Leroux headed to Kansas City in three-team trade

Dan Lauletta January 13, 2016 270
Sydney Leroux has been traded to FC Kansas City, her fourth team in four NWSL seasons. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Sydney Leroux has been traded to FC Kansas City, her fourth team in four NWSL seasons. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

One year after making her wishes known, Sydney Leroux is heading to Kansas City.  The Western New York Flash sent Leroux to FC Kansas City on Wednesday in exchange for Jessica McDonald, an international roster spot in 2016 and 2017, and Kansas City’s second-round pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft.

In a separate trade, FC Kansas City acquired McDonald and Tiffany McCarty from the Houston Dash for an international roster spot and the No. 8 pick in Friday’s draft.  The Dash now hold the 5th, 6th, and 8th picks and FC Kansas City no longer holds a first-round pick.

Houston subsequently announced the signing of Brazilian defender Poliana.

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Leroux first requested to be traded to Kansas City last offseason in order to be closer to her husband Dom Dwyer who plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer.  The Reign contacted Kansas City but the sides were unable to reach an agreement.  Instead, the Reign sent Leroux to the Flash.  Her season in Western New York hardly got off the ground.  She played three matches before leaving for the World Cup, scoring one goal.  Leroux then underwent ankle surgery after the World Cup and missed the remainder of the season.

“I’m really happy to have Sydney [Leroux] on the team,” Blues coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “She is a proven goal scorer that every coach would love to have on the team. Her persistence and determination are on a whole different level. I feel blessed for the opportunity to work with her.”

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FC Kansas City will be the fourth team in four seasons for Leroux, who was originally allocated to the Boston Breakers, where she scored 11 goals in 2013 including the first hat trick in league history.  The Breakers sent her to Seattle for Kristie Mewis after the 2013 season and Leroux had five goals as the Reign won the Shield before losing to Kansas City in the NWSL Championship.

Kansas City became a better fit after the announcement that Amy Rodriguez is pregnant.  Rodriguez could return for the tail-end of the NWSL season, but the club is preparing to be without her for the long haul.  The Blues will also spend 2016 adjusting to the retirements of Lauren Holiday, Leigh Ann Robinson, and Amy LePeilbet.  Robinson and LePeilbet played every minute of the 2015 season.

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As for Houston, they finally have the defender they have long wanted.

“We have been after Poliana for a while and actually acquired her rights last season, but were unable to bring her in due to Brazil going into residency for the World Cup,” Dash managing director Brian Ching said. “However, we are very excited that she will now be able to join us for the 2016 season. She is a versatile player that brings international experience and will strengthen our roster.”

And the Flash have McDonald to fill the void at forward.

“Jess has been on our radar for a while now,” said Flash GM Rich Randall. “She’s a proven goal scorer and should make an immediate impact for us. We see her in our plans for many seasons to come.”

  • Cc W

    See kids, if you whine long enough you’ll get what you want. Nice of the league and teams to oblige Syd, but I didn’t like the way she went about things last year and then was unhappy when it didn’t go her way. It is a good move for KC.

    • Nicole C.

      Couldn’t have said it better. Dom Dwyer is the star of SKC’s offense, so hopefully FCKC gets some publicity as well.

      • Steglitz49

        If/when Zlatan turns up in a MLS jersey, it will be all change anyway.

    • Ron Bishop

      Think of it as rewarding persistence. Leroux knew what she wanted and stayed focused – no matter what others thought.

      She burned some bridges earning her way onto the USWNT, also.

      • Steglitz49

        The young lady has won the WC and also an OG gold. She probably considers that worth a couple of bridges.

      • Calci0

        I presume you mean Canada?

        • SpiritFan00

          She is Abby’s BFF & roommate

        • Ron Bishop

          Yep – she always gets a cold reception north of the border.

      • guest

        she knows what she wants now. good luck figuring out what she wants next year. a #1 and a #2 is a steep price if her wants change again.

    • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

      I don’t blame her for being upset about the trade, but it was sh*tty how she treated WNY in it, in particular not bothering to show up when they honored WC players.

      • Steglitz49

        DC might feel the same about one of their NT players.

        • Ethan

          I think you’re really taking the Krieger thing too seriously.

          • Steglitz49

            You’ve just explained why WoSo is struggling in the market place.

            Sponsor take note of such incidents and the reaction of followers of the game. Were I a sponsor, I would be dubious about supporting this outfit.

      • Calci0

        Wasn’t that when she went in for surgery?

  • Guest

    I mean…is ANYONE surprised by this? Anyone at all?

    • Yes. KC supposedly had ZERO interest in her last year. Obviously, things change, and I guess two forwards (that didn’t necessarily seem to fit KC’s style of play) in exchange for international roster spots that KC never uses was too good of a trade opportunity to pass up.

      Vlatko and Huw seem very confident about these two players (there are longer quotes from them at FCKCs website), and I am confident about Vlatko being able to coach players to a higher level and to fit his system. But I am a little surprised. However, this may help the team land some more dates playing at SKC’s stadium since Dom has quite the pull with fans in this town. 😉 Also Sporting has a fairly crappy schedule this year with very few Saturday games, so maybe there will be space to fit more FCKC dates in there.

      • mockmook

        I think Syd is a very good fit as their lone striker.

        When she is motivated, she is relentless, also works hard defensively — all traits that VA admires (as he said).

  • Rdalford

    Will be interesting to see if some coaching by Vlatko Andonovski and opportunity to live/play in same city as her husband helps Syd get career back on track.

    By my count I think FCKC is now out of International slots (although 1 is only gone for 2 year 2016-2017 period) for 2016.

    • FCKCEvans

      Yeah, no first round picks in 2016 and no international slots. I wonder when KC will think more long term. This makes me nervous, we literally have nothing to trade now if another need develops.

      • AlexH

        Long term thinking in women’s club soccer means setting yourself up to win the inaugural season of whatever league will follow the current league after it folds.

        • FCKCEvans

          With 3 retirements and a pregnancy in ONE offseason, a 1st round draft pick or international flair would have been nice.

          • kernel_thai

            But that’s the point. The game has such a lack of player stability u almost have to go a year at a time. Look at Jenna Richmond. Shows up in the draft has a breakout season to the point where she is mentioned for the NT and then gets married and has seemingly given up the sport. When u cant count on ur best players how can u count on anyone but the NT players to be there year in and year out?

          • JLC25

            So sad, but so true.

            Need to figure out the financials of this league in order to start paying these non-allocated players more.

      • First round would have been nice, but they still have #16 and #18 in the second round, and there should be good defenders on the board at that point. And perhaps not having internationals allows Kansas City to pay their veterans at the top of the cap and to pay their rookies and mid-level players more than other teams. That’s pure conjecture on my part, but I prefer the team paying our local players a decent salary instead of spending more on an international who may only be there for one season.

        • Miki

          The draft is quite weak this year, so I personally wouldn’t have too much optimism for late 2nd round picks. You guys have a good history in the draft, but even last year was a bit of a bust besides Groom.

          • mockmook

            They should be able to get two decent FB prospects at 16 and 18. Won’t surprise me at all if one ends up a decent starter this year.

            They can also use their 2 late picks to try for a diamond in the rough defender.

      • Miki

        Their trades are normally quite good and reflect long-term thinking, this is an odd one out though…seems slightly panicked (which I guess they should be, considering everything) and forced, probably because it is due to Leroux. You could say this single move is thinking short-term/not thought thoroughly enough but FCKC are well-rounded, prepared, and balanced every year despite departures, particularly in defense.

        • mockmook

          Don’t count Leroux out just yet as a long term Forward (and really good fit) for FCKC.

        • Captain Crunch

          Seems like maybe FCKC was strong armed into taking on Leroux due to her request of being closer to her husband…especially since Morgan’s request was granted.

          • Strong-armed by who? If they didn’t want her they wouldn’t have taken her. KC needed a forward and wanted to keep their current roster in tact. This accomplished that. They could have bargained on getting a forward starter out of a lower first round draft pick, but they chose to go this route instead. I don’t see how anyone would pressure them to take Leroux. What could they possibly hold over them?

  • Nicole C.

