Rapids to Host U.S. Women's National Team vs. Brazil in Send-off For Beijing Olympics

CHICAGO (US Soccer- May 15 2008) — The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Brazil in its final two matches before the 2008 Olympics starting the two-game set on July 13 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City Colo. at 2 p.m. MT live on ESPN.
The U.S. will also face Brazil in San Diego Calif. on July 16 at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium at 7 p.m. PT live on Fox Soccer Channel. The USA will depart for China one week after the match in San Diego.
"It’s always good to get great games before you go to the Olympics and what better team to play than Brazil said U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx who has started 12 of the 14 games the USA has played this year.
"It’s always an exciting game playing Brazil so these will be good tests to give us confidence heading into the Olympics. Obviously we didn’t do well against them in the World Cup so it will be beneficial for our team to play them a few times beforehand in case we do meet them in China."
Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $55 plus special VIP On Field seats for $150 are available starting this Saturday (May 17) at 10 a.m. MT online by clicking here by phone at 1-866-461-6556 at all Dick’s Sporting Goods locations in Colorado and at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Rapids Full Season Ticket Holders can secure their seat locations for this match starting on Monday May 19 by calling the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL. The deadline for Rapids Full Season Ticket Holders to reserve their seats will be on Friday May 23; after this date all seat locations will be released for sale.
Groups of 20 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (a special VIP package which includes a premium ticket a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with your name and number VIP access to the field before and after the game and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com. Visa® is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer.
This will be the first-ever match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the U.S. WNT and their first trip to Colorado since 1999 when it played at Mile High Stadium after the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That match marked the first and only game in Colorado for the U.S. Women.
This announcement completes the USA’s pre-Olympic schedule that will also include the Peace Queen Cup in June as well as a two-match trip to Norway and Sweden in early July. At the Peace Queen Cup the U.S. will face Australia on June 15 Brazil on June 17 and Italy on June 19.
The two games pit the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinalists together again but it will not be the first meeting since the USA’s crushing 4-0 loss in Hangzhou China. The two nations will meet in group play at the Peace Queen Cup in Suwon South Korea on June 17. The USA last played Brazil in the United States less than a year ago winning 2-0 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford N.J.
"I’m excited to play Brazil because we have such a different style now than when we played them in the World Cup said Boxx. "With the way we are playing combined with their individual talents on the ball and their style it’s just going to make for great games for the fans in Denver and San Diego."
The U.S. women have had great success against Brazil throughout the years winning 19 games while losing two and drawing two. Brazil has qualified for the 2008 Olympics but had to do a little extra work. The Brazilians stumbled at the end of 2006 falling to Argentina in the championship game of the South American qualifying tournament for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup a competition that also qualified the winner to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The loss forced Brazil into a playoff for the final Olympic berth but the Canarinhas cruised past Ghana by a 5-1 score on April 19 in Beijing to earn the 12th and final spot in the Olympic tournament.