Tobin Heath, Ashley Sanchez win US Soccer honors

The Equalizer Staff December 14, 2016 150
Tobin Heath is the 2016 US Soccer Female Player of the Year (photo credit: U.S. Soccer)

Tobin Heath is the 2016 US Soccer Female Player of the Year (photo credit: U.S. Soccer)

Tobin Heath has been voted U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for 2016. The announcement was made Tuesday on ESPN’s soccer program ESPNFC. Also honored was 17-year old Ashley Sanchez who was voted Young Female Player of the Year. Heath won with 40 percent of the vote, edging Crystal Dunn who collected 34 percent. The other finalists were Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, and Becky Sauerbrunn.

“It’s obviously an honor to win an award like this, especially when you look at the list of amazing players who have won it before,” Heath said via U.S. Soccer. “This year was a difficult one for our team, but overall we played some great soccer so it’s humbling to be recognized individually. I’m just proud to be in the company of all the great players that were nominated and all of the players that played for the USA this year. I couldn’t have accomplished anything without the support of my teammates and my coaches, and while it was a fun year for me personally, I’m excited not only about my own future, but also the future of this team as I know we have a lot more room to grow and many more goals to achieve.”

Heath won the Young Female Player of the Year in 2009 and on Tuesday joined Lauren Cheney/Holiday as the only players to win both awards. The Young Female award was first awarded in 1998. Heath appeared in 22 matches for the United States this year scoring six goals with eight assists. On the club level she set the NWSL record for assists with 10 despite making only 14 appearances. She was named to the league’s postseason Best XI.

Sanchez played in both youth World Cups in 2016. She captained the U-17 squad in Jordan and scored three goals in three games. Later she was the youngest player on the U-20 team. Sanchez started all six games of that tournament and had a goal plus two assists. The United States was not on the podium in either event.

“It was a memorable year for sure, and even though we fell short at both World Cups, I know the experiences that me and my teammates had will last a lifetime,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez is verbally committed to attend UCLA beginning next fall. She is expected to be teammates there with 2015 winner Mallory Pugh. Players are not eligible to win the Young Female Player of the Year honor in consecutive years.

  • HOFCToDi

    Nominees Set For 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

    ussoccer.com/stories/2015/12/10/20/05/151210-wnt-nominees-set-for-2015-us-soccer-female-player-of-the-year

    By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

    Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

    ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

    ROFLMAO!

  • HOFCToDi

    Nominees Set for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year

    ussoccer.com/stories/2016/12/05/22/03/161205-wnt-nominees-set-for-2016-us-soccer-female-player-of-the-year

    By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

    ROFLMAO!

  • HOFCToDi

    U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year Award

    ussoccer.com/about/history/awards/player-of-the-year

    By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

    ROFLMAO!

  • HOFCToDi

    Tobin Heath, Ashley Sanchez get player of the year awards

    espn.com/espnw/sports/article/18272942/tobin-heath-named-us-women-player-year

    USWNT and Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath joins the ESPN FC show to discuss winning the U.S. Soccer Female POTY award.

  • guest

    what is with the Sanchez obsession this program seems to have. I didn’t find her all that impressive.

    • Steglitz49

      She becomes the new honorific Hispanic now that ARod is easing out.

      • guest

        Literally what is wrong with you.

        • Steglitz49

          Lopez mistake was to be Cox after she married. That cooked her goose.

        • Ashley C

          I guess we can add racist to the list of things Steg is – in addition to homophobic and misogynistic.

          • Steglitz49

            Facing reality has never been WoSo’s strong suit. The sooner the better.

      • Lorehead

        That’s completely unwarranted. She’s a deserving winner.

        • Steglitz49

          It is a fact that the USWNT has long had an honorific Hispanic. It would not be impossible to justify two in the squad, just hard.

          • Lorehead

            What is wrong with you? That’s not true.

          • mockmook

            “What is wrong with you?”

            He’s getting the attention he craves — the better question is, “Why are you giving it to him?”

