USWNT to play two-game series against Australia in November

Lizzy Becherano
 USWNT to travel to Australia for two friendlies against the Matildas
USWNT to travel to Australia for two friendlies against the Matildas / Brad Smith/ISI Photos/GettyImages

The United States women’s national team is heading to Australia this month to take part in a two-game series against the 2023 World Cup co-hosts. 

The Matildas will host the USWNT for the first time in 21 years at  Stadium Australia in Sydney on Nov. 27 and then in Newcastle on Nov. 30, the football federation confirmed on Thursday. 

"This is a vital and final opportunity to see the players against an extremely high-quality nation before we select the final squad for the AFC Women's Asian Cup," Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson said.

"Meeting the U.S. women's national team on home soil will mark the sixth unique opponent in the top 10 that this team would have faced in 2021.

"With each match, we are continuing to get one day better as a team, and at the same time providing invaluable experience to the younger players in the roster."

The two teams have a long-standing rivalry, having last met during the Tokyo Olympics in the fight for the bronze medal, with the Americans claiming the victory. 

"This trip and these games will be fantastic tests and learning opportunities," said U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski.

"Getting to go to one of the countries hosting the next Women's World Cup and having to deal with the travel and facing one of the best teams in the world is a great way to end the year."

Australian national team coach Tony Gustavsson is no stranger to the USWNT after having acted as assistant coach from 2012 until the team’s 2019 World Cup win in France. 

This round of friendlies comes after the USWNT hosted South Korea for two games in October in what was deemed to be Carli Lloyd’s farewell tour.