Allie Long joins Chelsea Ladies for Mobcast Cup

Jeff Kassouf December 2, 2013 48

Allie Long is on short-term loan with Chelsea Ladies. (Photo Courtesy Chelsea FC)

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long has joined Chelsea on loan for the Mobcast Cup in Japan, citing her need to keep in form throughout the NWSL offseason.

“I just want to get better and I know I need games to do that and right now we have six months off and training alone is hard so I wanted to get games with a good club in a good competition,” Long said, via Chelsea LFC.

Chelsea play in the semifinals of the Mobcast Cup – an international invitational club tournament – on Wednesday against Australian champions Sydney FC, who won the play-in game over Japan’s NTV Beleza on Saturday.

Long has eyes on the U.S. women’s national team and hopes that by playing in the offseason she’ll be able to catch the eye of coach Tom Sermanni. So when former WPS coach Emma Hayes – now Chelsea FC manager – came calling, Long couldn’t resist the chance to play for the Blues.

“To be successful in the national team you need to be playing well at club level so that is my aim,” she said. “I’ve not had a chance under the new coach but I think eventually I will get that chance and I need to keep working hard to make sure that happens. When it does I have to be prepared so that’s why I didn’t want to have an off-season and why I came to Japan.

“Tom hasn’t been in the job a year yet but he has watched some of our games in the NWSL and I hope he brings me in during 2014.”

Chelsea joined the Mobcast Cup after European champions VfL Wolfsburg could not commit to the tournament. The winner of Wednesday’s match between Chelsea and Sydney advances to the final on Sunday to play either Japan champions INAC Kobe Leonessa and South American champions Colo-Colo of Chile.

“They [Chelsea FC] have added four quality internationals for this tournament so they will be an extremely tough opponent,” Sydney coach Alen Stajcic said.

Here’s the remaining schedule:

Wednesday 4 December – Semi Final 1
Inac Kobe Leonessa v CSD Colo-Colo (Chile) (M2)
4 a.m. Eastern – Kagoshima

Wednesday 4 December – Semi Final 2
Chelsea Ladies FC v Winner of M1 (M3)
4:30 a.m. Eastern – Okayama

Saturday 7 December – 3rd Place Play Off
Loser of M2 vs Loser of M3 (M4)
11:10 p.m. Eastern – Kagoshima

Sunday 8 December – Final
Winner of M2 v Winner of M3 (M5)
11:10 p.m. Eastern – Tokyo

  • TheSez

    Best of luck to Allie Long, one of my favorite Thorns. A true professional in every respect. Helping to bring the NWSL national championship to Portland in 2013. I, for one, will miss her on the pitch in PDX 2014. Go Chelsea!

    • Silver Frost

      She’s on loan to Chelsea for a few games. Allie is not leaving Thorns, as far as I know.

      • Silver Frost

        I just noticed the article photo is of Long, and Tymrak right behind her. Two middies. Which would you invite to join the WNT?

        • JAMES

          I like TYMRAK,shes got great potential. I think TS should her more minutes on the NT so she can be ready for WC 2015

          • Steglitz49

            Ms Tymrak represents the future. But, how is her loan spell at Bayern Munich going? Bayern have been drawing and losing games that they can ill afford to, and I saw that they have signed the Swedish international midfielder Olivia Schough from Gbg, Christen’s old club.

          • JAMES

            Just saw part of their game with Duisberg, they weren’t passing her the ball .

          • Steglitz49

            A team like Duisburg should not be able to beat a team like Bayern, and a team like Sindelfngen should not manage to draw. Bayern are 6 points off the pace. It is not too late to get that second Champions League spot but being behind FF, Potsdam and the She-wolves is far from perfect.

          • JAMES

            On paper they shouldn’t be able to beat Bayern but in the real world you know anything can happen, that’s why they play the games.

          • Steglitz49

            Touché! I suppose if Bayern wants to play in the Champions League they cannot afford to do badly against low ranked teams. The German league does not run a play-off between the top 4 teams. They have a separate cup, which Bayern won a few years ago with Sarah Hagen scoring the first goal (against FF I think).

          • tom fruin

            Tymrak, Brooks & Hagen had a rather disappointing game this weekend as Bayern Munich got upset by 2nd to last place, Duiseburg. Tymrak, who got in as a sub in the 55 min., didn’t look like she got much involved with the game. Brooks & Hagen, were completely frustrated as both drew yellow cards for charging the goalkeeper. Don’t think the Bundesliga’s style of tight marking & compacting is,for Tymrak, who’s moves get severely limited in this type of game. You can watch the full game replay over here
            http://tv.dfb.de/index.php?view=6804
            Can’t figure out this game at all cause Bayern Munich’s got 2 US NT’s(Tymrak & Brooks) 2 that could play on the US NT(Hagen & Cross), plus Germany’s best fullback in Leonne Maier, & 3 Austrian & 1 Swiss NT. But they still loose to what looks like a very underwhelming Duiseburg team. and last week lost to 2nd division Koln

          • J.

