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Oly soccer hopefuls get chance to impress

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/06/2016

Defender CJ Bott admits there are more than a few nerves as she prepares for New Zealand A's match against the touring United States Under-19 women's soccer side.

The fixture in Auckland on Tuesday is a chance for players to press their claims for selection for the Football Ferns' Rio Olympics squad to be named at the end of June.

"You never really know what's going to happen," Bott said.

"You prepare the best that you can and you have to put that selection to one side. I'm trying not to focus on it too much. I'm just doing what I can to prove myself."

The 21-year-old Bott, who has three caps, toured with the Football Ferns for their two international friendlies against Australia last week but did not play.

Striker Aimee Phillips, who has also played three internationals for New Zealand and scored one goal, wasn't on the trip across the Tasman,

She said the message from Football Ferns coach Tony Readings for players on the cusp of Olympics selection was clear.

"He has given us the message that we have to fight for our place," she said.

"There are definitely opportunities to push in but everyone has to fight for their position."

The US U19 side will also play two matches against NZ U20 in Auckland on Friday and Sunday.

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