Chalupny to retire from USWNT at end of year

Jeff Kassouf August 17, 2015 100
Lori Chalupny will retire after the United States women's national team's 10-game victory tour. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Lori Chalupny will retire after the United States women’s national team’s 10-game victory tour. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

United States defender Lori Chalupny will retire from international soccer following the team’s 10-match victory tour, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.

Chalupny, 31, was part of the 2008 Olympic gold medal-winning tea only returned to the U.S. after a nearly six-year absence due to concussion-related symptoms. She obtained clearance from U.S. Soccer late last year and played again beginning in December 2014. Chalupny played in one match for the U.S. en route to a World Cup title, registering nine minutes against Colombia in the round of 16.

“I have so many great memories from my career and all the teams I’ve played with and the teammates I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside,” Chalupny said. “Now, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I know I will still be heavily involved in the game and look forward to sharing my passion with young players in whatever environment I find myself in.”

Chalupny is in her third NWSL season with the Chicago Red Stars and her third season as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Maryville University in St. Louis.

She debuted for the United States at age 17, against Italy in a match prior to the 2001 Algarve Cup. She currently has 103 caps and 10 goals. Chalupny is versatile enough to play anywhere on the field, typically playing in the midfield for Chicago and at fullback for the United States.

Midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday also announced they will retire after the victory tour, which ends in December.

  • smallchief

    Chalupny was — and still is — a good one. But I don’t see a place for her on the 2016 Olympic Team.

    Now if she can hustle back to Chicago and get this limping Chicago team into the playoffs…

    • AlexH

      I actually thought she had a chance to make the team. There isn’t a glut of fullbacks like there is at fwd and she plays multiple positions which is always useful on a short roster. That said, I’m glad she hung them up while she still had all her marbles left to enjoy her medals and start her future with.

      • mockmook

        She hasn’t announced retiring from the CRS, but I sense that may come after this season.

        • Guest

          I’m not sure. She stuck with CRS even when they were down a tier after the WPS folded. She might just like playing club soccer regardless of NT. She certainly had been playing for years without NT hope because of that medical ban and seemed happy.

    • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash
    • kernel_thai

      A bit surprised. She wasnt making it as an OB but with Boxx and Holiday already retired she might have had a shot at DM.

      • mockmook

        Not if JE keeps her word and starts planning for the future.

        • AlexH

          I’m hoping that JE is making her rounds with the peripheral old guard and telling them that their time is up so as to isolate her central old guard and make it plain that they should retire as well. I didn’t mind Chups on the team but if her retirement makes it easier to move Abby and Christie along then it is yet another example of Chups taking one for the greater good.

        • kernel_thai

          I believe she has already penciled in a young player as her first sub in Algarve 2017.

  • Cc W

    So now we have Boxx, Chulupny, Holiday – on GK off the squad and the magic number is 1. Time for Abby and CR to do the same and there is at least one new player on the Olympic squad.

    Best of luck to Lori – nice for her to get another chance.

    • Davis

      The magic number is two. Someone needs to make room for Dunn.

    • kernel_thai

      Im not one of the Wambach complainers but I have to say it really bugs me that she feels she can just lay about in Portland and still hold down a spot on this team. Ellis needs to make it clear that no one is grandfathered in and that if she wants a spot in Rio she better be in shape to fight for it.

      • Rufan

        For the past 3 Olympics, I believe there has been at least one player from the prior year WWC roster that got injured.

      • mskillens

        She gets her split second reflexes with all her rounds of golf

      • Cc W

        She didn’t look good on Sunday – she looked rusty and even slower than during the WC. Maybe that is why Jill put her in with 40 minutes to play – not the 10-15 minutes she was playing in those last few games. I think that is part of the way Jill is putting her on notice.
        Abby has been an amazing player and leader for this team – but it is time for her hang up her cleats.

      • EK22

        Me too. A fit Wambach could still be an effective weapon in the Olympics. If I was JE, I’d be if Wambach wants to be on the Rio Team, she has to get in shape, find any W-League team in Australia or a Euro team that will give her lots of playing time, commit to a NWSL team for 2016 for the entire year, stop being “the leader” and let others who’ll be around in 2019 fill that void, act as a mentor to transitioning new members of the WNT, step back on media interviews for other team members, be in fantastic shape and playing condition in the Spring of 2016, and maybe you’ll make the squad.
        If she is willing to do that and puts in the work, I’d like to have her on my bench for close games at the end. Abby doesn’t just get to show up and fill that spot. Ohai, Horan and/or Dunn can still get valuable experience as alternates. I’m in it to win it and if Abby is going to give me an edge, I’ll still take her. If not, we have a deep bench.