            They used a 4-2-3-1 formation.
            Hagen
            Schone Burki Maier
            Brooks Romert
            Baunach Cross Wenninger Schnaderbeck
            Maier didn’t play as a fullback weird how they had her all the way up there.

          • tom fruin

            Tymrak came in for Shone, so if she was playing mid left, that should of been her favorite position. Shone, as slow as she looked out there, at least got into the attack and took some shots. Tymrak showed no interest.
            Tymrak was offered to play the full year(originally it was half a season,which would end next week). We got to wonder if maybe she’s decided to turn the offer down. Bayern Munich, one of the world’s riches clubs, can obviously out spend Kansas City. But playing on a team where right now she doesn’t seem to have much chemistry with, can’t help her career. Though in women’s soccer, good(paying) contracts can be hard to come by

          • J.

            Where did you get that info that she was offered to play the full year?

          • Silver Frost

            I saw the highlight reel and Bayern looked like losers. They keep this up and they’ll be relegated. Does not do Tymrak, Hagen, or Brooks any good being on this team.

          • Steglitz49

            Once Olivia Schough gets there, it will be interesting to see who gets sidelined.

          • J.

            bayern is in 4th place.

          • Steglitz49

            6 points off the pace, which is that which matters.

          • Steglitz49

            Bayern drew against Sindelfingen, the only point that that poor team has collected so far this season. Bayern are now 6 points off the pace. Granted matches remain but they do not look like strong candidates for one of those coveted Champions League spots.

          • tom fruin

            Bayern Munich has another light weight next, Hoffenheim. Their main players consists of a sharp little dribbler named Iwabuchi(she don’t start though for the Japan NT) & Vetterlein, last year’s CL championship goalkeeper who Wolfsburg dumped for the German NT, Schult.
            Duiseburg’s only notable players were the Dutch NT, Martens(don’t think she would of made the squad on a more major NT) & Lyke Peterson, who was Denmark’s fine goalkeeper in the last Euros.
            Frankfurt(probably the current best club team in the world)t looks like they might run away with the Bundesliga title this year. They got so many top attackers on that team that they actually put Bajramaj & Laudehr in the back line as fullbacks(though that mean’t subbing another top quality player in Schmidt). They still got 3 players out on injury; Peters, Kulig & Huth. God only knows where they would fit in once they return.
            Bayern(only in 4th) still got to play 2nd place Potsdam twice & 3rd place Wolfsburg , once. Unless they get a major turn around I doubt if they can beat them as right now they’re not playing with any chemistry

          • Steglitz49

            Mana Iwabuchi came on as a substitute in the WC-11 final. I think it was a tactical substitution, at the moment when Iwashimizu was sent off, but might have been for other reasons. Iwabuchi was injured leading up to OG-12 but was in the suqad. I can’t remember how much she played.

            One explanation could be that there are simply too many foreigners in Bayern and, more relevant, too many Americans who form a state within the state, which leads to lack of cohesion.

          • julie

            it’s also worth noting that Lena Lotzen has been injured and unavailable for recent games. But yeah, I agree they haven’t looked the best lately.

          • JAMES

            I haven’t seen the replay yet but we all know players have bad games every now and then.

          • JAMES

            Thanks for the video BTW. This is just me, looked like they weren’t passing TYMRAK the ball .There was nothing she could do about that.

    • Rdalford

      Just a short term loan to Chelsea. Allie is still a member of the Portland NWSL team so you should be able to continue to see her play in 2014.

      • Steglitz49

        As far as I remember Ms Long did not play that many games for Portland. Pia did call her to camp at least once, but it did not result in anything.

        Maybe Portland is willing to let her go to Chelsea. Several of the English clubs are in the transfer market and one assume that Allie might be worth buying, even quite cheap.

        • Rdalford

          Check your memory or Portland player stats. Allie Long started and played in 22 games for 1956 minutes out of 1980 possible minutes.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. I must have confused her with someone else.

            Then, Portland could get even more money for her from Chelsea. Sell, sell, sell!

  • Silver Frost

    Aha! Allie lets the cat out of the bag about her ambition to join the WNT alongside her Thorns roomie Alex Morgan. However, Allie fouls too much, like Carli Lloyd. Sadly, Allie is one of those players who are always on the cusp of WNT status. Maybe if Tymrak doesn’t work out.

    • GJANGO

      Are you ok,my dear sir?Why are you talking to yourself?Are you lonely? LMFAOOO!!!

      • Silver Frost

        Obviously I was communicating to you. Glad I made you laugh, although the punchline is not really clear to me. Perhaps you could point it out, or impress me with your knowledge of Long’s football performance.

        • GJANGO

          There was nobody else posting,yet you said “just a short term loan to Chelsea.Allie is still a member the thorns so YOU should be able to see play in 2014″
          So I was wondering who you was talking to,cuz there was nobody else posting.

