Japan’s Kawasumi returning to Seattle Reign FC

The Equalizer Staff June 16, 2016 189
Japan forward Nahomi Kawasumi has signed with Seattle Reign FC, for whom she played in 2014. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Japan forward Nahomi Kawasumi has signed with Seattle Reign FC, for whom she played in 2014. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Japan forward Nahomi Kawasumi is returning to Seattle Reign FC, the club announced on Thursday. She is expected to arrive in Seattle in the next 10 days.

Kawasumi was a major part of Reign FC’s massive turnaround in 2014, going from the club which finished second from bottom in the NWSL’s inaugural season to NWSL Shield winner and league runner-up in 2014, feats which Seattle would match in 2015.

But Kawasumi was only around for the 2014 campaign, on loan from Japan powerhouse INAC Kobe Leonessa. She returned to INAC for 2015 and part of the 2016 campaign.

“I’m back to Seattle again, and I’m so happy to join Seattle Reign FC.” Kawasumi said. “I will do my best for the team.”

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‘Naho,’ as she is best known, scored nine goals and added five assists for Seattle in the 2014 NWSL campaign, earning NWSL Bet XI honors. Kawasumi made the shortlist for FIFA World Player of the Year in 2014. She is best known for her pinpoint crosses and superior passing vision which lines up perfectly with Seattle’s tiki-taka style of play.

Seattle will welcome the star with open arms. The Reign currently sit in the bottom half of the table as the season approaches the halfway mark, sporting a record of 3-2-3 (11 pts.) in sixth place.

“We are extremely happy to bring Naho back to Seattle,” said general manager and coach Laura Harvey. “She was a huge influence on our group when she was a Reign player before and having someone of her quality and experience back with this team is really exciting.”

Kawasumi represented Japan at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups and the 2012 Olympics, helping the team win the 2011 World Cup and finish runner-up to the U.S. in the other two competitions. She has 82 international caps. She helped lead INAC to three consecutive Nadeshiko league titles from 2011-2013, winning league MVP honors in 2013, when she played alongside current Seattle forward Beverly Yanez.

Earlier this month, Seattle signed Kawasumi’s international teammate, Rumi Utsugi.

  • guest

    Always had a feeling Naho would make her way back to Seattle, I was just expecting it to be at the start of a season, not midway through one. But it is nice to see that it’s a full time move, not a loan.

    • Guest

      I wonder how much Naho, Fishlock and Little are making. I’m surprised Harvey has managed to stay under the cap with her high profile players(other than Solo and Pinoe) not not being allocated.

      • Steglitz49

        I suspect players like Melis and Naho are cheap. Jess has a Green Card and some personal connection to Seattle. Rumi Utsugi has played in Montpellier for the past 6 years. They are not a rich team.

        That leaves Kim Little but judging by some of her performances for Scotland in key matches maybe clubs with money are not interested.

        • guest

          Right, because that’s why there were rumors of the “big” money clubs trying to move for Little last fall, that had plenty of Reign fans anxious about whether or not she’d be around for this season. Fishlock loves the city of Seattle and even turned down an apparently pretty lucrative contract back in Europe to stay with the Reign and her girlfriend currently plays for the Reign as well.

          Whether you want to accept it or not, Seattle and Harvey are an appealing duo for international players. There’s a reason that they’ve been able to attract quality international players and it isn’t all about the money.

          • Steglitz49

            Jess helped Frankfurt win the Champions League but as I noted and you confirm, has personal reasons for preferring to live in Seattle.

            Rumors are just that: rumors. “Rumors of my death were much exaggerated”, quipped Mark Twain. The facts remain that Scotland with Kim playing failed to qualify for WC-15 and were handed a thrashing 1-4 by Finland in Scotland in a recent Euro-17 qualifier. Not something to have on your CV.

          • romel dias

            Love how you failed to mention her career stats or that she won the FA Women’s Player of the Year, PFA players award…league MVP in the NWSL and the BBC Footballer of the year award…bah you humbug!

