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Washington Freedom hosts San Diego at 7:00 p.m. at RFK

July 23, 2003 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - magicJack News Release

This Saturday the Freedom will take on the San Diego Spirit for the second time this season. San Diego was victorious in the team's first 2003 match up, defeating the Freedom, 2-1, just 10 days ago on San Diego's turf. The Freedom will try to give the Spirit a taste of their own medicine as the Spirit travel cross country to take on the Freedom at RFK today. With the end of the season in sight and playoff spots still up for grabs, this is sure to be a highly competitive match.

San Diego's main attacking threat this year has come from forward Julie Fleeting and midfielder Aly Wagner, who run the offense for the Spirit. The Freedom's forwards Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, arguably the best striker tandem in the WUSA, however, will counter San Diego's dangerous duo. Newfound offensive threat, Freedom defender Sandra Minnert scored her first-ever goal - the Freedom's only goal of the game - against San Diego last week, and will look for number two tonight.

The Spirit-Freedom showdown is always an exciting one from former Spirit midfielder Lori Lindsey, who now makes things happen for Washington as a member of the Freedom middle.

Don't miss your last chance to see Julie Foudy and Aly Wagner at RFK Stadium on July 26th!


Freedom @ Boston this Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET

The Freedom (7-6-3) travel Tuesday to Boston to take on the Boston Breakers (7-4-5) on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Breakers' Nickerson Field. The match is an important one as Boston is currently in second place with 26 points and Washington is tied for third with 24 points.


Soccer for Hope Clinic Rescheduled

The Soccer for Hope Clinic has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Howison Park in Woodbridge, Virginia. The clinic will be conducted by members of the Washington Freedom soccer team and area coaches. The Soccer for Hope Charity Fund benefits children with life threatening diseases. This clinic will benefit Children's Hospital and the Mia Hamm Foundation. Please contact the Washington Freedom at 202-548-3826 with any questions.


Star Aussie midfielder out for next two matches

Freedom midfielder and Australian Women's National Team star Kelly Golebiowski will miss Washington's Wednesday road match (Boston) and Saturday's home match (San Diego) on National Team duty.

Golebiowski will represent Australia in the 3-Nations International Women's Soccer Tournament this week, to begin tomorrow, July 22 and conclude July 27 in Japan. All three teams participating in the tournament - Australia, South Korea, and Japan - have qualified for the 2003 Women's World Cup this fall.

"Obviously, the timing is very unfortunate, coming in the middle of our playoff race," said Freedom General Manager Katy Button. "Kelly has become a very important part of the Freedom lineup."

The Australian Women's National Team nearly missed FIFA's 14-day notice deadline for international call-ups in requesting Kelly from the Freedom. The Freedom, in the t hick of a tight WUSA playoff race with only five regular season games left to play, were obligated to comply with the request.


Founders Cup III tickets now on sale!

Tickets for Founders Cup III, the WUSA championship game to be held at Torero Stadium on August 24 are on sale to the public now!

Prices range from $23 to $50, with 100 special on-field seats going for $150.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (619) 220-8497 or online at


2003 Washington Freedom Adopt-a-Team Program

Join our lottery and your team could be selected to be a part of the 2003 Washington Freedom Adopt-A-Team Program presented by Discovery Kids and be coached by a Washington Freedom player!

Here's how it works: Each Freedom player will adopt two teams. The Freedom player will then coach each of her teams at one mutually agreed upon practice or game during the Fall 2003 or Spring 2004 season. The Washington Freedom will post the winning teams on the Washington Freedom Web site ( on Saturday, August 2nd. To enter your team in the lottery, please register here. Teams with players 18 and under in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area are welcome to enter! We must receive your registration form by July 31, 2003, as the winners will be posted on August 2, 2003.

Thank you for your support.


Freedom blank Power 2-0 while United Fall to Earthquakes 2-1, Saturday July 19, at RFK

Abby Wambach scored twice as the Washington Freedom defeated the New York Power, 2-0, at RFK Stadium in front of 21,892 in the second game of an afternoon-evening doubleheader with D.C. United, who lost 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes in the opener. It was Wambach's third multi-goal performance of the year.

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Hey Freedom Fans - Are You Looking For A Little Laughter In Your Life?

From July 30th to August 2nd, the Washington Freedom and The DC Improv Comedy Club are proud to announce the 16th Annual ComedySportz National Tournament.

17 Improv troupes from across the country will battle to find the funniest new champion at the DC Improve Comedy Club on 1140 Connecticut Ave at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. There will also be a special guest appearance from Greg Proops of the series "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" on Thursday July 31st.

Check out for more info or call The Improv at (202) 296-7008.


Check out Freedom midfielder Steffi Jones' personal diary

In this week's Player Diary, midfielder Steffi Jones tells all about her time spent at Freedom camps as well as her experiences in Atlanta, where the Freedom traveled on July 12 to take on the Beat at Herndon Stadium. Be sure to check out her personal account of the not-so-lucky weekend.

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