By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 31, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Alex Morgan kicks the ball at the Tournament of Nations on July 29, 2018 in East Hartford, Conn.


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The path toward the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup continues Friday night for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The U.S. women face Chile for the first time in a friendly at StubHub Center in Carson, California. They’ll also play on Tuesday at Ayala Stadium in San Jose, California.

The two games are the final preparation for the U.S. women as they get ready for World Cup qualifying in October in the Concacaf Women’s Championship. Three teams from that tournament earn spots at next summer’s World Cup in France.

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Chile already has qualified for the World Cup, so Friday’s match could even be the preview of a World Cup meeting.

“We’ve never played them before, but their style of play will be helpful in our final preparations for World Cup qualifiers,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “Our players are obviously deep into the chase for NWSL playoff spots and they are coming off some intense games, so this will be a good chance to get the group together and share playing time before we come back together in October.”

Players from eight of the nine teams in the NWSL are represented on the U.S. roster, including three-time Olympian Carli Lloyd of Sky Blue FC and two-time Olympian Alex Morgan of the Orlando Pride.

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