The United States Women’s National Team will travel to Australia this month for a series of two friendlies against the 2023 World Cup co-hosts.
Australia will host the world champions for the first time in 21 years at Stadium Australia in Sydney on November 27 and Newcastle on November 30, Football Australia confirmed on Thursday.
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The matches follow recent clashes with Brazil at Commbank Stadium as Tony Gustavsson’s side continue preparations for next year’s Asian Cup and the 2023 World Cup.
“This is a vital and final opportunity to see the players against a very high quality nation before selecting the final squad for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup,” said Gustavsson.
“Meeting the United States Women’s National Team at home will mark the sixth single opponent in the top 10 this team would have faced in 2021.
“With every game we continue to improve one day as a team, while providing invaluable experience for the young players in the roster.”
Australia and the USWNT have a long-standing rivalry in women’s football and clashed in the Olympic bronze medal clash in Tokyo, with the Americans claiming the top honors.
“This trip and these games will be fantastic tests and learning opportunities,” said US head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
“Going to one of the countries that will host the next Women’s World Cup and having to manage travel and play against one of the best teams in the world is a great way to end the year.”
Gustavsson also has a close connection to the USA team, having served as an assistant coach from 2012 until the team’s 2019 World Cup triumph in France.