DiBernardo returns to Perth Glory for W-League season

The Equalizer Staff October 13, 2016 28
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Vanessa DiBernardo returns to Perth this season.

Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo will return to Perth Glory for the upcoming Australian W-League season.

DiBernardo was Perth’s top scorer last season with six goals, ranking fifth in the league and tops among all Americans. She was named Perth’s top player of the season, which runs from November to January, complementing the NWSL season perfectly for off-season loans.

“I had a really great time last year,” DiBernardo said.

“We probably didn’t get the results we wanted but I know that Bobby (Despotovski) and the rest of the team have worked hard to bring in some new blood, locally and from overseas.”

[MORE: A closer look at DiBernardo’s spectacular season with the Red Stars]

She will be joined in Perth by Red Stars teammate Alyssa Mautz and fellow American Nikki Stanton. Mexico fullback Arianna Romero will also play for Perth this season, which kicks off on Nov. 6.

Di Bernardo’s long-range volley against Brisbane Roar last season went viral:

  • Rdalford

    Good to see that DiBernardo will again play in Australian W-league for Perth Glory during NWSL offseason. My understanding is that Kerr is also returning to Path.

    from W-league site “Matildas star and Perth Glory Women captain Samantha Kerr has signed on for another season with her home-town club ….
    Read more at http://www.w-league.com.au/article/sam-kerr-re-signs-with-perth-glory/4qzrphydl4cq1qt3p6i5fa2rp#TOP02DoXBmuXhDGl.99

    • Steglitz49

      Where does the money for WoSo in Australia come from? I know that Man City owns one team though I scratch my head as to why. I guess now the the FAWSL will play a winter season, they can neither transport their English team players to Australia nor bring Aussies to Manchester.

      • Rdalford

        Most of the Australian W-league clubs are now associated with the men’s A-league clubs. Exception is Canberra United which I think is still only a W-League club. In the past some of the teams (Adelade and perhaps others) were partially supported by federation and not affiliated with the men’s A-League teams. Melbourne City (which as you note is connected to Man City ownership) has both A-League and W-League teams and City invested more $$$ into the W-league team (brought in Fishlock and Little etc) and now some other A-League teams also seem to be taking more of an interest in their W-League. There is some sort of TV deal that includes (weekly?) W-league matches and the W-league schedule this year also includes a number of doubleheaders with both W-league and A-League matches.

        The W-league schedule is fairly short (regular season runs Nov to end of Jan with 14 rounds of matches, then cup/playoffs in Feb I think) but as you note may not combine well with FAWSL winter season. I think the Australian WNT contract players may be required to play in W-league. The Australian WNT players have base contracts (2 tiers) from federation but separate contracts (paid by clubs) with W-League clubs. The short W-league schedule fits fairly well with NWSL schedule which is why you see a number of Australians playing in NWSL.

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you. The Australian WNT playing well no doubt helps too.

          Now that the FAWSL goes to a winter season maybe it will be back to getting players from the Nordic countries to come down under in their off-seasons.

        • Lodovico Settembrini

          Kellond Knight (Turbine Potsdam) and Emily Van Egmont (VFL Wolfsburg) are playing in Germany.

          I am not sure whether or not Australia has contract players and who those might be but those two are for sure members of the Australian WNT

          • Rdalford

            Australian players union and Australian football federation agreed a new CBA in Nov 2015 that provides base contracts at two tier levels for Australian WNT players. Players have separate contracts with clubs. When Sermani was Australian coach it was reported that players were required to play in W-league but as you note that may no longer be the case (or perhaps only required to play in W-league if player is also on WNT contract). The current Australian WNT coach has encouraged players to play overseas (NWSL, Europe, Japan etc) at least when W-league is not in season, since the Australian W-league season is so short, so perhaps the playing in W-league requirement was only a Sermani rule.

            from Australian WNT site announcement of CBA signing
            “Matildas
            – In addition to contracts with Westfield W-League clubs, an immediate increase in the Matildas remuneration structure that will see the top tier Matildas receive $41,000 per annum, with a second tier set at $30,000 per annum plus match fees and daily allowances for all players during Matildas camps and matches
            – Further to that, a 10% per annum increase in players remuneration will result in the overall investment doubling across the term ”

            source at http://www.matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/ffa-and-pfa-announce-a-new-cba-to-drive-football-growth/1nw13akxd4hvh1qknrzq2x9ole#v4xrRQoxy6vu7qxH.99

          • Steglitz49

            Where does the money come from?

