The Westfield W-League season might be over, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a couple of months away, but there are still plenty of chances to see your favourite Westfield Matildas go through their paces.
The USA's National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) gets underway this weekend and there’s a host of Australia’s best players involved in the competition.
From an NWSL stalwart like Sam Kerr, to Amy Harrison heading into her first season in the competition, there are 13 Westfield Matildas playing across six of the nine NWSL clubs.
Here's where every Westfield Matilda is plying their trade during the upcoming 2019 NWSL campaign.
Chicago Red Stars
Westfield Matildas skipper Sam Kerr needs no introduction, especially to defences right across the NWSL.
Kerr has been a prolific scorer in the competition in recent times, taking out the Golden Boot for the last two seasons.
She’s the NWSL’s greatest-ever scorer, a league MVP and has a host of other individual honours to her name. If the Red Stars are to go all the way in 2019, you can be sure the Aussie sharp-shooter will be front and centre.
The Dash have never featured in the NWSL playoffs, but there are a couple of Aussies looking to help end that drought.
Westfield Matildas defender Clare Polkinghorne brings experience and fierce competitiveness to Houston’s defence, while Kyah Simon will be looking to add some attacking spark.
Simon, who first played in the US with Boston back in 2012, is only just returning from an ankle injury so will miss the start of the season.
The Pride will be hoping Alanna Kennedy can transfer her Westfield W-League success – where she won the title with Sydney FC – to their 2019 NWSL campaign.
Kennedy is heading into her third season with Orlando, where she has featured mainly as a midfielder, scoring seven goals in 45 appearances.
Emily van Egmond is back for a second season with the club and the combination between the two Aussies in the middle of the park is likely to be key to the Pride’s hopes.
Portland has had a strong history with Australian players, and 2019 is no different with three Westfield Matildas on their books.
Fit-again attacker Hayley Raso is a firm favourite with Thorns fans, who have fallen in love with her all-action style and eye for goal.
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But Raso is not alone in that department, with Caitlin Foord looming as a crucial attacking weapon for Portland this season, while teenager Ellie Carpenter’s stock continues to rise every year.
While Westfield Matildas fans have known about her talent for a decade, NWSL followers will get a first-look at Elise Kellond-Knight in 2019.
‘KK’ will play her club football in the US for the first time, having previously preferred to travel to Japan and Europe to ply her trade outside of her Westfield W-League commitments.
She is one of three Aussies at Reign FC, with goalkeeper Lydia Williams and defender Steph Catley both back after excellent 2018 campaigns.
If the team from the US capital is to move away from the NWSL basement in 2019, a couple of Westfield Matildas are likely to be pivotal.
Amy Harrison will play club football outside of Australia for the first time after joining her Sydney FC teammate Chloe Logarzo as new recruits to the Spirit.
Logarzo last played in the US with Colorado Pride back in 2014, when she scored eight goals in just 10 appearances.