Ohai takes goal scoring lead; Dash beat Pride

The Equalizer Staff September 3, 2016 383


Kealia Ohai shot into the lead in the golden boot race with her second brace of the week to lead the Houston Dash to a 4-2 victory over the Orlando Pride on Saturday night. The win technically kept the Dash in the playoff race while the expansion Pride were officially eliminated on suffering their fifth loss in succession. The Pride had defeated the Dash in three previous meetings this season.

Janine Beckie opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when the Pride defense allowed Carli Lloyd’s cross to sneak all the way across the box after Ohai led the charge up the left flank. The goal was Beckie’s second of the season and first since opening day.

The match stayed 1-0 into halftime, but it took the Dash less than three minutes after the break to add to the lead. A corner kick went off heads and landed at the feet of Poliana. Her first shot was saved by Ashlyn Harris but she did not get a solid clearance on it and Poliana followed up to bury it for 2-0. It was the first goal in a Dash shirt for the Brazilian defender. Ohai joined the party in the 63rd minute when she curled a long-distance shot into the upper corner to render Harris helpless. The shot came at the end of an extended sequence of possession by the Dash.

There was no quit in the Pride though. In the 08th minute, Alex Morgan peeled off the wall to take a free kick from Kristen Edmonds and got the Pride on the board with a left-footed shot to the far post. An unruly fan came on to the pitch in an attempt to join the Pride celebration but was quickly shooed off by Pride coach Tom Sermanni. Edmonds then scored in the 87th minute. After the Dash were unable to get a corner kick turned up field, the ball eventually fell to Edmonds in the box and she hammered it off the top if the goal and in. It was Edmonds’s team-leading fifth goal of the season and the third for Morgan.

Ohai was not done though. Deep in stoppage time the Dash caught the Pride on a counter and Beckie fed Ohai who placed her shot perfectly to beat Harris and score her second goal of the night and league-leading ninth of the season. It was her fourth goal in two games this week and the first ever Dash draft pick has now scored in five straight games and six out of seven.

Both teams now face Wednesday road matches. The Dash (5-8-4, 19 pts) are in Portland while the Pride (6-11-0, 18 pts) are at Sky Blue FC. The Pride’s 17th straight match without a draw extended their NWSL record.

  • Guest

    Call up Kealia Ohai

  • Really?

    KO7 is here! Here time is now!

    • mockmook

      An Ohai call up does mean we have to lose the KO moniker (if we want clarity).

  • x

    Ohai’s on fire. Also, Roccaro’s quite lucky the refs failed to give Morgan a PK on her caution. What on earth was she thinking to shove her opponent in the box when she didn’t have a prayer of getting the ball?

    • Guest

      No to mention the opponent is running away from the goal and is on the endline, the only thing she would have been able to do with the ball is tap it so it stays on the endline, in which case Roccaro would have gotten it anyway

      • x

        Exactly. It’s about the least dangerous possible situation you could have in the box, which is why it’s so dumb to foul there. No gain and a big risk of giving up a free goal.

        • Gary Diver

          Let’s hope it is a learning experience. Roccaro is rookie after all.

  • Ron Rocha

    How sweet it would be to see the Ohai/Dunn combo again. I wonder if they could recapture it.

  • guestt

    Ohai scores when it doesn’t matter, I fear. Her goal was at the 3-0 mark. She reminds me of press in that regard.

    Also, when is Morgan going to score? Harris is the ORL MVP by a mile

    • Constant Weeder

      It’s not too late to watch the game – or at least the replay.

      • guestt

        yeah i missed the alex goal. stopped watching deep into 2nd half

        • kernel_thai

          Then u also missed Ohai’s goal in stoppage time after Orlando had closed to 3-2 and the Dash fans were afraid to look.

    • Guest

      Do her previous game winning and game tying goals this season not count? Or her game winning goal in the gold medal match of U20 WWC?

      And not by a mile, Edmonds has been solid also

    • Guest

      *goals

    • Steglitz49

      Morgan scored in Brasilia, the Miracle on Ice aka Bomb.

    • obo

      Morgan NWSL goals per game

      2013 0.44 (8 in 18 games)
      2014 0.43 (6 in 14 games)
      2015 0.25 (1 in 4 games)
      2016 0.25 (3 in 12 games)

      • mockmook

        2015 — only playing 4 games tells that story.
        2016 — OG and playing on a 1st year expansion team explains a lot.

        Let’s see how 2017 goes before throwing Alex on the ash heap of history.

        • obo

          Sanderson off the bench had the same number of goals as Morgan as of her trade to WNY (2) in more than 300 fewer minutes. Hagen has 2 goals in 5 fewer starts and 600 fewer minutes than Morgan. Spencer has 3 goals in 12 fewer shots and 4 fewer SOG than Morgan. Edmonds has 5 goals in 11 fewer shots and 5 fewer SOG than Morgan.

          That’s just out of who’s on the Pride.

          Beckie, an Olympian on an expansion team, has as many goals through 11 games as Morgan in fewer starts and 1/3 as many shots/SOG. Lloyd, an Olympian on an expansion team, has 2 goals in 1/4 as many games and 1/4 as many shots/SOG. Dowie, new to the league and on the league’s worst team, has as many goals in 3 games as Morgan had in 11. Press has 5 goals in fewer games and minutes. Horan, an Olympian, has 4 goals in fewer games, minutes, shots, and SOG. Sinclair, an Olympian who was injured for the first quarter of the season, has as many goals and assists in less than half the minutes, 1/5 as many shots, and 1/3 as many SOG. Homi rejoined the Reign more than halfway through the season and has as many goals and assists as Morgan in half as many minutes and nearly half as many shots/SOG. Melis has 5 goals in the same number of games, 300 fewer minutes, and fewer shots/SOG. Galton has as many goals and more assists in fewer games, 270 fewer minutes, half as many shots and 2/5 as many SOG. Banini has 5 goals and 1 assist on as many games and fewer shots/SOG. Matheson has 4 goals on fewer games and 1/3 as many shots/SOG. Franny Ordega has as many goals and assists through 10 games as Morgan had through 11, in 600 fewer minutes and 1/2 as many shots/SOG. Stengel has 4 goals and an assist in 300 fewer minutes and fewer shots/SOG.

          Tasha Kai _came out of 5 years of retirement_ and has as many goals and assists as Morgan on fewer minutes and nearly the same number of shots/SOG.

          • obo

            Since I feel bad about listing all those bad things about Alex Morgan, here’s one good thing: her conversion rate of SOG to goals (16.7%) is 0.6% better than Christen Press’s (16.1%) and 16.7% better than Crystal Dunn’s (0%). So she’s at least not the worst USWNT striker with >900 minutes and 5 SOG this season at scoring goals in the NWSL.

          • Ethan

            Edmonds wasn’t an Olympian.

            I know that this can probably apply to a number of other players as well, but if the finishing of her teammates or refereeing was better, Morgan would likely have three more assists.

            It is true though that her finishing hasn’t been the best this year. I’ve still seen some good/really good overall play from Morgan this season though, and her finish today was solid.

  • guest

    Kealia Ohai puts two quality goals past Harris (a USWNT GK) and now leads the NWSL in goal scoring – just in case Ellis happens to be watching.

    • Guest

      she isn’t technical enough for a modern uswnt

      • Gary Diver

        Please explain further. What can’t Ohai do that you would like to see in a player?

        • kernel_thai

          Ohai weaknesses r holding the ball in traffic and general ball handling skills. That’s why she is so dangerous out in space but less effective in the box. On the other hand if the US is going to wait for perfect players they need to sit down and be comfortable. What Ellis or her successor needs to do is look at players for what they can do to help u not what they cant do. The pros r Ohai is not only very fast but just as fast at the end of matches. She is also just as fast even when she is working as hard on defense as on offense. Ohai can shoot and get an accurate cross off with both feet so u can play her on either side. Mostly, when ur team just got knocked out of Olympics because they could only score 1 goal in 120 minutes, it’s kinda hard to turn ur nose up at anyone who has 9 goals in 7 consecutive matches.

          • Steglitz49

            The USWNT has 3 years before they will need to be on song again.

            Kealia could have gone to Rio instead of Pinoe but Pinoe was annointed. Pinoe started the move that led to Alex’s 1-1 equalizer in Brasilia. The fact that a competent ref would have given a freekick to Sweden Americans need not worry about.

          • newsouth

            she has tunnel vision. if u sandwich her at the international level, she’ll get dispossessed on her weak side. she should have kept the eye thing in the closet. it’s pretty obvious USSTet is holding this against her.

          • Guest

            Why don’t you wait until she gets a chance before you make assumptions?

          • Guest

            How Ohai has scored these goals matters in the context of fielding a team capable of breaking down teams like Sweden. In that respect the US already has players who can do what Ohai does in Dunn and Pigh. What they are sorely lacking is creative and competent central midfield play and creative flank play. I think they could also use a change in philosophy with regards to their CF play. Ohai doesn’t bring anything to the team new she’s more of the same resembling the team that values physical skills over technique. The only way I put her in my team is if she plays at outside back or wing back.

