The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its first two matches since the end of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces Canada in a two-game “Celebration Series,” with games in recently opened Major League Soccer Stadiums on Sept. 17 in Kansas City and on Sept. 22 in Portland. The games will help the U.S. team celebrate with the fans that supported the team so wonderfully this summer during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, while also allowing the USA to takes its first step towards Olympic Qualifying being held this January in Vancouver, Canada. The match at the spectacular LIVESTRONG Sporting Park will kick off at 6 p.m. CT and be broadcast live on Fox Soccer while the second leg at JELD-WEN Field, which underwent massive renovations and has developed into one of best soccer environments in MLS, will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 8 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. After the World Cup, the U.S. players went back to their WPS clubs and have not played together since their spectacular run to the championship game in Germany where the USA fell to Japan in a dramatic penalty kick shootout. The roster for these two matches will consist of the 21 players that represented the USA in Germany. For training camps in November and December, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will call in new and additional players as she starts to formulate her squad for Olympic Qualifying.
Date Opponent Time TV Venue
Sept. 17 Canada 6 p.m. CT Fox Soccer LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Sept. 22 Canada 8 p.m. PT ESPN2 JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.
And check out Alex Morgan throwing out the first pitch at a Kansas City Royals game (below):