Ohai falls short of Golden Boot in Dash’s 2-3 loss

The Equalizer Staff September 26, 2016 219
Kealia Ohai scored her 11th goal against Seattle, but it wasn't enough to win the Golden Boot. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Kealia Ohai scored her 11th goal against Seattle, but it wasn’t enough to win the Golden Boot. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

In the final match of the NWSL regular season, the Seattle Reign continued their winning streak against the Dash, defeating the home team 3-2.

Most notably tonight, despite Kealia Ohai scoring her 11th goal of the season to tie Western New York’s Lynn Williams for most goals scored this season, she fell just shy of winning the Golden Boot thanks to the tiebreaker rules. In the case of a tie, the Golden Boot is decided by assists, and Williams had five assists to Ohai’s four.

Kealia Ohai scored first for the Dash, driving the ball down the left flank before sending a ball in from distance that chipped Reign goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer for the Dash’s first goal.

Their second goal came in the 42nd minute when Denise O’Sullivan moved the ball down the field and to the penalty box before passing to Carli Lloyd. The ball was slightly behind Lloyd, who had to turn, collect and turn again before finally getting a look on goal. Her shot went into the upper 90 to double Houston’s lead.

Houston dominated the first half, going into halftime with a comfortable 2-0 lead. The Dash had won every game this season in which it scored first and went into halftime leading. Although the Dash were 0-6 when playing the Reign, only one team in NWSL history had ever overcome a two-goal deficit to win a game, and the odds seemed in Houston’s favor.

They weren’t though, as Seattle came out and scored three unanswered goals in the second half. That started off with Manon Melis catching Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams off her line and chipping her from distance for Seattle’s first goal of the night.

Kim Little struck next for the Reign after a ball deflected off the referee and landed right at Jessica Fishlock’s feet. Fishlock passed the ball and Beverly Yanez dummied the pass, letting it settle at Kim Little’s feet just outside the goal box. Little took a quick touch before firing off a shot past Williams and into the back of the net. With Seattle’s second goal, Little reclaimed the all-time goals scored lead with her 32nd NWSL career goal.

In the final 10 minutes of the game, Seattle took the lead, courtesy of Beverly Yanez. Keelin Winters sent a through ball to Carson Pickett, who was able to race onto it despite a trailing Dash defender. Pickett sent a cross in to Yanez, who easily buried it in the back of the net with what would be the game winner.

One of Seattle’s strongest players of the night was captain Keelin Winters, who was playing the last match of her professional career. Winters announced two weeks ago that she was retiring from professional soccer to pursue a career in firefighting.

Since both teams were eliminated from playoff contention prior to tonight’s match, the final whistle marks the end of both teams’ 2016 seasons. However, NWSL action will return to Houston on Sunday, October 9 as they play host to the 2016 NWSL championship final.

  • Steglitz49

    Such a pity that Carli did not let Ohai take that penalty a couple of weeks ago.

    • DNG

      Damn you beat me too it. I would up vote more than once if I could

      • kernel_thai

        If Lloyd wanted to help Ohai the way was to cash in the two times Ohai feed her balls in the box standing alone.

        • Steglitz49

          Are you implying something?

          • kernel_thai

            Yea, FIFA PotY needed to score those.

          • Steglitz49

            needs or must?

            Who will be POTY this time round? My money is on either Lindahl, Däbritz or DZ, with Samuelsson as an outsider.

          • DNG

            Popp had a good year for Wolfsburg I thought.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. Equalized in the dying minutes of the Champions League final. The POTY tends to be based on the big tournament of the year. If you wanted another German, Leupolz could be in the mix.

            I expect there will be at least one American and one Canadian, maybe two Canadians even, in that 10 player vote-list.

          • kernel_thai

            It was easier when they gave it to Marta every year.

          • Steglitz49

            Marta was something else. Still is. She may well end up on the list of 10 and be one of the 3 that gets most votes.

          • Ethan

            Well, if Ohai gets one or two assists, she wins it because of either fewer minutes played (I think) or more assists.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe they should adjust for their BMI or WH-ratios as well?

      • Steglitz49

        By their fruit ye shall know them.

    • xanthophobe

      Damn, hadn’t even thought about that.

      • Steglitz49

        S49 keeps up the good work.

    • Movement

      Narli Mmoyd has to get her goal scoring on too.
      She missed a lot of games this year.

      • Steglitz49

        She might have done better contemplating the Gre-No of the Grenoli but it was a long time ago, maybe before her mother was born even?

    • Gary Diver

      “Who decides who takes PKs? It makes no sense to me why Lloyd took the PK. If Ohai loses the Golden Boot Award by one goal this will look bad on Lloyd.” – G. D. (14 days ago)

      • Steglitz49

        “With a little help from my friends”, sang the Beatles. ABBA had various songs like “I believe in angels” and “Super trouper” among others.

        • Gary Diver

          Kealia Ohai to Carli Lloyd: “Take a Chance on Me”.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-crgQGdpZR0

          Carli Lloyd to Kealia Ohai: “The Winner Takes It All”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cwKCU8Z5c

          • Steglitz49

            There was a Beatles song called “Help” but I don’t think it was as in help me get that golden boot.

            When Gunnar Gren and Gunnar Nordahl played against each other in the Swedish league all those years ago, they were neck and neck to be Goalscoring King but when they played togehter for the NT and AC Milan as the Grenoli, Gunnar Gren accepted to play the role as provider. Nils Liedholm never considered himself anything except a provider. Their nicknames in Italy were: the professor (Gren), the gunner (Nordahl) and the baron (Liedholm).

      • Chak Khan

        Will Lloyd (or whoever decides which players take PKs) continue doing this to Ohai if the latter becomes a NT player?

        • rkmid71

          Yes

    • Breakers fan

      When Dunn scored 15 and won the scoring title I believe Christine Nairn took all of the Spirit PKs. How many PKs did Williams take?

      • Ethan

        The only regular penalty kick taker in contention for this season’s golden boot was Nadim.

      • JL

        None. WNY were awarded 5 penalties this season. Mewis took two, Dahlkemper took 2, and Hinkle took 1.

        • Breakers fan

          So THAT argument could be made in both directions, rendering it moot.

  • kernel_thai

    Im officially ruling this a draw. While Williams had 1 more assist she also played more minutes, took over 20 more shots and had over half her goals against Boston.

    • Steglitz49

      The Goal-Scoring Queen should be just that: the one wo scores the most goals. If there is a tie for goals, the penalties should be discarded.

      The Points-Princess is another kettle of fish. As for the Assist-Skivy, be that as it may. Maybe there should be a “Missed-Sitter Dwarf” award too.

