Press: USSF wants Americans playing in NWSL

Jeff Kassouf January 2, 2014 113

Christen Press says she received a phone call "detailing the reasons" why the USSF wants her playing in the NWSL. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Christen Press was the most in-form United States women’s national team striker in 2013, the year that saw the birth of a new pro league, the NWSL. But Press shined in Sweden, claiming the Golden Boot in the Damallsvenskan with 23 goals for Tyresö.

Soon she will be back in the United States, playing in the National Women’s Soccer League, and it’s how and why this development comes about that is of interest.

The ever-honest and refreshing Press wrote in a recent blog that she received a phone call from U.S. Soccer three months ago “detailing the reasons” why U.S. Soccer wanted her to play in the NWSL in 2014. It’s the first significant, tangible evidence from a player of pressure from U.S. Soccer to return home.

As I wrote in December when Amber Brooks ended her time with Bayern Munich to come home and play for Portland Thorns FC, all of this is logical, but there is also a player angle. Players know – without anyone needing to tell them – that it’s easier to be seen when playing close to home. Brooks denied any such pressure from U.S. Soccer, but her Bayern Munich coach, Karin Danner, said it was why Brooks was leaving.

Press is clear in her blog that the USSF wants her and her U.S. teammates in the NWSL in 2014 as the World Cup approaches:

US Soccer is also my employer. And they want their ‘Americans abroad’ to return to the NWSL in 2014 to help promote the league, raise the level, and lure both fans and top international players.”

However, Press says there are a number of reasons to return home and that she also wants to play in the NWSL, just that “it’s a simple matter of when.” That’s consistent with what she said in October, when she first revealed that she will be playing in the NWSL in 2014.

The “when” revolves around Tyresö’s ability to advance in the UEFA Champions League. The quarterfinals are in March, with the final in Lisbon on May 22 in Lisbon. That’s what Press & Co. have their eyes on, and the path has been laid as they face Austrian club NÖSV Neulengbach in the quarterfinals and either Birmingham City or Arsenal in the semifinals, should they advance.

The big question that remains is where in the NWSL Press will play when she comes home. The details of U.S. player allocations for the NWSL likely have been worked out or are close to set, but they still aren’t public. Expansion team Houston Dash seems a natural fit as a squad that currently has zero players, but teams like the Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit are owed U.S. internationals. No matter who wins the Press lottery, they’ll become an instant threat offensively.

  • Reality

    Since Jeff has provided a specific article on Press’s blog, I’m reposting my comment from the “United States to host Russia in February?” since that is where this discussion began…

    “A gutsy, candid and typically eloquent statement on her part about her life. Props to her for having the courage to assert herself to the USSF. She obviously took time in deciding how to express the dilemma she faced in reconciling her goals and ambitions with external powers over which she has no control.

    The critical point she made was, “Being a part of the USWNT is my number one priority as a professional women’s soccer player.” All else follows from that. Although she did not share specifically what was said in the phone conversation with the USSF, it is likely that the NT was mentioned in their “…detailing the reasons why US Soccer wanted me to come back to the NWSL for the 2014 season.”

    Each party had chips on the table in this negotiation. USSF had the leverage of implying that the NWSL was a sine qua non for playing on the NT. Press had her talent, ability, and proven record that would be extremely valuable to USSF for both the NWSL and the NT. Thus a compromise was reached.

    Press playing in Sweden was a serendipity which turned out very well for her. When she was obstructed by Sundhage for the NT, she uprooted herself to play in Sweden while never giving up on her main goal of making the NT. To her credit, she achieved great success which has resulted in the current compromise of participating in the CL, getting that spot on the NT and coming home to play in America. It is only natural she has a reluctance to leave a league and culture that has been so good to her to enter a new situation where there are so many unknowns. But I’m confident she will continue to excel in whatever situation she finds herself in the future. The best to her in the CL, the NWSL, and the NT!”

