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Gold medalists to open post-Olympic tour in Rochester


August 26, 2004

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team will begin its 10-game Olympic gold medal celebration tour on Sept. 25 at Frontier Field against Ireland.

Abby Wambach, who scored the winning goal Thursday against Brazil, is a native of Rochester.

The tour will provide a final chance to see Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm, who are retiring from the national team after winning two World Cup championships and two Olympics.

The Americans are 4-0-1 against Ireland. In the U.S. women's only other match at Frontier Field, they beat Russia 4-0 in 1998.

The remaining dates, venues and opponents on the tour have not been announced.
 

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Gold medalists to open post-Olympic tour in Rochester


August 26, 2004

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team will begin its 10-game Olympic gold medal celebration tour on Sept. 25 at Frontier Field against Ireland.

Abby Wambach, who scored the winning goal Thursday against Brazil, is a native of Rochester.

The tour will provide a final chance to see Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm, who are retiring from the national team after winning two World Cup championships and two Olympics.

The Americans are 4-0-1 against Ireland. In the U.S. women's only other match at Frontier Field, they beat Russia 4-0 in 1998.

The remaining dates, venues and opponents on the tour have not been announced.
Actually, it's Iceland, not Ireland. :D

Matches scheduled so far:

USA v. Iceland Sept 25 and 29 in Rochester, N.Y.
USA v. Denmark Nov. 1 in New York and Nov. 6 in Philadelphia
 

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Gold medalists to open post-Olympic tour in Rochester


August 26, 2004

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team will begin its 10-game Olympic gold medal celebration tour on Sept. 25 at Frontier Field against Ireland.

Abby Wambach, who scored the winning goal Thursday against Brazil, is a native of Rochester.

The tour will provide a final chance to see Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm, who are retiring from the national team after winning two World Cup championships and two Olympics.

The Americans are 4-0-1 against Ireland. In the U.S. women's only other match at Frontier Field, they beat Russia 4-0 in 1998.

The remaining dates, venues and opponents on the tour have not been announced.
The game was sold out in like 4 hours. I didn't get a ticket, but might be able to buy one from someone.
 

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Rhino, if you do get to see the match, tell us all about it!

Here's the latest match schedule:

USA v Iceland, Sept. 25 at Frontier Field, Rochester, N.Y. 7:30 p.m. ET
USA v Iceland, Sept. 29 at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7:30 p.m. ET
USA v New Zealand, Oct. 3 at PGE Park, Portland, Oregon 5:00 p.m. PT
USA v New Zealand, Oct. 10 at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
USA v Mexico, Oct. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 5:00 p.m.CT
USA v Ireland, Oct. 20 at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. 7:30 p.m. CT
USA v Ireland, Oct. 23 at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas 7:00 p.m. CT
USA v Denmark, Nov. 3 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N. J. 7:30 p.m. ET
USA v Denmark, Nov. 6 (place and time TBA)

So it seems they are playing both Iceland and Ireland!
 

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Tour to honor U.S. women's soccer team

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A 10-city farewell tour for longtime U.S. soccer stars Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett will kick off Sept. 25 in Rochester.

The U.S. team will play Iceland to begin the "Fan Celebration Tour." It will be the final appearances for Hamm, the career goal-scoring leader in international soccer; Foudy, who played every minute of the last three Olympics and World Cups; and Fawcett, the anchor of the American defense that led it to the gold medal in Athens last month.

All three won two World Cups and two Olympics in their careers and have announced their retirements.

"We approach these games as let's put on a show for the fans and play hard and enjoy it," Foudy said Monday. "The good thing about this is you can tell the coach you needed 15 touches on the ball to entertain the fans, or try to nutmeg everyone out there to put on a show.

"It still will be very competitive, because that is this group and we want to do well."

Added Hamm:

"Obviously it will not be the same intensity as the Olympics, and I don't think any of us could handle that. We come in without practice or any type of schedule like prior to the Olympics.

"But at same time we enjoy the environment and I can celebrate the opportunity I have to play one last time."