      • kernel_thai

        McDonald is the points Princess.

        • Steglitz49

          Maybe we could invent some more awards? The more ribald the better. We could give them bizarre acronyms like MDAOTF and NDHKFTCFM(Y).

      • Constant Weeder

        Discarding PKs makes sense to me, but it would make no difference in this case. I have no problem with declaring a tie a tie, but we Americans do love to have a winner in the spotlight.

        • Steglitz49

          Indeed. Who is this Williams character? Daphne Corboz I knew about before City won but Williams?

        • kernel_thai

          I can only see the value in breaking the tie if there is a big prize involved.

    • DNG

      Officially Williams won the award even if I think the assist tiebreaker is stupid. I think the WC might take the number of appearances into account to break ties. I feel as if the first tiebreaker should be G/90 for the league.

      • Steglitz49

        They could also adjust for the BMI or WH-ratio.

      • kernel_thai

        In a league they dont need a tie breaker. Pretty straight forward award for most goals goes to the player(S) who score the most. At WC it was goals, points, least minutes played, coin flip .

        • DNG

          I don’t mind there being only one winner but I won’t argue with anyone who thinks there should be multiple winners. Ohai had less minutes played than Williams so she would have had the higher G/90 in my proposed tiebreak. I’ve already given my opinion on the Flash Breakers games influencing this race. Williams scored 6 of her 11 goals against the Breakers if anyone wanted to know. Mcdonald, 5 of her 10.

          • Steglitz49

            At the end of the day, winning the Championship is what counts.

            These awards make for great entertainment and excitement at the annual gala, like those awards in the NHL named after the good and the great.

      • GT

        Why not co-winners? What’s the big deal?

        • Steglitz49

          It is probably some basic primeval thing that raises its head. Top dog and submissive, groveling loser. The Winner Takes it All, as ABBA sang.

          • Breakers fan

            The question in Ohai’s head will be: Does the Winner really Take it ALL? Will only Lynn Williams, of NWSL forwards, get a national team call-up?
            I think they both do, or, that they both should. If Ohai gets one but Williams doesn’t, Williams can inform ABBA that they didn’t have it right with that song.

            What do people think about Jessica McDonald? I don’t know her game well but I do know that she seems to score a lot no matter what team she is on.

          • GT

            I have no respect for palindromes.

        • kernel_thai

          Exactly…It’s better PR for the league having two teams claiming the Golden Boot winner. They r very short sighted.

    • guest

      Are you kidding? Where was Ohai when they had that series of 0:1 losses?

      • kernel_thai

        Playing in the wrong position.

        • DNG

          I don’t think you can really blame the position she only played a few games at CF early in the year. Most of the time she played as a winger or wide forward in a 4-3-3 for the Dash. I think she just started playing better in the second half of the year. Her touch is still an issue for me against he best competition that blunt her speed but that’s a different discussion.

          • kernel_thai

            Waldrum cleverly started the season with his three forwards pressed together in the box. According to the coach it was an attempt to get Ohai more goals. She didnt go wide time July

          • DNG

            Most of her goals didn’t have anything to do with forward play in the offensive third. It was all about exploiting other teams’ backlines on the counter. In the first half of the year those final balls were all over the place.

          • Steglitz49

            A bit like the Alamo except the good girls won. Maybe Stalingrad is a better analogy?

          • DNG

            How about I ask this question to you. Do you think that the majority of Ohai’s goals were similar or not to many of Dunn’s goals last year?

          • skybolt

            Well Dunn is now on the full national squad. Ohai is still looking for her first call-up.

          • DNG

            I wasn’t making an argument that Ohai didn’t deserve a callup, I think she does. I was more making the point that I think the key to Ohai scoring was how she played at the end of the year as oppose to her positioning which I didn’t think was too different. The focus in the latter half of the year seemed to be to get her the ball early with lots of space for her to run at defenders. Most of them couldn’t keep up.

            I’m not sure teams ever really adjusted to play her correctly this year either. Like many wide players defenders need to be on Ohai as soon as she received the ball so she couldn’t face up and burn them. This is something that Katherine Reynolds did very well when Portland played the Dash and Mathias did very well against Heath in the Portland Seattle match following the Olympics.

          • skybolt

            But at the same time I can make a similar argument against McDonald or Williams, in which case half their goals came against Boston or were basically tap ins. Against a more structured defense on the international level, they could struggle to score. It’s really hard to say.

          • DNG

            I’m certainly not advocating that Williams or Mcdonald are going to solve the NT’s woes in breaking down organized defenses. I have been plenty critical already of the fact that both players scored at least half of their goals against a team that conceded 47 times in 20 matches. In my team Ohai would be a wingback or in the rotation for the NT in a 3-5-2 so I’m not saying she isn’t a good player.

          • Steglitz49

            I guess that we will never know how they would perform playing against a top defender like Jessica Samuelsson unless some team got her over to play in the NWSL.

          • DNG

            I was more impressed with the commitment to team defense by Sweden as oppose to any individual’s performance. I loved seeing Lotta Schelin tracking back to double Heath.

          • JL

            Almost half of Ohai’s goal came against either Boston or Orlando after the Pride fell apart.

          • DNG

            Not the same thing. Ohai scored 3 goals against the Breakers in 2 matches which is about half of what Mcdonald and Williams scored against them in 4. She only has 2 against the Pride in 4 matches. The Dash actually played the Pride 3 times when the Pride’s defense held up much better before the break. The Dash also never got to play the Pride without their international although injuries significantly affected the end of the Pride’s season. Both Williams and Mcdonald performed well in other matches too but as far as the golden boot goes. I don’t think Williams wins it without those two extra games against the Breakers

          • Ethan

            The Pride’s defense was also dreadful in the final 30 minutes in the first Houston match and pretty poor in the third match. I do remember it being fairly solid in the second match though.

          • DNG

            Fair enough, Even at it’s worst I’m not sure it was as bad as some of the Boston matches I watched though.

          • Ethan

            Considering Boston’s defensive record, that’s probably fair.

          • DNG

            Boston conceded 3 or more goals 9 times and 47 goals overall in 20 games. Orlando has the second highest number of goals conceded with 30.

          • HOFCToDi

            Kaylyn Kyle is a disaster, whether at centerback or as a defensive midfielder.

          • Ethan

            Kyle’s had her mistakes this season, but Alleway, Monica, and Pressley were all more suspect than her throughout the season.

