By Southwester Staff 

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play the second of two matchups against Nigeria at Audi Field in Southwest DC on September 6. The match, which will air on ESPN2, marks the first time the team will play at Audi Field since the venue opened in 2018. The U.S. and Nigerian women will also face off in Kansas City, Kansas on September 3. These will be the first domestic matches for the U.S. team since qualifying for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“First, I’m just excited to play two matches against Nigeria. They have some very talented players who will present a lot of different problems for us to solve on both sides of the ball,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Secondly, of course we’re looking forward to bringing the team back to one of the best soccer cities and best soccer stadiums in the United States in Kansas City, as well as getting to play our first game at Audi Field, which I’ve visited several times for NWSL games and is also a fantastic venue for our team to play in front of our home fans.”

While the U.S. women played ten matches at Washington’s RFK Stadium between 1995 and 2017, this will mark the first visit to Audi Field, home to the National Women’s Soccer League reigning champions, the Washington Spirit, as well as Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. 

Nigeria, an 11-time African champion, is currently competing in the 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations, a 12-team tournament that will send its top four finishers to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. women qualified for its ninth consecutive World Cup on July 7.

Tickets for the match at Audi Field will be available for presale on July 25 and for the general public on August 1 at ussoccer.com.

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