3. Kristen Hamilton Did Not Disappoint

Much was said about the Western Sydney Wanderers and their new players, especially their signing of three players from the NWSL Champions, the North Carolina Courage.

Unfortunately only one of them was on display tonight, but fortunately for the Wanderers she was the best player on the pitch. Both Lynn Williams and Denise O’Sullivan will be joining the team soon; they are both arriving late to the team due to National Team duties. 

The Courage player who was able to suit up tonight was Kristen Hamilton. 

Hamilton’s decision to join Western Sydney is the first time she has played internationally. There are naysayers who do not always believe that players can easily translate their success from one league to the other especially when the style of play varies. That proved to be no issue for Hamilton in her international club debut.

Hamilton scored nine goals for the Courage this past NWSL season and she made sure to get on the stat season tonight for the Wanderers. 

Not only was she able to score an impressive header when she stands at just 163 centimeters, but Hamilton also played the ball to Alix Roberts who assisted on the play.

Hamilton was all over the pitch for the Wanderers leading the team with two shots on goal and setting up her teammates for opportunities. 

If Hamilton is able to continue her production and add in the play of her NWSL teammates, Western Sydney is going to be hard to beat.