    In other news, the tentative opening of Orlando’s new stadium has been postponed to 2017. Both teams will play in the Citrus Bowl for the entire 2016 season.

    • JLC25

      yikes, even with good attendance, it will look empty – right?

  • FCKCEvans

    How is it not any clearer to FCKC with 3 retirements and 1 pregnancy in one off-season that KC needs a youth movement. I figured with Arod pregnant we would get Leroux…but gosh we needed that 1st round pick.

    • Dillon77

      And Jen Buczkowski and Yael Averbuch are both 30 or pushing it.

      (Jen is staying around for this year, right?). Luckily, Mandy Laddish is young and has wheels to spare, but some infusion of youth could be helpful.

      However, think of what you do have. Even though Houston has three top picks in the 8, they still have to step up into a new league.

      • Laddish
        Groom
        Silva
        Lisenby
        Clark
        Tymrak
        Kastor
        Frisbie
        McCarty
        Rowland

        KC has plenty of youth. Not worried about it. I’d rather have a starting lineup of at least half veterans rather than all starters under age 25. Plus, still no word on if Jenna Richmond is coming back, but I hope so. She’s young and very talented.

        • Tom F

          loosing the way too underrated Robinson-Brown is going to hurt them more than you might think!

          • mockmook

            I missed the part where Slicey said she wasn’t worried about losing Leigh Ann

          • Losing Leigh Ann sucks. It also sucked when we lost Desiree Scott and Lauren Sesselmann, but KC managed those losses just fine.

            I would be really worried if Buczkowski hadn’t resigned, and I wish Jenna Richmond was returning, but I’m halfway convinced we could have just Broon back there and be okay. 😉

            I think midfield is more of a question mark right now – and the midfield to forward connection – and that will have more of an impact on KCs success next year than the changes to their back line.

  • dw

    Now they can get on with announcing the allocations, right?

  • guest

    I don’t know. Leroux is basically like a really good version of Renae Cueller, a player FCKC had during their first season but was eventually traded because she didn’t fit very well in FCKC’s possession style system, as both Cuellar and Leroux have similar direct playing style skillsets.

    With FCKC’s possession brand of soccer, we’ll have to wait and see how Leroux fits in, because when she was playing for Harvey at Seattle, it too didn’t seem like a good fit due to Seattle being also a very possession oriented style team. I guess time will tell and we shall see, though I’m confident Vlatko will help Leroux develop and excel in the best way possible.

    • Rdalford

      Without Holiday to orchestrate the FCKC style may need to adjust some and Vlatko may (as you note) be able to coach/help Leroux develop a more possession oriented style of play … agree, we shall see.

      • Calci0

        She was developing that under Sermanni, and doing a pretty good job. And played out on the wing a bit in Seattle, but even with only 5 goals, still played well.

        • Miki

          How did she play well? Pure football wise or off-the-ball wise…while she struggled and was being criticized, I tried to look at the positive, that her work without the ball was decent and she contributed to the pressing play the team is built on. However footballing wise, she was downright terrible. She looked lost, her low technical ability showed in a system that requires it, her low soccer IQ showed, she didn’t have the vision, composure, or good-decision making, etc. Even at the time, Goebel outperformed her and fit into the system more than her, and had the same number of goals in half the minutes played/starts. The 2015 season especially showed this, and a new fluidity was added to the attack with Yanez.

  • Anson

    Kansas City would have never made this trade if Amy Rodriguez could play!

  • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

    On the plus side, Leroux’s best professional season came playing alongside HAO. Maybe KC shifts to a more counterattacking style, which will better suit her, and maybe she misses the Olympic team. Still, she is really poor technically, and has been regressed over the past couple years.
    For WNY, McDonald for Leroux straight up is an upgrade. A very good deal for them.

    • Calci0

      Please show me highlights of her poor technical skill. Is she Zidane?!? By no means is that the suggestion, but I’ve watched her more than enough to see that her technical skills are far above the credit make give her…..

      • Guest

        I have seen Leroux run past her dribbles many times most recent time being in the WC. She is terrible at navigating through tight spaces. That being said I still think she can be effective in a high pressure counter attacking side.

        • Calci0

          And I saw her tap dance through New Zealand. It’s possible to pull up highlights of all the USWNT fwds, and make similar claims, and use the highlight as evidence. Can she improve?!? No doubt, but she’s not not falling over her feet, like I’ve seen alluded to (not claiming those to you).

          • rkmid71

            Before she got injured, I think in training, I thought she should be a starter in WC. So it’s all a matter of whether she’s back to 100% health, and even then it will take some quality minutes and time. Like Morgan has been doing since WC. I think Morgan will have a big year in 2016 Leroux could be awesome by Olympics — but she will need to get a lot of game time in between now and then. Hopefully she earns it. I like the Morgan, Press, Leroux, Lloyd options upfront. Different styles, but each effective in its own way. Press and Lloyd being the most on their game at the moment with Morgan close behind and I think ready for a breakout year. They will need that depth to win in Rio.

          • Guesting

            Doubt we will see many highlights of her tap dancing through the top teams.

          • guest

            you don’t remember leroux’s stepovers, nutmegs and elasticos against germany in the world cup semi-final?

          • Calci0

            Never said its a daily routine, just that it’s not an ability that escapes her. But I’ll stand by for the host of other clips showing all the other Fwds slicing through teams like Maradona……. The thing is, outside of Lloyd and Morgan, she has scored more goals against top teams than the rest of the players on the roster.

        • ¯_(ツ)_/¯

          She’s like watching Wayne Rooney now. At their best they were both bulldogs in attack and could make something out of nothing, now their plagued with terrible first touch and poor choices in the attacking third. Both of them used to be fun to watch run at defenses but now not so much…

          • Steglitz49

            You could argue that Syd has little more to show for it than Wayne — except money, of course.

          • ¯_(ツ)_/¯

            I don’t know, having a few PL titles and a CL title isn’t a bad haul, all things considered.

          • Steglitz49

            The World Cup is the big one. Ask the Veterans, if you don’t believe this typist.

          • David K Anderson

            Yeah, but Wayne actually _plays_ for his squad…

            Always loved Syd’s fire and her pace. But she’s got stone feet. This isn’t someone who creates chances on her own, off her own possession/dribble.

          • Calci0

            Watch some of her Breaker highlights again……

        • Calci0

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YfouCE8-54

          Seems to have kept pace here…….

  • My2cents

    I am not convinced she is a fit for them. Never thought she was a good fit for Seattle. She needs to be in a run and gun type of offense to take advantage of her skill set.

    • kernel_thai

      She can do the same thing A-Rod did for them…run onto a great final pass. The question is without Holiday will they create the final pass. This is a big season for Tymrak one way or the other.

      • Guest

        Arod also is excellent at holding the ball, linking up, and is a much better dribbler. I am interested to see if fckc change their tactics to get the best out of Leroux who would be much more effective in a counterattacking scheme

        • kernel_thai

          Leroux is also much better in the air and a better defender. The key as with A-Rod is focusing on her strengths and covering her weaknesses.

          • Captain Crunch

            I agree but the wild card ingredient is attitude. ARod is a total team first player and that’s just not Leroux. That’s main reason people have no problem letting her go. She can be inconsistent with her effort and when things don’t go her way, she has a tendency to pout. Leroux also hasn’t played a full 90 minute match for almost a year and just doesn’t have the commitment and work rate of an ARod. Now Syd’s husband is totally committed to soccer and that is what I’m banking on being a positive influence on her and keeping her focused.

          • Calci0

            I’d like to see evidence of this. She is known for her hustle, and with the Reign was seen tracking players back to the defensive 18 at the 80+ minute mark. Some of these criticisms seem to have no basis. Leroux was a total team player in both Boston and Seattle. I’ve yet to hear a negative word from anyone. She wanted out of Seattle to be close to her husband, to her that was most important. Some people have different priorities.

