U.S. Women's National Team brings history to Columbus
The United States Women's National Team will play its sixth match at Crew Stadium on October 30 when it hosts New Zealand in an international friendly. Here is a look back at the USWNT's prior history in Columbus.
7-19-1993: USA 1-0 Italy at Westerville North High School
Mia Hamm netted the difference in the USWNT's first-ever match in the Columbus area at Westerville North High School as the U.S. downed Italy, 1-0. The match concluded three-straight matches for the Stars and Stripes as the USWNT played previous matches in Cincinnati and Mansfield in the week previous.
10-3-1999: USA 5-0 Korea Republic at Crew Stadium
Hamm scored once again as Danielle Fotopoulos netted a brace to lead the U.S. over South Korea in its first match at Crew Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd of 23,101. The match remains one of the highest-attended matches in Crew Stadium history.
11-11-2000: USA 1-3 Canada at Crew Stadium
For the first -- and only time thus far -- a U.S. National Team fell at Crew Stadium when the U.S. Women lost to rival Canada, 3-1. The loss was the first match following a heart-breaking Golden Goal defeat in the Gold Medal match of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
9-8-2002: USA 8-2 Scotland
In a return to Crew Stadium, the U.S. dominated Scotland 8-2 behind hat-tricks from Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, the two most prolific scorers in U.S. Soccer history.
9-28-2003: USA 3-0 Korea DPR
As America's first professional soccer-specific stadium, Crew Stadium played host to matches during the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. In front of a sell-out crowd, the U.S. defeated North Korea, 3-0, Cat Whitehill scored a brace while Wambach added another tally to lead the Red, White and Blue to victory on its way to a third-place finish in the tournament.
5-14-2011: USA 2-0 Japan
Ahead of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, the U.S. Women recorded a 'Dos a Cero' of their own at Crew Stadium, beating Japan 2-0 behind goals from Wambach and Amy Rodriguez. The two countries would meet again in the World Cup Final, where the U.S. would fall in a penalty shoot-out.