          • Guest

            Last week she was dribbling at a player and was able to get off a perfect curler in a fraction of a second that turned into a goal. Do not see anyone on USWNT doing that besides when Lloyd or Rapinoe attempt to and it goes into the stands

          • Guest

            2015 Rapinoe is way better than Ohai. Rapinoe had 5 goals and 5 assists in 10 games for the Reign last year. If she can get back to where she was she is clearly the better player. Almost all of Ohai’s goals have come in trasition when she has space around her. She won’t get that against the best NT’s in the world and the US already have quality transition players in Pugh, Dunn and Morgan. The US need players who are going to crack Sweden’s low block and opperate well in early possession phase. That’s not Ohai.

          • Guest

            And Rapinoe is only getting older. The roster the next 3 years does not have to be Rapinoe vs Ohai, there is no limit on roster space and who can be in camp. We are saying that Ohai deserves a LOOK and to be evaluated in NT setting, no one is saying she should waltz into a starting spot at the next WWC. An accurate cross or an ability to beat a player and draw out defenders is a way to beat a bunker, like Pugh was doing. Dribble and draw defenders then pass, which Ohai can do

          • Guest

            I never sais Ohai didn’t deserve a look. The purpose of my comment was to point out that she doesn’t look overly impressive to me or much different than what the US already has. Dunn scored 15 goals in the league last year and has yet to tally one this year. Sorry but I don’t think Ohai is a very good dribbler at all she’s almost all speed. I think Pugh can already do what Ohai can and better with the exception Ohai’s shot. Also, the USWNT wings drop back to help build up a lot. Waldrum has Ohai and a Beckie/Daly high on the shoulder of the CBs they are attacking. They are two very different systems.

          • Guest

            And how well has that worked with them dropping back to ‘build’? Certainly did not work at OG considering they had minimal buildup. Time to try new things and experiment, starting with players in the league who have earned call ups.

          • Guest

            If you play with a midfield that doesn’t show for the ball, you should expect a heavy dose of kick it long to Alex and hope she can outrun the defenders.

          • kernel_thai

            Most of Rapinoe’s goals for the Reign also came in space during transition and she has better players setting her up. Is a healthy Rapinoe better than Ohai…yes. Does that mean u dont call up anyone who isnt better than Rapinoe? No. If that was the standard then Pugh never would have been called and uve seen how that worked out. Morgan went from being cut off the the U20s to the star of the U20 WC, Dunn has gone from someone Ellis never played to her “difference maker”. Sometimes u need to give players the chance to fail or succeed.

          • Steglitz49

            The Swedish defense was highly organized and in Nilla Fischer, Linda Sembrant, Jessica Samuelsson, Elin Rubensson and Lisa Dahlkvist had exceptional players. Even Kosse Asllani and Caroline Seger helped out in defense as and when needed.

          • kernel_thai

            U cant build ur team based on beating a bunker. U build a team to face the least common denominator then train them to handle different situations. In the case of Sweden most of the traction the US did have was quick players like Pugh and Dunn running at the defense. If that’s the way Ellis wants to attack a bunker than Ohai is just as useful. If she decides she should have been trying to pull it apart with short passes then Ohai is less useful but Ohai is likely a grandmother before Ellis tries something like that.

          • Guest

            No you build a team based on the style of play the team has decided to use. The team being as talented as they are will see low blocks from South Africa, Mexico, Canada, and Sweden among others while having to also deal with excellent pressing schemes from teams like England. The best teams all need to have ways of beating a bunker though because it is an effective and known tactic that has proven very successful. Look at the recent Liverpool Burnley game for another example. Liverpool had over 30 shots and only 1.2 expected goals from them. Liverpool are a high pressing team full of fast players.

          • mockmook

            And, playing in great crosses from the wing can beat a bunker — plus, you are under-selling Ohai’s ball skills.

          • Guest

            I don’t think I am underselling her ball skills. I see them as clearly below average. Not a lot of good shots on goal are generated from crosses and bunkers are specifically designed to defend long crosses in the air.

          • mockmook

            “Not a lot of good shots on goal are generated from crosses”

            In woso, not a lot of good shots are generated, period.

          • Guest

            Okay but if the goal is to get better at generating them I’d rather see the US pick the team to accomplish that. To me Ohai is a wing back or a modern outside back. That’s where I like Dunn as well. I think there is a place for crosses but there needs to be less of a reliance on them from the US if they want to improve as a team.

          • kernel_thai

            Yet that was the method Ellis chose. If u build ur team in the style the coach chooses to use then a fast player who can make a cross and get a shot off is the what Ellis needed against Sweden. Hell, she should have moved HAO up from the alternates if that was her tack. What the Sweden game lacked other than a better game plan was someone who can shoot the ball from the perimeter. Rapinoe is just as likely to miss by 20 yards as hit the back of the net, Neither Pugh or Heath r good shooters tho I still have hope for Pugh. Dunn, Press & Lloyd r only effective centrally. In her current run of form and Im not saying it lasts, Ohai is probably the difference maker against a bunker the way Ellis chose to attack it.

          • Guest

            Scoring from outside the 18 isn’t consistent for any WoSo player. I am thinking forward and want to see a team that shoot from the 6 not the 18. I don’t think shots from outside the box are the way forward for the NT nor do I think Sweden would have let Ohai ever get as clean a look as her goal in this game. HAO hasn’t played in over a year and fair or not it seem’s to be directly related to her style of play. Ohai is a very similar player to HAO and I’m having a difficult time seeing her fit into a possesstion oriented team as anything other than an OB. Despite her good form for the Dash at the moment I don’t think Lloyd is an effective player for the NT anymore.

            I probably choose Ohai if I was chosing the formation and tactics. I think she is an ideal wing back in a 3-5-2. As far as the current tactics are concered she’s an OB to me and I think some others from the NWSL deserve a look there too

      • Wut

        lol. she is in better form than our achilles heel OBs, as well as Pinoe. Unlike Heath, she can actually hit the net. I’d like to see her on the NT for a few games, personally.

        • Gary Diver

          And Ohai has a dangerous long-distance shot which is completely lacking with USWNT.

          • well

            Press and Lloyd also have dangerous long distance shots

          • Gary Diver

            Lloyd does have a distance shot, but it doesn’t seem very dependable and when she does make a long range goal like last week she looks surprised like “did I just do that?” And her long range successes are usually not with players hanging around her like Ohai has shown she can do.

            I don’t want to start the Press wars again but her nimble flashes of greatest never seem to be when the team really needs a goal.

          • Dary Giver

            No, Lloyd’s ability to score from distance is not reliable, except when it is, winning two OG golds and one WC.

          • Guest

            Just because Lloyd shoots from distance often and hits the net 1/85 times, does not mean she has a good long distance shot.

        • guest

          i await the arrival of the heath gang troll brigade.

      • FawcettFan14

        Have you seen the goals she’s been scoring. All top notch finishes. Plenty of technical skill on them. And the way she fakes and shimmies to get by defenders is a technical skill. Her game is primarily speed base, yes, but there is plenty “technical” about her game.

        Ellis would be daft to not call her up this fall.

        • Gary Diver

          Ellis should call up Kealia Ohai, Shea Groom, and at least one other NWSL players for the two September Friendlies. The WC19 future should start now, not a year and a half from now.

          • FawcettFan14

            I’d add Lynn Williams as a third new forward option in addition to Ohai and Groom.

            Then there’s the Chicago outside backs to consider, and the Chicago central midfielders…

          • Gary Diver

            If Jill Ellis called up a few of these players it would add much needed interest to these Friendlies. At this point I could care less about the Thailand game and mostly want to see if the Netherlands attempts a rope-a-dope against USNWT. But if Ellis called up some of these players and let them play I would be interested in the games.

          • Steglitz49

            The NL was on cruise control for Rio when one of their defenders made a howler and Olivia Schough pounced. The rest is history.

            The NL game may well be worth a trip because the Dutch lasses have something to prove and are the hosts of Euro-17 and have not gotten the practice in qualifying games that the others have had, not least Sweden, France and Germany.

          • Gary Diver

            I assume that by hosting Euro 17, the Netherlands did not have to qualify and gets top seed.

          • Steglitz49

            Correct.

            In the old days the reigning champion also did not need to qualify but that was abandoned quite a while ago.

          • Gary Diver

            Euro 17 should be exciting to watch from this side of the pond.

          • Steglitz49

            Take a trip across the blue Atlantic. Travel is easy within the NL. Pick a central place like Amsterdam or Utrecht — there may even be a better location. Maybe you can cycle to all the games?

          • Steglitz49

            Groom fouls too much — or, at least has a reputation for doing so. Unlike that Canadian player, she does not get away with it.

          • Gary Diver

            I’ve heard she is attempting to get that under control.

          • HOFCToDi

            No thanks to Groom.
            Ashley Sanchez is the future along with Mallory Pugh.

          • Gary Diver

            Hopefully Sanchez next year.

          • HOFCToDi

            Hopefully Savannah Jordan versus Thailand.

          • Guest

            Yes, the USWNT only needs 2 attacking players for the next 10 years

          • HOFCToDi

            The USWNT already has Kealia Ohai and Crystal Dunn to replace Christen Press along with a slew of central midfielders:

            DiBernardo, Vanessa
            Mewis, Samantha
            Brian, Morgan
            Horan, Lindsey
            Lavelle, Rose
            Sullivan, Andi

            By the way, Christen Press is a LOSER!

          • Guest

            Shea Groom is not a central midfielder. And there is no reason to only call in 4 forwards for the next 3 years. It is a period of evaluation and development. Kealia Ohai does not play the same position as Shea Groom either.

