ON THE ROAD AGAIN: USSF READIES U.S. WOMEN'S POST-WWC TOUR
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).