USWNT vs Australia Tournament of Nations Preview
By Caroline McCray
The United States Women’s National Team heads to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington to host Australia in the first leg of the Tournament of Nations. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 9:00 pm CT on Thursday, July 27th.
FC Kansas City forward Sydney Leroux and defender Becky Sauerbrunn were added to the 23-player roster last week by head coach Jill Ellis. Sauerbrunn has 126 international caps for the USWNT and Leroux has 75 caps with 35 goals.
The Tournament of Nations includes four countries: United States, Australia, Japan, and Brazil. USA is currently ranked number one in the world, Japan is sixth, Australia is seventh, and Brazil is eighth. The USWNT will play three games against all three teams in a span of eight days.
The U.S. Women's National Team has never lost to Australia and has an overall record of 25-0-2 against the Matildas. The first time these two teams met was December 16th, 1987, when the USA won 6-0.
The most recent time they played was at the 2015 FIFA World Cup in the Group stage. Two goals from Megan Rapinoe and a goal from Christen Press earned the USA a 3-1 victory. Both Rapinoe and Press are on the roster for the game on Thursday.
The USWNT has faced Australia fifteen times on U.S. soil. Out of those fifteen games, they have won fourteen and tied one.
You can watch the United States WNT play Australia for the twenty-eighth time on ESPN. After this game, they will play Brazil on Sunday, July 30th and Japan on Thursday, August 3rd.
Watch Sydney and Becky along with their USWNT teammates play at Swope Soccer Village at any of FC Kansas City's remaining home games. Tickets are available for purchase here.