Leroux pregnant, will miss Olympics, NWSL season

Jeff Kassouf January 25, 2016 373
Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer kiss are expecting their first child in September. Leroux will miss the Olympics and the NWSL season. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer kiss are expecting their first child in September. Leroux will miss the Olympics and the NWSL season. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Sydney Leroux is pregnant, she announced on Monday, and will miss this year’s Rio Olympics and the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season.

Leroux hasn’t played a competitive match since the 2015 World Cup ended in early July. She had ankle surgery following the United States’ triumph at the tournament.

FC Kansas City just traded for Leroux in a deal announced on Jan. 13. Coach Vlatko Andonovski and director of club operations Huw Williams told The Equalizer that the club had worked on the trade for Leroux for a year.

She and husband Dom Dwyer, who plays for Sporting Kansas City in MLS, announced the news on their social media accounts on Monday.

Couldn't be happier to share this with the world. Coming soon….. ⚽️ #LittleDwyer

A photo posted by Dom Dwyer (@ddwyer14) on

An FC Kansas City representative tells The Equalizer that Leroux’s pregnancy was not known prior to the trade. FC Kansas City had traded away forward Sarah Hagen in October before learning a few weeks later that starting forward Amy Rodriguez is pregnant and will likely miss the entire NWSL season and the Olympics as well. She is expecting her second child in mid-July.

[MORE: Leroux discusses support from husband Dwyer at World Cup]

Trading for Leroux filled a big need for FC Kansas City — or at least it was thought.

Leroux was a late scratch for Saturday’s U.S. game against Ireland, a 5-0 win. Having not played the second half of 2015, Leroux was on the bubble to make U.S. coach Jill Ellis’ 18-player roster for the Olympics. Leroux was on the U.S. team which won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the team which won the 2015 World Cup.

  • Paul Klee

    Bets on whose next HAO or Broon?

    • Guest3

      I don’t think either of them will be getting pregnant before the Olympics. Broon is a captain and HAO just got the new beep test record. They both seem keen on Gold in Rio.

      • guest

        so Dom meant to hit her up on twitter and accidentally hit her up internally on twatter?

        • Steglitz49

          kindly withdraw your remark, please.

    • Movement

      Julie Johnston and her NFL husband are next.

      • Cc W

        I didn’t think they were married yet – did I miss that?

        • Movement

          His output doesn’t detect marriage.

        • Captain Crunch

          Yes, they got married in December.

          • Steglitz49

            Congratulations!

      • Paul Klee

        But only after the Red Stars trade JJ to Kansas City for Sauerbrunn.

        • kernel_thai

          It’s definitely the water there. Id also be a bit concerned if were Pughs parent as the USWNT forwards seem to be fertile.

          • Steglitz49

            She can always call Marie Dorin Habert for tips about how to get back in shape quickly or, failing her, Anastasia Kuzmina (Shipulin’s sister).

    • SHOOOSH!

  • Guest

    Congratulations! Morgan, press, pugh. MP squared 🙂

  • guest

    Really not surprised but I do feel bad for FCKC. Wouldn’t be surprised if Leroux retires in the near future at this point. Her heart just didn’t seem to be in the game anymore.

    • Movement

      If that’s the case, there’s room to call up Ashley Sanchez immediately after the Olympics, and keep her on the squad indefinitely.

  • NYsoccer

    Rio roster will look extremley different than WC!

    GK: Solo, Harris
    DEF: Brunn, Krieger, Kling, Johnston, O’Hara, Engen, Sonnett, (Hinkle?)
    MID: Brian, Horan, Dunn, Heath, Lloyd, Mewis, Mccaffrey
    FWD: Morgan, Press, Pugh, _____??

    • NYsoccer

      Completely forgot HAO.. At this point she would go in MID and LLoyd would go as a FWD

      • Guest

        Jill Ellis forgets about her all the time. No biggie

    • Cc W

      Jinx – we did the same roster at the same time

    • Katie Curtiss

      The roster is 20 for qualifying but after that the actual Olympic Team roster is 18 so you gotta shave two players off of that list

      • Silver Frost

        Pugh will be in the stands at Rio as an alternate with McCaffrey. I hope I’m wrong though, because I’d love to see them on the pitch.

        • Katie Curtiss

          I would love to see Pugh make the team, watching her reaction to scoring was so cute, aside the fact that she is an awesome captain for the U20 team. She kind of has the pedigree of Mia Hamm, she is going to do amazing things on the full USWNT, I’m excited to see what she can do. I also thought it was cool in a way that she kind of “symbolically came on for Alex Morgan. (Mia mentored Abby, Abby mentored Alex, and now Alex can mentor Mallory). It would be nice to see them play together at some point

        • Steglitz49

          Expect to see Mallory in the squad in Rio.

    • Steglitz49

      We could see another, younger 2nd string goalie, building to the future.

  • David K Anderson

    I honestly didn’t see Syd going to the Olympics, anyway. The competition’s just too fierce at forward. Congratulations to her and Dom!

    • Paul Klee

      Agree

    • Movement

      She had a very realistic chance.
      Jill recruited her and coached her at UCLA.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Y0DC0TraA

      • Captain Crunch

        She saw the writing on the wall. No way she was going to make the team. She hasn’t played a full match in over a year, she hasn’t participated in a full training camp in over a year due to injury or who knows what reasons. Ellis has appeared over her for awhile.

      • Lorehead

        Look, I don’t know the people involved. Maybe there’s something to the Kremlinology of who makes the team from UCLA, who makes it from UNC, who makes it from UVA and who makes it from Stanford. All I know is that players from all four of those schools make the USWNT all the time, and internal documents from the U-20 coach say he recruited from all of them when Morgan, Leroux and Press were in the mix.

        But the fact is that Jill Ellis did try to recruit Christen Press for UCLA. Press grew up less than 23 miles away, and stories at the time said what a coup it was for Stanford to get her and Ali Riley (whose father was actually on the UCLA faculty) over UCLA and USC. Then it was Ellis who named Press to the U-23s after Tony DiCicco passed her up for the U-20s in favor of Rodriguez, Morgan and Leroux, which is what put them ahead of her on the National Team.

        A lot of people here are writing some kind of telenovela plot where scheming jealous villains are out to destroy innocent Christen Press. The fact that real life wrote Jill Ellis and Carli Lloyd into the script means they need to be cast in leading roles, even though that made no sense.

        • Reality

          Putting aside your constant rhetorical emphasis on “conspiracies”, I think you neglect the fact that there is no pure objectivity or innocence in evaluating who gets to advance in the USNWT. The usual human factors apply in regard to who you know, favoritism, prejudice, and of course seniority.

          DiCicco was instrumental in initially giving preference to Morgan, Rodriguez and Leroux and shutting the door on Press. Since Press was clearly a outstanding player at that time, there is no charitable explanation for that decision other than he wasn’t paying attention.

          As regards Ellis compared to Sermanni, one can’t deny that she wasn’t a factor in regard to Press. It was quite shameful the way in which she consistently and inappropriately utilized Press, not only throughout 2015, but especially during the WC when both Morgan and Leroux were not at full strength and Wambach was over the hill. Ellis’s decision to play Lloyd as a “withdrawn forward” in the last few games of the WC was a questionable move that paid off, but it was a poor investment in the future of the team since Ellis is now obligated to play Lloyd over younger more skillful players like Press.

          Putting all these factors together do not constitute a “conspiracy”, but it certainly is a drama which illustrates how timing, circumstance and human nature can favor some and prejudice others.

          • Lorehead

            I think there’s a huge difference between saying that Tony DiCicco and Pia Sundhage made a bad judgment call to not cap Christen Press, and saying (as several people have) that specific people on the team are deliberately sabotaging her international career.

          • Larhead

            Who said that? You are the only one coming up with CT. Cyborgs don’t understand prejudice.

          • Lorehead

            Positronic androids are not cyborgs, you insensitive meatbag.

            I see you missed out on the ritual dead-horse beatings of 2014 and 2015. Lucky you. I don’t recommend you go back and read them.

          • as we well know

            Not if you’re one of the people saying it

          • Reality

            I would say that self-interest generally is the rule in human interaction and the more power that one possesses, the more likely their self-interest will predominate. Legally, conspiracy is difficult to prove and I am not alleging there was any present. But there is often a confluence of self-interests that create inequalities.

          • Lorehead

            The self-interest of the coach of the national team is to win the World Cup and the Olympics. And Press is a beautiful, charming woman who could easily have been the face of the WNT. The alleged motive doesn’t even make any sense.

            But my specific point here is that Movement’s theory, that Ellis supposedly has had it in for Press since she was a teenager, is inconsistent with the facts.

          • Reality

            I’ll let Movement deal with your problems with his theory. As far as Ellis and probably also Gulati were concerned, she felt a obligation to the veterans to have them on the WC roster and attempt to win with them. I think she was fortunate to do so. Isn’t it interesting how quickly right after the WC that she shifted to a “youth movement” on the NT. I would say that this is primarily a result of the multiple retirements that required replacement. Otherwise, she would still be catering to the veterans.

          • Lorehead

            More relevant today is that three of the forwards who (although two of them were younger) had more seniority than Press on the NT are gone. So, we’ll now see what Ellis does with her lineups. Alex Morgan was the starter over Press before this, and there’s no reason for that to change, but if it’s about seniority, Press is the second-most senior forward on the current roster. This provides a good empirical test of a number of theories about Ellis’ ulterior motives.

          • Reality

            As you know, I have always advocated for Morgan and Press to play together. It is amazing to me that there has been no serious effort to pair them over the course of the 3 years since Press has been on the NT. Even in the Ireland game, they were on the field at the same time for only 10″. So I agree that this will be a test for Ellis in a number of ways.

          • mockmook

            Except Lloyd is now a de facto forward — so, once again, we are likely left wondering (unless they go to a 3 front).

          • mockmook

            “you neglect the fact that there is no pure objectivity or innocence in evaluating who gets to advance in the USNWT.”

            But, of course, you are purely objective — what lab were you made in?

            “Ellis is now obligated to play Lloyd over younger more skillful players like Press”

            Again, you say these things like you have a monopoly on objectivity.

            Isn’t it possible that Lloyd is the most skillful at the talent that counts (putting the ball in the back of the net)?

          • Reality

            You have a tendency to make snarky replies. What I have expressed is obviously my opinion which in this case is different from yours. I do like the fact that you have brought lineup diagrams to EQ.

