Pittsburghers will get their first chance to get an up close and personal look at the Women’s World Cup trophy on Friday, when U.S. National Team defender and Gibsonia native Meghan Klingenberg will be honored in a proclamation ceremony in Market Square.
Klingenberg, 27, is a graduate of Pine-Richland High School and the University of North Carolina and has been a member of the national team since 2011. In the 2015 World Cup, she was one of five American players to play every minute of the team’s seven matches. She was part of the stalwart back line that gave up only three goals throughout the tournament.
Klingenberg will be honored on Friday by City of Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald. The ceremony will take place at noon and representatives from U.S. Soccer will have the trophy on hand from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There will be a photo booth for fans to take pictures.
Afterwards, the trophy will be available for viewing at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland beginning at 3:00 p.m.
On Saturday, the Women’s National Team will have a training session at Heinz Field that will be open to the public. Practice begins at 11:00 a.m.
The match against Costa Rica is at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Over 41,000 tickets have already been sold for the match, which will break a record for a USWNT friendly. Tickets are still available through ussoccer.com and will be sold at the Heinz Field box office the day of the game. The match will also be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
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