Arsenal’s Australian trio Steph Catley, Lydia Williams and Caitlin Foord have been named in the Australian Olympic squad forward of this summers video games in Tokyo.
The Matildas certified for the Olympics in March 2020, with Emily van Egmond and Sam Kerr main the Australian cost throughout the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers. The girls’s soccer group punched their ticket to Tokyo away from house with a victory in Quang Ninh, Vietnam.
Foord performed 21 WSL video games for the Gunners in 2020-21 scoring ten targets and claiming 5 assists as she became an actual followers favorite at Meadow Park. Williams who signed a brand new contract at Arsenal earlier this month performed 9 video games in the WSL in 2020/21, she saved seven clear sheets in the method.Overall, she performed 11 occasions throughout all competitions since signing from Melbourne City final summer season.
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The 33-year-old had a 64 p.c save fee and managed her field impeccably effectively, she usually took the strain off her defence that may generally comprise of a make-shift back-line because of the quantity of accidents the Gunners sustained.Williams has twice been named Australia’s Women’s Footballer of the Year, you possibly can see her affect on a younger Gunners defence guiding Leah Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy in entrance of her when she performed.
The keeper additionally obtained a Save of the Season nomination for her efficiency towards Chelsea, throughout the February fixture she made a surprising low response cease to maintain out Fran Kirby.Catley suffered a irritating season with damage however might be going to her second Olympic video games, final season in north London she made six appearances in the league. The Matildas open their marketing campaign on July, 21 towards New Zealand earlier than assembly world quantity 5 and reigning Olympic silver medallists Sweden, and ending the group stage towards reigning World Champions and world primary USA.
The trio be a part of Arsenal teammates Leah Williamson and Kim Little who’re representing Team GB, Vivianne Miedema who has been chosen by the Netherlands and Mana Iwabuchi who represents the host nation Japan.