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News Release – U.S. Women’s Soccer vs. Mexico at PGE Park

The Oregon Sports Authority announced today that the U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team will play Mexico in a match at PGE Park on October 17 at 7 p.m. The game will follow the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup being staged from Sept. 10-30 in China.

“We are excited to bring the newest generation of women’s soccer superstars back to Portland,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority, which helped bring the game to PGE Park. “The Portland region has always embraced the U.S. Women’s Team with unparalleled enthusiasm and we expect they will be greeted with the same type of electric atmosphere at PGE Park on October 17.”

Following a previously announced match in St. Louis on Oct. 13, the U.S. women will play in Portland before wrapping up the three-game series vs. Mexico in Albuquerque on Oct. 20.

The games will feature the U.S. Women’s World Cup team that kicks off the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sept. 11 vs. North Korea in Chengdu, China. The tournament concludes with the final in Shanghai on Sept. 30.

Tickets starting at $20 go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 24, at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 503-224-4400, and at all Portland-area Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Fred Meyer and Joe’s Sports, Outdoor & More). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form by calling 503-234-4500.

The Oct. 17 match will be the sixth visit by the U.S. WNT to PGE Park and the 10th match played in Oregon. The U.S. has an 8-1-0 record in the state, with the lone loss a surprising semifinal defeat by Germany in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The last appearance for the U.S. in Portland was a 7-0 victory vs. Ukraine in 2005 at Merlo Field at the University of Portland that featured the 100th career goal from Portland legend Tiffeny Milbrett.

“We are thrilled to again be hosting U.S. Women’s soccer at PGE Park,” said Merritt Paulson, PGE Park president. “Attracting big soccer events to PGE Park and Portland is very important to us and this game is representative of what we are looking to do going forward.”

The Portland game will be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. defender Stepanie Lopez. Lopez, the youngest player on the 2007 Women’s World Cup roster, plays at the University of Portland where she helped the Pilots win the NCAA title in 2005. She will return to the Pilots after the Women’s World Cup to finish out her senior year.

The U.S. Women’s World Cup roster features ‘Queen of Caps’ Kristine Lilly, who has made 330 appearances and scored 125 goals (second all time to Mia Hamm). The U.S. captain will be making her fifth appearance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Also on the roster is Abby Wambach, who has scored 77 goals, good for fifth all time in U.S. history.

The U.S. is unbeaten since head coach Greg Ryan took over the team in March of 2005 with a 38-0-7 record; the only blemish coming when the U.S. fell in penalty kicks to Germany in the 2006 Algarve Cup final. This year the team has a 12-0-2 record with one game remaining in the Women’s World Cup Send-Off Series vs. Finland on Aug. 25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

As a special benefit to VISA cardholders, a VISA-only pre-sale will be held between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. PT on Thursday, August 23, at ussoccer.com. VISA, the preferred payment card of U.S. Soccer, is the only payment method accepted for this advance sale opportunity.

Oregon Sports Authority
The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy.

AST Dew Tour: Tricks, crowds getting bigger

Shaun White let out a big sigh Saturday evening inside the bowels of the Rose Garden arena after his third consecutive Skateboard Vert victory on the AST Dew Tour this year.

The world’s most recognizable action sports athlete could chill out — finally.

“The atmosphere is pretty intense,” said White, who at 20, has already become a global icon in snowboarding and skateboarding.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, August 20, 2007

JELD-WEN Tradition: high praise for move to central Oregon

Even with steady rain Sunday, the Jeld-Wen Tradition’s move to Sunriver’s Crosswater course was successful on several fronts.

According to an estimate in a release issued by tournament organizers, 30,000 people attended the four days of the tournament.

“Even with a rainy final round Sunday, our crowds were better overall than last year,” the release said.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, August 20, 2007

eUpdate – AST Dew Tour, JELD-WEN Tradition, Safeway Classic and Criterium

Action sports, music and interactive elements come together this week to form an epic community festival at the AST Dew Tour Vans Invitational at the Rose Quarter. Olympic Gold Medallist Shaun White, Jamie Bestwick, Ryan Sheckler and Nate Adams are all bringing their best tricks to Portland, along with hundreds of other top skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross athletes.

Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate.

Triple A All-Star Game on the way

The Triple A baseball All-Star Game is coming back to one of the cities where it all started.

The new ownership of the Portland Beavers baseball club teamed with Portland Mayor Tom Potter and the president of the Pacific Coast League on Tuesday to announce that Portland — one of the original PCL teams in 1903 — will host the 2009 Triple A All-Star Game.

But when Portland’s first All-Star Game since 1962 comes in 2009, the Beavers might have a new name. Merritt Paulson, the Beavers’ president and owner, said to expect an announcement on whether the franchise will abandon the Beavers tag within the next week.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian, August 15, 2007

Now the real PE workout begins

After years of campaigning, a coalition of child health advocates had plenty to celebrate last week when Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill to restore physical education in Oregon schools.
 
Now, however, it’s time to work up a sweat all over again.
 
The new law passed by the 2007 Legislature gives Oregon’s 200-plus school districts 10 years to meet new minimum standards for PE instruction. That creates a natural opportunity for procrastination, so many school administrations are probably going to need a serious nudge from their communities.

 — Excerpt from The Oregonian Editorial, August 1, 2007