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The Matildas will go back to america hoping for extra good fortune as they shield their Match of Countries name later this 12 months. (Reuters/USA These days: Kelvin Kuo)
One year in the past, the Match of Countries marked the Matildas’ greatest step forward in international soccer — now the Australian crew are showed to shield their name towards the similar 3 facets as 2017.
The second one version of the four-team match will likely be held in the USA in July and August this 12 months.
In 2017, the Matildas surprised lovers and pundits alike, beating the USA for the primary time ever within the opening recreation, and likewise defeating Japan and Brazil to complete with a 100 in keeping with cent file and win the match.
Matildas striker Sam Kerr scored a hat-trick towards Japan, after which the Australians put six objectives previous Brazil to clinch the name.
Sam Kerr’s hat-trick towards Japan ultimately 12 months’s Match of Countries despatched the Matildas’ big name’s popularity hovering. (Reuters: Mike Blake)
The match kicked off a successful streak that introduced the Matildas to their best-ever world rating of fourth in March this 12 months.
Australia is now again in 6th spot, however the Matildas closing month certified for subsequent 12 months’s FIFA Ladies’s Global Cup in France, earlier than dropping to Japan within the Asian Cup ultimate.
This 12 months’s Match of Countries will likely be crucial marker of the place the Australian crew sits forward of the Global Cup.
The 2018 match will once more be hosted through the USA, with video games to be performed in Kansas Town, East Hartford, Connecticut and at Bridgeview, close to Chicago.
The Matildas will open their match with a recreation towards Brazil on July 27 (AEST) in Kansas Town.
Alen Stajcic’s crew will then meet the hosts in Connecticut on Monday July 30 (AEST), earlier than completing their marketing campaign towards Japan on August three (AEST).