The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) will open its 2016 schedule against the Republic of Ireland on January 23 at Qualcomm Stadium.
The match comes off the heels of an extended training camp in Los Angeles, which serves as the final camp for the USWNT who kick off CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying on February 10 against Costa Rica in Frisco, Texas.
The match should feature a handful of California natives and players who played collegiality in California. Currently with the USWNT for December matches are California natives Whitney Engen (Torrance), Megan Rapinoe (Redding), Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar, Cal), Christen Press (Los Angeles, Stanford). Additionally, Kelly O’Hara (Stanford), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Sam Mewis (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (USC), and Sydney Leroux (UCLA) all played college soccer in California.
January’s match will mark the sixth time the USWNT has played in San Diego. The first four matches were played at Torero Stadium. The USWNT have never lost in San Diego, and the last time the USWNT played at Qualcomm Stadium was April 10, 2014 against China PR. 2015 Women’s World Cup MVP Carli Lloyd recorded a first half brace and Leroux added a third goal in the second half for a 3-0 win.
Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com.
In conjunction with the Ireland game, U.S. Soccer is offering a four-day Girls Fantasy Camp (Jan. 21-24) for girls born in 2001, 2002 and 2003. This exclusive fan-player opportunity includes training sessions with former Women’s National Team stars, VIP access to a WNT training session, premium match tickets, a pre-game stadium tour and field-level access to watch warm-ups, U.S. Soccer training apparel and jersey, accommodations, meals and more. The Camp is a fundraiser to support U.S. Soccer development initiatives and includes a tax-deductible donation. For more information and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.