Caitlin Foord has urged Perth fans to get out to the upcoming friendly against Thailand in big numbers in the Westfield Matildas’ last serious hit-out before next month’s Women’s AFC Asian Cup in Jordan.
In the Westfield Matildas’ first-ever international in Perth, Alen Stajcic’s side face-off against the world no.30 ranked nation at nib Stadium on Monday, March 26.
Unfortunately for Foord, injury means she won’t turn out for the Westfield Matildas in the clash.
But having played two seasons with Perth Glory in the Westfield W-League, she expects the locals to get right behind the team before they head off to the Asian Cup.
“It’s the last hit-out going into the big tournament [Asian Cup] and playing on home soil as well, from previous experience it’s very exciting,” Foord told https://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/.
“It’s the first game in Perth and me personally, playing in Perth for two seasons, it’s a great city and they love their sport.
“I’m excited. Sam [Kerr] has been pumping it up a bit as well.
“I’m excited to see the turnout as well and the girls are definitely going to enjoy that match.”
The Westfield Matildas enjoyed a dream 2017, rising to number 4 in the FIFA women’s world rankings after winning the inaugural Tournament of Nations in the US.
They also played in front of big crowds on home soil in NSW and Victoria in friendly series against Brazil and China as the entire nation was swept up in Westfield Matildas fever.
While those record crowds will be hard to beat, Foord believes the WA public can make a statement by drawing an even bigger crowd for the clash.
“I think so. As much as I’m a Sydney girl I would love to see it happen,” Foord said.
“It’s better for us, better for the game. With Perth being so far away, if they can do this it could see us have more games over there.
“I love Perth as a city and I would love to go over there more often with the Matildas.”