June 7, 2001
China, Germany, and Japan to play in 2001 Nike U.S. Cup
All three of the USA's matches in the tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN or ESPN2. The United States has won seven consecutive NIKE U.S. Cup tournaments while compiling a dominating record of 20-0-0.
This is the first tournament competition for the United States since the kickoff of the WUSA. It will help U.S. Head Coach April Heinrichs planning for next year's CONCACAF qualifying round for the 2003 Women's World Cup to be held in China.
Germany and Japan will open the tournament on Friday, Sept. 7th, at a venue to be determined in Chicago. The first of three doubleheaders involving the U.S. squad will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Soldier Field. The USA will face Germany (Noon CT) in a match broadcast live on ESPN, followed by long time Asian rivals China and Japan (2:30 p.m. CT). The tournament will then move to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. China and Germany will play at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, followed by the USA playing Japan at 9 p.m. in a match broadcast live on ESPN2.
The tournament concludes on Sunday, September 16th as the USA faces China at Noon CT in a game broadcast live on ESPN. That match will be followed by an MLS contest featuring the defending champion Kansas City Wizards vs. the Colorado Rapids in Kansas City's regular season finale.
Tickets for the
2001 NIKE U.S. Cup go on sale online and at Ticketmaster on Friday, June
Tickets for the
doubleheader in Columbus featuring China vs. Germany and the USA vs. Japan
range from $18-40 and can be purchased at all Ohio Ticketmaster outlets
(614/431-3600) and the Columbus Crew Stadium ticket office. Fans can also
call 877/CREWFAN for more ticket information.
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