US faces Mexico in June 5 sendoff

BY foxsports • April 14, 2011

The U.S. women's soccer team will play Mexico in a June 5 exhibition at Red Bull Arena, its final game before the team leaves for the Women's World Cup in Germany.

The game will be the first against Mexico since El Tri upset the Americans in World Cup qualifying last November, forcing the two-time World Cup champions into a playoff against Italy for a spot in this summer's tournament. The U.S. has a 49-game unbeaten streak at home, its last loss coming Nov. 6, 2004, against Denmark in Philadelphia.

''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,'' U.S. captain Christie Rampone said. ''It will be an emotional game and a great test for us before we head over to Europe to begin our final preparations.''

Kristine Lilly, whose 352 appearances is an international record, will be honored before the game. Lilly, who retired in January, is the only player to play in all five Women's World Cups. She also played on three Olympic teams, winning gold medals in 1996 and 2004.

The United States will leave for training camp in Austria after the game. The Americans begin group play June 28 against North Korea in Dresden, followed by a July 2 game against Colombia in Sinsheim. The Americans close out Group C against Sweden on July 6.

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