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Rep. Erik Paulsen to take on soccer pros tonight at DC stadium

Posted by: Allison Sherry under Morning Hot Dish newsletter, 3rd District, Minnesota congressional, Republicans Updated: April 8, 2014 - 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen, a member of the Congressional Soccer Caucus and coach of his daughter's soccer team, faces actual pros in a soccer match here tonight benefitting after-school programs.

Paulsen will suit up at RFK Stadium, the home field for D.C. United, with other members of the soccer caucus, including Democratic Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Colleen Hannabusa of Hawaii.

The members will also play with representatives from several embassies (watch out for Brazil, Spain and Italy) as well as professional players from D.C. United and the U.S. women's national soccer team.

The pros include John Harkes, former U.S. national team captain, Brianna Scurry and Staci Wilson, both former players on the U.S. women's national soccer team, and Ben Olsen, the current head coach for D.C. United.

The Congressional Soccer Caucus is an uncustomary kumbaya-like group of people -- Democrats and Republicans who have joined together to promote soccer. The game is a benefit for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which will donate the money to after-school programs, according to its website.

"Spending more time with my colleagues outside the Capitol helps build bipartisan relationships," Paulsen said, in a statement. "While I've competed in other Congressional competitions, soccer is the sport I grew up playing, and I'm excited to kick the ball around with some of the best players to ever wear the U.S. jersey."

 

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