Football: U.S. women to play Australia in two friendlies

Reuters

Posted at Nov 04 2021 10:12 AM

United States' players, most kneeling against racism, listen to their national anthem ahead of the women's friendly football match between the Netherlands and the United States of America (USA), at the Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda, the Netherlands, on November 27, 2020. File photo. Dean Mouhtaropoulos, AFP.
United States' players, most kneeling against racism, listen to their national anthem ahead of the women's friendly football match between the Netherlands and the United States of America (USA), at the Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda, the Netherlands, on November 27, 2020. File photo. Dean Mouhtaropoulos, AFP.

MELBOURNE - The United States national women's team will head to Australia this month for a two-friendly series against the 2023 World Cup co-hosts.

Australia will host the world champions for the first time in 21 years at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Nov. 27 and in Newcastle on Nov. 30, Football Australia said on Thursday.

The teams last met at the Olympics, where the United States won the bronze medal playoff 4-3.

Australia coach Tony Gustavsson said he would use the matches to help pick his squad for the women's Asian Cup in India next year.

"The U.S. Women’s National Team are a team with quality across the park and will mark another great challenge for the playing group," he said in a media release.

Australia are co-hosts of the 2023 Women's World Cup with New Zealand.

"Hosting the U.S. Women’s National Team for the first time in over two decades is another great taste of what the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 will look and feel like at Stadium Australia,” said Football Australia boss James Johnson.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)