        • Ashly

          Actually Press was suppose to go to the U20 world cup but turn it down cuz it was the same time as the college cup and she wanted to be there for Stanford since they got win it. So then Alex got to go instead.

          • Davis

            This. Press wasn’t overlooked for the U20 team. She took herself out of the equation, leaving the door wide open for Alex Morgan. Leroux and Morgan go on to have amazing U20 World Cup performances, cementing their spots as the next great USWNT team striker prospects, and the rest is history.

          • Lorehead

            Tony DiCicco’s final report on his 2008 U-20 WWC team is well worth reading. As far as I can tell, that story is one of newsouth’s fantasies. The Stanford player who quit to stay in school was Teresa Noyola, not Christen Press.

          • SpiritFan00

            Wow, Lorehead, this report is gold! Is it common for coaches to write reports like this that then get shared publicly? Also curious if you have any insight into the players who are mentioned negatively but not specifically named. Very, very interesting report, would be very curious to find out who specific players are.

          • Lorehead

            I’m not really interested in that kind of gossip about teenage girls, but if you must, you could probably look at which players got cut when, and connect the dots.

          • SpiritFan00

            Definitely agreed on the teenagers front, but to me that would only apply to current teenagers/youngsters. Since these players are all now 25-27, a written evaluation by their U20 coach would be more interesting color on the background and history of current USWNT or NSWL players, and insight into why they might be where they are now. But fair enough.

    • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

      Are you insane? She’s basically been the best forward since Morgan got injured 2013….

      I mean no one displaced…we’ve seen a little Press and a little from Arod but basically over that 3 year stretch, she scored the most consistently in close games against decent opposition. Now you could say Carli was actually the striker during that period…. but that’s not where she was listed on the line up.

      Also, I stopped paying attention after the world cup… when the fück did Syd get transferred to KC? Is Arod still there….. what is happening?

      And Dom Dwyer needs to take is limey azs back to icelad are whatever little rock he crawled off of. These Pommie bastards in the MLS are over paid, over sexed and worst of all OVER HERE. Bastard.

      • calm down

        Wow, tell us how you really feel

      • Guest

        Leroux was bad in the second half of 2014. She got injured early 2015 and played poorly with the injury through the WC. Then she got surgery and hasn’t played since. It has been a very long time since Leroux has been a good forward and right now she is behind Alex, Lloyd, and Press in the depth chart. Unlike Carli and Press she is a CF and cant play the 10. I doubt she would have seen any minutes in Rio.

        • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

          She was good against switzerland and that was in the second half of 2014. Anyway…you failed to contradict my statement. Carli isn’t a forward. Whether she’s behind alex is debatable, alex didn’t set the world on fire out there at world cup…. nor did press, who’s best performance thus far is that game against France in the Algarve. I’d say she’s behind Pinoe. except Pinoe is hurt and She should have been behind Arod but for whatever reason Arod isn’t allowed to play.

          • Guest

            She has had a couple of good games in the last year but I don’t equate that to being a great forward over that time. I don’t care what she did more than a year ago just like what Alex did in 2012 doesn’t matter for her now. Carli is playing as a withdrawn striker underneath Morgan. She is playing well in the position so great for her. You are probably the only person I have heard say that it is debatable that Morgan is the better forward. Morgan is the better forward by far and that comment makes me wonder if you are insane. Press performed great for the Red Stars this year and many of the games I have seen her play for the NT this year. Arod doesn’t play because she shanks golden opportunities when she is in on goal for the NT. Pinoe is a wing and does not compete for a spot with any of the other three.

          • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

            Carli is not a forward according to her or Jill Ellis. Arod has been excellent the last 2 years. Morgan was the better forward…. in 2012, She hasn’t really done in anything since then. Press has played well at the the club level but if we’re going by that then Arod should be the #1 forward. It’s not that Leroux has played well or at all, it’s just that none of the other forwards have performed consistently well since Morgan got hurt in 2013, which is why that date is relevant. That was the last time the US had a consistently good forward.

          • mockmook

            Yes Carli is a Forward according to JE’s line-up vs IRL.

          • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

            eeee. i didn’t realize that, i haven’t watched any of the farewell tour games. Anyway, playing CAM in brasilia didn’t make Abby a CAM, if Carli keeps playing there I’ll call her a forward. Has Dunn been playing? I think we could play her in the midfield if Carli is going to play forward.

          • Guest

            Dunn plays on the right flank. She has had a few rough games and is still adjusting to new position. Carli has been playing the same position as she did at the end of the WC. The reason Ellis is calling her a forward instead of a midfielder is because her job on the pitch resembles that of a forward not a midfielder. She is not part of the midfield while defending or while in attack.

          • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

            Oh I agree Carli was always playing forward, but that’s not who she’d been competing with for roster spots. I’m still not sure that’s who she’s competing with for roster spots, it’s just that all the forwards are out. Maybe I’m wrong and that’s her new position, but I didn’t consider Abby a CAM because ellis played her there in brazil.

          • mockmook

            Dunn looks to be a fixture at RM/RW until Rapinoe returns — then, who knows?

            Starters for USA (vs. IRL)
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/72e109ad0576538f94897e7130956ac6c5c96bc8533d9481fb4279a03313fc36.png

          • Guest

            I don’t really agree that Morgan has been bad this year. Sure her finish touch is off but she has been steadily improving in that area since she returned from her post WC injury. The rest of her game I feel is just as good as it has been throughout her career. Arod had a great post season but Press was better throughout the regular season with 10 goals in 11 appearances as opposed to 6 in 11. Arod had 4 assist though which was 2 more than Press.

          • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

            Yeah but they played a season in 2014 also….

            I didn’t say Morgan was bad, I said she hasn’t been consistently good since november 2013. I’m not sure the MNT has ever had a forward that was consistently good so, I mean that’s not an indictment. But to say she’s obviously better than Leroux, well not since the last olympics can that have objectively said to be the case.

          • guest

            arod is now pregnant too. she is also likely gone for the year.

  • Movement

    Pugh just made the rooster.

    • guest

      How do you go about making the rooster? Are there more hoops to jump through than making the regular roster?

    • Captain Crunch

      Syd was never a threat to Pugh. Syd’s technical ability is lacking and they are clearly moving toward technical players. Pugh is faster, more technical and not quite as high maintenance (yet anyway).

      • newsouth

        no way she is faster than sydney from what i’ve seen but definitely has the skill set advantage. it’s amazing how some of us got dissed for 4 years on the board talking about sydney’s brick feet and hard touch would never get better. what you see with the NT, is what you get! as far as pugh, i’m going with an advanced version of ohai. little frame players don’t dominate the box at he big girl level.

  • Cc W

    Well now we know why she didn’t play on Saturday. This does bode well for Pugh to make the squad. So what does the 20 for Concacaf look like?
    F – Morgan, Press, Dunn, McCaffrey, Pugh?
    M – Llloyd, Heath, Brian, Horan, Mewis – HAO? Colaprico?
    D – Broon, Kriegs, Kling, JJ, KO – Sonnett? or Engen?
    I wish Syd and Dom the best with their baby, but I think if either she or Arod think the’ll still have a job next year, they might find out others have taken their places.
    It does make Ellis’ job a bit easier – maybe that is why we haven’t heard about the roster yet?

    • Janine Cuneo

      I think a lot of us thought that after ARod’s first pregnancy, but she got back on the roster. Syd could as well…

      • guest

        Syd doesn’t seem to have the drive in her anymore. A lot of the fire that made her so good in 2012-13 is gone.

        • Steglitz49

          She has a World Cup winners medal to go with her Olympic Gold. Not a bad harvest and haul at her age. As Gold-Lena mused: “How many medals do you need to be happy?”

          Syd has just answered WoSo loud and clear!

        • guest

          she got caught up in the fame game likely. it happens.

          • NYRick

            I think this is very true in her case. Great Andy Roddick line I remember hearing during his heyday as the young savior of US tennis, “Hey, I understand fully that if I stop performing, this all goes away.” Guess what, he stopped performing.

    • john

      History indicates they’ll get a final allocation year whether they have much of a role with the NT or not.

  • Kyle

    Does it matter? Ellis only plays Lloyd and Morgan at forward an way

  • Guest

    this one had to be an accident.

    • Guest

      I’m telling you Leroux should take her gold medals and hire Kris Jenner. Why not attempt to have a reality show on E? Or Bravo?! I’m sure she wouldn’t mind based on her openness to share things. Kris can turn anything into gold, she did with The kardashians and Bruce now Caitlyn Jenner.

    • Captain Crunch

      No way. Everything Syd does is calculated. She saw the writing on the wall and she was never going to make the team, Happy for her but glad they can move on from her.

  • Jennifer

    Those two love SOCIAL MEDIA. Let’s tell everyone about everything we do.

    • Dirty Sanchez

      huh?

      • Guest

        I think the person mean’s they share all their life to the public. Basically the total opposite of some other’s on the national team. The player I follow doesn’t share anything about her off the field life and her love life.

        • Guest

          She is the opposite of Tobin Heath?

          • Jane

            Pretty much. She keeps her off the field business off social media and shares little. Does not go to events nor likes attention. A rare breed these days.

          • Steglitz49

            Therese Johaug was annoyed when Norwegian media ferreted out that she had a boyfriend. He is a rower with WC gold hoping to do well in Rio.

  • Boss Leroux

    Bark, Bark, Bark Bark, Bark Bark Bark, Bark
    I’m still the first born.

  • Guest

    If the baby is due in September it’s a bit early to announce, no? Congrats nonetheless.

    • Paul Klee

      Pretty much had to announce. She had to tell the team doctor, probably ruling her unfit to play. Wouldn’t want people to assume that she wasn’t on the roster due to the quality of her play or lack there of. btw. How does HIPPA and privacy affect a team announcement of a pregnancy of a player. Can the team announce w/o the athlete’s permission?

      • Guest3

        The player would have to release that medical information for distribution. No one can announce a pregnancy without the pregnant person’s permission. That is a direct HIPPA violation. If she never wanted to announce, she technically could. However, just as you said, she wouldn’t want her name left off and people assuming it was due to a lack of skill.

        • Lorehead

          I have no idea whether NWSL/USWNT players sign a waiver saying their teams can publish an injury list. I do know that all trades in the NWSL are caveat emptor. I know that A-Rod waited to tell the USWNT about her first pregnancy after she signed her new contract. But presumably the team doctors would have found out as soon as she reported to camp, and it’s a small world?

