21/02/2024

The Matildas in a training session in April 2023. Photo Credit: Rachel Bach/Football Australia

The Matildas have announced that they will face the side currently ranked 35 in the FIFA rankings in San Antonio, Texas during the April international window on April 9.

The two sides last met in a friendly prior to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which saw Australia claim a 3-2 victory.

Coach Tony Gustavsson explained the importance of getting to play a team like Mexico to further the teams development.

“When I started with the CommBank Matildas we identified the need to continue challenging ourselves against different types of styles, opponents and experiencing high quality matches that allows us to strive to get one day better,” Gustavsson said.

“Every match we schedule is deliberate and are key to our bigger picture of preparing the team for global tournaments and to take on the best teams in the world.  

“With quality players across the park, where many play their club football with top teams, Mexico is certainly an opponent that will offer strong competition, and the knowledge we will gain from the questions they ask will boost our team.”

Mexico will be the 27th different side the Matildas will have faced during Gustavsson’s time as coach, which covers all six FIFA confederations.

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Before the April window takes place, the Matildas have a challenge waiting ahead against Uzbekistan.

The two sides face off in a two-legged tie on February 24 and 28, with the winner securing qualification to the Paris Olympics.

When he selected the squad for the qualifiers, Gustavsson said the side is itching to come together.

“After a significant 2023 and well-earned break, we are itching to come together with a clear focus and mission in front of us as we look to complete the first phase of our Olympic journey.

“We appreciate the task ahead of us. Uzbekistan is equally motivated to create their own nation’s history and will be a well-prepared opponent.” 

The two match series against Uzbekistan will see the Matildas travel to Tashkent for the first leg on February 24, with the return leg to be played in Melbourne on February 28.

The game against Mexico will kick off at 7pm Tuesday April 9 (local time)/10am Wednesday April 10 (AEST) in San Antonio, Texas.

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