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Mexico, USA Face Off in Women's Soccer

  • Parke Brewer

The U.S. women's soccer team completes its 10-game "Fan Celebration Tour" with a match against Mexico Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. EST, in Carson, California, in suburban Los Angeles.

The special tour had been arranged to showcase the Athens Olympic gold medalists and the three retiring stars who have been with the U.S. national soccer team for 18 years. Thirty-two-year-old Mia Hamm, 33-year-old Julie Foudy and 36-year-old Joy Fawcett have played in three World Cups and three Olympics.

Foudy, the team's longtime captain, said it's fitting to conclude the tour against neighboring rival Mexico.

"They've been getting better and better every year, and it wasn't a surprise to any of us that they qualified for the Olympics and beat out Canada, because they're that good. So it's great," she said. "We always want to play good teams, and to have a chance to play them in Los Angeles at the Home Depot Center, which is a great facility where we trained all year for the Olympics, kind of makes everything come full circle."

Earlier on the tour in Kansas City, the Americans edged Mexico, one to nothing. The special farewell tour has covered 10 cities in nine states, with matches against five countries.

Average attendance per game has been more than 15,000. The U.S. team has won seven, lost one and tied one. For the year, the U.S. women have compiled their best-ever record of 27 wins, two losses and four draws. Mia Hamm leaves soccer as the sport's all-time international scorer, male or female, with 158 goals in 274 matches.

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