    • Silver Frost

      If USSF had not pressured her to play in NWSL in 2014, I seriously doubt she would have left TFF at all. Her best counter-offer was to play for 2 months in the NWSL late in the season, which helps nobody. Especially because the team she ends up on will be a bottom feeder. But as she stated, the end game is a spot on the NT for the WC2015. Life’s little compromises.

      • Reality

        In her own words…

        “There are, in fact, so many reasons to return home to the NWSL and I fully intend to come back for this league. It’s simply a matter of when. I support the NWSL and I respect it. I know how important it’s existence and success is for the women’s game. I also know that proximity and visibility are important for myself personally, as a player just breaking into the national team.”

      • Jigsawwill

        Well she doesn’t say how long she planed on staying in Sweden. For all we know she just wanted to finish this season out before returning to the States. The agreement is that she can stay as along as the CL is still a possibility. Remember she got this call 3 months ago and they have won three CL games since which has prolonged her stay in Sweden.

      • ROOTchino

        The counter-offer was her leaving TFF and Sweden all together, not just coming home for 2 months. Yes, depending on how far Tyresö advance in CL the NWSL team that wins the Press Lottery may be too far gone in the rankings for a playoff shot by the time her talents are diverted state side but getting her late is not going to hurt the league, it’s a bonus. It survived fine without her in 2013 and any shining moments she produces here will ultimately lessen the blow of any potential failed team season and will give them a solid player to build around come 2015 or who knows, she might be the boost in the arm a mid-level team needs to surge forward into the playoffs.

      • Elaine

        It may not only be Christen that wants to stay abroad for the CL. It may apply to Pinoe, Tobin, Krieger, Engen, Kling, Harris, and many others that have the same desire. We don’t even know if Alex, Syd, Broon, Tymrak, Mewis, or Holiday would take the same route in the future. What will NWSL do then with their star NT players all going overseas for a try at that trophy. Start our season in June? At least we know Hope turned down Europe.

        • Lorehead

          All I know about Tobin Heath is that, at last year’s STH appreciation event, Cindy Parlow Cone said she expected Heath to return to PSG in 2014.

    • ROOTchino

      Props to Jeff for posting this, I didn’t mean to come off so negative about the EQ staff to hijack their “Rumored Friendly Match” post to spout off about Press I just felt this was an important story as well. It appears they agreed with me of it’s importance or the level of discussion it spawned on the comments was tough to ignore. Either way hope others will re-post their well said comments or continue the discussion over here.

    • Elaine

      Good take on Christen’s blog. I had read it that way too that this was a compromise on both sides. But what if Tyreso does not win the CL. What will she do then? Try to push to stay on and try again in 2015 or put that desire aside until after the WC and Olympics.

      • Reality

        It’s a tough choice for her. She is on a great team at Tyreso with much potential for the future. She has had wonderful success there and the future looks bright if she were merely interested in her personal comfort. But as she said, her professional life and personal life are bleeding through into each other which are perhaps inevitable. Her primary goal is the NT and I also think she truly would like to play here in the NWSL. The problem with that path is that she will probably be allocated to a needy team where she will not experience the same level of skill and support that she enjoys at Tyreso. My prediction is that she will be back to the States in June one way or the other and take on whatever challenge that will entail in her journey toward her goals.

      • clioamare007

        For me, I think that If Tyreso doesn’t win the CL, the trio will then wrap up their time in Sweden and come home. It would be end of the Sweden chapter for Press at this current time.

        Maybe we’ll see Press come back to Europe after the Olympics. Maybe her NWSL club, whoever that may be, would be kind enough to loan her to a European club off season… with clear understanding about the short-term loan contract. First thing first, let’s see her get a ticket to WC ’15 for that is one of her goals in 2014 (as stated in her tweet and entry).

        I hope in the next two years, our NWSL still will be here. Unlike other two previous US-based leagues, I hope this league will become more stable, lucrative, and appealing not only to Press, but to other top notch players around the world to play and stay in the States. I also hope we’ll see significant improvement in officiating on the field, lol.

