2020/21 Melbourne City W-League Season Preview

The usual benchmark of walking the league and adding another W-League trophy to the City cabinet looks to have been thrown out the window this season, with the City girls never having faced a challenge like the campaign ahead.

Losing almost all of our Matildas and star international recruits, a rejuvenated crop of City players will be guided by Rado Vidosic towards what would be our most special achievement yet should the side get anywhere near another Grand Final appearance.

In a season – and year – where everything has been turned upside down and predictions have never been more difficult to make, here is Talking City’s preview of the 2020/21 W-League season.

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Last season:

Record: 11-1-0

Finish: 1st

Ironically, it might take this upcoming season for City fans to realise just how fortunate we’ve been over the past handful of years to have such a consistently incredible squad.

In 2019/20, a City side stacked with Matildas completed its second undefeated W-League season, going on to down Sydney 1-0 in the Grand Final thanks to a plucky Steph Catley strike.

Emily van Egmond lead City’s goalscorers with 6, whilst Ellie Carpenter took out the honours as City’s Player of the Year.

This season:

The squad:

Goalkeepers – Teagan Micah, Melissa Barbieri

Defenders – Emma Checker, Samantha Johnson, Jenna McCormick, Julia Sardo, Teigen Allen, Tori Tumeth, Tyla-Jay Vlajnic, Chelsea Blissett (out for season)