For Minnesota United, it’s another step in the organization’s effort to establish Allianz Field as a home for international soccer. The recently-opened stadium hosted it’s first international games June 18 as the site of a pair of Group D games between Panama and Trinidad & Tobago, and the USMNT and Guyana in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The friendly against Portugal will be the 16th game played by the USWNT in Minnesota. Dating back to 1986, the National Sports Center in Blaine hosted 14 of the 15 previous contests, with the lone exception the USWNT’s most-recent trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes — a 5-1 friendly victory over Switzerland played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. That game was one of only two visits the U.S. women have paid to Minnesota since 2004.
“It’s always fun to play in cities that we haven’t been to that much and with the opening of the new stadium for Minnesota United, it’s awesome that we’ll get to play in St. Paul this fall in a world-class facility that is another sign of the growth of soccer in the USA,” said USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle. “I’m all in favor of any time we can go to Big-10 country and we’re really looking forward to celebrating the World Cup title with all of the fans in the Midwest.”
The game, scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. Central, will be on ESPN 2 and the ESPN App. A presale for Minnesota United season ticket holders will begin July 26, with tickets going on sale to the general public July 31.