          • HOFCToDi

            CRS can trade Samantha Johnson to the Orlando Pride. The Pride can claim the three worst centerbacks in the NWSL:

            Johnson
            Kyle
            Pressley

          • kernel_thai

            Ohai goal summery Bos-3, Orl-2, WNY-3, Wash-1, Port-1, Sea-1 so 6 of Ohai 11 goals came against the top half of the table. Williams Bos-6, Hou-2, SB-1, Sea-1, Chi-1 so 2 of Williams 11 goals came against teams in the top half of the table.

          • DNG

            I’m pretty sure Williams scored one against Portland in their last match

          • kernel_thai

            Ur right Hou-1, Port-1…fixed above

          • Steglitz49

            Dunn’s first tournament ended in disaster and humiliation. At least Kealia was saved that misery.

          • skybolt

            But what if Ohai scored a late goal against Sweden. 🙂

          • Steglitz49

            That will have to wait till 2019 now to be in a major competition.

            In 2017 WoSo will be in Europe — FA women’s Cup final at Wembley again, Champions League final in Cardiff and then the Euros in the NL.

          • mockmook

            “Waldrum cleverly started the season with his three forwards pressed together in the box.”

            I don’t think that is true.

            Regardless, the players switched positions all through the game, so Ohai was often out wide even when she started more centrally.

          • kernel_thai

            On July 9th, which was the last game in the 1-0 loss streak, Waldrum move Ohai from forward to wide mid in a 4-4-2. Her first goal came the following week. Then when Lloyd returned Waldrum changed to what is more like a 4-5-1 with the two attacking mids posted very wide. Waldrum himself refers to the formation as a 4-3-3 with the forwards given the freedom to play wide.

          • DNG

            They are currently playing a 4-4-2 diamond with Ohai up high with Beckie/Daly opposite with the NT players back. It really just turns into a 4-3-3 in possession though. The general idea of the formation is to use Ohai and her attacking partner as the primary counter-attacking options and for Lloyd to push up or drop of as she sees fit situationally and while in possession

  • smallchief

    I’m happy with assists as a tie-breaker. I don’t think penalty kicks should be counted in determining the golden boot winner.

    The people who have being proclaiming the ability of Ohai have (finally) been proven right. She was definitely the league MVP for the last half of the season.

  • Kara

    I don’t even understand this article. The title should be, “Williams wins Golden Boot” and then have a paragraph about Ohai. Just because Ohai is a golden girl for some people, don’t overshadow the winner’s accomplishments. Especially when the award winner didn’t “warrant” an entire article devoted to her. Read into that what you will, because I’m definitely implying what you are thinking.

    • DNG

      This isn’t an awards article it’s a match recap article that Ohai participated in.

      • skybolt

        Exactly. I’m sure if the matches were reversed and WNY played on Sunday, then the article title would’ve been Lynn Williams wins golden boot.

  • Rdalford

    Houston attendance 5651 (from box score on NWSL site Stats page)

    Houston 2016 season total=56963 avg=5696 (mean) with median 5656
    by match (7440+5081+6293+4570+5661+4329+5012+6819+6107+5651)=56963

    for reference
    Houston 2015 season total=64126 avg=6413 (mean) with median 6114
    by match (6012+4186+3527+4864+3499+13025+6425+6216+9530+6842)=64126
    post WC attendance bump (13025, 6425, 6216, 9530, 6842) helped 2015 numbers

    • Steglitz49

      Excellent correspondance between the median and mean. In a year when the USWNT blotted their copy book and had their worst exit ever from a mjor tournament, one could not expect a post-chamiponship bump. Also, the WC was the real McCoy and carli and Moe did well in it and covered themselves in glory. Not so, this time round.

  • Chak Khan

    Finally got a chance to watch a couple of NWSL matches (job takes precedence) last night. In the first half of SB vs Portland was too slow for me; the second half the pace picked up. It was ok. The Dash vs Seattle Reign, on the other hand, was much more exciting. The speed of the players and the pace of the game is similar to NT’s. Why don’t all matches have the same speed of play as the NT’s? Ohai definitely deserves a NT callup, who else could replace HOA’s position? Ohai could be trained to take over. KO was a natural forward but she has became more versatile.

    • DNG

      It looked like Portland was trying to take it easy and avoid any injuries for most of the match. They play a lot more methodically anyway and Sky Blue sitting in all culminated in a slower game. While many fans, myself include, like to watch end to end games, most teams do not. Seattle and the Houston by comparison to Portland are more direct.

      • Chak Khan

        More technical teams are seemingly slower in pace?

        • DNG

          They don’t have to be but generally are in WoSo. Possession teams generally look slower though because they are going out wih he purpose of controlling the game. The general idea being that the ball moves faster than any one player.

  • Vintage Rider

    Random thoughts about the game (the Reign anyway) as there were others on the pitch besides Ohai and Lloyd.

    Gritty come from behind performance by the Reign.
    A healthy Melis really helps the offense. Along with Yanaz and Kawasumi, we have some serious talent at forward.

    We seem to make an awful lot of easily picked off passes. I don’t mean losing 50-50 or 60-40 balls, but having them picked off in the passing lanes.

    Mathias is clearly not a trained defender. Mostly she does well, but if I have a coronary, it’s on her. I’m not a fan of Ellie Reed, but am curious why Harvey doesn’t use Picket or Cruz, both who are listed as defenders. I’m looking forward to Corsie getting healthy.

    Kopmeyer is not Solo, but still, a fine keeper. If Hope doesn’t come back, we’re still solid in goal.

    Really not impressed with Utsugi this year. I’d like to see more of Elston, as she jacks up the energy whenever she’s in the game. Maybe she doesn’t have the stamina for longer stretches.

    • Guest-Bob

      Reign thoughts:

      We have talent at forward but sometimes it seems like we still struggle to get goals. Yanez had a serious down year, and Naho wasn’t a goal machine (though some of it was coming mid season). If we keep those four forwards (Melis, Naho, Yanez, Pinoe), that’s okay. But draft speculators might assume we’ll take Savannah Jordan at 3rd.

      Yeah. Our passing needs more pace. Or we need to go to the ball more insatead of waiting for it to arrive.

      Ugh I don’t understand the Mathias thing. We’ve got Cruz, Pickett, and Reed. Yet we play a bull-in-china-shop FW as a RB. Which did hurt. I mean, she gave up what, 2 or 3 PKs? Maybe the idea was her pace so we could sorta have a 3 back setup with Barnes, Fletch, and Utsugi but… ugh I agree. I don’t understand Harvey’s determination with her. She was awful.

      While Utsugi was /awful/ last night, I disagree on a blanket. I thought she was good the rest of this year. Maybe the heat got to her. No idea on Elston, or Solaun, or some of these other players that were on the rise. Talent development is a serious weakness.

