With the entire United States converging on Kansas City last week and weekend for the NSCAA Convention, there was bound to be some chatter. Here are some key news and notes from the weekend that was:
Wednesday is WPS’ court date with Dan Borislow, but Beau Dure tweeted that it may not happen. The drama in Florida never ends.
Lauren Cheney is set to join the Philadelphia Independence in 2012. Independence head coach Paul Riley has progressively dropped more hints about a big signing over the past month before outright discussing Cheney at the draft on Friday. The U.S. international is versatile enough to play in midfield or up top.
On Monday, Philadelphia made official the signings of defenders Leigh Ann Robinson and Estelle Johnson.
Jenna Pel reports that defender Tina Ellertson has signed with the Western New York Flash. Ellertson is one of the more high-profile free agents not on the national team.
Word is that Jordan Angeli is still up to a year out on being cleared to play after an ACL tear last year. Angeli was just hitting her stride when the injury occurred and had even gotten a look in training camp from U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage.
Speaking of Americans recovering: Lindsay Tarpley tragically tore her ACL last May just six weeks before the start of the Women’s World Cup, ruling her out of what might have been her final shot at a World Cup trophy. Word is Tarpley is back to running again, so there is at least some progress. Unfortunately, it looks like her shot at playing in another major tournament is done.
Niki Cross is also headed to Bayern Munich, joining Sarah Hagen.
Marc Weber of The Province takes a look at WPS and Canadian international Carmelina Moscato said she would rank the Bundesliga and Damallsvenskan ahead of WPS. Here is another piece from Weber on Erin McLeod and Karina LeBlanc. Who will start in goal for Canada on Thursday?
Speaking of Canada, it looks like the media turnout was good across the board. As a soccer city, Vancouver should be a good host for the
Check out some action from Monday between Sweden and Norway here.
In the aftermath of the WPS Draft, U.S. Soccer put out this video of Sydney Leroux’s draft day experience where she talks her anticipation of the draft, although Dan Lauletta at womensprosoccer.com tells us Leroux knew the day before (the Atlanta Beat even sent her a jersey).
U.S. Soccer also has a Studio 90 episode with Abby Wambach previewing Olympic qualifying.