The Matildas are locked into play Mexico in April – with the clash to be staged on neutral territory in San Antonio.
If Tony Gustavsson’s side beat Uzbekistan later this month in a two-legged play-off for a spot at this year’s Olympics, the match against the Latin Americans in the US will be crucial ahead of the Games in Paris come July 26.
Gustavsson said he was excited to face the world No.35 team.
‘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,’ he 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.
The Matildas are locked into play Mexico in April – with the clash to be staged in San Antonio (pictured right, key figure Mary Fowler)
Unless injured, Katrina Gorry will be a lock in the Matildas squad to face Mexico in April
Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson believes Mexico will be an opposition who ‘offer strong competition’
‘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.’
Australia and Mexico have played on nine previous occasions, with the Matildas having won eight and lost just once since their first meeting back in 2003.
Meanwhile, Matildas trio Caitlin Foord, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Steph Catley are out of the Women’s FA Cup after Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 fifth-round loss to Manchester City on Monday.
The Gunners were repeatedly denied by 19-year-old City goalkeeper Khiara Keating, who made a number of stunning late saves.
Arsenal were also incensed when they believed the City shot-stopper had not saved a last-ditch effort from a scramble before it crossed the line – but the game day officials disagreed.
Mary Fowler came off the bench for the Citizens, replacing injured striker Bunny Shaw in the 67th minute.
Alanna Kennedy was brought on in injury-time to close out the game as her team sealed progression to the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, Matildas midfielder Clare Wheeler played 60 minutes as Everton thrashed Nottingham Forest 7-1 and defender Charli Grant played a full game as Tottenham beat Charlton 1-0.