- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Washington Freedom will kick off their second season against the New York Power on April 13 at RFK Stadium as part of their 21-game schedule, released yesterday by the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA).
It is the second consecutive season the Freedom will open at home, although six of the Freedom's first nine games are on the road.
The Freedom's schedule features 11 home games and 10 road contests. Of those 21 games, the Freedom will play just four mid-week games and the first will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at RFK when the Freedom plays host to the Boston Breakers at 7 p.m. The Freedom will play 11 Saturday games and six Sunday matches this season.
Of the eight teams in the WUSA, only the Freedom has scheduled doubleheaders with Major League Soccer this season. The first will take place on May 18 with the Freedom facing the Carolina Courage followed by D.C. United's match with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. The second doubleheader, July 27, pits the Freedom against the San Diego Spirit followed by United's game against the New England Revolution. Last season, the highly popular twinbills drew more than 66,000 fans for two games at RFK.
In addition to their doubleheaders with United, the Freedom will play a preseason doubleheader with MLS' Colorado Rapids on March 30 against the San Jose CyberRays at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High, followed by the Rapids' MLS home opener against defending champion San Jose Earthquakes.
The WUSA's schedule will feature 83 percent of the league's matches on weekends or holidays, including 63 percent of WUSA games on Saturdays. The entire WUSA on PAX national television schedule will be announced soon.
Ken Wright


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