          • Lorehead

            Christen Press: zero points in the NBA Finals.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Knockout Stage
            Goals 0

            Christen Press
            2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals 0

            Christen Press
            2016 SheBelieves Cup (ENG, FRA, GER)
            Goals 0

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendlies
            2 June 2016 (JPN), 5 June 2016 (JPN)
            Goals 0

            FIFA Women’s Ranking
            JPN – 7th

            fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/index.html

          • Lorehead

            You’re programmed to post that nonsense whenever somebody here brings up Christen Press, aren’t you?

          • Reality

            It’s a bot.

          • Lorehead

            Oh hey, Disqus has a new Block User button.

          • Steglitz49

            What does that mean in practical terms? Can we get rid of all those F1 McLaren messages?

          • mockmook

            The F1 bot keeps using different user names, so good luck with that…

          • Steglitz49

            What do they get out of it? Is it like Graffiti? Here is a comment field that nobody has spammed yet so they will be the first= Yippee!

          • Reality
          • Guest

            Yes, HOFCToDi’s posts are bot-like: triggered by certain key words, prolific, littered with canned data, at times seemingly relevant, but often not.
            If this a bot’s work, then let the Christen Press conspiracies fly! Way to go, HOFCToDi-bot.

          • Reality

            Not worth the trouble…just blocked him.

          • Steglitz49

            Can you block that other spammer for us please?

          • Reality

            I blocked the ads for myself…you may also do so…two bots no longer cluttering my EQ.

          • Steglitz49

            Thanks for the info.

            I noticed a couple of weeks ago that the EQ uses some software to block comments with unacceptable words. I quoted no lesser person than President Truman but his colorful language fell foul of the software-police even though it was inside quotation marks.

          • HOFCToDi

            Enjoy the FACTS.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is never the recipient of an individual international award.

          • Steglitz49

            She has never taken her kit off for personal gain either, nor dui.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is the prime candidate for de-allocation.

          • HOFCToDi

            Bull crap.

          • Guest

            OK. Maybe you’ve been asked before, but what does HOFC stand for? Hall of Fame Classic? Handicappers Outreach for Christ? Homeowners Financial Corp? House of Flying Cards (magician troupe in Florida)? Based on your avatar, ToDi stands for Toni DiCicco, the inventor of women’s soccer in the U.S.A. (the same way Al Gore invented the Internet.)

          • Steglitz49

            Hats OFf to ChrisTen or die

          • Guest

            He’s Only For Christen, Toni DiCicco

          • Steglitz49

            He Only Fancies Christen To Dinner

          • HOFCToDi

            Poor Chrissie Pooh, railroaded by the Jill Ellis youth movement.

            Crystal Dunn not Christen Press is now the backup to Alex Morgan.

            youtube.com/watch?v=0Z3A0BB_PbA

            5:40

            The boss has spoken.

          • HOFCToDi

            Hall of Fame Coach

            ussoccer.com/about/hall-of-fame/hall-of-famers

          • mockmook

            Holy Crap, you finally answered an actual question posed to you vs just posting random nonsense — KUDOS!!!

          • SpiritFan00

            ^^^ 100000 points to you though, and a round of applause

          • Can’t say I’m surprised, she never shows up to the big games.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex Morgan never got that Herman Trophy neither, not has she been voted POTY yet. There is always post-Rio I guess.

          • JL

            Because those facts are inconvenient for his narrative.

          • Steglitz49

            The fact remains that Scotland failed to qualify for WC-15 and were taken to the cleaners by Iceland. Facts are sacred; opinion is free.

          • guest

            Little is absolutely one of the top attacking midfielders in the women’s game, even if she hasn’t been able to drag Scotland into a major tournament. I don’t hear many people holding it against Giggs that he couldn’t pull Wales into a major tournament. I mean hell, Messi hasn’t exactly lit it up for Argentina consistently but he’s still considered the best in the world. In a lot of cases players are more successful at club level than they are at international level and that shouldn’t be held against them.

