Tokyo 2020 Olympic Roster: Introducing the midfielders

The groups have been drawn, the matches set, and now Australia has a squad for Tokyo!

With kick-off in the first game against New Zealand just five days away, it's time to meet the team that will be representing Australia. 

Next up are the players doing the work in the middle of the park: the midfielders! 

Emily van Egmond

The most recent Matildas centurion will be heading to her second Olympic Games as one of Australia's most experienced players. After trying football as a kid because her brother didn't want to wear a certain pair of socks to a local training session, she has gone on to play around the world. 

Having played in Europe, Australia, and the USA, the 27-year-old has won doubles with VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and Melbourne City in the W-League. Van Egmond is also former Julie Dolan medallist.

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She spent the 2020-21 season with West Ham in the FA WSL. In 19 league appearances she scored four goals and produced two assists, as well as scoring three goals in the Conti Cup. Australia will look to her to pull the strings in the centre of the park. 

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Tameka Yallop

Tameka Yallop is off to Tokyo after making the Olympic squad in Rio 2016 as well. She was a member of the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup winning squad and featured at the 2014 and 2018 tournaments, as well making three FIFA Women's World Cup squads.

The youngest of seven kids, Yallop followed her big brother into football.   


Known for her work ethic and attacking strengths in the midfield, Yallop is a Julie Dolan medallist, premiership and championship winner with Brisbane Roar and has played across the globe from Japan to Norway and the USA. 

She spent the 2020-21 season with Brisbane Roar and helped guide them to a semi-final. Yallop has since signed with West Ham United and will link up with fellow Matilda, Mackenzie Arnold for the upcoming season. 

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Elise Kellond-Knight

Elise Kellond-Knight wasn't sure if she would be back in time for Tokyo after rupturing her ACL in mid-2020. But her recovery went well and she is in the squad for her second Olympics after featuring in all four of Australia's games in Rio 2016. 

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The well-travelled defensive midfielder has won championships with Brisbane Roar in the W-League, made the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team twice, and has plied her trade in Japan, Germany, Denmark, and the USA. 

Kellond-Knight has spent the last year in Sweden. Initially, she signed for Kristianstads DFF for season 2020, but injured her knee early on in the campaign. After rehabbing the injury in Sweden, she made the move to Hammarby and recently made her return to pitch, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute. 

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Chloe Logarzo

Chloe Logarzo could bring up her 50th national team cap at her second Olympics. The industrious midfielder made her national team debut in 2013 against China and in the last five years has been to major tournaments in Brazil, Jordan, and France with the Matildas. 

Visa issues and injuries kept her away from the April and June friendlies but now she is back on the park for her club side, Kansas City, and ready to go in Tokyo. 

Logarzo has played across Europe and in the W-League, winning championships with Sydney FC in 2012-13 and 2018-19. 

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Kyra Cooney-Cross

One of two teenagers in the team, Kyra Cooney-Cross is heading to her first Olympic Games after making her senior Matildas debut in June.

The 19-year-old has gone from Soccer Squirts in Queensland to playing her junior football at Ballarat City in Victoria to the Future Matildas program in New South Wales. All the while she has been representing Australia at the underage level. 

Debuting in the W-League as a 15-year-old, she won the most recent W-League championship with Melbourne Victory scoring the grand final winning goal. She was also voted by her peers into the Team of the Season and awarded the Young Player of the Year award. 

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