Fresh from scoring Perth Glory’s opening goal of the W-League season, American Alyssa Mautz has revealed the source of the intense motivation behind this season’s W-League title race.

Less than six weeks ago, Mautz and a number of her Glory teammates were playing for the Chicago Red Stars in their National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) semi-final loss.

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“It was definitely a heartbreaker at the end, to lose in the semi,” she said.

“I felt like we were pretty confident going into that game, and team chemistry was at a high. We thought for sure this was going to be our year.”

It wasn’t to be for the Red Stars as they bowed out of the finals, losing 2-0 to the North Carolina Courage.

Joining Mautz in Chicago’s squad that day was Sam Kerr, Nikki Stanton and Katie Naughton: all of whom have signed for the Glory on loan from the Red Stars.

Mautz and her Chicago teammates are using the sting felt from their NWSL shortcomings as motivation to win the W-League title with the Glory.

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“Losing that game gives me more of a drive to be successful and getting to that final game,” Mautz said.

“Once you get over that hump and make it to the grand final it’s a better feeling, it’s more intense and exciting.

“Our goal is to get back into that final game, I think we will definitely have that drive this year.”

The Glory’s quartet of Red Stars will provide invaluable consistency and chemistry to a Glory side that underwent drastic personnel change in the off-season.

Back in Perth for the second time after spending last season at Adelaide United, Mautz is relishing having Chicago players around her at the Glory.

“I feel like I’m back home, it’s a good feeling,” she said.

“We know how each other play so we won’t have an issue of how we are going to play with each other.”

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Mautz began her Glory comeback in style, scoring in the 1-1 draw against the Roar.

She will be hoping this season finishes on a brighter note than her last time out with Perth in 2016/17, which ended in a 2-0 loss on home soil to Melbourne City in the grand final.

It’s said that you sometimes have to lose a big final before you can win one: Mautz and the rest of the Glory’s Red Stars have now lost two on opposite sides of the earth. But they’re desperate to change that this year.

 

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Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.