US women’s national team to take on New Zealand at Busch Stadium

The USWNT's game against New Zealand at Busch Stadium could feature a pair of St. Louis products, including Ladue High School alum Becky Sauerbrunn. 

ST. LOUIS — The United States women’s national team will return to St. Louis to make its Busch Stadium debut this spring.

The team announced Monday its April 4 game on FOX Sports 1 against New Zealand will be the first of four games the United States plays on home soil before its 2015 World Cup opener against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg, Canada. It’s the first US appearance in St. Louis since a 5-1 win over Mexico in October 2007.

"We are very excited to bring soccer back to Busch Stadium and to play host to our first women’s soccer match," Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said in a news release. "This is a unique opportunity to see the US women’s team in one of the most iconic settings in St. Louis. Soccer fans won’t want to miss it."

The game could also be a return home for defenders Becky Sauerbrunn and Lori Chalupny, if they are selected to the roster. Sauerbrunn attended Ladue High School and plays for FC Kansas City in the National Women’s Soccer League, while Chalupny went to Nerinx Hall High School and captains the Chicago Red Stars.

New Zealand will also be preparing for the 2015 World Cup, which it will begin June 6 with a game against The Netherlands. The latest FIFA rankings have the US second in the world and New Zealand 18th.

Tickets to the match start at $25 for field box level seats and go on sale to the general public Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at cardinals.com/soccer. A special pre-sale for Cardinals season ticket holders will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

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