AUSTIN (KXAN) — The first-ever match at Q2 Stadium won’t involve Austin FC, but rather the United States Women’s National Team.
The reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champs will play Nigeria in an exhibition match at 8 p.m. June 16 to debut the stadium with world-class soccer. The match will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
Megan Rapinoe, a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champ and 2019 international player of the year, is excited about getting the chance to play at Austin’s newest soccer stadium for the first time.
“I think the City of Austin is excited, I know I’m excited to go there and play there,” Rapinoe said, “and frankly have somewhere else to play in Texas. We do enough of the Houston and Dallas action. The breakfast tacos alone are reason to be excited to head to Texas.”
Along with the excitement about the food, Rapinoe said getting soccer into new market is “massively important.”
“Just from a player’s perspective, it’s always exciting for us to be able to taker game and take everything we stand for into a new market and get in front of new eyes,” she said. “I think it’s really cool that we get to break in this stadium for U.S. Soccer and grow the game.”
The match is part of the USWNT’s Summer Series. It’s the last of a three-game exhibition schedule that features matches against Portugal (June 10) and Jamaica (June 13). It is also the last match before the club names its roster for the Tokyo Olympics.
“We are both thrilled and honored that the first-ever match at Q2 Stadium will feature the four-time FIFA World Champions,” Austin FC president Andy Loughnane said. “Hosting the USWNT at Q2 Stadium speaks to the world-class nature of our city, our facilities, and the popularity of the sport in our region.”
Three days after the USWNT plays at the stadium, Austin FC plays the franchise’s first home match June 19 against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Ticket information will be released by U.S. Soccer as the match gets closer.