Chloe Logarzo has spoken to the media in Canberra and called on all CommBank Matildas supporters to join the team on their return to the country’s capital on April 12 against New Zealand.
The second of a two-game series against our Trans-Tasman rivals, the clash will see the CommBank Matildas finally return to Canberra after a nine-year hiatus.
Raised playing in Sydney, the 27-year-old thinks it’s time to bring football back to regional Australia and give fans who live outside the major cities the chance to see and meet the CommBank Matildas, ahead of their joint-home FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign next year.
It is so important for us to bring our matches to the regions, we want all supporters to come to our match in New Zealand and cheer as loud as possible.
“I grew up in the city so I’ve had the chance to play for my family and watch all our matches. This will be an opportunity for all fans of our regional CommBank Matildas to support the team and their regional heroes. “
One of those eager to return to the nation’s capital is Arsenal shot-stop Lydia Williams, with many of her loved ones living in Canberra, the same city where Williams made his name with Canberra United in the early days of the A-League Women’s competition.
“I’m just so excited for Lydia Williams, she can finally get the chance to come home and play for her friends and family. It’s a unique experience and that’s why the game is so important to us.”
A classic grudge match against Australia’s friendly foes across the ditch, the two-match series will present the joint hosts of FIFA WWC 2023 to the world, pending a massive 18 months of preparation for both sides.
However, the clash will also highlight a bond built between the countries, especially during the last 24 months of hardship.
“Honestly, the best thing about playing the Football Ferns is the history we have,” said Logarzo.
“To invite them to play in Australia after a few tough years is great, [the players] are all so close together.”
With New Zealand being the opponent, this will also be the most historic match we will play before the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off.
A devastated Logarzo will not be available for the game in New Zealand due to injury but will cheer on the girls from the United States as she works her way to fitness leading up to the next two huge years for the national team.
“I tried to push as hard as I could to stay in Australia for the games in April, but I have to go back.” [to the US] to make sure I’m ready for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“But I will definitely still do all my analysis of the game and support the girls from my couch.”