Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/16/11

This Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. U.S. Women’s National Team or #USWNT as they were very well known this summer on Twitter, will take on Sweden in an International Friendly. In soccer, friendlies are “exhibitions.”

Alex Morgan is ready and excited tweeting late Tuesday night:

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3 days til game vs Sweden… Gettin pumped!

Unfortunately, Hope Solo will not be joining her.

From an official release at U.S. Soccer:

Hope Solo will not attend the U.S. Women’s National Team camp prior to the match against Sweden due to her participation on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars…The popular goalkeeper, along with professional dancing partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, is now among the final four competitors. Solo was asked to compete in the 13th season of Dancing With the Stars following the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where the U.S. reached the final but lost in a penalty shootout to Japan.

Solo will return to training with the USA for the team’s extended camp in December…

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