          • JL

            Yeah, KC is basically SOL on that trade.

    • Steglitz49

      May well be due sooner. It could be a smoke screen so she gets left alone at the time.

  • guest

    She certainly won’t be missed by the NT, but KC made no small effort to acquire her, according to reports by the EQZ, and this is how she repays them? But, hey no problem, bring on the younger players, great opportunity for them.

    • Lorehead

      When will teams learn to stop trading away Jess McDonald?

      • guest

        I don’t know who KC traded away to get Syd, but I do know season ticket sales are up 20% since they got her, so this has to be a blow to KC’s plans for the season. I know it’s a blow from a fan’s perspective, because I don’t know how they can find someone to replace her in such a short time frame. But congrats to the proud parents!

        • Lorehead

          They fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is this: never start a land war in Asia.

          • Terry Lash

            Could you explain this to the rest of us?

          • guest

            It’s inconceivable that you haven’t seen Princess Bride.

          • Terry Lash

            Yep, it’s true.

          • guest

            You need to fix that. Wonderful movie.

          • ARED

            He refers to a blunder which is “only slightly less well-known”…..

          • Terry Lash

            Thanks.

          • Lorehead

            Slightly less well-known is this: never trade away Jess McDonald for a more famous star forward. It angers the footy gods.

          • ARED

            You have a great gift for rhyme. (I presume).

        • Michelle

          The only good thing about it is that she lives in KC, so she theoretically will attend the games and sign some autographs for the team while pregnant. It’s not the same as being on the field, but at least she’s there…

          • True. She did come to the game in KC and sit on the bench with WNY after she had her surgery.

    • kernel_thai

      I would say considering the time frame she was still on WNY when the deed was done so maybe she was planning to be sitting home in KC this season before she got traded there.

  • Lorehead

    Mazel Tov!

  • AnotherGuest

    I understand having kids between the Tournament years but during them seems kind of odd. I wonder if Ellis had made it clear to either Arod or Syd that their spots for Rio were very much up in the air.

    • guest

      Arod wasn’t going anywhere near Rio anyway, but why would Syd go through all the trouble of getting traded to KC (or let KC go to through the trouble) just to get pregnant, in an Olympics year no less? Doesn’t make sense.

      • Guest

        Deep down players know their competition… Leroux was up against some fierce competition. Being pregnant obviously gives her a break to reevaluate, see if she can up her game, or bow out.

      • Steglitz49

        Maybe she can’t motivate herself any longer? Injury upon injury. As Gold-lena mused: “how many medals do you need to be happy?” Syd has won the WC and the OG. More than enough.

    • ARED

      True, but it’s not as if one decides to get pregnant the same way they play a vacation…lol. Sure you can try to plan it, but things don’t always follow the plan!

      And also, maybe they just felt with the WC win that was enough, and anything with the national team from there would be bonus.

  • HOFCToDi

    2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship squad

    GK (3) – Solo, Harris, Naeher
    FB (3) – Krieger, Klingenberg, O’Hara
    CB (3) – Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Engen
    FM (4) – O’Reilly, Heath, Dunn, McCaffrey
    CM (2) – Brian, Horan
    Striker (3) – Morgan, Lloyd, Press

    18 players should more or less be locks, Four flank midfielders allotted due to the substitution pattern at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That leaves Hinkle, Mewis, Sonnett vying to the last two roster spots.

    • Guest

      I’d take Sonnett over Engen any day of the week. I think Mewis goes, and Hinkle goes over McCaffrey just on the fact that she seems to have the inside track based on NWSL allocations. KO is more of a floater, going where ever she’s needed which makes room for another fullback.

      • HOFCToDi

        Samantha Mewis was gifted an allocation spot.

        USWNT
        2015 Calendar Year
        Minutes Played
        Hinkle – 155
        Horan – 294
        McCaffrey – 101
        Sonnett – 170
        .
        .
        .
        .
        Mewis – 19

        • Guest

          I don’t disagree, but she also plays a position that we have no depth at which I think was probably a factor. She actually worried me a bit during the game the other day, started taking out players when she was beat. Not much composure.

          • HOFCToDi

            Samantha Mewis, the persistent infringement machine. Yellow cards will be flying out of the neutral referee’s pockets in Rio.

          • Steglitz49

            The US generally avoids cards, like in the OG-12 final.

      • Katie Curtiss

        Ellis clearly sees something in Hinkle, I watched her play every single minute for the Flash, she played every single minute in the NWSL, she is a really awesome player, and considering she held her own when she earned her first cap against Brazil of all teams and held her own, and even the fact that probably about the last 3 or 4 victory tour matches and the recent game against the Republic of Ireland, Hinkle had played the full 45+min of the second half

        • guest

          The only thing Hinkle has to offer for the national team is being a left footed left back. Beyond that she isn’t a good enough player for this level. I have honestly felt that every time she has been given playing time the defense has become weaker and teams feel much more comfortable attacking down the left.

          • Steglitz49

            Leftfooted players are a gift. Alex is the prime example but there are others. Naturally left-footed players are rarer than lefthanded and two-footed players even rarer still.

    • Guest

      O’hara can sub for the flanks. I would rather take a back up CM and there will only be 2 GK of the 18 going to Rio

      • Guest

        20 go to Qualifiers though

  • Nicole C.

    I have to hand it to Steg and his third eye. “ARod, Lira and Sasic have shown her the path”…

    • guest

      Perhaps they should name the baby Steglitz in his honor?

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you for your consideration but that would be cruel, not just unusual.

  • NYRick

    Steg just internally combusted.

    • kernel_thai

      So where is all this woe is me about Press somehow not making the OG roster? Do u have voodoo dolls of the other US forwards?

      • Steglitz49

        High time for Christen Annemarie to get hitched too.

      • NYRick

        I never really thought Press was at risk for the OG roster, but with this program you never know how they think. That was more the Press haters echoing that sentiment. You know that the one thing I have been hoping for the past 3 years is the teaming of Press-Morgan as the two forwards with no one looking over their shoulder for this year at least anyway. Carli has basically destroyed the likelihood of that forever, and it’s a real shame. But I think even if Morgan and Lloyd were injured now, Press still would never be the feature forward or even a starter for Ellis. I honestly believe that. She would convert Dunn and Horan and probably start Pugh as well before Press was the starter.

        For all the young technical players the program is transitioning to, catering to Carli as the premiere scorer and the player who the US team’s world revolves around is counter-productive. I’m pretty sure right now she is seriously starting think, “hey, with Ellis letting me play this way and basically be where I want on the pitch (always 10-12 feet from goal) than I can score 20-25+ goals a year for this team for 4 years or so till 2019 and low and behold, Abby’s record will be mine!” Carli has 82 right now. Welcome to #ChasingAbby2019.

  • guest4

    I feel like Huerta, Yanez, or Ohai deserve looks in light of this news, but maybe its too late for any new names to get call-ups.

    • Guest

      No need. It just makes trimming the roster that much easier for Jill.

    • guest4

      Not saying they go to Rio, maybe at least put them in camp for a few days…

    • Silver Frost

      No more call-ups. OGQ roster is to be announced this week.

    • kernel_thai

      Id bring in all three after the qualifier. Still need help on left flank and they have to decide if they r pushing Pugh too fast.

  • Guest

    Really don’t think Leroux absence makes a big impact on the roster. Many people, myself included, didn’t have her pegged for qualifiers even. Certainly makes Jill’s job easier.

    Olympic 18:
    GK: Solo, ?
    D: Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Kling, Sonnett, O’Hara
    M: Brian, O’Reilly, Dunn, Heath, Horan, Mewis
    F: Morgan, Press, Lloyd

    I think it’ll come down to Hinkle or McCaffrey. Personally I’d rather McCaffrey but Jill seems to favor Hinkle. Too early to chalk Pugh in there yet, could be an alternate though.

    • JLC25

      Noooooo on Mewis! I don’t think she’s earned that spot nor do I think she can play at that level.

      • TsovLoj

        You read my mind. There’s gotta be somebody else, man.

        • Guest

          I agree with both of you, but the lack of depth at DM makes her a logical choice.

          • kevin

            earning your allocation is not a requirement for uswnt selection. there is an invisible hand at work.

          • Why do we need a DM on the roster? Ellis doesn’t like to play a DM.

      • HOFCToDi

        UCLA cronyism at its finest.

        • JLC25

          I’m not convinced of that. If that was the case, why hasn’t Oyster been called in…Killion…Dahlkemper…or even Lauren Barnes??

          • HOFCToDi

            Oyster, Killion, Dahlkemper were too busy in ….

            youtube.com/watch?v=b6oAFlPLGA8

          • JLC25

            So was Nairn, right? and she got called in while down there (not for January camp, though).

          • HOFCToDi

            Put another shrimp on the barbie.

            us.women.soccerway.com/national/australia/w-league/20152016/regular-season/r33200/

            You can scan the squad list from each team.

          • link master

            To actually answer your question, which for some reason the American troll wouldn’t. Yes, Nairn was called into a US camp (not Jan.) while playing in Australia.

          • Vladlagg

            Or Jenna Richmond!

      • Guest

        I was hoping to see Colaprico, but since she didn’t even dress the other day, I think the spot is unfortunately, Mewis’s to lose.

    • guest

      I really don’t understand why Hinkle keeps getting called up or why she keeps getting minutes beyond the fact that she’s a left footed left back. I really don’t think she’s cut out for this level. I just haven’t been impressed with her at all. McCaffrey sort of offers something going forward, even if she reminds me of the way Heath used to play. Tricks and losing the ball.

      • one of many guest

        Hinkle did hit the nice cross into Press just before Press had the cut back assist to Pugh on Pugh’s header and as you note she has that left foot.

        • guest

          One nice play doesn’t change my opinion that she’s not good enough to be a left back for the USWNT. Beyond her first cap against Brazil, her introduction into a game has made the defense feel weaker, even against Ireland. And if we’re going to bring up specific plays, her spectacular ball watching lead to the goal China scored in December.

          • one of many guest

            My comment was just a comment.
            I made no attempt to argue with or dispute your opinion.
            You and Ellis and everyone else (even us “guest”) are all free to hold and express whatever opinion they wish – but Ellis is the one who is picking the roster.

          • I agree with this. She also seems too slow to recover to be playing at the international level, especially with the USWNT.

    • Steglitz49

      I approve of the “?” for 2nd goalie. Let’s see a new young hound, not the usual suspects.

