Matildas to face USA as part of World Cup preparations

Not a bad way for the green and gold to warm up for the World Cup

The Matildas have locked in a friendly against the USA as part of extensive preparations for the 2019 World Cup in France.

Australia will face off against the current world number one in April next year in Colorado with a handful of other friendlies to be revealed in coming months.

Both nations are no strangers to one another having played 28 times with their last encounter ending in a 1-1 draw at the Tournament of Nations which was enough for the US to claim the title. 

After ending 2018 with a strong win over Chile, the Matildas are among the favourites for the World Cup next year with the groups to be decided on Sunday. 

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Australia coach Alen Stajcic believes the match against the US looms as ideal preparation for his side leading up to the tournament in France. 

"The USA are one of the favourites to win next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup so it is fantastic that we will be able to play them just a couple of months before the start of the tournament in France," Stajcic said.

"Come April next year many of our players will be playing their club football in the National Women’s Soccer League, so it also makes sense from a logistical perspective to arrange a camp and friendly in North America as we continue to prepare for the World Cup.

"We expect to play a further five or six matches prior to the start of next year’s World Cup."