NWSL news items from the past week or so:
- Becky Sauerbrunn Traded To Portland
- NWSL Hires Lisa Baird as New Commissioner
- The Regular Season Schedule Announced
- List of Allocated USWNT and CANWNT Players Released
NWSL news items from the past week or so:
The Under-15 United States Girls’ National Team is currently holding its first camp of 2020. For the camp, which runs from Monday, March 2nd, to Sunday, March 8th, 34 players, all born in 2005, have been called up. All but six of those players previously attended last October’s talent identification camp.
The first full international window of 2020 is upon us. Most active women’s national teams will be participating in friendly tournaments, such as the SheBelieves Cup, the Algarve Cup the noveau Tournoi de France, and others. Meanwhile, six national teams, including the Matildas of Australia, will be playing in Olympic qualifying play-offs. Over in UEFA, some teams will continue their qualifying campaigns for the 2021 Women’s Euro.
Here is a special extended edition Roster Round-Up, organized by friendly tournament. The usual teams are covered in summary detail, while links are provided to the rosters of other notable teams. Continue reading “Roster Round-Up: March 2020 International Window”
The 2020 edition of the SheBelieves Cup, which is hosted by the United States Women’s National Team, officially gets underway on Thursday, March 5th. Rosters for the four participating teams – the USWNT, England, Japan, and first-timer Spain – have all been announced.
In the United States, all USWNT matches will be shown live on ESPN channels, while the non-USA matches will be available via ESPN’s streaming platforms. Continue reading “2020 SheBelieves Cup: Updated Rosters, USA TV Schedule, and News Updates”
In March, the Under-19 United States Women’s National Team will be back in action for the first time since 2018, as 23 players – fourteen born in 2001 and nine born in 2002 –have been called up for a friendly U-19 tournament at the La Manga resort in Spain where the USA will play their age counterparts from England, the Netherlands, and Sweden.
For this camp, the U-19 USWNT will be led by current Houston Dash assistant head coach Twila Kaufman (Dash profile), who was previously the head coach at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis profile). Continue reading “U-19 USWNT: Roster For 2020 La Manga Tournament Announced, Two “New” Names”
With inaugural SheBelieves Cup participants France and Germany once again not returning and last year’s debutante Brazil preferring the allure of France, the Netherlands, and Canada, the United States Women’s National Team needed to find a new participant for its four-team friendly tournament. Eventually, the USA settled on #13-ranked Spain, who you might remember from that nail-biting Round of 16 match in last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup (official highlights).
While Spain’s players may have revenge on their mind, head coach Jorge Vilda is focused on preparing for the back half of qualifying for the 2021 UEFA Women’s Euro, which will be hosted by fellow SheBelieves Cup team England. Although Spain easily won its first two qualifying matches last autumn, the Iberian team hit a slight road bump in the form of a nil-nil away draw with Poland. Continue reading “Opponent Watch: Spain’s Roster for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup”
Update (22-Feb-2020): Major re-write, added section for YouTube
While all of this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship matches that involve the USA should be available unblocked via CONCACAF’s official YouTube channel, some live broadcasts of other matches have been geo-blocked in the USA.
For those trying to watch these other matches live, there are two additional options: Concacaf Go (go.concacaf.com) and TUDNxtra. And, if you missed a match, each match should be available for replay on YouTube (official playlist) shortly after the end of the live broadcast.
Earlier this week, CONCACAF released the final rosters for this year’s Women’s Under-20 Championship. Unfortunately, the rosters were only made publicly available via Issuu.com which does not allow downloads of the original PDF for documents uploaded by free accounts (and generally sucks from a usability perspective.)
Anyway, here is the full list of players as a Google Sheets file.
For its second mini-camp of the year, the United States Under-14 Girls’ National Team Talent Identification Program has called in 62 players, all based in the Central Region and all born in 2006. Regional Talent Identification Managers Katie Cole, Marieke Laurens and Diane Drake will be in charge of the event, which will run from Wednesday, March 4th to Sunday, March 8th, and will be held in the Dallas, Texas area. Continue reading “U-14 USGNT TIP: 2020 Central Region Mini-Camp Roster Announced”
In November, the board of directors of the Japan Football Association (JFA) voted to establish a new professional women’s league. Specifics about this potential new league were lacking, but late last week, more details surfaced, attributed to “interviews with multiple stakeholders” (wire article in the Hochi Shimbun). An English version or summary of the report was published by the Kyodo News agency (via the Japan Times).
As announced in November, this new league would be at the top of the women’s pyramid in Japan with the Nadeshiko League, which currently has three divisions (1, 2, and “Challenge”), continuing in some form. (Japan Times) Continue reading “Notes: More Details Emerge About Japan’s Proposed New Women’s Professional League”