Gorry: USA 'team we want to beat the most'

Star playmaker Katrina Gorry says the USA is the team Australia want to meet if they progress through to the latter stages of the Games.

Australia's women's football team flew out of Sydney on Tuesday bound for Brazil. 

Alen Stajcic's group will be one of the first to arrive in the football-mad nation, and will have almost a solid month of preparation including a friendly with Brazil in a couple of weeks. 

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But all thoughts will turn to the Games with Australia aiming to progress through a group that includes Germany, Canada and Zimbabwe. 

And if that happens, there's always a chance they'll meet the Americans, the team they met at the group stage of the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada


"The USA, I would say, is a team we want to beat the most….it would be pretty cool to play them in the final," Brisbane Roar's Gorry told www.matildas.footballaustralia.com.au. 

"We’ve reflected on [the game at the World Cup] and we matched them in the first half of that game. 

"To say that we matched the best team in the world for the first half we know we just have to build to keep momentum for 90 minutes of the game. 

"We know we probably could have won that game if that was the case, that’s what we’ve been working on and hopefully we can show that at the Olympics."

And if the preparation in Brazil isn't enough, most of the home-based squad have been based at the AIS over the last month in chilly Canberra. 

"Being at the AIS has been a huge plus for us. Having everything in one, the recovery centre, the pitches. It’s been amazing to have the team together for such a long period of time.

Katrina Gorry on the ball against New Zealand in Melbourne.

"The qualifiers have given us a lot of confidence and belief in the team. 

"To come up with a win against the likes of Japan and China, teams that like to dominate possession and hurt teams from all over the world, it definitely gave us a lot of confidence and having the preparation we had going into the Olympics will definitely help us."

And with Gorry supplying the balls through for Lisa De Vanna, hopes are high that the great striker - who played at the Games in 2004, the only squad member from that event 12 years ago - may just leave Brazil with a medal.

Gorry certainly hopes that's the case. 

"Lisa always speaks from the heart so anything she says always motivates you and inspires you to go out there and do your best, remember why you’re doing it and how lucky we are to get to put on the green and gold jersey. 

"In the next few weeks we’re going to hear more and more from Lisa and I think she’s going to be the one that motivates us and leads us out on the field and gives us that inspiration when we need it.

Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna celebrates a goal with Caitlin Foord.

"She’s done massive things with our nation and she’s developed into not only a great player but a great person over the last few years. She’s become a leader and someone that inspires us on and off the pitch. 

"To send her out with a medal around her neck would top off not only her career and a lot of ours as well."

The Brisbane Roar star added: The game is evolving all the time. We have definitely had to build on our performances at the qualifiers. There’s always things we need to work on and change and get better at. 

"That’s what we’ve been trying to do the last couple of months and having the time in Brazil with our overseas-based players coming in we can definitely work on more tactical things."