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Freedom announce doubleheader with U.S. Women

March 13, 2003 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release


The Washington Freedom will join the U.S. Women's National Team in a doubleheader at RFK Stadium, Saturday, April 26, the first time in the Freedom's history the team will play back-to-back with the U.S. Women. The U.S. Women's National Team will continue its 2003 Women's World Cup preparations by taking on African champion Nigeria in the opener at 12 noon ET (televised live on ESPN), while the Freedom will close out the day hosting the Atlanta Beat at 2:30p.m.

"We are very excited to host our first doubleheader with the Women's National Team, especially at such a historic venue for World Cup matches like RFK Stadium," said Freedom General Manager Katy Button. "This match will offer fans in the Washington, D.C. area a final opportunity to see the U.S. Women before they defend their World Cup title this fall in China - and to be a part of that is fantastic."

Tickets for the doubleheader will go on sale Thursday, March 13 at 10a.m. and can be purchased through any TicketMaster outlet, by filling out the order form at http://www.washingtonfreedom.com/documents/USWNT_DH_Order_Form.pdf, going to www.ticketmaster.com, or TicketMaster Phone Charge and at the RFK Stadium box office. Season ticket and group packages are available through the Washington Freedom ticketing office at (202)-547-3137. In the Washington metropolitan area TicketMaster can be reached at 202-432-SEAT (7328); in Northern Virginia at 703-573-SEAT; in the Baltimore metropolitan area at 410-481-SEAT; and at 800-551-SEAT outside of metropolitan areas. Prices will range from $20 for Spectator level (endline) seating through $40 for Mezzanine level seating. Group tickets (15 or more) range from $17 (Spectator) to $35 (Mezzanine).

Now Freedom season tickets make more sense than ever!! Not only will you enjoy the best seats in the house, extra perks like the Meet the Team party, and playoff tickets - you can now take in the Women's National Team game vs. Nigeria for FREE. Buy your season tickets now, and your Freedom game ticket will also guarantee your seat at the US-Nigeria game!

The April 26 match will be the fifth appearance for the U.S. Women at RFK Stadium. Long a popular venue for the U.S. men, this will be then first U.S. Women's match at RFK since 1998, when the USA defeated New Zealand, 5-0, in the first part of a doubleheader that also featured the send-off match for the U.S. men to the 1998 World Cup.

The U.S. Women, including Freedom stars Mia Hamm and Siri Mullinix, are currently in Portugal where they will begin play in the 2003 Algarve Cup on Friday (March 14) against Canada. The U.S. will also square off in the annual tournament against Norway on Sunday (March 16) and Sweden on March 18, before playing a placement game on March 20.

The U.S. Women have played Nigeria just twice in their history, both coming in world championship events. Nigeria will bring a strong team to Washington, D.C., as the Super Falcons qualified for their fourth consecutive Women's World Cup this past December by winning the African Women's Championships convincingly at home. The team's run to the African title included a 5-0 victory over South Africa in the semifinals and a 2-0 triumph over fellow African qualifier Ghana in the championship game.

The Freedom's home opener is April 12th at 7p.m. at RFK Stadium against the New York Power. For tickets, go to www.washingtonfreedom.com.

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