    • Breakers fan

      Language: “obsession”. To me it’s not that at all. It’s looking at the young players in our country and seeing who is doing the best and acknowledging, celebrating what your eyes have seen – those players. Simple and completely rational and understandable. Sanchez has impressed me very much from the first game I saw her in close to 2 years ago. So all I’m saying is that there are people (I’m confident I’m not the only one) who disagree with your evaluation of her to date. Not that you should change your opinion, just that others see this significantly differently from how you see it.

  • HOFCToDi

    USWNT Career
    FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
    USWNT Goals Scored
    Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
    Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3

    equalizersoccer.com/2015/03/15/sydney-leroux-protective-boot-foot-injury-uswnt/

    equalizersoccer.com/2015/07/17/leroux-to-have-ankle-surgery-out-up-to-3-months/

    Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

    garbage time
    prima donna
    selfish shot hog
    tomato cans

  • HOFCToDi

    Calendar Year 2014
    FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
    USWNT Goals Scored
    Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 4
    Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 0

    equalizersoccer.com/2015/03/15/sydney-leroux-protective-boot-foot-injury-uswnt/

    equalizersoccer.com/2015/07/17/leroux-to-have-ankle-surgery-out-up-to-3-months/

    Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

    garbage time
    prima donna
    selfish shot hog
    tomato cans

  • HOFCToDi

    Summer Olympic Games
    Games Started
    Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 0
    Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 1

    Summer Olympic Games
    Minutes Played
    Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 77
    Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 123

    Summer Olympic Games
    Goals Scored
    Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 1
    Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 0

    Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

    garbage time
    prima donna
    selfish shot hog
    tomato cans

  • HOFCToDi

    2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971331

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971369

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971345

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971349

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971335

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#972005

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971526

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#972143

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971734

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#976021

    fifa.com/u20womensworldcup/matches/round=250258/match=300066382/photos/index.html#971522

    By the way, Christen Press is not on the list

  • guest

    that’s right, “at only 28 years of age.” tobin heath still has another ten years on the uswnt to win the award multiple times.

    • Steglitz49

      “Life is a tree of peaches, and Tobin is the one who reaches, for the ones with cream …” — as Satchmo sang all those years ago.

      What is realistic? Another 4 to cover OG-20?

    • rkmid71

      How about 4 more years to 2020 OG? And that even assumes she stays fit, nobody younger and better surpasses her, etc, etc. Heath seems to have gotten smarter in terms of decision making. But Father Time is undefeated. GKs are really the only players that can play longer. The US just has too big a pool of excellent players to think the USWNT would want or need a field player playing past early 30s. Mia Hamm had it right — retire at 32 or be retired.

  • HOFCToDi

    Women’s soccer league takes shape in Mexico with backing of Liga MX

    espn.com/blog/onenacion/post/_/id/6358/womens-soccer-league-takes-shape-in-mexico-with-backing-of-liga-mx

    “For now, we will not have foreign players,” said Enrique Bonilla, the league’s president. “Every team must have an under-23 team, as well as an under-17 category.”

    Bonilla also made it clear that eventually, every franchise in the men’s pyramid must have a women’s team as a requirement for first division play.

    • Steglitz49

      John McEnroe won his first Grand Slam in Mixed Doubles. Mixed Doubles also almost became his last Grand Slam but for that as agentleman he stepped aside when his partner, Steffi Graf wanted to concentrate on the singles. Steffi Graff reached the final but lost to Lindsey Davenport.

  • HOFCToDi

    Christen Press
    International Women’s Friendly
    18 Sep 2016
    USA 3 NED 1
    Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

    foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=32516

    Christen Press
    2016 Rio Olympics
    12 Aug 2016
    USA 1 SWE 1
    Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
    Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

    rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

    Christen Press
    2016 Rio Olympics
    09 Aug 2016
    USA 2 COL 2
    Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1
    Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

    rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

    Christen Press
    International Women’s Friendly
    9 Jul 2016
    USA 1 RSA 0
    Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

    foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

    Christen Press
    International Women’s Friendly
    5 Jun 2016
    USA 2 JPN 0
    Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 1

    foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

    Christen Press
    International Women’s Friendly
    2 Jun 2016
    USA 3 JPN 3
    Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

    foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

    Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

    garbage time
    prima donna
    selfish shot hog
    tomato cans

    • Steglitz49

      She is rather fetching, don’t you agree, not least when she shows a lot of skin.