          • Rdalford

            money from federation and clubs
            – Australian federation pays the Matildas base WNT contracts and I assume the federations gets money from sponsors as well as ticket revenue from MNT & WNT matches and TV deal.
            – The clubs pay the players W-league salaries and I assume the clubs get money from ticket revenue, sponsors and TV deal. Since almost all (Canberra is the exception) W-league clubs are now affiliated with men’s A-League teams my guess would be that most W-league clubs receive some portion of their funding from the men’s teams.

            The W-league was founded as a development league and rosters still have quite a few young (16-17 yrs) players who are essentially amateurs (club covers expenses) with Australian WNT players and internationals (up to 4 per club) providing the stars on the rosters and one assumes receiving better $$$. The W-league clubs have a team salary cap but there are reports that many clubs do not spend up to the team cap and pay and conditions are issues for many/most W-league players. Melbourne City, which brought in Fishlock & Little last year, is the exception that paid higher salaries (still within the team cap) and therefore a number of players left other W-league teams to play for City last season. Australian WNT GK Lydia Williams has signed with City for this W-league season. Currently unclear whether other A-League teams will also increase funding for affiliated W-League teams to compete with City.

            There are ongoing discussions (a working party per news reports) between players union (which currently covers both men & women’s NT players and men’s A-League players) and clubs and federation about establishing a CBA with better pay etc for W-League players.

          • Steglitz49

            Chloe Lorgazo (Eskilstuna) and Tameka Butt (Mallbacken) play in Sweden. Ashleigh Sykes plays for Albion in Japan and Aivi Luik for Notts County in England.

      • Som Termanni

        W-League pays players next to nothing and spends next to nothing on facilities and staff. Several teams lack standard medical and rehab facilities, staff, or equipment. Salary caps are smaller than NWSL, most teams don’t hit the cap, and more players play unpaid, or even cover their own expenses in excess of their pay, in order to play. That’s the crux of their CBA negotiations.

        Hopefully the NWSL players heading over there pick up some unionization and negotiation tips to bring back to the states.

        • Steglitz49

          Might as well go and play for Avaldsnes or Kif Örebro?

        • mockmook

          “Hopefully the NWSL players heading over there pick up some unionization and negotiation tips to bring back to the states.”

          Right, so they can go on strike against clubs that are already losing money. I’m sure that will work out just fine.

  • Steglitz49

    Meanwhile, in the U17 world cup, Venezuela will play North-Korea in one semi-final while Spain will play Japan in the other. They will be played as a double header on Monday.

    • Rdalford

      The U17 Japan team continues to play well and to my eye appear to be playing at a higher level than other teams. I would pick Japan to win.
      Looking forward to watching

      • Steglitz49

        Let’s hope Venezuela can beat North-Korea. Spain will have their work cut out for themselves against Japan.

  • mockmook

    So who do we have from the NWSL in W-League 2016/2017 so far?

    DiBernardo
    Mautz
    Kerr
    Stanton
    Ochs
    Raso
    Nielsen
    Arlitt
    K.Fletcher
    Stengel

    Who else?

    • Steglitz49

      The Australians among them are guests in the NWSL, not the other way round, surely.

      Also, who of the Americans are Allocated?

    • Som Termanni

      Lydia Williams, Melbourne City
      Ellie Brush, Canberra United
      Alanna Kennedy, Sydney FC
      Kyah Simon, Sydney FC
      Caitlin Foord (2015 NWSL, at least), Sydney FC

      • mockmook

        Thanks!!!

