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U.S. Women’s National Team to Face Sweden on Nov 19 in Phoenix

USA Continues Preparation For 2012 Olympic Qualifying With Friendly at University of Phoenix Stadium Against the Third-Place Finisher from the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup


U.S. Women's National Team

IN THE IMAGE: The U.S. WNT last faced Sweden at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

CHICAGO (Sept. 22, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will continue preparations for 2012 Olympic Qualifying with a friendly on Nov. 19 against Sweden at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Details on tickets, kickoff time and broadcast information will be released in the near future. To be sent an email alert once the on-sale date is set, fans can join U.S. Soccer’s ticket alert email list. For the opportunity to purchase USA-Sweden tickets before the general public, fans can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club and earn priority access to the ticket presale.

The U.S. team will be playing its third match since its dramatic run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany where it captivated the country with an inspirational march to the final, coming tantalizingly close to winning the world championship before Japan scored a late overtime equalizer and then won the tournament in a penalty shootout.

CONCACAF Qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games will take place from Jan. 19-29 in Vancouver, Canada, where two teams will earn the right to travel to London.

The USA and Sweden will meet for the third time in 2011 and the first since competing in their final Group C game at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. With the top spot in the group on the line, Sweden captured a 2-1 victory that ended the USA’s 18-match unbeaten run all-time in group play. Sweden went on to defeat France in the third-place match. Sweden also won the first meeting between the teams this year, posting another 2-1 victory on Jan. 21 in the Four Nations Tournament in China.

Sweden is one of seven nations that have competed in all seven FIFA Women’s World Cups. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage played 146 times for Sweden and scored 71 goals. She played for Sweden in the 1991 and 1995 Women’s World Cup tournaments and in the 1996 Olympics, which was her last major tournament for her country.

The U.S. Women have a record of 12-3-3 in 2011 and are riding a 53-game unbeaten streak at home, compiling a record of 47-0-6 during that time. Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach lead the team with six goals in 2011, while Lauren Cheney and Alex Morgan have scored five each.

Arizona has been a good if not frequent host to the U.S. Women, the team holding an unbeaten 2-0-1 record. The U.S. will be making its first appearance at the University of Phoenix Stadium and the first in the state since Dec. 17, 2000, when they drew 1-1 with Japan.

The U.S. will complete a two-game series featuring the U.S. Women’s World Cup squad and Canada tonight at JELD-WEN Field in Portland. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.


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