The match at The HDC will be a homecoming of sorts for a number of WNT players who grew up in Southern California. Among these are forwards Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar) and Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest), midfielder Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach) and defender Rachel Buehler (Del Mar).
The U.S. WNT plays at The Home Depot Center for the first time since a 1-0 victory against China PR on Dec. 13, 2008. The team is 9-0-0 at the home of U.S. Soccer's National Training Center.
The U.S. holds an impressive 19-0-2 record against Australia in the series, which started with a 6-0 win on Dec. 16, 1987, in Taipei, Taiwan. The two teams last met on June 15, 2008, with the USA earning a 2-1 victory against Australia in Suwon, South Korea.
This match-up is the second scheduled post-Olympic match for the USA, which hosts Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., the hometown of star striker Abby Wambach. The game will be broadcast live on NBC.