          • Miki

            There’s no denying she’s known to hustle to pressure when the opponent gains possession, especially *near goal* and frequently tackles…however, I would argue she does not track all the way back as you say, and can be lazy on the attack at times. For example on the Reign, yes she was good on work off the ball in terms of pressuring the opponent (in particular with it being the focal Reign tactic), but attacking wise could be seen jogging or just standing on the 18 when a run should’ve made into the box. You might notice if you watch Reign games from her time there, and might occasionally hear Solo or Harvey yelling at her to get in. Whether that’s her inability to make smart runs (which can be directed to her low footballing IQ as well), unawareness in the Reign’s dynamic attack or just plain laziness, it’s worth mentioning.

          • guest

            It could just be lack of fitness since she played on the flank in Seattle(I think). That would be a significant change in the fitness level required

          • Miki

            Fair point. But in the past year or two, she’s been played on the flank even on the national team, so it’s not a valid excuse IMO. Plus I can’t seem to remember the last time she played center-forward.

          • guest

            I also don’t disagree that she doesn’t make intelligent runs. The difference between Leroux and Morgan’s runs are like night and day.

          • Calci0

            I’ll just say I watched many Reign games, and it was noticeable to watch Leroux track back from the offensive 1/3 all the way back to making a tackle just outside the 18, were I’m sure Solo was greatful for her effort. The same picture can be painted of all the Fwds if you so choose. For whatever reason Leroux is the one many choose to single out. I’ve seen similar play at times from USWNT Fwds where you wonder if they are tired, or actively involved. But I’m not going to try to label them lazy….

        • Miki

          She’ll still need to improve her dribbling and heavy touch even in this case.

      • Maybe not for Tymrak, but for Laddish

        • mockmook

          Maybe not for Laddish, but for Groom 😉

          • I agree it’s a big season for Groom, but not as a Holiday replacement. I still see them using Groom up top – even with Leroux on the roster, but I could be wrong. I suppose Groom could be a high attacking mid.

          • mockmook

            She apparently played a lot as a #10/CAM at Tx A&M

    • GT

      I think with O’Reilly, Tymrak and Groom, this is going to be a run and gun, helter-skelter offense. I’m not sure how successful they will be , but it’s going to be fun to watch.

  • AlexH

    Syd’s a good player who is probably thrilled to be in KC. This will work out just fine for FCKC. Best case would be that Syd is the last person cut for the OG and plays with a chip on her shoulder.

    • Steglitz49

      Syd already has an OG gold and a WC. More than enough for 3 seasons in the NT.

      • Ethan

        Yet, she wasn’t a starter at all for the Olympics, and she only started the first two games at the 2015 WWC. I’d imagine Leroux wants to win a World Cup and/or an Olympic gold while playing a more influential role.

        • Guest

          I am not sure how realistic that is for her right now though. She is probably at least 3rd in the CF depth chart(4th including Carli) It is not beyond the realm of possibilities that Morgan and Press are still around in 2019 and it seems like Sanchez and Pugh are on the way too.

        • Steglitz49

          Whitney Engen did not play one second, neither did the reserve goalies (but that is not so unusual). The winner’s medal is sweeter than the runner-up’s.

  • Ando91881

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Sydney Leroux kept off the Olympic roster of 18 players. She comes across as someone who is 25 years old going on 16 years old.

    If you take a look at her Instagram page, one out of every five photos is a selfie of her in a bikini showing off her toned physique. She is obsessed with her body and her breasts to the point of narcissism. Looks very immature to me.

    • Steglitz49

      The picture illustrating this article majors on her prime attributes. They might as well have used one in the buff.

      • Ando91881

        I don’t really care if they are real or fake. I’m just saying that her social media posts show her as a person who is not very focused on U.S. Soccer.

        • Steglitz49

          Let’s trust that Syd is focussed on KC because KC will need all the help they can get in the coming season.

          • Ron Bishop

            She’ll do great in KC. The KC staff has done very well working with players others have given up on – Rodriguez, LaPelbeit, O’Reily, etc. along with other veterans Averbusch, Bucs, and newer talent, Tymrak, Laddish, Groom.

            Look for Laroux to become a better finisher.

          • Calci0

            I don’t think Leroux has ever really been given up on… I think teams teams just knew she wanted to be else where. And while every USWNT fwd could polish up on their finishing, I think Leroux’s track record for the USWNT shows she is a top notch finisher.

          • Ron Bishop

            She is – and she’ll get better.

          • Miki

            I don’t know if O’Reilly was “given up” on…with the NT, you could say so, but in terms of the NWSL, she still had a very decent season with Boston. And if she couldn’t do it in Seattle (where she was committed to and happy to be), I don’t see why she could do it with Kansas, another possession based and technical team.

          • mockmook

            Why? Vlatko [add spooky wizardy sounds]

          • Miki

            And to that I say Harvey. Both teams have very good team environments and are close-knit groups, and the coach gets the best out of the players. The players are loyal to their respective coach, are fully committed to the philosophy, and are full of praise and respect for both coaches. It goes down to a player problem to me, not the coach, playing style, etc. Leroux just isn’t good enough in my opinion, and certainly not good enough to be on the NT.

          • Calci0

            Her numbers, and performance say otherwise…… And here she is playing a nice ball to Press. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPwr4ZrAeuA

            Not bad…… But according to some, not good enough to even be on the team…. And her year playing wither Sermanni who was going for a possession orientated style was one of her best yet….. But if your opinion is already made, eh…..

          • Miki

            2013. Nearly THREE years ago. She’s dropped in form since then/teams have gotten better (technically, footballing wise)/teams have figured her out and she’s quite easy to defend now.

          • Calci0
          • Guest

            Mexico is probably not the best team to show that she is still as effective as she was in 2013. They are now effectively at tomato can status.

          • Calci0

            Name me a USWNT fwd in the past 3 years that has lit up top 10 teams. And even in 2014 Leroux was still effective. When Sermanni left is when her scoring, and PT started to dip. And regardless of the opponent, those shots and the skill it took to make them were not easy.

          • Guest

            Morgan has been hurt for large portions of the last 3 years and Press was forced to play wide midfield for some stupid reason. Leroux needs to prove herself because as of right now I wouldn’t start her over Morgan or Press and Pugh and Sanches are on their way fast. Top team defend far to well now to play kick and chase 100 percent of the time. Sweden for example completely shut down that approach.

          • Calci0

            Sweden also shut down Press who was up front, and not out wide. Also Morgan gets a pass due to injury, but Leroux doesn’t?!? Look, I’m not claiming she is clearly the starter. But some are suggesting, she doesn’t even belong on the team…… And every player needs to prove themselves. Against top competition, offensively Lloyd has been carrying the torch.

          • Guest

            I think Press should have drawn a penalty in the Sweden game and thought she played okay. Press’ game is a lot less reliant on playing in open space. Morgan does not get a pass, her finishing definitely needs to improve but she has looked good other than the finishing. I really hope the team stops relying on Carli soon I was not impressed with her in the last three VT games

          • Guest

            Also, the last couple of games have started to give me hope that Alex is coming around. That goal wrongly disallowed on a offside call was a thing of beauty.

          • Miki

            Are you seriously using clips of her play against Mexico to try to convince me she isn’t in fact done?!

          • Calci0

            I’ll await clips from someone other than Lloyd showing this domination you feel other Fwds are providing. It’s odd player X scores goals against similar opponents and many wonder why she isn’t starting. Leroux does it, and it’s slighted. And as I stated regardless of the team to ignore the skill it took to make those shots is just bias, and not even looking to give her a fair shake. I want to know how someone can claim she is done, when they haven’t been given a chance to come back from injury, heck those two goals came with her injured. No one said Morgan was done as she played through her injuries, and continued to recover?!?

          • mockmook

            I don’t buy this “figured out” trope.

            In their hey-day, team’s never “figured out” Wambach, Hamm, or even Alex. Only age or injuries shut them down. Syd is at that level too — an irresistible force when healthy.

          • Guest

            It’s not so much figured out. I would say that more teams have athletic players capable of dealing with her pace then there were before and that better organized defenses are bringing help faster. She is still deadly in space though.

          • Steglitz49

            That is a superb flick-on pass with the outside of the foot. Johan Cruyff would have been proud of that.

    • mockmook

      Welcome to 2016

  • Steglitz49

    Vow!

    • a new record

      Congratulations! You just said nothing in 3 letters.

