- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 4, 2001

Soccer returned to RFK Stadium last night for the first time since D.C. United's season was abruptly cut short by the tragic events on September 11.
In the return leg of the Unity Games, the Washington Freedom downed the New York Power 3-1 and in the second game of the evening, United beat the New York/New Jersey MetroStars 1-0 before 22,425 fans. All proceeds from the matches went to the Soccer United Relief Fund to help victims and families of the recent terrorist attacks.
In a touching moment before a ball had been kicked, 9-year-old soccer player Christa Horrocks of Philadelphia, whose father Michael was a co-pilot on United Flight 175 that hit the World Trade Center, stood next to Mia Hamm on the field as an honorary captain for the Freedom. Hamm played the entire game with a photo of Christa's father in her shinguard.
"This is about a celebration," said Hamm while holding the photo of the pilot at the end of the game. "Obviously in our community and New York there is grief and sadness but at the same time what Christa and her family showed us was you have to celebrate your memories, and that's what we were trying to do today. … Our relationships between one another is more important than any game played or goal scored."
Guest player Jorge Rodriguez of the Dallas Burn got United's game-winner with a brilliant volley from the top right-corner of the box in the 71st minute.
Former German World Cup star Juergen Klinsmann, who came on in the 47th minute for United, showed some nice touches on the ball and had a shot sail over the bar.
"I enjoyed this game and will take this [United shirt] and treasue it," said Klinsmann, who helped Germany win the 1990 World Cup. "Shirts have very special memories and the reason why we are here tonight is very special."
In the Freedom win, Brazilian star Pretinha scored twice and Finnish midfielder, Anne Makinen found the net with a stunning 25-yard blast. Hamm had an assist on the first goal and Brazilian forward Roseli had two assists. Rachel Hoffman got a goal back for the Power.
Before the games, rescue workers, along with players carried out a giant American flag to chants of "USA, USA" from the crowd. A video of the rescue efforts was also shown on the giant screen.
"The great thing about doing these games are the heroes you meet before and after the games," said Power star Tiffeny Milbrett.


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