The Commonwealth Financial institution Matildas spherical out 2021 with a two-game sequence towards the US Ladies’s Nationwide staff in Sydney and Newcastle.
It’s the two-time reigning FIFA Ladies’s World Cup champions’ first go to to Australia in 21 years. For the Aussies, these matches would be the staff’s remaining hit out earlier than the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup kicks off in January 2022.
Right here’s every part you should find out about this pleasant sequence.
Australia and the US lock horns usually, however 2021 has been stuffed with much more clashes than typical.
Two conferences on the Olympics, together with the USWNT’s 4-3 win over Australia within the bronze medal match, have seen the US proceed their sturdy file towards the Commonwealth Financial institution Matildas.
In 31 conferences, Australia has solely ever recorded one victory – a 1-0 win in Seattle through the 2017 Match of Nations courtesy of a Tameka Yallop purpose.
The final 5 conferences between these sides embody that maiden victory, two attracts, and two USA wins. Nevertheless, the 2 victories have been 5-3 and 4-3 outcomes, which means the prospect of a goal-fest is powerful.
Either side are within the strategy of bringing in new gamers and making ready for the longer term. In 2022 Australia and the US will partake of their respective continental tournaments with the USWNT aiming to qualify for the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in 2023.
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These video games in Australia towards the co-hosts will present invaluable expertise. And the identical will be mentioned for the Commonwealth Financial institution Matildas who will purpose to make use of these friendlies – notably the one at Stadium Australia – as a gown rehearsal for a possible World Cup remaining in just a few years’ time.
These matches are Tony Gustavsson’s final likelihood to see his gamers up shut earlier than he should choose a squad for the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup.
As with lots of his squads this yr, there’s a mixture of youth and expertise. Charlize Rule and Jessika Nash are available in to the squad as the one uncapped members and will turn out to be the thirteenth and 14th Australian ladies to make their debuts this yr.
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All in all, 12 gamers have fewer than 20 caps. Down the other finish of the size, Tameka Yallop is in line to make her one centesimal look in inexperienced and gold.
At present sitting on 99 caps, Yallop can be a part of Emily van Egmond, Kyah Simon, Sam Kerr, and Alanna Kennedy in notching up a century of appearances in 2021.
After lacking the final window with harm, Emily Gielnik and Hayley Raso return to the fold. The previous can be in line to mark a milestone; she is one recreation away from citing her half-century.
The USWNT is bringing a brand new look squad Down Below. Fifteen of their 23-player squad has 20 or fewer caps for the US.
Whereas it’s a squad that’s lacking a few of the most recognisable names in ladies’s soccer, it’s nonetheless a powerful squad with a watch on the longer term.
With the CONCACAF Ladies’s Championship scheduled for 2022 – the continental event which doubles as FIFA Ladies’s World Cup qualifying – US coach Vlatko Andonovski is rebuilding the squad and bringing new gamers into the nationwide staff setup.
A few of the gamers chosen will probably be very acquainted to Australian followers with the likes of Abby Dahlkemper, Sofia Huerta, Emily Sonnett, Kristie Mewis, Ashley Hatch, and Lynn Williams all having hung out in what was the W-League.
Commonwealth Financial institution Matildas v U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide TeamSaturday, 27 November 2021Venue: Stadium Australia, SydneyKick-Off: 3.00pm (AEDT)Broadcast: Stay and free on 10 and simulcast on 10 PlayTicketing: www.ticketek.com.au
Commonwealth Financial institution Matildas v U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide TeamTuesday, 30 November 2021Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, NewcastleKick-Off: 8.05pm (AEDT)Broadcast: Stay and free on Community 10 and simulcast on 10 PlayTicketing: www.ticketmaster.com.au