      • Steglitz49

        At least it was not a four lettered word.

      • Vladlagg

        Git.

  • Steglitz49

    Houston must be laughing all the way to the proverbial bank.

  • MurderOnZidanesFloor

    Had a feeling this would happen since hearing about Arod’s absence for next season. If Leroux can get fully fit and back in form she’ll be a great boost to them. I wonder with McCarty coming into the squad whether we might see Tymrak in a more central role? Or McCarty could just be a back up for when HAO is at the Olympics.

    • mockmook

      McCarty will likely get few to no starts. FCKC has a lot of good players vying for those wing/forward minutes.

  • Jersey Shore Rises

    Four teams in 4 seasons says a lot about a Player and what type of commitment they have for the game. It would not surprise me at all if Leroux does not make the 2016 RIO USWNT as the team has much better passing forwards then her..

  • meh

    If she couldn’t find a way to make it work with Harvey and the Reign when their attack consisted of Little, Naho, Fishlock, Pinoe, and Yanez I have a hard time seeing how she fits with KC and their very similar style of possession oriented play. But then again, KC’s attack was pretty much reduced to HAO and Tymrak this off season so they very well may have to resort to playing through balls and hope she can get to it like she did for Boston. If Vlatko can’t get her to perform it might just be time for her to step away considering she’s more of an internet celeb than an actual soccer player anymore.

    • Calci0

      I I’m not getting some of the shade being thrown?!? #1 She may not have lit the world on fire in Seattle, but she still scored 5 with 3 of them game winners……. And she also played out on the wing a good deal which took adjusting. And she has been injured but I’ve yet to see a time where she had a soccer jersey on that she wasn’t going 110%.

      • meh

        She was a flop with the Reign. Sure she scored three game winning goals but she was so easily replaced by Yanez in 2015 that it’s kinda sad. The Reign looked so much more fluid in attack without her. But like I said, KC’s attack took a big hit this off season so they may not be playing their usual possession based style next season so maybe she’ll find her feet again with a team that will focus more on her in attack instead sharing the attacking duty between half a dozen more talented and technical players.

        • Calci0

          Yanez played center fwd all year. Leroux often was out on the wings. And the Reign function through Little, Winters, and Fishlock. So changing the pieces up top won’t affect things to much. And I’d say Kawasumi in 2014 allowed the Reign to play even more fluid. But…

    • Steglitz49

      Maybe KC could lure Naho over again — though I think they have no international slots left.

    • Miki

      It understand your point, but the possession style is what makes FCKC, FCKC. Vlatko stays true to it and firmly believes in it, and I don’t believe he’ll change that philosophy for one player. Maybe slightly more direct at times to utilize her, but I really doubt a significant change.

  • VaFan51

    Geez. I think most of the negativity directed Leroux’s way is a case of short memory. Before her injury problems, Syd absolutely was one of the most dangerous players on the WNT; go back and look at her play in 2014 and into 2015, and she played very well against Australia in the WC. Today she is only 25 years old and, no doubt, highly motivated, so I look forward to a resurgence in a career interrupted by injury.
    Trade-day comparisons of her with Jessica MacDonald are a bit of apples-and-oranges. MacDonald has to score to truly influence a game, whereas Syd plays so hard on both sides of the ball that she need not score to be a nightmare for the opposition. In addition, her time in Seattle, while playing in a different role from the WNT, helped her to become an effective passer, so, again, she need not score to be a key offensive contributor.
    I love her spirit and attitude and would want her on my team.

    • Calci0

      It truly is odd the negativity I’ve seen in this thread. While Morgan was away, she was leading the USWNT in goals, against the stiffer competition.

    • ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      She is so far from being one of the most dangerous players on the NT anymore it’s almost sad. That fire she used to play for hasn’t been lit for a couple years now. 2013 Leroux was great to watch, tenacious, running the ball down, physical. 2014 Leroux ran around like a chicken with it’s head cut off anywhere near goal once she started playing for a team with a more intelligent attack plan than route one. 2015 Leroux, well, the less said about it the better. She’s a spoiled, unprofessional player with more interest in being an instagram celebrity than being a soccer player.

      • VaFan51

        Sigh. I disagree with pretty much that entire paragraph, especially the final sentence.

        • SpiritFan00

          I’m not the hugest fan of Leroux’s playing style, but can’t get on board with criticizing her social media use. Yeah, she’s promoting herself and taking selfies or whatever, but the fact that she is interesting and charismatic off the field is also the thing that is driving FCKC season ticket sales right now. Some of those people will come see her and then leave, but some might also get interested in the game and keep coming back purely for that reason. I can’t hate that.

    • Don’t forget a key component in any athlete’s success – Happiness.

      One can presume that Syd will be happy in KC. Not only is her husband here and she’ll get to go home every night to him and to her dog, but the women who play for Kansas City seem to genuinely be quite happy here and seem to like the coaching staff. Having someone show confidence in you when others didn’t (see: Arod, LePeilbet, Barnie, HAO…) can have a great impact on a (former?) world class player who will likely be both healthy and happy in 2016.

      • Miki

        I understand the argument, but she was happy during her time in Seattle too (which tends to be buried down with the drama after the season had ended), and well…

      • AlexH

        This is especially true because USWNT players have absolutely NOTHING riding on their club form. You can skip playoff games, hell even skip the entire season, and still get a call up. KC will get out of Syd preceisely what Syd wants to give and that is true for all of the other teams and WNT players.

      • leftbacklion

        Just remember that pro sports can be a fickle business. Dom Dwyer could get traded or waived someday (maybe tomorrow) to who knows where. How happy would she be then? For the record, I hope Syd & Dom both stay happy in KC for the rest of their careers, but pro soccer General Managers don’t really care what I think.

        • Orlando City would have traded their first born child to KC for Dom Dwyer. If the team who wants him the most couldn’t manage to make it happen, I don’t see it happening any time soon unless Dom suddenly reverts to his lackluster 2012 season. KC has invested a lot of time in him to make him a starter and as long as he keeps scoring and KC remains in the hunt for a title, I think he’s solid here.

          • ARED

            Good point -neither KC club is flawlessly managed, but they have pretty strong track records. They seem to be able to find both quality and value in their players and make it all work on the field within their system/style of play. I don’t think KC is going to move Dwyer without some serious thought and a very good alternative.

    • Ethan

      I upvoted your comment, and Leroux’s assist for Press’ goal was very good. However, I’m part of the group that thinks only Solo and Rapinoe played “very well” against Australia.

      Note: Despite that, I don’t think Australia outplayed the US past the 30 minute mark.

  • HOFCToDi

    U.S. Women’s National Team allocated players

    nwslsoccer.com/News/904273.html

    The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the official list of U.S. Women’s National Team allocated players from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for the 2016 season. A total of 24 U.S. allocated players will be participating in the upcoming season.

  • happy campers?

    Technically, isn’t Dash gambling that Brazil will not have a residency prior to Rio. Has there been any announcement that the fed definitely won’t go the residency route? After the embarrassment of the men I’d expect them to pull out all the stops. Of course, 3/4s of Brazil doesn’t even know they have a women’s team so maybe no one has given it any thought.

    • Steglitz49

      I don’t understand this obsession with Brazilian players.

      Australians I understand and we don’t know yet if they qualify for Rio — though they probably will — but Brazil we know for certain will be there.

      • rkmid71

        Brazilians know how to party! They help bring out the bands and the chants. Increases the fun factor. More entertainment and pizzaz on the field. We should embrace those Brazilians. Rio will be awesome and for me must see TV. To see what Marta and Cristiane and the rest of the Brazilian team can do. I expect them to leave nothing on the field and be entertaining. France will be fun to watch again….one more step in their progression to peak in 2019. But the US will win.

        • Steglitz49

          It would be good for WoSo if Brazil could win on home turf.

          As for the US to win, they are the overwhelming favorites as they were in Canada. Whether the draw will be quite so biased again remains to be seen. The IOC has bigger concerns than WoSo at the olympics.