          • Silver Frost

            “You” is a pronoun used to refer to the person or group of people that is
            being addressed as the subject of a verb or as the object of a verb or
            preposition. Like most commenters on this forum, I assume that I am addressing a group of people who read this article.You need to pay more attention in English class at school because your grammar is horrendous. “So I was wondering who you was talking to…” should read “So I was wondering who you were talking to…”

          • GJANGO

            We shall see how perfect your grammar is Mr. Frost. :) )

  • AQ

    “To be successful in the national team you need to be playing well at club level so that is my aim,” she said. “I’ve not had a chance under the new coach but I think eventually I will get that chance and I need to keep working hard to make sure that happens. When it does I have to be prepared so that’s why I didn’t want to have an off-season and why I came to Japan.

    Good one.

    • kernel_thai

      I have nothing against Ms Long nor do I begrudge her her ambitions or dreams. Yet, while she is in Japan hoping to catch the eye of the new coach, that coach is at WNT camp evaluating the 31 players he is considering for his WWC 2015 roster and subsidization in the NWSL. If she has a case to make she needs to do it this year for Portland not playing a couple games for Chelsea.

      • Steglitz49

        Your point is well taken. Pia called her to camp at least once, but it did not develop. Allie once played for PSG so she is no stranger to a sojourn abroad. Chelsea might acquire her from Portland if she does well. Allie did not play that many times for Portland last season. Portland might want to cash in while they can.

        • Elaine

          According to the Thorns players’ statistics, Allie has played the most minutes for the team. And who can forget her goal against KC in the semifinal that send the Thorns to the championship game. That goal was the most memorable one for me in this first season of the NWSL. Apparently Allie has know and been coached by Emma Hayes when both were involved with the Washington Freedom according to some sources.

          • Steglitz49

            Thanks for the help. I wonder whom I mixed her up with? Tobin Heath, perhaps?

            Allie could take a leaf out of Whitney Engen’s book and go to the FAWSL and help Chelsea Ladies go from second last to the top. Granted, Whitney helped Liverpool Ladies go from the very bottom to the very top, but because coming 2nd qualifies you for the Champions League Allie’s task could be a wee bit easier. I seem to remember Chelsea losing a ding-dong game 3-4 to Liverpool.

            One assumes that Chelsea would have pay Portland a transfer fee like Lyon did to Gbg for Lotta but that would depend on Allie’s contract.

          • Elaine

            Could very well happen if things go well for Allie in Japan and if her contract is up with Portland. And of course if the money is right.

      • LCLondoner

        Well, yes. Allie’s point is to maintain – and improve – her form in the off-season with Chelsea, and then build on that to impress next season with PTFC. I thought she had some terrific, influential games with the Thorns – and a few where she was fairly ineffectual. Still, she grew into her role as Becky Edwards’ replacement as the year went on. I’m hoping that Becky’s return will free Allie up to be a more creative force in center mid.

        • Steglitz49

          The USWNT is not in want of creative &/or attacking midfielders. It is in need of defensive midfielders.

  • Rdalford

    Nice to read about a player actively chasing their US WNT dream. Even if fulfillment of that dream is a long shot. Speaks to the NWSL players trusting that Tom Sermanni is serious about giving a look at a wider range of players.

  • Random

    This was obviously a while ago but when Long was in with the USWNT I went to watch a couple of their trainings and she was by far the best finisher of the bunch in their crossing and finishing drills on those days. I had always been a bit wishy-washy on her but was thoroughly impressed when I saw her there. I don’t think her year with Portland was as good as her year in WPS at that time, however in WPS she was playing the position she is most comfortable in and this season she spent most of the time on the wings instead of in the middle. We saw her play improve when she was playing in the middle for Portland instead of out wide.

    • David K Anderson

      Agreed, Random. I thought Allie was at her best when CPC also had Courtney Wetzel on the field. Wetzel’s much more of a natural holding mid, and this allows Long to range forward. Long as a central attacking mid is a very effective player, and potentially a superb compliment to Tobin Heath. At times last season, the Thorns’ biggest issue was getting consistent service to Sinclair/Morgan/Shim. A Heath/Long combo in the central midfield addresses that (particularly since both are such dangerous goal scorers in their own right).

  • wosofan

    Can’t fault her ambition or her effort to realize her dreams. But at this point, she hasn’t show the abilities of several players who’ve been called into camp in 2013, and even some who are still in college, waiting for a call up.

    On another note, Emma Hayes is a wonderful color commentator and I would love for her to work the Fox broadcasts during the U-20 Women’s’ WC next summer, and then hopefully the Women’s WC in 2015. I think Foudy is far too predictable in her views and assessments, and doesn’t know the international players nearly as well as an active coach/manager, like Hayes.

    • tom fruin

      Swedish NT, Sofia Jakobbson & Brazilian, were unimpressed with Emma Hayes and quit midway through the last seaso. She still had whats regarded as England’s fastest player in Anuko & former Bundesliga top scorer, Ogimi. but only managed 7th out 8th in the WSL standings. Fortunately for her, they don’t relegate teams in England.
      What former players complained is that she didn’t hold practices every day, and when she did, they were very light.

      • wosofan

        still a great commentator. In fact, if she’s a bad coach, that increases the chances she’ll commentate more in the future, at the WC, etc.

  • tom fruin

    here are highlights of the 1st Mobcast game between NVT Beleza & FC Sydney
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuc1EtCucfg