  • Susan Osheyack Wicklund

    Best of luck Lori but don’t agree with Cc W Abby and Rampone have to prove themselves just like everyone else . But there are many young players that will get called in to camp one should be Dunn

    • Terry Lash

      No, it is time for Wambach, Rampone and O’Reilly to bow out. They can do it with grace and their heads deservedly held high. Later it will not go well for them.

      • One of a Kind

        I wouldn’t mind HAO staying. HAO is one passionate and driven woman and if she can keep up her post WC form, why leave her out? Even Rampone could get away with going to the OG via the veteran leadership card although I wouldn’t bring her.

        The only one that definitely needs to go is Wambach. Even in that drubbing versus CRC she looked extremely past it. I truly hope it doesn’t end ugly with her.

        • Cc W

          Thank you for saying Abby looked past it – no one seems to want to mention it.

          • Terry Lash

            Wambach is so far beyond being capable that she is beginning to look pitiful. For her own sake she needs to retire.

          • Cc W

            It was tough to watch yesterday.

          • HOFCToDi

            I certainly hope Abby does not see the pitch against Australia nor Brazil.

          • Cc W

            She will – she has to be on since it it the victory tour. But, we’ll see how much she plays against the better teams. AUS and BRA will want to beat the WC champs and will be bringing it. And that is the rub for Jill Ellis – do you want to win or do you want to let the retiring players have fun.

            I would expect the victory tour ends with some lesser teams which will allow for lots of the retirees to look good one last time.

          • One of a Kind

            It honestly pained me to watch Wambach on Sunday. She looked so out of sorts and the fact that people are trying to justify her vacation is inexcusable.

          • Cc W

            There was an interview with her on NBC Olympics where she said again that she doesn’t know if she wants to play.

            http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/18/abby-wambach-olympics-rio-2016-soccer-womens-world-cup/

            To me, her comments are enough for Jill to say – Abby, we’re going in a new direction, thank you and enjoy your retirement.

        • Guest

          Abby already retiring from club says it all for me. The fire is out. The fight is gone. If she was battling it out in club and showing she can keep up with the young pups I’d have second thoughts, but that’s not what is happening. Rampone is at least trying that much even though I think she’s done too. This can either be a nice Goodbye Tour…or January cuts is going to be just sad for Abby and a few others. Take the victory lap and call the game.

      • Cc W

        If HAO can continue to play well, I’m okay with her playing herself on the team. She is loved by her teammates. Kriegs and Ashlyn gave an interview where they said HAO was the most supportive teammate they had.

        • Terry Lash

          Make her an assistant team coach or something. Bring on the young players. They deserve a chance. O’Reilly has been around forever and does not bring unique skills to the team on the field.

      • leftbacklion

        Disagree. HAO can stay if I’m coach and she shows she’s still got the goods. I haven’t seen the quality of her play decline much if at all. She just goes to the end-line too much – never cuts back – and even with that she’s still world class.

        • Terry Lash

          The team needs to look toward the WWC 2019. HAO is not part of that conversation. Hang up the cleats HAO.

      • TsovLoj

        I think Rampone might still be worthwhile, at least as a sub. Agreed on the others, though.

      • smallchief

        Wambach, Rampone, and Rodriguez should retire this year. I’m not persuaded yet that we have a better right winger than O’Reilly.

        • Guest

          They have three better flanks in Rapinoe, Heath and O’Hara(not sure about O’Hara but Rapinoe and Heath can play both flanks). More to the point, Ellis’ team does not seem to play the flanks as traditional wingers. The flanks tuck in and the team uses the outside backs for width. That is not really O’Reilly’s game. The spot would be better used on a player like Dunn who can play multiple positions

  • HOFCToDi

    Good luck to Lori Chalupny in the future. At least she won’t have to worry about future concussions resulting from competitive soccer.

    Abby …. get the message?

    Christie …. get the message?

    • Ben

      They don’t need to ‘get the message’. Jill Ellis needs to do her job and ‘deliver the message’.

      • HOFCToDi

        That message needs to be delivered upon conclusion of the NWSL regular season and prior to the Australian friendlies.

      • atalba

        CatW said on the broadcast last night that the players will be given the hard facts from JE THIS WEEK on where they stand. This looks like the first fallout.

      • guest

        Why couldn’t they just do a Philip Lahm. Its more dignified.

