Sydney FC have pulled off a potentially season-defining coup by Lisa De Vanna for the upcoming W-League campaign.
De Vanna made headlines last month when she ripped a 20-metre volley during a 2-1 win over Brazil that took her to within five goals of catching Tim Cahill as Australia's greatest scorer.
The Sky Blues finished one game short of last year's grand final, but aim to go one better this season with the massive inclusion of the Matildas co-captain.
De Vanna is gunning for a fourth championship...
Matildas star Sam Kerr has shockingly been snubbed for the FIFA Women's Player of the Year 2017 award, with the final three candidates named overnight.
Kerr was one of 10 players shortlisted for the top FIFA award in August, but was cut from the final three with Netherlands international Lieke Martens, United States star Carli Lloyd and Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos named as the final candidates on Friday night, with the winner to be presented their award on Monday.
Matildas teammates Lisa De Vanna...
The Matildas will host China in a two-match series in November in an important warm up before next year's Asian Cup.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Victorian Government announced games at Melbourne's AAMI Park on Nov. 22 and Geelong's Simonds Stadium on Nov. 26.
The news comes with women's football on a high in Australia after the Matildas defeated Brazil in two internationals before healthy crowds, with more than 31,000 fans passing through the turnstiles in Penrith and Newcastle.
Seventeen years to the day since Brazil beat Australia 2-1 at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Matildas returned the favour in Newcastle with a 3-2 win.
And, oh how far they have come since then. Apart from the fact Tuesday night's result marked the third-straight triumph over Brazil, it was also the Matildas' fifth successive victory -- equalling their longest winning streak.
Marta and her Brazil teammates were simply no match for red hot Sam Kerr and her fellow Matildas.
Australia's star striker stole...