          • MurderOnZidanesFloor

            Particularly when she hasn’t been bad for Scotland as Steg seems to believe, she is their top scoring currently active player, not bad for a 25 year old central midfielder.

          • Steglitz49

            Scotland lost 1-2 to Holland at home and 2-0 in Holland in the 2014 WC-15 qualification play-offs. Iceland beta Scotland 4-0 in Scotland in the Euro-17 qualifying on June 3rd. NB Lars Lagerbäck does not manage Iceland’s Ladies, only their men.

            Iceland has a population of 330,000 while Scotland has 5.3m.

          • MurderOnZidanesFloor

            Scotland losing football matches does not in any way make Little a bad player.

            I guess in StegWorld Cristiano Ronaldo is ineffective too following his side failing to beat Iceland? I’m sure Real Madrid will be heeding your advice and terminating his contract shortly.

          • Steglitz49

            He certainly was ineffective for Portugal against Iceland but then he earns his dosh from Real Madrid.

            No doubt Seattle seems content to pay Kim her wages but the issue was whether there really are rich teams interested in her. Time will tell.

          • Steglitz49

            The question posed by “guest”, which may be you or any other guest, was: “I wonder how much Naho, Fishlock and Little are making?”

            I do not know how much they are making. I only tried to answeer “guest”‘s question. You do not agree with my answer. Fair enough.

          • Tom F

            guest or Steg watch or Steg patrol are most likely the EQ staff. Heads up that they write articles, Big thumbs down that they cowardly hide behind other names!

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. I have been wondering that myself too. Whoever they are, they are selective in their attacks, inconsistent and seem to fail to see the wood for the trees.

          • guest

            I have called you on things and I am not EQ staff. It’s when you say sexist stuff. You’ve been way better recently though, hardly any mentions of pregnancy or marrying women off, so good on you. Keep it up.

          • Steglitz49

            are you “guest” or “guest” or “guest” or “Guest” or “Beau Geste with gusto”?

            Register yourself so readers of the EQ can follow you.

          • Tom F

            Don’t see the Argentina connection? They made it to the finals in 2014. Meanwhile the Scot women’s have so far gotten nowhere despite being led by Kim Little, as well as Reign starter, Rachel Corsie, as well as English league leading scorer, Jane Ross, as well as Linda Evans, who helped Potsdam to a major upset of Lyon in the CL a yew years back, as well as Jan Biette, who started for the unbeaten Melbourne City

          • Steglitz49

            Hera hear. I too was so baffled by the Argentina reference that I wondred whether it was some oblique reference to Yokoyama’s goal?

          • MurderOnZidanesFloor

            You really need to check some of those facts, especially when I’ve corrected them before.. Jane Ross is not the current top scorer in the FA WSL, Fran Kirby is!

          • Steglitz49

            Mini-Messi.

          • Lorehead

            Isn’t Messi mini-Messi?

          • Steglitz49

            Touché!

            At the same time, there is a lot of male Messi. He is a solid chunk of change unlike for example Neymar.

          • Lorehead

            I take it you have personal experience with both.

          • Steglitz49

            Standing next to Christen Annemarie in that pool side photo, Neymar looks slight. He is marginally taller than her and there is not much more of him.

          • x

            Giggs might’ve gotten away with international doldrums, but dragging Wales into this Euro is an –enormous– honor for Gareth Bale.

          • guest

            Friendly reminder that Solo was the butt end of a 5-3 loss to Denmark at the Algarve Cup, which is the worse loss in USWNT history. Not something to have on your CV.

          • mockmook

            Not even close.

            BRA 4 — USA 0 (Scurry)

            WWC 2007

          • brdn08

            She also was on the head end of 2-1 and 1-0 wins in olympic finals and a 5-2 win in a World Cup Final. Her CV is untouchable in woso………………driving, not so much.

          • Gary Diver

            Out of curiosity, when did Scotland play Finland?

          • Steglitz49

            You are correct. It was Iceland, not Finland. It was one of the lands of the 5 Nordic countries. Iceland’s ladies are not managed by Lars Lagerbäck. He only runs their men’s NT.

