U.S. women’s national soccer team to debut Q2 Stadium next month

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
The USWNT on June 16 will play the Nigerian national team at Q2 Stadium ahead of the summer Olympic Games. This match will be the first ever held at Q2 Stadium in North Austin. (Courtesy Austin FC)

The USWNT on June 16 will play the Nigerian national team at Q2 Stadium ahead of the summer Olympic Games. This match will be the first ever held at Q2 Stadium in North Austin. (Courtesy Austin FC)

Before Austin FC steps on the pitch to play its first game at Q2 Stadium, the U.S. Women’s National Team is going to play the inaugural game at the North Austin soccer stadium a few days earlier.

Officials from Q2 Stadium and Austin FC announced May 6 the USWNT—reigning FIFA World Cup champions—will play an international friendly game at the stadium on June 16. That is three days before Austin FC is scheduled to host the San Jose Earthquakes for the inaugural Major League Soccer game at Q2 Stadium.

“We are both thrilled and honored that the first-ever match at Q2 Stadium will feature the four-time FIFA World Champions,” Austin FC President Andy Loughnane said in a May 6 news release. “Hosting the USWNT at Q2 Stadium speaks to the world-class nature of our city, our facilities, and the popularity of the sport in our region.”

Ticket information for the match will be released by U.S. Soccer in the next several weeks, according to the May 6 news release.

The USWNT will take on Nigeria in an exhibition match on June 16, with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. CST. The game is the final match in the USWNT Summer Series, which also features exhibition matches against Portugal and Jamaica on June 10 and June 13, respectively.

According to the May 6 news release, the June 16 match against Nigeria is also the final game for the USWNT before its head coach Vlatko Andonovski announces the 18-player roster for the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan.

Q2 Stadium will further host the international 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in July and August. That tournament will feature men's teams from across North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Teams and schedules for that tournament have not yet been announced.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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