    • another guest

      the women’s game site maintains a summary W-league roster list

      ADELAIDE UNITED
      Emily CONDON, Alex CHIDIAC, Adriana JONES, Racheal QUIGLEY

      BRISBANE ROAR
      MACKENZIE ARNOLD, Angela BEARD, Sunny FRANCO, Katrina GORRY, Emily GIELNIK, Summer O’BRIEN, Clare POLKINGHORNE, Cortnee VINE

      CANBERRA UNITED
      Ellie BRUSH, Trudy BURKE, Emma CHECKER, Nickoletta FLANNERY, Michelle HEYMAN, Grace MAHER, Jenna MCCORMICK, Yukari KINGA (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Ashleigh SYKES,

      MELBOURNE CITY
      Teigen ALLEN, Melina AYRES, Laura ALLEWAY, Steph CATLEY, Larissa CRUMMER, Olivia ELLIS, Jacinta GALABADAARACHCHI, Jessica FISHLOCK (Seattle Reign, USA), Amy JACKSON, Aivi LUIK, Rebekah STOTT, Tyla-Jay VLAJNIC

      MELBOURNE VICTORY
      Mindy BARBIERI, Alex CHEAL, Gulcan KOCA, Annabelle MARTIN, Ayesha NORRIE, Adriana TARANTO, Melissa TARANTO

      NEWCASTLE JETS
      Claire COELHO, Libby COPUS-BROWN, Cassidy DAVIS, Rhali DOBSON, Caprice DYDASCO, Jenna KINGSLEY, Chloe LOGARZO, Brooke MILLER, Sophie NENADOVIC, Megan OYSTER, Gema SIMON, Clare WHEELER

      PERTH GLORY
      Kim CARROLL, Vanessa DIBERNARDO (Chicago Red Stars, USA), Gabby DAL BUSCO, Sam KERR, Alyssa MAUTZ (Chicago Red Stars, USA), Arianna ROMERO (IBV, Iceland), Nikki STANTON (Sky Blue FC, USA), Rosie SUTTON

      SYDNEY FC
      Hannah BACON, Nicola BOLGER, Caitlin FOORD, Princess IBINI, Alanna KENNEDY, Leena KHAMIS, Sham KHAMIS, Teresa POLIAS, Olivia PRICE, Elizabeth RALSTON, Kyah SIMON, Natalie TOBIN, Servet UZUNLAR, Georgia YEOMAN-DALE

      WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
      Eliza AMMENDOLIA, Alex ARLITT (FC Kansas City, USA), Joanne BURGESS, Ellie CARPENTER, Caitlin COOPER, Casey DUMONT, Erica HALLOWAY, Kendall FLETCHER (Seattle Reign, USA), Paige NIELSEN (Seattle Reign, USA), Chloe O’BRIEN, Nikola ORGIL, Liz O’REILLY, Helen PETINOS, Georgia PLESSAS, Alix ROBERTS, Katie STENGEL (Washington Spirit, USA), Jada WHYMAN, Sarah YATIM

      Bold – international players (4 per squad maximum)
      Blue – Matildas players from the 2016 Rio Olympic Qualifiers / Games squad

      • mockmook

        And, Thanks!!!

      • mockmook

        So, from Som’s and your input, here’s an (undoubtedly still incomplete) updated list:

        DiBernardo
        Mautz
        Kerr
        Stanton
        Ochs
        Raso
        Nielsen
        Arlitt
        K.Fletcher
        Stengel

        K.Simon
        L.Williams
        Brush
        Kennedy
        Alleway
        Catley
        Fishlock
        Oyster

        • Steglitz49

          In the 2014-15 off season Jess Fishlock helped Frankfurt win the Champions League. Though she returned to Seattle before the final, which Frankfurt won 2-1 over PSG by Mandy Islacker’s goal in the 90+2′, FF asked UEFA to let Jess have a winners medal. After all that, Australia, presumably, is for just for joy.

  • AlexH

    Way to go! Enjoy your endless Summer of soccer.

  • Som Termanni
    • Steglitz49

      Who might buy? Barcelona, Man City (a city is a city wherever located) or Bayer Leverkusen?

      • Som Termanni

        Sporting KC seems the most obvious fit, seeing as their USL team already plays at Swope (and has even worse attendance) and FCKC has had an ongoing agreement with Sporting for Children’s Mercy Park. Odd that they apparently have such little interest that Wahl would deign to comment on it.

        If the league’s gone cold on one of the standing expansion efforts (RSL, NC), could they simply buy their way in via KC?

        • Steglitz49

          You are too logical for my liking. The owners should start a bidding war. Let’s line up some seriously deep pockets in addition to the ones I named. How about the Emir and Real Madrid who don’t even sport a ladies team at home.