US women to play Germany twice on ‘victory tour’

The U.S. women’s soccer team is going to savor its gold medal

from the London Olympics a little longer.

The Americans said Thursday they will play two exhibitions

against Germany in October as part of their post-Olympic ”victory

tour.” The first game will be Oct. 20 in Bridgeview, Ill., with

the second game three days later in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S.

is 17-4-4 against the two-time World Cup champions, winning their

last three meetings.

The Americans begin their tour Saturday against Costa Rica in

Rochester, N.Y., Abby Wambach’s hometown. They then host Australia

on Sept. 16 in Carson, Calif., and Sept. 19 in Commerce City,

Colo.

The U.S. women won their third straight Olympic title in London,

beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year’s World Cup final.