August 21, 2009
U.S. women vs. rivals on Oct. 29
The U.S. Women's National Team will face Germany Oct. 29 at the newly constructed Impuls Arena in Augsburg, Germany, in the first meeting between the two women’s powers since January 2007.
The stadium in Augsburg, which seats almost 31,000 fans, is one of nine venues that will host matches of the 2011 Women’s World Cup.
The match kicks off at 6 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET). The Bavarian city of Augsburg is located in south central Germany, about 42 miles northwest of Munich. Augsburg will host four matches during Germany 2011, including one quarterfinal, but this will be the first international match at the new venue and an important test run for the WWC.
The match will mark the 25th meeting between the two countries (counting two matches against the former West Germany) with the USA having won 16 games, lost four and tied four. The two most successful women’s soccer nations have met in several of the most epic matches in U.S. history, including a 5-2 U.S. win in the semifinal of the 1991 WWC, a 3-2 U.S. win the quarterfinal of the 1999 WWC and a 3-0 U.S. loss in the semifinal of the 2003 WWC.
The teams did not meet in the 2007 WWC or the 2008 Olympics. The most recent meeting in world championship play occurred in the semifinal of the 2004 Olympics, a 2-1 U.S. victory on an extratime goal from Heather O’Reilly. The USA and Germany met in the Algarve Cup Final in both 2005 (a 1-0 U.S. win) and 2006, where the Americans fell in penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in regulation.
“I am very pleased about the opportunity to play Germany in Germany,” U.S. women's national coach Pia Sundhage said in a statement. “With the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany, there could not be better preparation for the U.S. team than to travel there and play in a wonderful environment against one of the best teams in the world. The match will give us a good indication of where we stand with our playing style. It will be a great challenge to keep their extremely technical and tactical players away from our goal while trying to be unpredictable in our attacking against a country that brought team defending to another level during the Women’s World Cup in 2007.”
This will be Sundage's first game as U.S. coach against Germany.