Four Sky Blues stars in Matildas Squad

Four Sydney FC W-League stars have today been named by Westfield Matildas Head Coach Hesterine de Reus in a 21-player squad for upcoming internationals against New Zealand in June.

Four Sydney FC W-League stars have today been named by Westfield Matildas Head Coach Hesterine de Reus in a 21-player squad for upcoming internationals against New Zealand in June.

The selection of Alanna Kennedy, Sam Kerr, Teresa Polias and Sham Khamis is a good reward for the Sydney FC W-League team after taking out the 2012/13 grand final against Melbourne Victory.

Goalkeeper Khamis is one of two uncapped players in the squad, which is missing a number of Westfield Matilda regulars, including Sydney FC trio Kyah Simon, Caitlin Foord and Ellyse Perry.

The matches will be the first internationals with new coach Hesterine de Reus at the helm, giving her a good opportunity to see how the squad is shaping.

“I am very much looking forward to the upcoming matches,” said de Reus. “We have restructured some parts of our game and this will be a good test to see how we have adjusted.

“I have also included three players, who are currently based overseas, who I haven-t worked with yet so we will see how they fit in. Our matches will be a good challenge to see how the process is tracking.

“New Zealand, from what I have heard, are good rivals for Australia so I am looking forward to experiencing those matches in particular

“Later the Netherlands and France matches in Europe will be especially challenging as both teams are preparing for the UEFA Women-s tournament.

“Our overall goals at the moment are to qualify for the next FIFA Women-s World Cup and also the next Olympic Games so this is the first step on that road.”

The Westfield Matildas squad is: Teigen ALLEN (Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia), Laura ALLEWAY (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Mackenzie ARNOLD (Canberra Utd, Australia), Tameka BUTT (Frankfurt FC, Germany), Kim CARROLL (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Stephanie CATLEY (Melbourne Victory, Australia), Amy CHAPMAN (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Brianna DAVEY (Melbourne Victory, Australia), Emily GIELNIK (Ottawa Fury, Canada), Kathryn GILL (Perth Glory, Australia), Katrina GORRY (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Michelle HEYMEN (Canberra Utd, Australia), Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Alanna KENNEDY (Sydney FC, Australia), Samantha KERR (Sydney FC and Western New York Flash, USA), Sham KHAMIS (Sydney FC, Australia), Teresa POLIAS )Sydney FC, Australia), Clare POLKINGHORNE (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Vedrana POPOVIC (Brisbane Roar, Australia), Servet UZUNLAR (Chungbuk Sports Toto WFC, Korea Republic) and Emily VAN EGMOND (Newcastle Jets, Australia).

Sydney FC 2013/14 Memberships are NOW ON SALE with 14 games, including two blockbuster matches against Western Sydney Wanderers, starting at the bargain price of $215. Other incentives include an extension of the free public transport to all home games and a 6 month payment plan option for no extra charge. Make sure you sign up quickly to secure the best seats possible. Hit this 2013/14 Sydney FC Memberships link or call 02 8314 5100 to sign up today.