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U.S. women’s soccer team comes to Farmington to train despite the snow

A few days ago, the U.S. women's soccer team was training in Florida. On Tuesday, the U.S. spent some time in Farmington preparing for Wednesday night's game against Columbia. (Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer via Twitter).

A few days ago, the U.S. women’s soccer team was training in Florida. On Tuesday, the U.S. spent some time in Farmington preparing for Wednesday night’s game against Columbia. (Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer via Twitter).

FARMINGTON, April 5 – After spending time training in the warm Florida sun, the U.S. women’s national soccer team got a refreshing dose of Northeast chill and some snow.

The Americans spent a few hours at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington in sunny 25 degree temperatures and clear skies, working out on a cleared off artificial turf field in preparation for Wednesday night’s friendly game with Columbia at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford at 7 p.m.

More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for Wednesday night’s game. Additional tickets will be available at the gate to see the World Cup champion Americans. For those unable to attend the game, it will be broadcast on cable channel FS1.

The U.S. and Columbia are playing a pair of games in less than a week. They hit the field again on April 10 in Chester, Pa., just 30 miles from the hometown of U.S. star Carli Lloyd.

The U.S. and Columbia have faced each other three times since 2011. The Americans beat Columbia, 3-0, in group play at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup (on goals from Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe and Lloyd), 3-0 in group play at the 2012 Olympics (on goals from Rapinoe, Lloyd and Abby Wambach) and 2-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s World Cup (on goals from Alex Morgan and Lloyd).

Before practice, Matt Conyers of the Hartford Courant discussed the recent lawsuit by five of the players on the team for equal pay. Click on the link to learn more.

The U.S. women's soccer team has some fun at Miss Porter's School in Farmington before practice begins Tuesday. (Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer via Twitter).

The U.S. women’s soccer team has some fun at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington before practice begins Tuesday. (Photo courtesy U.S. Soccer via Twitter).

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