Adelaide United star Chelsie Dawber has signed with NWSL membership Chicago Purple Stars as she makes an attempt to interrupt into the Matildas squad forward of the Ladies’s World Cup.
Dawber was a revelation alongside golden boot winner Fiona Worts in Adelaide’s assault, scoring 10 targets and notching three assists, as United completed third within the ALW and made finals for the primary time of their historical past.
The 22-year-old, who’s but to be capped, has joined Chicago on a two-year deal, with an possibility for a 3rd.
“It is a new journey for me and one which I am actually enthusiastic about,” Dawber mentioned.
“I need to thank Adelaide United and all of the teaching workers I’ve labored with for believing in me and giving me the chance to play for this superb membership.
“My aim has at all times been to play for the Matildas and I consider taking part in abroad in a tricky league will give me a greater probability of a call-up to the nationwide crew.
“I am positively not ruling out coming again to Adelaide after the NWSL season.
“Approaching a World Cup yr, it is vital to be taking part in as many video games as doable and provides myself the most effective path for achievement.”
Chicago was beforehand the house of Matildas captain Sam Kerr, who shot to international prominence with standout goal-scoring performances for the Purple Stars in 2018 and 2019 earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea.
“Chelsie is a formidable younger participant. She has confirmed she will rating targets at a excessive stage, play a number of positions and nonetheless be efficient,” Purple Stars coach Chris Petrucelli mentioned.
“She provides versatility and athleticism to an already harmful attacking group.”