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There are plenty of reasons to attend Sky Blue FC finale

Even though Sky Blue is out of the postseason, lot of story lines still exist when FC Kansas City comes to town

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, it's the traditional last week of the summer. Labor Day is around the corner. School is even in session for some kids.

And Sky Blue FC has been out of the playoffs for 10 days. FC Kansas City is already in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) playoffs.

So why should you go to this mid-week match at Yurcak Field on the Rutgers University campus?

Plenty of reasons.

Say goodbye to Lauren Holiday: Wednesday's match will be the final regular season NWSL match for the United States international midfielder. Like a handful of USWNT players, she is retiring after the current NWSL season.

Her goal in the 5-2 World Cup final victory over Japan was overshadowed by Carli Llloyd's hat trick, but Holiday has put together a very good career for club and country. Representing the United States, she has won two Olympic gold medals to go along with a World Cup. She scored 20  goals and has 12 assists in the NWSL play. She was voted the MVP for the 2013 NWSL regular season and MVP of last year's NWSL championship match, won by FC Kansas City.

Welcome back Heather O'Reilly: The East Brunswick native will make her only appearance in New Jersey this season. A huge fan favorite, O'Reilly played only a handful of minutes in the 2015 Women's World Cup. But she's making the Victory Tour her own, scoring twice in each of the win's against Costa Rico thus far.

O'Reilly has played on three Gold Medal teams and one World Cup. Her role for the USA in the 2016 Olympics is uncertain so the Victory Tour is important for her future in international play.

The Sky Blue is finishing the season strong: Yes, they didn't' make the playoffs again. But since the World Cup players returned, it's been the Sky Blue FC everyone thought they would be at the start of the year. They are now 5-1-2 in the final eight games. Only Seattle has played better over that period.

What about Nadia?: Her return was uncertain this year as she was going to enter medical school but decided to give it a go at the last minute. Now the Danish international is planning on doing this after Wednesday's game. Who knows if she'll be back in a year? Although she hasn't been as electric as she was a year ago, she does have six goals to lead the team. Not bad, considering her supporting cast has changed several times, especially during the World Cup.

Another chance to see Captain America: You should never pass up a chance to see the greats. And Christie Rampone will go down as one of women's international soccer's all-time greats. What she is doing at 40 is amazing. And as far as role models go for boys, girls or anyone, there's no one better. I wouldn't count her out on playing for the United States next year or for Sky Blue FC. But who knows what will happen. Don't' chance it.

First kick is at 7 p.m. Be there at Yurcak for a Wednesday night finale