CommBank Matildas reveal squad to face USWNT

Australia have revealed their squad for the upcoming two-match international series against the U.S. Women’s National Team.

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Head Coach Tony Gustavsson has continued to embrace a combination of experience and youth as the Commonwealth Bank Matildas prepare to face the current FIFA Women’s World Cup champions at Stadium Australia in Sydney (27 November) and McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle (30 November).

“There truly is a no more exciting challenge for the team than to be taking on the world number one team, in front of thousands of passionate fans, in the stadium where the FIFA Women’s World Cup final will be played in 2023,” said Gustavsson.

“This could not be a better dress rehearsal for a World Cup final and we are going to treat it in the same way. From when we arrive, to those match days with what we hope will be record crowds, this is our chance to prepare for the big moments that want to be a part of in 2023.”

Captain Sam Kerr and vice-captain Steph Catley headline the 21 players returning from October’s Brazil series. While experienced England based duo Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik are recalled following recovery from injury, with the latter in line to record her 50th international appearance for the Commonwealth Bank Matildas.

At the other end of the spectrum, Commonwealth Bank Young Matildas centre back, Jessika Nash and forward Charlize Rule will receive their first senior team introduction as they join the significant cohort of players in 2021 to be provided with the opportunity to experience the national team training environment.

“In selecting the squad, balance was at the heart of the decision making,” said Gustavsson. “We know that this is our final occasion to see the group together before announcing the squad for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup next year, and our focus remains on this crucial preparation.”

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“However, with another camp at home, we didn’t want to miss the chance to expose another two young players to our standards and team philosophy, and to find out whether they can be a part of the building of depth towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.”

The final matches of Australia’s 2021 international schedule, fans are eagerly taking advantage of the affordable ticket prices with junior registered participants, 12 years and under, accessing $5 tickets across all ticket categories with an accompanying adult or concession ticket purchase.

Network 10 will broadcast the two-match series live and free, with coverage simulcast on 10 Play.

Commonwealth Bank Matildas Squad | November 2021

Name

Position

Club

Caps (goals)

Junior Club / Member Fed

Mackenzie Arnold

Goalkeeper

West Ham United

27 (0)

Burleigh / Football QLD

Angela Beard

Back

Fortuna Hjørring

2 (0)

Bethania Rams / Football QLD

Ellie Carpenter

Back

Lyon

52 (1)

Cowra and District / Football NSW

Steph Catley

Back

Arsenal WFC

94 (3)

East Bentleigh, SE Cougars / Football Victoria

Kyra Cooney-Cross

Midfielder

Melbourne Victory

12 (0)

Ballarat City / Football Victoria

Caitlin Foord

Forward

Arsenal WFC

94 (21)

Warilla Wanderers / Football NSW

Mary Fowler

Forward

Montpellier

18 (5)

Leichhardt / Football QLD

Emily Gielnik

Forward

Aston Villa

49 (11)

Redlands United / Football QLD

Charlotte Grant

Back

FC Rosengård

2 (0)

Cumberland United Women’s FC / Football SA

Bryleeh Henry

Forward

Western Sydney Wanderers

2 (0)

Penrith FC / Football NSW

Alanna Kennedy

Back

Manchester City

101 (8)

Campbelltown Cobras / Football NSW

Sam Kerr

Forward

Chelsea

102 (49)

Western Knights / Football West

Teagan Micah

Goalkeeper

FC Rosengård

7 (0)

Brisbane Blue, Brisbane Central / Football QLD

Jessika Nash

Back

Sydney FC

0 (0)

Doonside Hawks / Football NSW

Courtney Nevin

Back

Melbourne Victory

5 (0)

Oakville Ravens / Football NSW

Clare Polkinghorne

Back

Vittsjö GIK

138 (13)

Wynnum Wolves, Capalaba / Football QLD

Hayley Raso

Forward

Manchester City

56 (6)

Banora Point / Football QLD

Karly Roestbakken

Back

LSK Kvinner

7 (0)

Monaro Panthers / Capital Football

Charlize Rule

Forward

Sydney FC

0 (0)

Queens Park FC / Football NSW

Remy Siemsen

Forward

Sydney FC

1 (0)

Manly United / Football NSW

Kyah Simon

Forward

Tottenham Hotspur

103 (26)

Quakers Hill, Hills Brumbies / Football NSW

Emily van Egmond

Midfielder

Orlando Pride

110 (23)

Dudley-Redhead / Northern NSW Football

Clare Wheeler

Midfielder

Fortuna Hjørring

3 (0)

Adamstown Rosebud / Northern NSW Football

Lydia Williams

Goalkeeper

Arsenal WFC

94 (0)

Tuggeranong, Woden Valley / Capital Football

Tameka Yallop

Midfielder

West Ham United

99 (11)

Mudgeeraba / Football Queensland

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