Matildas vs Mexico live updates: Australia in wild team shake up

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Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the Matildas vs Mexico.

The international friendly, being played at the Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas, is one of coach Tony Gustavsson’s final chances to settle on his squad for the Paris Olympics, beginning July 26.

The Matildas have been hit by an injury crisis in 2024, beginning with Sam Kerr’s long-term knee injury.

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The blows kept coming this week when Emily Gielnik, who was herself a late addition to the squad, was also sent home from the team’s US camp after suffering a calf-injury.

Senior Matildas Katrina Gorry and Clare Hunt are also missing through injury.

Wednesday’s match against Mexico, who failed to qualify for the Olympics, is crucial for Matildas players to press their claims to be selected in Gustavsson’s final squad.

Following the Mexico result, the Matildas will have just two more matches — both against China on May 31 and June 3 — before they begin their Olympic campaign.

10.10am – Raso magic gets the Tillies off and running

The dream start for the Matildas.

Hayley Raso has kicked the opening goal after an attacking run ended with the ball at her feet at the top of the box.

After a little bit of fancy footwork, Raso squared up to goal and slammed it home beyond the outstretched hand of the Mexican keeper.

9.15am – Gustavsson forced into selection changes

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson has been forced to get creative with some selection switches to face Mexico.

Missing defender Clare Hunt and midfielder Katrina Gorry from the team that spanked Uzbekistan 10-0 on February 28, Hayley Raso and Emily van Egmond have been selected in the starting XI.

The surprising selections include the decision to leave Clare Wheeler on the bench and putting captain Steph Catley in a central defender role.

Mary Fowler has retained her spot on the wing.

Kaitlyn Torpey has been selected at left back and Socceroos great Andy Harper said on Channel 10, the utility can earn her spot in the 16-player Olympic squad if she impresses against Mexico.

“It’s a huge vote of confidence,” Harper said.

“It signals that Kaitlyn, depending on how Mexico goes… if you can cut the mustard in this environment, if that press from Mexico eventuates, then you would have to say she is in the 16.

“That’s an early call to go out with. The versatility thing is a big issue.”

8.30am — Matildas open up on impact of injury crisis

Depth in the Matildas has never been stronger which makes being “available” among the most important factors for players looking to make the Matildas squad for the Paris Olympics, according to star Ellie Carpenter.

Carpenter, who has notched up a decade of games for Australia, is a vice-captain and eyeing off a third Olympics, said despite the injuries the squad was in a “good place” and the depth ensued the push for spots in the squad was on.

“Depth in this squad has just gotten so much better over the past three, four years,” she said.

“I think this is the most depth we’ve had in terms of selection.

“A roster of 16 field players and two goalkeepers [for the Olympics] – everyone’s spot is up for grabs. These players are pushing that and I think it’s really important to have so much depth and to make Tony [Gustavsson] make some really hard decisions.”

Carpenter said the growing demands on the Matildas for club and country made availability, that is being fit and ready to go, a new determining factor in who will wear the green and gold in Paris.

“Being available is the most important thing, to be honest,” she said.

“The Olympics, we know it’s very demanding on the body. Every two days you’re playing, you have to travel, it’s such a tough schedule.”

“We all know that – a majority of us have experienced the Olympics. Being, hopefully my third Olympics is quite crazy, but we kind of know what is head of us.

“That’s why it’s so important to prepare well, physically and mentally is massively important.”

— with NCA NewsWire