  • Steglitz49

    Will that Tree-Top Hotel in northern Sweden use this award and picture in their marketing?

    • guest

      They are back in Portland now.

      • Ole Ole Ole!

        holding hands in taco restaurants according to twitter fans

        • guest

          Portland is basically a giant taco restaurant. In every sense of the term.

          • Stegpitz49

            why do you think they love WoSo so much

        • Steglitz49

          They are their hands. They may do as they please with them.

      • Steglitz49

        Glad to hear they made it back in one piece, safe and sound.

  • Guest

    Well deserved. I also appreciated her answer we asked about playing in Europe, it’s nice to see players caring about their club/the NWSL

    • Steglitz49

      Tobin played for PSG during the first half of the first NWSL season.

      At least Tobin came back having learnt to take freekicks as she demonstrated so clearly in the Championship Final in 2013. Somehow the USWNT forgot that against Sweden in Brasilia when Tobin took none, or hardly any.

    • Chincoteague

      So what do you think about all those foreign players in the NWSL? They obviously are not caring about their original club, the league of their country

      • Steglitz49

        Selling themselves to the highest bidder but calling it love of the game

  • Steglitz49

    From the other side of the pond:

    FAWPL Cup Semi-Finals — Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City LFC and Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers — (to be played on 5th March)

    FAWPL Plate Semi-Finals — Huddersfield Town v Actonians and Leicester City Women v Luton Town or Lewes — (to be played on 5th March)

    FAWPL Reserve Cup-Semi Finals — Blackburn Rovers Res v Middlesbrough Res and MK Dons Res v Tottenham Hotspur Res — (to be played on 19th Feb)

    They for sure love their cups those Brits to be sure.

  • rkmid71

    I found my reaction to this odd. It was actually relief that sanity and common sense sometimes prevail. Heath deserved it. And Dunn and Morgan were close behind. So can someone please explain how Lloyd is in the final 3 for FIFA POTY — when she’s not even the US Soccer POTY or in my mind even in the top 3? Wasn’t it FIFA itself that created the short list?

    I also liked that Heath acknowledged that 2016 “was a difficult one for our team”, the team has a lot of room to grow and acknowledged her teammates and coaches. While otherwise trying to be as optimistic, positive as possible.

    Re: Sanchez, the failure and miserable soccer played by the U17 and U20 (ok they somehow made semis) teams for me kind of takes away something — though I suppose just playing in and starting for both teams and doing ok individually in the WCs is reason enough to give it to her. It would have been hard for her not to win it given all the opportunity provided by USSF…and as they say, they couldn’t give to Pugh 2 yrs in a row.

    • Ethan

      I don’t know from where they are getting the consecutive years clause. From the Heath and Sanchez article on USSoccer.com (http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2016/12/13/21/53/161213-wnt-female-player-of-the-year-heath-and-sanchez):

      Players cannot win the Young Male or Young Female award more than once.

      So, even if this year wasn’t the year after Pugh won it, she still couldn’t have won the award.

    • Steglitz49

      This has been discussed elsewhere at length.

      • rkmid71

        I read through some of that. I don’t think there is a reasonable answer to the Lloyd question. FIFA must have never heard about Tobin Heath or consulted USSF about who they thought the most deserving USWNT player was for 2016?

        • guest

          the people who come up with the short list just pick the biggest names and some from a winning team, perhaps throwing a bone to those who they heard are retiring (a la Sasic, Behringer ). a lot of FIFA people don’t follow womens soccer at all… one of the bigwigs didn’t even know who Marta was one year she won the dang award.

          • ABCDE

            Or pretended not to know who she was. That seems like something a FIFA rep would do.

