What do the USA think of the Westfield Matildas?

The USA may be the world's No.1-ranked side, but their head coach Jill Ellis believes they will face stern opposition when they face the Westfield Matildas in today's friendly (kick off 12.30pm AEDT).

Ellis, 52, has observed the emerging rivalry between the United States and the Westfield Matildas closer than most, having been at the helm for nearly five years.

See below for what the opposition coach had to say about facing the Westfield Matildas.

 

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On playing the Westfield Matildas…

“We’ve had some highly competitive games with them over the past few years and we love playing Australia as they push us to be better on both ends of the field.”

Ellis
Ellis was officially appointed head coach of the USA in May 2014

On a new feel about the Westfield Matildas…

“There aren’t very many unknowns between our teams and they have quite a few players playing in the NWSL, but while there is a familiarity, they will also have new leadership, and that may or may not influence a change in personnel or style.”

Ante Milicic issues instructions during the latest training session in Denver
Ante Milicic leads Australia into battle against the USA for the first time today

On the USA’s preparations…

“What remains important is our preparedness for being able to read and manage any situations our opponents will present.”

The Westfield Matildas drew 1-1 with the USA in the 2018 Tournament of Nations

On the USA’s goals for their April friendlies…

“Australia is a top-six team, and Belgium came within a goal of qualifying for the World Cup, so these opponents will provide us a level of competition that we’ll be experiencing in France.

“Our time together will be important to keep forging team chemistry and build on the connectivity on the pitch so we can bring out the best from each other in our team play.”

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