USWNT boss Andonovski says Australian test will reveal ‘who is suitable for this and who is not’ | Instant News


USA women’s head coach Vlatko Andonovski is looking forward to seeing how his inexperienced roster takes on the two tough friendlies to come against Australia.

The USWNT will face Matildas on Friday evening US time in Sydney before Tuesday’s other clash at Newcastle.

From 23 players called up Andonovski, only 10 were part of the Olympic squad that won bronze in Japan this summer.

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“This is no coincidence,” Andonovski said of his choice to travel to face Australia.

“We want to test [them] right off the bat. We want to test the players who are in this environment right now against some of the best players and we want to test them in the difficulties we will have here: long drive, jet lag after a long NWSL year against great team players, 40,000 people in the stadium.

“I think very quickly into the game we’ll know who’s fit for this and who’s not.”

A new era for USWNT

After a disappointing third-place finish at the Olympics, the USWNT had four friendlies in September and October which required Andonovski to select a roster consisting mostly of his Olympic squad.

But this month’s friendly in Australia saw Andonovski take his chance to bring on some untested players as the USWNT looks ahead to the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Thirteen players on the roster have 10 caps or less, including six players yet to play: Bethany Balcer, Bella Bixby, Imani Dorsey, Casey Murphy, Ashley Sanchez and Morgan Weaver.

Only two players on the roster are 30 or older: 36-year-old defender Becky Sauerbrunn and 30-year-old midfielder Kristie Mewis.

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