Haiti women replace Australia for U.S. friendlies

Action from the CONCACAF Women's Championship game between Haiti and the USA (white jersey) in Washington, D.C., on October 20, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

CHICAGO – The United States women’s national team will host Haiti rather Australia in a pair of upcoming friendlies, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday. 

The Australian players have declined to take part in the matches due to an on-going dispute with the Football Federation of Australia. As a result, the current World Cup champion will face its CONCACAF counterpart on September 17 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, followed by another meeting four days later at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. 

After four encounters in CONCACAF competitions, this marks the first time the U.S. and Haiti will square off against each in a friendly. They most recently met on October 20, 2014, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which doubled as qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Americans won 6-0 with two goals from Abby Wambach, and single scores from Meghan Klingenberg, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Morgan Brian.