          • Guest

            So what? If Ellis minded that then Lloyd would not be on the team and Klingeberg would be on the bench

          • Steglitz49

            Carli gets away with too many fouls. I guess these days it is being POTY that protects her, It took an awfully long time for the ref to book her in Brasilia. Maybe that gormless ref was worried about having to give her a second yellow? Maybe all refs are?

          • Gary Diver

            That is a valid observation.

          • Steglitz49

            The USWNT gets away with a lot of aggressive physical play while Canada gets the blame.

            The USWNT is forever harassing the officials, esp the ARs. This they also get away with, maybe because English is their 1st language and they are taught which phrases to use.

        • Guest

          She primarily gets by defenders using speed and quickness. None of the fakes involve keeping the ball on a string. That isn’t the technical quality she needs to be more than a HAO on the NT. She needs to move the ball quickly and accurately to her teammates in tight spaces. She also needs to be effeciteve in the possession phase of the game as well with smart off ball movement as oppose to always playing on the shoulder. She still hasn’t impressed me much on those fronts.

          • kernel_thai

            I agree she needs to improve in all the areas u mentioned to be a regular on the NT but one way to do that is bring her up and force her to evolve if she can. Also the difference between losing to Sweden and winning the gold might have come down to being able to bring in a player who can create a goal out of nothing which Ohai has specialized in lately.

        • kernel_thai

          They talked to Harris after the match. She mentioned how all the Houston goals were quality goals in corners. I think all the Ohai goals in the last few weeks were side netting. Hard for anyone to stop that.

        • JL

          I think some fans are under the impression that “technical” only means being able to pull off fancy tricks that are useless in games half the time.

          • Guest

            Speed of play, passing accuracy, ball controll and all of thoses things are done well in tight spaces by technically proficient players. Look at the Japanese players or Brian as reference points. Heath has lots of technical ability as well as the tricks. Flair is what I think you mean by tricks and that is different from technical skill.

      • Evevic

        She’s more technical than Alex Morgan and is a two footed player with speed.

        • guest

          i await the arrival of the morgan gang troll brigade.

          • Steglitz49

            Had Everic been critical of Christen Press the EQ would be in overdrive by now. Thus I threw her hat into the ring for good measure and bait.

          • Evevic

            Steg I only reference AM because she’s the face of the team and has her own limitations. Just to highlight Ellis has a bias against Kealia

          • Breakers fan

            The arrival occurred 9 hours ago. 😉

        • Steglitz49

          Possession is nine tenths of the law.

          One is a mega-star who has proven her worth repeatedly when it mattered, even in the Miracle on Grass aka Bomb in Brasilia. The other is fighting to get into the ship.

          You could legitimately ask why Kealia was disdained for Christen Press.

        • Guest2

          More technical than Alex Morgan. Not raising the bar too high there are you.

          • Evevic

            Lol. Ok then we can both agree that Kealia’s exclusion from even a tryout by Ellis is a personal bias and not a decision based on rational. Because if Kealia (if give a chance with USWNT) can duplicate her current club form, she would be an incredible asset to the national team.

        • Ethan

          Morgan’s not a two footed player, but I’ve seen her score a number of good goals and make a number of good assists/plays with her right foot. Plus, after her first few touches in the first half, she was the Pride player routinely connecting on forward passes that might lead to better offensive openings.

          • Evevic

            Sorry Ethan her right foot is a great liability. She can’t pass, cross with her right foot and only shoots on goal with her right foot only when she absolutely can’t use her left foot. The point guest made earlier Kealia limitations are keeping her from getting a look with USWNT. My point is every player on the current roster have technical and other limitations including the biggest star AM but that has kept them from being regulars.

          • Ethan

            Right, so her second assist to Wambach against Mexico in 2014, her second goal against France in 2014, her chip goal against the Spirit in 2014 (I think the goalkeeper was Jones), her cross for Edwards against the Dash earlier this season, her assist to Hagen, her passes to Spencer against the Flash and Edmonds against Chicago, her pass into Heath against New Zealand that led to the Lloyd free kick, her goals against Costa Rica and Germany this year, and other instances say her right foot is a complete liability. Good to know. Agree to disagree.

          • kernel_thai

            U forgot the stoppage time goal against Italy. It is a valid point thought. Since returning from her long injury bout Morgan has accepted shooting from hellecious angles instead of moving it back to her right. Maybe it’s a mental thing but if she showed the right foot more she’d be a tougher nut to crack for defenders.

          • Guest

            Lots of players have a dominant shooting foot. I think it’s just more noticeable with left footed strikers and forwards because they look different than most football players. I don’t really think there is much wrong with it since two footed strikers are so rare. Morgan’s goal at SBC against Germany was with her right foot. I don’t think Morgan is a player who possesses a lot of natural technical ability though. Her first touch is fine but her ball control and dribbling is below par. While she is capable of making good crosses I don’t think she’d be able to pick out passes from central midfield or do the other things required of central midfielders. She’s not very good back to goal either.

          • Ethan

            Well, I just didn’t want to list every moment. Sure, Morgan could use her right foot more, but to suggest that she only shoots with her right when she absolutely can’t use her left is ridiculous. To say she can’t pass or cross with her right is even more ridiculous.

      • Gary Diver

        It is sad to see people say that young talent who have been striving to get a call up shouldn’t be called up because they lack this or that. Give them a chance! Let’s see what these young players can do on the field with the national players. Why are you afraid to give them a chance? That is the key of the emergence of the Canadian team – giving young players a chance.

        • guest

          Agreed. Ohai might benefit from a higher level of competition, no reason to believe she is in a rut

        • Steglitz49

          I suspect that the player pool for canada is about 15% that of the US and maybe less than 10%.

        • JL

          Canada really doesn’t have the same level of talented players at 22-25 that the US has. Herdman didn’t have much of a choice. It was either go with the teenagers or stick with the old timers.

      • Guest

        She is no less technical than Dunn, Krieger, O’Hara, etc

        • Guest2

          I think she’s less technical than all those names you just mentioned and I don’t rate their technical ability that highly. Krieger and O’hara clearly have a better first touch in my opinion.

          • Guest

            Disagree 100%

          • Guest2

            Clearly since your first comment explicitly stated that already. Ohai’s first touch is like Dunn’s. Which is to say it is erratic and heavy. Krieger’s and O’hara’s are much better by comparison and they are also much better passers(when O’hara isn’t forcing balls down field). Dunn’s and Ohai’s passing accuracy are both poor but I’d give the edge to Dunn on dribbling. I won’t argue much that Dunn’s technical quality is rather low but I still give her the edge over Ohai. I can’t think of one technical skill Ohai is superior to the others at other than crossing and shooting.

          • Guest

            O’Hara’s passing? Her turnover rate is pretty high and she smacks plenty of long balls to no where. I have not once seen her shine in a game this year that was not against a tomato can, because she cannot do anything to break down an organized team with passing

          • Guest2

            The whole US back line has that problem. Have you watched play for Sky Blue this year? O’hara had been one of the better passers in the league according to WoSo stats.

          • mockmook

            Have you watched any of Ohai’s pinpoint crosses into the box?

          • Guest2

            Yes and I think it’s excellent. I still think O’hara and Krieger are better overall passers.

          • kernel_thai

            Ohai is a better passer than Dunn and she textures a pretty nice ball.

          • Guest2

            Ohai’s crossing is superb and I admit that Dunn’s passing is weak. I still don’t rate Ohai’s passing as well as the other two though. I have admitted that I think Dunn’s technical quality is quite low.

          • kernel_thai

            Dunn is just all over the board consistency wise. One minute she looks like she can beat anybody and the next she cant control the ball.

          • kernel_thai

            Dunn is a better ball handler but her first touch is spotty at best. Ellis thinks Kriegers offensive skills best belong on the bench. O’Hara has gone from Herman winning forward to a seldom used midfielder to a full back so no one is doing back flips about her technical skills either. Of course they all live in glass houses. Pugh and Heath cant shoot a lick and Rapinoe can go from brilliant to awful and back in the same half. Maybe the most offensively complete outside player is Klingenberg but she’s not a very good defnder.

          • Guest

            No thank you to Klingenberg’s ‘offense’

    • another Guest

      Jill is too stupid and conservative to call up anyone new. She hates Harris anyway, so goals against her mean nothing. It’s just going to be same old same old. Unfortunately Carli isn’t doing too bad with the Dash, so she’s not going to be benched any time soon.

    • guest

      no need to call up kealia ohai when you have a 50% megan rapinoe.

      • obo

        22 divided by 90 is more like 24%, which is worth at least a HAO, 3/4 of a Krieger, and half an Ohai

    • another Guest

      ever since movement posted an Ohai highlight video she has been on fire.

    • Movement
  • obo

    WoSoWeekly reported an attendance of 6,819 (2nd-best/8 home games).

    • Rdalford

      Houston attendance 6819 ( from box score on NWSL site Stats page)

      Houston YTD (7440+5081+6293+4570+5661+4329+5012+6819)
      Houston YTD total=45,205 YTD avg=5651 (mean) with median of 5371

      • kernel_thai

        Morgan/Lloyd convergence stirred the force

        • Steglitz49

          Doubtful.

          • Steg Patrol

            If you can’t contribute a better explanation, then STFU.

