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San Diego players excited for USWNT friendly at Snapdragon Stadium
Abraham Zepeda - October 28, 2023
San Diego players prepare for USWNT friendly vs. Colombia - Everything San Diego

International soccer returns to San Diego on Sunday, October 29, as the USWNT will face off against Colombia at Snapdragon Stadium in the second international friendly between the two sides this week after playing a scoreless draw on Wednesday in Sandy, Utah.

The last time San Diego hosted the USWNT was in January, 2018, in a 5-1 victory over Denmark at the demolished Mission Valley stadium which was last named SDCCU Stadium. Across eight matches the USWNT is undefeated in San Diego with seven wins and one draw.

Though this will be the first time International Women’s Soccer will be in San Diego since the establishment of San Diego Wave FC giving fans the opportunity to see players like Jaedyn Shaw, Alex Morgan and Naomi Girma in a U.S. kit.

“It’s really exciting, I love playing at Snapdragon. I love playing in front of the fans in San Diego, I think we have some of the best fans in the league,” Girma said. "I'm just really excited to be here in California playing in front of the home crowd.”

​​Jaedyn Shaw made her first appearance with the senior team Wednesday, October 25, in Sandy, Utah, but came on in the 87th minute which did not give the attacker much time to showcase her abilities that helped lead San Diego Wave to an NWSL Shield. She said that it is “an amazing honor” to be in camp and had an amazing experience earning her first cap, though her only complaint was not winning the game.

A local San Diegan may also see some time on the pitch as Mia Fishel, Patrick Henry and San Diego Surf alumna is on the roster. Fishel has seen lots of success throughout her career as a premier young striker. Fishel left San Diego for college and was a top-goalscorer for the UCLA Bruins for three years and entered the NWSL draft.

However, she did not end up staying in the NWSL after being selected fifth overall by the Orlando Pride, a team that was rebuilding at the time. She instead elected to join Liga MX where she won a golden boot and championship with Tigres UANL in the 2022 Apertura before making the jump to Chelsea FC in the WSL.

“(San Diego) is where I grew up, this is where I fell in love with the sport, back in middle school which is just 10 minutes away from here. It’s a special place for me obviously, I was born here, grew up here and this is where my soccer career started, so I think that it holds a special place in my heart,” Fishel said.

Fishel did not confirm whether or not she would play tomorrow, but said to Everything San Diego that she hopes to get some playing time tomorrow, and that it is up to the coach.

On the other side of the pitch the Colombia Women’s Team will look to build on their good performance that kept the U.S. off the scoresheet.

Colombia shocked many during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup making it all the way to the quarter finals before being knocked out by England. Colombia defender, Carolina Arias, spoke about the upcoming match and her short time in San Diego.

“We know that the U.S. is going to play differently and so will we. We will be really strategic and try to show our talent that we have and obviously the happiness we feel for this chance to represent our country,” Arias said. “It’s my first time in San Diego. When we were landing from the airport everyone thought it was beautiful… We hope that Sunday fills up and that everyone can enjoy some women’s soccer.”

The match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on TNT in English, Telemundo in Spanish or streamed in English on Max (formerly HBO Max).

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