    • kernel_thai

      Well part of that could be the apparent changes in Japanese NT. If Naho isnt going to be a regular on the NT anymore, perhaps both she and INAC no longer see her playing in Japan as important.

  • JL

    If Naho plays for Seattle at the level she’s been playing for Japan and Kobe, Reign fans are going to be very disappointed.

    • Steglitz49

      I don’t understand LH’s recrutiment strategy. Manon Melis has stepped off the Dutch NT in spite of Holland hosting Euro-17. Naho seems surplus to requirement in the new Nadeshiko. Maybe they are cheap, like those over the hill Canadians who play in Sweden?

      • guest

        They’re international quality players that aren’t going to be pulled away for tournaments. I mean compare it to Portland signing Henry, which is all well and good, but she’s going to only play a handful of games for them this year and get pulled away again next summer for the Euros. Seattle are only losing Solo to the Olympics, meanwhile Portland have been stockpiling players that are going to be missing a significant chunk of time. Investing in international quality players when other teams are going to be missing key pieces makes plenty of sense.

        • Steglitz49

          LH has to keep below the team salary ceiling. No doubt there are ways of circumventing it a bit and supplementing the players from other sources but it can’t be too obvious or the other clubs will complain.

          • guest

            Porkland are the team you should be more concerned with in that department.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. So why are Portland not collecting these players?

          • Lorehead

            They are, sort of. Both Nadim and Dagny fall into that category this year, and Raso looks likely to (she sat on the bench through the World Cup and isn’t currently listed on the Westfield Matilda’s roster). The Thorns’ owner, coach and general manager have more ambition to be a prestigious club that signs prestigious players, though. And besides, in an American-style league, you just need to make the playoffs and peak late in the season.

            I’ll give you three guesses who was pushing the hardest for the NWSL to start respecting the international breaks, though.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. Dagny OK. Nadim is not a longterm prospect on account of medical school. Raso as you say unclear.

            Naho was a crowd favorite in Seattle so may help cement the bonds. Melis ought to be a crowd favorite but needs to be fit to play.

        • kernel_thai

          I think there is a bit of symmetry to Lyon and PSG. Portland, like the Paris team seems much better at collecting valuable parts than parts that actually fit the machine whereas Seattle also get quality parts but with more an eye on the bigger picture.

          • Steglitz49

            Portland won the inaugural Championship playing with 10 ladies. Then KC has won it back to back.

            PSG at last sent their coach packing and have brought in the old Lyon coach who cut his teeth with Montpellier. What has Portland done?

          • kernel_thai

            Portland also sent their coach packing and brought in a coach who cut his teeth on DC.

          • Steglitz49

            Portland are on their 3rd coach. The lady, CPC, who coached them to the Championship win was sent packing.

            Not comparable at all, in short.

          • David K Anderson

            CPC may or may not have been “sent packing.” While “resigned for family reasons” is often code for “fired,” in this case, it seems like it was legit. She and her husband both resigned and stated they were shifting careers in order to keep their relationship healthy.

          • Steglitz49

            Fair enough.

  • newsouth

    they’ll lead the table by the end of the season, a

  • Rdalford

    Good to see Naho is coming back. Good for Seattle and the NWSL to have a proven high quality international player back. Naho knows the Seattle system and players. Also a plus that Harvey has constructed a roster that will not be greatly impacted by OG. Should help Seattle get back into top (playoff bound) part of NWSL standings.

  • donjerue

    Rumi Utsugi too? https://youtu.be/IWWwM2wwMww

    We’ll take Amadine Henry

    Bring it #BAON #RCTID

  • Tom F

    I guess than Naho takes over Mannon Melis spot at right wing. Does that mean Melis is still injured? or turned out to be NOT good enough as a starter?

    • Steglitz49

      Is there Brownian motion in Seattle these days?

      • guest

        The Brownian motion, defined as “the erratic random movement of microscopic particles in a fluid,” could be inside your skull?

