Matildas to take on World Champions USA

The Matildas will take on recently crowned World Champions USA in the build up to next February’s Olympic qualifiers.

The two matches to be held in Detroit (September 17) and Birmingham (September 20) will be the squad’s first hit out since being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup by Japan.

For the Aussies it will also be a chance to reacquaint themselves with the USA who defeated them 3-1 in their opening group stage match.

The USA lifted the World Cup following their emphatic 5-2 win over Japan earlier this month.

“We can’t ask for better preparation playing the World Champions and the country who is the number one ranked team by a long way now,” Stajcic said.

“We had a great game against them in the World Cup and we’ll be looking to renew that battle and see how much we have improved in that two or three month period since the World Cup.

“We’ll just be looking to build on our momentum. We played pretty well in Canada and showed a good level of football, so our goal is to keep improving on our consistency, on our maturity on the ball, there are still a lot of areas we need to improve on.”

In a significant boost to preparations a host of Matildas are currently plying their trade in the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League.

Striker Michelle Heyman is one of those who has got off to a cracking start in the US – voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week, for week 14, by the media.

The 27-year-old scored on debut for the Western New York Flash, helping her side to a 3-3 home draw against Sky Blue FC.

Player of the Week honours are decided by a selection of sports journalists who cover the league.

Stajcic said: “The more players we have playing overseas the more experience they’re getting and the better it is for our national team.

“Michelle Heyman scored a goal on her debut for Western New York flash, while Sam Kerr struck the winner for Sky Blue FC last week, so they’re showing it wasn’t a fluke that we performed well on the world stage and I know that they’re going to bring this experience back into the national team.”

“For the players currently playing in America we’ll meet them over there and the domestic players will probably come in for one camp prior to the matches.”