Matildas coach, Alen Stajcic, has named 21 players to take to the United States to defend Australia's Tournament of Nations title.

The Matildas won the inaugural four-nation tournament against the US, Japan and Brazil who will again be taking part in 2018. 

There are two new players to the squad: 16-year-old Amy Sayer who has already played one season with Canberra United in the W-League and has played at international youth level (pictured right, #22), and Mary Fowler, a 15-year-old with Bankstown City in the NSW NPL competition. 

Mary Fowler was a late addition the day after the initial 20 player squad was announced, in lieu of Caitlin Foord who won't be able to play. 

Fowler recently starred at the 2018 AFF Women’s Championship in Indonesia, scoring an impressive ten goals in six matches.

Stajcic says it's a great opportunity to integrate Fowler and Sayer into the squad “at the next level up”. 

“The forthcoming Tournament of Nations kicks off a massive 12 months for women’s football in Australia,” said Stajcic. 

“While we will naturally be aiming to defend our Tournament of Nations title, we will also be focussed on continuing to develop as a unit while we are in the USA as we look ahead to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

“Brazil, Japan, and the USA will provide tough opposition for us over the comings weeks, however over the past year we have shown on multiple occasions that we can not only match, but beat, the very best.”

Stajcic said that it was a bonus he could announce a largely unchanged squad that also includes the majority of the players that took part in the 2018 Women's Asian Cup in Jordan in April. 

The Matildas will assemble in Kansas next Monday (23 July) and will open their campaign against Brazil on Thursday 26 July (Friday 27 July, 6.15am AEST). The team will then travel to East Hartford, Connecticut to tackle the United States on Sunday 29 July (Monday 30 July, 9am AEST)), before rounding out their campaign against Japan at Toyota Park in Illinois on Thursday 2 August (Friday 3 August, 7.45am AEST).

All three of the Westfield Matildas’ matches at the 2018 Tournament of Nations will be broadcast live and exclusive on FOX Sports in Australia. 

The Tournament of Nations is to be held every summer in years that do not feature a FIFA Women’s World Cup or Olympic Games, meaning the next edition will be staged in 2021.

The squad is listed below.

Mackenzie Arnold (GK)Arna-Bjørnar Fotball, Norway19 (0)
Tameka ButtKlepp IL, Norway68 (9)
Ellie CarpenterPortland Thorns, USA21 (1)
Steph CatleySeattle Reign, USA67 (2)
Alex ChidiacAtletico Madrid, Spain10 (1)
Larissa Crummernot attached20 (4)
Lisa De VannaSouth Melbourne, Australia137 (45)
Caitlin FoordPortland Thorns, USA60 (11)
Mary FowlerBankstown City, Australia0 (0)
Emily GielnikBrisbane Roar, Australia18 (4)
Katrina GorryUtah Royals, USA68 (14)
Elise Kellond-KnightHammarby IF, Sweden95 (1)
Alanna KennedyOrlando Pride, USA69 (5)
Samantha KerrChicago Red Stars, USA67 (24)
Chloe LogarzoBlacktown Spartans, Australia30 (4)
Clare PolkinghorneHouston Dash, USA105 (8)
Hayley RasoPortland Thorns, USA25 (2)
Amy SayerNorth Shore Mariners, Australia0 (0)
Kyah SimonHouston Dash, USA83 (22)
Emily van EgmondOrlando Pride, USA75 (15)
Lydia Williams (GK)Seattle Reign, USA69 (0)

This was updated on 18 July, following receipt of FFA's media release advising of the addition of Mary Fowler to the squad. 

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