        • Steglitz49

          As long they are not in my brain, do they matter?

  • NYRick

    I guess this makes Harvey a smart coach again.

    • Steglitz49

      Not convinced. Good for Naho though and the good burghers though maybe not for the babes of Puget Sound.

    • Guest

      Harvey doesn’t appear to be a great tactician. She is a great recruiter and makes good front office moves but I question her tactical prowess on the pitch. She has one go to strategy and when that doesn’t work her solution is to get her players to play better. I think Vlatko is much stronger in this area of coaching and why I think he has bested Harvey twice in championship games.

      • Steglitz49

        St Vlatko is King. He rules OK.

      • MurderOnZidanesFloor

        Yeah, there is no question of Harvey’s ability to bring in players. She’s done better than anyone in that regard and doesn’t have the backing of an MLS club like others do.

        I also somewhat agree on the tactical side being her weakness. I don’t think she is bad but let’s just say as an England fan I’m very glad she turned the job down so we could have Sampson instead!

        • Guest

          She isn’t Marc Wilmots on the Reign sideline. Her teams have clear ideas in what they want to do and how they approach games but it doesn’t seem to change a lot from team to team or situationally during games.

      • kernel_thai

        Im not sure that isnt too broad a stroke. I think her tactical changes during match come most into question. She doesnt seem to make adjustments on the fly very well. I think her prepared tactics r fine. Like any coach relies heavily on a system it’s sometimes hard to admit it isnt working.

  • Gary Diver

    Is there more internationals playing in NWSL this year or last year? Is there any pattern in the distribution of internationals? Some coaches don’t seem to make any effort to get internationals while other coaches are making a serious effort to sign them.

    • Steglitz49

      Are you talking real internationals or former internationals or hasbeen internationals or never were foreigners?

      Americans regularly underestimate the pull of the USA. Many a young lass and lad, for that matter, is excited by the prospect of living a couple of years in the US.

      • Gary Diver

        Your right, there is a difference between players currently on international teams and foreign players.

        Do you see NWSL on track to become the best women’s professional soccer league in the world?

        • Steglitz49

          Yes. But 2017 and possibly 2018 will be critical.

          Its achilles heel is lack of money and, possibly, the yawning gap between the crew and the officers in the USWNT.

          The rich men’s clubs in Europe will be able to outspend the NWSL but they will, well understood, favor their own national domestic players and the odd top class foreigner.

          The wage gap plus the lack of loyalty of the WNT players to their teams raise serious questions.

        • Lorehead

          Which other league is better? The Frauen-Bundesliga might have a decent claim, since it has decent parity with no salary cap and plenty of international stars at Bayern, but the Thorns signed away the world Player of the Year and German national-team captain in 2014, and their recent top goalscorer in 2015. There are a lot more top players from the world’s best international teams in the NWSL, and literally no American national-teamers in the Bundesliga. (Which is because the USSF won’t let them, not the fault of the Bundesliga. but still true.)

          The Swedish league no longer has any club losing big bucks. Amandine Henry just left Lyon because the NWSL is a better, more competitive league.

          • Steglitz49

            Only half of the teams in Damallsvenskan are in the black. The other 6 will need financial help at the end of the season.

            Umeå, who used to average well above 3,000 for a home game, in their glory days had only 300 show up for their match against Rosengård with Marta, “their” girl.

            If you play in England you get to play the FA women’s Cup final at Wembley. The last time the ladies Champions League final was in Germany Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, showed up. You saw the crowds in the street of Bilbao.

            Yes. The NWSL is on track to be the best league in the WoSo world but as long as the money is with the rich clubs and as long as individual federations with dosh, are prepared to spend, it is hard to beat old Europe.

          • Lorehead

            I would be thrilled if half the teams in the NWSL were in the black. Except for the one special case of Chicago (where their official attendance figures from last year include a doubleheader and are therefore completely misleading about their actual game-day revenues), every team is on pace to beat last year’s record-setting attendance. The World Cup bounce is looking more like a lasting bump. We can hope for a strong Olympic bounce, too.