        • Reality

          After the WC and the Olympics, there will be less rampant nationalism for a while and more exchange programs among countries. I think that it benefits the players to encounter different cultures, skill sets and tactics in the beautiful game. Press only just turned 25 and is in her prime with good years ahead of her. Who knows what she might accomplish?

          • Steglitz49

            European players got burnt in 2012. Now European teams are getting singed. Why bother to sign USNT players when there are cheaper players available elsewhere? Why?

          • Reality

            It would depend on the quality of the player, the neediness of the team and their resources.

          • Steglitz49

            A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

            Tyresö does not matter but Bayern Munich and Liverpool do.

        • Elaine

          Ah, but we don’t have the CL. That is the point of all this talk about Christen wanting to stay in Sweden. It’s all because of that trophy I believe. Like I posted in that other article, take away the CL and Euro-based leagues are just like any other league.

          • Steglitz49

            Take away Sasaki and Japan is just another team? Take away Ms Sinclair and Canada is useless?

            The Champions league is there and the MobCast in Japan. Either work with these cups or create something greater! What other choices are there?

          • Elaine

            Thanks for stating the obvious status quo.

          • clioamare007

            Right. I am just stating what I gathered from the said compromise. I do wish US Soccer federation consider hosting a prestigious tournament similar to CL or even having one of NWSL teams participate in such thing. I don’t know if it’s possible. Mobcast tournament is a great idea.

          • kernel_thai

            A real World club championships takes a lot of the shine off UEFA CL. I get joining a European club because u like the European style of playing better but the UEFA CL is nothing but hype. Why would Tymrak want to play for the European championship when she could win the world championship right in KC?

  • Jigsawwill

    Just in case you haven’t seen it yet her’s her top 20 goals of 2013.
    http://youtu.be/mUZZPEEviQk

  • nwslfan

    USSF is finally recognizing that playing abroad can be good for development, TG. Glad a compromise was reached, but I doubt the deal was struck in a single phone call. I agree ussf’s willingness to compromise speaks to Press’s development in Sweden. It was very noteworth that USSF posted Press’s Damallsvenskan goal achievement on its website, IMO. USSF is smart to bring her into the NT fold and treat her accomplishment in the Swedish league as its own. On Press’s end, who wouldn’t want to finish the quest of a CL crown with Marta, Boquete and Kling?

    • newsouth

      they’re enough people over at ussoccer who understand soccer but don’t always apply it logically to the pitch. they are one injury away from two forwards with a-rod, horan and hagen as the other options vs a high octane #4 who should be a starter. as a fan of press, not necessarily the NT, i wish she had other options. with the cake crumb roll she has been given, i don’t see the reason to rush/force her back. will kling even make the final roster? she did say a couple of months ago before the call she’d be back for half a season

      • nwslfan

        the soccer and business reasons to bring the big names home NOW for year 2 is to develop a US domestic league as the biggest, bestest, badass-est league in the world, so internationals want to play HERE. makes mo money at home and good for development etc etc.

        • Steglitz49

          You forget the Champions League and the MobCast Cup but more power to your elbow! Maybe Microsoft or Goldman Sachs can step up to the plate or, why not, Budweiser or Sam Adams? Yeehaw!

      • nwslfan

        couple other thoughts. US has the advantage of title IX, a hugely important law. Title IX begat ncaa womens soccer. ncaa is a strong developmental league. As such, it is an embarrassment for ussf not to have a strong professional league, given the power of the US market. mebbe Press was given a crumb cake in 2012-13, but Pia is gone and she was smart enough to bargain with TFF to come home for NT call ups, she made a peace sign and ussf did too.

        • Boston Red

          Realistically, the “power of the US market” toward women’s sports, especially team sports, isn’t all that strong.

          • Steglitz49

            Verily and forsooth!

            I am all in favor of a strong NCAA. The ROW ought to introduce it. Long live that eponymous bear!