      I think Utsugi will slot into DM, as that’s where she plays with Japan. It’s gonna be a painful adjustment for sure.

      Harvey – Please, for the love of the Reign, draft a RB if Reed and Cruz aren’t good enough (presuming Fletch is the starter.)

      • Steglitz49

        The top right back in the world today is Jessica Samuelsson. Whether she would go to Seattle if invited is anybody’s guess.

  • anon

    I love me some Carli Lloyd, but she is always the most advanced player on the field in terms of positioning. kind of a joke that she is always listed as a midfielder.

  • FawcettFan14

    1) Lloyd is now clearly a striker. Time to start calling a spade a spade and rechristen her as such.
    2) Houston is an elite defensive signing away from being a playoff team. They solved the goalscoring woes, the midfield is top notch, and Williams is a solid goalkeeper even if she made some errors in the last two games. They need a veteran center back to partner Rocarro. Brush and Privett are serviceable but better as back up options.
    3) Seattle has some rebuilding and rethinking to do. They made a playoff push toward the end, but the Harvey formula that worked to perfection in 2014 and 2015 got stale this year. Replacing Winters will be difficult. They need to do this and sign a legit right back. Mathias is too physical and foul prone. Reed never impressed me and Harvey seems to have lost faith. Cruz never plays. Fletcher is better in the middle with Barnes. I hope Pickett can improve and be the left back starter. Not impressed with Utsugi this season, I’d release her and use the international spot on someone else. Finally, they could use a young striker. Melis, Yanez, Kawasumi, Rapinoe are all 30 or close to it.

    • Breakers fan

      I believe the Reign have the Dash 1st round pick which will net them the 3rd pick of the draft. If the Dash had won that game they would have jumped I think 3 spots forward so Seattle winning actually significantly improves their draft position – 3rd instead of I think 7th, or 6th. With the 3rd pick it’s quite possible Kadeisha Buchanan will be available – depends of course on what the Breakers and Pride go after. Lavelle and Jordan are the other 2 consensus top picks. What position do you think the Reign should target first – striker? There will be other good ones besides Jordan but it’s possible even she will be available with the 3rd pick.

      • HOFCToDi

        Orlando Pride traded the 2017 1st Round Draft Pick to WNYF.

        • Breakers fan

          Oh boy,wow. Thanks. So it’s WNY who follow on the heels of the Breakers’ pick, and then the Reign. Assuming those 3 are taken first – no guarantee, but that’s how Vegas would predict it right now — who will go where of Jordan, Lavelle and Buchanan?

          Any predictions anyone?

          Not sure if I want the Breakers to take Lavelle or Jordan first. I think Buchanan is a fabulous player and we need help at CB but I’m not convinced she’d sign. Just a hunch. And being with the Canadian team she’d periodically be gone, even in these upcoming lean years. That of course could happen with Lavelle and maybe soon Jordan too, however.

          • mockmook

            I think Jordan is so rare — a striker who consistently scores, knows how to hold the ball, can set up teammates, generates her own shots (when necessary) — you have to take her first.

            Replacing Beard may be the path to fixing the back line.

          • Breakers fan

            Ya know, a lot of me feels the same exact way about Jordan. If they can get Westphal to come back and put her …..I’m gonna say central midfield next to Mewis, or even move Mewis to forward, next to Jordan I think all of a sudden you have instant already-developed Gator chemistry and the team is altered dramatically for the better, imo. Not to mention who you will get in picks 11-14.

          • HOFCToDi

            First, the Boston Breakers need to fire Matt Beard. Worst head coach evah!

          • Breakers fan

            From the outside I think you really have to question if you should continue with him. The evidence isn’t particularly in his favor. Also how do the current players like him? Are they excited about returning or are they looking to go elsewhere or retire sooner than they thought if the prospect of the same situation next year is looking them in the face?

          • HOFCToDi

            The Boston Breakers allowed 4 goals to the Dash and 4 goals to the Flash in the last two matches. Total shambles.

          • Breakers fan

            I’m right there with you. I sensed a deterioration myself. I was at almost all of the home games and it was painful.
            Why the heck, also, didn’t Julie King play until there were only 10 minutes left in the last game? And where was Schillgard in that game? Back to Sweden? I need to research that.

          • HOFCToDi

            No offense, I am more worried these days whether Samantha Johnson will single-handedly torpedo CRS playoff hopes. I sense another Abby Erceg disaster on the horizon.

          • Breakers fan

            Your trepidation with respect to this subject is familiar to me. Good luck. We’ll see if your scouting of her is as perceptive and accurate as it already has proven to be.May it not be!
            I haven’t seen CRS that much but I have not been impressed with her.
            What’s the story with McCaffrey – did she even play last game? Has Huerta moved ahead of her?

          • HOFCToDi

            NWSL Injury Report

            nwslsoccer.com/injury-report

            OUT: Stephanie McCaffrey (right ankle sprain)

          • HOFCToDi

            Sofia Huerta has replaced Alyssa Mautz as the starting right flank midfielder.

          • Breakers fan

            Oh, ok. Thanks. I assumed Huerta was the 2nd forward to Press in that game. So McCaffrey was out, did they play a 2nd forward – Hoy? I should just go look this up. I’m being lazy.

          • HOFCToDi

            The second forward is Cara Walls.

            chicagoredstars.com/roster/

          • Breakers fan

            I know Walls scored but what do you think of her as a player?

          • HOFCToDi

            Amongst the forwards on the CRS roster, Cara Walls is the best hold up player which is a key to possession. Overall, Cara Walls is a work in progress.

          • mockmook

            They were both “injured”

            OUT: Sinead Farrelly (Season Ending – not medically cleared), Louise Schillgard (illness), Abby Smith (torn right patellar tendon)

            DOUBTFUL: Whitney Engen (right hamstring strain), Julie King (left ankle sprain)

          • Breakers fan

            Thank you very much. Appreciate the “quotes” around “injured” as well.

            Westphal’s “ankle injury” didn’t seem bad and it caused her to miss a good 3 weeks.Have to wonder what’s going on there. Engen was again not good in this game other than one goal-line save. King I didn’t know about so thanks for that. and Schillgard’s illness – there is a bug rampant around here so maybe she got that. Will she return? I predict no. With the child and husband and how the year went I predict, – hope I’m wrong – that she decides to return to her native land, her curiosity and desire to have played here satisfied…enough.

          • Breakers fan

            Farrrelly’s is my personal #1 for “all-time most mysterious, least-reported-upon” injury.

          • Breakers fan

            Also, about Farrelly – do you know if she is under any obligation whatsoever to return to Boston, seeing how she was a key part of that trade and played not a millisecond for the team this past year? Or does sitting out the year somehow set her free from that?

