Where EAST meets the Northwest
FANCY FOOTWORK. Samantha Kerr (#20) of Australia, left, fights for control of
the ball against Nana Ichise (#5) of Japan during the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) Jordan 2018 Women’s Asian Cup final at Amman International
Stadium in Amman, Jordan on April 20, 2018. The 2019 Women’s World Cup begins
June 7 in France. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)
From The Asian Reporter, V29, #11 (June 3, 2019), page 8.
Sam Kerr to lead Australia squad at Women’s World Cup
SYDNEY (AP) — Star forward Sam Kerr will lead an experienced Australia squad
at the Women’s World Cup in France, where the Matildas are aiming to go beyond
the quarterfinals for the first time.
Kerr, who made her international debut at age 15 in 2009, has scored 31 goals
in her 76 full international games and is the all-time leading scorer in the
U.S. National Women’s Soccer League. She scored twice in the recent 3-1 victory
by the Chicago Red Stars over North Carolina, ending the defending champion
Courage’s 15-game unbeaten streak, and later told reporters she’d see them after
the World Cup — with the trophy.
Australia coach Ant Milicic announced a Matildas squad that has almost 1,300
international caps combined.
Lisa de Vanna, Clare Polkinghorne, and Lydia Williams have been picked for a
fourth World Cup campaign and six players, including Kerr, are going to the
biggest event in women’s soccer for a third time.
"This is a special group of Australian footballers because, as a unit, they
have accumulated a wealth of international experience despite the average age of
the team being quite young," Milicic said. "Having players who have appeared at
multiple World Cups in our squad will help to guide the eight players travelling
to their first."
Kyah Simon, who has scored at the last two World Cups but has been struggling
with a long-term ankle injury, and 17-year-old Kyra Cooney-Cross were included
in an expanded 25-player squad for a Matildas camp in Turkey and will remain on
standby in case of injuries to other players.
Milicic said Simon had only played 13 minutes in competitive games this year
and, "it’s not enough."
"There’s been a steep decline," Milicic said. "Her last full game was in May
last year. I understand the quality that she can bring, but it was my call that
it was too much of a risk at this stage."
Australia lost a warmup match against the Netherlands, 0-3, on June 1. The
squad opens its World Cup Group C campaign against Italy on June 9.
The Australian women have been knocked out in the quarterfinals at the last
three World Cups, twice by eventual runners-up.
Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Teagan Micha, Lydia
Defenders: Teigen Allen, Laura Alleway, Ellie Carpenter,
Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne, Gema Simon.
Midfielders: Katrina Gorry, Amy Harrison, Elise Kellond-Knight,
Chloe Logarzo, Aivi Luik, Emily van Egmond, Tameka Yallop.
Forwards: Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Mary Fowler, Emily
Gielnik, Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso.
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Women’s World Cup - France 2019
Countries by Group:
Women’s World Cup dates:
June 7 to 20
Round of 16
June 22 to 25
June 27 to 29
July 2 & 3
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