Chloe Logarzo: Westfield Matildas star is world’s best

Sam Kerr and Chloe Logarzo celebrate a goal in the win over Brazil in Newcastle.

She’s short-listed for the FIFA Women’s Footballer of the Year award but Sam Kerr is clearly the best player on the planet right now, according to Westfield Matildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo.

Kerr is one of 10 players in the running for the coveted FIFA award – the first Australian, male or female, to be nominated – after an incredible 12 months for both club and country.

A YEAR TO REMEMBER

After a stellar 2016/17 W-League campaign, Kerr claimed the Julie Dolan Medal as the competition’s best player after her 10 goals led Perth Glory to the Grand Final.

Kerr then became the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) all-time leading scorer earlier this year and bagged a remarkable 4-goal haul in Sky Blue FC’s 5-4 win over Seattle last month.

The WA-born attacker also equalled Kim Little’s record for most goals in a single NWSL season (16 goals).

For the Matildas, Kerr has been in irresistible touch.

Sam Kerr pulls off a stunning back-flip after her second goal in the win over Brazil on Tuesday night.

She netted a first-half hat-trick for the Matildas against Japan at the Tournament of Nations just over a month ago and capped it off with a goal in Australia’s 6-1 demolition of Brazil.

On home soil, Kerr netted three times in the two-game series against Brazil to help Australia to a clean sweep over their South American rivals.

ON CLOUD NINE

Speaking prior to Australia’s 3-2 win over Brazil in Newcastle, Logarzo admitted Kerr’s stunning form is rubbing off on the teammates around her.

“I think she’s very much up there. She’s definitely in my eyes the best player in the world at the moment – the most consistent,” Logarzo told  matildas.footballaustralia.com.au

“In the last two years she’s really gone from zero to 100. She’s always been in the team and always been a key player but she’s really sky rocketed in the last two years and matured so much as a player.

The Westfield Matildas celebrate a goal in he 3-2 win over Brazil in Newcastle.

“There’s a lot of things that I want to take out of her book.

“She’s just on cloud nine at the moment and hopefully she stays there because she’s bringing the whole team up with her.”

HUMBLE HERO

Despite her incredible exploits and huge public profile, Kerr’s humility and team-first attitude is one of the reasons she is hugely popular amongst fans and teammates alike.

“She’s very humble. I think that’s a major part of why she’s so loveable as well within the team,” Logarzo said.

“She’s such a key player and it’s nice to be surrounded by players like her and Emily (Van Egmond) and everyone else in the team.”

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Westfield Matildas abroad: Sam Kerr and Chloe Logarzo sizzle

Sam Kerr celebrates scoring against Germany at the Rio Games.

Monday, 5 September 2016

John Greco @Grecs7
Westfield Matilda Sam Kerr scored a rocket in the US, while Chloe Logarzo set up her side’s winner in Sweden as our women continue to make a big impact on world football.

Kerr has continued her rich vein of form hitting an absolute stunner for Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Receiving the ball about 25 yards from goal, Kerr let the ball come across her body before unleashing a powerful shot into the top corner to give her side the lead against FC Kansas City.

Unfortunately the home side ran out 2-1 winners but Kerr’s goal was the standout of the match. Logarzo also played a key role for her club Eskilstuna United DFF, with a superb assist in their 1-0 win at Kristianstads. Surging down the left, Logarzo cut inside of a defender before picking out a team-mate with a pinpoint cross which was headed in at the far post.

In Korea, Racheal Quigley was the match-winner for Hwacheon KSPO, scoring the opening goal and setting up the other in their 2-0 win over Seoul Amazones. Gema Simon got through 90 minutes for her Korean club Suwon FMC as they lost 3-2 at Icheon Daekyo. Elsewhere, keeper Lydia Williams and Ellie Brush both played full matches for Houston Dash, as they beat Orlando Pride 4-2. Pride duo Laura Alleway and Steph Catley both missed the match through injury. It was a big win for Hayley Raso’s Portland Thorns, who crushed Kyah Simon’s Boston Breakers 5-1. Raso played 63 minutes for Portland, while Simon was substituted with 20 minutes left for the Breakers. Alanna Kennedy got through a full match for Western New York Flash as they drew 1-1 with Washington Spirit. Elise Kellond-Knight played 78 minutes for FFC Turbine Potsdam, as they opened their season in Germany with a 3-0 win at TSG Hoffenheim. Tameka Butt’s Mallbackens went down 4-0 against Goteborg, with the midfielder playing 90 minutes, while Eliza Campbell also playing a full match in Norway as her Klepp side lost 7-0 at Kolbotn.

