MEL­BOURNE C ITY

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Back-to-back-to-back cham­pi­onship win­ners, Mel­bourne City has never known a sea­son with­out sil­ver­ware, win­ning an im­pres­sive three cham­pi­onships and a premiership in their three sea­sons in the com­pe­ti­tion.

De­spite the loss of mid­field ar­chi­tect Jess Fishlock, the side gained the ser­vices of Matilda Tameka Butt and the re­turn of Elise Kel­lond-Knight, who will both be com­fort­able with the club’s pos­ses­sion style of foot­ball. In a side loaded with big-name play­ers, the de­fence is al­most a replica of the Seat­tle Reign’s, which was the sec­ond best in the NWSL last sea­son – Matil­das Ly­dia Wil­liams and Steph Cat­ley are joined by in­ter­na­tion­als Lau­ren Barnes and Theresa Nielsen.

A side which strug­gled to score at times last sea­son has signed the pacey Amer­i­can Jas­mine Spencer, and will again be look­ing to Kyah Si­mon and a guest ap­pear­ance of Eng­land’s Jodie Tay­lor to sup­ply more. Every side will bring their best against City, but they’ll be dif­fi­cult to break down, and it should lay the foun­da­tion for more suc­cesss.

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