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

The NWSL Finals kick off Saturday for Chloe Logarzo’s Kansas City Current; while the penultimate round in Sweden is about to begin.

Find out where all of our Abroad Matildas will be in action in our preview!

UNITED STATES

Beginner in the NWSL, Chloe LogarzoKansas City Current will advance to their first-ever NWSL Finals when they take on the Portland Thorns at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

Current knocked out NWSL Shield winner OL Reign in the semi-finals, beating the team 2-0 to book their ticket to the final. As the Thorns beat San Diego Wave 2-1 in stoppage time to seal a berth in their third NWSL Finals.

Logarzo is yet to feature for the current this season, and at the end of the season he is expected to join Western United for her first Women’s Liberty A-League season on loan. This match will start on Sunday at 11:00 AEDT.

England

Kick off in London, Sam Kerr‘s Chelsea will host Emilie Gielnik‘s Aston Villa as the Blues look to build on their emphatic UWCL victory throughout the week.

Chelsea come into the game on a four-game winning streak in the WSL, while Villa have been narrowly beaten in their last two outings.

Kerr had a historic week-long performance for Chelsea in the UWCL, becoming the first woman to score four goals in a group stage match in the competition. While an injury sustained on international duty will see Gielnik sidelined until the holiday period.

This match will start on Monday morning at 1:00 AEDT.

Another side to record a dominating win throughout the week that saw the Aussies find the back of the net was Manchester City, with Mary Fowler and Hayley Raso both scoring in the Conti Cup.

Manchester City host Liverpool as they look to register their third win of the season, following back-to-back 4-0 WSL wins for Gareth Taylor’s side City have found their form after suffering two defeats to start their season .

Fowler found the back of the net twice in City’s Conti Cup win, with Raso scoring and collecting an assist in the 6-0 win.

This match will start on Monday morning at 1:00 AEDT.

Claire WheelerEverton will be aiming to record back-to-back wins when they host Manchester United. The teams were in action midweek in the Conti Cup with both games on penalties, with Everton winning 4-2 over Aston Villa, however United suffered a shock defeat to Durham, beating them 3-1.

This match will start on Monday morning at 1:00 AEDT.

Last up, Caitlin Food and Steph Catley‘s Arsenal will host mackenzie arnoldis West Ham United. Arsenal will be looking for their fifth consecutive win of the season, while the Hammers come into the game after two hard-fought wins.

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

This match will start on Monday morning at 5:45 AEDT.

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France

At Reims, Lydia Williams‘ Paris Saint-Germain take on Stade de Reims in the hunt for their fifth win of the season.

Williams has only made one appearance so far in D1 and hasn’t featured in the squad of the day for PSG’s last two UWCL outings.

This match kicks off on Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. AEDT.

Sweden

Our final stop takes us to Sweden, where the penultimate round of the Damallsvenskan will begin. Elise Kellond-Knight, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Courtney Nevinit is Hammarby will play their last home game of the season as they host KIF Örebro.

With nine points separating Hammarby from third place, the Stockholm-based side are unable to secure a UWCL berth for next season.

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

Meanwhile, Claire Polkinghorne, Katrina Gorri and Charlie GrantVittsjö GIK will face Piteå.

Vittsjö GIK, like Hammarby, sits just outside the top three and is unable to make an ultimate run for a spot in the UWCL next season.

Polkinghorne was on the roster in their last outing and signed with the club for 2023. This game kicks off on Sunday night at 11:00 p.m. AEDT.

Aivi LiegeBK Häcken have yet to secure their place in the top three, with fourth place just four points behind them and two games to go.

A win over AIK in their penultimate game of the season will secure them a spot in the UWCL next season.

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

Lately, Teagan MicahFC Rosengård, who have already won the league championship, will welcome tenth-placed Djurgårdens.

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

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

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