Other dates and sites and opponents for the tour are:

Sept. 29 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh against Iceland; Oct. 3 at PGE Park in Portland, Ore., vs. New Zealand; Oct. 10 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati against New Zealand; Oct. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City vs. Mexico; Oct. 20 at Soldier Field in Chicago vs. Ireland; Oct. 23 at Reliant Stadium in Houston against Ireland; Nov. 3 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., vs. Denmark; Nov. 6 vs. Denmark at an undetermined site; and a 10th game with the opponent and site to be determined.
 

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United States women defeat Iceland 4-3


September 25, 2004

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Abby Wambach couldn't have written a better script for her return to her hometown.

Wambach, whose header in the Olympic gold medal game lifted the United States women to victory over Brazil, scored two goals and assisted on another as the U.S. squad defeated Iceland 4-3 Saturday night before a capacity crowd of nearly 15,000 at Frontier Field.

The match was the first of 10 games the U.S. team will play as part of its ``Fan Appreciation Tour.'' It will also serve as a farewell tour for departing veterans Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett.


Hamm is the career goal-scoring leader in international soccer, Foudy played every minute of the last three Olympics and World Cups and Fawcett anchored the American defense that led it to the gold medal in Athens last month.

Iceland overcame a 3-0 deficit, tying the score with three goals in a span of five minutes in the second half. But Heather Mitts tapped in the deciding goal after a corner kick in the final minute of injury time to lift the Americans to victory.

``It just goes to show you how special this team really is,'' said Wambach, who assisted on Hamm's goal in the 52nd minute. ``This team fights to the last second.''

The U.S. squad will continue its tour Sept. 29 in Pittsburgh.
 

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U.S. Women down New Zealand 5-0 in Portland

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer

October 3, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Kristine Lilly scored her 100th career goal and Mia Hamm gave Portland fans a final thrill with a pair of goals in the U.S. women's national team's 5-0 victory over New Zealand on Sunday night.

The exhibition game was part of the team's ``Fan Appreciation Tour'' after winning Olympic gold this past summer in Athens. After the 10-match tour, team mainstays Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett plan to retire from international play.

Hamm easily garnered the loudest cheers from the 16,554 fans at PGE Park when she was introduced before the game.

``Because she's the best!'' proclaimed one young fan when another pointed admiringly at her replica No. 9 jersey. One girl held a sign that said ``Mia Rocks!''

``They give you the energy,'' Hamm said of her admirers. ``They give you the emotion to come out here and perform.''

Hamm angled her kick to the right of New Zealand goalkeeper Pam Yates and into the goal to make it 1-0 in the 14th minute. Abby Wambach was credited with an assist.

Hamm scored again in the 55th minute, beating Yates in a crowd in front of the goal.

``I'm just trying to enjoy it,'' she said of the farewell tour. The world's all-time leading scorer, Hamm now has 156 career goals.

Wambach made it 3-0 with a goal in the 59th minute, assisted by Lilly.

Lilly's 100th goal came in the 66th minute. Her teammates -- even those on the bench -- ran to her in celebration and the crowd gave her a standing ovation.

``It's been a great career,'' Lilly said. ``A lot of us have been on this team forever. I don't think some of us thought it would be this long.''

The 33-year-old Lilly said she's still ``hanging on,'' however, and has no immediate plans for retirement. She could catch Italy's Elisabetta Vignotto, who scored 107 goals during her career, and ranks second all-time behind Hamm.

``This team would not be the same if Kristine Lilly was not on it,'' said Brandi Chastain, who called her teammate ``incredible.''

Cat Reddick headed in the final U.S. goal in the 81st minute. Local favorite Shannon MacMillan, who went to the University of Portland and played under the late Clive Charles, had two assists.

The U.S. took 24 shots, while New Zealand managed just three. Fawcett, who was nursing a sore back, did not play.

The U.S. women are 6-1-0 in Portland. Their lone loss came last year against Germany in the semifinal of the Women's World Cup.

The farewell tour next moves to Cincinnati, for another game against New Zealand on Oct. 10.
 
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