    • guest

      Similar situation last year and I agree Brazil residency is still a risk.
      In 2015 NWSL preseason NWSL teams (Houston, Boston etc) were signing Brazilian players, then Brazil pulled the players into residency leaving NWSL teams to scramble to sign replacement Brazilian/other players not yet on Brazil WNT

    • kernel_thai

      Apparently Brazil has decided to allow players to stay with their clubs if they wish until two weeks before the olympics

      • Nicole C.

        Interesting. Source?

    • Houston Losers

      Dash and Waldrum are amateurs at this pro level trading. They lost Edwards, Engen, Kling, McD, and McC. Masar is gone, and Romero. McCleod too. What did they get in return? Lloyd. OK, who else of note?

      • Steglitz49

        Carli has done alright for herself since. Hopefully some of that glitter will rub off on her club team this new season.

      • mockmook

        Amateurs become veterans.

  • On a side note, the Cauldron (Sporting KC supporters) seem pretty excited about this news, so this may translate to more fans attending FCKC matches.

    Dom already seems to be at nearly every FCKC match when he is in town and sometimes he brings other Sporting players with him, so hopefully more of the SKC supporters will begin to follow as well.

    • yetanotherguest

      Apparently she’s blocked some of the Blue Crew on twitter…

      • Vladlagg

        OK that can be fixed. We sometimes jeer opponents but cheer our own squad.

    • Poz

      When he gets traded again, to Salt Lake, where does Syd go?

      • Nicole C.

        Not sure what you’re getting at- apart from his USL stint in Orlando, Dwyer has only played for SKC.

      • Steglitz49

        After Rio, Syd ma take a leaf out of ARod’s book (or Sasic’s if you prefer).

  • guest

    “Her persistence and determination are on a whole different level.” Translation: she has no skills. “I feel blessed for the opportunity to work with her.” Translation: this is going to be a lot of work.

    • Calci0

      Or, “she could have taken the more seamless path, and played for Canada. But she aimed high, and has attained her goal of playing for the USWNT, that’s the drive I want in a player”

  • guest

    it’s official… there will be no three-peat next year for FCKC.

    • Steglitz49

      In 2011 Japan were 34:1 against winning the WC, in spite of being highly ranked by FIFA. I can’t find the odds for Germany winning the 1954 final (having been trounced by Hungary in the group game) or the Soviets destroying Canada 8-1 in 1981 also having lost in the basic series.

    • Calci0

      Nothing is a guarantee………… But their chances took a HUGE hit when Holiday retired. And another when they lost a valuable defender. And then Rodriguez shared her news. So things were already looking hard. But if anything, adding Leroux at least was a move back in the positive. And the last time she and O’Reilly played together on a club team she scored 11 goals…..

      • mockmook

        And, some of the defensive damage will be repaired in the draft.

        Plus, now Groom is healthy (and one year wiser). Laddish now has a full year under her belt.

        The biggest obstacle will be the likely improvement in Portland and the continued excellence of Seattle.

        • I agree that the biggest obstacle isn’t the losses on the FCKC roster, it’s the gains on opposing teams’ rosters.

          • Guest

            Portland could be really tough to crack for the next couple of years if everything comes together for them.

  • guest

    fckc now has four uswnt allocated players. there are strong rumors that salt lake city will be an expansion team in 2017. it will be interesting to see which players kc will be able to hold onto. this might be a short stay. could be five teams in five years for leroux.

  • guest

    This move pretty much screams desperation by FCKC. They would have never made a move for Leroux if ARod weren’t pregnant and if they hadn’t traded Hagen to Orlando. They have next to no spear to their attack otherwise. Although I think McDonald might have been a better bandaid than Leroux all things considered.

    • Steglitz49

      Another way to look at it is that USSoccer has granted Syd her wish to play in the same city as her hubby. If that is the case, no doubt KC has cut a deal in a smoke-filled room. What that benefit might consist of time will tell.

    • mockmook

      Your comment smacks of desperation to criticize Syd.

      I suspect that any one of these would have been an adequate lone striker: Tymrak, Groom, Frisbie.

      Plus, KC could have used a late pick to add another chance to find THE ONE.

    • AlexH

      Or maybe the knew that Syd was coming to KC and traded Hagen to Orlando in anticipation of getting a replacement spear.

      • mockmook

        And, when was Hagen impressive in KC?

    • Miki

      I disagree with them having “no spear to their attack otherwise” (re:Groom, who I would value more than Leroux and would start over her if the circumstance), but yes.

  • One of a Kind

    Three trades in three years? Is she trying to become the female Anelka? What happens if Leroux plays poorly and misses the Olympic squad? This trade to me seems like a last ditch attempt by FCKC; very interested to see how a centrally-bases Tymrak, Groom, and now Syd operate together. Could be one extremely determined trident come August.

    • Steglitz49

      Then Syd follows the path laid out by ARod.

    • Ethan

      Hey, Anelka found some stability at Chelsea (stayed for more than 3 years), and he could have easily left after his first half season because he got stick for missing his penalty in the 2008 Champions League final. You’re right though in your analogy. Hopefully for Leroux, FCKC is to her as Chelsea and Manchester City were to Anelka.

      • One of a Kind

        Yeah, I didn’t mean that as an insult at all. Anelka was/is a very talented player that had a bit of temperament to him off the pitch with a tendency to be lazy in matches, which lead him to have so many transfers. In Syd’s case, the question of her commitment (more so due to her pleas for trades/social media posts if one wants to stretch that far) has some of us doubting her, but she’s only 25. Personally, I’d love for her to succeed in FCKC because this could really be “it” for her; she’s proven she has quality in the past. Time will tell if some of us were premature to write her off or if she’s simply been a victim of circumstance lately.

  • ARED

    A lot of folks aren’t too big on Leroux, eh? I understand it more with the USWNT where you have such high competition for 1-2 forward roles; Morgan, Leroux, Press, etc, are in a crowded position. But really, this doesn’t seem to have any chance of success for KC to (m)any out there?

    I think Leroux, added to the current team, will give them much higher potential in the attack than without her. And, I believe she is a higher-level talent than any other available alternative. We know they could use a forward with ARod out, and they got Leroux. Seems like a good move to try, no? Especially since they knew she wanted to come -and, on the surface at least, they didn’t lose too much (I consider a starter much more valuable than any pick after the top 3).

    And last, I’d be much more likely to watch a match (live or TV) with Leroux playing than without, and I imagine she (plus the Dwyer-effect) will have a pretty positive effect on the team/fans/etc.

    • guest

      Separate from my opinion that she is not a great fit for the national team(especially considering the types of midfielders they seem to be developing now) I think she can make an impact for FCKC if VA puts her in position to do so. I think it is fair to point out some of her limitations though and how her skill set somewhat clashes with what the team is used to getting from Arod. If VA can get her productive again then they may have found their Arod replacement (who will I think will be retiring soon). If it doesn’t work out she will probably still be valuable to another team.

      • Steglitz49

        Syd is now together with her hubby and her path is obvious, Rio or no Rio.

        • guest

          I think she will make Rio but I have my doubts that she goes any further than that.

          • Steglitz49

            Time for a change. ARod, Lira and Sasic have shown her the path.

      • ARED

        Now that’s the type of critique I can get behind! ; )

        I hardly think she’s a guaranteed KC legend, I just found there to be a bit too much negativity on her in general, and especially over this trade.

    • Steglitz49

      I doubt that KC took Syd in without some behind the scenes compensation from USSoccer, either this very season or in one to come.

      At the same time, most players impove under a good coach and it is easy to forget that KC won the last two championships by defeating the fabled Seattle. Granted not quite like Japan in 2011 or Germany’s men in 1954 or the Soviets in 1981, but the head coach must get some credit for besting the favorites twice in a row when it mattered.

      • ARED

        I dunno, I think Leroux alone is pretty good compensation (unless I am missing something). She certainly is better than any draft pick will be for some time -and honestly at age 25 I don’t think KC would have gotten a better player for the next 5 years even with the #1 pick. One or two may prove me wrong, time will tell….

        • Steglitz49

          I expect Syd to do an ARod after Rio. Thus, KC may have her back for the start of 2018. Vlatko would have made sure of insurance for that eventuality.

  • ARED

    From Houston’s perspective I would be much more “iffy” (than KC). Stocking up draft picks may help eventually, but I’m not sure *those* picks in *this* draft will really end up being enough.