          • Steglitz49

            5012 ought to have an * by it because it is the number of tickets sold for the match before Rio, which was postponed. Thus, it does not reflect the moment in time when the match was played.

      • obo

        6,819 is the 6th-best mark for the Dash franchise, better than 11/12 2013 games and 7/10 2014 games.

      • Steglitz49

        The 5012 ought to have an asterisk to it because it is based on the pre-OG number for the cancelled match that was played after Rio.

        Nevertheless, Houstons numbers are steady and never go below 4,000. How many actually are at the games is another question.

        • kernel_thai

          While it would nice to think they had 6800+ fannies in the truth is the only number that matters is tickets sold. That’s the money that pays the bills. If it were more important to have 20000 in the seats every match they could hand out free tickets and do that until they went out of business.

          • Steglitz49

            Do we know how many freebies the management hands out?

          • kernel_thai

            Some teams provide seats to their academy teams but not sure if that is happening in Houston. With most of thse situations it’s season tickets. If u buy a season ticket ur counted their for all ten home matches even if u only make two. If the Dash have 3000 STH and only 1000 r there for any given match it makes the place look empty.

    • kernel_thai

      Glad they went home happy. That may be the biggest crowd for a Houston win.

      • obo

        The Dash won their 2016 home opener vs. Chicago with an attendance of 7,440.

        • kernel_thai

          So much for that little piece of trivia.

          • Rdalford

            Dash also had slightly higher attendance (6842) for 1-0 win over Boston in final home game in 2015

    • Steglitz49

      Impressive. Any reasons given for the good attendance? What is your idea?

      • Rdalford

        Dash marketed this home match all season as the first post OG home match with all 7 of their OG participating players plus Alex
        ( example quote “Join us at BBVA Compass Stadium next Saturday, September 3 as we welcome back our Olympians, including Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian, Lydia Williams, Andressa, Poliana, and Canadian Bronze medalists Janine Beckie and Allysha Chapman on their Return from Rio when the Dash take on USWNT star Alex Morgan and the Orlando Pride!”)

        Dash and Dash fans got burned in 2015 when 13025 fans attended their first post WC home match (Sunday 12th July 2015) but USWNT players were not allowed to play (i think the uswnt players were in attendance but not on game roster). The Dash schedule was more careful this year with first post OG game in Sept to avoid repeat of last year’s disappointment (although rescheduled game and uswnt crashing out of OG early again caused them to again have 18th Aug match without WNT).
        Net, this game drew 6819 which is good but not 13K.

        • Steglitz49

          The same has happened in Sweden. Yesterday at Örebro’s home match v Rosengård all the players at the olympics from all nations (not just Swedes) were given flowers before the game and some goody bags.

          >2000 were at that match where 500 is considered a good attendance.

  • GNC

    I may have had questions on Wednesday, but now I get it. Ohai should get the call-up regardless of whether or not she’ll cement her place on the team – she had a truly truly great game. Despite Ellis’s poor track record of not choosing based off of NWSL play, we may see Ohai get the call. A killer NWSL season did it for Dunn, why not Ohai too?

    On another note, I think part of what made Ohai look so good tonight was the fact that the entire Dash team seemed to be on the same page. When everything clicks like that it’s hard not to have a great game.

    This game made me question Morgan’s role as captain, though. She looked dejected after the third goal and doesn’t have that kind of vocal, rallying leadership style that can lift the team- nice play on her goal though.

    • Breakers fan

      I may have to watch this game now. I’m confident she’ll get a call-up and she should.

    • kernel_thai

      At best I think Ohai is a role player on the NT but there is nothing wrong with that. Good teams r built from a few stars and a bunch of role players doing their jobs, The perfect example of this on Houston is O’Sullivan who looks like the player u take last picking sides yet is somehow in the middle of everything. If Ellis wanted to she could find a role for Ohai who can play forward and either flank position on both sides. She loves to defend and loves to attack and at some point it would pay off.

  • Miami66

    I’d expect Ohai will be given a chance.

    • kernel_thai

      Last year around this time Ellis came to Houston ona shopping trip during the Breakers/Dash match. Rumor was she was there to watch Ohai and McCaffrey. Neither did anything remarkable and McC came out at the half but Ellis obviously saw the future in McCaffrey and brought her in repeatedly beginning in October. The question is will Ellis continue her investment in McCaffrey or reward Ohai for a noteworthy season?

      • guest

        While in Houston for Breakers/Dash match last year Ellis also informed K Mewis that she would no longer be allocated

      • Breakers fan

        This has been discussed ad infinitum before — I think McCaffrey’s showing that got her the call-up was the entire week in California when the U-23s were out there with the NT, rather than this NWSL game. And as guest below says, a big reason for Ellis being at that game was probably to talk to K. Mewis.

        • kernel_thai

          It was part of a three or four match tour for Ellis so I dont think it was just because she enjoys disappointing people like Mewis.

          • Breakers fan

            I didn’t know that. You’re probably right that there were other reasons as well, however for this particular match, and my comment was ” a big reason” , not “the only reason”, talking to Mewis could have been a strong impetus in having her choose THIS game. The reason I made the comment was to explain what was much more likely the primary cause of McCaffrey getting a call-up – an entire week of probably 2 a day practices rather than this one match in which as you point out both players didn’t particularly shine

          • kernel_thai

            Well I do agree that the game in question probably was much of an indicator either way. Neither player did anything that screamed NT. Of course the Solomonesque thing to do was bring both Ohai and McC into NT camp and let them continue to state their case.

          • Breakers fan

            Looking backwards from the decision made at the time it appears the premium skill being looked for (Abby on the way out, looking, it seems, for what Abby did not provide) was “good in tight spaces”, “quickness”. My guess is that McCaffrey showed better pretty clearly in those areas than Ohai at that camp, at least in the first quality. I question whether Jill at that time knew she’d move McCaffrey from forward to the flank. I agree that Ohai should now be called in and if she is she will then be able to continue to state her case amongst the NT.

  • Gary Diver

    USWNT loves a good human interest story and Ohai fits that category. I would prefer both Ohai and Groom to be called up for the September Friendlies, but it will be fine to start with just Ohai. There is no VT this year and I will unhappy with Ellis if she treats these Friendlies as the “Victory Tour That Wasn’t”.

    • anon

      i honestly think US Soccer considers Ohai’s vision to be a liability. She has been snubbed so many times.

      • Gary Diver

        If true, that is both unfair and unfortunate. Give the girl a chance and let her show us what she can do on the field.

      • kernel_thai

        U may be right which is ironic because Ohai played very well as a starter in the U20s before USSoccer knew she was a loability.

        • anon

          Her coaches at UNC didn’t even know about her eye

          • kernel_thai

            guess it didnt show up on the beep test

      • Jamie

        so sad if true. Every player on the current WNT has a weakness that is a potential liability.

        • kernel_thai

          Well it’s not so different with the way USSoccer treated Chalupny

      • Steglitz49

        Could it be a medical insurance issue? Could the insurance for Kealia be significantly higher than for another player?

        • guest

          Um, I’m not sure of the intricacies of how insurance works, but… it shouldn’t be a huge issue in that regard. It’s not like she has a chronic illness that needs expensive medicines and treatments. She wears a contact lens to hyperfocus her functioning eye, not too different from the rest of us contact wearers.

          • Steglitz49

            If she was hit form her blind side, got a sever concussion and a compound fracture that resulted in an amputation — it would be expensive.

            The Dash management may be prepared to pay the higher premium. The USWNT picks a different player.

          • Breakers fan

            Not trying to be sarcastic here, as I have contacts too — does the word “hyperfocus” in your post mean “give her vision that is better than 20-20?” I have heard of 20-10 before and maybe it can get even better than that, do you know?

        • kernel_thai

          Dash dont seem to have any problem insuring her.

          • Steglitz49

            The Dash are the Dash and the USSF is the USSF. Whether the twain will ever meet is not known.

    • HOFCToDi

      Kealia Ohai replaces Heather O’Reilly from the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster just as Crystal Dunn replaces Christen Press.

      • lol

        lol . CrysDunn has work to do… she isn’t doing so hot in the league, especially compared to Press.

        • HOFCToDi

          LOL!

          Crystal Dunn has five assists during the 2016 NWSL Season while Christen Press has none.

          • Guest

            LOL!

            Look at the goal tally list to the left of that assist list

          • HOFCToDi

            Look at the goal tally list for Christen Press versus the following international teams:

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

            GER, CAN, ENG, SWE, JPN, PRK, BRA

            A big fat ZERO!

            Christen Press is a LOSER!

          • Guest

            LOL says the guy sitting on his computer in his basement

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press

            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals – 0
            Assists – 0

            2016 Rio Olympics
            Goals – 0
            Assists – 0
            Penalty Kicks Converted – 0

            A big fat ZERO!

            Christen Press is a LOSER!

          • Guest

            See previous comment.

          • HOFCToDi

            The only time Christen Press ever scored a goal against France is when both starting centerbacks Laura Georges and Wendie Renard were out of the lineup.

            Christen Press is a LOSER!

          • Steglitz49

            The Miracle on Grass, aka Bomb in Brasilia, is on his side.

        • HOFCToDi

          LOL!

          Christen Press only shows up at meaningless international women’s friendlies versus tomato cans.