          • Steglitz49

            iow, FIFA did all of WoSo worldwide a service by smoothing the path for the US to win WC-15.

          • JL

            A lot of teams in Sweden are having to let go of their biggest names because the salaries are becoming too expensive.

        • brdn08

          Yes, it was the best league in the world the day it was formed merely because of its parity and distribution of talent. College coaching jobs are more stable so the better coaching talent maybe except Andonovski is in the NCAA. The next goal other than increasing player salaries has to be adding Dorrance, Krikorian, and Swanson as coaches in the league.

          • Steglitz49

            I can see the attraction of being a college coach. You get to work with young hopefuls. You get to do some recruiting, not just drafting. Many of those who play will go on to other careers.

            To coach these 18/19 to 22/24 year olds must be enormously rewarding. When one of them plays in the World Championship or the final of the Championship or the Champions League or Swedish Cup or whatever, you can say — vow! One of them made the top echelons. How about that.

        • MurderOnZidanesFloor

          I think its probably the best league already, in terms of the overall talent on show and the depth of good sides. And it certainly is in terms of attendance and interest.

          Admittedly I only regularly watch NWSL and FA WSL games, usually only catching occasional matches/updates from the French, Swedish and German leagues rather than actively following them, and see almost nothing of Japan. I guess it depends how you measure it though as I think the best club sides are in France and Germany, even if the leagues overall don’t have as much strength.

          Really its no surprise the NWSL is so strong, the playerbase for women’s football in the US is huge compared to anywhere else. With US Soccer ensuring the best players stay in the league, and there being so many good players coming through the college system, it would have to take some monumental mismanagement for the league not to be very strong overall.

    • kernel_thai

      Well they added a new team so there r four more INT spots so could be.

      • mockmook

        I think some International slots went unfilled in previous years — seems like a full house now

  • Steglitz49

    Typing of signings, Bristol City has signed Claire Emslie, who joins Bristol City from Florida Atlantic University. The Scotch lass used to play for Bristol City’s manager Willie Kirk as a youngster at Hibernian. She did well at FAU, where they converted her from a midfielder to a forward.

  • Cc W

    This certainly helps the Reign a lot who have been sluggish all season. Also Harvey must realize that if she wants to compete with PDX she has to add to the fire power of her team. Melis is probably out for a few more weeks, and this provides options up top. Also, more depth at the mid with Utsugi frees up what Jess and Kim can do. I’ll be interested to see how the minutes play out.

  • Gary Diver

    Is Euro 17 going to be a big deal next year? Are the games going to be broadcast in the US? And if Euro 17 is a big deal, will that be good or bad for NWSL?

    • Steglitz49

      As long as England qualifies, the BBC may well televise some of it. Swedish TV generally cover its WNT reasonably well and German TV is likely to cover their matches. You may have to hunt the web but these channels can be found allegedly.

      • Gary Diver

        Interesting.

        In my humble opinion the BBC does a much better job picking good commentators for soccer matches than US stations. The BBC commentators really know what they are talking about and they treat their audience as though they have seen a soccer match before.

      • JL

        England has already qualified. Even if they don’t win their group, their results would still see them as one of the top 6 second place teams.

        • Steglitz49

          Indeed. Thanks for keeping us right.

      • MurderOnZidanesFloor

        The BBC might well televise the entire tournament, they did with the World Cup.

    • JD

      I believe a few of the big 2013 matches were shown on ESPN2. I know they were definitely streamed on ESPN3. So for 2017 they’ll probably stream them all and show a few on TV like ENG, GER, FRA.

  • Slightly off-topic but when has that stopped anyone here..

    Anyone know if Henry is cleared to play or is dressing tonight?

    • romel dias

      unless she has plans to watch the match nude, I am sure she is dressing tonight…

      • Noted! Thanks for the chuckle. Dressing in a Thorns kit too, I suppose? Rather than street clothes.

        • Steglitz49

          Unless dressed for Lingerie Football?

