Women's World Cup '99: Stanford Stadium semifinal to be doubleheader with MLS's Clash

The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal match on July 4, 1999, at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif., will be played as a doubleheader with the San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer. Still subject to FIFA approval, the addition of the Clash game turns each of the Women's World Cup events into a doubleheader. It was previously announced that the Women's World Cup semifinal in Boston on July 4 will also be played as a doubleheader with the New England Revolution of MLS. The 1999 Women's World Cup will be a 32-match tournament, but with the doubleheader format, will be played over 17 dates. All first-round games will be doubleheaders (24 games, 12 dates), as will the quarterfinals (four games, two dates). The semifinals will be played as doubleheaders with Major League Soccer (two women's games/two MLS games, two dates) and the Third Place Match and Final Game (two games, one date) will be played as a doubleheader at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on July 10, 1999. If the U.S. Women's National Team advances to the semifinals, it will play at Stanford Stadium. "We were already expecting July 4, 1999, to be a great day for soccer, but the addition of the Major League Soccer game adds extra excitement and entertainment to the festivities," said Women's World Cup president Marla Messing. "We are hoping to celebrate the last Independence Day of the century with a historical event for American soccer." The San Francisco Bay/San Jose venue will host five Women's World Cup matches. One first-round doubleheader and a quarterfinal doubleheader will be played at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, while the semifinal match will be the only game staged at Stanford Stadium. For USA '99 ticket info, call 1-800-WWC-TIKS
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