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Rapinoe looks to saw wood in Portland

PORTLAND -- Megan Rapinoe was thinking a little homage to Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers might be in order if she scores when the U.S. women's national team plays Canada today.

"I want to go saw one of those pieces of wood off," she joked, nodding to the log that mascot Timber Joey carves into each time the Timbers score at JELD-WEN Field. "I'd probably get a red card for that."

Rapinoe, who played in college for the Portland Pilots, returned to the city this week with the national team for a post-World Cup friendly. Also on hand is Richland's Hope Solo, taking a break from Dancing with the Stars to play goalie.

The U.S. women played Japan in the thrilling World Cup final, but ultimately lost on penalty kicks. As a thank you to American fans for their support during soccer's premier event, the two-match Celebration Series with Canada opened in Kansas City on Saturday. That match ended in a 1-all draw.

After tonight's game in Portland, the U.S. women's team will have some time off until they begin training for Olympic qualification. The World Cup squad was intact for the exhibition series.

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