The U.S. Women’s National Team returns to Ohio to play its 10th match in Columbus, OH. The Red, White and Blue will take on Uzbekistan on April 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the team’s first-ever visit to the state-of-the-art Lower.com Field. The match is part of a pair of friendlies that will help a young USWNT prepare for World Cup and Olympic qualifying.
Let’s take a look back at the USWNT’s past visits to Ohio’s capital city:
June 19, 1993: USA 1-0 Italy at Westerville North High School
Mia Hamm netted the lone goal in the USWNT’s first-ever match in the Columbus area at Westerville North High School as the Red, White and Blue downed Italy 1-0. The match concluded three-straight matches for the Stars and Stripes in Ohio as the USWNT played previous matches in Cincinnati and Mansfield in the week previous.
October 3, 1999: USA 5-0 Korea Republic at Historic Crew Stadium
Danielle Fotopoulos netted a brace, and Hamm added another to lead the U.S. over South Korea in its first match at Historic Crew Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd of 23,101. The match remains one of the highest-attended matches in Historic Crew Stadium history.
November 11, 2000: USA 1-3 Canada at Historic Crew Stadium
For the first time in its history a U.S. National Team fell at Historic Crew Stadium, as the U.S. Women fell to rival Canada on this day, 3-1. The loss was the first match following a heart-breaking golden goal defeat in the Gold Medal match of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Sept. 8, 2002: USA 8-2 Scotland
In a long-awaited return to Historic Crew Stadium, the U.S. dominated Scotland 8-2 with hat-tricks from Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach — two of most prolific players in U.S. Soccer history.
Sept. 28, 2003: USA 3-0 North Korea
As America’s first professional soccer-specific stadium, Historic Crew Stadium, played host to matches during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup — and in front of a sell-out crowd, the U.S. defeated North Korea, 3-0. Cat Whitehill registered a brace, while Wambach added another goal to lead the Red, White and Blue to victory on its way to a third-place finish in the tournament.
May 14, 2011: USA 2-0 Japan
Ahead of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, the USWNT recorded a ‘Dos a Cero’ of their own at Historic Crew Stadium — beating Japan 2-0 behind goals from Wambach and Amy Rodriguez. The two countries would meet again in the World Cup Final, in which the U.S. would fall in a penalty shoot-out.
October 30, 2013: USA 1-1 New Zealand
The USWNT played at Historic Crew Stadium in October of 2013. The U.S. drew 1-1 with New Zealand and improved its record in Columbus to 4-1-1 — continuing the trend of good results for U.S. Soccer in Columbus.
September 15, 2016: USA 9-0 Thailand
The U.S. Women’s National Team sent Heather O’Reilly off to international retirement in style, defeating Thailand 9-0. Carli Lloyd led the way with a three-goal, four-assist performance in front of 10,490 fans at Historic Crew Stadium.
March 1, 2018: USA 1-0 Germany
The U.S. opened its 2018 SheBelieves Cup campaign in front of 19,968 fans at Historic Crew Stadium. The USWNT defeated Germany thanks to a Megan Rapinoe goal in the 17th minute.
November 7, 2019: USA 3-2 Sweden
The reigning 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions played its final game in Historic Crew Stadium in what was Vlatko Andonovski’s first game as head coach. Lloyd notched a brace and Christen Press scored her 50th international goal as the U.S. beat the fifth-ranked team in the world in front of 20,903 fans.
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