      Leave a certain player off. She can go and be a wedding singer.

    • sudeep das

      Pugh should be a part of the Olympic roster – her finishing & game sense is exceptional. Engen will be a part too, as a backup central defender, which means Mewis gets cut from the roster.
      Becky’s cerebral play combined with technical ability of the Brian-Horan pipeline to feed Lloyd-Morgan will ensure more possession based central style rather than the wing play preferred till recent times. Also, if Lloyd gets injured then Horan or Brian can step up to that role of withdrawn striker.
      In an ideal game Lloyd-Morgan will pummel their opponents for 50 to 60 minutes and then Press-Pugh will wreak havoc on an already tired defense. USWNT need a finisher like Pugh to convert those numerous chances they create every game.

      • mockmook

        Tea leaves say: You have not yet perfected the trick of empathic connection to JE’s mind.

        Am I saying that I have? Well…oops, sorry someone is at the door…we’ll pick this up later…

    • Miguel Najdorf

      Lauren Barnes > Ali Krieger

  • Guest3

    This development makes me hold out hope that Jill will give a spot to Rapinoe despite her injury with the hope that she’ll make it back. You can’t make it back from a pregnancy in time but an ACL is possible.

    • Guest

      holding out a spot for a player who is likely not 100% on an 18 player roster is idiotic

      • Guest3

        My point is you can recover from an ACL. Pregnancy doesn’t work the same way. Also, if she can’t make it back she can be replaced.

        • Guest

          I wouldn’t hold a spot for her. Fill the spot, if she does make it back, bring her in and let her compete for it again, see if she has her touch back, if she can still read her teammates as well, etc.

        • Steglitz49

          A lot of female athletes have come back even better after having had a baby or two. The list is longer than you might suspect.

          • ARED

            I think Guest3 means you can’t exactly….accelerate….the return. Pretty long history of it taking 9 months, plus recovery time. ACLs perhaps have a bit more variance….

          • Steglitz49

            Is Guest3 Irish by any chance?

      • ARED

        The USA has plenty of depth and versatility to make it work. Not to say they should do so no matter what, but if Rapinoe shows good progress and it’s between having a 4th CB or Rapinoe for the knockout rounds only, I’d take Rapinoe. At the WC how much did the US rely on HAO, Leroux, or ARod, let alone Boxx, Rampone, and Chalupny?

        It can work, and for me Rapinoe certainly deserves every chance to come back. To her credit though, she rightfully says she’s just focusing on getting back to the needed level -and time will tell whether that’s in time for Rio.

        • Doctor Skeptic

          Not many players can come back after an ACL. Matheson and Weimer are recent examples of players who came back, but are not the same players anymore.

          • Do you mean after a certain age? Because pretty much all female soccer players have had ACL surgery at some point in their life, whether that be during high school, college, or pros. This is Pinoe’s third.

          • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

            Women have so many acl tears, it’s crazy. If that happened to me… I think I would lose my mind. Though I’ve never had an injury that couldn’t be corrected with tape, either duct or athletic depending on which was handy.

          • ARED

            I think coming back to be at least close to the same player is very possible now. However coming back early probably is one of the biggest factors which may prevent this (as your examples may show), or even cause further injury.

            Rapinoe herself tore her left ACL twice in fact, so obviously she has shown the comeback to a world-class level can be made. However, she re-tore that one soon after her first return, showing the need to give it time.

            My point -don’t count on it or push her back. But, if she’s close and wants to give it a go, in my opinion she’s earned that right (and could be a valuable luxury player, perhaps in a super-sub role).

    • tonysocref

      If she does then the final OG roster won’t be announced until July. USOC has until I believe 18 July to submit it’s final OG participates roster to the IOC for the Rio games.

  • Guest

    Dunn and Horan can play forward if necessary. Not a big deal people.

    • Guest

      O’Hara and O’Reilly as well

      • JLC25

        With all due respect, HAO cannot play forward.

        • captainfate

          Not that HAO cannot, rather that she’s way better on the wings.

          Like how Dunn can’t really play on the wings. Girl keeps drifting centrally.

          • Guest

            Ellis fault. She tells her wingers to do that fate.

          • guest1234

            There are a lot of wingers who play inside in men’s soccer. It’s very much a part of the modern game

          • ARED

            If you play a one striker formation (4-2-3-1, etc), then you almost need them to cut in. Basically the striker creates the space for the Cristianos and Robbens of the world.

            Of course with the USWNT the formation tends to be….slightly less clear.

          • guest1234

            it looks like a double pivot 4-4-1-1 that relies heavily on the wing and overlaping backs to get the ball forward to the two strikers. The strikers do come back to link up but usually one touch the ball outside to the wings. Very rarely do the USWNT actually advance the ball through the middle unless the wings dribble it there. I don’t like the way the current tactical structure looks but it seems to be working at least at the moment. I think we ran into a bit of trouble when Brazil high pressed our wings and trapped them on the sidelines

          • ARED

            Yes, my comment was meant to suggest both that the actual formation is unclear/ever-changing, and the tendency for whichever one they’re using to be a complicated way to play a simple brand of soccer (often just a glorified 4-4-2, and they tend to rely on simple build up and a lot of crosses).

            The ability to advance the ball through the middle and create from there are things that Holiday excelled at, which is why I was always so disappointed to see her sacrificed as a holding mid. Now even without her I feel Heath, Press, Brian, and perhaps others can come forward through the middle, but I think Ellis just really prefers to play the simple style she perceives to be safer. At least now they have fewer weak spots in the lineup, making them semi-potent from any setup. But I agree, good teams can and will (and have) give the US problems by simply being organized and aggressive when they can press.

          • Steglitz49

            Why should the formation be pickled in aspic? It will depend on the opposition as well as the personnel available on your side.

          • ARED

            Well I agree of course, but I just prefer it when the changes are surprising/troublesome for the opponent and fluid and beneficial for your own team, not the other way around -as it often looks for the USWNT.

            Remember 2015 until the final rounds of the WC? When nobody -including Holiday and Lloyd knew (or looked like they knew) how the USA was supposed to be playing? ; )

          • Breakers fan

            I like Dunn having the freedom to “drift centrally”. “Go towards goal” would be another possible description. I know she had a couple bad possessions the other day against Ireland more in the middle of the field but she’s had good ones too there recently.There was a great one against China and of course her goal that she struck left-footed came from a more central position. A couple bad touches don’t even put a dent in my wish for her to be able to have a significant amount of freedom on the field. Not saying all her moves have worked but I like that she feels allowed to go there.

        • Guest

          She spent more of her life as a forward than she has as a mid. She’d be the last one I’d move there of the available options, and if it came down to that we should use an alternate because clearly a bunch of players are unavailable, but she can play as a forward.

        • TsovLoj

          HAO is just not that good.

        • JL

          HAO was a forward early in her career, and a good one at that.

    • Silver Frost

      Heath has played Fwd on the WNT. She scored a goal as one in WC quals last year. She can do it. But we aren’t exactly crying for forwards in the USA. We still need quality mids.

      • ARED

        They had 5 strikers at the WC last summer, and really only used at a time (until Lloyd became the 6th and they used two at a time).

  • Joe

    All of the players that lack technical skills are moving on and being phased out. This is what we have wanted for years. It’s finally happening.

  • J

    A technical team… I’m loving this change! Long overdue.

    • J

      Who would have thought such a drastic change? Seven players from the world cup are gone.

      • Lauren Holiday

        maybe i should come back

        • Steglitz49

          don’t give up your dayjob

      • Captain Crunch

        And counting…I don’t see Engen making it just based on fact she has played so little. I wouldn’t be surprised to see HAO left off either but we’ll see soon it seems like.

        • captainfate

          I would actually be surprised if HAO was left off. She’s proficient at set pieces and she has a lot of hustle, a crazy work rate and a lot of experience.

          Also probably not related, but HAO was Captain after Carli and Morgan were subbed off against Ireland. Not Krieger, not Solo (though the latter probably shot her chances of Captaincy to hell after all the drama in her personal life in recent years).

          • dw

            I also noticed HAO sporting the armband and though it a sign of her going to Rio.

          • Rufan

            HAO may have been the most senior (in terms of time on team) US player on the field at the time, but it could be a sign of how much Ellis values her.

          • Rufan

            With the OQ roster news now out, maybe Ellis had already made the decision and being captain was to reward HAO for her years of service.

          • Rufan

            With the OQ roster news now out, maybe Ellis had already made the decision and being captain was to reward HAO for her years of service.

          • Captain Crunch

            She doesn’t play enough to utilize her set pieces skill and nothing else you mention has to do with soccer skill. I’m not trying to minimize HAO but hustle, work rate, and experience just don’t seem to be enough to keep you around these days. Others might not be setting beep test records but everyone has to be fit and work ridiculously hard if they hope for even a shot. I like HAO but they are clearly moving towards younger players with technical skills and I think it will open up even more to new players after the Olympics (or that’s what I’m hoping).

          • Guest

            I was never a fan of HAO’s corner deliveries. I think she tends to get too much air under them which is fine when the forward on the end of them is 5’11” and towers over everyone else. Driven in-swingers are much harder for defenses to defend and that is one thing the I think is really missed from Rapinoe going out with injury. Heath’s first ball was good but she probably need to be more accurate with it. I think she also tried to hit and out-swinger near post where the timing and placement were a bit off. Hopefully they polish up the set pieces in the coming months because it was a huge advantage during the WC.

          • Without Pinoe on the team, HAO is one of the few players who can cross balls in from the flank. That, in addition to the hustle, work rate, and experience mentioned, is why she is needed on the roster, in my opinion.

      • JL

        And if Rampone and Rapinoe are not on the roster for Rio (assuming the US qualifies), that will mean at least 11 of the 18 players on the London roster won’t be in Rio.

    • NYRick

      You actually need just a few more things and then you have the long overdue technical team, which is actually the perfect timing for it as well. That being, Press for Lloyd as the starter to team with Morgan up top. Integrate Pugh in as the late match forward and start a good bond of chemistry between Brian and Horan in the middle. With Dunn’s speed on one flank and Heath’s brains on the other, there is your transitional team that would not only continue to win and dominate and win the top tournaments, but be fun to watch too.

      And you have nice talent coming up behind them as well to push them and transition as well. Abby had to leave the scene to open the floodgates, but Carli has to as well, and that’s not going to happen. This is BTW nothing personal on Carli. I’m talking from a team transition standpoint here and what I say or anyone on here says really doesn’t matter. This is purely for conversation and analysis, so leave the “you hate Carli” baby crap out of it.

      • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

        no one wants to watch that….or play it either….

  • HOFCToDi

    2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship squad

    Jill Ellis,

    youtube.com/watch?v=VQFxmAdyKcg

    • Frozen Blue

      I’m curious are you actually expecting an announcement in the next few days or do you just want to know?

      • HOFCToDi

        Not much left to “dispose of”.

  • Timber Dave

    Congratulations, Ms. Leroux! Hope you have a healthy pregnancy and sweet bouncing baby!

  • Katie Curtiss

    She was on the bubble for making the roster anyways, doubt she would have made it with the amount of playing she has had or lack there of with the past few victory tour matches, add in the fact that she was healthy to play the last few matches and Ellis just chose not to play her

  • Rdalford

    Congrats to Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer!

    Wish the growing family all the best.

  • FawcettFan14

    Holiday retires. A-Rod gets pregnant. Vlakto trades for Leroux to get a striker. Leroux gets pregnant. Wow.

    • captainfate

      I want to know what magic Laura Harvey is working here.

      • guest

        Whose to say it isn’t Parsons wanting to make an impact with the Pricks considering Seattle aren’t exactly threatening in the final?

  • Steglitz49

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!

  • TsovLoj

    lel

    • Steglitz49

      Please withdraw the picture. It is in poor taste. Stick one of her body paint ones in if you must.

  • desperate times

    I believe we in DC can see our way clear to send Raso to KC for Sauerbrunn.

  • objection-speculative

    Does the delay in JE’s announcement mean she was selecting Syd?

  • NYRick

    Let’s take a look at this from a career standpoint for just one second. She’s only 25 (plenty of time still to start a family) and THIS is a cycle Olympic year. Only 2 years in 4 really matter for any top US player. And no top player in their right mind would get pregnant during a WC or OG year. Right? I mean would Alex Morgan? It seems a fairly good bet that she would try to get pregnant for 2017 and miss the whole season. Maybe she and Syd have a deal whereas Syd had really a slim chance of making the team this year and she claims Alex’s spot for 2017 where she vacates. Oh no, I’m starting to theorize this like Steg, have to stop.

    Look all the happiness to them and it’s all the personal business of the Dwyers anyway of course, but this just doesn’t make much sense from a career standpoint. And to boot she begs for a trade to KC for over a year, gets it and then leaves KC in the lurch and blindsided. I personally think her soccer career though at least for the NT may be over. Yes she can come back at 26, but will still be behind Press and Pugh, Dunn can also play forward quite well, least of which Horan too. She was at a turning point in her NT career and made a very telling decision. It will be interesting for her moving forward.

    • Nicole C.

      The plus side is if anyone wasn’t 100% sure of Leroux’s priorities in 2015, they are positive about them now.

      • Steglitz49

        “How many medals do you need to be happy?”

        Gold-Lena walked away at 25. Annemarie Moser-Proell quit at 27. Her record stood for 35 years till Lindsey Vonn at 31 broke it. Life goes on.

    • Steglitz49

      Lira Alushi got preganant in 2015 and missed the WC. She had a winner’s medal from 2007, though, like Syd has one from 2015.

      • ForeverLOST108

        Alushi also has struggled through injury so they have that parallel as well. Then again, Alushi placed 3rd in the Ballon d’Or in 2010 so she’s had a bit more personal success than Leroux

        • Steglitz49

          Lira, like Lauren, Yuki and Celia, chose to play under her married name.

    • VaFan51

      These are some of my thoughts, too.
      We are so accustomed to top-flight women soccer players (and other athletes) having their lives so disciplined and so well-organized that a pregnancy is scheduled for a certain time-frame, depending on the professional season, sort of like a training regimen. So, this blessed event seems more like what would happen for a “regular” person, not a hyper-disciplined professional athlete. To be sure, I know absolutely nothing about the details and am not implying or criticizing anything — it’s just that it seems like an anomaly for WNT soccer moms.
      I agree with NYRick that this situation is pretty risky for Sydney’s career, effectively giving her 2 consecutive lost years at a time when the Abby Era is passing and we are moving into a different tactical structure. Not to mention that there is more young talent waiting in the wings (and centrally) : Pugh will be all of 18 or 19 when Syd comes back, and there will be other newcomers, such as Sofia Huerta, Savannah Jordan, and Mackenzie Doniak, all of whom now are better pure finishers than is Leroux, FWIW. I think Leroux’s game was in transition, for the better, when she started having that ankle problem, so that process will be considerably delayed.
      And It may be that A-Rod made the whole childbirth-and-then-back-to-soccer-star thing look easy. I hope it’s the same for Syd.

    • newsouth

      i know i’m going to get called out on this one but sydney and casey loyd come across as women who need a husband because all the other girls got one. the baby is just the finishing touch. the pugh hype train is in full effect. do you think she is a better player than sydney overall?

      • Breakers fan

        I’m with you here, newsouth, on the wish to simply put the Pugh train into a lower gear. As I wrote after the game I was as impressed as anyone with those 5-7 touches and her goal, and her U-20 performance has been good too, but that is all we’ve seen. Syd’s had – what 30? or so goals for the NT and with her speed, size, aggressive play, her heading ability, are we ready to say Pugh is better than her? I’m not. The point for the immediate future has becomes moot with this recent development, but as a way of alleviating pressure and expectations on Pugh, and out of respect for those players who have had more than 7 touches for the NT I’m going to just let Pugh be for a while and reserve judgment. I would like her to enjoy playing the game above all. Press’s experience with pressure – a lot she put on herself, but it shows the effects of pressure and of not really *enjoying* playing the game — showed how that kind of thing can almost drive a player to retirement and already Pugh has more of a spotlight on her than Press did at that time,. Let’s let the girl breathe and make mistakes.

        • newsouth

          my issue with push is simply, there is no evidence that a 5’3” f/am can excel on this squad long term or carry the offensive load. at the end of the day when they breakdown in the final half, they are still a one on one, physical squad. top teams will handle her with ease. 5’6” and above forwards rule the NT

          • guest

            I think she is 5’4″ which is the same height as Kim Little and and inch taller than Vero. She might not have the size to play CF but AM, she has plenty of size and skill for that position.

          • Breakers fan

            Height doesn’t bother me, personally, that much, though it certainly has its advantages, I agree with you. Seeing what Dunn did in the NWSL won me over to the possibilities of short, and I think it would carry over internationally if she were a forward, but Pugh isn’t nearly as strong as Dunn is right now and she could get pushed off the ball more so than others would, as you suggest.

          • Steglitz49

            The Nadeshiko has shown us that height is not all it is cranked up to be. At the same time, the US’s tactics in the final were in many ways based on exploiting their height advantage, which was an obvious ploy.

          • Breakers fan

            As has Crystal Dunn.

          • AlexH

            I think build is more important than height. MP is going to get knocked around a lot and she needs to be able to absorb that. She also has to learn to pick her spots and lay the ball off when the odds of navigating through the trees are not in her favor.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe after college she should go and play in Japan? Or, give the Emir a bell and have a year or two in Paris.

        • Steglitz49

          Mallory should enjoy her college years like any other young lady. Study, fall in love, learn to bin boyfriends and generally enjoy life in all its fullness.

          She could, of course, model herself on Foppa or Marta, but what is the hurry?

          • Why so heteronormative?

            For someone who enjoys woso so much, your push towards heteronormativity for Mallory is a bit baffling. Living her life to its fullest, sure. But that by no means needs to include boyfriends.

          • Steglitz49

            I do not know Ms Pugh from Adam or Eve so I worked the law of averages and probabilities.

      • NYRick

        Well I think you have always called it correctly on here over the years regarding Syd’s lack of technical finesse and stone feet. She got by on sheer athleticism in her teens and early 20s and that diminishes when your overall game doesn’t evolve as well when you start aging. She in my opinion has suffered from being Abby’s protege for the several years Alex was absent, and in and out of the lineup. Do I think Pugh is better, even right now? Yes, I do. But she still has a lot to prove. For instance, Press scored 3 goals in her first 2 US caps and no one was getting out the annoiting oils like DiCiccio and crew are for Pugh. I think she is going to be very good, maybe even great, who knows? However I think you are spot on in your analysis that small girl frames as forwards don’t translate well to the big international matches. The brute big CBs from France, Germany, Norway, Canada start knocking you on your butt and making your life miserable and it takes it toll over time in mind and body.

        That’s why Morgan has gotten injured so often. She didn’t understand her limitations because Abby her convinced to play like a bowling ball to get the ball in the box for her. Same with Syd. Press understood her limitations and avoids the roughhouse play in the box. It will get you killed. Dunn has to watch out for the same thinking in this area as well. Use her skills to beat players with pace and quickness and stop trying to head and muscle 7 feet from goal. That’s why the new brute Carli is excelling so much in this role. No defensive responsibilities, do whatever she wants and always try to score. Even if that means stepping in front of Morgan or Press when the better opportunity is there for them. Ellis will never stop it. Too weak and she owes her for life for the Japan final. Both know this moving forward.

      • Steglitz49

        You’ve been reading too much jane Austen. This is 2016, not 1816. The Veterans are not that old.

      • Jersey Shore Rises

        Casey Loyd sounds like a singer in a band…

      • guest

        Of course that’s part of it. They see a little baby and then they want one too. Keep those babies away from the training pitch!

  • justsomedude

    all she has to do is abort that fetus, and she’ll be able to make it to the olympics

    • smallchief

      justsomeidiot

      • justsomedude

        you are against women’s choice?

        • Steglitz49

          Syd has made her choice.

          • justsomedude

            yes she did, but why am I being attacked for suggesting that at this point its only a fetus, and if she decides to play in Olympics all she has to do is abort the fetus

          • Steglitz49

            I did not attack you. I did not criticize you. I merely pointed out that Syd, like Lira last year, chose. Both ladies have a WC winner’s medal but Syd also has a OG gold which Lira does not. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

            “How many medals do you need to be happy?”

          • justsomedude

            well the way you answered seemed hostile

          • Steglitz49

            It was assertive, not hostile.

          • justsomedude

            Stegliz let me ask you something…are you a conservative or a christian in any way?

          • Breakers fan

            Sometimes, Steg, it’s more a case of “I still really LIKE TO DO THIS!” (caps to show enthusiasm in the player, not to yell at you) to explain why a player keeps playing.