          • nwslfan

            re realistic perspective of women’s sports being powerful in this country- I think you are underestimating the power of marketing- take a look at the popularity of gymnastics and skating and even olympic sports like swimming. it doesn’t matter that the sport can be boring (go watch some mlb or nba games)- you only need fans, meaning people that care. nbc, fox and espn have done utterly crap jobs televising and marketing the league, but they do ok televising the NT games. IF the league does a quality production for games AND adds touching or interesting back stories on the attractive athletes (see olympic nbc playbook), viewership WILL increase on youtube or wherever games are broadcast. good grief, folks who tune in to this website dig for touching player backstories and read player blogs! (clever CP btw, quite clever). In year 3, nwsl league can sell the games to netflix with a positive revenue stream, and the league attendance grows etc. once interest is generated, media will pay handsomely to broadcast.

          • Boston Red

            Even the WNBA, with some of the best women’s players in the world and the backing of the NBA, struggles. The NWSL can do a lot better, but we have to be realistic about where the ceiling is in the current marketplace. We could end up being the best attended professional women’s league worldwide in any sport, but it won’t get the kind of money that the players deserve.

  • Simon

    Huge respect to Press for speaking up about this. Takes guts. I understand the difficult compromise. But you can’t hang the NT above someone’s head in order for that person to come back. And that is what happened with Press and earlier Brooks (who isn’t even a possible candidate for the WC roster at the moment). Brooks was clearly put into a difficult situation by the USSF and she caved and returned earlier than expected. Her saying something different in a tweet is merely amusing and a way to save face.

    Press had all the freedom in Europe AND had the money. Too bad she has to give that up due to the pressure of making the roster. I understand the league needs valuable players to survive and to attract enough attention. However, it still should be a player’s decision and a player’s decision ONLY to choose where she wants to play. A call the USSF made should simply be about making an offer to play in the NWSL and not about offering a compromise.

    Yes, a player is easier to monitor when she’s playing at home. But there’s this cute little thing called video footage and game sheets. Every coach of a successful soccer team with internationals playing all over the place uses it, can’t see Tom not being able to do the same.

    Bottom line: it’s a waste and you can only hope for all these players that the league survives. If not, Europe will be flooded with player requests and guess what? Europe will be done with that crap.

    • ROOTchino

      Agreed. It’s a shame US Soccer had to play their trump card to force her home instead of Press wanting to come home on her own terms but I guess that shows how desperate they are to have the NWSL succeed. Which I guess is both a positive and negative. It seems on paper NWSL is something well respected by players far and wide (to say anything else would be a deathknell) but the truth of it seems to be another story. I guess we are finally seeing a glimpse of a downside with having US Soccer run the show. Especially telling is the additional EQ news article to come out today of Desiree Scott deciding to leave a respected FCKC to play in England.

      • Silver Frost

        I dare say Scott is getting twice as much for WSL than in the NWSL. It certainly isn’t the caliber of play.

    • Silver Frost

      OTOH, Press is an employee of USSF. When the boss makes a reasonable request in the scope of employment, one tends to follow through on it. She said as much.

      • Lorehead

        She did agree to it, but it also seems to be a genuinely painful thing to have to do. And I have a serious problem with how the USSF is using its power over NT spots as blackmail to force American women to accept a situation that’s worse for them than moving to another country, instead of respecting their autonomy and luring them back with a better deal. But that would have meant bargaining, when they could just get their way with threats.

        It’s not for the good of the sport. It’s not even for the good of the national team—imagine if the Persephones had said no, and USSF had actually followed through and cut them all. The only people who benefit are the millionaire cronies who get their star players for less money than they would have to pay otherwise. It’s an abuse of power.

  • william79ish

    and specific case of Harris, because she did not continue with the TTF? if Press, Engen and another partner are giving you the freedom to continue in the Champions League, why not continuous Harris?

    • J.

      Harris was only on Loan.

