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Fans Cheer Return Of U.S. Women's Soccer Team To RFK For Match Against Mexico

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Fans came to RFK Stadium armed with jerseys and soccer balls for team members to sign.
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Fans came to RFK Stadium armed with jerseys and soccer balls for team members to sign.

Mexico's women's soccer team takes on the U.S. Women's National Team tonight at RFK Stadium, the first game for the female squad at RFK since 2008. At the team's practice yesterday, young fans showed their excitement for the sport, begging players for photos and autographs.

"I didn't start watching soccer until my daughter started playing, but I can't stop watching it now," said Mark Vasquez, who joined his 16-year-old daughter, Isabel, at the Monday practice session.

For Isabel, the chance to see the team practice was part of her dream to eventually be part of the national squad. "You know, it's just the feeling you get on the field, and it s great to have these amazing role models to look up to, too," she said.

Her dad says Isabel has gotten to know some of the players personally; a connection he feels is unique to women's sports. "I think they realize that the younger girls need that kind of following from the older players to help them through," he said.

Right midfielder Heather O'Reilly said that it was great to be back on the field with her teammates. "Everybody's very sharp, so I think we'll put together a really great performance," she said.

Tonight's game kicks off at 8 p.m.

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