San Diego Wave duo to represent Australia at Paris 2024 Olympics

Emily van Egmond and Kaitlyn Torpey will represent Wave in the Matildas
Emily van Egmond is one of the squad members
Emily van Egmond is one of the squad members / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

The San Diego Wave is striving to establish itself as a force in the NWSL, currently sitting in ninth place. With a goal differential of zero (nine goals scored and nine conceded), the Californian team seeks to strike a balance between its defensive and offensive prowess. Despite having the same 10 points as Racing Louisville FC, the Wave's goal difference prevents them from entering the playoff picture.

Despite the team's overall standing, individual players continue to shine. Emily van Egmond and Kaitlyn Torpey have been called up to the Australian national team, the Matildas, for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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Van Egmond, a seasoned veteran with two Olympic appearances under her belt, has played in 10 games for the Wave this season. The midfielder has become a key defensive asset, starting in six matches and demonstrating a knack for ball recovery and dispossessing opponents.

For Torpey, 24, the call-up is a dream come true. The defender, who made her Matildas debut in February of this year, scored in her second appearance for the team during the 2024 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Torpey joined the Wave in the preseason from Melbourne City and has already played six games for the club, showcasing her defensive potential.

The presence of Van Egmond and Torpey in the Australian national team, a strong and traditional side, highlights the quality of the San Diego Wave's roster. However, the team needs to make adjustments to achieve greater ambitions in the NWSL.

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Australia is in Group B of the Olympics, alongside the United States, Germany, and Zambia. The women's football matches will be played in seven cities, with Australia playing in four of them: Paris, Nantes, Lyon, and Marseille. The tournament begins before the opening ceremony, with matches starting on July 25th and culminating on August 10th.