    For WNY -well, it’s hard for me to say what I think. (A bit like Boston and Sky Blue…).

    • mockmook

      Even in this “weak” draft, 3 first round picks should equal 3 starters for Houston.

      It’s possible they get Roccaro, Westphal, and Skroski.

      • Breakers fan

        It’ll be fascinating to see where Westphal is chosen amidst all the defenders and midfielders. I think that she is perhaps a bit undervalued at the moment. And it’ll be interesting to see where she plays on the team that drafts her — will that team see her as a midfielder or a defender?

        • mockmook

          I know what I’d do, especially if Roccaro falls to Houston:

          http://drawformation.com/post/569837b20aaf7/sm-569837b20aaf7.png

          The relatively weak back line will be compensated for by having one of the greatest mid-fields ever.

          • Breakers fan

            Whoa — I didn’t know they could look that good. What are the odds some team will “pull a Chicago” – (their move vs. Boston w/McCaffrey last year) — namely draft Roccaro with the intent of dealing her to Houston for something? Can’t really get many picks for her, just that 6th one, but maybe they could get future picks or a player? Any chance of that happening?
            Are you there in Baltimore?

            edit: Could Houston possibly deal the 6th pick, and something else, in order to move up and make sure they get Roccaro? They would of course need to know if Portland plans on taking her before doing this. Overall, wondering how strong Houston wants Roccaro and what they may do to get her.

          • mockmook

            Because of the Leroux shenanigans, Houston now has picks 5, 6, and 8 (and that is their entire draft).

            But they need those picks to make this happen: Roccaro, Westphal, and Naughton. With all the talk about teams going for R-Rod (and maybe even Bowen), I’d say the odds are 20% that Roccaro falls to Houston.

            But if Roccaro is gone, take Reed/Skroski and see if you can convert her to DM. No harm if you can’t, you still have a solid CB (or FB?). And, you have Amber Brooks for a DM.

            If another team takes Roccaro, they will keep her.

            Even if they wanted a trade, Houston can’t afford to give up any of its good players or picks.

            ————–

            I’m “near” Baltimore, but I’m not going to be able to make it. Perhaps I’ll get to catch the latter part of the draft “live” on the stream.

            Were you able to get some of your video scouting done? Anything to report? Who do you think Boston will take at 17? 😉

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks. Didn’t know they had gotten pick #8 as well. What you write makes good sense, and if they’re smart they’ll do what you say, but I don’t know….I do know that teams (read: Boston) will do pretty extreme things (give up picks – was it 9 and 11 last year?) in order to get a player they strongly covet (McCaffrey), so I just think it’s within the realm of the possible – depends on Waldrum and his view of Roccaro.

            I have done some scouting – wrote about it on another thread (check my posts for that) – I’ve checked out so far: Beckie, Daly, Farquharson, McNichol – the Wisconsin midfielder -didn’t know she had been the Canadian U-20 captain, the Hofstra forward from England whose name is escaping me at the moment; and a Colorado College forward who looked really good in her 7 minute highlight reel. I want to try to see more before the draft.

            I think the Breakers will take…….oh, shoot, my smoke alarm is about to go off…..hold on….

          • Breakers fan

            What if Portland goes to Houston and says “We’ll give you pick #2 for two of the 5,6, and 8 selections that you have”? First, do you think Portland will do that? Second if they did propose that would Houston accept it in order to make sure they get Roccaro? They’d still have 1 other pick. All depends on Waldrum’s view of Roccaro and if Portland sees 2 players who they figure will still be around who added together are superior to that one pick.

          • Guest

            Don’t know how this changes the draft but a twitter user tweeted that Roccaro recently underwent surgery and will be out 4-6 months.

            https://twitter.com/Hal_Kaiser/status/687785668857184256

          • Calci0

            That will shift things in my opinion. I still think she gets drafted, but later than she previously expected.

          • Steglitz49

            Would you draft her? I would not — except possibly speculatively as #40 provided my side looked better than OK.

          • Calci0

            Honestly depending on how my team looked, any round, now that I think about it. She is an early 1st round talent. But again I’d need to know how long she’s out.

          • Breakers fan

            I was JUST about to post this. I read the same thing. Let’s say 5 months, back in June – long term it may not affect the draft, meaning a team may say “we’ll live with the 5 months if we can have her for 7 years”…hard to say. What kind of injury – knee? Need to look this up – surprised this is just coming out — but maybe just coming out to US, maybe the teams have known for a while.

          • Guest

            ACL is the big one and that would be 9-12 months recovery. Hard to say though without more information though.

          • Breakers fan

            I can’t find news on what kind of injury. Are you saying it IS an ACL injury or are you saying IF it is an ACL (then 9-12 months out)?

            Notre Dame fans, can you help out here?

          • Guest

            I am saying that if it was(I don’t think it is) she would be out 9-12 Months

          • Breakers fan

            Ok, right, since they said she’d be out 4-6 it probably isn’t.

          • Steglitz49

            Then I would not draft her except possibly as #40, speculatively.

          • mockmook

            Tempting (to me) to insure that you get the DM pair of Westphal and Roccaro.

            But, at this time in Houston’s development, they need 3 (potential) starters versus 2 — this is highlighted by the injury to Roccaro.

            Regardless, the injury now makes this all moot. I don’t think Houston can afford to take her even if she is available. The team’s history is a saga filled with injuries crippling their attempts to be on the front foot — they have never been able to field a legitimate team — this year they may finally be able to do it.

          • Breakers fan

            You know Waldrum is in contact with Roccaro, learning about the injury and the surgery. This actually may be how Roccaro drops to him, maybe the only way. But will he take her, or will he too shy away from this injury? I say if she’s available he takes her. Picks, 5,6 and 8 could, should land them 3 very good players. The countdown is on.

          • mockmook

            I guess the nature of the injury and details of the surgery will determine how spooked he will be.

          • Breakers fan

            Yep, agree. I just keep coming back to the ND fans who’ve come here and gushed about how Cari R. is like a daughter to him, if you will, a real favorite. Strange how late this news broke.

          • mockmook
          • ARED

            I thought that would have been best for Houston -Sonnet/Rodriguez and Roccaro sounds a lot better than…well, what they got.

            But, I think it would not have been best for Portland -and Portland apparently felt the same… ; )

          • kevin

            i’m thinking maybe houston might want to trade one of the #6 or #8 pick for multiple picks in the expected deep 2017 draft. wonder if they could get a #1 and #2 or a #1 and a #3?especially if they can get rocarro at #5. but then again like you said, they don’t have any other picks in the later 2016 draft rounds. of course, houston would also have to find a willing trade partner.

          • Breakers fan

            McKenzie Berryhill – Arizona St. looks good. She has a 3 minute clip on youtube. Some great long touch passes from the defender position; good headers near goal. Appropriately aggressive for the posituon. I find it hard to separate these defenders clearly based on the limited amount I’ve seen.

          • HOFCToDi

            I’m curious.

            Don’t the Boston Breakers already have four centerbacks on the roster?

            bostonbreakerssoccer.com/TEAM/ROSTER/index_E.html

            Engen
            Kallman
            King
            Wood

          • Breakers fan

            Perhaps……but Kallman played left back when she was at FCKC, so she can play there too; Julie King, before last year, played outside right back. Rachel Wood at this point in time may have a hard time making the team next year, especially with the off-season signing of ex-UNC defender Brooke Elby. So, yeah, they may want to consider moving a defender – maybe Molly Pathman (LB last year) up a line or two (Pathman has played all 3 lines I’m almost certain)

          • HOFCToDi

            Rachel Wood – 6 ft 0 in
            Brooke Elby – 5 ft 2 in

            Brooke Elby seems a little short to be a centerback in the NWSL.

            What about Lauren Lazo – 5 ft 9 in?

          • Breakers fan

            Didn’t mean to suggest Elby as a CB, just as maybe a better overall player than Wood, thus she makes the team over her. Lazo I like – not sure if she is returning but I found her to be a darn solid player last year. Lazo last year played outside RB.

