Opponent Watch: Australia’s Travel Roster for its Friendlies with the USWNT

On Wednesday, the travel roster for the Australia Women National Team’s upcoming trip to the United States was released by their FA. The Matildas will be playing the United States Women’s National Team in two friendlies, on September 16th and the 19th, along with a tune-up match against the WNT of Haiti prior to those friendlies on September 13th.

* * *

ROSTER NOTES

MISSING THEIR TOP THREE ‘KEEPERS — Australia will be traveling with twenty players and will be missing all three of their goalkeepers from the 2011 Women’s World CUp: starter Melissa Barbieri (maternity leave), plus back-ups Lydia Williams (ACL injury) and Casey Dumont (groin injury).

YOUNG GOALKEEPERS — The two ‘keepers that the Matilda did bring are still in their teens: 18 year-old Mackenzie Arnold and 17 year-old Brianna Davey. Neither has a senior international cap.

OTHER PLAYERS NOT AVAILABLE — At least five other players are not fully available for the Matildas, including starting left fullback Elise Kellond-Knight (knee injury), starting wide-midfielder/winger Heather Garriock (maternity leave), midfielder Tameka Butt (foot or ankle injury), and forward Leena Khamis (ACL injury). Also, two-sport international Ellyse Perry was left out due to a combination of commitments from her other sport, cricket, and university exams (brisbanetimes.com.au).

WALSH RETIRING — These matches will be forward Sara Walsh’s last international matches as she has recently announced her retirement from international soccer (www.footballaustralia.com.au). Currently, she has 67 caps and 31 goals.

* * *

TABLE: Australia’s Travel Roster for September 2012 Trip

PLAYER                P.       D.O.B.    AGE   HT.   Caps   Goals
Allen, Teigen         DF   02/12/1994   18.6   168     16       0
Alleway, Laura        DF   11/28/1989   22.8   178     10       0
Arnold, Mackenzie     GK   ??/??/1994   18.?   ???      0       0
Brogan, Danielle      DF   06/28/1988   24.2   168      3       0
Brown, Ashley         FW   12/04/1994   17.8   174      3       0
Catley, Stephanie     MF   01/26/1994   18.6   168      3       0
Davey, Brianna        GK   01/13/1995   17.7   175      0       0
de Vanna, Lisa        FW   11/14/1984   27.8   156     82      26
Foord, Caitlin        DF   11/11/1994   17.8   165     10       0
Gielnik, Emily        FW   05/13/1992   20.3   183      1       0
Gill, Kate            FW   12/10/1984   27.8   180     71      34
Heyman, Michelle      FW   07/04/1988   24.2   175      6       0
Kennedy, Alanna       DF   01/21/1995   17.7   ???      0       0
Kerr, Samantha        FW   09/10/1993   19.0   167     18       3
McCallum, Collette    MF   03/26/1986   26.5   165     72      11
Polkinghorne, Clare   MF   02/01/1989   23.6   171     55       2
Simon, Kyah           FW   06/25/1991   21.2   164     37       7
Uzunlar, Servet       DF   08/03/1989   23.1   161     32       1
van Egmond, Emily     MF   07/23/1993   19.2   179     11       3
Walsh, Sarah          FW   01/11/1983   29.7   157     74      37
  • Position, height, and birthdate data has been culled from FIFA.com, the FFA’s website (footballaustralia.com.au/matildas/players), and other sources.
  • As always the primary positions listed (“P.” column) should be taken with a grain of salt.
  • Age is as of September 16th, which is the date of the first friendly against the USA.
  • Heights (“HT.” column) are in centimeters. (183cm = 6 ft. 168cm = 5 ft, 6.5 in.)

* * *

AUSTRALIA’S MATCH SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 13th: Haiti vs. Australia
Location: Michael A. Caroll Stadium (IUPUI); Indianapolis, Indiana
Kick-off: 7:00 p.m. local time

Sunday, September 16th: United States vs. Australia
Location: The Home Depot Center; Carson, California
Kick-off: 3:30 p.m. EDT (12:30 p.m. local time)
TV: NBC (live)

Wednesday, September 19th: United States vs. Australia
Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colorado
Kick-off: 10:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 p.m. local time)
TV: ESPN2 and ESPN3.com (live)

* * *

USA-AUSTRALIA SERIES

Australia has never defeated the United States in 21 tries, but has earned two draws: a 1:1 tie in the squad’s final group match of the 2004 Olympics, and a scoreless friendly in Fullerton, California.

The last time the two teams met was in 2008, in the Peace Queen Cup, held in South Korea. That match was a 2:1 win for the United States and was the third meeting between the two squads in 2008, as the Matildas and the Americans played a pair of friendlies in the States. Both of those friendlies were wins by the USA, but only by a single goal each time.

Australia is currently ranked 9th in the FIFA rankings, so the upcoming friendlies with the USA will be worth double ranking points as each team is in the top ten.