Birmingham in line for U.S. Women's World Cup exhibition match

Birmingham in line for U.S. Women's World Cup exhibition match

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Just days ago the United States Women's World Cup soccer team celebrated a 5-2 win over Japan and a first World Cup title since 1999.

Will the likes of Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach soon be heading to the Magic City?

Next week, local officials will hear if Birmingham has been selected as a site for a World Cup team exhibition match this fall.

The U.S. team will embark on a 10 city victory tour beginning in mid-August and visit selected cities through December.

"We feel good about our chances. Legion Field has hosted numerous big soccer events in the past, and we should learn within the week if Birmingham has been selected as a tour site," said Gene Hallman of the Bruno Event team.

A date between September 16 and 22 is preferred, Hallman says, and should Team USA land at Legion Field, it would face a team it played in the World Cup. Hallman says the game would not be scheduled on a college football Saturday.

U.S. team officials have already announced a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica, as the teams will play in Pittsburg on Aug. 16 and in Chattanooga on Aug. 19.

Pittsburgh city officials have sold over 30,000 tickets while the Chattanooga game is a sellout (over 20,000).

FIFA has announced that Team USA will face Australia twice in September. If Birmingham fails to land a September date, the team may be available between October 21 and 27.

Legion Field has hosted numerous major soccer events in the past. Preliminary Olympic matches were held in Birmingham in 1996. The opening game against Argentina drew 83,810 fans, an all-time Legion Field attendance record.

Legion Field has also hosted exhibition games featuring the U.S. men's and women' teams, and in 2005 hosted a World Cup qualifier between the United States and Guatemala.

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