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How Chloe Logarzo ignored doubters to become a football star

Chloe Logarzo in action for Australia against New Zealand last month.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
Chloe Logarzo hopes her ascension into the Australian Women’s Olympic Football Team will act as an inspiration to young girls after being told she was too small to make it as a footballer when she was growing up.

The all-action attacking midfielder is today celebrating being named in Alen Stajcic’s 18-player squad for the Rio Games.

But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the 21-year-old, who revealed on Monday she had to deal with a few rejections as a youngster before realising her dreams.

 

“I have a different story to everyone else that is different to Matildas.

“I played football since I was five but got brought into the elite football world at an older age and got identified at an older age,” Logarzo explained to www.matildas.footballaustralia.com.au in Sydney on Monday.

“When I was younger I was told I wasn’t big enough or strong enough to be in the teams. I always got pushed back.”

“My advice for kids and the path they should follow is one that’s deep inside themselves. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it because you should always prove them wrong.  “You set your own limits so if you want to exceed those limits you push harder for that.” While Logarzo’s lithe frame (she’s 1.65m tall) may have seen a few doubters as a youngster, there’s no doubting she’s deserved her spot for Rio. The Newcastle Jet was excellent in the recent friendlies against New Zealand and will be pushing hard for a starting spot in a midfield with so much depth.  Emily van Egmond, Elise Kellond-Knight, Katrina Gorry and Tameka Butt are all pushing for starting XI positions.  Though in Logarzo, the Australian team have someone who isn’t afraid to do the hard yards.  “I’m not the quickest in our team but I’m very agile and I’m one who will always run for that one ball,” Logarzo said. “I will always push and be the engine for the team.”

Following the Games, Logarzo will head straight to Sweden to link up with her new club Eskilstuna United.  There, she will see out the season as well as take part in the Women’s UEFA Champions League. These are exciting times for the smiling Logarzo, who’s absolutely loving life as a professional footballer and the challenges she faces to win Gold and, perhaps, a Champions League medal.  “It’s something I’ve always loved to be able call myself a professional athlete and now I can do that.  “I wouldn’t ever change that for the world and it’s something that I love doing,” said the former Sydney FC player, who names greats Pele and Diego Maradona as the superstars she looks up to most.

“It’s awesome being an elite athlete and a role model to kids that are younger than me. “I was once a young kid who was striving to be an elite athlete and now I’m one of them. It blows me away to have done it a pretty young age.” Logarzo says she’s very proud of her Italian heritage and revealed her grandparents will be making the trip from Italy to Brazil to watch her take part in the Games.

 

Football Federation Australia

Transfer news: Matilda Chloe Logarzo signs for Swedish club

Westfield Matildas striker Chloe Logarzo controls possession against New Zealand.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Staff writer
Westfield Matildas striker Chloe Logarzo has signed a deal with Swedish club Eskilstuna United, the club announced overnight.

Logarzo, 21, who played for Newcastle Jets last season in the Westfield W-League, is set to link up with Eskilstuna for the autumn season, reported the Swedish club.

The former Sydney FC and Colorado Pride striker is currently in camp with the Matildas as they prepare for the Games in Rio.  The livewire striker was part of the successful Matildas qualification campaign in Japan earlier this year and is considered one of the rising stars of the women’s game in Australia.

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W-League Preview: Sydney FC v Canberra United

Saturday, 8 February 2014 9:00 PM

W-League Preview: Sydney FC v Canberra

Two key combatants from Sunday’s premiership deciding match between Sydney FC and Canberra United speak about the big game and their respective opponent.

Canberra United’s supremely talented goalkeeper Lydia Williams and Sydney FC’s newly-capped Matildas’ utility Chloe Logarzo preview the contest at Sydney United Sports Centre.