          • mockmook

            If she only signed for 1 year, she should be free.

            I wouldn’t be too harsh with her, she was in a car accident.

            Maybe some day we will learn what happened.

          • Breakers fan

            True. I’m trying not to be. But if you’re Farrelly and you heal in the off-season, do you feel any sort of moral, ethical duty to try to go back next year and help the team that wanted you and gave up a lot to get you?

          • mockmook

            Apparently, most contracts are for 2 years.

            However, if she was only given a 1 yr deal, I think the league rules put her in that wacky “free agent draft” — so if some other club can claim her (and does), she has to go.

          • mockmook

            Upon further review, I believe if Boston continues to offer her a contract, Farrelly’s rights remain with them.

          • Breakers fan

            Farrelly strikes me as a free spirit. I think it’s plausible that she may not return to soccer, possibly especially if she really doesn’t want to go back to Boston for a year. If she still wants to play but not in Boston I guess she would have to sit out a year. We’ll see. Maybe she is fine with coming back to the Breakers. I haven’t kept up with her twitter postings to know if she’s been working out, finding games to play in. It’s good to know, though, that the Breakers get first shot at her. If she’s really missed the game, if she still loves it, she may come back with a fire.

          • Breakers fan

            Just checked Farrelly’s tweets and noticed she hasn’t written anything in over 5 months, after writing (tweeting) at a pretty decent rate before that point. Like I said – a free spirit.

          • guest

            my understanding re farrell’s contract status
            – Farrelly’s 2016 contract is ending but Breakers retain rights to Farrelly until start of 2017 preseason so long as they make a good faith effort to sign her for 2017

            the reported standard NWSL contract is 1 year with team option for 2nd year. Farrelly signed with FCKC in 2013, played for FCKC in 2013 then FCKC exercised option for 2014 but traded Farrelly to Portland in Jan 2014. Farrelly played for Portland in 2014 then signed new contract with Portland for 2015 and played 2015 in Portland. Portland exercised option for 2016 but then traded Farrelly to Boston so in 2016 Farrelly was on the 2nd year of contract signed in 2015.

            relevant sections of roster rules
            – Subject to the End of Season Process, a club retains the rights to the player until the next preseason following the expiration of a contract provided attempts were made to re-sign the player.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks a lot for that. Possible that Farrelly could, even if the offer is “in good faith”, decide it’s not a good enough offer for her. If she does that – simply doesn’t sign — is she free to go elsewhere or would she have to sit out a year, and then after that year be able to sign with whomever she wants? I get the sense that she loves Portland.

          • mockmook

            I believe she would have to sit out a year to become free (if they don’t release her rights). And, then she risks that she will be selected by the same club or another club that she doesn’t want to go to.

            But, remember, we are only speculating that she didn’t/doesn’t want to be with the Breakers.

          • Breakers fan

            Right — total speculation. Could be she plans and wants to come back. I hope so and I hope she’s missed playing to heck and back.

          • Breakers fan

            enjoyed that Bostonianism!

          • HOFCToDi

            I thought you would like that.

          • HOFCToDi

            WNYF is in a great position with the 2nd overall and 7th overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.

          • Breakers fan

            Good Lord – they’re in good position period. What a turnaround!

          • kernel_thai

            Here’s a trade for u…run it by Billiard next time u do lunch. Boston trades the #1 and #11 picks to WNY for Sam Mewis and the #7 pick. Boston reunites the Mewii and the #7 pick is probably high enough for the Breakers to take Morgan Andrews who also has local ties. WNY gets Buchanan at #1 who might fancy playing so close to her home in Toronto and Lavelle at #2 who takes over Mewis’ play making duties.

          • Breakers fan

            That’s creative thinking on your part. I personally wouldn’t do it. Though I do like those 2 players – Mewis, S. and Andrews, M. Not sure if Andrews is around at #11 = maybe she is , but what if she isn’t even around at #7, and you were counting on getting her there?
            Seems you know of this ……tendency, predilection, weakness, vulnerability the Breakers have for going after local products, and wish to strike there. It’s not the golden bullet. I don’t like how much Mewis would be gone with NT duties and I don’t like the idea of NOT getting Savannah Jordan or Rose Lavelle. That’s more important to me than acquiring more local players and hedging a bet on who someone else won’t take, especially if they sense the Breakers will want Andrews – that could very well lead to a Chicago-McCaffrey-Colaprico-Gilliland scenario happening again.

          • kernel_thai

            Well Sam Mewis is not only local but an allocated player and one u wouldnt have to worry about signing. As has been mentioned, Buchanan may or may not want to play in the US and even if she does there is no guarantee she’ll want to stay in Boston long term. Taking Lavelle or Jordan with the #1 isnt bad either. Where the trouble starts is if they get itchy about Andrews and take her with the top pick. Then they get left open to critics yet again.

            As to my little trade, I think adding Mewis and Andrews is better than just adding any one of the top three selections. U can also figiure theyll grab McKensie Meehan in the second round to help the front line. A Mewis, Mewis, Andrews midfield would be a nice upgrade

          • Breakers fan

            Financially I see your point (allocated player), but that means she departs often too. Though granted that may happen with Lavelle and Jordan too.
            What you say about Buchanan is why I feel the Breakers should not and will not select her, so assuming that is accurate then WNY can get Buchanan at #2.

            And how does WNY feel about Mewis – who’s to say that if they know they can get Buchanan at #2 they prefer Lavelle to Mewis? They may be quite happy with Sam, may prefer her to the less-tested, smaller Lavelle.

            Taking Andrews at #1……I know….I wonder if they’re seriously considering that. I don’t feel qualified to speak with any kind of conviction about Andrews’ game. I distinctly have not seen her play enough. I would need to see her play in about 10 more games. I’ve seen some impressive goal highlights but you have to see a lot more. I know she’s talented, but there’s also that history of bouncing around – from a high school BC signing, to not attending there, then onto ND, then to USC, and also her getting knocked off some YNT teams, at least 1. Why is that stuff happening and has it been “corrected”?

            In your analysis you fail to include who the Breakers would get with the #1 pick PLUS the #11 pick. That could still be a very good player. And like I just wrote,even if they did what you suggest, then a team ahead of the Breakers – those who have picks 3-6 — may sense a Breaker desire to get Andrews, pick her and then ask for the Breakers’ #12 and #13 and maybe even more if the Breakers want Andrews, so there’s no guarantee they get Andrews with #7 in that trade.

          • kernel_thai

            The way u protect the deal is Boston takes Buchanan at #1. Then when #7 comes along if Andrews is still there u make the trade.

