Orlando City announced today that Exploria Stadium will host a pair of United States Women’s National Team friendlies. Both games will be against Colombia when the USWNT’s January camp takes place in Orlando, with matches taking place on Jan. 18 (7 p.m. on FS1) and Jan. 22 (7 p.m. on ESPN2). Spectators will be permitted but tickets will be limited to no more than 4,000 fans for these matches (see ticket sale and presale info below).
“We are thrilled to welcome our friends at U.S. Soccer once again,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said in a club press release. “It is always exciting when we have the opportunity to host the world champions, but we are especially proud to do so during this moment in time. Continuing to bring events to our club and community is very important at a time when many are facing financial hardships, especially here in Parramore. Of course, these events do not happen without the hard work from the Orlando City SC front office who have developed outstanding safety protocols that have allowed us to welcome fans for safe and exciting soccer here in Central Florida.“
The U.S. Soccer Federation named 27 players to the USWNT January camp roster today, including Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger. Forward Alex Morgan would likely have been included but contracted COVID-19 recently and is isolating. Former Pride players Aubrey Bledsoe and Emily Sonnett were also called up for the camp. The entire roster is listed below.
The USWNT has visited Exploria Stadium before. The venue has hosted the SheBelieves Cup in 2018 and 2020 — both U.S. wins over England. Exploria also hosted France vs. Germany and Spain vs. Japan in those two previous SheBelieves Cup match days. The stadium continues to be a destination for high-profile soccer events after recently hosting the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final of the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.
The two senior U.S. national teams have gone 5-0-0 against opponents at Exploria Stadium, outscoring opponents 12-1 in those games. The men are 3-0-0 with a 9-1 aggregate, while the women are 2-0-0 with a 3-0 aggregate, winning both games against England.
As for ticket information...
Capacity for each match will be limited to no more than 4,000 ticketed fans. Tickets go on sale to the public for both matches on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Tickets will be sold only in pods of 1, 2, 3, or 4 and a socially distanced seating manifest will be used. Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact email@example.com for more information.
As the official payment technology sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® has made special arrangements for Visa cardholders to participate in an advance sale of tickets for the WNT vs. Colombia matches. These advance sales will take place from Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. ET until Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 8 a.m. ET for both matches through the purchase links at ussoccer.com. As the preferred card of U.S. Soccer, Visa will be the only payment method accepted during the Visa presale. Terms and conditions apply.
Notable Soccer Events at Exploria Stadium
- Oct. 6, 2017 — USMNT World Cup qualifier vs. Panama (U.S. won, 4-0)
- Oct. 14, 2017 — NWSL Championship (Portland Thorns beat North Carolina Courage, 1-0)
- Dec. 3, 2017 — NCAA Women’s College Cup (Standford beat UCLA, 3-2)
- Jan. 10-11 2018 — Florida Cup (Corinthians (BRA) 1-1 PSV Eindhoven (NED); Rangers (SCO) 1-0 Atletico Mineiro (BRA))
- March 7, 2018 — SheBelieves Cup (USWNT 1-0 England; France 3-0 Germany)
- Jan. 10 & 12, 2019 — Florida Cup (Ajax (NED) 2-2 Flamengo (BRA); Ajax (NED) 4-2 Sao Paulo (BRA); Flamengo (BRA) 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (GER))
- March 21, 2019 — USMNT friendly vs. Ecuador (U.S. won, 1-0)
- June 28, 2019 — International Friendly: Pachuca (MEX) vs. Independent Medellin (COL) (Medellin won, 2-1)
- July 31, 2019 — MLS All-Star Game (Atletico Madrid beat MLS All-Stars, 3-0)
- Nov. 15, 2019 — USMNT Concacaf Nations League vs. Canada (U.S. won, 4-1)
- Jan. 15 & 18, 2020 — Florida Cup (Corinthians (BRA) 2-1 New York City FC (USA); Palmeiras (BRA) 0-0 Atletico Nacional (COL); Palmeiras (BRA) 2-1 New York City FC (USA); Atletico Nacional (COL) 2-1 Corinthians (BRA))
- March 5, 2020 — SheBelieves Cup (USWNT 2-0 England; Spain 3-1 Japan)
- Dec. 15-22, 2020 — Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals, semifinals, and final
USWNT January Camp Roster
Goalkeepers (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders (10): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Fox (UNC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit).
Midfielders (8): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Jaelin Howell (Florida State), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG), Catarina Macario (Stanford), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit).
Forwards (5): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).