November 7, 2000
National Team plays its final match of 2000 against Japan at Bank One
Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona on December 17, 2000
U.S. Women's National
Team plays its final match of 2000 against Japan at Bank One Ballpark
in Phoenix, Arizona, as the three-game "Glory Tour" comes to a close.
The match will kick off at 3 p.m. MT and air live on ESPN (5 p.m. ET).
Tickets are priced
at $18-$45 and are available through Ticketmaster (480 784-4444 in Phoenix,
520-321-1000 in Tucson), and at other outlets, including Robinson's-May,
Wherehouse Music, Tower Records and the Bank One Ballpark ticket office.
Tickets are also available via the Internet at www.us-soccer.com.
The Japan match
will mark the 41st game of 2000 for the U.S. women, which is the most
ever by a women's national team from any country. With the onset of the
WUSA the national team schedule will be scaled down to allow the players
to compete with their clubs.
The match at Bank One Ballpark, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will
use the baseball outfield as a soccer pitch. BOB is one of the nation's
most modern stadiums and features a natural grass field, but also a retractable
roof. The roof is used to keep the sun off the stands and concrete structure
during the 100-degree-plus summer days, and is sometimes opened at night
to allow air circulation and heat loss to the desert sky. To enable the
grass to survive, the roof is not totally closed during daylight hours,
but is operated to create a moving band of sun on the field to permit
photosynthesis. The BOB also has a swimming pool beyond the outfield fence
among other ultra-modern amenities.
Should the roof be closed during the USA-Japan clash, it will be the second
time the U.S. women have played indoors. The first time was on June 6,
1993, when the USA defeated Canada 3-0 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit,
Mich., marking the first-ever U.S. National Team to play a full international
match indoors. The USA tested the field that was brought in for the 1994
World Cup games.
The USA has never lost to Japan, a 1999 Women's World Cup participant,
and will bring a 13-0-0 all-time record to Phoenix. Following its disappointing
first-round exit at the 1999 Women's World Cup, Japan fired their coach
and brought in a slew of new, young and talented players. The revamped
Japanese squad played one of its best games ever against the USA at the
Pacific Cup in Australia last June during the most recent meeting between
the two teams. The USA came out on top, 4-1, but Japan showed some punch
in an attack that has always been backed with tremendous technical ability.
Japan's best player is midfielder Homare Sawa, taken last week by Atlanta
in the first-ever WUSA International Player Allocation Draft.
All the stars of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team will be coming to Phoenix
to face Japan, including forwards Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett, midfielders
Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly and defenders Joy Fawcett and Kate Sobrero.
It will also be the final national team match for long-time U.S. captain
Carla Overbeck, who will retire from international soccer following the
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