ASU Soccer to Face Mexican Women's National Team in Tempe Oct. 1

Sept. 13, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University soccer program announced Wednesday that it will play host to the full Mexican Women's National Team in a friendly match at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 inside Sun Devil Soccer Stadium. The Sun Devils will face a Mexican side that is currently ranked No. 26 in the FIFA World Rankings in an exhibition match prior to starting conference play one week later.

'We are excited to play Mexico,' Head Coach Ray Leone said. 'It is great for out team to play against one of the top teams in the world and will be a great experience for our program and our fans. It also will be a great opportunity for the community to see a different style of soccer at the women's level. This match will be an invaluable tool for our young team. Any additional experience we can gain is very valuable to our players right now and we look forward to competing with Mexico in this friendly match.'

General admission tickets for the match, which are currently on sale, are $8 for adults, $5 for students and children (high school aged and younger) and $4 for standing room only. Current Arizona State students and Sun Devil student-athletes will be admitted free to the match by showing their university identification. To purchase tickets, fans can stop by the Athletic Ticket Office on the south side of Sun Devil Stadium during normal business hours or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at (480) 727-0000.

Gates for the match will open one and one-half hour prior to the first kick. Prior to the match, both the American and Mexican national anthems will be performed. Following the conclusion of the match, members of both teams will be made available to the fans for autographs.

The Mexican WNT was the first Spanish-speaking nation to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics where they advanced to the quarterfinals while also being the first such nation to qualify for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Mexican side is currently in Rochester, N.Y., where they are playing the US Women's National Team in the first match played inside PAETEC Park.

ASU has once before faced a team from a higher organization as the Sun Devils dropped a 4-1 decision to the San Diego Spirit of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) on March 29, 2003. The match, which was one of several the Spirit played against collegiate competition that spring, served as an exhibition for the Sun Devils' spring training.

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