          • Steglitz49

            Rep? He was the President of FIFA.

            Mind you, DJT would probably not recognize Alex Morgan either, let alone Mr Carrrasco.

          • rkmid71

            I wouldn’t assume anything about DJT. You ever heard of Jim Brown? I’ve got a lot of respect for Jim Brown.

          • Steglitz49

            Jim Crow, the chap that made Condoleezza Rice a Brown supporter and eventually a member of Augusta National, with a few high profile posts in-between.

          • rkmid71

            Jim Brown, the chap that helped lead the Browns to their only NFL title in 1964. Condi was only about 10 yrs old. Players on the winning team rec’d about $8k (equivalent to about $62k today). How times have changed. Condi’s backing DJT choice for Sec of State. And Brown is open to working with DJT to try to improve people’s lives.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. I seem to remember Condi watching the Browns with her dad from when she was a tot.

            The GOP was good to Condi so she is returning the favor.

          • rkmid71

            I recall that for 2012 award, Wambach said that Blatter walked up to Sarah Huffman and thought she was Marta and hugged her and said ““Marta! You are the best! The very best!” He had no idea who Marta was, and she had won the award five times.

          • Ethan

            So he didn’t even have an idea of her nationality? I remember someone for that event interviewing Morgan as if she was someone’s date or something and not one of the three finalists.

          • rkmid71

            I guess when can say that WoSo has progressed since 2012 and FIFA has undergone some changes..And Blatter is “retired” and we can thank him for doing some good things for WoSo. Though he never got his short shorts or tight shirts idea approved.

          • Steglitz49

            Watch handball and volleyball, not to speak of beach volleyball, and believe

          • rkmid71

            Those sports aren’t played in all weather conditions, including snow. One has to be a little practical.

          • Steglitz49

            Snow? When does the NWSL play in snow, pray? Once in a blue moon. Likewise the USWNT.

            Why do you think various countries play summer seasons in the world while the Australians favor our winter, which is their summer?

            Get a grip wo/man!

          • rkmid71

            Well in youth and college soccer, it’s not uncommon. Those pros are wimps. Btw — Nina Ehegotz won the Fritz Walter medal for 2016.

          • Steglitz49
          • rkmid71

            Seems like she’s got the full package — looks going for her too! Can’t wait to see her in action.

          • Steglitz49

            Women in sports often are noted for their looks not just their personalities. The ski disciplines — alpine, X-country and biathlon — are noted for them. Romance and marriage springs over national boundaries

          • Steglitz49

            Blame the interviewer, not the experts.

          • Steglitz49

            The fact that there were 2 French players and only 1 Swede and no (0) Norwegian players on the field, tells you more than you need to know.

            This was covered elsewhere already.

          • rkmid71

            I don’t have as big an issue with France as you do. France is #3 in the world and they play like a top 3 team. They have steadily risen from #9 in 2009 to #3 in 2016. Though they haven’t won the WC or OG, France has done their share of winning against other top teams to achieve that improvement. Sweden is #6 and Norway #11 and have basically been going the other direction in recent years (Sweden rebounded a bit in 2016). For WoSo, int’l competition instead of club is the driver. I don’t have an issue with France getting a player on the list. Having said that, Lindahl replacing one of French players for 2016 would have been better. I won’t say anymore to avoid any further repetition from other threads.

          • Steglitz49

            Vomit!

          • Steglitz49

            — 3 Germans were nominated, all deserving.
            — 2 French were nominated, what the heck for?
            — only 1 Swede and 0 Norwegians, and Lindahl not nominated to prevent her winning
            — because what do the marketers want with 10+5 million people when they can have 315m Americans, 200m Brazilians, 85m Germans and 60m French.

          • Ethan

            So you would have given Lindahl a nomination for two performances out of a whole year’s worth of games? It would have fit with how FIFA normally does nominations, but you can’t say not nominating Lindahl was unfair.

