This week featured plenty of intense games for the Aussies playing abroad with league titles and playoff spots on the line.
Every Aussie in the NWSL would square off against another Aussie this week making for great matchups as the league heads into the final games of the season.
The first matchup of the weekend saw Lisa De Vanna and Laura Alleway take on their Matildas teammate, Sam Kerr. De Vanna was even able to get her first start for the Orlando Pride this game. However, Sky Blue was too much for the Pride with Sky Blue winning 2-1. Sam Kerr continues to impress with her offensive power by scoring in her 4th game in a row giving her 5 goals on the year. Laura Alleway was a late sub in the Pride’s loss.
Individual brilliance. 4 goals in 4 games. pic.twitter.com/WLqa5hWAgz
— Ann Odong (@AnnOdong) September 11, 2016
Good to be back playing. My body hurts! Not the we result we wanted. Thank you to our fans! Some of the best I've ever seen.
— Lisa De Vanna (@lisadevanna11) September 11, 2016
Next up, saw the Houston Dash take on the Boston Breakers which meant Lydia Williams and Ellie Brush would be lining up against Kyah Simon. The Dash were able to bounce back from their last week’s loss by beating the Breakers 4-1. Simon and Williams played full matches for their respective clubs. Brush was an unused sub for the Dash.
Hayley Raso and the Portland Thorns clinched a home playoff spot after they defeated Alanna Kennedy and the Western New York Flash 3-2. Kennedy got the starting nod for the Flash while Raso came into the game in the 60th minute for the Thorns.
Starjnan and Jenna McCormick looked to stay in the top spot of the Úrvalsdeild League. The team, with the help of McCormick, was able to earn a 1-1 draw which keeps them in first place by two points and only two games to go.
Got the result we needed to keep us in a good position to take the title with two games, proud of these girls ???????????? pic.twitter.com/ZfffR1Puj2
— Jenna McCormick (@jen_mccormick) September 10, 2016
The Aussie vs Aussie matchup continued over in Sweden when Chloe Logarzo’s Eskilstuna United faced Tameka Butt’s Mallbackens. Both players were on the field for the full match and saw the game end in a 0-0 tie.
Over in Germany, Elise Kellond-Knight rejoined FFC Turbine Potsdam and resumed her starting role for the team. The squad picked up right where they left off and extended their undefeated streak by beating FFC Frankfurt 3-0.
— Turbine Potsdam e.V. (@Turbine_Potsdam) September 10, 2016
Newly signed Emily van Egmond was not with Vfl Wolfsburg as the team took on Bayer Leverkusen and won 2-0.
Suwon FMC and Gema Simon got back to their winning ways this week with a 3-1 victory over Busan Sangmu. Simon put in a full 90 minutes for Suwon.
The Incheon Red Angels took on Icheon Daekyo. While Amy Jackson was an unused sub for the Red Angels, the team was able to walk away from the game with one point after a 0-0 tie.
In Japan, Ashleigh Sykes and Harima Albion were in action as they took on Elfen Saitama. Sykes started the match for Harima, but the team’s efforts were not enough as they fell 2-0.
Meanwhile Emily Gielnik had her first action with the Urawa Reds as the striker came on in the 61st of their 4-0 win over Sperenza Osaka.