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Friday roundup: USWNT-Canada home-and-home, Heyboer waived, Wambach talks marriage

Abby Wambach and the U.S. women will play a home-and-home with Canada in 2014. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

The United States women’s national will play Canada in a home-and-home as part of their 2014 schedule, U.S. Soccer said Friday. The two teams will play Jan. 31 at a site to be determined in the U.S., as previously announced. When and where the Canada leg will be played is unknown.

— Abby Wambach discussed her marriage to Western New York Flash teammate publicly for the first time in an interview on Wambach tweeted about it last week. “It’s one of those things that…it wasn’t going to be an issue because it’s not an issue,” she said. “I don’t want to give breath to a fire that I don’t feel is a big deal to the rest of the world. I think that we’re past that now.”

— Laura Heyboer is no longer a member of the Western New York Flash after being waived on Friday. Heyboer played six games for the Flash in 2013 and was part of their 2012 WPSL Elite League championship winning team.

— The U.S. women begin a stretch of four games in three weeks on Sunday against Australia, now U.S. coach Tom Sermanni’s former team managed. Sermanni will be focusing on fine-tuning his back four. Of note, he expects previously injured defender Amy LePeilbet and Amy Rodriguez — who gave birth in August — to be back for December’s training camp.

U.S. Soccer interviewed referee Kari Seitz, who will retire after calling Sunday’s USA-Australia game.

In case you missed it from earlier:

— Canada has named its roster the Oct. 30 friendly against Korea Republic. Click here for the full roster. Coach John Herman also revealed that the 16 NWSL subsidized roster spots are still being determined.

The Breakers acquired forward Courtney Jones and the No. 7 overall pick from FC Kansas City, with the Blues acquiring the No. 4 overall pick.

And an NWSL team was contacted by the organizers of the Mobcast Cup — the closest thing to a women’s Club World Cup — but will not participate. No word on which club, but it wasn’t Portland or Seattle.


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