‘Every club will be lining up’: Matilda set for new home after being waived by American side

Join Niav Owens, Teo Pellizzeri, Alicia Ferguson and Teresa Polias for Dub Zone, unpacking all the biggest talking points from an action-packed Round 5 in the Liberty A-League.

Racing Louisville have announced Matildas star Alex Chidiac’s contract won’t be renewed, meaning she is set to become a free agent at the start of next year.

Chidiac – who is currently on loan with Mexican side Tigres until the end of December – was waived by the NWSL side, who announced a number of roster changes on Tuesday morning (AEDT).

The 24-year-old joined Louisville in 2022, making 26 league appearances and scoring two goals either side of a loan spell with Melbourne Victory in the 2022-23 Liberty A-League season.

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Chidiac struggled for game time in her second season at the club, opting to join Tigres in August, but her fortunes haven’t changed since heading south.

The Matildas midfielder was once again a late substitute over the weekend, coming off the bench in the 87th minute of Tigres’ 0-0 draw with Monterrey in the opening leg of the Liga MX Femenil semi-final.

She will now be available to teams across the globe, including teams in the Liberty A-League, with the Dub Zone crew speculating where Chidiac could land if she opts to return home.

Chidiac previously played for Adelaide United, Melbourne City and most recently at Melbourne Victory in two loan spells – where she won the 2021-22 Liberty A-League Championship, before being awarded the league’s most valuable player the following season.

“Well I think clubs will be having the conversation and they’ll be making their bids because everyone wanted a piece of Chids but she chose Melbourne Victory the last two seasons,” Teo Pellizzeri said on Dub Zone.

“Obviously was the Dolan Medallist from the last campaign and won that medal from a small sample size.

“Tigres drew 0-0 in their first leg of their semi-final in Mexico. If they’re knocked out, Chids’ parent club Racing Louisville – the contract ends in December. This could be the transformational mid-season signing, not necessarily for Victory. 

“I imagine every club will be lining up, just asking the question ‘Alex would you like to come back and play in the A-Leagues’.”

Former Western United star and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Jess McDonald was also released by Louisville.

Meanwhile, San Diego Wave confirmed Matildas midfielder Emily van Egmond is now a free agent after her contract expired at the end of the season.

Van Egmond is currently in the midst of a four game guest stint with Newcastle Jets, playing and scoring in their 3-2 loss to Melbourne City on the weekend.

The club confirmed they are in negotiations with players to return for next season.