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U.S. women's soccer team hosting Ireland tonight in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Soccer fans received a rare chance to watch the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in an open practice at JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday.

The team is in town to face Ireland in an exhibition match Wednesday night as part of the U.S. Women's Soccer Fan Tribute Tour.

It's the second year in a row the team has paid a visit to Portland, and the players said they're excited to be back.

"This stadium was packed after the World Cup and we had lost," said Abby Wambach, a forward for the U.S. team. "So we're hoping for even better numbers after a gold medal performance in London, and I'm sure the Portland crowd will do that for us."

The players also expressed their excitement about the formation of a professional women's league next year. Portland will be home to one of eight teams in the new league.

Kickoff for the match kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased via Ticketmaster or the JELD-WEN Field box office.

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