The US Womens National Team (U.S. WNT) is set to play a pair of matches against Switzerland in October, and two notable stadiums will host the action.
On October 19, U.S. WNT will meet at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, a game that will be televised on ESPN 2. Just days later, on October 23, the clubs will face off at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings in downtown Minneapolis.
While it has caught plenty of attention in NFL circles, U.S. Bank Stadium is no stranger to soccer action. In July, over 64,000 fans turned out see a friendly between AC Milan and Chelsea, which marked the first major event at the venue.
The contest at U.S. Bank Stadium will air on FS1.
The matches will be the first for the U.S. WNT after the completion of the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season, which concludes on Oct. 9 with the championship game in Houston.
Tickets for the match in Utah go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 844-REAL-TIX [844-732-5849] (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com.
Tickets for the match in Minnesota go on sale to the public Monday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Twin Cities area (including many Walmart locations), as well as the U.S. Bank Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday until 7 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com.
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 for both games exclusively through ussoccer.com.
The matches against Switzerland will only be the third and fourth meetings between the two countries, with the USA winning both previous contents. The Americans triumphed 4-1 on Aug. 20, 2014 in Cary, N.C. and 3-0 on March 6, 2015 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Switzerland currently sits atop its qualifying group for the 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro, taking the full 18 points from six games so far.
U.S. Soccer will offer a four-day Girls’ Fantasy Camp around the match in Minneapolis, running from October 21-24. The camp is open to girls born in 2002, 2003 and 2004. This exclusive opportunity includes training sessions with former Women’s National Team stars, behind-the-scenes access, match tickets, a pre-game stadium tour and field-level access to watch warm-ups, U.S. Soccer training apparel and jersey, hotel accommodations, meals and more. The Fantasy Camp is a fundraiser to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund and includes a tax-deductible donation. For more information and to register, visit U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camps or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image of Rio Tinto Stadium by Jeremy Piehler via flickr.com.