Carpenter selected for Algarve Cup

Wanderer Ellie Carpenter has been selected for the Westfield Matildas squad travelling to Portugal to play in the Algarve Cup beginning on 1 March 2017

Carpenter has had a number of outstanding performances in the Red & Black's defence and a strong season for the youngster has resulted in her selection once again for the Westfield Matildas. 

A host of big name stars have been joined by some returning players in the 21-player squad selected by Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal beginning on 1 March 2017.

With a 25-player squad having concluded a three day camp in Canberra today, Stajcic has narrowed that list down for the tournament that will see the Westfield Matildas play their first international matches since last year’s Rio Games where they reached the Quarter Finals.

A host of Westfield Matildas mainstays over the past two years including 2016 AFC Women’s Player of the Year Caitlin Foord, veterans Lisa De Vanna and Clare Polkinghorne, Westfield W-League 2017 Championship winning captain Steph Catley and German based duo Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily van Egmond will all travel to Portugal alongside a number of players who find themselves back in the fold with another opportunity to stake their claims.

 

Daily Telegraph Ellie Carpenter

The squad will assemble in Sydney’s west for a three day training camp on Monday prior to departing for Portugal on Wednesday night.

Currently 6th in the FIFA women’s world rankings, the Westfield Matildas have been grouped alongside Sweden (ranked 8th), Netherlands (ranked 12th) and China P.R. (ranked 13th) for the tournament.

“This tournament is a starting point towards looking ahead to the Asian Cup next year, the World Cup the year after and then the Games in Tokyo in 2020,” said Stajcic.

“We’re really looking to test the players and see who is going to be part of this squad moving forward. The Algarve Cup gives us four matches against high quality opponents and I’m sure the team will learn and grow a lot from competing in this tournament.”

The Westfield Matildas’ first match of the Algarve Cup is against Sweden on Wednesday 1 March at 6.30pm local time (5.30am AEDT, Thursday 2 March).

Westfield Matildas squad for the Algarve Cup:

Name

Date of Birth

Club

A International Caps (Goals)

Teigen Allen

12/02/1994

Melbourne City FC

39 (0)

Mackenzie Arnold (gk)

25/02/1994

Brisbane Roar FC

11 (0)

Ellie Carpenter

28/04/2000

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

5 (0)

Steph Catley

26/01/1994

Melbourne City FC

53 (2)

Emma Checker

11/03/1996

Canberra United

3 (0)

Alex Chidiac

15/01/1999

Adelaide United

1 (0)

Lisa De Vanna

14/11/1984

Canberra United

117 (40)

Caitlin Foord

11/11/1994

Sydney FC

50 (8)

Emily Gielnik

13/05/1992

Brisbane Roar FC

9 (1)

Katrina Gorry

13/08/1992

Brisbane Roar FC

49 (13)

Amy Harrison

21/04/1996

Sydney FC

3 (0)

Elise Kellond-Knight*

10/08/1990

FC Turbine Potsdam, Germany

76 (1)

Alanna Kennedy

21/01/1995

Sydney FC

48 (2)

Sam Kerr

10/09/1993

Perth Glory

46 (8)

Chloe Logarzo

22/12/1994

Newcastle Jets

12 (0)

Clare Polkinghorne

1/02/1989

Brisbane Roar FC

92 (7)

Hayley Raso

5/09/1994

Canberra United

14 (1)

Gema Simon

19/07/1990

Newcastle Jets

5 (0)

Kyah Simon

25/06/1991

Sydney FC

70 (20)

Emily van Egmond*

12/07/1993

VfL Wolfsburg, Germany

57 (14)

Lydia Williams (gk)

13/05/1988

Melbourne City FC

57 (0)

This article was originally published at:  http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/westfield-matildas-squad-announced-for-algarve-cup/wzw7q29tartq1l9w66rui52jl