Mackenzie Arnold playing for West Ham

Former West Ham Captain Mackenzie Arnold has made her way over to the National Women’s Super League (NWSL) in a surprising move to Portland Thorns.

After becoming West Ham Captain last season, Arnold was the face of the club and was the heart and soul of the Hammers’ back line.

Despite conceding 40 goals this season in the WSL, she remains highly regarded for her shot-stopping abilities.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper is also Australia’s first-choice keeper and had an impressive performance in the World Cup. Alongside her Aussie teammates, she is set to compete in the upcoming Olympics in August.

Since joining West Ham in 2020, Arnold has amassed 75 appearances for the team and leaves a significant void as she departs for Portland Thorns next season.

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Arnold’s move marks her return to the NWSL, having previously joined Chicago Red Stars in 2019, although she did not feature in any matches during her time there.

With Portland Thorns, who have recently regained form after a challenging start to the season, her arrival is expected to bolster their defensive capabilities and contribute to securing more clean sheets and crucial saves.

Fans and pundits alike will be eagerly watching to see how Mackenzie Arnold adapts and performs with Portland Thorns in the upcoming season.

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