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July 14, 2023

United States Women’s National Team to Face South Africa at Chicago’s Soldier Field

The four-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) will take on South Africa at historic Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday, September 24, at 4:30 p.m. CT. The two teams will be coming off participating in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the ninth World Cup appearance for the USWNT and the second for South Africa.

Representing the Chicago Red Stars and the USWNT in this summer’s World Cup is goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. This will be the third World Cup for the Stratford, Connecticut native who previously won the 2015 and 2019 tournaments with the USWNT. Since Naeher’s first call up to the national team in 2014, the keeper has amassed 91 appearances with the team and recorded 54 shutouts.

This season with the Chicago Red Stars, Naeher set the record for most regular-season games played by a goalkeeper when she reached the 150 games played milestone. The keeper also broke the record for most regular-season saves, surpassing former USWNT teammate, Ashlyn Harris’ record of 518 regular-season saves.

South Africa is just one of two African teams the USWNT has faced in its history and the September meetings will be just the third and fourth matchups all-time between the two countries. The USA most recently played the Banyana Banyana in May of 2019, a 2-0 win for the Americans.

The USA has a long history at Soldier Field dating back to the original stadium and the USA’s first game there on June 28, 1998, against Germany. The upcoming match on Sept. 24, which will be the USA’s ninth all-time at Soldier Field, whereas the USWNT most recently played at in October of 2019 following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Prior to playing in Chicago, the USWNT will play South Africa in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday, September 21, at TQL Stadium. Presales for both matches will begin on Wednesday, July 19 with the public sale beginning on Tuesday, July 25. For more information on the presale, visit ussoccer.com. The Chicago Red Stars also will announce a special ticket offer, the details of which will be announced at a later date. To be the first to learn about the Red Stars ticket offer, become a Red Stars Insider at chicagoredstars.com/insider-newsletter.

The United States kick off their campaign for a historic third-consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup title in Auckland, New Zealand Friday, July 21, at 8:00 p.m. CT, taking on Vietnam in the group stage of the tournament.

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