            If Boston is already sold on Lavelle or Jordan then they dont do it. Maybe Andrew is there in the second round or maybe they can do a different deal to get her. boston needs so much that it will be hard to not help themselves regardless.

          • Breakers fan

            I think WNY gets Buchanan at #2 anyway. I doubt the Breakers choose her.

          • DNG

            Boston cannot give up their No. 1 overall unless they get the no. 2 pick plus more.

          • Breakers fan

            Really? Fascinating. There’s a rule that says that? I believe you; it’s just news to me. Is it a new rule?

          • DNG

            I don’t think they should. I meant it in that would be a bad decision. I think they need to get either Jordan or Lavelle

          • Breakers fan

            Gotcha. I was taking your post to be absolutely literal.

          • DNG

            I’m not really as high on S. Mewis as kernel_thai is so perhaps that influences my thought on the proposed trade.

          • kernel_thai

            Boston has like 4 2nd rounders. I dont see them adding more picks by trading down.

          • DNG

            I wouldn’t trade down further then the number 2 overall pick. They can also potentially use those second round picks to trade back into the first round if they really like a player.

        • Breakers fan

          do you know what WNY gave away to get that Orlando 1st round pick?

          • HOFCToDi

            orlandocitysc.com/post/2015/12/17/orlando-pride-acquires-rebecca-edwards-and-kristen-edmonds

        • Breakers fan

          I wonder if they now feel those players are the equal of who they would have gotten with the 2nd pick of the next draft? Of course they didn’t know what pick they would be getting at the time of the trade but coming in as an expansion team the best bet is that you are likely to have a high pick at the end of your first year.

          • mockmook

            Becky Edwards didn’t work out for them, but at the time I would have rated that trade favorably. She had the potential to be an anchor in midfield for several years (after she had already proven to be a solid DM on championship teams).

          • Breakers fan

            I see what you’re saying – makes some sense, though I tread really carefully with relinquishing 1st round picks. And you gotta wonder, now, though, if they had the “do you plan on playing for several more years almost for certain?” conversation with Edwards before the trade.

          • mockmook

            Yeah, but there is plenty of risk in the draft as well.

          • Breakers fan

            Yes. Only time will tell. But like I said – the odds were that they would have had one of the first…..3 picks and some simple observation would have told them you that your choice is “Edmonds and Edwards” or Jordan, Lavelle or Buchanan, if you do get one of the first 3.
            As you say there is risk with the draft. If you happen to be better in your first year as a team and get pick 4 or 5 it’s also quite possible that whom you would get there may turn out to be better than one of the first 3 I named.

          • kernel_thai

            Edmonds was their best player so the trade worked out tho not as expected.

          • Breakers fan

            I don’t think you can say that definitively (that it was a wise trade) until you see who they would have gotten with the 2nd pick, compared to how Edmonds does on the whole – this year and going forward.
            yes, they didn’t know they’d have the 2nd pick but as I said – as an expansion team one can bet pretty safely you’ll get a near-top pick the following year.

          • HOFCToDi

            Kristen Edmonds is 29 years old. Not exactly a spring chicken by soccer standards.

          • Breakers fan

            I was wondering about that……more data that says it wasn’t the best of moves.

          • kernel_thai

            Well, it’s hard t call it a good trade regardless . Edwards wasnt a factor most of the season and is now retired. Regardless what they got from Edmonds and it was a lot, I would wager in hindsight they would have made the trade. They made the same hopeful mistake all expansion teams make…they thought the could compete for the playoffs and hurt their future trying to do it.

          • Ethan

            This is where I don’t quite agree with the high praise Edmonds has been getting from a lot of people this season. Her work rate was phenomenal for the most part, and her finishing from open play and from set pieces was very good as well. There’s also the pro of her versatility. However, her passing for me was inconsistent throughout the season (e.g. you saw that in the Kansas City match), and I don’t think that was noticed enough by the Orlando commentators and posters on this site. I know Weatherholt had a difficult time against Seattle in that 5-2 loss, but I was more impressed by her in central midfield over the home stretch than I was by Edmonds.

          • DNG

            I wasn’t particularly impressed with any of Orlando’s central midfielders but I do think Edmonds gave them a lot more than they were expecting. They need a complete overhaul of their midfield if they want to compete with the top teams.

          • HOFCToDi

            Three-time pro champion Becky Edwards to retire

            equalizersoccer.com/2016/09/22/becky-edwards-retires-nwsl-orlando-pride/

            Nope!

          • guest

            becky edwards recently announced she is retiring. so the trade doesn’t look to good for orlando now. guess orlando could have used that pick better on lavelle for midfield help in retrospect.

      • kernel_thai

        And that was a dumb trade. Seattle wanted Klingenberg so they could allow her to be taken in expansion and not lose two of their regulars. Houston traded Kling and their 2nd round pick in 2017 for Amber Brooks and the later of Seattle’s 1st rounders in 2016. At that point I thought it was a fair deal. But there was a kicker…if Klingenberg was selected then the 2nd round pick became a first rounder. The Dash have over paid on every trade they have made.

        • DNG

          It may be in the Dash’s best interest to see what they can get for Morgan Brian and Lloyd this offseason.

          • mockmook

            Definitely Lloyd — her stock will never be higher.

            I sense a big Brian year in 2017.

          • DNG

            I am a big Brian fan. I think she is an excellent player and an asset for any team. The thought to move her is more of the Dash being in win now mode and Brian not being a great fit for Waldrum’s very direct team. The Dash desperately need a top central defender to be serious title contenders. Also, I selfishly really want to see Brian in Portland or FCKC. FCKC could be a real possibility given the hole left by Holiday. Obviously they Dash would need to be wowed by an offer to think about getting rid of Brian.

          • kernel_thai

            Places for the Dash to shop. First wherever Buchanan falls. If Buchanan goes to Boston it might make Kassy Kallman available. If she goes to WNY a trade will be less likely as the two players she might replace (Kennedy or Erceg) both require INT spots. Another place is the Spirit who presently have Oyster and Zadorsky sitting on the bench. Whether one of them shakes free after the season depends on how Estelle Johnson fits in their long range plans.

          • Breakers fan

            If the Breakers are smart they won’t give up Kallman, regardless of whether they draft Buchanan. Engen I’d give up before Kallman and before King, I think.

          • kernel_thai

            Doubt they would trade Brian. Lloyd would be hard to move and get equal value and Dash management knows she brings in fans

          • DNG

            This is more of an expansion on my thought about moving Brian. I have no idea of FCKC would entertain this but a Sauerbrunn Brian swap could potentially benefit both parties. FCKC gets their Holiday like players and Houston gets a world class central defender. The Dash could then slot Amber Brooks in front of Andressa and O’Sullivan, maybe trade for another defender or two and have a very solid team.

