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Canberra United’s season of chaos took another turn on Monday as all players involved in a throbbing loss to Sydney were deemed to be close contacts in a COVID-19 case. They are still licking their wounds after the biggest loss in the club’s history, and the majority of Canberra’s squad has now started in seven days of isolation. The A-League Women’s round-eight showdown between Canberra and Melbourne at Viking Park has been postponed and officials are working to set a new date for the match. “All players and staff who traveled to the match against Sydney FC are now considered close contacts,” Canberra United said in a statement. “Canberra United would like to thank ACT Health, fans and suppliers for their patience and understanding during this time. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Viking Park as soon as possible.” MORE CANBERRA-SPORT Canberra is second to last in the rankings and has not won in the first six matches of the season. The capitulation against Sydney almost ended the team’s hopes of playing finals this season, with a major turnaround needed as they leave isolation to have a chance to challenge the title. Coach Vicki Linton has tried to dodge coronavirus curveballs in every match so far, with Emma Ilijoski and Grace Mahar excluded from the loss to Sydney before kick-off due to COVID-19 protocols. Canberra will have to wait until it plays against the Newcastle Jets on January 30 to make up for the 6-0 disappointment last weekend. Meanwhile, former Canberra star and shapely Matildas winger Hayley Raso is eager to take on a senior role in Australia’s hunt for another Asian Women’s Cup title. Raso has been one of the form players in the FA Women’s Super League for Manchester City in recent weeks. The 27-year-old came off the bench to score two goals and made another in a thumping victory over Aston Villa before further assists and goals in the corresponding victories over Birmingham and Brighton helped City revive their flag campaign. Raso is now focusing on using this form to help her play an influential role in her third Asian Cup, having been part of Matildas’ team that finished second to Japan in the last two tournaments. “It’s been a long time since the Matildas have won the Asian Cup, so it’s our goal as a team to make sure we get the trophy back home,” said Raso. “Since I’m my third Asian Cup, I definitely feel more like a senior player now.” I always aim to help the young and future talents as much as I can, and I hope that my experience in tournaments like these can help them continue to grow in this team. “Raso’s own form in City makes her excited on what she can personally achieve in India, where Australia start their campaign against Indonesia in Mumbai on Friday. “I feel like I have found my feet and play with a lot of confidence in my club at the moment, so I look forward to continue to work and develop in that form and to ensure that I do what I can to help the team win, “said the Brisbane – born striker. Coach Tony Gustavsson finished his squad with 23 players for the tournament in Monday with strikers Cortnee Vine and Holly McNamara selected in favor of Canberra’s Karly Roestbakken and Winonah Heatley.The addition of the unoccupied duo adds to a squad already boasting of Raso, Caitlin Ford’s attacking talents, Emil y Gielnik, Remy Siemsen, Mary F owler and captain Sam Kerr.

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