Thursday, September 24, 2009

Melbourne Victory announce squad

Less than two weeks out now, and woo hoo, another squad! So with Canberra United (who may still have a few high profile names to come, and one that is very unexpected but exciting), the Central Coast Mariners, Brisbane Roar and now Melbourne, we are at the halfway mark for teams.
So here is Melbourne, most back from last year including international Marlies Oostdam, who is joined by two new international visitors, American Julianne Sitch (from women's pro soccer champions Sky Blue FC) and Canadian Katie Thorlakson.
In terms of Matildas, they have just one current one, goal-keeper Melissa Barbieri. Tal Karp and Selin Kuralay both have Matildas caps though, and Karp, who was last year's Victory captain, has plenty.
They have also signed four Queenslanders who will fly in and out for games including, Vedrana Popovic, Laura Alleway, Monnique Hansen Kofoed and Katrina Gorry.
But mostly, it seems that Melbourne Victory's squad will be made up of mostly young Victorians. Which is great for them given the lack of Victorians in the Matildas squad, here is their chance to prove to Tom Sermanni there could be more.
The full squad can be found here.

In other squad news, Perth Glory has announced 12-players, but no official word on Lisa de Vanna, Collette McCallum or Katie Gill, which I floated here. Will be interesting to see what happens over the next week or so. See who Perth Glory have already signed here.
At Sydney FC, they seem to have not officially released anything but coach Alen Stajcic seems to say that their big names, Heather Garriock, Sarah Walsh and the season one Westfield W-League golden boot winner Leena Khamis will be back. And I'm thinking Kyah Simon too, given she didn't sign for the Mariners? And as for Garriock and Walsh, will be huge for Sydney FC if they can both actually play. Both had injuries last season, Walsh a broken leg and Garriock persistent hip problems, but are some of the best players in the league if they are in the park.

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