The Matildas had to take on Tom Sermanni for the first time as they headed to San Antonio to take on the USA on Sunday and it was a victory for Semanni as the USA won 4-0.
Sermanni spoke about the challenge of playing his old team after the match "It was very strange. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel and it was strange, seeing players you've been around for a long time and most of whom you brought in to the national team. It's kind of mixed emotions."
Herestine De Reuss was disappointed with the result "Well obviously it's good bench marking, but four goals for me was too much. I thought the limit had to be two but in the first half we did okay... we created opportunities."
Australia started well with Lisa De Vanna getting a chance on the counter as she was put clean through but denied by a superb Hope Solo save.
Disaster struck for the Matildas in the sixth minute as a shot from Lauren Holiday deflected off two defenders and hit the back of the net.
Things got worse in the 14th as Carli Lloyd was afforded space at the top of the box and fired a powerful shot that left Lydia Williams with no chance.
Australia had another counter opportunity in the 13th minute as again De Vanna was played free but she saw her shot well saved again by Solo.
De Vanna was looking dangerous going forward and in the 28th minute got through again but was again denied by the wall that is Hope Solo.
On the half hour there was some impressive work all round as Williams was able to punch clear only for the rebound to fall to Abby Wambach whose bicycle went wide.
Sam Kerr came on as a sub in the half hour and changed Australia's offense with Kerr bringing speed on and two chances fell to her in the 40th and 43rd minutes but again Solo was immovable keeping it 2-0 at the half.
"Sam couldn't finish the last training session," explained De Reuss about the switch, "she was complaining about her knee so I wasn't quite sure but the medical people gave her the all clear today so that's why I put her in. Sam as well as Lisa play in the American league and so come in off a season while the others (in the W-League) have come off nothing."
Lisa De Vanna continued to look dangerous and in thye opening stages of the first half she had another chance as she sent a powerful effort over the bar.
USA made it three in the 56th minute as a slow ball across the face of goal allowed Abby Wambach to sneak the goal over the line.
The Matildas frustration throughout the half was their own attacking prowess as they would often create good chances but too often that final ball was just lacking.
Lydia Williams came up big for the Matildas in the 70th minute with Alex Morgan bearing on goal to make a superb save.
Williams reflected on a tough night in the net, "It's tough to meet the US, there's always going to be a lot of shots on goal and especially on target." She said. "All the goals that went in were either own goals or just top class finishes. It's tough being a goalie, because you're the last line but I think I did alright."
She came up again four minutes later with Morgan's header destined for the back of the net but Williams made an impressive save.
The turf of the Alamodome claimed a victim in the 78th minute as Kyah Simon went down with her first touch of the ball with a knee injury.
"I'm not sure if it was the turf," said De Reuss, "I don't know, hopefully bad luck, hopefully it's not major... we have to be prepared for their worst."
Tiegan Allen spoke about the USA as vital preparation "Of course it's good preparation, they're the best side in the world and it can only get better."
In stoppage time the tired and stretched Australian defense gave up a fourth as the ball was passed along the deck to Christen Press who was able to tap the ball home for a 4-0 win.