May 15, 2008
THE SEND OFF
WMNT to face Brazil twice
CHICAGO — The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Brazil in its final two matches before the 2008 Olympics, starting the two-game set on July 13 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (4 p.m. ET live on ESPN), before traveling to San Diego, Calif., for a July 16 game at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium (10 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer Channel).
The USA’s pre-Olympic schedule will also include three games at the Peace Queen Cup in June (and possibly a fourth if the U.S. makes the championship game) as well as a two-match trip to Norway and Sweden in early July. At the Peace Queen Cup, the U.S. will face Australia on June 15, Brazil on June 17 and Italy on June 19. The USA will depart for China one week after the match in San Diego.
This will be the first-ever match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the U.S. WNT and the first trip to Colorado since 1999, when it played at Mile High Stadium after the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That match marked the first and only game in Colorado for the U.S. Women. The U.S. has played two previous games at Torero Stadium, tying Japan 0-0 in January of 2003 and defeating Ireland, 5-0, in July of 2006.
The two games pit the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinalists together again, but it will not be the first meeting since the USA’s crushing 4-0 loss in Hangzhou, China. The two nations will meet in group play at the Peace Queen Cup in Suwon, South Korea on June 17. The USA last played Brazil in the United States less than a year ago, winning 2-0 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.