        • Breakers fan

          I see that now you feel my pain. Welcome to the club.
          One thing I don’t understand: How did Klingenberg get from Seattle to Portland?

          • DNG

            Selected by Orlando in expansion draft and as part of the trade for Morgan.

          • Breakers fan

            They were unable to protect her evidently. You get to protect 2 NT’ers only, correct, and I guess they chose to protect Rapinoe and Solo. And on Orlando’s end they were able to pick……2 National teamers in the expansion draft? Choosing Kling and…..Harris, then trading Kling, if I have it all right.

          • DNG

            Correct and I imagine all of this was sorted out prior to the expansion draft so the team could announce their acquisition of Morgan almost immediately after the team was announced.

          • kernel_thai

            I dont feel bad they made the trade just that they felt they needed to over pay. Seattle wanted Klingenberg and it shouldnt have been any factor at all what they planned to do with her after. Seattle got their cake and get to eat it at this years draft.

      • guest

        re “If the Dash had won that game they would have jumped I think 3 spots forward so Seattle winning actually significantly improves their draft position – 3rd instead of I think 7th, or 6th.”

        not true, regardless of which team (Seattle or Houston) won last nights match both teams (Houston finished in 8th position, Seattle finished in 5th position) would have finished in same positions in the standings so outcome of the Houston v Seattle match did not change standings.

        • Breakers fan

          Thanks. The reason I said that was the graphic on the screen last night of the FS1 broadcast for the NWSL standings. Evidently it was way off, unless I somehow mis-read it, which I don’t think I did. I just checked the standings and see that you are correct. But did you see that graphic last night? I believe it said that going into the game Houston had 25 points, so if they got 3 from last night’s game they would have jumped to 28, Seattle would have stayed at 27 and the Dash would have also passed by Sky Blue and KC. That’s what led to my comment.

          • guest

            graphic was shown during game when Houston still had the lead so graphic just illustrated that if game ended with Houston win then Houston would have 25 points and Seattle would have 27 but even in that case they would have ended up with no change to the standings – no impact on draft positions

        • Breakers fan

          Now that I think about it, the graphic I saw may have been FS1 showing what the standings would look like IF Houston kept the lead and went on to win that game. I wasn’t listening to the audio at that moment so maybe that was what they were showing. I’m not sure. That or they made a mistake.

      • mockmook

        Slightly O/T

        Have another player for you to keep an eye on.

        But, only a Freshman for UNC:

        Bridgette Andrzejewski

        Strong, fast, decent size — plays Forward/Mid

        Ohai-ish (not as quick/fast), but a more physical player.

        • rkmid71

          Re: BA at UNC — maybe. But I think there are better options at forward — I’ve got my eye on another freshman forward playing on an ACC team who I think is quicker, stronger, faster, at least as physical with an explosive first step and turn (I’ve witnessed it many many times). Just a great athlete with a canon shot and capable with both feet. I’m not going to say who as I think it will become obvious soon. I’m shocked hasn’t been selected for a YNT so far.

          • mockmook

            Three guesses?

            ES?

          • rkmid71

            You get two more!

          • Breakers fan

            Predicting she plays for either FSU or UVA – not a very bold prediction. Don’t answer that, though. I don’t want any hints yet.

          • rkmid71

            I was going to give you some livestream dates (when I know her team is watchable), but that would have narrowed it down significantly!

          • Breakers fan

            Hold on! I think I’ve got it and if so I’m right there with you! I remember being stunned when I looked up what year she was in school. Let me put it this way – thick, long blonde hair in a braid. Fiery competitor. An amazing free kick goal recently.
            ?

          • rkmid71

            Nope. But this girl has equally amazing free kicks. Saw one that was Ronaldo like — hit it so hard, basically had a knuckle style dip effect. Never seen a girl do it like that in all the years I’ve been watching.

          • Breakers fan

            Wow. I would have bet I had it right. Do you know who I’m referring to?

          • rkmid71

            No. Notore Dame? I think it’s good to keep an eye on college game. There are a lot of really good players out there, many with potential to be great….many of which have never gotten a sniff at YNT for whatever reason. I think Savannah Jordan deserves a look in camp — experienced, saavy scorer who also assists (as you would hope for given the attention she gets). Doesn’t have the explosiveness of the girl I’m thinking of, but still.

          • Breakers fan

            Yes, Jennifer Westendorf of ND. Someone to keep an eye on. Jordan I think is great. Exceptional. Good enough for the NT. Very curious to see the young woman you’ve been noticing…Will let you know if I come across her, though I can’t tell you at the moment when I’ll see ACC games.

          • Breakers fan

            Of course I could approach solving this riddle just on paper. Look at all ACC Freshman forwards, see who among them has scored a few goals and put those names out there, but I want to try to solve it organically — by watching games and seeing who stands out to me on the field of play.

          • rkmid71

            That’s the best way. And the tough ACC schedule is just 3 games in. They all have plenty of chances to prove themselves and make an impact.

          • Breakers fan

            I see that ESPNU is showing North Carolina vs. Virginia this Sunday at 1pm. I’ll check that out later on dvr, but will be at the Boston College — NC State game live at that time.

          • rkmid71

            Both good games. But the BC-NCS I would really like to see, especially live!

          • Breakers fan

            I’ll send a report, post-game. Now you have me wondering if your gal is a Wolfpack member!! I’ll have my eye out to see if any of their starting forwards are Freshmen….

          • Breakers fan

            Ok! Well, I did attend this game. Rainy day, wet field. I’m limited in my response of course by solely what happened in this game. I have not seen NC State play any other time.

            I was laughing as I looked at the starters up top and then at the program. I think the first 4 players I looked at all were Freshmen. You weren’t going to make this easy for me!

            No NC State forwards had a brilliant game. Did you watch the game on-line? So I feel like I didn’t really get what you have gotten with this player. 2 of them, though, struck me as having pretty elite athleticism: Tizara King and Kia Dunbar. (not sure if I have the spelling right on the first one). She, King, is like the definition of “lithe”. Really long legs, lean, fast. I’m guessing it’s her. I got just little glimpses of her. She didn’t receive the ball all that much, and she took some spells on the bench. So….in the end I feel like I didn’t get the best example of the mystery player’s abilities on display. I need to see more to see what you have seen. But, do I have it right – is it Tizara King? 2nd choice: Kia Dunbar.

