Wiedmer: World Cuppers' exhibition can still help our fallen heroes

Carli Lloyd, right, celebrates with teammates after she scored her third goal of the United States' victory against Japan in the Women's World Cup championship match last month in Vancouver, Canada. The U.S. women's team will play an exhibition against Costa Rica at Chattanooga's Finley Stadium on Aug. 19, and the team will hold an open practice at Finley the day before that match, which is already sold out. There is no charge to attend the practice.

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The announcement was made late in Saturday night's National Premier Soccer League championship match at Finley Stadium, where the Chattanooga Football Club suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Cosmos B.

The United States women's soccer team will indeed hold an open practice at Finley on Tuesday, Aug. 18, it said. Free of charge, it said. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., it said.

And that's unquestionably a good and generous thing for U.S. Soccer and the World Cup winners to do. It guarantees that thousands of young people in this community whose families couldn't cough up the $35 or more a person to see the U.S.