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Vermont Green FC kicks off their first women's exhibition game

Vermont Green FC regularly sells out games played at Virtue Field in Burlington, and the team currently sits in third place with a record of five wins, one loss, and two draws. The club also distinguishes itself with a mission dedicated to environmental justice— they donate one percent of the club's annual revenues to approved environmental partners— and to a goal of becoming a net zero soccer club.

And they’re not done innovating. This Saturday will mark a first for the Green as they field an all-women’s team in an exhibition match on their home pitch. It’s a prelude to exploring the potential expansion of the club to include a full-season women’s team in Vermont.

Today's show had two guests integral to the upcoming match: Patrick Infurna, a co-founder of Vermont Green FC, and Sam Mewis, whose many achievements include being a World Cup Champion. She’ll be coaching the women’s game on Saturday.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station WBUR...as a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Andrea Laurion joined Vermont Public as a news producer for Vermont Edition in December 2022. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Before getting into audio, Andrea worked as an obituary writer, a lunch lady, a wedding photographer assistant, a children’s birthday party hostess, a haunted house actor, and an admin assistant many times over.