      • Lorehead

        From The Passion of Joan of Arc:

        Cauchon:
        What was St. Michael wearing? How can you know if the person you saw was a man or woman? Was he naked?

        Joan:
        Do you think God wouldn’t have clothes for him?

        • Gary Diver

          You are in the running for the “Cleverest Post of the Day”.

          • Lorehead

            I’ll get the hang of this newfangled meme thing eventually!

          • Steglitz49

            We saw Shaw’s Joan of Arc in London with Imogen Stubbs as Joan. She was fabulous. Amazing actress.

          • Gary Diver

            The Joan of Arc pictures that Lorehead cleverly used came from the great 1928 French silent film which starred Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Joan, directed by the great Carl Theodor Dreyer, and was based on actual court records of the trial. If you enjoy silent films, this is one of the best and Falconetti’s performance was one for the ages.

      • kernel_thai

        U probably just sold a few tickets.

    • romel dias

      😛

    • JL

      Portland received her ITC and she has her visa, so Henry has been approved to play this week. How much she actually plays is uncertain.

      • Thanks. I was surprised that I hadn’t seen anything on twitter about her being cleared. Or about her meeting up with the team in Rochester. Maybe I just missed it.

        • Lorehead

          I think those posts were tagged #BAONPDX and #NWSL.

  • Gary Diver

    Out of curiosity, has Amandine Henry arriving in America garnered any press? If Steg’s man Zlatan announced he was coming to MLS, the sports press would likely see the importance of the move and give coverage to it.

    • guest

      There were a few articles around in march when the signing occurred.

    • Lorehead

      First page of Google results include stories on ESPNw, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated. The Oregonian has a beat reporter, Jamie Goldberg, doing a great job of covering the Timbers and Thorns, so the local newspaper really is doing regular stories about the NWSL.

      • Gary Diver

        Last year I noticed that the Thorns have great support from local media, unlike the terrible situation in Chicago where the media doesn’t give two figs whether they have a NWSL team or not.

        • Lorehead
          • Steglitz49

            I hope Long and Sonnett make it to Rio.

          • Gary Diver

            Thanks for sharing this. Parsons’s comment is interesting: “Across the women’s game that I have been involved with the last three years, the female athletes are exceptional at getting out, building connections and relationships.”

            Relationships are usually more important to women than to men and this maybe a big plus for WoSo.

            Also, it is nice to see Emily Sonnett smile – she often appears way too serious.

          • Steglitz49

            The men earn 10- if not 100-fold what the ladies earn. Nevertheless, many male stars will do their bit for their local communities.

  • Gary Diver

    Funny how posters tend to post on one article. This is off-topic, but important since it deals with the mixture of sports, doping, and politics.

    Today, the IAAF has barred Russian track and field athletes from participating in the Rio Olympics. Russia has, for at least a decade, undertaken a state-sponsored doping program that rivals the East Germany efforts from decades ago. The evidence is overwhelming and shockingly Russian athletes recently have been either failing drug tests or refusing to take drug tests.

    The situation is approaching the farce of the Tour de France from 1990-2010.

    NOW it appears that Putin has allies within IOC who will pull a rabbit out of the hat and let the Russians participate in the Olympics on the honor system. The cover up of the corruption is as bad as the corruption itself. It almost makes one want to throw up.

    The corruption in international sports, including FIFA, will only be challenged IF the responsible governing organizations start acting responsibly. There are some officials who have shown courage and should be supported. “International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates has also branded Russia’s anti-doping agency and athletics body as ‘rotten to the core’.” (BBC)

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/36557009

  • Steglitz49

    Is it known whether Naho has a significant other in Seattle? Or is the pull of soccer by Puget Sound too strong? The Ferry to Bainbridge Island the lure, possibly? The view of Mount Rainier is to die for.

  • Gary Diver

    Will Euro 16 help WoSo?

    I have really enjoyed many of the Euro 16 games, especially the brutal defenses and a number of near-death goals. BUT the antics and violence of the men’s fans is truly beyond the pale. The Czech-Croatia game today following the English and Russian hooliganism is not acceptable in a world that is threaten by violence from so many sources.

