September 16, 2013
MEETING THE MATILDAS
USWNT to face Australia in San Antonio
CHICAGO - The U.S. Women's National Team will face Australia on Sunday, Oct. 20, in San Antonio, Texas, marking the first time U.S. coach Tom Sermanni will face his former team.
The USA's first game in San Antonio will be broadcast live on NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET
The match will be played at the Alamodome, marking the 10th game in U.S. Women's National Team history to be played indoors. The USA is 9-0-0 under a roof, playing its first match indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Mich., in 1993.
"I've been delighted with how our team has played over the year as a whole," said Sermanni. "The players have embraced how we've tried to play and we've gone about our performances in a really professional manner, which can be difficult to maintain at times when you go into games with everyone expecting you to win. We're certainly looking forward to facing an Australian team that will be a great challenge tactically and physically."
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Sermanni was head coach of Australia from 1994-1996 and from 2005-2012, when he lead the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments.
"It's always a special occasion when you come up against a team you were formally involved with, especially if it was significant as was my tenure with Australia," said Sermanni. "It will be very interesting to be on the other side knowing the ability and the character of the Australian team. I know it will be a difficult game."