CHICAGO (Oct. 8, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its 2013 game schedule with a match against Brazil on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC.
The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against fourth-ranked Brazil marks the first match between the countries in the United States since 2008, when the USA pulled out a 1-0 victory in San Diego during the game in which Abby Wambach broke her leg. The teams have played three times since: in Beijing, China, at the 2008 Olympic gold medal game; in Dresden, Germany, during the historic 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal; and in Chiba, Japan, during an international tournament in April 2012.
“Over the last several years, there’s been an intense rivalry between the two countries and a series of games that have been very tightly contested, highly competitive and of course extremely dramatic,” said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. “It will be a fantastic game to finish the year off.”
In support of the match, U.S. Soccer is working closely with the Orlando City Soccer Club, the reigning USL PRO champion, which played its matches at the Citrus Bowl for the past three seasons.
“Orlando City SC is thrilled to help bring the U.S. Women’s National Team to Orlando,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “Since our organization launched in 2011, our goal has been to grow the sport of soccer in Central Florida. Successfully hosting this match will be yet another step forward in Orlando City’s goal of being announced this year as the next Major League Soccer (MLS) Expansion Club.”
The match will be the USA’s first visit to Orlando and the Citrus Bowl since May 22, 1999, when the Americans also played Brazil. That 3-0 U.S. victory featured Mia Hamm scoring her 108th-career goal to break the international scoring record.
The U.S. Women have a historic bond with the Orlando, having staged Residency Training Camp there for the 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, as well as the 1996 Olympics. The USA also played its first two Olympic matches at the Citrus Bowl in 1996, a 3-0 defeat of Denmark and a 2-1 victory against Sweden. The USA would go on to win the gold medal in the first Olympics in which women’s soccer was contested.
The WNT also played at the Citrus Bowl on Aug. 2, 1998, a 4-0 victory against Canada in what was the first match of a doubleheader with the third Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
- The USA has an all-time record of 24-2-3 against Brazil and the two countries have faced each other eight times in World Cup or Olympic competition.
- The USA has played just three South American teams in its 28-year history: Brazil (29 games), Argentina (two games) and Colombia (two games).
- Before the 3-0 victory against Brazil in Chiba, Japan, in April 2012, the USA had played five consecutive tight games with the perennial South American champion. The USA drew 2-2 at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal before winning in penalty kicks, and had four straight 1-0 wins before that.
- Three of the most important goals in U.S. WNT history have been scored against Brazil: Abby Wambach’s overtime header that won the 2004 Olympic gold medal, Carli Lloyd’s overtime game-winner that won the 2008 Olympic gold medal and Wambach’s now-famous header in the dying seconds of overtime that tied the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match 2-2 after the USA had played more than an hour with 10 players after the ejection of Rachel Buehler.
- The U.S. team, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest FIFA Women’s World Rankings, is 10-0-2 in 2013 and has scored 43 goals while allowing eight.
- This will be the 21st match for the U.S. Women in the state of Florida, having played in Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Miami (during the 1996 Olympics), Orlando, Pensacola and Tampa.
- The USA has actually played eight internationals at four different venues in Orlando, with four matches – all wins – coming at the Citrus Bowl.
- The match against Brazil will be the 16th and final international game of the year for the U.S. women.