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Fuel Soccer Talk: USWNT announce final two games for 2019; Tennessee on a roll in youth soccer; Columbus digging in on new stadium

U.S. Women’s National Team wraps up 2019 with matches in Columbus, Jacksonville

The final two matches of the 2019 schedule for the U.S. Women’s National Team have been confirmed and they will bring the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions to Columbus, Ohio to face Sweden on Nov. 7 at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 & TUDN) and Jacksonville, Fla. to face Costa Rica on Nov. 10 at TIAA Bank Field (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & TUDN).

Currently, the USA has a record of 15-1-2 in 2019, losing only to France in the first match of the year. The U.S. Women are on a 14-game winning streak, which of course includes the run at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and will finish 2019 having played 22 total matches.

Tickets

WNT-SWEDEN IN COLUMBUS NOV. 7
Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com starting Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. ET.

WNT-COSTA RICA IN JACKSONVILLE NOV. 10
Tickets go on sale to the public Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com starting Thursday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. ET.

Tennessee kicks its way to top of US Youth Soccer’s Mid-South Conference

The 2018-19 season saw the state of Tennessee well represented at the top of the brackets within the US Youth Soccer Mid South Conference. Across all age groups for boys and girls, 47 percent of the top three conference finalists were from Tennessee, with 57 percent of the Mid South Conference Champions hailing from the Volunteer State. This is an impressive feat for Tennessee as the state makes up only about 22 percent of the Mid South Conference pool of teams, which contains heavy competition from the surrounding State Associations of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

With the 2019-20 season now underway, many of the teams from Tennessee are excited to be back on the field as they look to continue that success this year in the Mid South Conference. With many tough opponents from neighboring states, they know it is no easy task to equal the accomplishments of last season.

After producing so many titles in 2018-19, one could speculate that there is something in the Tennessean water, but others attribute it to hard work, determination and a passion for the game that is spreading across the state.

“The state of Tennessee is booming right now in terms of popularity in the sport of soccer,” says David McAlister, Associate Director of Coaching for Lobos Rush Soccer Club. “With Memphis starting a United Soccer League team, and Nashville about to move to Major League Soccer, the state is yearning for soccer and it can be seen by the amount of kids that are participating.”

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Columbus Crew SC’s new stadium ready to go

Columbus Crew SC will officially break ground on the club’s new downtown stadium on October 10 in an event open to the general public, the club announced Tuesday.

Supporters are invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at approximately 2 pm ET and features music and food truck concessions beginning at 1 pm ET. The first 500 attendees will receive a commemorative groundbreaking shovel.

Centered in downtown Columbus, the Crew’s new stadium is expected to be a $230-million, 20,000-capacity venue on a 33-acre site. Beyond the stadium, the project includes a riverfront park, nearly 1,000 new residential units and office and commercial space.

The Crew expect to open play at the new ground during the summer of the 2021 MLS season.

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