Sky Blue FC may not be playing in Women’s Professional Soccer in 2012, but the team will bring a formidable roster to Japan for its March tour. A team based primarily on would-be Sky Blue FC players and Western New York Flash players will head across the Pacific to take on INAC Kobe Leonssa – Homare Sawa’s club – on March 20 and March 24. Here is the full roster of players headed to Japan.
With Flash players essentially being loaned out to Sky Blue FC for a tournament, it yet again raises the issue of whether or not women’s soccer players will need to be freelance contractors.
From the countdown at the top of the Western New York Flash’s website: Over 1,100 days to….what, exactly? Hopefully that isn’t how long it takes WPS to return, or women’s soccer to find some guidance.
As you may (hopefully) know, I host a weekly show called “This Week in Women’s Soccer” over at North American Soccer Network. This week’s episode features chats with New Zealand defender Ali Riley, named to the WPS Best XI team both years she played in the league, and U.S. women’s national team legend Julie Foudy. We talk WPS, the future of women’s soccer and the Olympics, among other things. Listen to the show here and check out the full archive here.
Elsewhere on the podcast front, Ryan Knapp talks to W-League Commissioner Amanda Duffy on the NSCAA podcast here.
And this video below, titled “Sh*t Soccer Girls Say,” is going somewhat viral in the women’s soccer world (I know, that’s a bit of a paradox). Are you laughing at this or shaking your head?