  • Rdalford

    Best wishes for Chalupny. Very good player and good person. Hope that she does well in continuation of her coaching career or whatever other career opportunities she chooses in the future.

  • Nicole C.

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Chalupny. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors, Lori!

  • AlexH

    Happy Trails Chups!

    F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong when he said that there are no second acts in American life. Hers was pretty awesome.

    • Cc W

      Well said!

  • One of a Kind

    Farewell Chalupny! Good person and not even a bad player although she would’ve likely been cut. My gut feeling is that Jill had one of “those meetings” with her in the last few days because just last month Chalupny stated her intent to try to make the Olympic roster.

    Now we all wait for ‘the’ last two dominoes to fall. I got my money on one more surprise retiree though and I think it’ll be A-Rod.

    • Cc W

      ARod seems like she’ll be moving on one way or another. Better to say you’re retiring to focus on your family than be cut come January. The “new kids” may well be down to one kid, jumping on the pitch alone.
      Jill has to clear up a couple more spots to get a couple of young players and a few more alternates for the Olympic squad.

    • Terry Lash

      O’Reilly also should take the opportunity to retire from the NT.

      • AlexH

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVjN7aFVEag

        It depends if she still has rock hard abs.

        • Cc W

          cute!

        • Steglitz49

          Thanks for posting that clip. It makes up for the dreadful photo used by the EQ to illustrate the article.

  • AlexH

    Wait! Are there any gingers left on the roster?

  • atalba

    So this isn’t a quick update, and not totally related, but I’ve been looking at all of the players who are in the system and need a break. As a Sofia Huerta fan, she’s going to need to make more headlines if she wants back in after being dropped from consideration at U20. I’m rooting for her. And, of courses, the U20 players are right behind this group. One thing to note, the camps before tournaments are only 4+ days. New players; short camps; hard to jell and evaluate.

    CHICAGO (Dec. 31, 2014) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team
    head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-woman roster for the first training
    camp of the year as the squad will come together at the U.S. Soccer National
    Training Center in Carson, California, from Jan. 3-10.

    U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

    GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Sky Blue FC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jane
    Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.),
    Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)

    DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC; Upland, Calif.), Abby
    Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington,
    Ky.), Taryn Hemmings (Chicago Red Stars; Windsor, Colo.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas
    Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars; Palmdale,
    Calif.), Kassey Kallman (Boston Breakers; Woodbury, Minn.), Merritt Mathias
    (Seattle Reign FC; Birmingham, Ala.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)

    MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Vanessa
    DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Tori Huster (Washington
    Spirit; Cincinnati, Ohio), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Rose Lavelle
    (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.),
    Keelin Winters (Seattle Reign FC; Seattle, Wash.)

    FORWARDS (4): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City; Appleton, Wisc.),
    Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Houston
    Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.)

    CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National
    Team will travel to La Manga, Spain, from Feb.
    21-March 3 for three matches in a six-team invitational tournament. The USA
    will face the U-23 squads from Japan (Feb. 26), Norway (Feb. 28) and England
    (March 2). The friendly tournament also features China PR and Sweden.

    U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

    GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane
    Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)

    DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (Western NY Flash; Menlo Park,
    Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jaelene Hinkle
    (Western NY Flash; Castle Rock, Colo.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip,
    N.Y.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford;
    Lorton, Va.)

    MIDFIELDERS (9): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; Freehold,
    N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Sky Blue FC; Greenbrook, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo
    (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Kristin Grubka (Sky Blue FC; Melbourne,
    Fla.), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Lo’eau Labonta (Sky Blue
    FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio),
    Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash; Hanson, Mass.), Stephanie Verdoia (Boston
    Breakers; Salt Lake City, Utah)

    FORWARDS (5): Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Shea
    Groom (FC Kansas City; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers;
    Winchester, Mass.), Cheyna Williams (FSU; Hampton, Ga.), Lynn Williams (Western
    NY Flash; Fresno, Calif.)

    USA Sweep – England 2-1, Japan
    1-0, Norway 2-0

    CHICAGO (April 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National
    Team will hold a training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from April 26-May 3, featuring 24 current
    collegiate players.

    U-23 Four
    Nations Tournament – May
    27-31, 2015 that also includes Norway, Sweden and England

    USA 2-1 Sweden, USA 2-2 Norway, USA 2-1 England – USA Winners

    GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane
    Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)

    DEFENDERS (6): Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Jaycie
    Johnson (Nebraska; Lake Winnebago, Mo.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina,
    Calif.), Carson Pickett (FSU; Fleming Island, Fla.), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame;
    East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; Lorton, Va.)

