Matildas Abroad Preview: NWSL Finals for Kansas; penultimate round in Sweden

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The NWSL Finals begin Saturday for Chloe Logarzo’s Kansas City Current; while the penultimate round in Sweden begins.

See where all our Matildas abroad will be in action in our preview!

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USA

We start in the NWSL, Chloe LogarzoThe Kansas City Current will play in their first ever NWSL Final when they take on the Portland Thorns at Audi Field in Washington, DC.

Current eliminated NWSL shield winners OL Reign in the semi-finals, beating the side 2-0 to book their ticket to the finals. While the Thorns beat the San Diego Wave 2-1 at halftime to book a spot in their third NWSL final.

Logarzo is yet to feature for the Current this season and is expected to join Western United for their inaugural Liberty A-League Women’s season on loan at the end of the season. This match kicks off at 11:00 AEDT on Sunday.

England

It starts in London, Sam KerrChelsea will host Emily GielnikAston Villa as Blues look to build on their emphatic win in the UWCL during the week.

Chelsea enter the game on a four-match winning streak in the WSL, while Villa have been narrowly beaten in their last two matches.

Kerr made history during her week with Chelsea in the UWCL, becoming the first woman to score four goals in a group stage match of the competition. While the injury sustained on international duty will keep Gielnik sidelined until the holidays.

This game will start at 1am AEDT on Monday morning.

Another team to record a dominant win during the week when the Aussies found the back of the net was Manchester City with Mary Fowler and Hayley Raso both scored points in the Conti Cup.

Manchester City host Liverpool looking for their third win of the season after back-to-back 4-0 victories in the WSL for Gareth Taylor’s side saw City re-establish their form after suffering two early season defeats.

Fowler found the back of the net twice in City’s Conti Cup win, with Raso scoring and assisting in a 6-0 victory.

This game will start at 1am AEDT on Monday morning.

Clare WheelerEverton will look to make it back-to-back wins when they host Manchester United. The teams were in action in midweek in the Conti Cup, with both games going to penalty shoot-outs, with Everton winning 4-2 over Aston Villa, but United suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Durham, beating them 3-1.

This game will start at 1am AEDT on Monday morning.

withstand, Caitlin Foord and Steph CatleyArsenal will host Mackenzie Arnoldfrom West Ham United. Arsenal will be looking for a fifth straight win of the season, while the Hammers come into the game on the back of two nail-biting victories.

The last time the two sides met in the WSL, the Gunners recorded a 4-0 victory thanks to a brace from Kim Little, a goal from Beth Mead and an unlucky own goal from the Hammers.

This game will start at 5.45am AEDT on Monday morning.

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France

in Reims, Lydia WilliamsParis Saint-Germain take on Stade Reims in pursuit of their fifth win of the season.

Williams has made just one appearance in D1 so far and has not appeared in the matchday squad for PSG’s last two games in the UWCL.

This game kicks off at 11.30pm AEDT on Saturday night.

Sweden

Our last stop will take us to Sweden, where the penultimate round of the Damallsvenskan will start. Elise Kellond-Knight, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Courtney Nevin‘with Hammarby will play their last home game of the season when they host KIF Örebro.

With nine points separating Hammarby from third place, the Stockholm-based team cannot secure a place in the UWCL for next season.

This match will start at 12:00 AEDT on Sunday morning.

Meantime, Clare Polkinghorne, Katrina Gorry and Charli GrantVittsjö GIK will face Piteå.

Vittsjö GIK, like Hammarby, sit just outside the top three and are unable to make a last ditch effort to secure a place in the UWCL next season.

Polkinghorne was on the scoresheet in their last outing and has signed with the club until 2023. This match kicks off at 11pm AEDT on Sunday night.

Aivi LuikBK Häcken still need to secure their place in the top three, with fourth place just four points behind them with two games remaining.

A win against AIK in their penultimate game of the season will secure their place in the UWCL next season.

This game will start on Tuesday morning at 5:00 AEDT.

finally Teagan MicahFC Rosengård, who have already secured the league championship, will host the tenth Djurgårdens.

Rosengård cruised to back-to-back league titles during the week when it became clear that no other team could overtake the Malmö side.

This game will start on Tuesday morning at 5:00 AEDT.

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