By Ashley Scoby
Detroit may not have a Super Bowl to its name, but it will have a different kind of world champions in the city this week. The World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team will play Haiti on Thursday at Ford Field, and the team has set up a schedule of events for the city’s soccer fans. The team’s visit to Detroit comes as part of the USWNT’s victory tour after defeating Japan in this summer’s World Cup.
With Thursday’s original opponent (Australia) on strike, Haiti was brought in as a replacement to play the USWNT at 7 p.m.
For those who can’t attend, the match will also be televised on Fox Sports 1 and streamed via Fox Sports Go. Tickets are available at ussoccer.com or at the Ford Field ticket office.
There will also be a public training session Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Ford Field, where admission is free.
On Tuesday and Thursday, the World Cup trophy will be on display at three locations:
-Campus Martius Park (Main Stage), 12-2 p.m. on Tuesday
-Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (Lobby), 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday
-Ford Field (FanHQ, south side of stadium), 3-7 p.m. on Thursday
Although Detroit doesn’t have a professional soccer team in the top-tier league (MLS), the soccer culture in the city has exploded in recent years. Detroit City FC, which plays in the National Premier Soccer League, set major attendance records for the league, averaging 3,627 fans this year, according to the Guardian. That was an increase of 2,232 fans from three years before. And according to the Detroit News, Detroit City FC is attempting to move stadiums, so they can account for the team’s increased attendance.
Those soccer fans will get their chance to support a women’s team this week, with the world champs coming to town. According to U.S. Soccer, 31,000 tickets have been sold for Thursday’s match.