Riding a wave: Matildas and Jets star Van Egmond acquired by San Diego

Emily van Egmond will team up with Jill Ellis and Alex Morgan after San Diego Wave acquired the Matildas midfielder.

Van Egmond had returned to hometown club Newcastle Jets on a short-term contract in the Liberty A-League this season ahead of Australia’s Women’s Asian Cup campaign, which gets underway on Friday.

The Australia international will make her way back to the NWSL after incoming United States franchise the Wave acquired the rights to Van Egmond and Taylor Kornieck from Orlando Pride.

Van Egmond, who has played in the US, Germany and England with the likes of Seattle Reign, Chicago Red Stars, Wolfsburg and West Ham, will have some esteemed company in San Diego, where the Wave are preparing for their inaugural campaign.

Two-time World Cup-winning head coach Ellis is president, with former Manchester United boss Casey Stoney in charge, while superstar Morgan headlines their attack.

“The acquisition of both Emily and Taylor are fantastic additions to help bolster our midfield area and give us the ability to compete as a brand new team in this extremely competitive league” said Wave FC head coach Stoney.

“Emily has vast experience in different leagues across the world and is a centurion at international level which is a great achievement and something that will really add to our squad.

“Taylor has already proved herself at NWSL level with some match winning performances and has a bright future ahead of her. I am very much looking forward to working with them both.”