            Abily and Henry were the two French players that were nominated, right? They both won the French league and the Champions League, and Henry played some good matches for the NWSL Shield winner. Hardly surprising they were nominated.

            How deserving was Maroszan’s nomination? A number of people thought she only showed up in the Olympic final, and her team didn’t win the Champions League or the German league. I’m not surprised she was nominated, but saying she deserved the nomination while questioning Henry’s and Abily’s nominations doesn’t make sense to me.

          • Steglitz49

            Feel free to believe your own propaganda. If you repeat it often enough you will consider it the truth.

            Had they nominated Lindahl she would have been one of the 3 and probably won hands down — but who cares about 10m turnips?

            Ada Hegerberg was a critical cog to Lyon winning the Champions League. Where is her nomination? Who cares about 5m Norwegians when there are 65m French.

            Carli = 315m; Marta = 200m; and Behringer = 85m. France 65m. QED.

          • Ethan

            I have no idea why Hegerberg wasn’t nominated. She should have been.

            I stand by my opinion that you’re saying Lindahl should have been nominated because of two great performances.

          • Steglitz49

            As I typed, those that assemble the list are not interested in small fry like about as many as live in Oregon or NJ or MA when there are markets 10-50 times to be mined.

            I am glad that you agree with me that one of the French nominations should have been replaced by Ada Hegerberg.

            It should be noted that the committee that assembled the Ballon d’Or nominations used to be heavily if not exclusively French.

          • rkmid71

            I kind of agree with you. But then how do we explain Lloyd winning FIFA POTY in 2015? Lindhahl was key to Sweden getting to OG final and the team nearly pulling off a win.

          • Ethan

            Oh, I’m a little surprised Lindahl didn’t get nominated because reasoning for the Player of the Award has often aligned with Steglitz49’s thinking for Lindahl. I just disagree that Lindahl was unfairly evaluated.

            Note: Lindahl was shaky in the final while Lloyd scored a hat trick in her tournament final. Maybe that partly explains Lindahl’s absence. I’ve never been overly impressed by Lindahl’s play as a whole though. So I am a bit biased. (She was great against the U.S. at the WWC and against the U.S. and Brazil in the Olympics though.)

          • Steglitz49

            Your analysis is spot on. I happen to contend that it is not the reason why she was not included. Likewise I would contend that Schelin being in instead of Blackstenius follows that pattern.

            The reason is business, pure and simple. Countries like Norway and Sweden are too small markets.

            The ideal OG final would have been Brazil vs Germany, not Sweden. The WC-15 final was perfect. Not just the raining world champs against the crowd that they beat 4 years earlier but 145m vs 315m inhabitants.
            — Likewise the WC-15 3rd place match of Ger vs Eng.

          • Bill

            Of course the adoption rate of soccer in the USA versus some of those countries also has to be considered to have an apples to apples comparison of the potential player pools per nation

          • Steglitz49

            I am not sure I follow you. The US has 5x the pop of France and nearly 4x that of Germany, yet only 1 American nominated and she the reigning POTY which seems sort of fair to get the chance to defend your crown.

          • Steglitz49

            We now know the 3 who got the most votes but the full list of 10 nominated were:
            Melanie Behringer: Midfielder; 30; Germany and Bayern Munich
            Sara Däbritz; Midfielder, 21; Germany and Bayern Munich
            Dzsenifer Marozsan; Midfielder; 24; Germany and Lyon

            Camille Abily: Midfielder; 31; France and Lyon
            Amandine Henry; Midfielder; 27; France, and Lyon and Portland
            — how on earth not just 1 but 2 French lasses and only 1 Swede and the wrong swede to boot?!!?

            Saki Kumagai: Defender; 26; Japan and Lyon

            Carli Lloyd; Midfielder; 34; USA and Houston
            Marta; Forward; 34; Brazil and Rosengård
            Lotta Schelin; Forward, 32, Sweden and Lyon and Rosengård
            Christine Sinclair; Forward; 33; Canada and Portland

            — no Ada Hegerberg (Lyon & Norway) and no Hedvig Lindahl, goalie supreme (Chelsea & Sweden)

        • DNG

          I don’t think it’s really any different from Sauerbrunn being left of the WC best XI who I coincidentally thought was the US player of the year last year.