          • Steglitz49

            Women do rejoin their sport after pregnancy and do great. The list is longer than people tend to think. Others chose to call it a day or go into sports administration or business. That list is quite long too.

          • justsomedude

            so why did you like the comment from smallchief? are you against a women’s choice?

          • Steglitz49

            So far 3 have endorsed that comment. That tells you something, does it not?

          • justsomedude

            yeah that you must be some religious conservatives who hate the idea of a women having a choice to abort a fetus in order to enjoy her life

          • F0OtballNowAndAlways

            That is not how I (and a few others it seems) interpreted your initial comment. And this comment here makes no sense. Leroux is clearly happy with the pregnancy, therefore having the baby, rather than terminating it, will enable her to enjoy her life.

            Secondly, you are being disingenuous when you claim be supporting a woman’s right to choose. Your first comment did not support that in spirit. It was flippant and implied that Leroux’s pregnancy was an inconvenience that she could easily solve if she would just get an abortion. But Syd knows she has the right to choose and could have done as you suggested without encouragement. So your professed support for women’s right to choose is bogus. What you really want is for her to terminate her pregnancy so that she can play soccer for your entertainment.

          • justsomedude

            again with the baby, its not a baby its a fetus. “all she has to do is abort that fetus, and she’ll be able to make it to the olympics” how exactly is that statement flippant and implied that Leroux’s pregnancy was an inconvenience? my statement was an easy solution for her situation IF she still really wanted to go to the olympics, or if she later on decides she does not want the fetus anymore but wants to participate in olympics, nothing in my statement pushed her or encouraged her to do anything.

          • F0OtballNowAndAlways

            “my statement was an easy solution for her situation IF she still really wanted to go to the olympics”

            Then why state the obvious? Leroux must surely know that she has the option you are suggesting. You seem to be prescribing a remedy where no ailment exists. No need to recommend abortion for her because she seems thrilled with the pregnancy, and is quite aware she could get an abortion if she didn’t want a baby.

            In the eyes of the law, I think it is only considered a fetus from the mother’s point of view. From anybody else’s it is viewed as a baby. If anybody interferes with a pregnant woman’s developing offspring, he or she is judged as having harmed an unborn child, not unborn fetus. The way the law sees it, only the mother has the right to view the baby as a fetus. To everybody else, it is an unborn child.

            I could be hopelessly wrong, and if there are any lawyers or anyone more knowledgeable about the law, I would appreciate being set straight.

          • justsomedude

            what I can’t say my 2 cents? Everyone makes obvious statements here on equalizer, but for some reason I was attacked for stating mine. Again I was not recommending anything to her, I was stating a solution if she ever chooses to participate in olympics. So the mother decides if its a baby or a fetus based on her current view? that doesn’t make sense, it’s either a fetus or its a baby you can’t have it both ways. “To everybody else it is an unborn child” so then the pro choice people who are calling for the right to abort are calling for murder of babies? because according to your logic only a mother determines if its a fetus or not and prochoice crowd are trying to legalize murder. why are you letting the law dictate to you if its a baby or not, you do know that Hitler made it a law that jews are not human, that means it was completely lawful to kill them, so if you were alive back then with your current way of thinking you’d be completely fine with killing jews because “the law” said it was ok. btw its a baby not a fetus, I am trying to understand the liberal logic, and it seems like liberals think its a baby when a mother “wants it” and a only a bunch of cells when a mother “doesn’t want it”. funny how wanting it or not wanting it determines if its a baby or not. Leroux is brave for keeping the baby and choosing to give life and a chance at life to this baby rather than killing it for selfish reasons.

          • F0OtballNowAndAlways

            Now I know you are just looking for attention. Even people living under rocks know that if someone attacks a pregnant woman, causing her to miscarry or to lose the life developing inside her, that person will be charged with killing an unborn child. However, the woman is at full liberty, according to the law, to terminate the same pregnancy via an abortion.

            So yes, whether or not it is termed murder depends on who ends the life of the unborn child.

            Stop being melodramatic and affecting a persecution complex will you? You posted a comment designed to instigate strong feelings and it did just that. Stop playing the innocent.

          • justsomedude

            So by your logic it was completely ok for germans to kill jews because the law that hitler created made it fine to kill them?

          • Guest

            If Leroux was planning on an abortion she wouldn’t have announced to the world that she was pregnant. She appears to want the baby which makes your initial statement in poor taste. That is the issue, not the whether or not abortions should be legal. Full disclosure, I support the choice by the mother since the fetus cannot survive on it’s own and the mother needs to be willing and able to take care of a child. There are also no perfect birth control answers as of right now.

          • justsomedude

            so simply because she “wants it” makes it a baby? So if in couple of weeks she decides against having it, then it will biologically turn back into a fetus? also people with down syndrome can’t survive on their own, so you are fine with killing them off too. Here is the thing, why would such a liberal pro choice crowd get upset when I stated what you believe, that its a fetus and if she wants to pursue olympics all she has to do is abort that fetus. bunch of hypocrites

          • Lorehead

            You aren’t arguing in good faith.

          • Lorehead

            Let’s not feed the obvious troll, okay?

          • Lorehead

            Please don’t feed the troll.

          • Steglitz49

            His/her point is not removed from reality. There are examples of women in sport who have done what s/he notes.

            I merely pointed out that this woman had made her choice.

            I interpret his/her string of comments as being actually against abortion, not for.

          • Lorehead

            I agree that the reverse psychology is blatant, although for some people, starting fights is an end of itself, and you can catch them trolling both team red and team blue on different days.

          • Steglitz49

            I presume it is the same geezer who is irrittated by and comments negatively on heterosexuality. An impotent redneck, probably.

          • justsomedude

            “An impotent redneck” lol, trust me dude I am far away from being a redneck.

        • Davis

          Respecting a women’s choice includes respecting her choice to keep the baby. And implying that a women should abort a pregnancy she clearly seems to be very happy about is rude and crass.

          • justsomedude

            “to keep the baby” its not a baby until it is born, right now its only a fetus. Giving syd a choice to abort the fetus to pursue her happiness in soccer is not implying that she should abort the fetus, its giving her a choice to do whatever she wants with her body. You sound like one of those stupid conservatives.

          • Breakers fan

            I agree about choice. It’s just that it’s absolutely crystal clear what she and her husband have decided to do.

          • justsomedude

            but lets agree that it is just a fetus at this point

          • AlexH

            Why do we have to agree on whether or not it is just a fetus at this point? Last I checked this was a soccer site not a politics site.

          • justsomedude

            its a matter of syd being in olympics or not, it has nothing to do with politics and has everything to do with soccer. why you don’t think its a fetus?

          • Davis

            Your purpose here seems to be to insight an abortion debate among a group that is almost certainly completely pro-choice already. What a ridiculous waste of time.

          • justsomedude

            I made a statement, I did not attack anyone, I was the one who was attacked. If its a completely pro-choice crowd, why are they then attacking me for what they believe in themselves? Am I wrong in stating that its only a fetus until it is born?

          • Davis

            Nobody is attacking you for being pro-choice. They’re attacking you for being a jerk. Leroux makes a seemingly joyous pregnancy announcement, and you come on say, “Hey, she can just an abort the pregnancy.” It’s a douche thing to say in this context regardless of your political beliefs.

          • justsomedude

            I’m pro life.

  • skybolt

    Abby is probably thinking she retired too soon. One more injury to our forwards and we may (God help us) witness a comeback.

    • NYRick

      I was thinking the same thing, although Carli has become the new Abby and Abby would have to clearly see that. I think if Carli wasn’t made a pure forward now like she is, then yes definitely, we would see #20 making a comeback.

      • skybolt

        As far as Carli is concerned, the Olympics will determine what the forward position will look like come 2019. My gut tells me that the better teams (Germany, France, Japan, etc.) will make a great effort to game plan for her. She won’t be able to run 20 yards into the box without being touched anymore. If she can shake off the tight marking, the double teams and still manage to score 4 or 5 goals in the tournament, I’m sure Ellis will probably feature her at the 2019 WC as well. If on the other hand, opposing teams manage to neutralize her, Alex and Christen need to make the best of it and score a bunch of goals. If this happens then I can see Morgan and Press being featured on offense moving forward.

        • NYRick

          Carli owns Japan. They have no answer for her. They are more shite scared of her than they were of Abby. They know Carli literally doesn’t care to bang her head or body to beat them in the box, and those little 5’1 and 5’2″ smurfs have their hands full and want no part of it. Carli is smart and fully realizes it. Now Germany, France, Canada, Norway, Sweden (with Fisher etc.). That’s a whole different story.

          My opinion though as I’ve said is that Morgan-Press will never materialize now as a team. The year to do it was the WC year last year and get it going. Ellis chose to cater to Abby still with ARod and Syd still in the picture as well. For Morgan-Press to work fully it has to be approached like what they are doing with Brunn-JJ as the CB cornerstones. They need minutes and chemistry together and not to be removed. Yes, the forwards are different with substitutions and late forward subs are often effective, but Morgan-Press would play the bulk of my minutes for this year and maybe next. After that, I think both leave the scene. Press for a media career (I think Steg is right on this one), and Morgan to maybe start a family (and then comeback at 28 for a year or two. Carli reached her apex at the WC final. She is the roadblock and they need to move on from her. Now for Carli it is all about personal glory, and as I’ve said below somewhere I honestly think she is seriously starting to think about breaking Abby’s record by 2019. She figures 25 goals a year in this new poacher’s role is a possibility. Carli is all about her own personal greatness. She is more a player-first, then team-first player. Always has been. Part of that has made her excel, and part of that was something Pia noticed by 2012 when she was phasing her out.

          • Steglitz49

            I expect Carli to drop out after Rio. Now that Marit has shown that marriage is not required, anything goes at the top.

            As for Japan, the Golden generation is starting to leave the stage and most will be gone by the end of this season. Sadly, too many in the age group 18-22 are injured, so the rebuilding will be for 2023.

            Sasaki is likely to leave too. He wanted to leave after OG-12 but the Nadeshiko persuaded him to carry on.

        • Steglitz49

          Carli will drop out after Rio. Where Marit trod, Carli can follow.

        • AelxH

          Carli has been scoring big goals in big games for years. If Germany, France and Japan were too stupid to realize it then, it’s on them. If they want to triple team Carli now, great! That just means that our other great players will score more.

