Matidas will take a crucial step this weekend in preparation for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Avid Matidas will face two heavyweights against AEST Spain on Sunday morning before taking on Portugal on Wednesday morning.
The fixtures are set to be a tough test for the new Australian side, with coach Tony Gustavson looking for members of the squad and the next generation of stars to lift the World Cup squad.
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There is no major squad without Captain Sam Carr, Deputy Captain Steve Catelli and strikers Kathleen Ford, Kayah Simon, Haili Raso and Mary Foeller. In the absence of center-back Alana Kennedy, long-serving Fulbach Eli Carpenter has been out of action for a long time. Ivy Luwick is also out of the camp, with Kira Cunei-Cross recently playing in the US in the USSL in shock and late to replace the broken Alex Cediac.
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That main team of nine or ten players has finished their domestic season, and they have been given a chance to rest and recover – this team has played the entire calendar year domestic and international football, nothing real – season, over ten years.
In their absence, the team is full of players in form – including the hard-to-reach presence of women in the League – and overlaps quickly and forcefully. Significantly, many players offer space and tactical flexibility, which could be crucial for the 2023 World Cup.
Coach Gustavson said: “This coming camp and international window is a great opportunity for the many players in our squad. About the best possible preparation for all 23 players competing to be part of the 23 (players).
This June’s selection was based on a variety of factors, but in the end it was to personalize the players’ programs in the long run… For some players this meant to be part of a priceless match against Spain and Portugal. Opportunity to show how to strengthen our team. For another group, it is important to be alert to recurring illnesses without having to focus on the highest levels of competition and rebuild the fitness line.
The team includes a number of newcomers to Celtic Jasinta Galabadarachchi, McKenzie Hawksby, Matilda McNamara, Jamila Rankin and Taylor Ray. The other nine players have 10 copies or less.
But there are experienced faces to balance the side.
Captain Clare Polkinghorn, Emily van Egmond and Tameka Yalop, and Captain Katrina Gory and Emily Gillnick.
Overall, the fixtures are a chance to face some formidable opponents – with Ballon d’Or winner Alexandria Putelas leading the way for the 10th time against Spain.
Both Spain and its neighbors want to take control of Portugal and provide valuable learning experiences for young Australian stars.
Spain v Australia
Day Sunday, June 26, 5 ፡ 30 AM (AEST)
Location: New Columbia Stadium, Huelva
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Portugal v Australia
When to fly Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 AM (AEST)
Venue Antonio Coimbra da Mota Stadium Estoril.
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