          • HOFCToDi

            Allow me to rephrase, what position does Lazo play?

            Centerback?
            Fullback?

            Is Lazo limited to one side of the pitch?

          • Breakers fan

            See above – right back last year,. but she scored 31 goals while at Princeton… but I don’t know if those came from the midfield or the defender position. I think she could play midfield; I don’t know how strong her left foot is, but she is right-foot dominant, so she’d probably stay on that side. Haven’t heard if she is returning.

            We traded, as you know, for 3 midfielders – Farrelly, Zerboni and Salem, and gave up a lot to get them, so those 3 will get every chance to get a lot of minutes at midfield.

          • Breakers fan

            When I say “back” I mean defender. Not sure if everyone means that when they say “back”.
            “Fullback” to me means anyone on the back line. It used to mean that. Now, apparently, it’s morphed into “outside back or defender” which I find odd, but whatever.

          • HOFCToDi

            I consider a fullback an outside back and a defender a centerback or a fullback.

          • Breakers fan

            Ok, thanks. I think these days most people mean the same as you.

          • Steglitz49

            You can’t seriously have a back today who is 5’2″? That is giving away too much needlessly. Attacking midfiield or wing, yes.

          • HOFCToDi

            So is Wood a stiff (no pun intended) in need of a major upgrade?

          • Breakers fan

            Wood plays hard, aggressively and is good in the air – just a bit on the slower side. With the addition of Engen and Elby it could be tough for her, not sure exactly if she’ll make the team.

          • Steglitz49

            Do you mean Liz Eddy of WNY?

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear. 5’2″ is needlessly short in defense in the modern ladies game.

          • mockmook

            I’d say Boston’s greatest potential weakness is a #10. That’s what I’d try to draft.

            BTW, Barczuk can also play CB.

          • Steglitz49

            Who is R-Rod when she is at home. Is it another bizarre nickname for Raquel Rodriguez? Does the young lady have a recognized nickname?

          • Tom F

            please, I had to live through Hurricane Katrina, That 3 player back line looks like another natural disaster in the making!

          • mockmook

            It would have been more of a “back” 5 than a back 3.

      • AlexH

        Yeah, the draft is only weak because it is D-loaded and defenders are pretty much no names. Just ask POTY Becky Sauerbrunn. With 3 picks use the draft to ensure that your team has 2 good CB and a DM and you are set for the decade.

        • rkmid71

          Rumor has it that a contributing factor to UCLA’s woes this year was that they have been recruiting mainly offensive players — and out necessity, trying to make defenders out them. That just can’t be done overnight — it takes time, a willingness on the players part, and just game experience as a defender. Didn’t seem to work out so well in 2015. Why do you think the Washington Redskins have sucked for decades?
          Though they now finally have a GM that seems to have authority and knows how to build a team. For the USWNT, (other than DM) I think a real priority is to work more on finding & developing the next Hope Solo (per Steg, someone with Solo’s athleticism AND >6′ tall)…though she’s still great and should be for a few more years. eg. someone like China’s new goalie.

          • Steglitz49

            Hope Solo went to that great soccer academy on the west coast — west coast of Sweden, Göteborg — who also kept Christen Annemarie right.

          • AlexH

            If what you say about UCLA is true it is just plain stupid. UCLA, worst case, has to settle for their second choice. Why waste time converting a player when you only have them for a limited amount of time when you can get great players at every position? I personally think that the most important skill for a defender is a jealousy for all of the attention that forwards get and an unhealthy desire to set the world straight as to the value of defense.

          • ARED

            Fair point, but on a truly good team that “skill” should be quite unnecessary, no?

          • HOFCToDi

            You mean U-20 USWNT goalkeeper Casey Murphy?

            scarletknights.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/casey_murphy_917845.html

            nscaa.com/news/2015/12/2015-ncaa-division-i-women-all-america-teams

          • rkmid71

            Indeed. You can’t do much better than she did for Rutgers in 2015. .37 goals allowed/game, 89% save percentage. Combine that with the Rutgers defenders (or team defense) only allowing an avg of 8 shots per game, you can understand how they made College Cup. Why not bring her into NT camp now and throw her into a game? It would be fun to watch her. Better than watching Solo (who doesn’t need to prove anything) do nothing most games. Hard to believe there are other 6 footers out there that have her college record — which I would weight more than U20 team, etc. Seems a bit unfair to the under 6 footers, but such is life.This is a unique position.

          • ARED

            The next Solo may not come for some time, but I agree the USWNT will miss her if “the next” doesn’t come. The best GK ever by such a large margin, and that will likely only be more clear in her absence. Shame her career thus far has been somewhat hot-cold.

          • guest

            I don’t really think Solo has been what she was in here prime for a while now. At the moment I think both Harris and Naeher are suitable replacements.

          • ARED

            Well, for the USWNT I think any NCAA level GK could do well….lol. So I obviously agree the talented Harris and Naeher will be fine GK’s for the US -my point is more that I just don’t see anyone close to Solo in the women’s game, or, “the next Solo”.

            And I agree she’s probably small level down from her best, but as the USA-Australia match shows, she’s still way better than anybody else. It’s rare for me to see a GK change a match in the women’s game (as compared to what an average GK would do), but Solo has the ability to save what seem to be certain goals, and takes a ton of pressure off her defense when dealing with aerial balls. I just don’t see anyone else doing that consistently well, let alone at Solo’s level.

          • Steglitz49

            Hope is a legend in her life-time. There are only a couple of women players who are as famous. Marta is one. Alex is another. Not bad to be up there with Marta and Alex.

        • mockmook

          That’s what I’m talking about!!!! 🙂

        • Seeing all these impressive center backs in the draft has really made me question the “weak draft” line that’s been spouted for months. Finally realized it’s just the usual love of attacking players and relative invisibility of defensive players.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed.

          • mockmook

            Hey Slicey, I have an URGENT request:

            Who are the starting Full-Backs for FCKC going to be? What’s the best website to hear the “clued in” speculation?

            And, if KC wants to retain Bowen, who or what can they possibly deal (without seriously hurting the team) to get an international slot ? Maybe their turn at the “allocated”/USI player wheel?

          • ARED

            I agree, although I find that there can be more uncertainty about defenders at the college level b/c you don’t always see them playing against top level opposition. We all know a GK or defenders on a great team may not always be truly tested. (ie, Solo -the US could have a clean sheet 50% of the time with Kling in goal). Often in youth or even NCAA matches I don’t feel the better team’s backline was ever really tested.

            There’s also uncertainty with mid/fwds, but they tend to be on the ball more and so you see their full abilities and can make the judgements.

        • ARED

          A fair point…(for the record *I* didn’t say “weak”). ; )

          I don’t believe there is a Sauerbrunn in this group of players. I also am iffy as to whether there are were 3 players in the top 8 who were anywhere close to guarantees to be be “good” players for a decade. Plenty with a chance, and Houston did ok for themselves, I’m just saying -KC is the team who clearly got a good player who fits their team’s timeline.

          I’m not so sure what Houston’s timeline is (say, to be a top-4 team), or that they came out with anyone nearly as good as Leroux. Still may have been a decent move for them, just not as sure of a thing. If they got Sonnet plus two others I may have a better feeling about it….

      • ARED

        I didn’t use the word “weak”…. ; )

        And, 3 starters may help (eventually…) and stocking up depth and talent may be Houston’s best option, but I feel that this was one of those trades where the team who got the best player come out the best. Leroux is undoubtedly a better player than any of the 3 draft picks will be any time soon.

        And I don’t see Lloyd as likely to lead a young team up against the likes of KC, POR, or SEA, so that leads to some questions about your goals for the next few seasons (if you’re running the team).

        • mockmook

          I put “weak” in quotes because “*this* draft” == “weak” (and, all the experts agree!!!), but you know that (and also meant that).

          It was critical for Houston to have as many good picks as possible in this draft:

          They had the fewest players in the NWSL on their roster. They may lose 5 starters to the OG16. And, as far as I know, they only had one (very average) starter at CB who was ready to go.

          So, if they had followed a good strategy, they would have gotten 2 CBs who could start now (and might become “stars”).

          And, then they could have added a midfielder with the same qualities.

