Columbus Crew News: History of the USWNT in Columbus

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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