13 February 2020

USA confirm games against Australia with attendance record expected to be broken

USA's women's soccer team have confirmed home and away friendly fixtures against Australia in November 2021.

The last time that the Matildas hosted the US for a friendly match was in 2000.

The announcement was accompanied by the news that the world champions will play both Australia and Brazil at home in April of this year, while Australia will take on Canada.

In their upcoming clash with the US, Australia will will face them in the 20,000-capacity Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.

Meanwhile, speaking about the announcement that USA will be travelling Down Under next year, Football Federation Australia Chief Executive James Johnson said: “This really is an exciting announcement for football fans in Australia.

“The Westfield Matildas have developed a great rivalry with the USA and to be able to face them three times before the end of next year is a serious boost to the game in this country.

“We very much look forward to welcoming some of the best players in the world to our shores next year. We’re anticipating that states and territories, cities, and stadiums alike will display a keen interest in securing hosting rights to these fixtures as the Matildas test themselves against truly world class opposition.

“Last November we had a record crowd of 20,029 at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta to see the Westfield Matildas defeat Chile, and we fully anticipate that record to be surpassed in the games against the United States next year."

Australia's head coach Ante Milicic added: “It is important we focus on the job we have to do to qualify for Tokyo 2020, however should we be successful in our aim to reach the Olympics playing the USA, as well as Canada, this April will form a key part of our preparations."

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