The United States women’s national team will travel to Australia to face the Matildas in two friendlies in 2021. The two teams last met in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, in a team competition and bronze medal match. , where the United States won a medal in a 4-3 victory over the Matildas. Matches are underway in partnership with Football Australia, US Soccer returns to broadcast protocols and guidelines, and the Australian government’s COVID-19 travel protocols.
The backside friendlies will be the USWNT’s final matchup to end the calendar year, and the matches will mark the USWNT’s first trip to Australia in 21 years. The two matches also mark the USWNT’s first trip to Australia since the nation was named co-host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with New Zealand.
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Here’s how to watch and what to know about the game:
Friday, November 26
- USA vs Australia, 11:00pm ET, Stadium Australia – Sydney, Australia (FS2)
Tuesday, November 30
- USA vs Australia, 4:05 a.m. ET, McDonald Jones Stadium – Newcastle, Australia (ESPN)
USWNT: Head coach Vlatko Andonovski made a list of 22 players ahead of the journey of the teams under him. The training camp has 10 members on the Tokyo Olympic roster and 12 players with 10 caps or less – including five players who have yet to make it. Andonovski recently added NJ/NJ Gotham FC’s Imani Dorsey to defenders on the roster. Andonovski has said that the games will serve to gauge the high level of the next generation of players, and give them a chance to show if they can perform in high-pressure situations. Expect a number of young players to take another look at Australia this time around, including Washington Spirit NWSL winning midfielder Andi Sullivan.
Australia: Matildas will host two friendlies in this international window, and there are several players on their roster with familiar ties to the United States after several key players previously played in the League. national women’s soccer. The team is also led by head coach Tony Gustavsson, who served as assistant coach for USA under Pia Sundhage in 2012 and under Jill Ellis from 2014-2019, helping the US win Olympic gold medals. in London and the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cup titles. Chelsea FC’s Sam Kerr is the only player in NWSL history to win three consecutive Golden Shoe awards from 2017 to 2019.