July 13, 2013
U.S. Women to face Mexico in D.C.
CHICAGO - The U.S. Women's National Team will face Mexico on September 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C at 8pm. The international match will be the first for the USA following the conclusion of the National Women's Soccer League season, which will culminate with the championship game on Saturday, Aug. 31.
|Alex Morgan and the U.S. National Team will play Mexico in Washington D.C. on September 3
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The meeting between the two regional rivals in the nation's capital will mark the first international soccer match on the new FOX Sports 1, America's new sports network, which is expected to be available in more than 90 million homes when it launches on Aug. 17.
The USA-Mexico clash will be the first match in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. women in more than five years. The USA last played at RFK Stadium on May 10, 2008, in a 6-2 thrashing of Canada. The Men's National Team played U.S. Soccer's Official Centennial Celebration game at the stadium on June 1.
This will be the second match in 2013 for the USA against a CONCACAF foe following the 3-0 victory against Canada on June 2 in Toronto. The USA has played seven matches against European teams and three matches against Asian teams so far this year.
"This event will only bring the players together for a few days, but as always, we relish the opportunity to play an international match," said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. "Many of the U.S. and Mexican players will be coming right out of their club seasons, so everyone should be fit. We know we will probably face Mexico in World Cup qualifying so it's good to see them before that tournament. It's also a positive to get in a match before we give our players a bit of a break in advance of the rest of our fall activity."
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area (including many Walmart locations). Tickets will not be sold at RFK Stadium except on the day of the event.
The game will feature many NWSL players on both teams as the USA and Mexico will meet for the first time since Jan. 24, 2012, a 4-0 U.S. victory during group play at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, B.C. Carli Lloyd registered her first career hat trick in that match and Heather O'Reilly added a goal as the Americans clinched a berth in the semifinal with the win.