February 9, 2010
TWO FOR STARTERS
U.S. vs. Mexico out west twice
CHICAGO---The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its first two domestic matches of the year against Mexico at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego March 28 and at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the home of reigning Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake, March 31.
|Abby Wambach and the U.S.Women's National team will play aMexico in San Diego on March 28 and in Sandy, Utah, March 31
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The match in San Diego will kick off at 5 p.m. ET and will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. The match in Utah will kick off at 9 p.m. ET and be shown live on ESPN2. Fans can follow both matches online via ussoccer.com MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.
The U.S. players will be called up from Women's Professional Soccer pre-season training camps for what will be the final internationals for the U.S. team before the pro league kicks off on the weekend of April 10-11. The Americans will open their schedule at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in late February.
“The challenge at this point is trying to mesh both the WPS season and finding games for the national team so that we’re still getting good preparation as a team for World Cup qualifying,” U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach said in a statement. “I think it’s always a work in progress to find the best solutions, but at the end of the day, getting these games in against Mexico after the Algarve Cup and before the WPS season is really valuable for the continuing development our team and the women’s game. The more international games we can play, the better we will be.”
The Mexico matches will mark the 24th and 25th meetings between the neighbors, but first since the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in April, 2008. During that tournament, the U.S. defeated Mexico 3-1 in front of a capaicty crowd of 22,280, during the group finale. The match featured a wild first half in which all four goals were scored.
Like the U.S., Mexico is preparing for CONCACAF qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Qualifying is tentatively scheduled for the fall of this year, but the host country and dates have yet to be finalized.