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Bring Hope Solo & Co. to Houston! Petition makes a case for a post-gold U.S. soccer team visit

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Alex Morgan just after her game-winning goal in the Olympics semifinal against Canada. Courtesy of sports.yahoo.com

Whether it was Alex Morgan's stunning extra-time header versus Canada in the semifinal or Carli Lloyd's "wonder goal" in the gold-medal game against Japan, the triumph of U.S. women's soccer was one of the great stories of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Now the U.S. women's national team is planning a victory tour series of matches. U.S. Soccer has already announced games in Denver and Carson, Calif., and ticket sales for a Rochester, N.Y, match were halted while officials expand capacity after 11,000 tickets were sold during a pre-sale.

 So what could make more sense than to see this in-demand team play at soccer's newest stadium, BBVA Compass?

 So what could make more sense than to see this in-demand team play at soccer's newest stadium, BBVA Compass? With at least seven more friendlies planned throughout the fall, there's a movement brewing to bring the team to Houston for the first time in eight years.

Jen Cooper, the host of The Firkin Soccer Show on 1560 The Game, has started an online petition to make Houston a destination for the post-Olympic tour. It reads:

We want the US women's national team to play a match in Houston!

Houston has seen its fair share of Olympic gold medalists, including 1992 boxing gold medal winner Oscar de la Hoya, who's part owner of the Houston Dynamo. So we think it's only fitting that the gold-medal-winning US women's soccer team visit Houston to play a game in BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Golden Boy's Houston Dynamo.

The US women have not played in Houston since October 2004, so a red, white and blue visit is long overdue.

And for the record, last time the USWNT played in Houston, Abby Wambach scored FIVE goals. Just sayin'.

Do you want Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and company in Houston?

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