      • william79ish

        but the items that were on it to go to sweden never mentioned that I was on loan, however, the spirit of the other players, who are playing in Japan and Australia, if that detail ranging from “loan” was specified

        • PMT

          If they extended Harris’s loan, it would have been like Press, through May 22. The loans in Japan and Australia end before NWSL. Harris’s extension would not have.

  • gerd karl

    finally says times a player the truth.
    ussoccer, ussf exerts pressure of the players to come home.
    GREATEST RESPECT: CHRISTEN PRESS

    • morSOC

      Maybe she’s lying. Perhaps what USSF thought was a discussion of options she perceived as pressure. None of which matters b/c the US has bad players in a bad league. Or have I misunderstood you.

      • gerd karl

        christen press says the truth about ussf
        ussf exerts pressure to the american players to come home and play in the nwsl.

        • Steglitz49

          S/he who pays the piper calls the tune. We may not like it and it is unfair to players who play abroad but, nevertheless, it is the reality.

  • Jigsawwill

    I think the take awhile line from the entire blog was this:

    “I never expected my two dreams would become mutually
    exclusive. Yet three months ago, I got a phone call from the US Federation,
    detailing the reasons why US Soccer wanted me to come back to the NWSL for the
    2014 season.”

    That sounds damning for USSF. It reads bad. Now I’m not sure just how aggressive they were when they called. Only Press knows really but lets just wait and here the fall out from this blog,

    • ctsmith73

      I don’t know. She says “the reasons US Soccer wanted me to come back”. This is not really damning. It is just the fed expressing its desires and the rationale behind them. You can maybe surmise a guilt trip, but not an ultimatum, from the missive.

    • JAMES 18

      CP is just telling it as it is.Good for her.

      • kevin

        Hope Solo also tells it like it is but people want her off the team for it.

        • JAMES 18

          HOPE doesn’t know how to do it right.

          • kevin

            oh ok so she has to do it in written form in a blog instead of on espn. i see because a blog is so much classier.

          • JAMES 18

            She has to be smooth with it.

          • kevin

            No Hope is better she does it in front of a camera instead of hiding behind a computer.

          • newsouth

            LOL. Hope Solo isn’t allocated to the #4 forward spot no matter what. Based on what you are saying, Press should just rag Wambach for her antics at MagicJack and tell it like it is. She’ll be over in Chicago with Masar thinking about a NT spot. Lets be real.

          • newsouth

            She said as much as she could in the most polite. How many players on the NT can pull a Wambach and say, they’ll sit out practices, so they can get more 90 min games.

          • JAMES 18

            Why is she hated for it then?

  • kaiser

    Amber BROOKS is a liar.

    • Jigsawwill

      Pressure only exist if there is something resisting. Did you know if she wanted to stay in German? No, so how can you say she’s a lair? You cant pressure someone into doing something they WANT to do.

      • kaiser

        Because she denied being pressured by USSF.Remember, Bayern spoke against the pressure by USSF at the time.

        • Jigsawwill

          Yes but I’m asking you what does it mean to be pressured. It’s an “Attempt to persuade or coerce (someone) into doing something.” If Amber WANTED to leave Germany mid-season than she was not pressured therefor she did not lie.

          • kaiser

            That’s your opinion, I respect it. In my opinion she’s a liar.

          • Steglitz49

            My reading of Bayern’s statement was that the young lady wanted out of her contract early and Bayern chose to meet her request.

            The real issue is whether there will be a knock-on effect down the road and if so, how big will it be?

        • morSOC

          Or she thought she received good advice for advancing her NT career. We should only be surprised if Bayern were happy to see her go. She was an important part of their team. Bayern didn’t make the same remark when Tymrak left. Was that b/c she never had much impact in the Munchen side? One has to assume she was under the same all players in the USWNT pool report stateside “pressure”. Furthermore, please don’t misunderstand me. I am grateful for Bayern opening their doors to so many young American players. In a perfect world NWSL will become a self-sustaining league and all players can seeki the environment that best helps them develop. Remember only monetary support bolsters the league when all is said and done.

