Matildas name squad to play US

April 14, 2008

The Matildas will bid to topple world No.1 the United States in a two-match series later this month with a largely unchanged squad from last year's World Cup.

Australian women's soccer coach Tom Sermanni announced a 20-strong squad including 15 members of the touring party that reached the quarter-finals of last year's Women's World Cup in China.

A number of younger players, including teenage Indigenous striker Kyah Simon, have also been named and will be looking to impress in the two internationals against the US in North Carolina and Alabama on April 27 and May 3.

"There are five changes from our World Cup squad for this tour so to some degree we are rebuilding the depth across the squad," said Sermanni.

"This is another opportunity for some of the fringe players of the last few years to cement their place in the team.

"Kyah is a promising talent who has come into recent camps and basically got herself selected with her displays.

"She has a great ability to unsettle defences and also possesses a natural football ability and game awareness."

Midfielder Heather Garriock, who plays for Danish club Fortuna Hjorring, will be looking to become the youngest Australian to reach 100 caps in the first match against the US.

The 25-year-old will be only the fourth player to reach the milestone after team-mates Cheryl Salisbury and Joanne Peters, and retired defender Anissa Tann.

Australia are yet to beat the current Olympic champions, but notched up two draws against the American's in their last three meetings and are ranked internationally at an all-time high of 12.

As well as the two internationals, Australia also plays the Carolina Railhawks on April 29 on their American tour.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Melissa Barbieri, Lydia Williams; Defenders: Di Alagich, Kim Carroll, Lauren Colthorpe, Kate McShea, Karla Reuter, Cheryl Salisbury, Clare Polkinghorne; Midfielders: Joanne Burgess, Amy Chapman, Heather Garriock, Collette McCallum, Amber Neilson, Joanne Peters, Sally Shipard; Forwards Kate Gill, Caitlin Munoz, Kyah Simon, Sarah Walsh.