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Shalom Suniula serving from a ruck. Abel Barrientes photo

The long-rumored match between the United States and Australia at Soldier Field has been confirmed and announced. The Wallabies will take on the USA Sept. 5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, the site of a record sell-out match between the All Blacks and Eagles last November. 

“It is my hope that after a full summer schedule, our squad will be close to peak form, additional matches before the Rugby World Cup will provide us with those answers and better prepare us to play the top countries in the world in the UK,” USA head coach Mike Tolkin said in a news release.

The game is the finale of what is essentially a long domestic send-off tour for the Eagles ahead of the World Cup. They open their summer with Pacific Nations Cup matches in July, playing Samoa the 18th at brand new Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. and Japan the 24th at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Calif. A third Pacific Nations Cup could be in the cards, and a home-and-away series of friendlies with Canada is on the books but hasn't been anounced. Then the Eagles host the London Harlequins August 30th at PPL Park in Philadelphia before heading to Chicago to face the Wallabies.