          • kaiser

            You make good points. There is nothing wrong in saying USSF want their best players to play in the US. Denying it when that seems to be the case to me is lying.Then again its just my opinion,and nothing you say would change that

          • Davis

            I’m always bewildered when people say that nothing can change their opinion. It implies they’re not open to reasonable arguments that are contrary to their existing opinions. A reasonable person would demand to be convinced otherwise and be willing to alter their opinion if logic dictated. In any case, Press’ and Brooks’ situations are not identical. Just because Press felt pressure does not mean Brooks felt pressure, so calling Brooks a liar seems fairly extreme.

          • kaiser

            There is no” resasonable argument” when everybody knows USSF want their top players to come help build the new league.Nothing wrong with that.But when people refuse to acknowledge the obvious ,thats when I refuse to listen to any “reasonable argument,” which in this case is not reasonable.

          • Davis

            The problem is when you jump straight from “the USSF wants their top players to come to the NWSL” to “Amber Brooks is lying.” Nobody is denying that US Soccer wants their players in the US, but that doesn’t mean that Amber Brooks is lying. There are several reasonable arguments for how Brooks might have indeed felt no pressure from the USSF. One is if she already wanted and planned to come home, so the USSF had no need to pressure her. She already wanted to do what they wanted her to do. Another reasonable argument is that perhaps the USSF does not regard Brooks as highly as they do Press, and thus didn’t really care as much whether Brooks came back to the NWSL. Press is a USWNT regular at this point, while Brooks is still on the outside trying to fight her way in. Both of these are reasonable explanations as to how Brooks’ statement could be completely true and why it’s a bit silly to go around calling her a liar.

          • Boston Red

            Tymrak was only on a loan, so you wouldn’t expect them to comment at all about her return.

    • Flammenwurfer 35

      You have zero proof. Go away troll.

      • J

        Stfu.

  • J.

    Short term sacrifice long term gain. This league is not just for the current generation but for the next generation.

    • guest

      STFU!!!

  • kernel_thai

    This concept of the USSF pressuring anyone is flawed. Do I believe they spoke to Brooks, Press, etc and told them they preferred to have them playing home in a league they support? Absolutely. Do I think they used the WC roster as a carrot? Sure. But there is a flaw to this logic. There is no pressure. At the end of the day the USSF only cares about a couple things and the NWSL isnt one of them. They r in the NT business and clubs r just a hobby. All the USSF cares about is winning WC and the Olympics and to grow the fan base that attends USWNT home games. If u think they r going to keep players off the roster who impact their chances at the WC ur missing everything. Ask Tobin Heath or Megan Rapinoe about USSF pressure. If Press had decided to stay at Tyreso she still would have been one of the top strikers on the US team, still picked for WC roster and still paid most of her money by the USSF. Brooks doesnt have those assurances but like any elite athletes, has to believe she is good enough to make the WC roster. Does making every call up help her? Yes, but what helps her more is simply being too good a player to leave off the roster. Whether she plays in Munich or Portland, the pressure isnt on Brooks, it’s on the USSF to put the 99ers in the past and start talking about the 15ers.

    • NYRick

      The 15ers. First time I heard that, I like it.

      • kernel_thai

        patent pending.

      • Ben

        Yup apparently we are making that a thing now. Hopefully it comes true

  • ruby4

    The fact that USSF compromised at all shows that they have a ton of respect for CP. She could have said what she wanted and they could have gone “No. Your coming home.” That would have been the end of that. The fact that they compromised to me at least shows that they actually LISTENED to what CP wanted and made an effort to give it to her.

  • xman22702

    BROOKS JUST GOT SIGNED! IT’S OFFICIAL! (They also waived Gay and Guess)

    • D23

      Angerer to Portland????

