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US Team Gains Support from U.S. Troops in Germany

July 2, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA - The U.S. Women's National Team (away competing in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup) practiced in front of over 500 U.S. service men and women in Heidelberg, Germany on Thursday.

"Today we had the rare opportunity of training in front of 500 troops and their families," said Atlanta Beat and USWNT defender Heather Mitts after the Thursday practice. "It was so special for all of us. We arrived to the stadium to cheers and smiles. The entire training session was so enthusiastic. After training, we had a chance to spend some time with them to say, ‘Thank you,' sign some autographs and take pictures. We found out that many of them would be attending Saturday's game against Columbia, and we couldn't be more excited. After everything they do to protect and keep us safe, it was an amazing day for all of us."

The troops came to support the USWNT as they competed against Colombia in today's midday match where the USA earned a decisive 3-0 victory. Atlanta Beat midfielder Carli Lloyd scored the team's final goal in the 57th minute on the way to a 3-0 USA result. Heather O'Reilly scored the opening goal of the match in the 12th minute, and the USWNT celebrated with a salute to those troops.

The USWNT returns to action on July 6 against Sweden at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN. With six points (three points for each of the two wins), a win or a draw for the United States in its final first round match against the Swedes would secure the top spot in the group.

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