The Black and Green will be sporting a new look when it heads to Perth for the opening round of the A-League Women’s (ALW) competition, as Western United takes on Perth Glory this Saturday.
United is looking to go one better after finishing runner-up in its first season in the ALW, with new signings and some familiar faces among the squad.
Although losing to Melbourne Victory 2-0 in the final pre-season friendly last Saturday, they had a well-earned 1-0 win against the Football Victoria State Team the previous week, with a breadth of players gaining valuable on-field experience prior to the season opener.
United will be sporting its new kit, released last week, featuring bold new designs for home and away matches.
The away jersey, which will debut this Saturday, features the names of over 1,000 suburbs from 30 council areas, printed in faint text across the design, to remind the players who they are playing for back home when they are on the road.
“Western United fans can pick up the new away jersey and search for their own suburb, enabling them to wear both the Western United name and the name of their home with pride,” a club statement said.
New regulations this season will see white shorts removed from all ALW kits, meaning United women will wear green shorts as part of their away colours.
The latest signing for the club is tall and fast-paced attacker, 22-year-old Kiara De Domizio from Sydney.
“I am very excited and beyond grateful to have signed my first professional contract,” De Domizio said.
“It has been a massive dream and ambition of mine and it still feels so surreal that I’ve been able to hit this milestone.
“I’m super grateful to have been given this opportunity by Mark [Torcaso, head coach] to join the squad and after seeing what the girls and the club achieved last season, it motivates me to build on that success.
“I can’t wait to keep growing and developing my football career here at Western United,” she said.
United’s first home game will be on Sunday-week at City Vista Reserve, Caroline Springs, but the club is still confident of playing home matches on its new turf in Tarneit later this season.