February 20, 2014
U.S. WNT to face China in Denver
CHICAGO - One of the epic rivalries in women’s soccer will be re-kindled on April 6 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. when the U.S. Women’s National Team takes on China on April 6.
The USA has faced China more than any other nation besides Canada, and the meeting in April will mark the 51st between the long-time rivals. The USA and China last met during the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal, a 5-0 victory for the Americans. But it is the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the two teams that is best remembered by sports fans. While the Chinese have not reached similar heights since, U.S. coach Tom Sermanni thinks the team is making a turnaround.
"China seems to be getting to the stage where they've got some increased stability in coaching staff and their player pool, and the results of that stability and planning are beginning to show on the field," said Sermanni in a statement. "As always, the match will be a chance for our players to make claims for spots on the World Cup qualifying roster later in the fall, but it will also be just before the players head into the NWSL as friendly combatants, so we'll want to put in quality performances for our home fans."
The 3 pm (MT) match will also serve as Women's World Cup qualifying preparation for China, which competes in the AFC Women's Asian Cup in Vietnam in mid-May, a tournament that will send the top five finishers to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.
The trip to suburban Denver will mark the USA's third match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. The USA played there in 2008 against Brazil and in 2012 against Australia (in Pia Sundhage's last game and against a side coached by Tom Sermanni).
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-866-461-6556 or 303-534-6119 (Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT), at all Dick's Sporting Goods locations in Metro Denver, at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park ticket office and the Pepsi Center box office.