Matildas defender Gema Simon knows how important it is to perform in friendlies before the World Cup and is relishing the opportunity to play the USA next Friday.
Australia’s World Cup campaign is edging closer and the Matildas are currently training in the University of Colorado in Denver.
The US are currently ranked first in the world and were the World Cup winners in Canada in 2015.
The Stars and Stripes still remain one of the favourites to win the tournament in France and have a wealth of experience in their squad including Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn.
Simon added she was looking forward to the test against the Americans.
“It’ll be awesome, it’s going to be a big challenge and they’ve got quality all over the park, so I think it’ll be a really good game,” Simon said.
“It’s a very important game. Leading into the World Cup, we’re going to have to beat the best teams to win that.
“I guess this is really good preparation, so it’ll be good to test out the squad to see where we’re at now and see what we need to work on.”
Simon has 10 caps for the Matildas and was keen to don the new spew kit inspired jersey next week.
“I think the new kit is cool, it’s very old school and I’m looking forward to seeing the girls in, I think everyone will look good in it,” she said.
“It’s awesome being in this environment, training with the best players in the country and preparing for the World Cup. I’m looking forward to the team getting everyone in and going from there.
“Ante Milicic didn’t go through too much this morning, I guess he’ll wait until the entire squad is back in. His normal messages was to not waste any sessions and to make sure we’re switched on for every training session.”