Crowd builds for Matildas-Brazil game in Newcastle

Sam Kerr training with the Matildas this week.
Sam Kerr training with the Matildas this week.

The Matildas and Brazil will play before a crowd of at least 14,000 in Newcastle on Tuesday as the Australian public embrace the national women’s team.

The FFA had issued 13,400 tickets by Thursday afternoon and expected to comfortably eclipse 14,000, which is 2000 more than the Newcastle Jets’ biggest A-League crowd last season.

The Matildas-Brazil game at Penrith on Saturday sold out last week.

One of the stars of the two-match friendly series, US-based striker Sam Kerr, is a strong contender for the FIFA player-of-the-year award to be announced next month.

She is on a list of 10 nominees which will be whittled down to three next week.

The 24-year-old is four clear on top of the US National Women's Soccer League scoring charts and banged in a hat-trick against Japan in Australia’s successful Tournament of Nations campaign last month.

But the woman herself is shy about talking about her status in the women’s game.

"The players that are nominated are great players, so to be among them is a huge honour,” she told AAP.

"But I don't like talking about it. It's awkward.

"People ask me, 'Do you think you're the best player in the world?' How do you answer that? 

“That's not for me to answer, but it's a massive honour to be there."

The Herald and FFA are giving away five double passes to Tuesday night’s friendly at McDonald Jones Stadium.

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