Yanez joins Melbourne City on loan to stay sharp in NWSL offseason

Tim Grainey November 18, 2016 14
Beverly Yanez is playing for Melbourne City this W-League season. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Beverly Yanez is playing for Melbourne City this W-League season. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Seattle Reign forward Beverly Yanez is playing in Australia for the first time this season, joining reigning champions Melbourne City. She will join up with Reign teammates Lauren Barnes and Jess Fishlock, both veterans of the league.

The move Down Under developed late, and it comes after the Reign’s disappointing fifth-place finish in the NWSL, snapping a run of two consecutive NWSL Shields and two straight trips to the final.

“Overall it was not the best season and different from the last two seasons,” Yanez tells The Equalizer. She emphasized that the team still had a positive spirit, a great coaching staff, and ended the season on a good note.

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Traditionally, Yanez has coached in the NWSL off-season, but she was looking to play abroad this winter: “So I can get more touches on the ball, as much as possible.” She discussed the idea in general of players going abroad rather than playing in NWSL and praised the American league. She described her trips abroad to play in Finland and Japan as necessary at the time: “I didn’t have a choice. At home [after WPS folded, which she played in for two seasons] it was only semi-pro opportunities.” She went to Japan with Sky Blue FC as a guest player after the league had technically gone into mothballs because the trip had already been booked.

When she was offered a chance to stay with INAC Leonessa Kobe, she couldn’t turn it down.

“I saw it as an opportunity to play a new style of soccer with consistent playing time,” she said.. “I’m not sure if the league was here at the time, if I would have stayed.”

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She played in Japan for the 2013 season even though NWSL had launched after the 2012 Olympics because:,“I was becoming better in some key aspects of the game; I just had to stay.” She said that players should make their own choice in terms of going abroad or staying at home to play in NWSL, but if they go overseas, “hey want to find a style of soccer that benefits them as a play and a cultural fit as well.”

Surprisingly, Yanez has never been called into the U.S. national team at any level. She would be very thankful for the chance at a national team shirt (she does not qualify for any other countries through family) but her priority has been performing well for her club.

“I am respectful for where the national team is headed,” she said. “There are so many great players and it is a tough job to pick and choose.”

Yanez will be a huge addition to City, which though undefeated after two games, still must replace Scottish international Kim Little—who recently left Seattle to return to Arsenal. In Yanez’s NWSL career, she has 17 goals and 8 assists in 61 NWSL games over three seasons.

Now, she looks to continue her progression this NWSL offseasoin

  • Steglitz49

    Getting restless again?

  • Steglitz49

    The teams that have qualified for the QF of the Champions League are now established. The draw is in a week. There is no seeding now.

    Fortuna Hjørring
    Manchester City

    Paris Saint-Germain
    Bayern Munich

    Thus two each from France and Germany and one each from Denmark, England, Spain and Sweden. Apart from Rosengård and Hjørring, the rest are chattels of rich men’s clubs. Money talks.

  • Dang, Melbourne City is stacked.

    • Steglitz49

      Man City money gets the deal done.

      Man City went straight into the FAWSL1 when they offered to defray a women’s team in Manchester. That was the deal they cut with the FA and they have spent money wisely since.

      If Man City was interested in having an expansion team in the NWSL, the top brass would follow the FA’s pattern not least if Barca came in at the same time.

      Just look at the 8 remaining teams in the ladies Champions League. Six of them belong to rich men’s clubs. That in the year when the once mighty Umeå was relegated from Damallsvenskan.

    • guest

      W-league rosters – agree Melbourne City (even without Little) is stacked


      1.Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2.Cheyenne HAMMOND, 4.Emily HODGSON, 5.MÔNICA, 6.Ally LADAS, 7.Stella RIGON (c), 8.Emily CONDON, 9.Marijana RAJCIC, 10.Racheal QUIGLEY, 11.Sofia HUERTA, 12.Adriana JONES, 14.Grace ABBEY, 15.Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 16.Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS, 17.Dragana KLJAJIC, 18.Isabella SCALZI, 20.Sarah WILLACY (gk), 21.Claudia JENKINS (gk), 24.Danielle COLAPRICO, 25.Katie NAUGHTON, 30.Alex CHIDIAC


      1.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Nina FRAUSING-PEDERSEN, 3.Amy CHAPMAN, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5.Brooke SPENCE, 6.Angela BEARD, 7.Sunny FRANCO, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9.Cortnee VINE, 10.Katrina GORRY, 11.Maili FORBES, 12.Allira TOBY, 13.Tameka BUTT, 14.Summer O’BRIEN, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 17.Emily GIELNIK, 18.Maddy EVANS, 19.Natalie TATHEM, 20.Georgina WORTH (gk)


