June showdown with Japan sells out in 10 minutes

Celebration, World Cup final, July 5, 2015. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

The last time Japan and the United States played, the Americans brought home the World Cup. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

As Fox Soccer put it, “if you waited 11 minutes to get your tickets, you waited too long.”

A June 2 match in Colorado between the U.S. women and Japan was an instant sellout, with 18,000 tickets swept up in just  10 minutes on Friday (April 8).

Organizers expected a robust crowd for the game, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the Denver suburb of Commerce City. Japan and the United States have become storied rivals, meeting in the championship game of the last three big global tournaments: the 2011 World Cup, the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 World Cup.

Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo, old friends, share a moment of joy after winning the 2015 World Cup. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo, old friends, share a moment of bliss after winning the 2015 World Cup. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

One thousand standing-room-only spots were added to the Colorado ticket pool, “but even that wasn’t nearly enough. Fans gobbled them up as quickly as possible,” Ryan Rosenblatt wrote for Fox. The game was announced just four days ago.

Since their triumph in last year’s World Cup, the U.S. women have played 11 friendlies across the country, drawing at least 19,000 fans for all but one, a lopsided 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio. That game, on a Thursday night two weeks before Christmas, was played in the Alamodome, an aging, lifeless dump. And it still attracted 10,690 fans.

The Alamodome is seen from the upper stands with freshly painted end zones of Oregon and Texas. The No. 10 Oregon Ducks play the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 30, 2013. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The Alamodome configured for that other football. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The World Cup final, a 5-2 drubbing of Japan, was the most watched soccer game in U.S. history, with an estimated TV audience of 23 million — about the same as that for Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

And yet, U.S. Soccer says, it’s just not possible to pay the women fairly.

The U.S. women play Colombia at 1 p.m. CT Sunday in Chester, Penn. That game — also a sellout — is the only other match scheduled between now and the Aug. 5 opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

U.S. Soccer expects to schedule a few additional matches, including at least one more in June, but no details have been announced.



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