Star import helps dust off nerves before clash
Kristen Mewis is quickly settling into Canberra United. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Canberra United are expecting a high-quality game against Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday after they had the chance to dust off the nerves and ''feel each other out'' by playing for 33 minutes before their match was abandoned on Saturday because of an electrical storm.
The practice run also gave United's US import Kristen Mewis a chance to gel with her new teammates, after arriving in the country last Tuesday.
''I was a little bit nervous and didn't really know what to expect … but I was able to get a feel for it and get to know the girls' style of play and who does what well,'' Mewis said.
''We were getting a couple of passes together and starting to get a rhythm a little bit at the end of the 30 minutes, but unfortunately we had to stop.''
Coach Jitka Klimkova said there would be some changes made from Saturday's practice run, blaming the numerous delays to the game for a poor start, with the match abandoned at 0-0.
''We have to change a little bit of our style, because on [Saturday], honestly, we didn't play good soccer. We didn't play possession, we couldn't pass the ball to each other, we weren't so connected. So this is what we really want to change and have the ball more on our feet, be a little bit more calmer, not so nervous,'' she said.
While the Wanderers had now seen Mewis in action, Klimkova was confident they hadn't lost the element of surprise with their US under-23 representative.
''She is a creative player, so it really doesn't make a big advantage for Western Sydney that they saw her playing, because she's unpredictable and I think that's her top quality.''