          • rkmid71

            Thx for report. Didn’t see it, but saw that it was physical with a bunch of YCs, especially by NCS. It’s your 2nd choice, but I’m assuming you meant Kia Rankin #8. Keep watching. It’s no accident NCS is 9-3 and 3-1 in the ACC, having beaten UNC along the way. When was the last time NCS had this type of record? Before the season started, I predicted they would no longer be a pushover and would win their share of games. They will have ups and downs until they get a little more depth, more seasoning (given the # of freshman or underclassman starting or playing major role) and given the college sub rules, etc.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks. Yes, #8, sorry I had her last name wrong. I’m not really surprised it’s Rankin. I think I was thinking of Dunbar High School in Baltimore and one of these players is from Maryland. And mostly I picked King because I read in the program that she had 5 goals so far. Rankin didn’t get many touches and she also had spells on the bench. I have to say — BC controlled the game more than NC State did and had a few very close chances at goal. One I couldn’t believe didn’t go in – a scrum right at the goalmouth for a good 5-10 seconds. But yeah, little glimpses of Rankin showed me her athleticism, her quickness. She seemed ready to explode at any moment. I will try and see more. Thanks for the tip. Ella Bonner the CB intrigued to some extent as well. What’s your read on her so far?

          • Breakers fan

            Curious if you’ve seen BC play yet? I think besides Meehan their best players in terms of ultimate potential are the 2 CBs – Junior Allyson Swaby and Freshman Samantha Hiatt. LM Gaby Carreiro is a fun player as is Lauren Berman and center mid, red-shirt Freshman Kayla Jennings, has impressed me as well. But it’s the 2 CBs who could go far. Meehan ..I can’t tell what her potential is. She succeeds consistently so I don’t want to discount her.

          • rkmid71

            Not yet, but I plan to. I’m bullish on them as well in the longer run. They’ve gotten off to a rough and somewhat unlucky start in the ACC, but I don’t think that’s indicative of their potential. If they can get into NCAA tournament, they could be dangerous. Kind of like Duke last year if they can peak at the right time. But they need to get some Ws in coming games. I wonder a bit on how they will replace Meehan and Dowd scoring next year. I’ll check out some games and the players you mention.

          • Breakers fan

            Here’s a couple looks at ND’s Westendorf, one from her Senior high school season and 1 just a couple weeks ago vs. Stanford:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z3ekcFipL0

            The Stanford highlights – a) a nice “pre-assist” early on, then check out her free kick beating Jane Campbell near the end.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsLeo3mmtRA

          • mockmook

            Nice!!!

          • Breakers fan

            Yep. Love that relaxed power and the marksmanship.

          • Breakers fan

            Why not 1 more? Just saw this one, the game winner vs. Missouri:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R__O7QOlI8

            2 shots total from her are seen within….

          • mockmook

            Yes — will definitely keep an eye on her!!!

          • Breakers fan

            You see players like this — same age as Pugh — and it does make you feel like players can be really good at a young age, that you don’t have to be 22, 25, if you are a special player. That said, like anyone else, I would want to see her more in the run of play to see her ball skills more, but I get the sense that they’re good from the little I have seen. She has 3 and 1/2 more years in college, so plenty of time to see her play. I just did a little research on her and saw that she has evidently not been within the USA YNT system — error! — and also that she started on Brazil’s U-20 team in the South American Championships last year. I’m not sure what her family connection to Brazil is.

          • mockmook

            KP?

          • rkmid71

            Good guess. But this girl is a freshman starter, though KP may well be too soon enough. I’ve got some other ideas for other positions for other college freshman — but want to see how they prove themselves a bit more. I know this 2016 class pretty well.

          • Breakers fan

            How many games this season would you say you’ve seen so far? Keep up the good work!

          • mockmook

            OK, now I’m just taking wild guesses (sort of what I was doing to start with, obviously need to watch more ACC and more closely), how about BR?

          • rkmid71

            Another good guess. Let’s see what Breakers Fan reports back on BC-NCS game.

          • mockmook

            Thanks for indulging my flailing about — I will keep an eye out for BF’s report….

          • Breakers fan

            Would like to report, quickly, that I do not know any of your 3 guesses from the initials, but hope to discover them as the season carries on…

          • mockmook

            My guesses were actually pretty poor, though I think they got progressively better.

            You probably know ES, but you don’t know that you know her. 🙂

          • Breakers fan

            I haven’t seen the ACC much at all yet – been seeing 90% Pac-12 games. But my ears are very perked up now about this player. Will see if I can tell who she is when I start watching ACC games. About this time of year a local sports channel traditionally shows a game every Sunday afternoon.

        • Breakers fan

          Thanks, man, I’ve only seen UNC once – vs. Stanford. Don’t recall Andrzejewski from that game, surprisingly. The Poles are proud. I did like Zoe Redei and the big body Ru Mucherera to some extent too, of UNC forwards. Will definitely keep an eye on your gal the next time I watch the Tar Heels.

          And though very late to respond to you about this, I was/am aware of BYU’s Ashley Hatch and I too was very impressed. I saw their game vs. Utah who also had a couple players I loved, but they’re Sophomores. I didn’t know Hatch was leading the country in scoring – not sure if that is still the case.

          And you’re right to keep an eye on BC’s Meehan. She just set the school all-time scoring record. She has, obviously, a knack for scoring. I’m not certain if that will carry over to the next level as successfully. Not sure she has that elite quickness you look for in the best forwards but she’s very good and may be better than I’m projecting her to be at the next level.

    • guest

      the NT now seems to be listing Lloyd as a striker in the lineups so there’s that.

    • Craigaroo

      Corsie, I assume, will be back next year, helping shore up the middle of the defense. According to some of the international fans at BigSoccer, Utsugi can play a central mid role and has for Japan in the past. I don’t know why Little was so much less effective this season. And as much as I love Fishlock, I don’t think we can expect her to be quite the player she was the first 3 years (2013-2015) when quite simply she was MVP material that whole time. The Reign seem to need some refreshing, which is hard because it may need turning over some players who were an important part of a really impressive team for a couple years.

      • DNG

        I really wasn’t a huge fan of the Reign’s defense this year despite their overall good GA number. There were times when I thought they conceded too cheaply in big matches against good teams and they really struggled defending crosses against some of the bigger teams. I think their main priority for the offseason is finding another DM that can shield their back line and pass out of the back. After that I would look for a more consistent CF and a better CB than the ones they currently have.

  • Craigaroo

    Game-winning goal scored by The Smile. Sweet.

  • Craigaroo

    TV viewership on FS1: 47K (21K age 18-49). Mediocre numbers. MLS broadcast preceding it on FS1 wasn’t terrific either but it was roughly double 97K / 42K (18-49)