About Mackenzie Arnold
28-year-old shot-stopper Mackenzie Arnold will be looking to build her case for national team selection heading into the 2023 Women's World Cup, with the experienced international entering her late 20s, an age in which goalkeepers traditionally hit the peak stage of their career.
Arnold's appearance in January against Indonesia at the AFC Asian Cup saw the Queenslander make her 29th appearance for the green and gold, across 10 different years. The West Ham United #1 saw a rapid rise through the youth ranks both for her state and country, debuting for Australia during the East Asian Cup in 2012 as an 18-year-old.
It is incredibly rare for a goalkeeper to make their club debut as a teenager, let alone a national team debut, yet Arnold managed to break the dominance of teammate Lydia Williams and legendary keeper Melissa Barbieri, who were both unchallenged before 2012.
A recognised figure within the A-league Women's competition, Arnold first made the leap into senior football at Perth Glory, before stints in Canberra and Western Sydney. It was her five seasons at hometown side Brisbane Roar between 2016-20 which really elevated the goalkeeper's performances, with her long frame and reflexes catching the eye of many clubs in America's top flight and across Europe.
After a successful season in the United States with Chicago Red Stars, Arnold joined the large cohort of Commbank Matildas across the Atlantic Ocean to England, now plying her trade as a regular starter for London giants West Ham United.