Emerging City star selected in Young Matildas squad

Emerging Melbourne City FC midfielder Sofia Sakalis has been included in the Westfield Young Matildas 20-player-squad for this month's training camp and international friendly fixture against Thaliand at Leichhardt Oval on Friday, 16 March 2018.

Sakalis became the eighth youngest player in the history of the W-League to make her senior debut when she replaced Amy Jackson in the final minutes of City's 5-2 win over Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park this season. 

Widely considered to be one of the most exciting young midfielders in the country, Sakalis will now carry her Championship winning experience with City into the international arena as the Young Matildas prepare for next year's 2019 AFC U-19 Women's Championship.

The match against Thailand at Leichhardt Oval in Lilyfield will kick-off at 12.30pm (AEDT), and admission will be free.

Van Egmond’s squad features many players to have already made their mark on the Westfield W-League, and some of whom to have already represented Australia at senior international level.

Van Egmond, who is currently in Portugal with the Westfield Matildas at the 2018 Algarve Cup, said that the week-long training camp and match would provide the squad with the chance to begin their preparations ahead of next year’s U-19 Championship.

“It is great to see activity for the Westfield Young Matildas,” said van Egmond. “This will be the beginning of our preparation towards qualification for the next AFC U19 Women’s Championship.”

“The squad assembled includes a number of players from the last campaign, so they will be able to offer great leadership to the new players joining the squad.

“We are looking forward to playing Thailand, a nation making big strides in the development of their junior players.

“This will be a great opportunity for the public to come out and see players who have the opportunity to play for the Westfield Matildas in years to come. It wasn’t so long ago that the likes of Sam Kerr and Alanna Kennedy were in this team,” he concluded.

Westfield Young Matildas Squad for ASEAN-Australia Football Exchange (Camp & Friendly Match)
 

Name

2018 NPL Club

Westfield W-League 2017/18 Club

MelindaJ BARBIERI

Calder United SC

Melbourne Victory

Ellie CARPENTER

N/A

Canberra United

Kyra COONEY-CROSS

Geelong Galaxy

Melbourne Victory

Chelsie DAWBER

Adelaide City

Adelaide United

Shadeene EVANS

Football NSW Institute

-

Sheridan GALLAGHER

Football NSW Institute

-

Annalee GROVE

Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets

Emily HODGSON

West Adelaide

Adelaide United

Angelique HRISTODOULOU

Football NSW Institute

Sydney FC

Princess IBINI

Football NSW Institute

Sydney FC

Rachel LOWE

Football NSW Institute

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Jayme MILLARD

Football NSW Institute

-

Courtney NEVIN

Football NSW Institute

 

Susan PHONSONGKAM

Football NSW Institute

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Taylor RAY

Football NSW Institute

Sydney FC

Olivia RIDDEL

Football NSW Institute

 

Karly ROESTBAKKEN

Canberra United

Canberra United

Sofia SAKALIS

South Melbourne

Melbourne City FC

Amy SAYER

North Shore Mariners

Canberra United

Julia VIGNES

Football NSW Institute

Sydney FC

 

Westfield Young Matildas v Thailand U19 Women’s
Date: Friday, 16 March 2018
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Lilyfield
Kick-off: 12.30pm (AEDT)
Admission: Free