    MIDFIELDERS (7): Daphne Corboz (Manchester City FC; Greenbrook, N.J.),
    Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Claire Falknor (Florida; Dayton, Ohio),
    Michaela Hahn (FSU; Titusville, Fla.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati,
    Ohio), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech; Strongsville, Ohio), Alexis Shaffer
    (Virginia; Cary, N.C.)

    FORWARDS (7): Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), Margaret
    Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.),
    Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West
    Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Arsenal; Coppell, Texas), Christen Westphal
    (Florida; Brecksville, Ohio)

    And Last year 2014

    CHICAGO (May 27, 2014)
    – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a
    roster for the second training camp of the year as 26 players will come
    together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, for
    training camp from June 7-14.

    U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:

    GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio),
    Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas),
    Kalijah Terilli (Pennsylvania; Bronx, N.Y.)

    DEFENDERS (8): McKenzie Berryhill (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.),
    Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu,
    Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida
    State; Melbourne, Fla.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily
    Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.), Christen Westphal (Florida; Brecksville,
    Ohio)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Jessie Ayers (Colorado College; Seattle, Wash.),
    Kaysie Clark (Missouri; Liberty, Mo.), Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold,
    N.J.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort
    Wayne, Ind.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest;
    Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)

    FORWARDS (6): Cali Farquharson (Arizona State; Phoenix, Ariz.),
    Elise Krieghoff (Cal Poly SLO; San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Stephanie McCaffrey
    (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Taylor Smith (UCLA; Fort Worth, Texas),
    Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Lynn Williams (Pepperdine;
    Malibu, Calif.)

    • AlexH

      Any Gingers?

      • kernel_thai

        Huster is carrying ur torch at this point.

        • AlexH

          OH yeah, she’ll do.

    • kernel_thai

      I doubt Huerta was eligible for any of those rosters because of her connection to the Mexican team.

      • atalba

        That might be politically correct, but, technically, it’s not an issue. She has declined a callup to the MEXWNT and is focused on participating AGAIN in the US program.

      • Terry Lash

        She has not participated in any Mexican games that make her ineligible for playing on the USWNT, and she has stated that she wants to play for the US. She should be given an opportunity to try out for the USNT, in my opinion.

        • guest

          She has to get in line like everyone else.

          • Terry Lash

            Of course, but she deserves an honest evaluation.

    • Steglitz49

      Thank you. That 4.nations tournament in Norway meant that Katie Stengel had to miss the knees-up in Munich, where the ladies were celebrated in pairs with the men on the the balcony of the town hall and the big party afterwards.

      Katie went to Bayern without entering the draft but both Daphne did. I don’t know about Chioma. They all want to play for the US but Chioma can also elect for either England or Nigeria, and Daphne for France.

  • mskillens

    welp, I guess Ellis has started having her meetings with the players….. lol

    • AlexH

      Not really funny if it’s true. Firing people is never easy. All of these gals deserve to leave with their dignity intact.

      • Guest

        A 10 game send off, pile of money, and a career capstone of a WC Gold sounds dignified. This is probably the easiest moment to retire.

  • Lorehead
    • Cc W

      I saw that! Well, with all that FOX TV money, maybe they can get better hotels!

    • leftbacklion

      Of all the teams, you’d think the one with the great attendance would be able to spring for a decent hotel…….

      • Lorehead

        Does the home team pick the hotel, or what?

        • Guest

          In other sports I would think individual team chose their own hotels and travel plans but it seems like Morgan is putting blame at the feet of the NWSL.

        • Guest

          The home team buys a block of rooms on bulk for all the visiting teams at the start of the season and get discounts over buying them piecemeal. Common practice. Perhaps the hotel they have the arrangement with in Kansas City had issues recently.

    • leftbacklion

      And I like the “Glengarry Glen Ross” reference BTW. Very clever.

      • Lorehead

        Somebody tell Paul Riley he’s fired. That got his attention? Because he’s got three games to get their jobs back.

    • Movement

      The hotel probably doesn’t even have bed bugs. It just isn’t the 5-star hotel that she is used to, so she is flat out ticked that it is only 4.5 stars in quality.

      Boo-Hoo Alex, lol.

      • TsovLoj

        As someone who works on hotels for airline crewmembers on a regular basis, with the same sort of bulk block deal, the bedbugs are probably quite real. It’s a pestilence these days, and hotels tend to shunt group-blocked people into crappy rooms.

