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U.S. Women’s National Team returning to Utah for match against Australia

U.S. forward Christen Press, middle, is surrounded by teammates as they celebrate Press’ goal during the first half of a CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying soccer match against Costa Rica Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Houston.
Michael Wyke, Associated Press

The two-time reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup champion U.S. women’s national team will be returning to Utah this spring.

In conjunction with U.S. Soccer, the Real Salt Lake organization announced on Wednesday that the USWNT will face Australia on April 10 at Rio Tinto Stadium as part of the team’s preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Start time is slated for 7:30 p.m. MT and the match will air on ESPN2. The U.S. squad is first in the world rankings, while Australia is seventh. The Matildas, as the Australian team is known, features arguably the best goal scorer in the world, Sam Kerr.

The U.S. officially qualified for the Olympics earlier this week by winning the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. U.S. Soccer also announced Wednesday that the team will play Brazil in San Jose, California, on April 14.

The April 10 game will provide national team players Christen Press (winner of the Golden Ball at the qualifying tournament, given to the best player), Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O’Hara the opportunity to play in their home club stadium, as they are members of Utah Royals FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The Athletic’s Meg Linehan reported Tuesday that the 2020 NWSL season will begin the weekend of April 18.

URFC and RSL season ticket holders will have first dibs on tickets for the April 10 contest beginning on Feb. 17, and general sale tickets will go on sale to the public on Feb. 19.

The U.S. women’s national team last played at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2018, when it defeated China 1-0. The team is 5-0 in matches at the stadium, having outscored opponents 16-1.