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Women's National Soccer Team to play match at UC

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The U.S. Women’s National Team will play an international friendly on the campus of University of Cincinnati this fall.

FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding on Friday announced the match against New Zealand. It will take place on Sept. 19 at Nippert Stadium – the home field of Cincinnati’s own United Soccer League Team.

This will mark the first visit to Cincinnati for the U.S. Women since 2008 and its first match at Nippert Stadium.

“We also enjoy going to cities where we haven’t been in a while, like Cincinnati,” U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said. “The fans there have shown extraordinary support for their USL team and we’re looking forward to an enthusiastic crowd for our match as well.”

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The game will bring U.S. WNT player Rose Lavelle back to her hometown.

“It will be so surreal to play in front of a city that’s built me and supported me throughout my career,” said Lavelle, who played for youth club Cincinnati United.

The match will air on FOX Sports 1 and is the second of a two-game set vs. New Zealand. The teams will also meet in Colorado on Sept. 15.

The USA’s three previous matches in Cincinnati were played at Galbreath Field (1993) and Paul Brown Stadium (2004 and 2008).

The USA last faced New Zealand in the opening game of the 2016 Olympics, a 2-0 victory in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, that featured goals from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

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