The United States women’s national team’s Victory Tour continues to celebrate the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title and pay tribute to the players, with an additional salute to the players who have announced their retirement.
The match vs Brazil in front of a record crowd for the state of Washington of 23,603 at CenturyLink Field was a send-off for Shannon Boxx.
The midfielder was earning her 195th cap for the Stars and Stripes and was handed the captain’s armband for the match and had a new look for the match.
The #7 jersey she pulled on had her married name ‘Spearman’ on the back of her jersey for the first time.
But the evening was about the next match and hopefully another win which began as the record crowd slowly filled CenturyLink field as the team did their pre-match warm-ups.
The fans were on hand in force with many young fans eager to show their colors by wearing an official jersey, painting faces, or both.
As well as the support of the American Outlaws.
But once the game started it was back to business for the team.
And it was going to be a battle after the USWNT conceded their fastest goal of 2015 with the visitors finding the back of the net in the 3rd minute. Monica scored for the Samba Queens.
Carli Lloyd came to the rescue as she has done so often this calendar year. The midfielder connected on a low cross from Meghan Klingenberg and blasted it past Luciana in the 85th minute to earn the draw.
The USWNT were wearing their 2015 Away Soccer jersey. And as with all the jerseys, it included the new look with the 3rd star above the US Soccer crest and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions badge on the center of the chest.
The final whistle blew and the U.S. had pulled out a 1-1 draw.
The USWNT now turn their attention to closing out the 2015 season. The USA will play a trio of games in December leading up to their trip to New Orleans. The WNT next gathers in Hawaii for a match at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu against Trinidad & Tobago (Dec. 6, 3 p.m. Hawaii Time/8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO) and then will play T&T again at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Dec. 10 (8 p.m. CT on ESPN2/WatchESPN). On Dec.13 the WNT faces China at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (5 p.m. MT on ESPN2/WatchESPN). Jill Ellis’ side end the season with a final match against China in New Orleans on Dec. 16.