The FA Women’s Super League kicked off over the weekend, with a crowd of Matildas players taking part in the opening round, after many of them have headed to England for the season.
Matildas captain Sam Kerr took to the field for Chelsea, scoring the team’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. Kerr had been under some pressure from the UK media for her performance in the FA Community Shield, but seemingly came out determined to prove her critics wrong.
Australian coach Joe Montemurro has three Matildas on his side, with Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Lydia Williams playing at Arsenal this season.
In a 6-1 win against Reading, Catley and Foord both played excellent games, with Lydia Williams reportedly out with a minor injury.
For Bristol, Australians Ella Mastrantonio and Chloe Logarzo played as midfielders but faced a 4-0 loss to Everton, where fellow Matilda Hayley Raso also made her Women’s Super League debut.
First game + 3 points! Squad 🔥💙 pic.twitter.com/odRZQ0PlCj— Hayley Raso (@HayleyRaso) September 6, 2020
Mackenzie Arnold and Emily Van Egmond featured in West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham, where Alanna Kennedy made her debut off the bench.
As the Women’s Super League kicked off, players from all twelve clubs took a moment before the start of their games to take a knee in honour and support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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