Americans set to play in Australia's W-League Grand Final

Soccer hasn't halted in all parts of the world.

Men's action was held in Chile, Haiti, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Singapore, Somalia and Turkey on Wednesday.

The one place where top-flight women's soccer is being played in Australia, where the Grand Final in the professional women’s W-League between Melbourne City and Sydney FC will be played on Saturday afternoon at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

The W-League is home to dozens of American pros who spent the NWSL offseason in Australia, supplementing their salaries on teams in the nine-team league.

Americans Morgan Andrews and Kristen Hamilton were among four players who tied for the scoring lead.

Eleven Americans played in last weekend's semifinals, the last games played before Football Federation Australia moved the rest of men's A-League and W-League behind closed doors following the Government directive limiting outdoor events to 500 people of less.

They include 30-year-old Lauren Barnes (OL Reign), who will be seeking her fourth W-League title and third with Melbourne City.

Starters for Sydney FC include Aubrey Bledsoe, the 2019 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year with the Washington Spirit, U.S. international Sofia Huerta (OL Reign) and  Veronica Latsko (Houston Dash), who scored the winning goal in the 1-0 win at Melbourne Victory.

Travel curbs in New Zealand and Australia have already forced the suspension of Super Rugby, the sprawling rugby union competition which involves teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan.

The Australian Football League and National Rugby League are also playing at closed stadiums but travel restrictions have forced the closure of Super Rugby, which includes teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan.

March 13 in Melbourne
Melbourne Victory 0 Sydney FC 1. Goal: Latsko 14.
Melbourne Victory -- Dumont, Alleway, McCormick, *Menges, Beard, Longo, Jackson, *Hanson, Dowie, *Jenkins, Ayres (Doran 89).
Sydney FC -- *Bledsoe, Brush, Kennedy, Agnew, Green, Tobin, Polias, Siemsen (Ibini 89), Ray (Hawkesby 77), *Latsko (Sayer 90+3), *Huerta.
Att.: 704.

March 14 in Melbourne
Melbourne City 5 Western Sydney Wanderers 1. Goal: Emslie 13, Simon 22, 56, Stott 41, own goal 62; Vine 51.
Melbourne City -- Williams, *Barnes, Checker, Stott, Carpenter, van Egmond (*Watt 63), Luik, Kinga, Catley, Emslie (Dobson 78), Simon (Mijatovic 63).
Western Sydney Wanderers -- *Smith,  Nevin, *Staab, Cooper (Huynh 85), Matos, Harrison, Mastrantonio (Danaskos 87), Cooney-Cross (Middleton 62), Vine, *Hamilton, Phonsongkham.
Att.: 612.
*Americans.
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