          • Guest

            There are no international women’s friendlies in the NWSL idiot

          • HOFCToDi

            You are the idiot with your head shoved up the arse of Christen Press.

          • Guest

            Lol yeah just disregard the fact that you were the one corrected and try to steer the mistake on someone else.

          • HOFCToDi

            Poor Pressie Pooh!

            So many youngsters to replace you:

            Ohai
            Dunn
            Pugh
            Sanchez

          • Guest

            Lol not a single center forward on the list

          • HOFCToDi

            Get a clue.

            youtube.com/watch?v=0Z3A0BB_PbA

            5:40

          • aronk6@gmail.com

            You have to go back to April for the last time she plays CF?

        • Steglitz49

          Ms Press is history. She will be phased out.

          Ms Dunn played well against Sweden. That is the yardstick that matters.

        • Guest

          *checks assist leaders list*

  • Gary Diver

    Another plus for Kealia Ohai is how she has accepted the responsibility of being team captain. (Could someone please explain why Lloyd is not captain.) A number of people have praised Ohai for her leadership on the team and that has to be a good quality to have in a player.

    • Steglitz49

      It would be reasonable for Kealia Ohai to get called up for the USWNT. Granted, with 3 years to the next significant tournament, it will be for her a bit like playing in a vacuum but she more than deserves her chance.

      • Gary Diver

        Still the young players need an opportunity to show what they can do on the field with the national team. That is what Herdman is doing with the Canadian team. Also, Ellis will need a reason to get rid of some of the over-the-hill gang. (Can’t wait to see what happens when A-Rod and Leroux come back expecting to be given a spot without earning it.)

        • Steglitz49

          There are several excellent players among the college seniors.

          Why Long &/or Pinoe went to Rio and not Ohai is an interesting question. Maybe medical insurance premiums are the ghosts at this banquet?

          • Gary Diver

            Jill Ellis, like God, moves in mysterious ways:)

    • obo

      The Dash’s sideline reporter relayed a story from Waldrum during the game about Ohai stepping up after giving up one of the draws vs. WNY and talking to the team, which seems to have earned her the captain’s band. Lloyd’s absences from practices and matches probably didn’t help her case for it.

    • x

      I don’t love the idea of NT players being club captains, especially when they’re going to be gone half the season. I just think it makes more sense for the role to belong to somebody whose first priority is the club team. Of course exceptions would come up if an NTer is the clear team leader despite being absent so much, but 8/10 are NTers (including Sinclair and Erceg, who are not American but still miss half the season) and that’s too many. So props to Seattle and Houston.

    • tonysocref

      “(Could someone please explain why Lloyd is not captain?)”

      1) Lloyd has been MIA most of the season.
      2) Ohai is a team player, Lloyd is me, me, me
      3) Waldrum is the coach, not Ellis

      • Ethan

        Lloyd has definitely come across as “me, me, me” a lot of the times. However, not exactly the most logical argument after a match where she did very well to play in her teammates on a number of occasions.

        • Guest

          Not only in regard to her play on the field, but in general always focusing on herself and talking about her progress and goals as opposed to the teams.

    • Guest

      Because a captain is someone who represents the team, not someone who 25 minutes after the most devastating WNT Olympic loss in history goes on twitter and says “tough loss but I will be back. This is not the end of me. 2019-2020 here I come”

    • kernel_thai

      At the beginning of the season Waldrum named Lloyd & Ohai co captains…then Lloyd got hurt and Ohai sort of grew into the role thru the tough times. Ohai is doing more than grabbing goals…she is leading by example and that’s all u can ask from ur captain.

  • BCAD

    Props to Sam Witteman for shielding Alex Morgan from that fan who ran out on the field.

    • kernel_thai

      Maybe it’s part of their Cal training.

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    • Ethan

      Also props to her for making the Pride far more dangerous by being able to take on players and get end line for return passes.

  • Gary Diver

    Does Carli Lloyd go offside more than any other American women soccer player? It is amazing how often I’ve seen her offside. And how can it happen? Isn’t she paying attention to the game?

    • Guest

      Yes

    • kernel_thai

      I believe Ohai holds the NWSL off side record for a career and maybe a season.

      • obo

        Most NWSL Offsides, single season

        2013
        Lisa De Vanna (30)
        Alex Morgan (22)

        2014
        Jodie Taylor (34)
        Kelley O’Hara (25)

        2015
        Crystal Dunn (35)
        Merritt Mathias (29)

        2016
        Kealia Ohai (28; projected 33 by end of season)
        Rachel Daly (19; projected 23)

        • Steglitz49

          How many did ARod have, the lady who scored all KC’s goals in their back to back Champions wins?

          • obo

            19 in 2014, 24 in 2015.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. It is worth watching that back line.

          • HOFCToDi

            LOL!

            Amy Rodriguez has scored more playoff goals during the last two NWSL Seasons (2014, 2015) than Christen Press has during the 2016 NWSL Season.

        • Gary Diver

          Interesting that last year Crystal Dunn had the most offsides and the most goal. I would not have thought they would be correlated so strong. But I guess it makes sense.

          • Steglitz49

            as obo noted, ARod had 19 in 2014 and 24 in 2015.

            Also, the number of offsides went up from 2013 to 2014 to 2015. It will be interesting to see where they land in 2016.

          • obo

            2014 had 2 more games than 2013. 2015 had 4 fewer games than 2013, which makes Portland’s all-time high mark of 91 even more ridiculous.

        • obo

          Houston leads the league in offside calls (75) by a margin of 23 over the next team (Sky Blue FC). The NWSL record for most offside calls against a team in a single season are the 2015 Thorns (91).

        • kernel_thai

          Nice stats

        • JL

          Fun stat from 2015: Dunn and Mathias each had more offside calls than the entire WNY squad, who were called offside 28 times.

    • Guest

      Most offside midfielder

  • Guest

    Why does Steph Ochs get no playing time? Especially when you have a CB playing the OB role (Moros) and Henderson coming on late.

    They should trade her to Seattle who need an OB and trade Brooks to FCKC who need a CM

    • mockmook

      Ochs is probably still not 100% back from her knee injury.

      Yet she has played in 11 games and started in 3.

      At this time, Moros is probably a better OB. And, at FW, the Dash have Ohai, Daly, Beckie, Lloyd, Ubogagu, and Henderson as options.

      All that said, Ochs is an important back-up at OB and CB (even at FW when all the internationals are away).

      Let’s see how strongly Ochs comes back in 2017 before trading her.

      Brooks is very valuable as a back-up DM, and could once again be a starter depending on how the midfield evolves.

      • Guest

        Lloyd has been playing MF, and I would rate Ochs over Henderson and Ubogagu at FWD.

        • mockmook

          Great, she’s only behind four players instead of six…

          Barring a slew of injuries, it’s not happening for Ochs as a FW (and that extends to playing for other teams as well).

      • Steglitz49

        Rebecca Moros at least enjoyed her time playing in Japan and Obogagu her time in England. As for Brooks, leaving Bayern Munich looks like a poor choice with the benefit of the retrospectoscope.

  • guest

    the orlando pride are out of the 2016 nwsl playoff race now. did orlando give up too much for alex morgan?

    • Guest

      Eh, with De Vanna and their injured players recovered, they will only need three more spots filled in to have a playoff caliber team. The other winger in the 4-3-3 and two more CMs besides Edmonds

      • mockmook

        I’d say they need at least one more quality CB, too (but, perhaps that could be Edwards). And, another quality FW would be a tremendous asset.

        Speaking of which, I don’t know why Edwards or Kyle can’t be good enough as their holding mid.

        So, I’d try to add at least one player for each line for 2017.

        • Guest

          They haven’t been able to build through the midfield at all this year. Similar to uswnt in that the attack has come from OBs and over the top. I like Edwards and Kyle is good at breaking up play but not at stringing together passes and building through midfield. They need some good passers in the midfield plus another good forward to be able to be a team that is more than kick and chase plus some individual brilliance

          • Steglitz49

            Australians are a quick fix for the NWSL and they speak English which helps but a wise club coach might want to look at a broader horizon. If Laura Harvey can do it, why can’t others?

    • Gary Diver

      They will have if Morgan decides to go to Europe.

      • Steglitz49

        Is that really likely? She is more likely to follow in ARod’s footteps.

    • kernel_thai

      The big thing at this point is the high draft picks they gave up. They have a good foundation but r going to have to find creative ways to add to it next year.

  • newsouth

    i can’t really watch the whole game, just don’t have time, but could someone point to the time melissa henderson was subbed-in? thanks.

    • Guest

      80th minute

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  • BRASILEIRO

    OHAI >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> DUNN

  • guest

    Last game when they pushed Brian further up and put in Brooks, Boston scored one. This time Brian comes off, Brooks comes in and Orlando scores two.

    • BRASILEIRO

      Beleza cara, mas e daí?

    • kernel_thai

      When Brian and O’Sullivan came off they had trouble holding the ball in the midfield

  • Ethan

    Levin and Edwards needed to communicate with each other for safety and game reasons on that end of regulation/stoppage time play.

  • Guest

    Unrelated but pregnant Lauren Holiday is facing brain surgery

  • Grammar Police

    Does the Equalizer Staff proof read these articles before being published? Alex’s goal was in the 80th minute, not 8th. In my opinion, you’ve lost all credibility with the amount of consistent errors in your articles.

