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October 8, 2002 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

* Freedom to hold silent auction prior to October 17th match against FC Energy at Maryland SoccerPlex-Take home great items to benefit the Maryland Soccer Foundation!

* What Inspires You? Check out the new Washington Freedom television commercial

* U.S. Women clinch Nike Cup title with 4-0 win over Italy

* Mia, Siri, Abby and the Freedom take on Cindy, Brianna and the Beat in "Space City Shootout" Exhibition Match October 19th in Houston, TX-an awaited rematch of epic August 4th regular season meeting @ RFK

* Freedom Forward Mia Hamm to coach two Maryland youth team practices on Monday and Tuesday as part of the Freedom's Adopt-A-Team program

* Support your Washington Freedom Sponsors!

* Upcoming Freedom Community Events

* Freedom Community Events Highlighted

Freedom to hold silent auction prior to October 17th exhibition match vs. FC Energy

Don't miss your last chance to see the freedom in 2002-get to Germantown, MD SoccerPlex at 7p.m! Come to the game early, and you can also take home fabulous prizes at the Freedom's silent auction at 5:30.

Prior to the 7p.m. kickoff, the Freedom will put the following items up for bid at a silent auction at the Maryland SoccerPlex on October 17th. the auction starts at 5:30 p.m., and all proceeds from the auction go to the Maryland Soccer Foundation. Get there to bid, and for helping a great cause you could take home:

* A trip for two to the final of the Gold Cup, the Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament on November 9, 2002 at the Rose Bowl. Airfare, hotel accommodations and game tickets are included. Opening bid - $250

* A Washington Freedom jersey signed by the 2002 Washington Freedom. Opening bid - $75

* Julie Foudy's WUSA South team All-Star Jersey signed by all of the members of the South team. Opening bid - $75

* A soccer ball signed by members of the U.S. Women's National Team. Opening bid - $75

* A Washington Capitals home jersey signed by members of the team. Opening bid - $75

* A tennis racquet signed by 1998 Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna. Opening bid - $75

* A round of golf for three at the Turf Valley Country Club in Columbia, Md. Opening bid - $50

All ticket sale proceeds from the Freedom's match against FC Energy will also be donated to the Maryland Soccer Foundation, and Freedom players will donate their match appearance fees to the Foundation. Washington Freedom owner John Hendricks and wife Maureen hendricks played an integral role in the creation and development of the Maryland SoccerPlex, and Mrs. Hendricks sits on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Maryland Soccer Foundation.

The Freedom's match against FC Energy will also be an excellent time to purchase your favorite Freedom merchandise and memorabilia- with selected items at a savings of up to 50% off! So, Freedom Fans, don't forget to stop by the merchandise tent located behind the west bleachers. We will have our great T-shirts and jerseys available, as well as numerous items discounted in a special 2002 clearance sale! Come to the game and check it out!!!.

Tickets to the match are $10, and can be purchased by calling 301-528-1480. Parking at the SoccerPlex is available for $5.

Freedom fans that purchase (and pay in full) NEW 2003 Freedom full season tickets before October 16th will receive FREE admission to the game, and the Freedom will make a $10 donation to the foundation of their behalf. Half season and Flex Plan holders can upgrade to Full season and receive tickets for admission to the game. To purchase new season tickets, please contact our ticket office at 202-547-3137 or visit our website at

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U.S. Women clinch Nike Cup title with 4-0 win over Italy

CARY, N.C. (Sunday, October 6, 2002) - The U.S. Women's National Team patiently chipped away at a tough Italian defense, then exploded for four goals in 15 minutes in the second half to record a 4-0 win and claim the 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup title today at SAS Park. With the win, the USA finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0-0 record, boosting their all-time Nike U.S. Women's Cup record to a remarkable 24-0-0 and earning their eighth Nike U.S. Women's Cup championship in as many tries.

The Nike U.S. Women's Cup began last Sunday as Freedom star forward Mia Hamm scored two goals and tallied an assist as the U.S. Women's National Team patiently broke down a skillful Russian team to register a dominating 5-1 victory in the opening game. Russia is one of four European teams that have already qualified for the 2003 Women's World Cup in China.

Following the victory over Russia in Uniondale, NY, the U.S. women headed south to Cary, NC's SAS stadium where Atlanta Beat forward Cindy Parlow scored her 51st and 52nd international goals in a convincing 4-0 win over the Aussies. Freedom goalkeeper, Siri Mullinix, who has battled back into the National Team, posted the shutout in what was her first start in more than a year.