      • Alfred

        Come on, you repeat your self often enough. Please don’t be that arrogant. It’s not your forum

  • Arcie Tillydee

    A major award actually falls to the most deserving player? Unpossible!!

    • JD

      FIFA players of the year 2014 and 2015 (Kessler and Lloyd) were well deserved

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  • Ashley C

    I was going to laugh if Lloyd had won. pleasantly surprised that Heath won.

  • anon

    I liked her interview. Tobin is lovely… it is rare to see her speak to the media.

  • Gary Diver

    Off-Topic Alert: What’s Ahead in 2017 for USWNT?

    1. Contract with USSF ends in a little over two week and then the great unknown.

    2. January camp, which will depend on what happens with (1).

    3. She Believes Cup tournament in March (Has USSF made any statements yet?)

    4. Meaningless Friendlies to give fans something to watch and blog about.

    Am I missing anything? Two blank years between OG and WC out of the four-year cycle is at least one year too many. WoSo needs more meaningful matches. The Friendlies are just exhibition games and even the group play matches in WC and OG have little to do with the outcome of those tournaments. Men have some serious league play that fans worldwide get excited about, but women do not have the same level of serious league play. There has to be more to WoSo than the WC and OG knockout matches.

    • Steglitz49

      You demand that — “There has to be more to WoSo than the WC and OG knockout matches.” — well, there is but in Europe and Asia.

      As long as the USWNT plays enough home games and wins them, USSF can keep charging $55 to $325 when their European cousins are lucky to get $25 for a family ticket.

      • Gary Diver

        You are right on all counts, but I was thinking in terms of USWNT fans. I wonder what would change if Americans stopped willing to pay $100 per ticket for USWNT Friendlies, especially against teams ranked below the top 15 in the world?

        • Steglitz49

          S49 is always right.

          Maybe they will stop paying over the odds in 2017. An enterprising travel agent could sell trips to Euro-17 or the FA women’s Cup final at Wembley — maybe Huw Williams already has it in his cards

          • Antoni

            The women’s cup final at Wembley is a non event. The English league does not even belong to the top 3 leagues in Europe.

            There are over 25 club matches in Europe which are more exciting than your beloved FA cup final.

            But ok. You adore the English. That’s ok. Really. But you may stop selling the FA cup final to us eventually. You already tried around 50 times

          • Steglitz49

            33,000 last May. Let’s wait and see how few next year.

            Remind us, please, how many showed up for the NWSL final?

        • CED

          USWNT games are mostly preteen girls, they will always convince their parents to pay for it. Just like parents pay for the latest fad boy ban concert tickets. The fan base is not discerning. Now compare that to MNT where when they schedule a garbage friendly it is attended poorly often. When they schedule a Brazil, like fall 2015 the crowds are huge. When MNT have scheduled Germany, Spain, Argentina friendlies in past history they draw up to 60K. WNT gets less crowds playing France, Germany, England in SBC than they got for many of their tomato can games. The WNT is a traveling circus with a non discerning clientele.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed.

            But it makes money and a sucker is born every minute, so let’s make hay while the sun shines.

          • guest

            The problem with that is that France, Germany, England, Brazil and Argentina have little incentive to schedule friendlies with the USMNT on US soil. We can also surmise that many fans are attending those matches to see the teams they are playing not the MNT. In the case of USMNTvMexico games on US soil, US fans are actually often outnumbered by Mexican fans. This all tells me that the MNT is not a big draw unless they are competing in a tournament. And even then they aren’t as big a draw as Argentina or Brazil who drew big numbers when they weren’t even playing the USMNT at this past Copa.

          • Steglitz49

            Now, please, set your cooment in the context of WoSo.

