U.S. Women’s Soccer team coming to Chattanooga for game vs Costa Rica
The U.S. WNT is currently in the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a game versus China on Friday in Ottawa, Canada. If they win that game and the semifinal game, USA will play in the World Cup final on Sunday, July 5.
Costa Rica is out of the World Cup after losing to Brazil and tying Korea and Spain.
The last time the U.S. WNT was in Chattanooga was 1997 when it played Sweden in front of more than 13,000 fans. At the time that was the largest crowd to ever watch a soccer game in the state of Tennessee. That game followed the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics but was two years before USA won the 1999 World Cup. The USA won 3-1 over Sweden with goals from soccer legends Tisha Venturini, Kristine Lilly, and Michelle Akers. Mia Hamm and Brandy Chastain were also on the team that came to Chattanooga.
Finley Stadium is home to Chattanooga FC soccer team which is a member of the National Premier Soccer League. The NPSL is sanctioned by the USASA as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and FIFA.