ST. LOUIS, MO (January 26, 2015) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced that the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (U.S. WNT), in its first domestic game of 2015, will play the New Zealand National Soccer Team in a match at Busch Stadium on Saturday, April 4th at 2:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
"We are very excited to bring soccer back to Busch Stadium and to play host to our first women's soccer match," said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. "This is a unique opportunity to see the U.S. Women's team in one of the most iconic settings in St. Louis. Soccer fans won't want to miss it."
The WNT's first home game of 2015 prior to the FIFA Women's World Cup could feature two St. Louis natives in defenders Becky Sauerbrunn and Lori Chalupny. The U.S. team will also play a three-game Send-Off Series in May prior to departing for Winnipeg, Canada, in advance of the team's first match of the Women's World Cup. The St. Louis match is the only domestic game to be played in the Midwest by the U.S. Women's National Team leading up the Women's World Cup.
The game against New Zealand represents the U.S. WNT's first visit to Busch Stadium. The U.S. has played in St. Louis three times before, including a 5-1 win against Mexico at the Edward Jones Dome in 2007, a 4-1 win against France in 1996 and a 1-1 tie against Germany in 1998 at St. Louis Soccer Park.
The match marks the third soccer match at Busch Stadium and the first involving a U.S. National Team, as well as the first women's game. Tickets to the match, which start at $25 for field box level seats, will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 30th at 10 a.m. at cardinals.com/soccer, ussoccer.com, the Busch Stadium box office and 314.345.9000. A special pre-sale for Cardinals season ticket holders and club VIPs will begin on Wednesday, January 28th.
This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.
Fans can join the conversation with #SocceratBusch, follow the U.S. National Team on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and enjoy behind-the-scenes coverage in the days leading up to the match at Busch Stadium on the Cardinals various social platforms (cardinals.com/connect). Learn more and purchase tickets at cardinals.com/soccer.