Matildas Abroad Preview: Wave FC look to reclaim top spot; Louisville head to Daytona

With the international break now over, it is back to club action for our Matildas Abroad, with the NWSL title race heating up for San Diego Wave FC.

San Diego Wave FC will be looking to reclaim the top of the ladder up against last season's champions, while Racing Louisville FC travels to Daytona International Speedway to take on Orlando Pride. 

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Kicking off on the West Coast, Emily van Egmond's San Diego return home looking for its first victory at Torero Stadium since the middle of May, welcoming the reigning NWSL champions Washington Spirit, a side that has drawn or lost nine of their last ten games and is missing a number of key players out with team USA on FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying duty.

Wave FC will also be without one key face, with top goalscorer Alex Morgan off on international duty with the UWSNT in Mexico. Van Egmond's side has yet to face Washington Spirit in any NSWL competitions and will have their work cut out for them against a side looking to climb from eighth on the table.

San Diego was dethroned from first place today, with Chicago Red Stars overtaking them after beating Gotham 2-0. With only one point between first and second, Wave will need to take home all three points to keep their name in title contention in their inaugural season. 

This game will kick off on Monday morning at 7:00 am AEST

Moving over to the East Coast, Alex Chidiac's Racing Louisville will travel to Daytona International Speedway for a unique experience - taking on Orlando Pride on the infield at the race track.

Orlando is starting down three straight games without a goal and an aggregate losing scoreline of 12-0, and is yet to win at home when they host Louisville. 

Louisville's last action in the NWSL came before the international break, with a 2-2 draw to Washington Spirit. In this same game, Alex Chidiac was forced from the field early with a broken nose, an injury that would see her miss out on travelling to Europe for games against Spain and Portugal. 

A win this weekend could push Racing as high as seventh in the NWSL standings, while Pride has lost a number of key faces this season due to injury and trades. 

This game will kick off on Monday morning at 10:00 am AEST