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USA coming to London
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:32:46 PM »
Leyton Orient to host April friendly against two-time World Champions.

England v USA

A Women’s International Match
8.06pm, Saturday 2 April 2011
The Matchroom Stadium, Leyton Orient FC
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In preparation for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals, Hope Powell’s England team will test themselves against two-time World Champions USA in an April friendly at The Matchroom Stadium, home of Leyton Orient FC.

It will be the first meeting between the sides since the 2007 World Cup quarter-final which USA won 3-0. It will also be the first time USA have ever played a game in this country.

England have been drawn in Group B for Germany 2011 alongside Japan, Mexico and New Zealand and National Coach Hope Powell is relishing a testing warm-up match against the No.1 ranked side in women’s football.

“This game will provide us with a great opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best nations in women’s football,” said Powell.

“We expect it to be a very challenging game, which is exactly what we need with a World Cup so close. People may argue that the USA are not the force that they were, but I would absolutely disagree with that. They are still a force to be reckoned with and I know, having gone through a difficult qualification process, they are more determined than ever to do well at the World Cup.

“They were quite keen to play us which is a bit of an honour really as it proves we are worthy opponents. The last time we played them was in 2007 and it will be good to see how far we have come since then, against top-quality opposition.”

Pia Sundhage’s side lifted the World Cup in 1991 and 1999 and finished third at China 2007. They have also collected Olympic gold on three occasions - in 1996, 2004 and 2008 – but Powell believes the recent migration of English players to the States, including Kelly Smith and Alex Scott (both currently with Boston Breakers), will stand England in good stead in east London.

“USA have got a great history and have won two World Cups, and I suppose you are always a bit fearful of the unknown, but because we have had a few girls who have played over there recently, they are now quite relaxed about the prospect of facing them, rather than being tense and nervous about it.

“We know more about them and I believe that the American players now have a bit more respect for England and our players, having played with and against them.”

And Powell is also happy to be playing such a prestigious match in her home town.

“We’ve played at Leyton Orient twice before (against Finland and Ukraine, both in 2000) and we had a couple of great crowds.

“On a personal level, it’s great to be playing in London. It’s on a Saturday night and I’m sure Orient will be fantastic hosts, as they have been previously.”

http://www.thefa.com/England/womens-seniors/News/2011/EngUSA

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Re: USA coming to London
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 12:35:59 AM »
It will be the first meeting between the sides since the 2007 World Cup quarter-final which USA won 3-0. It will also be the first time USA have ever played a game in this country.
It should be a very tight game, England have really improved since 2007. They were mono-dimensional in that WC with no plan B but have made giant strides while USA have gone down a little bit and havn't found yet way. I think an England win is possible as the USA are vulnerable.

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U.S. Women To Play First Match in England on April 2
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 02:59:45 PM »
CHICAGO (Feb. 7, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play its first match in England when it faces the host on April 2 at Matchroom Stadium in east London, home to English League One side Leyton Orient. Matchroom Stadium, also known as Brisbane Road, seats just more than 9,000 fans. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The match will be a part of a 20-day training camp in the U.K. for the U.S., which is preparing for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany from June 26-July 17.

“First of all, England is a soccer country and the atmosphere while playing a game there will be wonderful,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage. “The World Cup is being played in Europe so the more time we can spend there the better.”

The U.S. has met England just 10 times in its 27-year history. Four of the games have been in Europe (two in Italy, one in France, one in Portugal) and four in the United States. The last two matches took place in China, including the most recent meeting, a 3-0 quarterfinal victory for the USA at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Sundhage will bring 23 players to England on a trip that will also feature training matches against England and Scotland.

England features one of the world’s best players in midfielder Kelly Smith, who plays for the Boston Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer. Smith, who played her college soccer at Seton Hall in New Jersey, finished fourth in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2010.

“England has an interesting way of attacking and some talented wing players,” said Sundhage. “Seeing how we deal with Kelly Smith will also be an important experience for our team.”

The U.S. team is currently finished up a training camp in Florida, after which Sundhage will chose a roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA will face Japan (March 2), Norway (March 4) and Finland (March 7) in group play during the tournament. The placement matches are on March 9. Following the Algarve Cup, the U.S. team will have 10 days off before the team leaves for England on March 21.

“I’ve been on this team for almost 15 years and to be finally going to England is really exciting for our players and staff,” said U.S. captain Christie Rampone. “It will not only be a great experience for our team, but a competitive match against a country that’s also in the World Cup. I’ve played with and against a bunch of English players in WPS and we all have great respect for their commitment to the game.”

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2011/02/US-Women-to-Play-First-Ever-Match-in-England-on-April-2.aspx

Training matches  :o usual behind closed door stuff, not gonna try the USA England one, got enough aggro from the FA last time but USA Scotland might be doable lol.


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Re: U.S. Women To Play First Match in England on April 2
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2011, 12:49:32 AM »

Training matches  :o usual behind closed door stuff, not gonna try the USA England one, got enough aggro from the FA last time but USA Scotland might be doable lol.



I'm sure it won't be that sort of game if Hope is talking about "great crowds".