The U.S. Women’s National Team will play two friendly matches in six days this summer, taking on the Korea Republic on Saturday, June 15, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., before travelling to New Jersey for a second leg at Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, June 20.
The kickoff time at the home of the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer is set for 7 p.m. ET, with the match streamed live on ussoccer.com. The game at the New York Red Bulls’ home will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.
Tickets for both games go on sale to the public Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. For the match in Massachusetts, tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the region (including Walmart). For the event in New Jersey, tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
For both games, groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for both matches before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, May 10, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The matches against the Korea Republic mark the first domestic friendlies during the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League season and the first against the South Koreans since three matches in November 2008 following the USA’s Olympic gold medal triumph in Beijing, China.
“Any games are extremely valuable for the continued development of the team, but games against different kinds of opponents are even better,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. “We’ve played seven matches this year against European teams so it’s nice to have the challenge of playing two matches against the South Koreans, who play a different style. South Korea has been improving steadily over the past decade and over the past couple of years they have put together a young, but highly skilled team built on the back of great success at youth World Cups. With the expansion of the Women’s World Cup from 16 to 24 teams, I’m sure they have their sights firmly set on a berth to Canada.”
The U.S. team is 6-0-2 in 2013 and will play its next game on June 2 against Canada at BMO Field in Toronto. The match, which is sold out, is part of U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration which also includes a Men’s National Team match against Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The MNT and WNT will play back-to-back on live television with the MNT match kicking off at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas, followed by the WNT match at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPNews. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The U.S. Women have not played in the Boston area since 2007, a 5-0 victory against Mexico at Gillette Stadium. U.S. midfielder Lauren Cheney scored her first career goal in the match.
The USA has played seven games in Foxborough between Gillette Stadium and the old Foxboro Stadium and has never allowed a goal at either site, going 6-0-1.
The USA returns to Red Bull Arena for their second match at the venue following a 1-0 victory against Mexico on June 5, 2011, in the final game before the Women’s World Cup. Cheney scored the lone goal in that game.
The U.S. Women have played the Korea Republic just six times in its history and just three times in the new millennium. The USA is 5-0-1 all-time against the Korea Republic, outscoring them 22-2.
The three matches on the post-Olympic tour in 2008 were close encounters, with the USA winning 3-1 and 1-0 and drawing 0-0.
Source: US Soccer
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