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Ford Field to host Women's World Cup champs Sept. 17

The Detroit News

The U.S. women's national team has added a pair of September matches against Australia to its World Cup victory tour.

The World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team will play the Australians Sept. 17 at Ford Field.

The team will face the Matildas at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Ford Field in Detroit, before a rematch on Sept. 20 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

The matches are the latest to be announced for a 10-game victory tour following the World Cup. The United States claimed the title with a 5-2 victory over Japan earlier this month and also beat Australia, 3-1, in group play, with two goals by Megan Rapinoe.

Australia advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.

The Americans will open the tour on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The two teams will meet again on Aug. 19 for an already sold-out match of 20,000 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It's the third trip to Ford Field for the women's national team, which also visited in 2008 and 2012 after earning gold medals in the Olympics each year. They also visited the Pontiac Silverdome in 1993 to prep for the 1994 World Cup.

Tickets for the September games go on sale to the public Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m. local time at ussoccer.com. For the Detroit contest, tickets are also available by phone at 1-877-212-8898 and at the Ford Field ticket office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Prices were not available but for the Costa Rica match at Heinz Field the price range was $28-$250 and $30-$275 for the sold-out contest in Chattanooga.