firmly set on a berth to Canada."
Tickets for both games go on sale to the public Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Visa cardholders will have access to an exclusive presale from Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. ET until Friday, May 10, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com.
For the match in Massachusetts, tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the region (including Walmart). For the event in New Jersey, tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
For both games, 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.