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US women to play Costa Rica twice in August

The United States women’s national team will play its first two post-World Cup games in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Chattanooga, Tenn., on August 16 and 19, respectively, against Costa Rica.

The federation announced the matches on Wednesday. The matches will either be part of a World Cup victory tour or part of a shortened series of games, depending on how the Americans do at the World Cup. The U.S. will next face China in Ottawa in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday.

Neither of the two August matches conflict with NWSL games.

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The U.S. women haven’t played at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga — a college football stadium that utilizes artififial turf — since 1997, when they defeated Sweden, 3-1.

Heinz Field will host the first match in Pittsburgh. It will be the second trip to that stadium for the U.S. women, who beat Iceland there, 3-0 in 2004 as part of the Olympic gold-medal victory tour. Pittsburgh is U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg’s hometown.


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