Tickets on sale for ladies’ pro Soccer exhibition game March 12

VERO BEACH — Only about 1,500 seats remain for an exhibition game 7 p.m. March 12 between two Women’s Professional Soccer teams, the Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Freedom, who will be capping off five days of preseason training at Dodgertown.

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly as nine current U.S. Women’s National Team members and several outstanding international players are on the rosters of the two teams. All tickets are for general admission to bleachers and standing room at the Indian River Soccer Association’s Hobart Soccer Complex, located just west of the Indian River County Fairgrounds at 7955 58th Ave., just north of Vero Beach.

The cost is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Tickets may be purchased online only at VIP seating, meal and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Frank Schlitt (772) 569-4999 or

University of Florida alumnus Abby Wambach tops the list of U.S. WNT members on Washington’s roster. She leads the U.S. WNT with 101 goals in 131 caps. Freedom defender Cat Whitehill is the second most-tenured player on the U.S. WNT with 130 caps.

Other U.S. WNT players on the teams’ rosters include Washington’s Brittany Bock, and Chicago’s Jillian Loyden, Casey Nogueira and Megan Rapinoe (currently in Portugal with the WNT team in the Algarve Cup, which runs through March 3), Kate Markgraf, Ella Masar and Marian Dalmy.

International stars include the Red Stars’ Cristiane of Brazil, who finished third in FIFA Player of the Year voting in 2007 and 2008.

Wambach (second), Cristiane (fourth) and Washington’s Lisa De Vanna (fifth) each finished in the top five in goals scored in the 2009 inaugural season of the WPS. The teams also feature three of the top five playmakers in the 2009 WPS. Washington’s Sonia Bompastor of France led the league in assists, followed by De Vanna and Wambach.

WPS is the highest level of women’s professional soccer league in North America. Formed in September 2007, as the result of the efforts of the Women’s Soccer Initiative Inc., WPS, began play on March 29, 2009, and consists of eight teams across the country. WPS continues to explore additional potential franchises for 2011 and beyond.

The Indian River Soccer Association operates the Hobart Soccer Complex, serving about 1,000 youth soccer and 50 adult soccer players per year.

Dodgertown, spring home of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than 60 years, is now operated by Minor League Baseball Inc., as a hotel, conference center and sports training and tournament venue.

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