ST. PAUL -- The U.S. women’s national soccer team is officially coming to St. Paul to celebrate their latest world championship.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning team will appear in an exhibition game at Allianz Field on Tuesday, Sept. 3. They will play Portugal at 7 p.m, according to an announcement by Minnesota United on Wednesday.
This friendly game has been in the works for a few weeks, with United, which operates the stadium in the Midway neighborhood, submitting its bid for the game last week.
The U.S. roster led by coach Jill Ellis is expected to have superstars Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and others. The Americans won their fourth World Cup title with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon, France on July 7. The U.S. also won world championships in 2015, 1999 and 1991, the first tournament for the women.
Lavelle, a Cincinnati native and alum of the University of Wisconsin soccer program, shared her views on returning to the Midwest.
“It’s always fun to play in cities that we haven’t been to that much,” the midfielder said in a statement. “With the opening of the new stadium for Minnesota United, it’s awesome that we’ll get to play in St. Paul this fall in a world class facility. … I’m all in favor of any time we can go to Big Ten country. We’re really looking forward to celebrating the World Cup title with all of the fans in the Midwest.”
The visit to Minnesota will be the third stop on the USWNT’s “Victory Tour.” The first stop will be Aug. 3 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., against Ireland. The second game, also announced Wednesday, will be at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Aug. 29. Details for the final two games, on Oct. 3 and Oct. 6, have not been announced.
Tickets for the Sept. 3 game will go on sale for Minnesota United season-ticket holders from 10 a.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Sunday. Fans on the Loons’ season-ticket waiting list will have a shot at tickets from 2 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Sunday. Ticket sales for the general public will be available at 10 a.m. July 31 at ussoccer.com.
Minnesota United is working to boost Allianz Field as a regular host for the U.S. national teams. The 19,700-seat stadium hosted the U.S. men in their Concacaf Gold Cup opener on July 18. Before a sellout crowd, the U.S. beat Guyana 4-0 in their first competitive game after failing to qualify for the World Cup in 2018. After the June visit, U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter shared positive reviews on the stadium and the Loons’ training grounds at the National Sports Center in Blaine.