August 10, 2012
WNT games in LA, Rochester on sale next Friday
CHICAGO - A little more than a week after winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, tickets for the first two U.S. Women's National Team Victory Tour matches in Rochester, N.Y., and Carson, Calif., will go on sale on Friday, Aug. 17.
The U.S. WNT will face Costa Rica in its first match after winning the Olympic Championship on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of U.S. forward Abby Wambach. Two weeks later, the second leg of the Victory Tour will take place Sept. 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., when the United States will take on Australia at 12:30 p.m. PT. Both matches will be broadcast live on NBC.
For the game in Rochester, tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all Rochester area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Walmart stores) and the Sahlen's Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET). Requests for the game in Rochester are limited to eight tickets each. For the match in Carson, tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at The Home Depot Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT).
The U.S.-Costa Rica matchup takes place in the hometown of star U.S. striker Abby Wambach, the second-leading scorer in the women's game with 143 career international goals. She scored five goals during the 2012 Olympics.
The U.S. WNT's first post-2004 Olympic match also took place in Rochester - a 4-3 victory against Iceland on Sept. 25 at Frontier Field. Wambach dazzled her hometown fans with the game's first two goals and assisted a Mia Hamm tally.
The match at The HDC will be a homecoming of sorts for a number of WNT players who grew up in Southern California. Among these are forwards Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar) and Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest), midfielder Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach) and defender Rachel Buehler (Del Mar).
The U.S. WNT plays at The Home Depot Center for the first time since a 1-0 victory against China PR on Dec. 13, 2008. The team is 9-0-0 at the home of U.S. Soccer's National Training Center.