Foord and Uzunlar the latest Matildas heading abroad | TWG
The W-League end of season exodus continues with Servet Uzunlar and Caitlin Foord the latest Matildas to head overseas.
18 year old Foord is headed to National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) club Sky Blue FC for a season while Uzunlar has spurned the US to play with Sportstoto WFC in the Korean Women's Football league.
For Foord it will be her first professional contract and stint overseas after spurning a chance to play with Japanese powerhouse INAC Kobe Leonessa in the Japanese L-League. At that time the move was knocked back as the 2011 AFC Young Player of the Year was still set to complete her Year 12 HSC studies in NSW.
INAC Kobe is believed to have made another offer following the completion of this W-League season as well as Liverpool FC in the FA WSL and Linkopings in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.
Speaking with David O'Keefe from Football Focus International, Foord's management company, at this point in Foord's career, Sky Blue FC was the preferred destination for a number of reasons including the language barrier, professionalism, league strength and the number of Australia's already signed to NWSL clubs in close proximity.
The Sky Blue deal (which is for one year with a one year extension option) sees Foord link up with Matildas teammate Lisa De Vanna at the New Jersey side which also boasts USWNT captain Christie Rampone.
Meanwhile Uzunlar, who played a season in the US W-League in 2012 with the Pali Blues, has chosen to move the eight team South Korean KWFL.