Thursday, April 27, 2006

Super Soccer Series coming to the Twin Cities area

If you are looking for some of the best soccer in the world, you will be able to find it this July in Blaine, Minnesota as the US Women's team takes on Sweden on July 15th at 5pm. The match will air live on ESPN2.

The Swedes will bring two of the best strikers in the world in Victoria Svensson and Hanna Ljungberg. With team USA still trying to reshape it self after the retirement of Mia Hamm, this is sure to be a great match.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a ‘new-look’ team,” said star striker Abby Wambach. “(U.S. head coach) Greg Ryan’s philosophy and what he brings to the table is new, but the vision for this team has always been the same, and that’s winning every time we step on the field.”

“I am excited to play Sweden,” said Ryan, who has yet to coach a game against the Swedes. “They are one of the best teams in the world.... this will be a great game in helping us continue to develop our young team.”

Top on the priority list for the U.S. coaching staff will be to develop the young but talented forwards who will support established goal-scoring machine Wambach, Heather O’Reilly, Amy Rodriguez, Natasha Kai and Lauren Cheney. Wambach, who scored 50 career goals faster than any U.S. player except Michelle Akers, will be cast in the role of mentor to the younger stars.

If you are unable to go to Germany for the Men's World Cup, or if you just want to see more top-level soccer after the cup is over, this will be a great opportunity. You can find tickets here.

This will mark the US women's first home match of the year.

There will also be a second match between Sweden and Canada on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. Canada is a very up and coming team, so expect some fun action on Tuesday night as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mia Hamm may have retired from professional soccer but you can still catch her (whenever you want!) on sportskool, a free video on demand channel available around the country from your digital cable provider. Mia provides both training and skill based tips for soccer players of all ages. Watch her whenever you want and even pause, rewind or fast-forward through each episode. Visit to find out if the channel is available in your area.

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