U.S. women’s soccer turn focus to Olympic qualifying

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Detroit — About 300 people showed up at the Renaissance Center’s Winter Garden on Wednesday for a question-and-answer session with members of the United States women’s soccer team.

The event, sponsored by Chevrolet and US Soccer acted as a preview event for Thursday’s match between the United States and Haiti at Ford Field. Haiti is a late replacement for Australia, which canceled because of a labor dispute.

Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly answered questions and concluded with an autograph session. Later the women were scheduled to have an open practice at Ford Field. Team Haiti also was scheduled to practice at the facility.

The women say they are still thrilled about winning the World Cup over the summer and the ticker tape parade in Manhattan, but said their focus is on getting ready for 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Once we started getting into victory tours for me and now it is about getting better and preparing for Rio,” O’Reilly said. “We have Olympic qualifying in February and we have to make sure we are ready. Everybody is going to be after us and trying to beat us.”

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Haiti vs. United States

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Ford Field, Detroit

TV: FS1

Tickets: $34-$300

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