      • kernel_thai

        Angerer said she’d sign someplace in January but doesnt have an NWSL contract yet.

      • Davis

        I see I’m not the only one that got suspicious when Portland waived a goalkeeper.

        • Ben

          I will seriously question Portland if they make LeBlanc a backup to Angerer. She was a fan favorite and save their bacon in a lot of games.

          • Davis

            I think LeBlanc is a world class shot stopper, but has some serious flaws in the other aspect of goalkeeping. Her distribution leaves a lot to be desired, and she can be a liability when the ball is played back to her feet. As much as I like LeBlanc, I recognize that Angerer would be an upgrade at the position. Angerer would probably be an upgrade over everyone except Solo.

          • xman22702

            Angerer should go to the Dash, though.

          • Davis

            Not likely. Angerer first announced she had an agreement with an NWSL team months ago, well before Houston came into the picture. Here’s an article from back in July that mentions it:
            http://www.soccernewsday.com/usa/a/882/looking-into-nwsl-s-crystal-ball

          • xman22702

            I know she probably won’t, but she should, because the Dash need players.

          • TsovLoj

            She’s excellent in backfield command, but not in motion and execution of saves and distributions. I’m half wondering if she might be more useful in another position, actually. Has she ever played a non-goal position to speak of?

  • Guest

    In my opinion, as a club fan I want only players on my team who are fully dedicated to that team and want to be there. I understand NT interests and player wishes and ‘playing where the money is’, etc. But, bottom line, I have no interest in part time players such as Press, Rapino, Tobin, etc. who will maybe arrive eventually to ‘save the day’. Give me players to cheer for whose priority is the same as mine – the club team who I spend my money on to watch!!!

    • Ben

      That’s my feeling as well but keep in mind that USSF don’t really care that much about the NWSL teams as long as these players are close to home in the coming months. One can even surmise that if there was a comparable league in Canada, they will have no issues with those players playing there.

  • ROOTchino
    • newsouth

      Do they play on an american football field or a soccer field? She goes from Red Bull’s girl to one of the low attendance teams in the league. They didn’t even consider the Dash.. The Dash don’t have the same pull as Paulson and Portland to get hooked up. What a jacked allocation! She’s seriously the Rodney Dangerfield of the NT. I couldn’t even sit through a Red Stars’ game last season.

      • newsouth

        she leaves Marta and company for a dog team and situation, and a 10 min sub spot for a seriously fading soccer player on the NT, and people wonder why she wrote the piece.

        • ruby4

          I don’t see why allocating a world class player to a struggling club is a bad thing. It can raise the play and raise the profile. How horrible.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            Now she can pretend she is as good as the other strikers – Oh wait… She now has to play the other strikers… That probably will backfire in her face.

          • JAMES 18

            Now unlike the other players, she has to play with less offensive support. ABBY has CARLI. Alex has SINC and Tobin.SYD has Pinoe,BEV ETC.
            PRESS aint got nobody solid to help her offensively.

          • Misery

            Give Press Allie Long.

          • Davis

            Chalupny. Chalupny is more than solid.

          • JAMES 18

            1.CHALUPNY VS SINC,TOBIN-ALEX
            2.CHALUPNY VS PINOE,BEV -SYD
            3.CHALUPNY VS CARLI -ABBY
            A Chalupny -Press pairing loses to the aforementioned offensive tandems, im sorry.

          • Davis

            Chalupny is as good as any player you just listed, and better than half of them. As long as Press can hold up her end of the bargain, I see no reason why they can’t match or better the offensive output of any of the tandems you mentioned.

          • JAMES 18

            I am not comparing players one on one here. I’m comparing the offensive impact of a group of players on their respective teams against Chalupny ,since she is the only decent offensive player on the Chicago team.
            In the case of WNY FLASH its Chalupny vs CARLI.

          • Guest

            The caps means Paulson is magical or something right? Well what does that make Sahlen then? Because last time I checked Sahlen Sinclair, and Morgan before Paulson. Would now be a bad time to point out he also had Marta? Or maybe it would be a bad time to point out Llyod is one of the most prolific scorers.

