Sydney FC A-League Women 2022/23 season preview

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They’re the most successful club in the league, but will Sydney FC be able to break their grand final losing streak this season?

Last season…

A-League Women: 1st

Finals: Runners-up

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They’ll win the league because…

They’re hungry for that double title.

It has been brewing for a while now and is certainly something that will be on the cards for Sydney FC this season. They have earned the premiership title two years in a row, which they will be aiming to hold onto this season, but they’ll also be chasing down that championship title to make it a double.

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Having been grand final runners-up for three consecutive years now, the Sky Blues will be more fired up than ever to come out on top this season. Last year’s grand final loss was an extremely close one, it’s expected that this will be the fuel to their fire coming into the new season. They’ve been there before and there is no doubt that they can get there again.

This year’s fresh-looking squad is another factor that will lead Sydney FC right to the top. With a few exciting new recruits alongside reliable veterans and rising stars, the 2022/23 squad is filled with nothing but strength and determination. We’re talking Chicago Red Stars standout Madison Haley, Matildas fan favourite Cortnee Vine, star keeper Jayda Whyman, Natalie Tobin, the list goes on. With endless bounds of talent and a title-hungry drive, the odds are undoubtedly in Sydney FC’s favour to win the league.

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They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

They will be missing some key players.

Despite this year’s exciting list of new signings, Sydney FC will be going into this new season with a few gaps in what has been a fairly consistent line-up over the past couple of years. Change is something that can be difficult to overcome, especially in a team that has had as much success as Sydney FC has.

Ally Green has made her departure this year after representing the Sky Blues for the past five years. Green was a key to their defensive structure and her absence has the potential to be detrimental.

Remy Seimsen is also vacant from this year’s squad. She was a strong attacker for Sydney FC over a three-year period and her presence up front will be missed.

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Another absence that could disrupt the chemistry of the team is Taylor Ray. Ray has been a rock in the Sydney FC midfield for the past five years but is currently out due to an ACL injury. She is hoping to make her return for the tail-end of the season, but this is a change that the team is going to have to work their way through without letting it jeopardise their chances.

Talk around the water cooler… look smart in front of your colleagues with this valuable piece of information…

Sydney FC have produced the most Matildas out of any A-League Women club. Some names you might recognise from this lot include Kyah Simon, Caitlin Foord and Chloe Logarzo.

The off-season brought…

A chance to reset.

Following the devastation of last season’s grand final loss, Sydney FC have taken the off-season as a chance to put the past behind them and re-group, focusing on nothing but the season ahead. This resetting has involved working the new players into the squad in a way that will fill holes without changing too much about the structure of their game. This year’s new signings will bring a new flare to the positions left by those who have transferred out.

As a team that haven’t seen many failures over the years, it’s clear that they have stuck with the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ mentality.

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Key player

Cortnee Vine.

The Matildas’ rising star has been re-signed with Sydney FC for the season and will be providing some reliability in their attacking half. Vine’s appearances in the Matildas over the A-League Women’s off-season have been a strong showcase of what she will be able to bring to the Sky Blues this year. With her experiences now broadened, her confidence is due to shine, and she is sure to be a key player for Sydney this season.

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One to watch

Madison Haley.

The brand-new U.S recruit will make her Sydney FC debut this season and all eyes will be on her to see what she has to bring to the table. Haley is a two-time NCAA College Soccer champion and was drafted 7th for the Chicago Red Stars in 2021. The former Stanford University striker is known for her ability to create stunning assists out of any situation, which will be an exciting new dynamic to see in the Sky Blue frontline.

Ins: Abbey Lemon, Deborah-Anne de la Harpe, Kirsty Fenton, Anna Green, Sarah Hunter, Madison Haley, Anika Stajcic, Jynaya Dos Santos, Indiana Dos Santos, Shadeene Evans

Outs: Tahlia Franco, Ellie Brush, Ally Green, Angelique Hristodoulou, Jessika Nash, Natasha Prior, Taylor Ray, Kahli Johnson, Maria Cote Rojas, Paige Satchell, Remy Siemsen

Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Jada Whyman, Katie Offer

Defenders: Deborah-Anne de la Harpe, Kirsty Fenton, Anna Green, Charlotte McLean, Sarah Hunter, Natalie Tobin

Midfielders: Abbey Lemon, Mackenzie Hawkesby, Madison Haley, Shay Hollman, Rachel Lowe, Charlie Rule, Mary Stanic-Floody, Anika Stajcic

Forwards: Jynaya Dos Santos, Indiana Dos Santos, Shay Evans, Princess Ibini, Cortnee Vine, Shay Hollman

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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