          • skybolt

            Agreed, which is the point I’m trying to make. Now that Lloyd will get extra attention, it will allow Morgan and Press to have more space to operate in, which hopefully results in more goals from our forwards. Although I agree that teams should have taken Lloyd very seriously in the WC, re-watching the Japan match, they had absolutely zero marking on her in the first half. This made zero sense to me since Carli scored 2 beautiful goals against them in the Olympic final. Just watch as Morgan makes a move towards the left post on the first goal, 3 Japanese defenders move with her, opening the space for Carli to make a great play. Also, Neid stated after the Germany / USA match that she was man-marking Morgan and Rapinoe………….nothing about Lloyd.

          • Breakers fan

            Something new about the WC goals, I love it. Thanks for the observation about 3 Japanese players moving with Alex as she makes a move away from where Carli was. I had not known that happened, but am not surprised. I’m going to go back and look at that video to see this in action. Also the Neid quote is new to me – interesting and bolsters the argument about Morgan’s effectiveness or, the effect of Morgan, that people have talked about in relation to her World Cup.

        • Breakers fan

          The OG will be fascinating in this regard – that Carli will almost assuredly receive heavier marking for the first time. Also, one has to wonder about the state of her legs as she ages from 33-37 playing forward. If it becomes clear she doesn’t have the quickness to retain the ball I think a change could be made, that she won’t be strictly tenured. I hope Jill is open to the possibility if evidence shows there are better options;, and in general I hope that Carli will have to continue to earn her starting position.

          • skybolt

            You’d hope this would be the case, but it’ll be hard to bench the WC hero.

          • Breakers fan

            THAT is the question……as time goes on, will the lustre of that wear away to a point where if she, Jill, *doesn’t* make a move Carli’s whole reputation becomes more the matter at hand. No way in the world to be able to predict this now.

          • NYRick

            Only long term injury will remove Carli from the US starting 90 minute lineup until 2019. You can take that to the bank.

          • NYRick

            It will be worse than Wambach. If she can walk, she will play. The advantage Carli has is that she will do everything possible to stay in top shape, but time catches up to every athlete eventually. Especially in physically demanding sports like soccer. She will play till she breaks Abby’s record. And no one in the program will stop her. Just watch it unfold.

          • Breakers fan

            I don’t think she’ll break Abby’s record – won’t really even get close is my prediction. Not rooting against her just think she started way too late at forward – she needs over 100 more. And you’re right about time catching up to every athlete. Forward on the USWNT is no easy job. It’s possible time catching up to Carli will happen pre-WC 2019. But I think you’re on the right track in your general thinking. Carli, now, should play with the goal-scoring she’s been doing. What Jill does with the other 9 field spots is another question.

        • nwslfan

          I think we will know a lot by mid-March

  • JL
    • Breakers fan

      I was going to predict her late scratch vs. Ireland was due to this, her knowing, rather than the ankle injury flaring up.

  • guest

    Just another cry for attention from Syd. She’s done it before like when she switched national allegiance, wanted to be moved to Seattle, then wanted out again, the tweets from her little dog, and now going prego and possibly wrecking KC’s season. If only KC had heard her earlier cries, they could have avoided this situation.Teams in the future might want to keep psychological profiles on players to know who’s needy, who’s going to demand trades and who might go out prego all of a sudden when their team is counting on them. It seems that some players are just more reliable. You would never imagine for example a Lloyd or a Morgan going out pregnant, certainly not in a tournament year like this. No flakiness there and I expect they’ll continue that way because they carry themselves in a professional manner, respect the fans, and take their careers seriously.

    • NYRick

      I think you may have a Syd axe to grind a bit here, but a lot of what you are saying is kind of true as it relates to player personalities and the professional maturity they show. I mean the Derek Jeters and Tom Bradys of the world don’t just happen. Pro teams study this type of thing, or at least should pay serious attention to it. The player’s family background, their make-up, how they’ve handled adversity in the past etc. Top pro teams keep a book on every athlete, regardless of how talented before picking them. That’s why someone like a Dez Bryant was a controversial pick for Dallas. Everyone understood the world of talent, but he was a headcase too and that has surfaced as a pro. Randy Moss is another example. He most likely would have been the #1 pick in the NFL draft if he didn’t come with some bad reports. Dan Marino had a rep of being a regular pot user in college and he slipped lower to Miami. Miami did some homework on him and found him to be a solid citizen and got lucky. The examples are countless.

      But as you list, Syd has had plenty of “needy” requests and things in her past as a star athlete from her teens. She was probably always coddled by coaches because of her talent. I personally think she views she and Dwyer as some type of American athletic super couple (even though he or she aren’t really American). Kind of like a British celebrity couple like Becks-Posh. Hence all the social media obsession. Syd is a fantastic athlete but I also think she is one of those textbook cases who was consumed by fame and never reached her potential as an athlete. No big deal, it happens.

      • guest

        I’ve never had an ax to grind against Syd, at least not like Canadian fans do, and though I was initially opposed to her coming to KC, I see now that she could be an effective battering ram in front and that’s why Vlatko brought her in. But now she’s jeopardized KC’s entire season–and my viewing pleasure–and where is KC going to get another forward on such short notice? Season ticket sales are up 20% since her signing because fans were expecting to see her, so I think she totally let management down. Thank you for your additional insights on player psychology. I heard Brady has a chip on his shoulder that motivates him, and that Goldman Sachs looks for that the same psychological profile in their hires. Part of the job of coaching is psychology but they may need to consult professional psychologists in the future.

        • Steglitz49

          Signing a player with Syd’s recent injury history is a gamble. Vlatko chose to gamble.

          Maybe he could get a dispensation to sign a foreign player, though he does not seem too keen on those.

        • Breakers fan

          As much as I like Syd and think her social media stuff is all in good fun I think there is some degree of overarching truth to what you and Rick are saying. That said, time moves on, Syd will probably miss just 1 year and KC I think should play Groom and Frisbie at forward (guest here – check out her youtube Univ. of Portland highlight reel to see her at forward) and see what happens. I think the team can absorb her loss well.

          • NYRick

            The USWNT is probably one of the most if not the most competitive environment for any female athlete in the world. Making this team is quite hard obviously with the talent influx, the politics, the veterans for life, the favoritism, the highly endorsed players who have to play etc. And that’s not changing any time soon. I could be wrong but I think this spells the end of Syd’s NT career. It was tinkering this year to begin with.

        • NYRick

          I’ve recently been watching the HBO show, Billionaire, which stars Damian Lewis from Homeland as a Masters of the Universe Wall St. czar. He is the hotshot and his financial firm has a psychologist on staff (who is actually one of the main characters). Her job is to keep the top earners motivated psychologically and understand all their personality flaws that lead them into sales slumps etc. So basically every business or team out there is doing this now. Where there is money, there has to be research and a degree of safety in the investment as well.

          • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

            You know most places don’t actually do this. And it usually is their personality flaw that motivates them, whether you’re talking about Michael Jordan or Ken Griffin who by some reports replaced Jordan as Chicago’s biggest asshole. Though my money would be on Rahmbo.

    • VaFan51

      Getting pregnant is a “cry for attention?” This is not a TV after-school special.

      • AlexH

        “TV after-school special” Nice!

      • guest

        In this case, yes. When you’re happily married and living in a nice house in the suburbs, you’re “starting a family.” But if you’re a professional soccer player and people expect to see on the field this spring, yeah, it’s probably a cry for attention.

        • Steglitz49

          One NT player went to a wedding and another got married and now expects a baby.

        • AlexH

          Having a baby is a normal thing for people no matter what profession they are in. It happens and I’m happy that they are happy about it. No need to psychoanalyze it.

          • guest

            Yeah, but isn’t it funny how some professional soccer players manage not to get pregnant? I guess Syd just has other priorities now, and I wish her all the luck and happiness in the world!

    • AlexH

      Or maybe she is just having a baby and is happy about it……Congrats Syd.

      • NYRick

        To be an elite athlete in any sport takes tremendous commitment. It should just about be on par with talent. For a woman athlete that commitment is greater due to the balancing of a family if they so desired that as well, which I’m sure many do.

        But it also takes intelligence to understand that a US woman soccer player has 2 important years in every 4. Surely this can be planned accordingly. So what that tells me is that Syd’s NT career is essentially over. She has to realize that. The talent was ahead of her right now, the young talent coming up behind her and already here is exceptional and she now has two straight lost years before making any type of comeback at around 27.

        • AlexH

          Not all pregnancies are planned so this could be just another addition to the billion or so “whoops a daisies” that populate our planet. Syd’s career might be over but then again it might not be. Everybody is different.

          • Breakers fan

            First: so the baby will be born in September. How soon after that do you think she’ll say “I’m ready to come back”? My guess – one that probably many have — is that she will still have a strong desire to make the NT after the appropriate baby time elapses. But of course she’s facing more of an uphill battle. It will help her, but not mean everything, that she has Jill as coach – with their shared UCLA background. If she isn’t taken right back to national team camps after she says she’s available, then it could be that Syd will be in a Crystal Dunn-type situation, where she’ll go into the 2017 NWSL season not really a part of the NT, but if she tears it up in the NWSL that year she may get called back in, ala Dunn.

          • Steglitz49

            This will help Syd heal all her injuries in pece and quiet apart from some morning sickness.

            Marie Dorin habert had a baby girl in Sep 2014. Less than 6 months later, she dominated the biathlon world championship, taking 2 individual golds and 2 team silvers.

          • guest

            I’m sure the call up notice is already in the mail. It’s a heartwarming story and makes for great PR to have a player come back from pregnancy. Look at Arod. She had an absolutely dreadful 2011 and by all rights should have been let go, but there she was, back on the squad soon her after her pregnancy. Getting pregnant for Arod was like having a “get out of jail” card and it will be the same for Syd I’m certain.

          • Breakers fan

            Now that you put it that way I tend to agree with you. One other factor may be youth – does anyone come into the picture in the meantime who complicates this issue, in terms of “how many forwards do we want in camp?” For now, though, I’m going to predict you’re right.

          • Rdalford

            USWNT has long history of allowing players to come back after birth of child(ren). I would expect that if ARod and/or Syd want to continue USWNT career post child birth, then they will receive call ups and at least evaluation in USWNT camps.

          • Breakers fan

            The only question I would ask in this realm is: If A-Rod had not had the NWSL season she had a few years ago, would she still have been called back into camp? In other words, was *that* the thing that got her back to camp, and not just sympathy or kindness for her baby leave?

