May 19, 2010
U.S. Women, Sweden open two-game series in Omaha on July 13
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will face Sweden on July 13 at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The match, to be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET, will mark the first-ever visit for the U.S. Women to Nebraska.
The roster is expected to include high-scoring forward Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo. The USA, currently the top-ranked women’s national team in the world, has won two and tied one of the previous three matches with Sweden. The most recent meeting came in group play at the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 1, a 2-0 U.S. victory on two goals from Lauren Cheney.
Sweden is widely regarded as one of the top women’s national teams in the world and one of several favorites to lift the trophy at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Swedes, who are fourth in the last FIFA Women’s World Rankings, should have sealed first place in their qualifying group by the time they come to the U.S. for the two matches. That first place finish will earn Sweden a place in a two-leg playoff that will produce one of the four European qualifiers for the Women’s World Cup.
Many of the Swedish players will not have to travel far for the matches as five are currently playing in Women’s Professional Soccer: Midfielder Caroline Seger and defender Sara Larsson of the Philadelphia Independence, midfielder Kosovare Asllani of the Chicago Red Stars, forward Jessica Landström of Sky Blue FC, and forward Madelaine Edlund of St. Louis Athletica.
Tickets for the game start at $18 and go on sale to the public Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m.. An advance sale for Visa cardholders starts Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m. CT and runs until Friday, May 21, at 8 a.m. CT at ussoccer.com.
Following the game in Omaha, the two teams will travel to East Hartford, Conn., to face each other on Saturday, July 17, at Rentschler Field in the second match of Sweden’s two-game American tour.
The U.S. Women have played official international matches in 30 of the 50 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia. Nebraska will become the 31st state to host the WNT.