USWNT to host Korea Republic in pair of October friendlies
CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face the Korea Republic in two friendly matches, the first on Oct. 19 (7 p.m. CT; FS1) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and then again on Oct. 22 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (2 p.m. ET; ESPN).
The matches help fill out the USA’s fall schedule, which will also include previously announced games against New Zealand on Sept. 15 in Commerce City, Colo. (8 p.m. MT; ESPN2) and on Sept. 19 in Cincinnati (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1). The USA will also face Canada on Nov. 9 in Vancouver (7 p.m. PT; ESPN2) and again on Nov. 12 in the United States at a venue to be announced soon.
The USA last faced Korea Republic on May 30, 2015, drawing 0-0 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., in what was the last match before the historic run to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title.
“To play a highly technical and organized team like South Korea will give us more quality matches in 2017,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “They are consistently pushing the top teams in Asia and these games, right at the end of the NWSL season, will be a great window to get the team back together before our final FIFA dates in November.”
The match in Cary brings the USA to the home stadium of the North Carolina Courage, which currently sits in first place in the National Women’s Soccer League and features four players who have earned WNT caps in 2017.
- The USA is 7-0-2 all-time against Korea Republic, which is ranked 16th in the world.
- Both draws have been 0-0, the first coming in 2008 during the USA’s post-Olympic tour following the gold medal win in Beijing, and the second was the most recent meeting between the teams in 2015 in Harrison, N.J.
- The U.S. WNT last played in New Orleans in the final game of 2015, which was also the farewell game for U.S. legend Abby Wambach, a 1-0 loss to China PR.
- The USA’s only other match in Louisiana was in New Orleans in July of 2003, a 1-0 victory against Brazil.
- The U.S. WNT will be playing its seventh game all-time at WakeMed Soccer Park, now named after long-time women’s soccer supporter Joe Sahlen, who owned the Western New York Flash in the NWSL before selling the club as it moved to North Carolina and became the Courage for the 2017 season. The Flash won the NWSL title in 2016.
- The last time the USA played in Cary it defeated Switzerland, 4-1, in August of 2014 in front of a sold-out crowd as Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd (penalty kick), Christen Press and Abby Wambach (penalty kick) scored.