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
Continue reading “NWSL News of Note: Sauerbrunn Traded to Portland, Commissioner Hired, Schedule Announced”
For the USWNT’s December 2019 identification camp, head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called up six forwards and seven midfielders:
- Bethany Balcer
- Madison Haley
- Ashley Hatch
- Paige Monaghan
- Sophia Smith
- Ally Watt
- Danielle Colaprico
- Vanessa DiBernardo
- Jordan DiBiasi
- Sarah Killion
- Kristie Mewis
- Brianna Pinto
- Ashley Sanchez
This article includes basic summary capsules for each of these players, along with highlights and other useful videos, if available. Continue reading “USWNT: 2019 ID Camp Player Capsules – Forwards and Midfielders”
For the USWNT’s December 2019 identification camp, head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called up nine defenders and two goalkeepers:
- Maycee Bell (center back)
- Malia Berkely (center back or outside back)
- Imani Dorsey (outside back)
- Emily Fox (outside back) – probably a scratch
- Naomi Girma (center back)
- Sarah Gorden (outside back or center back)
- Kiara “Kiki” Pickett (outside back)
- Margaret “Midge” Purce (outside back)
- Jane Campbell
- Casey Murphy
This article includes basic summary capsules for each of these players, along with highlights and other useful videos, if available. Continue reading “USWNT: 2019 ID Camp Player Capsules – Defenders and Goalkeepers”
Updated 30-Sep-2019: U.S. Soccer has quietly published back-dated match reports for the U-23 USWNT’s Nordic Cup matches.
Between August 28th and September 2nd, the United States Under-23 Women’s National Team participated in the 2019 edition of the Nordic Cup, which was hosted by England. The roster of players featured mostly professional players, with UNC junior Emily Fox the only collegiate player. Youth team standout Sophia Smith (Stanford) was in the original roster, but had to be replaced due to a “minor quad injury” (Twitter). Also, NWSL-standout Kristen Hamilton was on the original roster, but was called up to the senior USWNT for its Victory Tour friendlies against Portugal.
Under coach B.J. Snow, who took over from Mark Carr earlier this year, the U-23 USWNT won its first two matches against Norway and England, then drew with Sweden. Jordan DiBiasi scored the game-winner against Norway and had a penalty kick equalizer against Sweden, while Imani Dorsey scored the game-winner against England. Goalkeeper Casey Murphy played all 270 minutes in the three games, only allowing one goal, which came in the final match, against Sweden.
Continue reading “U-23 USWNT: 2019 Nordic Cup Summary”
News of Note relating to the National Women’s Soccer League from the past few days: Seattle Team Name Unveiled: The Seattle Reign FC… Cindy (Parlow) Cone to helm Portland Thorns FC… Only a draft for college players… Mexico has been asked to up its sponsoring commitment to 16 players… League Twitter handle changed… League LLC created and trademarks filed. Continue reading “NWSL News of Note: Seattle Team Name Revealed, Cindy Parlow Cone To Coach Portland, The Return Of Ali Krieger”
News of Note: Abby Wambach scores her 150th international goal… Chicago Red Stars announce coaching staff… Norway’s Hegerberg sisters to Turbine Potsdam?… City of São Paulo Tournament continues today. Continue reading “News of Note: December 13, 2012 – Wambach Nets Number 150, Red Stars Announce Coaching Staff”
The deadline for Olympic rosters is two months away and Pia Sundhage has some challenging decisions to make regarding which players are included in the final roster for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) and which players are left out.
In this first post of a potential series, the situation regarding forwards is examined. Continue reading “USWNT: The Forwards Situation for the 2012 Olympics”
The Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup match between the United States Women’s National Team and the Women’s National Team of Brazil had some questionable refereeing. For USA fans, the biggest potentially blown call is when Alex Morgan had a disallowed goal in the 68th minute, off of a free kick.
Continue reading “Alex Morgan’s Disallowed Goal: Blown Call? (Brazil, April 2012)”
AP sports writer, Joseph White Jr., had an article out yesterday where we learned that USWNT head coach Pia Sundhage has named Abby Wambach as co-captain of the team (espn.com). Apparently, Christie Rampone will remain in her position as full captain, with Wambach taking an unspecified role that will be subordinate to the team’s last remaining 99’er. This move can also be viewed as part of a succession plan for the captaincy, as Rampone announced last September that she will retire sometime after the Olympics (USSoccer.com), with Wambach the most likely candidate to be captain in 2013.
Also, the article is worth a read as it provides some excellent insights into the relationship between Sundhage and Wambach.
FIFA.com has posted a short interview article with USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo. I found this excerpt noteworthy:
“Our training camp last December was a key point for me. Fifteen months after my operation [in September 2010] I began with my preparations for the Olympic Games. I’m learning to use my shoulder in a different way. No more drugs, less pain. My movements are different now. It’s about getting to know my body again in the hope of being in a stronger position heading into the Olympics than I was for the World Cup.”
Just something to keep in mind when evaluating and comparing her performance.