Brisbane Roar farewell history-making American GK after she’s re-called by NWSL side

Jordan Silkowitz’s time with Brisbane Roar came to an end over the weekend after making her final Liberty A-League appearance before returning to the United States.

Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Central Coast Mariners was Silkowitz’s final game after she was re-called by National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) outfit Kansas City Current.

The 23-year-old American joined the Roar on loan from Kansas City after becoming the first player to be drafted into the NWSL out of Iowa State after she was selected by the Current in 2023. She was also the first goalkeeper ever drafted by Kansas City.

Silkowitz enjoyed a breakout season in Brisbane, where she kept three clean sheets in 19 appearances for the finals aspirants.

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“It’s been so much fun to be able to travel around Australia playing the game I love with this group of people. This team is special staff, team, everyone included,” she said.

“I think I’ve grown a lot not only as a player but as a person, it’s my first time away from home. It’s been awesome to play the game I love, get to learn from different coaches. I feel really blessed to have gotten to learn from Dale and Alex and this team.”

Silkowitz added: “The end goal is still top six and to send this team to play-offs.

“The Brisbane fans and the community here has really welcomed me with open arms so we really value all the support they have for us so there’s no better feeling than playing my last game at home.”

Keeley Richards will be Brisbane’s starting goalkeeper for the remainder of the 2023-24 season. 

“She’s been fantastic, she’s a good professional and she has a great mentality and is obviously a top goalkeeper,” Roar head coach Alex Smith said of Silkowitz. “She’ll be sorely missed but that’s the world of football and where we are here in Australia with the loan players.”