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Sept. 9, 2015 — An unexpected roadblock and a golden opportunity

A job action on the part of professional soccer players — both male and female — in Australia is proving to be about the only thing that can stop the U.S. women’s national team.

Today, it was announced that the Australian Matildas would not be the opponents in the Detroit and Birmingham stops of the U.S. victory tour because of a strike called by Professional Footballers Australia, a union representing male and female players. The strike seeks to increase wages, which only ranges to about $15,000 a year for the women’s national team of Australia.

The pay is low enough, however, and the crowds awaiting at Legion Field and Ford Field are large enough (approximately 60,000 seats each) so that a number of Australia team members, including star forward and capitain  Lisa Da Vanna, are already in the U.S. hoping that the PFA calls off the strike so that the Matildas would receive their share of gate receipts.

A replacement opponent has yet to be named for the two matches, but there is talk on Twitter that a ready-made opponent could very well be Canada. A two-game series against Canada would be a tremendous draw.

And it needs to happen.


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