Sydney star’s return headlines 4 Liberty A-League inclusions for Matildas friendly

In-form Sydney FC star Cortnee Vine has returned to the CommBank Matildas squad for next month’s international friendly against Mexico in the United States.

Vine is one of four Liberty A-League players in the 23-player squad – alongside Sydney teammate Jada Whyman, Canberra United legend Michelle Heyman and Brisbane Roar star Tameka Yallop, set to go head-to-head with CONCACAF W Gold Cup semi-finalists Mexico in San Antonio on April 10.

The Sky Blues forward sat out February’s Olympic Games qualifiers against Uzbekistan after taking personal leave but she returns to the national team fold having scored four goals in two games for defending champions Sydney.

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“Following the achievement of Paris 2024 qualification, our attention turns fully to ensuring the best preparation in terms of matches and training activity for the Olympics,” said head coach Tony Gustavsson.

“With our opponents revealed at the Olympic Draw this Thursday, our extremely challenging assignment over the coming months, and next two FIFA international windows, is to narrow down on the final 18 players that will provide the best chance for success when taking on those rivals in France.

“That those decisions will be difficult speaks to the genuine depth and competition for places that we have created over the past three years. Unfortunately, due to limited roster spots for the Olympics, that results in some very good players in strong form missing out on selection for this window and for the Olympics.”

Heyman retains her place in the CommBank Matildas team after scoring five goals in two games for the Paris-bound Australians.

The Canberra veteran continues to lead the Liberty A-League Golden Boot race with 14 goals so far, while Roar midfielder Yallop has scored two goals in her past three appearances in the competitions.

However, Western United captain Chloe Logarzo will not feature due to a hip injury.

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Gustavsson added: “We have been consistent on the keys for squad selection which incorporates individual performances for club and in previous camps, combined with connection and chemistry. This 23-player squad looks to balance those areas as best as possible.

“The upcoming international against Mexico will see one eye on preparation mode against a quality opponent who recently defeated the USWNT last month, while also continuing to implement our evolving playing style ahead of what will be a very competitive Olympic tournament.”

Match Details
Mexico v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 9 April 2024 (local) / Wed, 10 April 2024 (AUS)
Kick-off: 7.00pm (local) / 10.00am (AEST)
Venue: Toyota Field, San Antonio, TX
Broadcast: Paramount+