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August 3, 2011
U.S. Women in 2 game series with Canada

Carli Lloyd leads the U.S. Women’s National Team with six goals this year.
Carli Lloyd leads the U.S. Women’s National Team with six goals this year.
CHICAGO – The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will return to the field for the first time since the conclusion of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Canada in Kansas City, Kan., and Portland, Ore., during friendly matches in September.

The two-game series featuring the U.S. Women’s World Cup squad will begin at Livestrong Sporting Park on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer and continues on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Jeld-Wen Field with a 11 p.m. ET kickoff time live on ESPN2.

The U.S. team will come together for the first time since its dramatic run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany where it captivated the country with an inspirational march to the final, coming close to winning the world championship before Japan scored a late overtime equalizer and then won the tournament in a penalty shootout.

Canada is coming off a disappointing first-round exit at the Women’s World Cup, that led to the resignation of popular coach Carolina Morace. Although the Maple Leafs opened with a respectable 2-1 loss to host Germany in the tournament’s opening game in front of almost 75,000 fans in Berlin, losses to France and Nigeria prevented advancement to the knockout round.

The teams will be meeting for the 49th and 50th times in history, the most for the USA against any country, with the U.S. holding a 41-3-4 series edge.

The teams most recently met in the second match of this year during the Four Nations Tournament in China, a 2-1 U.S. victory on goals by Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley. Canada features one of the world’s top strikers in Christine Sinclair, who currently leads Women’s Professional Soccer in goal scoring, with nine goals for the Western New York Flash this season.

The appearance at the brand new, state-of-the art Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas will be the first in that state for the U.S., although the team has played in Arrowhead Stadium on the Missouri side of the state line four times compiling a 2-0-2 record. Two of those meetings came in post-Women’s World Cup tours in 1999 and 2003, and the most recent was a 1-0 win against Mexico in the Fan Celebration Tour following the 2004 Olympics.

This will be the second appearance for the USA in Portland following a Women’s World Cup, the last coming Oct. 17, 2007, in a 4-0 defeat of Mexico in a match that honored Abby Wambach for her 100th cap. The Sept. 22 match will be the 10th for the U.S. in Portland and seventh at Jeld-Wen Field, where the U.S. has a 6-1-0 record.

The U.S. Women have a record of 12-3-2 in 2011 and are riding a 49-game unbeaten streak at home, compiling a record of 44-0-5 during that time. Carli Lloyd leads the team with six goals in 2011, while Wambach, Cheney and Alex Morgan have scored five each.
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