April 5, 2012
U.S. Women to face Maple Leafs in Utah
CHICAGO - The U.S. Women's National Team will face Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, in its final home match before the 2012 London Olympic Games. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on NBC.
|The U.S. Women will face Christine Sinclair and Canada in the last game before the Olympics.
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The USA heads to Rio Tinto Stadium for the second time and will hopefully find milder weather on this trip. On March 31, 2010, the U.S. Women played at Rio Tinto for the first time when they faced Mexico on a field covered in snow and pulled out a 1-0 victory on a late goal from Abby Wambach.
The USA's next full international match will be against China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
The USA, which currently sits atop the FIFA Women's World Rankings, recently returned from Japan, where the team drew 1-1 with the hosts on April 1 and defeated Brazil 3-0 two days later in the Kirin Challenge Cup.
Home to Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, Rio Tinto opened in the fall of 2008 and seats 20,000 fans and a sell-out would narrowly eclipse the record crowd to watch the U.S. Women in Utah, set on June 14, 2003, when 19,584 turned out at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City to see the Americans trounce Ireland 5-0.
Canada (currently seventh in the FIFA rankings) finished second to the USA during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in January at Vancouver and will also be ramping up for the journey to London. The U.S. team will leave for the Olympics about a week after the match at Rio Tinto, giving the U.S. fans a chance to give the team a rousing send-off as it looks to return to the top of the podium. The match with Canada will mark the 51st meeting between the two countries, the most of any opponent in U.S. history.