June 24, 2015
U.S. women to play Costa Rica twice in August
CHICAGO - The U.S. women's national team will play its first two post-Women's World Cup matches, hosting Costa Rica twice in August.
The Americans will play on Sunday, Aug. 16, and Wednesday, Aug. 19, facing Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) followed by a match at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
The WNT's match in Pittsburgh marks the team's second visit to Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, after defeating Iceland there by a 3-0 score in 2004 following the Olympic gold medal run in Greece. The USA has also played at Finley Stadium before, but not since 1997, when it defeated Sweden, 3-1, at the home of the National Premier Soccer League's Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women's soccer teams.
The USA has played 15 matches in Pennsylvania, but this will be only the second in Pittsburgh, where U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg (from nearby Gibsonia) will be celebrating a bit of a homecoming. The Aug. 19 match will be the USA's fifth game in Tennessee with two having taken place in Chattanooga and two in Nashville.
The USA and Costa Rica squared off in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship final that served as the qualification tournament for the Women's World Cup. Both teams had already earned their berths to Canada through semifinal victories, but the USA triumphed 6-0 to earn the regional title.
Costa Rica, which participated in its first Women's World Cup, finished third in Group E after a strong campaign that saw the Ticas tie Spain, 1-1, and then draw with the Korea Republic, 2-2, before fighting Brazil for a place in the Round of 16 and eventually dropping a 1-0 result.
The U.S. WNT will next face China PR in Ottawa in the quarters Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET (live on FOX, with pregame coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET, and on NBC Universo).