Mark your calendars: Coming in September

Events this month: 

Tuesday, September 1

Orlando tickets on sale

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. CT for the U.S. match against Brazil on Sunday, Oct. 25 in Orlando, Fla.

The match, the sixth of 10 on the U.S. Victory Tour, is at 1:30 p.m. CT. It will be on Fox Sports 1.

Details on the ticket sale are here.

 

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Sunday, September 13

‘Second season’ begins in NWSL’s  third season 

The playoffs get under way in the National Women’s Soccer League, with two semifinal matches scheduled. nwsl-logoBoth are on Fox Sports 1.

The matchups and times are still to be determined. The four NWSL teams that made the playoffs are the Seattle Reign, who have the league’s best regular-season record;  FC  Kansas City, the current league champion;  the Chicago Red Stars; and the Washington Spirit. But with a few games remaining in the regular season, it’s not yet clear who will play whom in the semis.

The championship game will be Oct. 1 at Providence Park in Portland, home of the Portland Thorns, who have led the league in attendance by large margins in each of its three seasons.

FC Knasas City celebrates winning the NWSL championship, Aug. 31, 2014. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The new champions celebrate. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

 

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Thursday, September 17

The Victory Tour rolls on 

The U.S. women play Australia at  6 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit, the  home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. The match is on Fox Sports 1.

Australia was the opponent that the Americans faced in the first round of the World Cup in Canada. Team USA won 3-1, but the Aussies were a tough opponent. It took a couple of exceptional saves by Hope Solo to keep Australia from taking an early lead.

 

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Sunday, September 20

Australia redux

The Americans again meet the Australians, this time at 1:30 p.m. CT in Birmingham, Ala.  The game is on ESPN2.

 

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Tuesday, September 22

‘We’re in the game’

This is the release date for FIFA 16, the ridiculously popular soccer video game from EA Sports. For the first time, the game includes players from women’s teams.

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Friday, September 25

Still No. 1? Almost surely.  

The new world rankings come out. Unless Australia pulls off a huge upset in one of its two friendlies against the United States, nothing much will change.

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Birthdays

September 6  – Jill Ellis turns 49
September 7  – Briana Scurry turns 44
September 25 – Randy Waldrum turns 59
September 30 – Lauren Holiday (below) turns 28

Lauren Holiday, news conference before the World Cup final, July 4, 2015. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America

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