International Friendly: Australia vs. USA

After a lengthy 12 months through which the U.S. Women’s National Team has performed 22 matches underneath strict COVID protocols, the USA will wrap up its 2021 schedule with its 23rd and 24th matches of the 12 months, each in opposition to Australia, co-host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The first match will happen at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. native time (Friday, Nov. 26 at 11 p.m. ET on FS2) in what would be the third assembly between this USA and Australia this calendar 12 months.The groups performed twice on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Following the match in Sydney, the USA will play its ultimate recreation of 2021 in Newcastle, kicking off in opposition to the Matildas on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 8:05 p.m. native/4:05 a.m. ET on ESPN.  

Fans may even have the ability to observe the motion by way of Twitter (@USWNT), Instagram (@USWNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Bella Bixby (Portland Thorns FC; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 7), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0) 

DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave FC; 77/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 43/1), Imani Dorsey (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 0/0), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 6/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 7/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 197/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 61/0) 

MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 106/24), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 66/17), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 12/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 31/4), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 0/0), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 20/2)

FORWARDS (6):Bethany Balcer (OL Reign; 0/0), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 7/2), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 10/1), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 43/13), Morgan Weaver (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0)

The roster for the Australia matches options 10 gamers who received bronze medals on the 2020 Olympics and 6 who had been on the staff that received the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, however there are solely two gamers on the roster age 30 or older – 36-year-old defender Becky Sauerbrunn and 30-year-old midfielder Kristie Mewis. The common age of the remaining 21 gamers can be 25.6 years on the primary match day in Australia. The common caps per participant on the 23-player roster is 30. With six of the 23 gamers on this roster looking for their first full senior staff caps. Twenty-two of the 23 gamers on the roster play within the National Women’s Soccer League with 18 on groups that made the NWSL playoffs and 4 from the 2021 NWSL Champions Washington Spirit. 


The USA has performed Australia 32 occasions total, together with twice earlier this summer season on the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan. The groups performed to a 0-0 draw on July 27 within the ultimate match of the group stage. The end result despatched the USA by because the second-place finisher in Group G whereas Australia superior to the knockout rounds from third within the Group G standings. The groups met once more 9 days later in Kashima, Japan, squaring off within the bronze medal match. The Americans received 4-3 as Megan Rapinoe and the now-retired Carli Lloyd every scored twice, serving to the USA declare its sixth all-time Olympic medal. Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnik scored for the Matildas within the defeat.

The USA leads the all-time collection between the groups, 27-1-4 and whereas the 2 nations first met in 1987, Australia solely beat the USA for the primary time on June 27, 2018, a 1-0 victory in Seattle, Washington. The groups tied 1-1 on June 29, 2018, in East Hartford, Connecticut, however the USA picked up a rousing win in the newest assembly earlier than the Olympics, a 5-3 triumph on April 4, 2019, in Commerce City, Colorado. Alex Morgan scored her one hundredth worldwide purpose, Mallory Pugh tallied a brace in entrance of her hometown crowd and Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath added targets of their very own in an exciting matchup that additionally noticed the USA erase a 2-1 deficit. Lindsey Horan is the one participant on this present U.S. roster who has scored in opposition to Australia on the senior worldwide degree.

Over its final 5 video games with Australia, the USA has a file of 2-1-2 and all three matches have been determined by two targets or fewer.


The U.S. Women’s National Team has not performed in Australia in 21 years. The most up-to-date visits had been in 2000, a 12 months through which the USA performed in three completely different competitions in Australia, the ultimate one being the Sydney Olympics the place the USA earned a silver medal. The USA has by no means performed Australia in Sydney, however did play the Matildas in Newcastle in 2000, successful 1-0, which was the newest assembly between the groups in Australia.

Football Australia expects massive crowds for each matches as this would be the first time the Matildas have performed at Stadium Australia. Football Australia is trying to break the attendance file for a WNT match of 33,600 set vs. Sweden on the Sydney Olympics. The largest crowd ever to look at the USA exterior the United States in a pleasant match is 40,000 at USA vs. China in 2003 in Wuhan. The second largest crowd to look at the USA in a pleasant exterior the USA was 34,885 in opposition to Japan in Yokohama in 1998 in a doubleheader with the Japan Men’s National Team.


