Newcastle Jets captain Emily Van Egmond was on Tuesday named in Australia’s Tournament of Nations squad which also features 16-year-old Amy Sayer.
Van Egmond was the only Jets player in coach Alen Stajcic's 20-strong squad for the US tournament, which pits Australia against Brazil, Japan and the host nation.
Sayer is coming off a debut W-League season with Canberra and also scored three goals in the Young Matildas' recent campaign at the AFF Championship, where they finished runners-up. She is playing in the NSW NPL for the North Shore Mariners.
Caitlin Foord has also been included but is yet to recover from the foot injury that forced her to miss April's Women's Asian Cup. The squad features 17 of the players who won the 2017 Tournament of Nations title, which included Australia's first win over the USA.
"The forthcoming Tournament of Nations kicks off a massive 12 months for women's football in Australia," Stajcic said. "While we will naturally be aiming to defend our Tournament of Nations title, we will also be focused 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.”
Australia's campaign begins in Kansas City on July 26 (local time) against Brazil.
- SQUAD: Sam Kerr, Tameka Butt, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley, Alex Chidiac, Larissa Crummer, Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Emily Gielnik, Katrina Gorry, Elise Kellond-Knight, Alanna Kennedy, Chloe Logarzo, Clare Polkinghorne, Hayley Raso, Amy Sayer, Kyah Simon, Emily Van Egmond, Lydia Williams, Mackenzie Arnold.