          They would have had at least 11 healthy, legitimate starters even during the OG — and, in time, all 3 of those new starters (the draftees) each had the potential to be as impactful as a Sydney Leroux.

          This was a way to get away from depending just on Lloyd, this was a way to eventually compete with the best teams in the league. Now, I think they have set that process back a year.

          They didn’t get a midfielder. The CB they got is injured. Depending on who goes to the OG (and the status of Ochs and Roccaro), this could be an epically bad year in terms of Wins-Losses.

          • Steglitz49

            There are prizes for being stupid.

            But, in a system where there is no relegation, it is not so dangerous to be brain dead as in the leagues where you get kicked down.

          • ARED

            Well, I find myself at odds with the experts enough to make me wonder about myself…..ha. I certainly meant to say that (to me) this was not a “great” or “strong” draft, where I’d be thrilled to have a stockpile of mid-late 1st Rd picks. That’s all.

            You seem to have more knowledge and opinions on Houston than I do, mine was really just a general comment. Also, you seem to not rate Leroux as highly as I do -fair enough.

            Still, your end conclusion seems to align somewhat with mine: It’s hard to see Houston competing this year (or really for the next couple). But I guess you seem to think that different selections in *this* draft could have changed that, while I’m not so sure.

          • mockmook

            I do think they could have been competitive this year (barring injuries, since they have no depth when the NT players are away).

          • ARED

            I agree competitive as a borderline playoff team. But not as a contender for the title. Which brings us back to: what are your goals?

            If you’re moving players like Klingenberg and McDonald away, are you trying to compete this year, or more like next year, or even 2018? And what is your strategy with Lloyd -keep her for the long haul, or eventually try to cash in on her too?

          • mockmook

            I think success (and Brian) will be a bigger draw that Lloyd.

            So, trade her today while her value is at its peak.

            Klingenberg would have been lost in the Expansion Draft, so you had to trade her.

            The team could afford to lose McDonald — they needed help in the back.

            Again, I think they could have competed this year. And, I think that was Waldrum’s goal, but he is poorly executing whatever plan he had (so far).

          • ARED

            Agree on success and Brian (and that she is the key to it for the future). I just get the feeling Waldrum and Co. are a bit muddled in the direction they want to go. Lloyd has propped them up since she arrived, but that will only go so far and last so long. I just don’t see them anywhere near passing all of the teams above them for a title. Which is fine, everyone can’t win.

            I didn’t disagree necessarily with the moves of MK or JM, or even these draft picks, but as you say, I just don’t see why you keep Lloyd, unless it’s to help prop you up just a bit longer and then trade away in another year (or two?), just as your youth begins to develop.

          • Steglitz49

            Winning draws the punters in. Only superloyal fans like DC and Portland turn out when the going is tough and the losses pile up.

            Stars have pulling power too. Seattle’s first season is a good example. Fairweather fans if there ever were any.

  • newsouth

    a physical china shop player in a thoughtful finesse offense. this should be good.

    • AlexH

      I don’t know where you put FCKC and “finesse offense” together. FCKS is an old school team that is bigger, faster and stronger than their opposition. The “finesse” team is Seattle which is the 2-time defending first loser. Syd will do just fine.

      • newsouth

        i guess you missed their build up videos on youtube which are better than the reign’s. like i said, it’s going to be interesting. sydeny will be the return of renee cuellar.

        • Calci0

          Back to slighting Leroux again I see……

      • What? One of KC’s mottos is “one pass at a time.” They have impressive pass string and time of possession stats. They pride themselves on building from the backfield and passing the ball a lot. To me, passing = finesse.
        Like in these videos that newsouth mentioned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdNtOS3SClU

        • Steglitz49

          Indeed. A bit like those old videos of male Holland and Ajax in their prime with Cruyff in the mix. Ajax has a ladies team since a couple of years, so time is advancing.

        • ARED

          I’m thinking AlexH’s point was more that KC isn’t *just* a finesse team. (As in, they also are well-rounded, and most importantly, get results when it matters. But I could be wrong).

  • F0OtballNowAndAlways

    Sydney Leroux is definitely a much better player than some of the nonsense that have been posted on this thread. But this is what you get when you ride the injury list. People forget, or pretend to forget how well you used to play prior to injury. I mean, some have even said she has no skill. Makes me wonder how she contrived that assist to Press for the Australia goal.

    No, I am not blaming players for being injured. But I am saying that the USWNT injury list sure is a very cozy place to be. Hope everybody can stay healthy this year so that we can truly access everybody’s true worth. Enough of this “she is recovering from injury”, or “she is not completely recovered” stuff. Let the players play or make way for people who can and seek other career opportunities,

  • guest

    If there is an expansion team next year in 2017, KC would likely have to unprotect one of the four national team players during the expansion draft. Of the 4 players of Becky, HAO, Amy, and Syd, the most likely candidate KC would choose to leave unprotected would be Syd.

    • Breakers fan

      Simply due to age considerations I would guess A-Rod or HAO would be the unprotected one. But of course how Syd does this year will be a very big factor in that decision.

      • guest

        Even if FCKC wins a third championship this year, KC would still leave Syd unprotected. Vlatko who is adamant about playing a possession based brand of soccer, and especially trading Renae Cuellar says alot. Syd is a really good player, but KC places much more value on Amy because she is more experienced and has more weapons in her arsenal. Plus, Vlatko seems to lean towards having a strong midfield, and HAO helps provide that, so HAO doesn’t go. Becky is the “oldest” and her age is a non-factor because her skills are top notch and is arguably considered one of the top defenders in the world, so no way KC lets her go. Thus, Syd is likely to be left unprotected.

        Though with the roster shakeup and losing key players, getting Syd to help make up for the losses was a wise quick fix and great steal for KC. Vlatko will do well to help Syd adjust and put her in places to succeed. She will do just fine and help the team do well again this year, as I still see FCKC Threepeating.

        • Breakers fan

          What you say makes good sense, confers to what people see as the KC-style. But one wonders about A-Rod – with 2 kids, how long will she play? And what if Syd has a really good year..will she still be left unprotected? HAO’s year will also be a determinant in this decision.

          • guest

            That is true that player performance plays a factor, though there are other variables to consider. A solid balanced line-up is likely preferable, rather than loading heavy on a certain side. A spine of a strong defender, midfielder, and forward would probably be more preferred rather than a weak midfield, and 2 strong forwards in Amy and Syd. Plus, Vlatko prefers a 4-2-3-1 with a lone forward, rather than a 4-4-2 with 2 forwards, and most likely Syd, who can be a starter on other teams, would be on the bench alot.

            I think Amy will be back in 2017 for one more year at KC. I think in her heart, she had a desire to give one more season this year in 2016 to FCKC, but is now unable due to her pregnancy. I feel she will be back in 2017 to fulfill that commitment to give back one more time to FCKC, as she, and I’m sure many other players mentioned the entire FCKC organzation has been very very good to them and treated them well. Not sure about Amy still being on the USWNT, but I think she’ll give back one last NWSL season for FCKC next year 2017 before she retires. For HAO, I think she still sticks around another year or so as well.

          • Breakers fan

            Ok, thanks. Your opinions are noted. You appear to be very familiar with this team. We’ll see if they leave Syd unprotected if expansion occurs. You may be right – I have no way of knowing.

          • mockmook

            Perhaps A-Rod can “give back” by making way for the next generation of players. I don’t see her coming back now without the lure of continuing to play with Holiday.

          • Guest

            She might come back for a farewell friendly but other than that I agree. She is probably done after this year.

          • Steglitz49

            I can see ARod return if she would have to repay USSoccer some of the lolly that she received during materinity leave if she does not come back.

            Otherwise, ARod will open another window in her career, like coaching, or simply supporting her hubby in his chosen career now that she has had his support for 5 years.

          • Steglitz49

            I expect Syd to do after Rio what ARod did after London. Thus, not protecting Syd may not matter because who would pick a player who might not be available?

            The only reason I can see for ARod to return would be that if she does not come back she would have to repay USSoccer some of the lolly that she received during materinity leave. (Lira Alushi played in the Champions League final even though she knew she was pregnant.)

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