With COVID-19 delaying the Olympics, there’s now lower than a 12 months till the beginning of qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which can be co-hosted in Australia and New Zealand starting in July of 2023. The Concacaf qualifying event is scheduled to happen in July of 2022, with the highest 4 groups guaranteeing their spot within the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two extra Concacaf representatives will advance to a 10-team intercontinental playoff event to find out the ultimate groups within the broaden 32-team discipline for 2023. 

Also new this cycle is the qualifying format for Concacaf itself. On August 19, the confederation introduced the qualifying path to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is now additionally the trail to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and, for just a few groups, the newly instituted 2024 W Gold Cup. The newly dubbed 2021 Concacaf W Qualifiers will start for all groups — besides the USA and Canada — throughout the FIFA Women’s Match Windows in November 2021 and April 2022 and can function the preliminary spherical of the 2022 Concacaf W Championship. The eight staff Concacaf W Championship can be held in July 2022 and can encompass group play, adopted by semifinal and championship rounds. Along with qualifying for the World Cup, at conclusion of the Concacaf W Championship, the successful nation may even assure its place within the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games Women’s Football Tournament and the 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup. The runner-up and the third-place nations will progress to a Concacaf Olympic play-in to be performed in September of 2023. The winner of the play-in may even assure their place within the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games and the 2024 W Gold Cup.


The U.S. roster options six gamers who’ve performed — totally on mortgage — for golf equipment within the W-League throughout the Australian summer season. Kristie Mewis performed briefly for Canberra United in 2013 and Abby Dahlkemper performed for Adelaide United in 2015. Sofia Huerta performed two seasons, one for Adelaide United throughout the 2016-2017 season when she was named the membership’s participant of the 12 months and one for Sydney FC throughout the 2018-2019 season. Huerta performed each minute of each recreation for Sydney, scoring a purpose within the semifinal match in opposition to Brisbane, which Sydney received 2–1. Huerta scored once more within the Grand Final, serving to Sydney to a 4–2 victory over Perth, to win the 2018–19 W-League Championship. Ashley Hatch performed for Melbourne City in 2017-2018, the identical season Emily Sonnett performed for Sydney FC. Lynn Williams performed briefly for Western Sydney in 2019.


The 2021 U.S. Women’s National Team Media Guide is accessible for obtain. The Media Guide options all of the historical past and statistics of the USWNT, in addition to full bios on technical workers and the present prime gamers, info on the USA’s Youth National Teams, and basic vital info on U.S. Soccer.


  • Becky Sauerbrunn is by far essentially the most skilled participant on the roster with 197 caps Lindsey Horan (106) caps is the one different participant on this roster with 100+ caps. 

  • Thirteen gamers on this USA roster have 10 caps or fewer, together with six uncapped gamers: Bethany Balcer, Bella Bixby, Imani Dorsey, Casey Murphy, Ashley Sanchez and Morgan Weaver. 

  • Just one participant — Carli Lloyd – has performed in each recreation in 2021. Her streak will finish on Nov. 27. Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan and Alex Morgan have performed in 20 matches every whereas Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn have performed in 19 every.  

  • Overall, 21 completely different gamers have been immediately concerned in at the very least one of many USWNT’s targets throughout the 2021 calendar 12 months with both a purpose or an help, ten of whom are on this roster. 

  • Horan and Lynn Williams have 5 targets every in 2021, essentially the most by anybody on this 23-player roster. Horan and Rose Lavelle have 5 assists every, which additionally leads this roster and is tied for second on the staff total in 2021, behind Lloyd’s six assists. 

  • Eight of the ten NWSL golf equipment have gamers on the roster with Portland Thorns FC having 5. OL Reign and the Washington Spirit have 4 every.

  • Eleven gamers on the roster have represented the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup on the youth degree.

  • Vlatko Andonovski is 27-2-4 in 33 video games as head coach of the USWNT (two on the finish of 2019, 9 in 2020 and 22 to date in 2021), setting a file for greatest begin for a head coach in USWNT historical past.

  • Of Andonovski’s first 33 video games, 24 have been at residence and 15 have been in opposition to groups ranked within the top-13 on the earth. Andonovski’s first recreation in cost was in opposition to Sweden, a 3-2 win on Nov. 7, 2019.



