May 25, 2012
Full house will see USA-China at PPL Park
The crowd for Sunday's match between the United State's Women's National Team and China will be a far cry from the one the last time the two teams played at the Chester waterfront venue.
U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that the game in the 18,500 seat home of the Philadelphia Union is a sell out. In 2010, the same two teams met in a friendly at the stadium that drew an announced crowd of just, 2,505.
The sellout will mark the second-largest Pennsylvania crowd to attend a U.S. Women's game as 31,553 were on hand for the USA's 5-0 victory against Nigeria on Sept. 25, 2003, during the FIFA Women's World Cup at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
The U.S. is preparing for the 2012 London Olympics after winning the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament last January in Vancouver. The U.S. Women have won three Olympic gold medals, including the past two Olympics in Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008).
Following Sunday's match against China, the U.S. travels to Halmstad, Sweden, to face host Sweden and Japan on June 16 and 18, respectively. Then the U.S. Women host Canada at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday, June 30, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, where more than 10,000 tickets have already been sold for that match. That match is the USA's final home game before the 2012 London Olympics and will be broadcast live on NBC.