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U.S. Women's Soccer Match Coming to Busch Stadium

The game will be the penultimate match before USA heads to the 2019 World Cup in France.

December 05, 2018 - 2:50 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated Thursday at 2 p.m. - The U.S. Women's National Team will play at Busch Stadium on May 16 at 7 p.m. as a part of its Sendoff Series of the "Countdown to the Cup" tour.

The announcment was made at Ballpark Village on Thursday afternoon, with St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson, United States Soccer Federation CEO Dan Flynn, St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., former 2015 WOrld Cup champion with the Women's National Team and St. Louisan Lori Chalupny and representatives from #MLS4TheLou. 

KMOX's Tom Ackerman reported on Wednesday, St. Louis will host a U.S. Women’s National Team’s match before the squad heads to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. 

Flynn, who is a St. Louis native, says the MLS will absolutely be watching how the St. Louis soccer fans react to this game in terms of ticket sales. 

"Any time we can show there's a fanbase and a big fanbase in our sport, it's a big opportunity," Flynn says. 

And Carolyn Kindle Betz of the MLS for the Lou ownership group says they're hoping to hear from the MLS long before the U.S. Women's game is played in May. She's thinking about "five and a half months" before that, or more specifically within the first quarter of 2019. 

On KMOX earlier this week her MLS for the Lou partner Jim Kavanaugh of World Wide Technology said he's expecting to hear from the MLS sometime in January.

Thursday's press conference was the formal announcment of that game.

The U.S. women's national team played a friendly against New Zealand at Busch Staduim in April 2015, prior to its 2015 World Cup win. The game in May will be the sixth soccer match hosted by Busch Stadium.

Tickets to the match go on sale next Thursday at 10 a.m. and start at $35. Check Cardinals.com/soccer and USSoccer.com for ticket info.

Representatives from #MLS4TheLou proposed soccer ownership group, along with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, will be in attendance.

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The 2 p.m. event is open to the public. The Cardinals are encouraging soccer fans to attend.

Previous international soccer games to be held at the Cardinals home field include AS Roma defeating Liverpool in 2016, a FIFA World Cup qualifier between the U.S. men's national team and St. Vincent and The Grenadines the previous year. Busch Stadium was also the site for an international friendly between Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as a club friendly between Manchester City and Chelsea in 2013.