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NWSL Abroad: W-League Grand Final set for Sunday; Foord injured
Sydney FC and Melbourne City FC will meet on Sunday
Australia forward Caitlin Foord was traded to Portland Thorns FC this offseason. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Australia forward Caitlin Foord was traded to Portland Thorns FC this offseason. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Sydney FC and Melbourne City FC will meet on Sunday in the W-League 2018 Grand Final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Two NWSL players will be on the field for Sydney FC in the match: Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe and Thorns defender Emily Sonnett.

One player who will not be there on Sunday is Sydney FC forward Caitlin Foord. Foord, the former Sky Blue FC forward who was acquired by Portland Thorns FC in a blockbuster offseason trade, suffered a foot injury in last week’s semifinal match.

On Monday, she announced on social media that she had ruptured the lisfranc ligament in her foot and would be undergoing surgery on Tuesday. While it’s unclear how long she will be out, it’s unlikely she will be in action for the Australian national team or Portland for several months.

 

“A massive positive – I have a lot of things to keep me motivated and working hard towards,” Foord wrote.

 

Many NWSL players will also be on the other side of the field on Sunday. Melbourne City FC features a number of members of Seattle Reign FC: goalkeeper Lydia Williams, defender Steph Catley, defender Lauren Barnes, forward Larissa Crummer, forward Jodie Taylor and midfielder Jess Fishlock. Also on their roster: Pride midfielder Alanna Kennedy, Sky Blue FC defender Rebekah Stott, Courage forward Ashley Hatch and forward Kyah Simon, whose rights were acquired by the Dash in last month’s dispersal draft.

Sydney FC made the Grand Final thanks to a 3-2 extra time win over Newcastle Jets.

Sonnett earned the assist on Lisa DeVanna’s game-winning extra time goal in the 98th minute. Sydney had been up 2-0, but Tara Andrews scored in the 92nd minute for Newcastle to push it to extra time.

 


Melbourne won their semifinal 2-0 over Brisbane Roar FC thanks to goals from Aivi Luik and Fishlock.

 

 

Melbourne City has won the last two Grand Finals. Sydney FC last won in 2013.

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