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The United States Women’s National Team is back on the pitch Friday night as the Stars and Stripes head to a friendly with Australia.

The youth movement is in full effect on the list with many new faces having a chance to shine for their nation for the first time on the world stage.

Here’s what you need to know about the International Friendly …

When is the kick-off? Friday, November 26, 11 p.m. ET

Where is the match being played? Australia Stadium, Sydney, Australia

Which TV channel is it on? FS2

What streaming is it on? Fox Sports app

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US returns to action on Friday / David Berding / GettyImages

The USWNT travels with a young team, comprising five uncapped players and 12 who have made 10 appearances or less. Longtime mainstays including Alyssa Naeher, Sam Mewis and Julie Ertz have been dropped from the list due to injury.

Head coach Vlatko Andonovski said this game will serve to get to know young players in a tough road environment. The coach hopes to train the next generation as several older figures consider retiring.

“Australia are an incredible team,” said Andonovski. “They play at home, long trips with a lot of fans. We will find out very quickly who is suited for the big games under pressure.

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Australia host USWNT in two international friendlies / Cameron Spencer / GettyImages

The Matildas are expected to host the USWNT twice for two friendlies, Friday in Sydney and Tuesday, November 30 at 4:05 a.m. (ET) in Newcastle.

On match day, Friday’s game in Sydney was less than 1,000 tickets away from the busiest game in team history, according to the team Twitter account.

Australia has several players who play or have played professionally in the NWSL, including former NSWL star Sam Kerr, who won the league’s Golden Boot award in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

USWNT: Campbell; Fox, Cook, Sauerbrunn, Huerta; Sullivan, Sanchez, Lavelle, Smith; Macario, Purce

Australia: Williams; Carpenter, Kennedy, Polkinghorne, Catley; Cooney-Cross, Fowler, Yallop van Egmond; Foord, Kerr

The Americans have dominated against Australia since the nations first met in 1987, with the USWNT holding a 26-1-4 all-time series lead. The Australians only won against the United States in 2017 in a 1-0 international friendly in Seattle. The USWNT beat Australia 4-3 in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August, securing a third place finish in the event.

It hasn’t been the best year for the USWNT, but it’s still the most dominant women’s national team on the planet, and a team that has historically been excellent against Australia. With a young and hungry roster set to prove themselves internationally, expect the Americans to come out full blast and extend their lead in the series.

Prediction: USWNT 2-1 Australia



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