FIFA World Ranking: 11
AFC Ranking: 2
World Cup Appearances: 7 – 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019
2023 World Cup Qualifying: Automatic qualifier (co-host)
Record vs. USA: 1-27-4
Last Meeting vs. USA: Aug. 5, 2021 (USA received, 4-3) 
Head Coach: Tony Gustavsson


GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Lydia Williams (Arsenal, ENG), 12-Teagan Micah (Rosengård, NOR), 18-Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham United, ENG)  

DEFENDERS (9): 4-Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo GIK, SWE), 14-Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City, ENG), 7-Steph Catley (Arsenal, ENG), 21-Ellie Carpenter (Lyon, FRA), 3-Courtney Nevin (Melbourne Victory), 8-Charlotte Grant (Rosengård, Sweden), 5-Karly Roestbakken (LSK Kvinner, NOR), 2-Angela Beard (Fortuna Hjørring, DEN), 24-Jessika Nash (Sydney FC)

MIDFIELDERS (4):19-Kyra Cooney-Cross (Melbourne Victory), 10-Emily van Egmond (Orlando Pride), 13-Tameka Yallop (West Ham United, ENG), 6-Clare Wheeler (Fortuna Hjørring, DEN)

FORWARDS (9): 20-Sam Kerr (Chelsea, ENG), 9-Caitlin Foord (Arsenal, ENG), 11-Mary Fowler (Montpellier, FRA), 15-Emily Gielnik (Aston Villa, ENG), 16-Hayley Raso (Everton, ENG), 17-Kyah Simon (Tottenham Hotspur, NED), 22-Bryleeh Henry (Western Sydney Wanderers), 23-Remy Siemsen (Sydney FC), 25-Charlize Rule (Sydney FC)



  • Since falling to the USA within the bronze medal match on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Australia is 1-1-1 in its final three outings. The Matilda’s fell to the Republic of Ireland, 3-2 on September 22 in Dublin, earlier than returning to Australia throughout the October worldwide window to play their first residence video games in almost 600 days. Australia beat Brazil, 3-1, on October 23 and the groups performed to a 2-2 draw three days later. Both matches in opposition to Brazil had been performed in Sydney.

  • Australia, regardless of having 23 of the 25 gamers on its roster of their 20s or youthful, is likely one of the most skilled groups on the earth. Five gamers have 100 or extra caps, led by defender Clare Polkinghorne, who has performed 138 occasions and scored 13 targets for the Matildas. Midfielder Emily van Egmond (110/24), defender Alana Kennedy (101/8), ahead Kya Simon (103/26) and Sam Kerr (102/49), are the opposite members of the Century Club on the roster.

  • Veteran Tameka Yallop is on 99 caps and is ready to earn her 100th in Sydney. Yallop would turn into the 12th 100-capped Matilda all-time. The USA has 41 gamers who’ve performed 100 or extra occasions for the USA, 11 who’ve performed 200 or extra occasions and three within the 300-cap membership.

  • Australia has 12 gamers on its roster who’ve scored on the full worldwide degree. The USA has 9.

  • Only six of Australia’s gamers are presently with golf equipment of their homeland. Only one is presently within the USA (van Egmond; Orlando Pride) and the opposite 18 are unfold out over Europe. England is a well-liked vacation spot for the Matildas, with 9 gamers enjoying within the Women’s Super League, however three gamers are in Sweden, two are in France (together with defender Ellie Carpenter at Lyon the place she’s a teammate with the USA’s Catarina Macario), two are in Denmark and one participant is in Norway.

  • With 49 worldwide targets, Kerr shouldn’t be solely the main scorer on the Matildas roster however is the all-time main scorer in Australia Women’s National Team historical past, and with yet another purpose, will tie Tim Cahill because the all-time chief in Australia soccer historical past.

  • Australia is making ready for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup that can be contested in January 20-Feb. 6 in India. The 12-team event is cut up into three teams of 4 groups every. Australia was drawn into Group B with Indonesia (Jan. 21), Philippines (Jan. 24) and Thailand (Jan. 27). All three of Australia’s group video games can be performed in Mumbai.

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