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USWNT to play pair of September friendlies vs. Australia

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The United States' World Cup champions celebration tour will continue in September with a pair of friendlies against Australia. The Americans will go to Detroit's Ford Field on September 17 to take on the Matildas, then head south to Birmingham's Legion Field three days later.

Interest in the U.S. is sky high after the team's run to become world champions and their first two post-World Cup friendlies set for August are doing great. The first one, in Pittsburgh, has already sold over 35,000 tickets and the second, in Chattanooga, sold out 21,000 tickets in less than a week.

U.S. Soccer is continuing to aim high, putting the team in big stadiums. Ford Field seats 65,000 and should be considerably more full than when 17,371 turned out to see the team play there in 2012. Legion Field holds more than 71,000 fans and while the U.S. women have never played there, 31,624 fans showed up to see the men play a World Cup qualifier there nine years ago.

The U.S. is planning to play 10 matches between now and the end of the year to capitalize on their World Cup popularity and also build momentum for next year's Olympics. Four matches have been scheduled so far, which means plenty more announcements are coming as the remaining six are set, presumably all over the country so everyone gets a chance to see the world champions.