Alen Stajcic is likely to make changes to his Matildas side to face Brazil on Friday as they set their sights on winning the Tournament of Nations.
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3 Aug 2017 - 4:51 PM  UPDATED 3 Aug 2017 - 6:54 PM

Australia face the 'Selecao' on Friday morning (AEST), wrapping up their campaign in America.

Wins over world No.1 USA and No.6 Japan mean Stajcic's side can claim the inaugural competition with just a draw against Brazil in Carson, California.

It might be a friendly tournament but the uplift of claiming honours would be significant for Australia.

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Australia striker Sam Kerr scored a first-half hat-trick as the Matildas defeated Japan 4-2 in their Tournament of Nations clash in San Diego.

With two major tournaments in the next two years, a squad full of promise is desperate for proof of their progress under Stajcic.

It would also give the Matildas' world ranking a boost - which would assist in seeding for both the 2018 Asian Cup and 2019 World Cup.

The Matildas last hoisted a trophy at the 2010 Asian Cup.

Against Brazil, Stajcic is likely to look for relief from his squad players.

"(Star striker) Sam Kerr played on the Sunday before the tournament for her club and so did a few others. That's three games in not many days," he said.

"We wanted to build depth at this tournament anyway.

"We'll keep in mind loadings. There's a lot of factors to deal with."

Teenager Princess Ibini, who has made two substitute appearances at the tournament, could make her first full start for Australia.

Alex Chidiac, Caitlin Cooper, Gema Simon and Laura Alleway also haven't made full appearances yet.

Hayley Raso, who assisted Kerr for the first goal in Australia's 4-2 win over Japan, said the Matildas wouldn't lack for motivation against Brazil.

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The Matildas ended 30 years of pain against the United States in Seattle on Friday with their historic 1-0 win over the world champions.

The Brazilians knocked Australia out of the 2016 Olympics at the quarter-final stage.

"It wasn't the best result so I think there will be a little bit of extra motivation," she said.

With a goal of consistent efforts front and centre of his mind, Stajcic said he wanted to see a third-straight performance from his team.

"If we want to win World Cups and Olympic Medals we need to put four or five games together," he said.

"Two is good. We have to be a team that string together five or six. Then we can be a contender."