    • FawcettFan14

      They are trying to churn out game recaps and feature articles in a timely fashion with a very limited staff and budget. Want to contribute your pro bono editing services to the site? Your username implies you’d be qualified for the job. Thanks!

      • Steglitz49

        To be fair, in 2013 the EQ staff did a better job.

  • Guest

    Lauren Holiday getting surgery for brain tumor per Grant Wahl

    • anom

      it is a benign tumor and she has a good prognosis. certainly unfortunate though

      • Guest

        Brain surgery is brain surgery. And she is pregnant.

        • anon

          I know. but she won’t be pregnant when they take out the tumor, and prognosis for benign tumors is excellent. My thoughts are with them though, scary to have to take care of a newborn and go through that.

          • Steglitz49

            Let’s trust all goes well and that she is in the hands of tip top experts.

    • another guest

      from ESPN article
      “New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is set to miss the start of the 2016-17 season as his pregnant wife, former U.S. women’s national team soccer player Lauren Holiday, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.”

      “The child’s due date is in mid-October, but the Holidays plan to induce labor earlier in order to expedite Lauren Holiday’s surgery. The couple plans to reside in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area, near the Duke University medical specialists who will handle Lauren Holiday’s surgery.”

      “My family comes before basketball,” Jrue Holiday told the Times-Picayune. “I’m obviously blessed to play this game and be in the position I am in, but my wife is the most important thing in the world to me. She comes before anything else.”

      thoughts and prayers for the Holiday family

      • Breakers fan

        This comes from a position of complete ignorance on the subject. I’m wondering if there is any known or suspected possible connection between heading a soccer ball many times and developing a brain tumor. I don’t think there is but the thought just crossed my mind. My thought was that concussions and subsequent potential CTE are totally different from brain tumors but I don’t know. Does anyone here?

        • Steglitz49

          There has been some research done on the effects of heading a soccer ball by a professor called Zetterberg (about 8-10 years ago). He also did some work on boxing and the brain.

          My understanding is that there is no such link but I am not an expert.

          The old style ball behaved very different from the modern ball because the old balls absorbed water and became heavier and stiffer as the match went on. Lauren would have played all her career with the modern balls, so old research data would not be relevant.

  • Guest

    Pride defense is a disaster. All four defenders collapse on Lloyd leaving Beckie enough time to read a book before she has to shoot

  • Guest

    Early prediction for best and second XI

    Ohai………McDonald………Williams
    ……………..Edmonds…………………
    ……..Nairn…………….Colaprico……
    Hinkle….Skroski…Menges….Short
    …………………Naeher………………..

    Galton…………Press………..Groom
    ………………DiBernardo……………..
    …………Mewis……….Killion…………
    Reynolds..DahlK..Sonnett…Gilliland
    …………………Williams………………….

    ROTY: Galton
    MVP: Ohai
    COTY: Holly
    DOTY: Short

    • Steglitz49

      If it floats your boat.

      You include some USWNT members (Press & Naeher) but, as far as I can tell, not all and not any Canadians. Please, what is the method in your madness?

      • Guest

        What Canadian deserves to be there based on league play?

        • Steglitz49

          Search me but maybe some of the foreigners in Seattle might feel a bit slighted too.

          • Guest

            Beckie – no
            Scott – no
            Matheson – no
            Sinclair – an argument can be made
            Belanger – no
            Labbe – no
            Chapman – no
            Zadorsky – possibly

            Fishlock has been out injured and had her first good game this season last week. Little has not been as impactful this season as she has previously, Melis has been so-so up until last week when she scored a brace, that single performance does not boost her onto the list yet. I do not know who else you are referring to.

          • Steglitz49

            You don’t care for Naho either, obviously. Judging by your preference for Zadorsky you believe in the power of the red card.

          • Guest

            Naho was not here for a good part of the season, you can’t put someone in there who came halfway through.

            and in regards to Zadorsky, this is the NWSL best XI. What happened in the Olympics is irrelevant

          • Guest

            Troll Troll Troll ignore the Troll. a majority of his comments are just instigating or Press-baiting

          • Guest

            Instigating or just the most irrelevant information you could possibly imagine.

          • Steglitz49

            These inadequate types never speak up when there are attacks on the lifestyles of lady players. I presume they must be aiding and abetting and probably cranking the rumor mills about who is dating whom and who is a more covet lesbian than the other.

            Pathetic trash. Deserve a thrashing.

          • Steglitz49

            How droll.

          • Steglitz49

            Have it your way: you heard a seal bark.

            So, for the last two NWSL seasons ARod was a given?

          • Guest

            I do not know how to respond to this because it does not make sense

          • Steglitz49

            ARod scored the KC goals in 2014 and 2015. Holiday and HAO did the damage.

          • Craigaroo

            Naho is wonderful but the Guest is right; she’s only been here for half the games. But she’s really helped bring some life to the Seattle attack.

      • Gary Diver

        The Canadians Are Coming

        Last year the Canadian press was speculating that CSA might pull out of NWSL for the same reason that the Mexicans did. This year they are tinkled pink. What a difference a year makes. And next year they will be over the Moon with the crop of Canadians in the 2017 NWSL college draft.

        • Steglitz49

          As long as enough US lady players with Mexican ancestry come to their senses and opt for Mexico, the Mexicans will be OK.

        • Forgedias

          Well isn’t that what we want US Soccer to do?

    • Guest

      Depending on Press play in the next games you could make an argument for her in the Best XI

      • Guest

        Agreed. I assumed she would knock in a few more goals by the end of the season. Although with McDonald’s leading numbers in goals and assists I am not sure anyone else can take that CF spot

        • anon

          You have to factor in the fact that Press has missed so many games, but her stats are still pretty amazing.. I’m interested to see if she surpasses McD by the end

          • Guest

            Agreed. Especially if WNY don’t end up making the playoffs and CRS do

          • JL

            WNY has two of their last 3 games against Boston, a team they crushed twice by a combined 11-1 scoreline. Road games can be tricky, but the odds are in the favor of WNY.

          • Steglitz49

            Old McD had a farm and on that farm there was a player named …

    • Gary Diver

      AMAZING!

      Your Best XI and Second Best XI does not contain a single USWNT starter. By their performances they should be judged.

      More evidence that Jill Ellis should bring up Ohai, Groom, Williams, Colaprico, Skroski, and DiBernardo and give them a chance. What does Ellis have to lose other than to show she is slow in recognizing talent?

      • Guest

        Nothing to lose at all. And those names are just the beginning of who deserves a call up.

      • Steglitz49

        Bizarre is better than amazing, though it is amazing in its bias.

        Stina Balckstenius rules OK.

        • Gary Diver

          Don’t the Swedish gals go to college? What do they do after their professional careers end?

          • Steglitz49

            As far as I know, not. They hope for good foreign pro contracts.

            Why American colleges are not botanizing in the Nordic countries is beyond me. They pick up golfers and swimmers, even hockey players, but not WoSo talent.

      • mockmook

        Part of that is just the fact that the USWNT players haven’t put in a full season.

    • guest

      a nwsl mvp from a team that doesn’t even make the nwsl playoffs?

      • Guest

        who do you think it should be instead?

        • Steglitz49

          Alex is a given.

          • Guest

            Are you delusional? She has 3 goals and 1 assist in 13 games

          • Steglitz49

            Who cares. Alex is the real McCoy.

          • Jamie

            Alex has been horrible lately and I would have others competing for her starting spot on the NT . Don’t copy and past anything, Her past accomplishments four years ago don’t matter nor does her lucky goal after 80 minutes of garbage in the Sweden game. She deserves no awards for NWSL play and she won’t get any.

        • kernel_thai

          I always get caught up in the MVP versus outstanding player. I could see Ohai as outstanding player and hope she ends up with at least the boot but hard for me to give the MVP to anyone who isnt at least in the playoff race.

      • JL

        Wouldn’t be the first time a team in the cellar had a player win their league’s MVP award. In 2003 Alex Rodriguez was named the American League MVP in MLB, even though the Texas Rangers finished last in their division.

        That being said, I wouldn’t want to see Ohai be rewarded for a very poor first half of the season with an MVP award. I prefer to see players who perform consistently throughout a season be given more consideration.

    • kernel_thai

      Ohai………McDonald………Williams
      ……………..Edmonds…………………
      …….Nairn…………….Killion……
      Hinkle….Skroski…Menges….Short
      …………………Williams………………..

      Galton…………Press………..Groom
      ………………DiBernardo……………..
      …………Mewis……….Fishlock…………
      Reynolds..DahlK..Sonnett…Gilliland
      ………………….Naeher……………

      ROTY: Galton
      MVP: L Williams or Nairn
      COTY: Holly
      DOTY: Short

      • Guest

        I like yours as well, but how could you put Fishlock there who was injured and has not been strong until last week as opposed to Colaprico who has been a rock?

        • Steglitz49

          It is all image, favoritism and fancying them in their birthday suits.

        • kernel_thai

          Despite missing time with the tibia fracture I thought Fishlock has been the one steady presence in a very odd season from Seattle. I like Colaprico tho. Also would have liked to have included Loman & Laddish if I could have.

          • Craigaroo

            Winters has been Seattle’s best, most consistent player this year. In the last few weeks, Fishlock has started to come alive. Kawasumi gave them a big boost and helped unleash Melis’ goal-scoring run.