            The point is Paulson is quite a few moves behind Sahlen. Nevermind Paulson never saved a league.

            So if Paulson is magical… Or something… What does that make Sahlen? Perhaps a god… Or… whatever…

            Anyways Abby’s mom was the first and final reason why she ended up in Rochester. Everything else may as well been mute.

          • treehill

            It could suck for fan viewership. No offense to Chicago the city but the Red Stars had the worst broadcast and ugliest field in the league last season. The sun was often glaring in the camera, the camera sometimes couldn’t pan across the entire field, the resolution and stream were terrible, and the field wasn’t just gridlined, it was multi-colored.

            Now you’re taking one of the most entertaining scorers in the world, someone who has the potential to bring in droves of fans and has the marketing potential similar to Alex Morgan, and putting her where broadcasts are painful to watch. Hopefully the camera quality and placement improves, but I doubt that field changes. Hope they know what they’re doing.

          • ROOTchino

            They really need to get out of that College campus, I made the trip out there last year to see them play Seattle and it was pretty depressing. It’s no where near the city of Chicago to begin with about 40mins away. Parked and had to walk like a mile across grass lots and volleyball courts just to find the field. It was a sold out game because of Hope and they had no idea what they were doing, there was a line out to the parking lot 2 minutes before kick-off and we had gotten there way early. Just ended up jumping out of line and running up to the front. “Pitch” is apparently a converted Lacrosse Field so was just junk, The sun glare was completely awful and lasted until about the 80th minute. Fans were pretty rude, many shamelessly cheered for Seattle the whole time, after the game when Hope came out they swarmed her breaking through the single thread of yellow rope barrier. It was embarrassing.

            I’m excited Press will be about as close as possible and I really hope she can boost the team but it’s too bad they can’t go back to Toyota Park for next season.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            It seems pretty cheap to complain about the sun in such a way. Maybe as far as camera workmanship goes, but the sun can be bad in good stadiums too.

            Frankly it’s something that even the best stadium camera crews have a hard time dealing with – That isn’t to say it can’t be perfected, but it can be expensive to pull off and very time consuming.

          • treehill

            Wow I was hoping the live experience was better than the broadcast but maybe not. Looks like Press is being consigned to the worst facilities (again, no offense to Chicago the city).

        • JAMES 18

          They got their Golden Girls (Abby,Alex and Syd )on good teams. Press on the other hand gotta go to a soccer wilderness.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            Abby hardly counts. The way it played out she was always going to go to Rochester regardless of the quality of the team.

          • Lorehead

            She actually owns her home in Portland, but everyone seemed to mutually agree that she should come home to Rochester in 2013, and it worked out very well.

          • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

            Based on everything I have heard as reasons why she came to Rochester… The fact her mom wanted her here seems to be the single largest and most powerful deciding factor.

            The fact Sahlen gets what he wants probably didn’t hurt either. Regardless I think we can all agree there was about a million reasons for her to be in Rochester and only 1 reason for her to be in Portland.

      • Ben

        When exactly was she Redbull girl and what does that even mean?

    • Rdalford

      Thanks ROOTchino and Jeff for posting this leaked Press allocation news. Will be interesting to (eventually someone will talk) find out if Press choose Chicago vs other teams with open allocation slots (Houston, Wash, WNY or Boston) or did us soccer force this choice. The conspiracy commenters now have a 12hour lead to develop every more elorabate theories – should be fun.

  • me

    Why is everyone freaking out over the USWNT wanting their players to play on home soil for the lead up to the world cup? Australia is doing the same thing, and in Europe this isn’t an issue because all of their players already play in Europe. With qualifying coming up, seems to me that it’s easier to have everyone on the same continent so you can keep tabs on all your players.

    • Misery

      it’s hurting their little fanboy feelings that these grown adults are not getting their way.