July 21, 2015
MEETING THE MATILDAS
U.S. Women to face Australia twice
CHICAGO -Two more games on the U.S. Women's National Team's World Cup victory tour are set. They will face Australia in matches in Detroit and Birmingham, Alabama in September.
The pair of games are set for Thursday, Sept. 17, at Ford Field in Detroit (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) followed by a match on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
The USA and Australia met in the opening Group D game of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, a 3-1 U.S. victory on two goals from Megan Rapinoe and a game-winner from Christen Press that kick-started the USA's run to the championship.
Tickets for the September games go on sale to the public Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. local time at ussoccer.com. For the Detroit contest, tickets are also available by phone at 1-877-212-8898 and at the Ford Field ticket office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For the event in Birmingham, tickets are also available by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Publix and Walmart locations). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Legion Field except on the day of the event.]
The USA's tour begins on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. More than 37,000 tickets have been sold for that match. The USA will then play Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 19. That match is sold out with over 20,000 fans expected to attend.
In all, the U.S. Women's National Team will play ten games to celebrate their victory in the World Cup. According to reports, a game against England is being planned for Yankee Stadium in November, though U.S. Soccer has denied those reports.
The Sept. 17 clash with Australia will mark the USA's fourth match in the Detroit area and third at Ford Field, home to the NFL's Detroit Lions.
The USA played indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1993 on grass in a test match for the 1994 World Cup, and then played at Ford Field in December 2008 and 2012 at the end of victory tours to celebrate the Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, respectively.
The USA returns to Alabama for the first time in more than seven years. The U.S. Women played at Legion Field in 2003 against England, in 2004 against Brazil and in 2008 against Australia.