      • mockmook

        Ohai………..McDonald………..Williams
        ……………….O’Sullivan…………………..
        ………Erceg…………….Fishlock……….
        Short..Menges…Averbuch….Skroski
        ……………….Williams……………………

        Heath…………..Melis……………Groom
        ………………Sanderson……………….
        …………Mewis……….Scott…………..
        Moros..Rampone..Johnston…Gilliland
        ………………….Naeher……………

        ROTY: Skroski
        MVP: McDonald
        COTY: Holly
        DOTY: Erceg

    • FawcettFan14

      Good list. Honorable mentions to Lytle, Lohman and Laddish. All good seasons but not sure who they would displace from your lineups. Edmonds maybe, who has come up big with late-game goals but is a little inconsistent.

      • Guest

        Agree completely. Was considering Lohman as well. I gave the edge to Edmonds just because she has a lot less quality around her so she has had to fend for herself a lot of the time.

        Depending on how the rest of the season goes, you could also consider Daly, Nadim, Sinclair, Horan, Melis, Huster, etc.

        • FawcettFan

          At age 34 she is experiencing quite a renaissance.

          • Steglitz49

            Age shall not weary them, and all that

      • Steglitz49

        Does Lohan play soccer?

        • Guest

          Stop

          • Steglitz49

            Why? I am just getting into my stride.

    • Guest

      Looking past the numbers Little is still in either the first or second XI for me. If you are going to include NT members I’d have Tobin in there as well. She was probably the best player in the first ten games of the season

      • Guest

        Don’t think Heath was better than the ones listed there, we’ll see what happens post season. Same for Little

        • Guest

          Again obviously but agree to disagree. I was just stating my opinion

      • kernel_thai

        Fair observation on Heath who was Portland’s best player before July.

        • Guest

          Replied to he wrong comment. The one about Little was intended to be in response to this.

        • Guest

          More specifically about Tobin she had a goal and 5 assists in 9 games to start the season. I not sure the numbers alone portray her importance to her team especially the games where Sinclair was out injured. Portland will be a scary team if they can stay healthy and regain their form from right before the break.

      • Guest

        I don’t think it’s unfair at all to disqualify NT players who have missed significant games though. So I could go either way with Tobin or Press(or Sonnett). I think People are unfaily discounting Little though. The goals may not be there like they were in the past but she’s still the fantastic player she’s always been and her influence is all over that team. If the reign make the playoffs and she continues to perform I’d vote for her. She also had to play very deep when Fishlock missed a lot of games at rhe veginning of the year.

        • Craigaroo

          I love Little. She doesn’t deserve to be named to a best XI team this year. Her impact on games has been minimal this season, perhaps 10% of what she had the previous two years.

          • Guest

            Agree to disagree. I think Seattle are a lower mid table team without Little. Even in a down production year for her I think she’s an integral piece in the squad. I think Harvey’s tactics have largely been found out and most teams don’t bother trying to play out of the back against Seattle(except Portland in their last meeting). I definitely don’t agree with the statement that Winters has been the Reign’s best CM. Maybe the most consistent but definitely not the best in my opinion. Even in a down year I think Little and Fishlock impact the Reign more than Winters. Winters while a very solid player is replaceable. Little and Fishlock are not. I think there is a good bit of evidence of what the Reign look like when one of those two(Fishlock) missed a bunch of games.

          • Craigaroo

            Fishlock has been absolutely one of the best players in the entire league the last three years. But she was hurt this year and it’s taken a while for her to get close to her incredible standard of play. Winters is underrated – it’s harder to appreciate what she does for the Reign – but she’s been consistently good and that’s why I say she’s been their best this year. I don’t want to belabor the point about Kim Little because she’s such a great player to watch – or has been the two previous seasons. But I just think we have to be honest about it and acknowledge she’s nowhere near the level this year. The passes aren’t there, the penetration isn’t there, the assists aren’t there, the chances created aren’t there – not with anywhere near the regularity of before. If I wanted to risk being a little snarky about it — talking about Little this year and then actually watching what she produces is a bit like most fans talking about Tobin Heath prior to this year.

          • Steglitz49

            Is it known why Kim is off her game? In the Euro 2017 qualifiers, though both are all but qualified, Scotland trail Iceland in their group. They have the same points but Iceland has a game in hand and better GD.

            Wales are eliminated, trailing Norway and Austria (!) by too much. On current standings, all 5 Nordic countries look like qualifying.

          • Guest

            Again I don’t agree. I see the penatrating passes and the ball controll what I don’t see is her running at defenses on the counter which is where she has scored many of her goals over the two previous years. I agree that winters in underrated but that isn’t the same as being irreplaceable. In many ways I think Fishlock is underrated by many fans I think she is every bit the player Little is. I think you are focusing a bit too much on end product for a player who has spent alot of time deeper in midfield this year than in the past. Modric had 2 goals and 4 assists in 46 competitions last year. Iniesta had 1 goal and 4 assists in 43 competitions. Both players are still considered world class CMs and creators. Iniesta never had great numbers when he played on the wing either. I’ve been much more disappointed with the production of Yanez, Mathias, and prior to her recent form Melis Than Little or Fishlock.

    • Breakers fan

      Hoping that’s K. Mewis?

      • Guest

        As a center mid? No S. Mewis

        • Breakers fan

          Ok, I like ’em both but prefer Kristie, who has been playing centrally this year for the Breakers and did, by and large, for several years at Boston College. To each his own with selections, however!

          • Guest

            S Mew. has been WNY’s engine this year. If K Mew. has a strong final few games then maybe I will reconsider but she has not done much thus far this year

          • Breakers fan

            True that she was out for about 6-7 games — but she’s played well when she has been in — must look at all play for midfielders not just the stat numbers. I forgot this was about choosing an NWSL all-star team based on this year’s performance, so now I see where you’re coming from. My thinking is “best for NT” and I put K. Mewis very highly there but know that not that many other people here do. That’s ok.

          • JL

            You could argue that the Breakers have played better and more cohesively when Kristie wasn’t on the field. At least I believe they have.

          • guest

            K Mewis played in 2 (scored in 1, assist in the other) out of the 3 wins the Breakers have all season, she was out injured for the other win. Not sure that Breakers have “played better” much if at all this season, but the results would seem to support that Mewis helps them to win.

          • Breakers fan

            We simply disagree about her. Not sure what to say beyond that.

        • Forgedias

          I understand why you like Kristie, I think she has been a big help for the Breakers but looking at the WNY Flash, a big part of their resurgence this season is Samantha. She has been a monster in the midfield. Her size, her technical ability has allowed the Flash to compete against the best midfields in the league. I don’t get to watch many NWSL games since I have to pick college games over NWSL games but Sam has been impressive.

          I was no expecting them to do that well this year. Thought they would need more time to rebuild.

  • Gary Diver

    Human Interest Story

    We’ve discussed Kealia Ohai, but what about Carson Pickett? I accidentally came across her a couple of months ago while watching a Seattle game and was blown away. How can one not wish her well? She is just a rookie – how is she performing?

    • Steglitz49

      Carson Pickett sounds like some Sheriff from the Wild West or a Knight of the Square Table.

      What is wrong with good old names like Abigail, Alexandra, Christen, Muhammad, Buddha …?

      • Gary Diver

        Have you followed her story? It is amazing by any standards.

        • Steglitz49

          I don’t doubt it but what is wrong with Mary, Elizabeth, Jane and Felicity?

          • Gary Diver

            Only in America. Kealia Ohai was born in Draper, Utah with a Hawaiian name. Her father was born in Hawaii named Kealia after Kealia Beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

          • Steglitz49

            Names ending in “a” are usually feminine.

            Carson is a surname and Pickett led a charge which was out-of-date before he did.

    • MurderOnZidanesFloor

      It is a great story.

      Her NWSL performances have been way below par though. She was selected 4th overall in the draft but doesn’t even look good enough to play at this level so far. She’ll need to pick it up next season.

  • Gary Diver

    Off-Topic Alert: What is Going on with Adriana Leon and the Canadian Allocations?

    “Western New York Flash to Transfer Adriana Leon to Switzerland Team”

    http://www.vavel.com/en-us/nwsl/688975-flash-to-transfer-adrana-leon-to-switzerland-team.html

    Does “transfer” really mean “traded”? I thought Leon was one of the Canadian NWSL allocations? Strange since she is only 22-years old.

    • Steglitz49

      They sold her to Zürich Ladies. Trust they got a decent transfer price.

      • Beat

        No way. Dream on

        • Steglitz49

          She is entitled to 5% of that transfer fee so it is not altogether trivial.

      • guest

        Leon as a Canadian allocated player was being paid by and under contract with Canada Federation. If transfer fee was paid by Zurich then it would appear the fee would go to the Canada Federation?

        • Steglitz49

          She would still be entitled to 5% at least unless she asked to be transfer listed. That is the time-honored soccer way.

          • guest

            Are transfer fees normally paid to a federation?

          • Steglitz49

            The transfer fee would be paid to the holder of her contract but if she did not ask to be transfer listed, she is traditionally entitled to 5% of the fee at least.

            5% not 100%.

        • JL

          I believe it would go to the league, not the Canadian federation.

