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O'Reilly, Ezurike to Compete as Opponents During USA-Canada Friendly

In preparation for next week's friendly, Breakers midfielder Heather O'Reilly (USA) and forward Nkem Ezurike (Canada) will join their respective countries. The domestic teammates will now compete as international opponents.

O'Reilly will enter next week's friendly as one of the most decorated players in USWNT history.
O'Reilly will enter next week's friendly as one of the most decorated players in USWNT history.
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Ahead of next week's friendly against Team Canada, interim U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis released her 22-player squad, which includes mainstay Heather O'Reilly. The veteran has squared off against the Canadians on multiple occasions, though this time O'Reilly will face an unfamiliar opponent: Breakers teammate Nkem Ezurike.

Ezurike, who joined the Breakers in the first round of the 2014 NWSL Draft, debuted on Sunday during her side's decisive 3-2 victory. The rookie featured for Canada's U-15 squad in 2006 and gradually worked her way through the system, jumpstarting her senior campaign in February 2014.

O'Reilly, Ezurike's newest "adversary," will enter the May 8 match with a much different story. The East Brunswick, N.J. native joined the U.S. Women's National Team roster in 2002, and has collected 202 caps--and 40 goals--since that time. Only eight American players have earned more international caps than O'Reilly, including Sky Blue's Christie Rampone and Western New York's Abby Wambach.

When the up-and-coming Ezurike, and the well-travelled O'Reilly, meet on May 8, the match will feature an intriguing blend of old and new. Ezurike will look to build on a promising young career; O'Reilly will look to build on a career that stands with the elite in women's soccer.

And when they return, they will reunite as teammates, looking to guide the Breakers to a first ever NWSL playoff berth.

The match will air live on ESPN3 and from Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Canada. First touch is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. local.