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Olympic champions to face No. 2 Germany at Rentschler Field

The gold medal winning U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team hosts No. 2 Germany in an exhibition at Rentschler Field on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

EAST HARTFORD, Oct. 13, 2012 – Over 13,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s upcoming exhibition game against Germany on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford as part of the team’s Fan Tribute Tour this fall across the nation.

The match between the two squads that are currently the top two ranked women’s teams in the world by FIFA is the fifth game in a seven-game tour. The match begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets remain on sale at Ticketmaster outlets throughout greater Hartford and the Bushnell box office in Hartford.

Jill Ellis, the youth development director for the U.S. women’s national team, has been named the team’s interim coach and will coach the team for at least two matches against Germany this month as U.S. Soccer seeks to find a successor for Pia Sundhage.

Sundhage resigned on Sept. 1 to return to her native Sweden and has since been named as the coach of the Swedish national team. Ellis is not a candidate to replace Sundhage.

Many of the stars on the American’s gold medal winning team are expected to play including Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, goalie Hope Solo and team captain Christie Rampone.

The Germans are currently preparing for the 2013 European Women’s Championships to be held next summer in Sweden. The Americans play Germany in Chicago as part of the tribute tour on Oct. 20, three days before their appearance here in East Hartford.

The top ranked Americans currently own a 17-4-4 record against No. 2 Germany and most recently faced them in May 2010 in Cleveland, earning a 4-0 win. The most recent meeting in a major international tournament was a 2-1 win in the semifinals of the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

This will be the fourth appearance of Team USA at Rentschler Field. The Americans are 3-0 here having beat Sweden, 3-0 on July 17, 2010; Norway, 1-0 on July 14, 2007 and China, 3-1 on Aug. 1, 2004.

Tickets for the game

Tickets are available through, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout greater Hartford, including Walmart stores. Tickets are also available from the The Bushnell Box Office at 166 Capitol Ave. in downtown Hartford, on Monday-Friday, from noon to 5 p.m.. The ticket office at Rentschler Field is only open on the day of the event.

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through

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2012 Fan Tribute Tour

Sept. 1, Rochester, NY                    U.S. 8, Costa Rica 0
Sept. 16, Carson, CA                      U.S. 2, Australia 1
Sept. 19: Commerce City, CO          U.S. 6, Australia 2
Oct. 20, Chicago                              vs. Germany
Oct. 23, East Hartford, CT               vs. Germany, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28: Portland, OR                      vs. Ireland, 10 p.m., EST
Dec. 1: Glendale, AZ                        vs. Ireland, 10:30 p.m., EST

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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