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Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx score as U.S. women’s soccer team defeats Australia, 2-1

The U.S. women’s national team rebounded from a halftime deficit Sunday to defeat Australia, 2-1, in the second of 10 gold-medal tour friendlies.

Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx scored in an NBC-televised match attended by 19,851 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

On Sept. 1, a sellout crowd of 13,208 in Rochester, N.Y., witnessed an 8-0 rout of Costa Rica. Almost all tickets for this Wednesday’s rematch with Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver are gone as well (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Seats for the friendlies against Germany in Chicago and Hartford next month are also moving briskly, officials said.

Since the 2011 Women’s World Cup, the Americans’ seven home friendlies have averaged 17,936 spectators.

The remaining five matches this year are likely to be played between late November and late December, presumably at warm-weather locations. One is on the brink of being finalized. Tentatively, all of the games will be against two opponents (three games with one, two with the other).

Video from Sunday’s match:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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