- The Washington Times - Friday, December 20, 2002

This time around, the Washington Freedom won't play six of their first nine games on the road as they did last season.
The Freedom's 21-game schedule features 10 home games and two doubleheaders with D.C. United. In an attempt to be more family-friendly, the Freedom have scheduled seven Saturday and two Sunday matches.
The Freedom will play one midweek home game, on Wednesday, July9, against the Philadelphia Charge. The Freedom's third season opens with a nationally televised contest April5 at Women's United Soccer Association champion Carolina in a rematch of Founder's Cup II.
The Freedom's home opener at RFK Stadium is April12 against the New York Power. The doubleheaders are May17 against the Courage and July19 against the Power, both starting at 5 p.m. July is the Freedom's busiest month with seven games.
"I'm not overly concerned from a competition point of view because we did the same thing last year," Freedom coach Jim Gabarra said of his team's heavy July schedule. "Most of the schedule has good dates."
There is a chance that RFK may house the second WUSA All-Star Game or Founder's Cup III. The league has yet to reward the Freedom for leading the WUSA in attendance its first two years. Also, RFK is WUSA's largest facility.
The league tentatively has set its All-Star Game for mid-June but hasn't set a time or place. Founder's Cup III will be Saturday, Aug.23, site and time to be determined. The league's television package also will be announced soon.


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