          • CED

            Many top teams have scheduled USMNT in US. There is an incentive b/c they keep doing it when they could easily schedule a game at home and draw crowds. USSF gives them a nice sum, USSF can jack prices higher than usual. The logistics are harder b/c all their players are Europe based essentially, long trip, and Broso is in virtual continuous quals with Wcup or Fed Championships. Germany did in 2013 and US played in Germany 2015. The last 2 friendlies with Argentina have been in the US. The last 5 friendlies with Brazil have been in the US, 3 since 2010. Spain in 2011..etc…etc…

            MNT is a draw when the game means something or it’s a quality opponent. That’s how sports should be. If fans just show up no matter what, the organization takes them for granted. If 40K are going to show up to see the #75 in the world opponent why would they schedule a good one who they would have to pay more and give a better deal to come. That’s how you get the WNT. USSF schedules 95% tomato cans b/c they can and it makes no difference. More people show up to see a 7-0 tomato can game than to see #2 Germany. That makes zero sense as logical fan behavior. Most sports understand that thus NBA, MLB, etc…charge more per game tickets vs top opponents or rival games. They have tier pricing.

          • Steglitz49

            I put it to you that after Norway won in Sydney, the US won 3 OGs on the trot. Thus, selling the matches in the two fallow years was easy, not least when the OG was talked up so much.

            Now we enter into uncharted territory because the USWNT screwed up in OG-16. Thus we enter the fallow years with a resounding failure. Also, those pesky Europeans are upping the ante over there, what with the FA Cup at Wembley, the Champions League and then Euro17.

          • Lorehead

            To address your one somewhat-reasonable point, CONCACAF could reform its qualifiers so that there are more meaningful games, such as by having a hex. If Costa Rica and Mexico are playing meaningful games in front of their home crowds, maybe that would build an audience. It would also be a better method to see who qualifies, rather than leaving it up to an upset in an elimination round, which is why the men do it. At least two of those teams would have a realistic chance at an upset, and as for the others, there have been some close calls by teams like Trinidad.

            The only downside is that it would cost money. But CONCACAF has money. They could cut the corruption by maybe 2% to pay for it.

          • HOFCToDi

            CONCACAF member associations would rather siphon money allocated to the women’s programs and redistribute to the men’s programs.

          • Lorehead

            They would. And they shouldn’t!

          • HOFCToDi

            Of the CONCACAF members associations that failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Costa Rica is the only CONCACAF member association to schedule international women’s friendlies in calendar year 2016.

            us.women.soccerway.com/teams/costa-rica/costa-rica/

          • Steglitz49

            The same happened in Europe a few years back. UEFA gave money to encourage ladies soccer in poorer countries but found that it was siphoned off to the men’s game (and, allegedly, into the pockets of male officials).

          • Steglitz49

            Happened in Europe too.

            Maybe UEFA next time could try channelling the money through some system and chain of women organizations only without any male intermediaries.

    • CED

      WoSO has plenty of meaningful matches, the USWNT doesn’t b/c CONCACAF is a joke that has 2 years of nothing. For example, WoSo UEFA has essentially continuous matches of consequence over there 4 year cycles. They had a full 10 game or more w/ playoff games leading to 2017 UEFA championship that ran post 2015 Wcup thru fall 2016. Then they had OG. They have UEFA champ June 2017. Then fall 2017 they go right into the process of 10+ games for WCup 2019 quals. Quals end early fall 2018 and then playoff games for last qual spots late fall 2018.

      • Gary Diver

        And it is very unfortunate that even the CONCACAF qualifying tournaments for WC and OG are snooze affairs.

        • CED

          CONCACAF if they want to improve the WoSo game need to go to home and away hexagonal quals instead of the 8 team tourney. Have like Canada, US, Mexico go down to Costa Rica, Jamaica, etc…for an away leg. That would maybe draw more fans to the games for those countries. Also. take some of the comfort from US when they have every quals game as a tourney on home soil. I don’t even know when the last time USWNT has even played Mexico in Mexico. i

        • Steglitz49

          Only the US has the resources to develop other nations in CONCACAF. Sadly they started by stuffing the Mexicans in the budding NWSL instead of helping them. Sow the wind; reap the calm.