          • AlexH

            I think there is some policy that gives new moms a look. How else did Boxx get a call up?

          • Breakers fan

            Other possible reasons for Boxx: the increasingly clear need for a DM; a desire to reward her for her stellar career with a WC invitation.

          • NYRick

            I agree 100% on that. But elite professional woman athletes, if they truly want to maximize their career, most definitely plan this things accordingly based on tournaments and this USWNT’s case in the 2 year out of 4 year window in which a major event doesn’t occur. That’s of course if they are truly committed. I don’t think Syd is. She is more enamoured with celebrity but will realize that goes away when she is no longer on this team. Also Dwyer himself is an extremely minor celebrity as well in the grand scheme of US sports.

        • Steglitz49

          A World Cup winner’s medal and an Olympic Gold may be enough to fill her quiver.

          Marta will always be the greatest and Alex in the US. Her marketing deals will be a shade of Alex’s or even Christen Annemarie’s.

          • AlexH

            That and it’s not like a woso player has a 7 figure contract to look forward to coming back to. If she and DD are prudent with their money they pretty much can do whatever they want. Best of luck to her.

          • Steglitz49

            Verily and forsooth. Hound’s tooth.

            Syd could start a soccer academy. She might get a job in media. All things are possible. For now she must enjoy her pregnancy! (Vomit, vomit.)

  • Laura Harvey

    Good thing I hopped off the Syd Ship while I could!

    • guest

      no doubt. i think most people here saw this coming and jumped off that ship a while ago. but there were a few equalizer “analysts” that went down with the syd ship.

  • Jersey Shore Rises

    Leroux probably knew she would never make the RIO team anyway and just decided to get busy…

    • Lord_Littlefingers_Lash

      Again, I don’t know who you people are but….. unless we discovered like 5 new world class female strikers in the last 6 months the idea of her not being on the team is ridiculous. She had more of a chance not being on the World Cup roster. Since then like a 1/4th of the team retired.

    • guest

      maybe she just had a slow picture month on twitter and instagram.

  • Reality
    • Guest

      No HAO or Engen. I guess Ellis really is building for the future although this isn’t the Rio roster and think can still change

      • Reality

        It is true this is just the Qualifying roster and things can change for Rio since you never know what might happen given Leroux’s announcement. Rampone might even make it back. 🙂

        • Guest

          I am just praying for no more serious injuries. Injuries are the things most likely to change the roster landscape. I still don’t know how I feel about McCaffrey but good for her.

          • Reality

            I wonder about whether our mid-field has enough depth. Lloyd will be playing up near the goal much of the time and Horan and Mewis lack NT experience.

          • Guest

            Well I consider both Dunn and McCaffrey wide midfielders and O’hara can also sub there if needed. CM depth was a huge concern for me but the brought in Mewis and Horan. Pugh and Press can easily slot into the Carli role in the lineup. Overall not too bad. One of Heath or Dunn going down would pose problems if Rapinoe is not able to make it back. Losing Alex or Sauerbrunn would also probably be devastating.

          • Reality

            I suspect there will a lot of “flexibility” in players moving around.

          • Guest

            I don’t really see the point of an 18 player roster limit. Why can’t they have a back up for every position. They already allow reserves. Is it something silly like not wanting to give more than 18 people a medal?

          • Reality

            Some genius who made the rule had a rationale for it although I’m unsure what that might be.

          • Reality

            It might have been to offset the depth of the USNWT compared to other teams?

          • Guest

            I think they should change the roster limit to mirror the WC standard roster size. Especially if they consider it a major tournament for the Women. If anything the limit gives the US and advantage over the other top teams because they always come in with the best fitness and the compact schedule also plays to that advantage.

          • Rufan

            Expense of housing at the Olympic Village.

          • Guest

            Losing Brian would really suck too

    • F0OtballNowAndAlways

      So will Colaprico be released now so she can start preparing for the upcoming league season? Why keep her around if you won’t play or roster her?

      “If you don’t love me, why don’t you let me go?” Bonnie Raitt.

      • Reality

        I am disappointed that Colaprico was given no playing time in the Ireland game. I think that given her talent and performance, she needs to be evaluated with the NT although at this point, I don’t see when that will happen.

        • Breakers fan

          Agreed – same with Lavelle. It was Ireland, for Christ’s sake, reward ’em a bit for all that hard work during a couple camps.

          • Reality

            One would have thought that against Ireland, Ellis could have given the all younger players an audition. But I suspect that she is feels constrained by the need to please the fans and her own “preferences” among the youth.

        • Guest

          Only six subs and Ellis said she wanted to get the first team playing time. there simply wasn’t enough room

          • Breakers fan

            One could say she’d seen enough of McCaffrey at that point so Lavelle could have come in there; and if Pugh doesn’t play then S. Mewis could have come out for Colaprico, but with the Syd news no doubt known by Ellis at that time I can see why she wanted to get a look at Mallory. HAO another sub that could have been used for Colaprico, perhaps, though I know they tend to play different positions. My feeling though is that against Ireland you don’t have to be super strict about precise positions. I don’t think Colaprico played DM at UVA. Moot points all around, though, it’s ancient history at this point.

  • One of a Kind

    Steg was right all along although I’m not too surprised considering Leroux’s somewhat chequered history. Leroux got her WC medal and will inevitably bow out; congrats to her and Dom!

    However, how many punches to the gut can FCKC take? It’s pretty much become a lost season for them with A-Rod and Leroux realizing their OG hopes were bleak, thus subsequently getting pregnant. #LoseForLavelle (if Lavelle forgoes her senior year in that new USI process)?

    • mockmook

      Sure, if you say enough players should or could get pregnant, just by probability, one of them eventually will.

      Remind me how becoming pregnant equates with “chequered history”?

      Do Boxx, Rampone, and A-Rod have chequered histories, too?

      • One of a Kind

        Seeing as how Sydney has taken it upon herself to request a trade three years in a row, getting pregnant upon finally reaching her newest desired destination falls in line with her previous acts such as shushing Canadian crowd numerous times, making an unsubstantiated claim of racism towards one of those crowds, and her vain social media posts that have drawn the ire of some.

        Getting pregnant in an Olympic year is a very questionable move for an individual that’s been on the bubble, no? If I recall, Boxx and Rampone both didn’t get pregnant during key tournament years; A-Rod is/was as good as gone too be honest in terms of making the team. None of those three have had any incidents like Leroux has.

        I don’t get your attempt at snark in the beginning portion of your comment. It’s simply a matter of opportunity cost; why get pregnant in such a crucial year when in this profession, some would go as far as saying only two months out of every 48 months truly “matter?” If Syd is happy, great for her. She’s already won a WC and OG medal and seems genuinely happy with her husband.

        • guest

          Did you ever see some of the tweets from Canadians directed at her during that time frame? They were pretty nasty and backed up her claim of being racially abused by Canadians.

        • I love Syd shushing the Canadian crowd; they were horrible to her. Booing incessantly and shouting racial slurs. They deserved to be shushed – it was ridiculous that she received a card for that.

          And getting pregnant after being traded doesn’t “fall in line with her previous acts” …. it’s a freaking pregnancy. She’s a woman, she’s a newlywed, these things happen. It’s none of our business whether it was planned or not. It’s her and Dom’s business.

          So, she doesn’t get to play in the Olympics. Well, too bad for her. She doesn’t get to play this year in KC. Too bad for the Blues. They’re professionals and they will work something out.

          Getting pregnant isn’t something she’s DOING TO anybody. It isn’t some act of selfishness. It’s just something we have to learn to deal with as fans of women’s sports.

          • Deej

            You can definitely tell who are the guys on this board. Especially when equating being pregnant to having a checkered past. smh

        • Lorehead

          She was definitely called racial slurs before that game (and did not say that had happened at the game), and the other two things on your list? Come on, that’s stuff Alex Morgan does all the time. So that’s one thing on your list that isn’t true and two that aren’t even bad.

        • guest

          she won a world cup and olympic gold sitting on the bench.

      • Guest

        She was a rarely used bench player in the Olympics and WC. A dud for clubs. At this point she did not live up to potential and now missing this latest chance to change her narrative is gone too. Most players don’t get very many chances and she didn’t make much of hers. Even with her competition injured, relegated in the midfield, or not called into camp for much of her 4 years.

        Arod had low points too and managed to make her mark at club level even if it never materialized for the NT. Leroux isn’t motivated for club and never left a record there. Her projected potential was way higher than her career turned out. Unlike Boxx who was unheralded and ended up a ledgend at her position. So checkered.

        • mockmook

          She’s not dead yet (though she may be pining for the fjords).

    • Breakers fan

      Veering slightly away from topic – can a college Senior who is being possibly considered for “allocation” or “subsidy” forego her final college season? Can you clarify this, please? What would the sequence of events be for Lavelle to join an NWSL team and would that happen for this upcoming season or for the 2017 season? You say lose for Lavelle, so it sounds like you’re aiming for the next “allocated” player, as opposed to the first pick in the draft, correct?

      • One of a Kind

        I’m not too familiar with the whole process myself, but I think that a player can only go through the draft if that athlete completes a full tenure at a college institution (the WNBA has the same rules). In this scenario, with Pugh almost forgoing college all together, I wonder myself if a college athlete now has the option to forgo some of their college eligibility under these new USI rules. I view it as Lavelle finishing her junior year of college this spring and perhaps announcing her intent to go pro starting next season.

        Since that won’t happen, then it’d probably be #LoseForLavelle and draft her the 2017 draft. Then there’s the situation where PTFC never officially used their USI allocation so maybe they’d get her instead… this stuff is kind of confusing! We haven’t seen tanking in WoSo, but FCKC should consider it in my opinion.

        • Breakers fan

          Thank you. It is confusing. I should go read the new rules. I too hope for Lavelle for my team. i can’t advocate a 20 game tanking, so maybe you want her more! 🙂

        • kevin

          fckc is gonna have to try real hard to lose more games than sky blue

    • Steglitz49

      Thank you.

      Some would say that Steg is always right.

  • jlb74a

    Sydney has been recovering from injuries. Anybody who has followed the youth U-17’s during the last 2 years knows Pugh and Sanchez will be future WNT superstars. But no way Pugh is more valuable than Leroux at forward.

    Both Pugh and Sanchez have been fast tracked to the U-20’s and it is a joy watching them on the field. Them two are listed at 5’2″, they look more like 4’11”.. hope these girls grow 3 more inches.