USA Returns to Talen Energy Stadium for 2 p.m. ET Kickoff on ESPN; Tickets Go On Sale to Public Feb. 29
CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Colombia on April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., in the second of two matches against the up-and-coming South American side. The match will be broadcast on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET.
The two teams will also meet four days earlier on April 6 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. on FS1).
The match in Chester, just 30 miles from the hometown of U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), will mark the fifth time the team has played at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park, home of MLS’s Philadelphia Union). The USA also played there in 2010, 2012 and twice in 2014 during the Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament.
The USA and Colombia most recently met in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup with the USA prevailing 2-0 in Edmonton on goals from Alex Morgan and Lloyd.
Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, Feb. 29, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 and at the Talen Energy Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can order at ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
Tickets for the match in Connecticut are already on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Pratt & Whitney Stadium except on the day of the event.]
Colombia, ranked 25th in the world and second in South America behind Brazil, put in a fine performance at the World Cup last summer, drawing 1-1 with Mexico, defeating world power France 2-0, and then falling to eventual third-place finisher England by a 2-1 score to complete group play.
The four points were enough to earn Colombia a Round of 16 match with the USA and they put up quite a fight against the eventual world champions before bowing out.
- The USA is coming off a highly successful run at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, winning all five games by shutout while scoring 22 goals. The USA defeated Trinidad & Tobago 5-0 in the semifinal to earn its berth to the 2016 Olympics and then won the tournament title with a 2-0 victory against Canada.
- The two Colombia matches will be the first games after the USA hosts England, France and Germany in the SheBelieves Cup, when four of the world’s top five teams will compete in doubleheaders on March 3 in Tampa, Fla., March 6 in Nashville, Tenn., and March 9 in Boca Raton, Fla.
- The USA and Colombia have only played each other three times, but the history is recent and rich, with all three games coming in world championship play.
- These will be the first friendly matches between the USA and Colombia. The three previous meetings saw the USA defeat Colombia 3-0 in group play at the 2011 Women’s World Cup, 3-0 in group play at the 2012 Olympics and 2-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.