U.S. Women announce June 30 Olympic send-off friendly against Canada in Utah
The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, in its final home match before the 2012 London Olympic Games. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT (2 p.m. ET) and the match will be broadcast live on NBC.
The USA heads to Rio Tinto Stadium for the second time and will hopefully find milder weather on this trip. On March 31, 2010, the U.S. Women played at Rio Tinto for the first time when they faced Mexico on a field covered in snow and pulled out a 1-0 victory on a late goal from Abby Wambach.
The USA’s next full international match will be against China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
The USA, which currently sits atop the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, recently returned from Japan, where the team drew 1-1 with the hosts on April 1 and defeated Brazil 3-0 two days later in the Kirin Challenge Cup.
Home to Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, Rio Tinto opened in the fall of 2008 and is part of the new wave of soccer-specific stadiums for MLS teams. The venue seats 20,000 fans and a sell-out would narrowly eclipse the record crowd to watch the U.S. Women in Utah, set on June 14, 2003, when 19,584 turned out at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City to see the Americans trounce Ireland 5-0.
Canada (currently seventh in the FIFA rankings) finished second to the USA during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in January at Vancouver and will also be ramping up for the journey to London. The U.S. team will leave for the Olympics about a week after the match at Rio Tinto, giving the U.S. fans a chance to give the team a rousing send-off as it looks to return to the top of the podium.
The match with Canada will mark the 51st meeting between the two countries, the most of any opponent in U.S. history.
Tickets starting at $22 go on sale to the public Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m. MT. A credit card which is a leading U.S. Soccer sponsor will offer all cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. MT and runs until Friday, April 13, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com.