The new-looking American women’s national team made their first appearance in Australia in 21 years, ending a long season. This is one of the few away friendly matches of the US team in the past 18 months.
On Thursday, coach Vlatko Andonovski (Vlatko Andonovski) said that it is no coincidence that the Americans have participated in two games in Australia. The country will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which is the four times the United States has won. .
Technically speaking, Americans must still be eligible to participate in the 2023 event, but this is a conclusion and should be confirmed early next year.
“We want to play against one of the best teams in the world,” Andonowski said on a conference call for the Sydney team’s training camp. “But they have to test their adversity, long-distance travel, and the jet lag after a long year. I think we will find out who is suitable for this and who is not suitable for this when we enter the game soon.”
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At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the American women’s football team competed in Australia for the last time. In the final, they lost to Norway 2 to 3 and won a silver medal.
On Saturday, the United States will hold the Matildas competition at the Sydney Olympic Stadium. 35,000 to 40,000 people are expected to participate. Next Tuesday, it will be held again in Newcastle, about two hours’ drive north of Sydney.
Andonowski will adopt a lineup that is very different from the lineup that defeated Australia 4-3 in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics in August. The Americans have only lost two games this year, but they are important games-they defeated Sweden 3-0 in the Olympic round-robin match, and defeated Canada 1-0 in the semifinals that eventually won the gold medal.
In the Australian game, there were only 10 players on the 22-man roster of the teams participating in the Tokyo Olympics. There are 12 members with an international cap of 10 or less, including 5 players with no cap.
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The 27-year-old midfielder Lindsay Holland has become one of the veterans of the US team. He has played 106 games and scored 24 goals since 2013.
“I want to be their role model,” Holland said on the conference call. “It’s exciting to see new young players join and start a new cycle, a new era.”
Matildas’ head coach Tony Gustavsson, who was an assistant coach of USWNT, said that the Americans will be the sixth top 10 team that his 11th-ranked Australian team will face in 2021.
“Each game, we as a team will continue to improve, while providing valuable experience for young players,” he said when the game was announced. “The U.S. Women’s National Team is a strong team that will mark another huge challenge facing the team.”
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Senior forward Sam Kerr is expected to lead Australia in the game. The 28-year-old Cole has 49 goals in 102 games in Australia. She played club football for Chelsea in England.
She is always mentioned as one of the most suitable players for women’s games of all time.
“It’s up to someone else to decide,” Kerr told the Associated Press of Australia this week. “I do my best to participate in this conversation, win as many trophies as possible, and be talked about in the next few years.”
Andonowski had no doubt that Kerr belonged to that kind of conversation.
“She is one of the best strikers in the world,” Andonowski said. “I hope we can say that we will stop players like Sam Cole… But we want to play against the best team, especially against a young team, so that we can judge our own Location.”
For these young people, U.S. guard Abby Dalkemper was asked on Thursday whether there were any group sororities for the new players. She gave a typical Australian-centric response.
“We have seen koalas, kangaroos, and completed a (Sydney) harbour cruise,” Dahlkemper said. “Experiencing culture is important.”