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Jessica McDonald to make her debut for Melbourne Victory this weekend.

New Melbourne Victory Women’s international signing Jessica McDonald is ready and raring to go this Saturday against Brisbane Roar in the team’s opening home match of the season, and having recently given birth she has extra motivation to succeed.

Fresh off the plane, the six foot centre forward outlined her ambitions for the season and stated she was ready to impact the Westfield W-League from the first whistle.

“I want us to be as successful as we can, obviously help the team out as much as I can and take advantage of this opportunity and have some fun on the pitch,” said McDonald.

“Having a child gives me motivation to be really successful; when my son gets older I want him to be able to be proud of his mum, to say that she accomplished what she could and didn’t give up on her goals and dreams.

“Soccer has always been my goal and dream and having a child isn’t going to keep me from playing. I’m excited to be here.”

What makes this story all the more incredible is that McDonald’s husband and eight month old son are remaining in Arizona while she pulls on the navy blue of Melbourne Victory.

“I have a passion and a commitment to play professional football but what really got me here was my husband’s support. It was a tough decision to leave the family for four months but we made the call so I can continue living my dream.”

McDonald has an impressive history in football having won back-to-back National Championships in the USA with the University of North Carolina under the tutelage of legendary coach Anson Dorence. She then won selection in the USA U-23 team and signed with Chicago Red Stars in the American WPS where she was teammates with players such as Megan Rapinoe and Brazil’s Cristiane.

It was Dorence who played a major factor in McDonald’s move to Melbourne Victory.

“Mike Mulvey got in contact with Anson Dorence who knew I was looking for a team, Anson suggested that I go to Melbourne Victory and we worked our way from there.”

McDonald will wear the number ten jersey and is the third and final international signing for Melbourne Victory following the return of American Danielle Johnson and the confirmation of Swede Petra Larsson who will arrive once her commitments to current club, Linköpings FC, finish.

Melbourne Victory Women play their opening home match of the season this Saturday 4pm against Brisbane Roar at Veneto Club, Bulleen. Families are $15 with MVFC members free.

Click here for an interview with Head Coach Mike Mulvey as he discusses Melissa Barberi’s coaching role with the team as well as last week’s match against Perth.




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