SAN FRANCISCO -- California women’s soccer standouts and Olympians Alex Morgan and Betsy Hassett are making their return to the Bay Area this weekend for a friendly at Candlestick Park on Sunday, Oct. 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Morgan’s U.S. Women’s National Team squad will meet Hassett’s New Zealand Football Ferns in San Francisco for the first of two friendlies on American soil before heading to Columbus, Ohio for a match at the Columbus Crew Stadium on Oct. 30. The friendlies are part of the USWNT’s four-game slate to end the year, with international matches vs. Australia in San Antonio last Sunday and Brazil in Orlando on Nov. 10.
Prior to Sunday’s match, fans are invited to watch the USWNT’s training session on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Candlestick for free. The training session will begin at 11 a.m. and fans can park in the main lot free of charge and enter through Gate F.
Sunday’s match at Candlestick Park will mark the first game for the U.S. Women in San Francisco during the team’s 28-year history and the first game in the Bay Area since 2007 when the USA defeated Japan 4-1 on July 28 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The only match the U.S. Women have played in the Bay Area outside of San Jose came on July 4, 1999, a 2-0 semifinal victory against Brazil in the FIFA Women’s World Cup at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto.
A midfielder from Auckland, New Zealand Hassett played 64 games for the Golden Bears before graduating this year and earning multiple All-Pac-12 selections during her career. She played with New Zealand at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the 2012 London Olympic Games. Morgan graduated in 2010 as one of Cal’s all-time leading scorers (45 career goals, third all-time) while managing stints with the USWNT during her senior season. She was selected by the Western New York Flash as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft and currently plays for the Portland Thorns.