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U.S. Women to play Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena

The United States Women’s National Team will face Mexico on June 5 at Red Bull Arena.  The match, which will kick-off live on ESPN2 at 2 p.m., will be the final game for the Americans on U.S. soil before departing for training camp in Austria.

In November, Mexico defeated the U.S. 2-1 in the semifinals of Women’s World Cup Qualifying before losing to Canada in the final.  That sent the U.S. into a home and away playoff series with Italy, which the United States won to advance to the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

Now, the Americans get a chance to avenge the loss in their first trip to Red Bull Arena, a state of the art soccer stadium in Harrison, N.J., which opened in March 2010 and seats 25,000 people.

“There’s nothing better than having a World Cup send-off game at an amazing venue against a very good opponent in front of a great crowd,” said U.S. captain and New Jersey native Christie Rampone. “It will be an emotional game and a great test for us before we head over to Europe to begin our final preparations.”

After the match, U.S. players will take a break from the national team until departing for Austria on June 14.  They will train there until June 23, at which point they will head to Germany to begin preparations for the Women’s World Cup.  The United States kicks-off its Women’s World Cup campaign on June 28 at 11:45 ET against North Korea (live on ESPN).


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