In the tournaments final match the U.S. was tested in the first half by the Italians as the teams battled to a 0-0 halftime score. Things would quickly change when Freedom forward, Mia Hamm, entered the match at halftime and sparked an attack that led to 4 goals in a 20-minute span.

Hamm, who has 26 career goals in 24 Nike U.S. Women's Cup matches, was named 2002 MVP after notching two goals and an assist in the team's tournament-opening 5-1 win over Russia and leading the team offensively in the final two matches.

The U.S. team will take a break before regrouping on October 21 at the Arco Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., to prepare for the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, this region's Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, which will begin on Oct. 27 as the USA faces Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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Freedom To Take on WUSA Semifinalist Atlanta Beat October 19th in Houston

Exhibition game is awaited rematch of amazing August 4th regular season thriller

The Freedom will take on the Atlanta Beat in the Space City Shootout, an exhibition match on October 19, 2002 at 5p.m. CT in Houston, Texas, at Rice University's Track & Soccer Stadium.

The exhibition game will be the first rematch between the two clubs since what is widely believed to be the most spectacular game of the WUSA's 2002 regular season, a 3-2 Freedom victory at RFK Stadium on August 4.

As Freedom fans fondly recall, in that exciting game five different players scored and the Freedom used an incredible stoppage time goal to clinch their first-ever trip to the WUSA playoffs. Two goals later nominated for the WUSA's 2002 "Goal of the Year" award were scored in the game.

Tickets for the exhibition are $14 in advance and $17 on game day (all seats general admission). Individual and discounted group tickets can be purchased at the Rice University Ticket office, located on the Rice University campus in the northeast corner of Autry Court or by phone at (713) 348-4068.

The Houston Women's Soccer Association (HWSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth of amateur women's soccer in greater Houston, is hosting the Space City Shootout.

As part of the Freedom's October training camp, the team will train in Washington, D.C. October 15th and 16th, take on the Russian club team FC Energy on October 17th at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md., then train in Houston on October 18th in preparation for the match against the Beat on October 19th.

Freedom Forward Mia Hamm to coach two Maryland youth team practices on Monday and Tuesday as part of the Freedom's Adopt-A-Team program

Washington Freedom standout forward Mia Hamm will coach two practices for a Potomac, Maryland youth girls soccer team next week as part of the Freedom's "Adopt-A-Team" program. Next Monday and Tuesday afternoon (October 7-8), Hamm will coach the MSI Lightning Under-12 team at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md. The practices are an opportunity for the Lightning's young players to be coached and instructed by the world's all-time leading scorer.

For the second year in a row, the Freedom invited area soccer teams to enter the "Adopt-A-Team" lottery this summer to win a Freedom player as a coach for two practices and one game in the Fall 2002 season. Hundreds of teams entered, and the 46 winning teams (two per Freedom player) were selected at the Freedom's final home game earlier this year on August 4th at RFK Stadium.

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Upcoming Freedom Community Events

10/10/02 Adopt-A-Team

5:30 p.m. Mount Vernon, Va.

As Part of the 2002 Washington Freedom Adopt-A-Team program presented by Discovery Kids, Freedom midfielder Monica Gerardo is scheduled to coach this LMVSA Raiders practice.

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5:00 p.m. Rockville, Md.

As part of the 2002 Washington Freedom Adopt-A-Team Program presented by Discovery Kids, Freedom defender Skylar Little is scheduled to coach this MSI Tsunami practice.

Community Event Highlights...

Make Your Mark Fall Frenzy!

On Saturday, September 28, Freedom midfielder Anne Makinen and defender Jennifer Grubb attended the DC SCORES, "Make Your Mark Fall Frenzy!" at the RFK Stadium auxiliary fields in Northeast Washington. Fall Frenzy! is an all-day soccer event for the student-athletes of DC SCORES.


On Thursday, September 26, Washington Freedom players Emmy Barr, Carrie Moore and Lindsay Stoecker joined volunteers from AARP and Ketcham Elementary School for a KaBOOM! playground build. These organizations joined forces to build a much-needed playground at Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast Washington.

Soccer Shoot Out

On Saturday, September 21, Washington Freedom goalkeeper Erin Fahey stopped by the Knights of Columbus Soccer Shoot Out at Germantown Elementary School in Germantown, Md. Erin signed autographs and cheered on soccer players as they worked on their shooting skills.

Adelphi Elementary School

On Friday, September 20, Washington Freedom goalkeepers Erin Fahey and Siri Mullinix stopped by Adelphi Elementary School in Adelphi, Md. Erin and Siri talked to the entire school, students from kindergarten through sixth grade.

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