    • FawcettFan

      She did not make the Olympic roster, and has been bumped out by other young attackers like Beckie, Rose, Prince. Still young enough to recover and take part in the next cycle, but needs to improve her game to keep pace.

      • Steglitz49

        She can always learn to make cuckoo-clocks and learn the art of banking with numbered accounts..

      • guest

        Leon may well have been notified by Canadian federation that she would not be allocated for 2017 (as you note she did not make OG roster) and she was not getting playing time in WNY, so no surprise that she chose to head to Europe (as have a few other Canadians who have been dropped from allocation).

        Typical NWSL deal so contract details were not announced when WNY and NWSL posted (on Aug 30th) notice re her transfer.

        “ELMA, NY (August 30, 2016) – The Western New York Flash announced today that the team has transferred forward Adriana Leon to FC Zürich Frauen of the Swiss National League in Switzerland. Per club and league policies, detailed terms of the deal and transfer fee were not disclosed.”

        This was first time a NWSL player trade/transfer notice had included any reference to a transfer fee.
        Leon’s contract would have been up at end of NWSL season (so no transfer fee needed) so Zurich apparently wanted/needed her asap and was perhaps willing to pay Canada Federation (Leon was allocated so federation held her contract) a transfer fee to make transition 30th Sept instead of at end of NWSL season 10th Oct.

        • guest

          typo … 30th Aug (not 30th Sept)

  • Steglitz49

    The FA Ladies Conti Cup final will feature Birmingham City and Manchester City. City v City.

  • Gary Diver

    Foreign Content

    All three Brazilians playing in NWSL played in this game: Andressinha, Monica, and Poliana,

    I really like the Irish lass Denise O’Sullivan. She has spunk! Glad to see she is still a starter after the international returned.

    • Steglitz49

      Mônica played outstandingly in Rio. Adressinha was not half bad either — but he pk was not ok.

      • Gary Diver

        BUT Marta’s PK against Australia was nothing to write home about.

        • Steglitz49

          Marta is hors categorie.

  • Cc W

    I know I’m a broken record, but Ohai and others need to be called up and press – no pun intended – the current USWNT players for spots. Status quo isn’t going to win the next WC.

    • Steglitz49

      It certainly got them nowhere in Rio, for sure.

    • Gary Diver

      Maybe a broken record, but a lot of us enjoy hearing it. Too bad we can’t email the record to the one that counts – Her Highness Jill Ellis.

    • kernel_thai

      Well Ive been talking about this since Sermanni got the boot. They need to bring in in form players to keep the competition high and they need to show that new players r earning their chances not getting spots handed to them like the VT group.

      • Gary Diver

        IF Jill Ellis had an open January camp with 40+ top prospects and had a series of competitive scrimmages (which should be open to the public and televised) for USWNT roster spots, many of the current USWNT roster would not survive the competition.

        • Steglitz49

          Who would bother to watch?

          • Gary Diver

            I’d watch to see how well the entitled veterans would perform when their jobs were on the line.

      • Steglitz49

        I don’t follow you. The US won WC-15.

        • Gary Diver

          They won only because the soccer gods were smiling on USWNT. It is amazing the role luck plays in WoSo.

          • Steglitz49

            Even the incompetent ref crew in Brasiali could not make up the deficit but at least they prevented the US from being ranked #2 and sadly stopped Sweden from getting to #4.

    • Paul Klee

      Status quo is just fine, they lost one match. The expectation to win everything every time will lead only to disappointment. Don’t get me wrong I would prefer a more technical kind of football but with our youth system that is unlikely to happen. But to blow up the National Team is unlikely to lead to better results.

      Anyway I think there will be 10 or less in France that were in Canada.

      • Gary Diver

        “Status quo is just fine, they lost one match.”

        Disagree. The issue is simply that USWNT has not played up to their potential. I have to give Herdman credit for getting his team to play up to their potential. When is the last time USWNT has played dominating soccer against a top 10 team? In the past 2 years, they have rarely dominated a top team. (The WC15 final does not count, the Japanese were not awake for that game.)

    • HOFCToDi

      2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

      Strikers
      Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989)
      Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992)

      Flank (Attacking) Midfielders
      Heath (DOB 29 May 1988)
      Ohai (DOB 31 Jan 1992)
      Pugh (DOB 29 Apr 1998)
      Sanchez (DOB 16 Mar 1999)

      Central Midfielders
      DiBernardo (DOB 15 May 1992)
      Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992)
      Brian (DOB 26 Feb 1993)
      Horan (DOB 26 May 1994)
      Lavelle (DOB 14 May 1995)
      Sullivan (DOB 20 Dec 1995)

      Ashley Sanchez is the proverbial Swiss army knife.

      • Gary Diver

        Crystal Dunn can also be a Swiss army knife soccer player – she has played defense, midfield, and forward.

        P.S. I really like your list:)

        • HOFCToDi

          Crystal Dunn is far better on the right side of the pitch than the left side of the pitch.

  • Guest

    HOFCToDi: this is the player you refer to as ‘a worthless piece of trash’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaXzw9j6N8E

    • Jamie

      Are you just baiting the “Swedish” troll who posts all day from his mother’s basement at this point?

      • Guest

        I mean, he gets baited about Press when someone talks about Lisa De Vanna or Amandine Henry, so there is no real fine line

        • Steglitz49

          Instead let’s start a book on who might get FIFA POTY and COTY for the ladies.

          POTY — Lindahl, Däbritz and DZ
          COTY — Neid, Pia and Herdman

          • Gary Diver

            I believe in the past twelve months, the Canadian team has moved from FIFA ranking no. 12 to no. 4. Cannot do much better than that.

          • Steglitz49

            Had the ref crew in Brasilia done their job, the US would be at #2 and Sweden could well be at #4. That is the damage that incompetent refs cause.

            However, given that FIFA shafted Sweden in WC-15, it probably does not matter too much in the long run but right should be right.

          • anon

            Didn’t lindahl let in about 7 goals from brazil

            COTY – herdman

          • Steglitz49

            Lindahl saved them when it mattered but your point is well taken.

            I expect it to be between Däbritz and DZ but it depends on who gets nominated. Voters might prefer Blackstenius, for example. There is always Marta and Pinoe and Alex. Press less likely.

            As for COTY, Herdman’s uncouth style is against him. Neid is a slight favorite over Pia but anything can happen. JE might get it again after all.

          • Gary Diver

            “JE might get it again after all.”

            Pray tell. USWNT has been floundering for the past 15 month. Not one dominating performance or convincing victory over a top ten team. USWNT has won but only by the skin of their teeth as they say [Biblical origin].

          • Steglitz49

            When it mattered, Neid’s Germany beat Canada and then beat Pia’s Sweden too. It is hard to argue against Neid as COTY but she already got it in 2010 and 2013.

            Pia has a COTY from 2012 so Herdman might get it before her but Pia’s turnaround and improvement of Sweden as Rio went on was remarkable.

            NZ first and then Canada under Herdman both have a deserved reputation for playing brutal soccer with lots of fouling and unnecessary strong tackles. That probably will count against him.

          • Guest

            Their win over Canada in Qualifying was convincing.

          • Guest

            I don’t really think it would have ended much differently but Canada started a much different line up in qualifying than they did at the Olympics.

          • Gary Diver

            Canada had a number of injuries during the Qualifier Final, including Sinclair who was doubtful to even play, and Herdman also didn’t start Matheson.

          • guestt

            Pinoe and Alex… LOL

          • Steglitz49

            Alex did not get it in 2012. Instead Abby did.

          • Guest

            I think that was more on her overrated defense than it is on her. When they are stretched out, their back line with Nilla Fischer at the forefront is really not strong. These high praises being hurled to Sweden’s back line were really unnecessary. I mean, obviously if you put 11 people behind the ball then your defense will look good.

          • Guest

            They left one player high to counter but I don’t think anyone really thinks the Swedish defense was unbreakable. It’s just that the US couldn’t break through for the same reasons as always. South Africa did the same thing in the send off match as did Mexico in qualifying.

    • Paul Klee

      So is Press going to be back to wearing #23 at the upcoming friendlies?

      • Steglitz49

        #9 + #14 = #23. Make of that what you will but the answer to your question is: probably. Lotta Schelin plays in #18 for Rosengård because #8 was already taken.

  • Steglitz49

    City vs City. Birmingham City will play Man City in the final of the Conti Cup in a month’s time. Man City would count as favorites but well done Brum.

  • Calci0
    • Gary Diver

      Carli Lloyd is a gift that keep giving. If she was the only woman soccer player in the world she would give us enough material to talk about her.

      • guest

        do you think the dash should or will suspend lloyd for this?

        • guest

          the greatest player in the world does what she wants.

    • Nicole C.

      Is “no comment” not in Lloyd’s lexicon?

      • Guest

        I think this is more about Lloyd feeling she has the power to say I don’t want that reporter to ask questions and I suppose she did as the reporter left. I don’t think Lloyd’s ever had the greatest reputation when it comes to addressing criticism.

      • Calci0

        At least “Next question” ………….

  • VinyMon Ortiz

    The NT can use a clutch player like her, right now she has all the means to be in the team, besides it is always good to have a goal scorer who shoots in frame and make them count.

  • Guest

    OT but does anyone know what kind of dog alex morgan has? Looks like a mutt i guess. He is so cute

    • guest

      He looks like a pit bull mix… maybe lab or weimeraner