Australia women's team goes on strike before American tour

SYDNEY (AP) Australia's two-game series against Women's World Cup champion the United States is in doubt after the players went on strike ahead of the last practice.

Football Federation Australia said it condemned the Professional Footballers Australia's decision to take industrial action without notice, forcing national women's coach, Alen Stajcic, to cancel practice on Tuesday and jeopardize the matches scheduled for Sept. 17 and 20 in the U.S.

The PFA instructed the players to boycott practice, hours before negotiations on a Collective Bargaining Agreement were set to restart.

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