Westfield Matildas squad: Midfielders

Alen Stajcic has finalised a 21-player squad brimming with top-quality midfield options for the Westfield Matildas' defence of their Tournament of Nations title.

Much of the group has become well known to fans over the course of recent years.

Here’s a look at all six midfielders who have made the cut in the Westfield Matildas squad for the Tournament of Nations.


Age: 27

Caps: 67

Debut: Olympic Games qualifier v Hong Kong on 4 August 2007 in Hong Kong

Clubs played for: QAS, Brisbane Roar, Boston Breakers, FFC Frankfurt, Iga FC Kunoichi, Mallbackens, Klepp

Her 2018 so far:

A national team veteran of over a decade, Butt remains a central figure for club and country.

The midfielder's year began on a high as she helped Brisbane Roar wrap up a third Premiership in February.

The following months were less kind as Butt was forced to endure the disappointment of a premature Finals Series exit in the Westfield W-League and the Westfield Matildas' heartbreaking loss at the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

But the 27-year-old former Julie Dolan Medal Winner has bounced back brilliantly, scoring three goals in nine games to date for Norwegian side Klepp.

It's her second stint with the Toppserien team and appears to be providing a solid grounding for a strong showing in the United States.

Tameka Butt Westfield W-League highlights


Age: 19

Caps: 10

Debut: Friendly v New Zealand on 12 February 2015 in Auckland

Clubs played for: Adelaide United, Melbourne City, Adelaide City

Her 2018 so far:

One of the youngest players in the squad, Chidiac heads to her third international tournament of 2018 as a member of the Westfield Matildas squad.

The teenager started twice at the AFC Women's Asian Cup on the back of a promising string of displays at the 2018 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Chidiac opened her international account in a 5-0 friendly win over Thailand between the two tournaments to illustrate a growing readiness to play at the top level.

Stajcic's faith in the newly confirmed Atletico Madrid playmaker has been apparent throughout the year to date and her importance to the team could grow further at the Tournament of Nations.

Now capped 10 times, her transition to international football has been aided by a sure footing at club level.

Chidiac has already completed four full seasons in the Westfield W-League, making 11 appearances and netting once from the spot against Sydney FC in the most recent campaign.

The youngster heads into the Tournament of Nations having played for the Westfield Young Matildas at the AFF Women's Championship in Indonesia, helping the team to secure second place.

Alex Chidiac Westfield W-League highlights


Age: 25

Caps: 68

Debut: Friendly v Japan on 11 July 2012 in Tokyo

Clubs played for: Mount Gravatt, Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United, Ottawa Fury, Brisbane Roar, Kansas City, Vegalta Sendai, Utah Royals

Her 2018 so far:

Gorry has been as busy as any Australian this year.

In less than six months she has gone from lifting silverware with Brisbane Roar to shouldering heavy responsibility at a major international tournament to filling an integral role at a new club.

Her two goals on the way to the Premiers Plate with Roar at the start of the year earned the dynamic midfielder a deal with Utah Royals of the NWSL.

She has already become entrenched in the club's midfield in what is her second spell in the United States, having previously turned out for Kansas City in 2014.

Eight international appearances across the Algarve Cup and AFC Women's Asian Cup between club duties surprisingly failed to yield a goal, but the trend seems unlikely to last.

Katrina Gorry Westfield W-League highlights


Age: 23

Caps: 29

Debut: Friendly v China on 24 November 2013 in Wollongong

Clubs played for: Sydney FC, Colorado Pride, Newcastle Jets, North Shore Mariners, Eskilstuna United, Avaldsnes, Blacktown Spartans

Her 2018 so far:

Logarzo's year to date has stamped her credentials as an emerging star in green and gold.

Having enjoyed a breakout 2018 Algarve Cup where she played as a winger, the Sydney FC star will similarly attempt to use the Tournament of Nations as a springboard to bigger things in international football.

Her athleticism and smarts resulted in starts in all five of Australia's matches in Jordan and 10 in total over the first half of 2018.

While the latest tournament ended on a low note, Logarzo's four international goals this year are the hallmark of a player who has stepped up in the absence of players such as Caitlin Foord.

A handy eye for goal had earlier been apparent in the three she scored for Sydney FC between January and February.

The Sky Blues went on to secure a spot in the Westfield W-League Grand Final with 23-year-old Logarzo playing a full 90 minutes.

Chloe Logarzo Westfield W-League highlights


Age: 24

Caps: 78

Debut: Friendly v DPR Korea on 6 March 2010 in Brisbane

Clubs played for: Newcastle Jets, Canberra United, Fortuna Hjorring, Western New York Flash, Seattle Reign, Western Sydney Wanderers, Chicago Red Stars, FFC Frankfurt, VfL Wolfsburg, Orlando Pride

Her 2018 so far:

It speaks volumes of Van Egmond's importance to the Westfield Matildas that she has already collected 78 caps by the age of 24.

Equally adept at distributing the ball from deep or unleashing efforts from the edge of the area, the classy midfielder has regularly worn the armband this year and was key to reaching the final at the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

Securing FIFA Women's World Cup qualification as part of that run will enable Van Egmond to showcase her ability on the world stage for a third time in 2019.

First, though, comes a trip to the Tournament of Nations.

Van Egmond should be at her best for the occasion after backing up a sparkling four-goal season for Newcastle Jets by settling immediately into life at Orlando Pride.

The new home is her third in the NWSL and has already provided over 10 appearances.

Emily van Egmond Westfield W-League highlights


Age: 16

Caps: 0

Debut: N/A

Clubs played for: FNSW Institute, Sydney University, Canberra United

Her 2018 so far:

The Sydney born attacker enters the Tournament of Nations as one of the youngest players at the competition, but Amy Sayer could be set to make her debut on the international stage.

The teenager was a versatile presence for Canberra United in the Westfield W-League this season, with coach Heather Garriock entrusting Sayer with a variety of roles across the front third.

Sayer scored one goal in 10 appearances for United, and continued to excel at the Westfield Young Matildas AFF Women's Championships in Indonesia, netting three goals.

She has made 15 appearances for North Shore Mariners in the NPL NSW in 2018.

Amy Sayer Westfield W-League highlights