UPDATE – Women’s National Soccer Team BEATS Japan in Cary before 2011 World Cup

Posted on 05/16/11 1 Comment

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5/19 UPDATE: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team beat Japan again 2-0 on its way to a couple of last games before heading to Germany for the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Cary and other Triangle-area soccer fans represented well with a packed house at WakeMed Soccer Park. Like us, everyone seemed be having a great time at the game and as usual, Cary represented itself very well.

Also not surprising was the local connection to the team, as UNC-Chapel Hill alumna Heather O’Reilly netted the winning goal. Seeing local players on our national teams, some that even played right here in CASL since U-10, is becoming quite common. With so much home-grown talent, it’s no surprise we end up hosting so many college and professional soccer teams.

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The United States Women’s National Soccer Team will be playing against Japan in Cary’s WakeMed Soccer Park on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m.

This week’s game is part of a two-game friendly match-up in preparation for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is being hosted by Germany from June 26 to July 17. First round World Cup play has the Women’s National Team facing Korea DPR, Colombia and Sweden.

The first match against Japan was played in Columbus, OH this past Saturday and garnered the U.S. a 2-0 win despite Japan’s early control of the contest. It was a strong win for our women’s team, who are building a very formidable case for bringing the cup home again and restoring the pride and national enthusiasm for women’s soccer that gripped the country during the 1999 run.

That victory led to a number of outstanding developments for soccer in this country. Despite the ebb and flow of professional women’s play here, many argue that the 1999 global title cemented soccer as a major sport in America, as its popularity has grown substantially in the last decade.

Saturday’s game had two important developments for the team. Abby Wambach scored for the first time since November, demonstrating to fans that she is ready to take a leadership role into the tournament. They are 77-1-2 when Wambach scores.

The other development was not nearly as encouraging as Lindsey Tarplay went down with a torn ACL with only 15 minutes left in the game. She is one the team’s top reserve players.

Wednesday’s game at WakeMed Soccer Park will be broadcast on ESPN 2 and should have a loud contingent of Triangle soccer fans to help sustain the ladies’ 49-game home unbeaten streak.

Tickets are available by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the box office on the day of the game. Come out and support the women’s national team!

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