The pair met just a fortnight ago with Sydney FC suffering their only loss of the season as Canberra edged a 2-1 win in an epic contest on home soil.

Sydney FC, who have topped the league ladder twice before, boast a two-point lead over their rivals meaning the visitors must win if they are to reprise their first-place finish of two seasons ago.

Jostling for semi-final positions is also on the line with Canberra seeking to at least hold off third-placed Melbourne Victory and earn a home semi-final.

How is the mood within the team ahead of the big game?
Lydia Williams: It is really good. We had had something like three games in eight days, so we have had a nice break for this game, and then again ahead of the semi-finals.
Chloe Logarzo: It is like every week. The girls are trying to refocus, and training has been focussed on our preparation.

Is there an extra layer of intensity after playing each other the other week?
LW: I think so but in saying that the memory is really fresh in our minds. That is probably a good thing the way the draw has turned out in terms of our homework and preparation about the opposition.
CL: There is given we played them two weeks ago, and then now in such a big game. I think it will be even more intense than the first game

What are your opponent’s strengths?
LW: Obviously they have a really good attacking line, which is pretty apparent given their record goals tally, so that is probably the main strength that we always have to be aware of.
CL: Definitely their midfield when we played them in the first game is one of their key strengths, and also having Michelle (Heyman) and Stephanie Ochs up front. They are quick and have good transition and we have looked at that in training and aiming to do better than we did last time.

Any players that are particularly dangerous?
LW: Obviously Sam (Kerr) in attack, and Jodie (Taylor) up there as well. Unfortunately Caitlin Foord can only play a little bit of the game I believe which is probably good for us, and she is always such a dangerous player.
CL: Stephanie Ochs and Michelle Heyman and the Sykes twins, being so quick down the line.

Where will the game be won?
LW: I think it will be won by our defence. I think we are known for our good transition which is one of our strengths and is something hard to counteract.
CL: There will be battles all over the field. If we focus on one section we won’t win. Everyone has to work hard and step up the intensity. Individual battles come first but we have to cover for team-mates as well.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Newest Matilda bounds through year of highS

Newest Matilda bounds through year of highs

It has been another massive year for women’s football but few players have enjoyed so many new highs as Sydney FC and now Matildas utility Chloe Logarzo.

The Sydneysider is the latest member of the Matildas having earned her first cap against China last month with a surprise eleventh hour call-up following a spate of injuries.

It capped a remarkable 12 month period for Logarzo which also included a Westfield W-League grand final winners’ medal, Young Matildas selection and captaincy, plus a trip to Japan for the International Women’s Club Challenge.

Little wonder the athletic Logarzo is looking back on 2013 with equal parts pride and bewilderment.

“I can’t believe how much I have accomplished in this year,” she says. “I only got into Young Matildas this year. I look back to start to start of 2013 and I didn’t think it would be possible to have experienced so much.”

The crowning glory was undoubtedly a call-up off the bench for her senior international debut against China in Wollongong. The fact that Logarzo entered the fray in place of Matildas icon Lisa De Vanna just added an extra layer to the moment.

“Getting on was so much more than I ever expected,” said Logarzo. “I was fortunate that (Matildas coach) Hesterine (De Reus) gave me the opportunity and I’m grateful for that.

“It was such an honour and privilege to play for the Matildas. It has given me even more hunger to work at my game.

“It is certainly a massive confidence booster to know that I’m on Hesterine’s radar and I will be working hard for the weeks, months and years to come.”

While many players are products of the youth development system, Logarzo was a name very much under the radar until some 18 months ago.

Hailing from Sydney’s north-west suburbs, Logarzo, who boasts an Italian father and Scottish mother, never played representative football in her teenage formative years unlike many peers in the Sydney FC and Matildas side.

“It was a slow process,” says Logarzo with a tone of wonder. “But suddenly everything has happened for me in the last year and a half so it is exciting.”

The next task at hand is helping Sydney FC retain the Westfield W-League crown. The Sky Blues are well placed with no defeats from their four outings and with two matches in hand.

“It is a different feel to the team this year,” says Logarzo, who spends her week visiting young players in a development role with Football NSW. “We have more experience this season. There are a lot of players I can learn off and I hope to do so over what I hope will be a big two months.”