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WIESBADEN, Germany — U.S. military members and their families have the opportunity to watch the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team in a training session in Heidelberg on Thursday.

The training session runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sportzentrum Heidelberg-Süd, located between Patton Barracks and Patrick Henry Village. According to team organizers, training will last 60 to 90 minutes, followed by a meet and greet, photo opportunities and autograph signings.

Attendance is open to all ages, and admission is free. Reservations are not required to attend.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is in Germany preparing for its first match of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against North Korea on June 28 in Dresden. The team will then be in Heidelberg preparing for its second match against Colombia in Sinsheim.

If you can’t make the training session, there are other opportunities to get in the World Cup spirit. ESPN will be broadcasting live at the Heidelberg Marktplatz for the U.S.-Colombia game, July 2. The broadcast begins at 5:30 p.m. with the game kicking off at 6:15 p.m. ESPN will also be in Frankfurt during the third-place and final games on July 16-17.

The U.S. women’s team is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA, soccer’s governing body. World Cup host Germany and Brazil round out the top three.

pattonm@estripes.osd.mil

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