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ON THE ROAD AGAIN: USSF READIES U.S. WOMEN'S POST-WWC TOUR
Published August 12, 1999
USSF officials are "trying to wrap up the details" on a fall tour for the U.S. women's soccer team, according to Peter Brewington of USA TODAY. Games would be scheduled for September 4 or 5, then September 18 or 19 and a third match on September 26, with Washington, DC or Foxboro, MA, as "possible sites." Potential opponents include China, which "tops the wish list," as well as Brazil, Germany and Norway. The games would air on ESPN or ABC. Following these three games, the U.S. team is scheduled to compete in a three- game, four-team Nike U.S. Women's Cup, set for dates in Columbus, OH, Kansas City and Louisville, with opponents yet to be determined (USA TODAY, 8/12). MLS Wizards/Crew Investor/Operator Lamar Hunt, on the U.S. women's team: "The continued interest is pretty amazing." In K.C., David Boyce writes that Arrowhead Stadium will host the second leg of the Nike U.S. Women's Cup, which begins October 3 at Crew Stadium and concludes October 10 at the Univ. of Louisville. U.S. Women's Soccer Managing Dir of Events Emilio Pozzi said that Indianapolis was "initially ... considered as a site," but after the WWC's "strong attendance," the USSF "looked for bigger stadiums for the Nike Cup" (K.C. STAR, 8/12). USSF Dir of Communications Jim Moorhouse, on 12,000-seat Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis being "bypassed" as a Nike Cup site: "Right now we have a chance to play in front of bigger crowds. At some point we know there's value in playing in a 10,000- or 12,000-seat stadium, where everyone is up-close and personal. It's just the kind of thing that got us where we are right now" (STAR-NEWS, 8/12).