The United States Women's National Team will face Costa Rica on July 22 at Children's Mercy Park in its final match before departing for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members interested in securing a ticket to the match on July 22 will have access to an exclusive pre-sale starting 10 a.m. CT Friday. Those who place deposits for season tickets or group tickets for the 2016 season will have also receive priority consideration during the pre-sale opportunity.
Tickets for the game will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CT Monday and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com.
The U.S. WNT boasts a 12-0-1 record in 2016, outscoring opponents 47-4, and enters this summer as defending 2012 Olympic gold medalists and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions. Head coach Jill Ellis' side will play two Olympic tune-ups next month, first hosting South Africa on July 9 in Chicago and then traveling to Kansas City less than two weeks later.
At the 2016 Olympics, the U.S. will meet New Zealand (Aug. 3), France (Aug. 6) and Colombia (on Aug. 9) in Group G play as 12 women's teams compete for gold. Seeking a fourth straight gold medal in the quadrennial competition, the U.S. player pool features FC Kansas City's Heather O'Reilly and Becky Sauerbrunn as well as veteran stars Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Hope Solo and reigning FIFA Women's Player of the Year Carli Lloyd.
The U.S. WNT will return to Children's Mercy Park for the third time since the state-of-the-art venue opened in 2011. The stadium previously welcomed the WNT in 2011 for a 1-1 friendly draw against Canada and in 2014 for a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF Women's Championship. The U.S. Women's and Men's National Teams are 9-0-4 in 13 combined visits to Kansas City, including a 5-0-2 mark at world-class Children's Mercy Park.
U.S. National Teams in Kansas City
Nov. 2, 1968: MNT vs. Bermuda (W 6-2 at Municipal Stadium)
Oct. 7, 1999: WNT vs. Finland (W 6-0 at Arrowhead Stadium)
Aug. 20, 2000: WNT vs. Canada (T 1-1 at Arrowhead Stadium)
April 25, 2001: MNT vs. Costa Rica (W 1-0 at Arrowhead Stadium)
Oct. 22, 2003: WNT vs. Italy (T 2-2 at Arrowhead Stadium)
Oct. 16, 2004: WNT vs. Mexico (W 1-0 at Arrowhead Stadium)
June 9, 2011: MNT vs. Guadeloupe (W 1-0 at Children's Mercy Park)
Sept. 17, 2011: WNT vs. Canada (T 1-1 at Children's Mercy Park)
Oct. 16, 2012: MNT vs. Guatemala (W 3-1 at Children's Mercy Park)
Oct. 11, 2013: MNT vs. Jamaica (W 2-0 at Children's Mercy Park)
Oct. 15, 2014: WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago (W 1-0 at Children's Mercy Park)
July 13, 2015: MNT vs. Panama (T 1-1 at Children's Mercy Park)
May 28, 2016: MNT vs. Bolivia (W 4-0 at Children's Mercy Park)
July 22, 2016: WNT vs. Costa Rica