    Salon had an enlightening article a few days ago about the connection between gun violence and toxic masculinity. This same toxic masculinity appears to be at the root of the aggressive fan behavior at Euro 16 games. Luckily, so far nobody has been killed.

    http://www.salon.com/2016/06/13/overcompensation_nation_its_time_to_admit_that_toxic_masculinity_drives_gun_violence/

    Maybe men’s soccer’s loss with be WoSo’s gain. The beautiful game does not need violence and WoSo fans seem to know that fact.

    • Steglitz49

      Don’t hold your breath.

    • MurderOnZidanesFloor

      Football has a huge history of fan violence, so I doubt a recurrence is going to put anyone off, even if sane fans disapprove.

      The Russia-England clashes don’t bode well for the next World Cup though.

    • mockmook

      “toxic masculinity”

      Boy, the BS just keeps coming. Are you not skeptical of anything?

  • Gary Diver

    USWNT, NWSL stars wear their support for the U.S. Deaf WNT.

    “On Friday, June 17, the USDWNT leaves for Italy to compete in the Deaf World Cup. To get there, though, the players must raise the cost of traveling overseas for the competition.”

    http://www.onceametro.com/2016/6/15/11942558/uswnt-nwsl-stars-wear-their-support-for-the-u-s-deaf-wnt-tasha-kai-sky-blue-fc-hope-solo

  • Gary Diver

    Who’s Going to Rio: USWNT Defenders

    Stephanie Yang’s take is interesting, but nothing surprising. The six OG16 defenders roster boils down to Sonnett or Engen. Yang seems to favor Engen.

    http://www.starsandstripesfc.com/2016/6/15/11916984/whos-going-rio-olympics-uswnt-defenders

    • JL

      Stephanie is a hardcore Boston fan.

      • Her bias towards her favorites is quite obvious and a little annoying for a reporter.

    • HOFCToDi

      USWNT Roster
      Centerbacks (3) – Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Engen or Sonnett
      Fullbacks (3) – Krieger, Klingenberg, O’Hara
      Goalkeepers (2) – Solo, Harris or Naeher

      Christie Rampone has hardly played her guts out in the last twelve months for the USWNT:

      Minutes Played
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup – 14
      2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – 0
      2016 SheBelieves Cup – 0

      • mockmook

        Rampone has already pulled herself out of the running.

  • Gary Diver

    EQ staff must be watching Euro 16, since with only a couple of hours before kick-off between Portland and WNY, there is no week preview of games.

    • Steglitz49

      You may well be right. A bit worrying if that is the case. Where is Harjeet when we need her?

  • Gary Diver

    The Portland-WNY game this evening is being played at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester instead of Sahlen’s Stadium. Are these two different stadiums or two different names for the same stadium?

    • jasperjenkins

      Same stadium. Sahlens dropped their sponsorship over the off-season.

      • Gary Diver

        Thanks. It is strange that on the WNY site, they use both names. Maybe it is two different staff workers:)

        P.S. It is kind of important since I may go to the stadium next month.

      • kernel_thai

        The place has been spruced up a bit since the name change. New turf, a beer garden, etc.

    • guest

      New ownership (Dave & Wendy Dworkin) for USL Rochester Rhinos team also have stadium operations deal with city of Rochester and new Rhinos owners have made some stadium investments (new turf etc). As others have noted the Sahlens no longer have the stadium naming sponsorship deal so for now the stadium is referenced as Rhinos stadium – but it is same stadium.

  • Movement

    Sakaguchi is Japan’s best player though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVnQn24eW6g

  • mockmook

    Next to Little, I think I have enjoyed Kawasumi’s play the most by an International in the NWSL.

    • Guest

      Kawasumi is a very good player and crosser. Unless she’s really dropped of she should help the reign a lot. My favorite international is Fishlock but Little is a close second.

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  • ladywing

    We are getting the band back together!

    • Steglitz49

      “Band of Sisters”