The unheralded Westfield Matildas star topping the NWSL charts

The Aussie contingent in the NWSL are once again proving to be real forces and there are more chances for our Westfield Matildas to shine with four games to come on Sunday and Monday morning (AEST).

We've already had Ellie Carpenter break multiple records – becoming the youngest debutant and goalscorer in the competition's history during her bright start to life with the Portland Thorns.

The Thorns, who are still awaiting the return to fitness of Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso, fell 4-1 to NWSL leaders North Carolina on Thursday in front of a bumper 15,000-strong crowd.

Carpenter came off the bench at half-time and played in a slightly more advanced role at right wing-back, while she has also been deployed as a winger at times this season.

Yet while the 18-year-old prodigy has already played, there are still seven more Westfield Matildas in action across Sunday and Monday mornings in Australia.

Here's a look ahead at the NWSL action still to come


She's already the NWSL's all-time leading goalscorer and on Sunday, Sam Kerr is hoping to add another goal to her tally when her Chicago Red Stars travel to Washington Spirit on Sunday morning (5:30am AEST).

Chicago have fallen three points outside the top four and most recently lost 5-2 at home to Orlando Pride, despite Kerr netting a double.

That result extended Chicago's winless run to eight games – they haven't picked up all three points since defeating Houston Dash and are yet to win since Kerr returned from AFC Women's Asian Cup duty.

Yet Kerr's upturn in form in front of goal bodes well for the Red Stars, who are looking to overcome a Washington Spirit side who are just three points behind them.

Kerr's incredible efforts for Sky Blue FC last term saw her net a whopping 17 goals in just 22 games, an NWSL season record. She also averaged 4.9 shots per game over the season, including 4 shots per game from inside the box.

So far this season for her new club, Kerr is slightly below her 2017 baseline, averaging just 3.8 shots per game, with only 2.8 shots from inside the box per game.

But her double against Orlando also saw the Perth Glory Westfield W-League star register 7 shots as she begins to hit top form once again.


Westfield Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams is proving to be a real force between the sticks for Seattle Reign, emerging at the top of the NWSL's goalkeeping charts despite struggling to earn regular starts for her club.

The Aussie will be hoping for a start on Monday morning (11:00am AEST) when Seattle host Orlando Pride – which sees Williams and Steph Catley take on Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond – although she is no certainty to be in the XI.

Williams' involvement at the Asian Cup meant she missed Seattle's opening three NWSL games affording, fellow Reign goalkeeper Michelle Betos to stake a claim for the number one shirt.

The duo have since alternated roles, starting three matches apiece since the end of April.

But Williams has shown some impressive individual form which could see her edge ahead in the battle to be a regular, conceding just once across her three games.

Across the small sample size, Williams has stopped a sensational 92.3% of shots on target, which is better than any other goalkeeper in the NWSL this season.

Intriguingly, second on the list is teammate Betos, who has saved 80.6% of her shots faced, although she has conceded seven times in six appearances to Williams' one in three.


Katrina Gorry's Utah Royals travel to struggling Sky Blue on Sunday (9:00am AEST) as a distinct trend begins to emerge.

Since joining her new NWSL club, Gorry has proven to be influential, with the Royals yet to win when the Aussie doesn't play.

When Gorry features for her side, who are hoping to climb up the ladder with a win, Utah average 1.6 points per game. When Gorry doesn't play, this drops to just 0.8 points per game.

The midfielder isn't alone in having a positive impact on her new club, with fellow Westfield Matilda Kyah Simon acting as a key cog at Houston Dash.

Injury kept Simon out of Houston's 3-2 win over Washington on Monday, but already the Aussie has emerged as a key attacking player.

Simon is just one of five players on her side to have attempted more than 100 passes in the opposition's half, and 50 of those passes ended in the final third as she pulls the strings in an attacking midfield role.

Houston will be hoping Simon can return to fitness to face red-hot North Carolina Courage on Monday morning (9:00am AEST).

Kyah Simon
Simon has been threading the needle for Houston.


  • Washington Spirit v Chicago Red Stars – 5:30am Sunday 3 June
  • Sky Blue v Utah Royals – 9:00am Sunday 3 June
  • Houston Dash v North Carolina Courage – 9:00am Monday 4 June
  • Seattle Reign v Orlando Pride – 11:00am Monday 4 June

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