Princess Ibini, Ellie Carpenter join Matildas overseas stars for US tournament

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Teenager Princess Ibini is the only debutant named in
the Matildas squad.

AUSTRALIA’S entire overseas playing contingent —
along with a pair of teenagers — have been named in the
Matildas squad for this month’s Tournament of Nations in the
US.

Uncapped teenager Princess Ibini and Rio Olympian and
Sydney schoolgirl Ellie Carpenter
have made the cut for the
four-nation tournament, along with overseas-based guns
including Tameka Butt, Emily Gielnik, Caitlin Foord and Katrina
Gorry.

Also in the team is Samantha Kerr, who was recently named the
NWSL Player of the Week for the second time this season after
scoring a hat-trick for her US club Sky Blue FC.


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Matilda players Sam Kerr, Clare Polkinghorne and Ellie Carpenter.

Matilda players Sam Kerr,
Clare Polkinghorne and Ellie
Carpenter.
Source:News
Corp Australia

Princess Ibini is the only debutant named in the Matildas team

Princess Ibini is the only
debutant named in the Matildas team
Source:News Corp Australia

Winger Ibini, 17, is the sister of former Sydney FC speedster
Bernie, and has been a past member of the Young Matildas with
Carpenter, also 17.

Coach Alan Stajcic said Ibini, the only debutant in the squad,
had impressed playing for the Young Matildas in recent matches
against Canada and the USA in Canberra.

“We’ve always known she’s got a lot of potential but she really
stepped up in the games against Canada and America last week,
so it’s a great sign that she’s been able to progress to senior
international football,” Stajcic said.


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Caitlin Foord celebrates a goal with team mates during the women's international friendly match between Australia and New Zealand last year.

Caitlin Foord celebrates a
goal with team mates during the women’s international
friendly match between Australia and New Zealand last
year.
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Missing from the squad are Michelle Heyman and Kyah Simon who
are both rehabilitating from injury.

The touring Matildas team have been tasked with the job of
securing a historic win over the US at the event.

Australia has yet to beat the women’s football powerhouse in
their previous 26 clashes.

Australia will also meet Japan and arch rivals Brazil — the
team which knocked them out of the Olympics last year — at the
tournament.

Australian-based players will depart for the US on July 21 with
the Westfield Matildas’ first match against the US in Seattle
on July 28.

Originally published as
Teens score Matildas spots

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