    • smallchief

      Getting a bit uppity, are we Alex?

  • leftbacklion

    Lori was even there for CRS in the WPSL Elite days. I’m glad she got a 2nd shot with the WNT, although I thought it should have been at DM instead of left back (she’s just too slow to play wing back). Congratulations on winning the World Cup Chups! And thanks for all your efforts. You’re truly a class act. Now PLEASE get the NWSL title for Chicago. Then ride off into the sunset as a two-time champ! 🙂

    • AlexH

      True enough, it would be sad if Chups became subject of one of those “The best that never was” retrospectives sometime in the future.

      • Steglitz49

        Let’s trust her health keeps her going strong.

    • Guest

      I don’t think anyone who had been hoping she’d be back with the NT all these years had backup LB in mind when the team so desperately needed her help as DM. Thank goodness they ended up with the trophy regardless of where players were ramrod in. Glad she got a happy ending despite the weird medical and mismanagement stuff.

  • Cc W

    On a separate note – Christen Press continues to impress me – her quote after yesterday’s game:
    ”I personally felt this victory tour was the beginning of a new journey,” Press said afterward. “I think the World Cup, for me, was an eye-opener on how great our team can be and also that I need to get to the next level. That I need to keep pushing myself and not be satisfied with where I am.”

  • Steglitz49

    Could they not find a more handsome and winning photo of Ms Chalupny?

    • Steg World

      Could you stop leaving sexist comments?

      • Steglitz49

        If the young lady is content with it, all and well. Her agent ought to have sent the EQ a few alternatives by now. It is not the way I remember Lori.

        • AlexH

          I think it is a pretty good picture.

          I don’t think NWSL players have agents BTW. Maybe Abby, Alex and Hope but not the rest.

          That said the USSF probably should know what is coming and have some good photos and videos and a whole lot of other collateral on all of the soon to be retired players. It is common sense marketing because “journalists” nowadays are very lazy and just cut and paste press releases and re-brand it as news. The more copy you give them the more of your copy gets into the press.

          • Steglitz49

            Your point is well taken but I find it hard to believe that Alex would have let anyone use such a picture of herself, n’est-ce pas? Quoi?

          • AlexH

            Alex probably has an agent and a publicist that has taken the time to amass glamour shots. Chups has always been a old school lunch pail kind of player who probably never took a posed shot in her life, which is probably why she is so well liked even by people who viewed her as too over the hill to warrant a roster spot.

          • Steglitz49

            and here I was thinking that the reason fans felt for her were the concussions. Silly me. Let’s trust that she will be alright.

  • Frozen Blue

    Was my favorite player before she got banned due to the head injuries, thought she was on her way to being captain. Feel like due to the ban we missed seeing her peak, but glad she got her World Cup trophy she deserved it.

  • Calci0

    I’m glad she was given a chance to come back, and not only play for the NT again, but win a WC, and go out on a high note!!!!!

  • brdn08

    I actually think Ellis will have more turnover for Rio than expected. I wouldn’t be shocked to see as many as 5 new field players for the NT next summer.

    • Steglitz49

      That would mean that 9 of the fieldplayers from WC-15 will not be in Rio. So far Boxx, Chalups and Holiday have bowed out (I may have missed one) but that leaves 6 more to chop. Seems a bit unlikely. (We can expect Carli, Alex, Moe and JJ to be there.)

      • brdn08

        I also am including the alternates in my estimate. HAO, Abby, and Rampone are all 50/50 bets to make the olympic squad at best IMO. I also think at least one of the following won’t be there; Arod, Sydney Leroux, or Engen but it’s possible none of them make it. There’s always the possibility of injury as well.

        • AlexH

          When you pair the fact that Chups won’t be with the team as a LB, the fact that JE fancied nobody at the position more than her other than the starters, the fact that Kling had a run in MF last game, and the fact that Krieger is a good CB, perhaps Jill is setting the table for a 3-5-2. Oh please, oh please, oh please.

          • Steglitz49

            3-5-2 mutates naturally into either 4-3-3 if the opposition is weaker than expected or 4-4-2 if they are stronger. It was the favorite formation of Pellerud. He has now retired, so JE can shoulder his cloak.

        • Steglitz49

          Being an alternate is not worth a pitcher of warm spit (my favorite quote of the month). Ask Christen or Klings, if you don’t believe me.

          • brdn08

            It led to them making the team very shortly after the Olympics.

  • Reality
  • newsouth

    when it comes to getting wambach off the roster before the olympics…