Sophie Harding Steps in for Cortnee Vine in CommBank Matildas Squad:

News by “Sports Reporter

Sophie Harding, 24, will fill the void left by Cortnee Vine in the CommBank Matildas squad for the AFC Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024™ Asian Qualifiers Round 3 (Asian Qualifiers) following Vine’s withdrawal for personal reasons.

Currently tied for second place in the 2023/24 A-League Women’s Golden Boot race, Harding has showcased her prowess with 9 goals and two assists in 15 games for the Western Sydney Wanderers. This call-up marks a significant milestone for the talented striker, who has been in outstanding form with her Top 4 side.

Joining Harding in the squad is CommBank Young Matildas midfielder Daniela Galic, who will attend the camp as a train-on player in Dubai from Monday, 19 February to Friday, 23 February.

Galic, aged 17, has enjoyed a stellar season with Melbourne City FC, contributing five goals and four assists in the 2023/24 A-League Women’s campaign. Her remarkable performances earned her a nomination for November’s Young Footballer of the Month award.

Both the CommBank Matildas and CommBank Young Matildas are focused on qualification for major tournaments, with Tony Gustavsson’s squad aiming for the Paris 2024™ Olympics and Leah Blayney’s team targeting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Colombia 2024™.

Australian fans can catch the exciting action of both national teams live, thanks to Football Australia’s broadcast partner, Paramount Australia.

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