Matildas to play Mexico in April

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The Matildas will travel to the United States in April to meet Mexico for the first time since 2011.

Should the Matildas qualify for this year’s Olympics by beating Uzbekistan over two legs this month, the match against the Mexicans will serve as part of Australia’s preparations for the Paris Games, which start in July.

“When I started with the Matildas we identified the need to continue challenging ourselves against different types of styles, opponents and experiencing high quality matches that allows us to strive to get one day better,” coach Tony Gustavsson said.

“Every match we schedule is deliberate and are key to our bigger picture of preparing the team for global tournaments and to take on the best teams in the world.

“With quality players across the park, where many play their club football with top teams, Mexico is certainly an opponent that will offer strong competition, and the knowledge we will gain from the questions they ask will boost our team.”

The game will be played on April 10 (Australian time) at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas. A kick-off time is yet to be determined.

The Socceroos also played Mexico in Texas last year, with the game finishing in a 2-2 draw.