Break out the oxygen.
The Matildas are heading for a meeting with the U.S. in April as part of their preparations for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
The match against the top-ranked Yanks will be held in Colorado on April 5.
It is a friendly, not to see which country is the friendliest, no one can compete with the Aussies in that category, although it is said that the Yanks in Colorado can be a mellow lot, assisted, no doubt by the influence of certain, now-legal recreational herbal products.
The Matildas have proven equal of the world’s number one squad before, beating the Americans last year to instill a sense of confidence in the Aussie women.
Midfielder Chloe Logarzo told The Daily Telegraph, “Beating America in America for the first time (last year) was unbelievable and it was proof of how hard we’ve worked. We’ve always known we could do it but just haven’t been able to get the result out of it. We were inching closer and closer.”
The Matildas have gotten as far as the quarterfinal stage in World Cup, so they have bragging rights over the Socceroos, but according to Logarzo, “We finally need to get over the hurdle of getting to the quarter final stage, that’s the furthest Australia has ever gotten. We just keep getting stuck at that final stage and try to push through to the semi-final or final.”
The April friendly will take place in the Denver suburb of Commerce City at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. That venue is home ground for the Denver MLS franchise.
Known as the Mile High City, Denver is tough on visitors from sea level and many world class athletes go there to train in the reduced oxygen environment.
Matildas’ coach Alen Stajcic is on his way to France for the Women’s 2019 FIFA World Cup draw and he told reporters, “The USA are one of the favourites to win next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup so it is fantastic that we will be able to play them just a couple of months before the start of the tournament in France.” Any of the Matildas who care for snow sports should be told that April in Colorado offers some of the deepest powder on the planet.