U.S. women’s soccer team prepares for first match in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Fresh off of a World Cup win, the United States women’s national team is in Hawaii for the first time in history.

They’re scheduled to play a friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago at Aloha Stadium Sunday afternoon, which will also be the first international match hosted by U.S. Soccer in the islands.

The Stars and Stripes held their first workout at UH Manoa’s Cooke Field Thursday morning. The star-studded roster is happy to spend a few days in the Aloha state, and hopefully grow the sport with their massive newfound popularity.

“We’ve come so far. The game has grown quite a bit. There’s a lot of great players out here in Hawaii. There’s some great clubs out here in Hawaii,” said goalkeeper Hope Solo. “I think we have an opportunity to really grow the game here. We hope to get some more Hawaiian players on the national team one day, like the old, Natasha Kai, who we still all know and love. I think it starts by coming to town and showing the kids you know what? You can do it. We’re here to inspire you. Come on, work hard, and maybe you too can make it one day.”

The match kicks off at 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $28-$400. Click here for more information.

The team will also hold a public training session Saturday at 11 a.m. at Aloha Stadium. The session is free and open to the public. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and fans may enter through the turnstile Gate 4.

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