CHICAGO (July 16, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the game live on ussoccer.com and can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.
The match will mark the first meeting between the sides at the women’s senior level, a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Triangle area (including many Walmart stores). Purchases will be limited to six tickets per household. [Note: Tickets will only be sold at WakeMed Soccer Park on the day of the event.] 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 this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, July 25, at 8 a.m. 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.
Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level.
- Switzerland will be the 25th European country the USA has faced in its history, although several of those countries no longer exist.
- The game on Aug. 20 will be the sixth time the U.S. Women have played at WakeMed Soccer Park, and first since the venue was expanded to seat 10,000 fans.
- The USA has strong connections to the Triangle area of North Carolina, with many former and several current players having attended North Carolina, including current midfielders Heather O’Reilly, Tobin Heath and Allie Long, defenders Whitney Engen, Crystal Dunn and Meghan Klingenberg and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
- The U.S. Women have previously played 11 matches in North Carolina – five in Cary, two in Charlotte, three in Davidson and one in Greensboro.
- Lara Dickenmann, who plays for French power Olympic Lyon and played college soccer at Ohio State (where she was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004), leads Switzerland in Women’s World Cup qualifying with 10 goals. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue during her time in college.
- Fabienne Humm has scored eight times for Switzerland in qualifying, as has former Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) player Ramona Bachmann, who played for the Atlanta Beat. Ana Maria Crnogorčević, who plays for Frankfurt in Germany, has six goals in qualifying.
- Switzerland’s coach is former German international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who played more than 100 matches for her country and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.
- The USA comes into the match with a 7-2-3 record in 2014.
- The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Switzerland is 19th.