      1.Trudy BURKE (gk), 2. Yukari KINGA, 3. Julia DE ANGELIS, 4. Clare HUNT, 5. Jenna MCCORMICK, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 8. Hayley RASO, 9. Jasmyne SPENCER, 10. Grace MAHER, 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 12. Hannah BREWER, 13. Celeste BOUREILLE, 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 15. Emma CHECKER, 16. Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 17. Laura HUGHES, 19. Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20. Georgia BORIC (gk), 22. Stephanie OCHS


      1.Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2.Teigen ALLEN, 3.Lauren BARNES, 4.Rachel BINNING, 5.Laura ALLEWAY, 6.Aivi LUIK, 7.Steph CATLEY, 9.Larissa CRUMMER, 10.Jessica FISHLOCK, 11.Erika TYMRAK, 12.Olivia ELLIS, 13.Rebekah STOTT, 14.Melina AYRES, 15.Amy JACKSON, 16. Beverly YANEZ, 17.Marianna TABAIN, 18.Jacynta GALABADAARACHCHI, 19.Tyla-Jay VLAJNIC, 30.Kelsey QUINN (gk)


      1.Bianca HENNINGER (gk), 2.Alexandra NATOLI, 3.Alex CHEAL, 4.Melissa TARANTO, 6.Annabel MARTIN, 7.Lia PRIVITELLI, 8.Ayesha NORRIE, 9.Natasha DOWIE, 10.Christine NAIRN (c), 11.Melindaj BARBIERI, 13.Laura SPIRANOVIC, 14.Selin KURALAY, 15.Adriana TARANTO, 16.Samantha JOHNSON, 17.Gulcan KOCA, 19.Rachel ALONSO, 20.Bethany MASON-JONES (gk), 22.Caitlin FRIEND, 25.Kariah WHITE


      1.Kelsey WYS (gk), 2.Sophie NENADOVIC, 3.Elizabeth O’REILLY, 4.Megan OYSTER, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON (c), 8.Emma STANBURY, 9.Jennifer HOY, 10.Rhali DOBSON, 11.Tara PENDER, 12.Chloe LOGARZO, 13. Grace MACINTYRE, 14.Brooke MILLER, 15.Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN, 16.Liana DANASKOS, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Ashlee BRODIGAN, 20.Claire COELHO (gk)


      1.Melissa MAIZELS (gk), 2.Sarah CARROLL, 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Alyssa MAUTZ, 5.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 6.Carla BENNETT, 7.Nicole STANTON, 8.Shawn BILLAM, 9.Rosie SUTTON, 10.Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 11.Emily HENDERSON, 13.Jaymee GIBBONS, 14.Caitlin DOEGLAS, 15.Angelique STANNETT, 18. Gabby DAL BUSCO (gk), 20.Samantha KERR (c), 22.Arianna ROMERO


      1.Sham KAMIS (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Gabrielle MARZANO, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 6.Servet UZUNLAR, 7.Nicola BOLGER, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 11.Natalie TOBIN, 12.Olivia PRICE, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 15.Sarah EASTHOPE (gk), 16.Hannah BACON, 17.Kyah SIMON, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Princess IBINI, 21.Penny PETRATOS, Remy SIEMSEN


      1.Jada WHYMAN (gk), 2.Caitlin COOPER (c), 3.Nikola ORGILL, 4.Chloe O’BRIEN, 5.Helen PETINOS, 6.Kendall FLETCHER, 7.Sarah YATIM, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Paige NIELSEN, 11.Georgia PLESSAS, 12.Rachel LOWE, 13.Eliza AMMENDOLIA, 14.Alex ARLITT, 15.Ellie CARPENTER, 16.Alix ROBERTS, 17.Sophie HANCOCK, 18.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 22.Casey DUMONT (gk), 23.Joey BURGESS, 30.Courtney NEWBON (gk)

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you for posting this. Much obliged.

        In 32 words or, preferably, less: what is the take home message?

        In short, this pretend league looks like a summer camp in winter down under.

  • mockmook

    Yanez is a 28 yo, so she is almost out of time for a USWNT selection.

    She is showing (and has shown) that she is one of the most dedicated players to improving her craft — Call Her In!!!

    BTW, no matter how you arrange these Reign players, this team no longer intimidates:


  • WatchESPN ESPN3 and W-league

    The WatchESPN schedule for ESPN3 online streaming is now listing the W-league Newcastle Jets vs Perth Glory match for 10:30 pm (EST) tonight (19 Nov).

    ESPN3 schedule currently listing
    – NCAA woso 3rd round match BYU at South Carolina at 7PM (EST)
    – and then W-League Newcastle vs Perth match at 10:30PM (EST)

    The Newcastle vs Perth match is the weekly W-league match being broadcast on TV in Australia. Perhaps these weekly W-league TV matches will be available on ESPN3

    • Bruce

      Free full match replays of pretty much all w-league games are available without subscription or special software on foxsports.com.au.

      • Steglitz49

        Sounds like “selling yesterday’s news for yesterday’s man” — though in this case it sounds like they are peddling it to gullible fans.

    • mockmook


      Mautz / DiBernardo — vs — Gilliland / Hoy