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you.

        To which can be added the money that is now flowing from the rich men’s clubs and their federations into the ladies game.
        — Bayern Munich just acquired Fridolina Rolfö to add to their other forwards of Miedema, Lotzen, Iwabuchi, Evans and Rolser
        — Lyon is trying to seduce Alex Morgan to add to their squad
        — Chelsea Ladies added Ramona Bachmann and Maren Mjelde to all their squad
        — where will Pernille Harder and Stina Blackstenius play
        — and so on and so forth

        • Gary Diver

          Equalizer should try to put more resources in covering European women’s soccer.

          • Steglitz49

            They did an admirable job of covering Euro-13 — or, at least Harjeet did.

            I have not seen any pieces from Harjeet for a while. Maybe she writes for the WSJ these days?

    • HOFCToDi

      “Am I missing anything?”

      Ashley Sanchez replacing Christen Press on the USWNT roster.

      Friday, 11 Mar 2016
      Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC
      ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

      ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

      By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

      Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans

    • HOFCToDi

      “Am I missing anything?”

      Ashley Sanchez replacing Christen Press on the USWNT roster.

      Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
      TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards
      ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/02/160221-wnt-v-can/photo-gallery/160221-wnt-vs-can-photo-gallery19.jpg?h=600&w=786&la=en&hash=BF5ABEEA5BE7034EF13FA4F320F9E7BB8E549331&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

      concacaf.com/article/tsg-announces-cwoq-best-xi-awards

      By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

      Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans

    • HOFCToDi

      “Am I missing anything?”

      Ashley Sanchez replacing Christen Press on the USWNT roster.

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      18 Sep 2016
      USA 3 NED 1
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=32516

      Christen Press
      2016 Rio Olympics
      12 Aug 2016
      USA 1 SWE 1
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
      Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

      rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

      Christen Press
      2016 Rio Olympics
      09 Aug 2016
      USA 2 COL 2
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1

      rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      9 Jul 2016
      USA 1 RSA 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26928

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      5 Jun 2016
      USA 2 JPN 0
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 1

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26862

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      2 Jun 2016
      USA 3 JPN 3
      Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=26754

      Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

      garbage time
      prima donna
      selfish shot hog
      tomato cans

      • newsouth

        Sanchez will be on the Mexican NT before that happens.

        • Steglitz49

          The USWNT needs its honorific Hispanic and now that ARod may be leaving the stage, a name like Sanchez is worth its weight in soccer balls.

        • HOFCToDi

          Poor Pressie Pooh! No individual international awards for you!

    • HOFCToDi

      Canada has not played a match since the conclusion of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Mexico has not played a match since the conclusion of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying. In general, CONCACAF member associations do not invest in WoSo.

  • newsouth

    how did these two win?

    • Steglitz49

      They got the most votes.

    • well

      we all know why you hate heath

      • Steglitz49

        Why? Please enlighten us.

        • Zoraum

          Some people never got over Heath’s missed PK at WC ’11.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you.

            To be fair to Tobin, her kick was saved. It was Carli’s who sailed over the bar.

            Some also blame her for the equalizer.

          • newsouth

            i don’t remember that event. this woman gets accolades for B rated parlor tricks. Her stats are subpar just like Teresa Noyla when she won the Hermann Award. Casey had far superior trick shots and talent but zero work rate. She does one trick every couple of games which results in a goal. Now, she is the best player. Get outta here!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEwEDEay9JY&t=130s

        • Guest

          he is one of the Pressgang, no?

          • Steglitz49

            of course

    • HOFCToDi

      Keep grasping at straws, that’s all that remains for the pathetic “Press Gang Troll Brigade”.

    • HOFCToDi

      It’s everybody else at fault but Christen Press, that’s the “Press Gang Troll Brigade” party line.

      Beware of charlatans peddling Christen Press snake oil.

      Folks: Caveat emptor

    • HOFCToDi

      You are nothing more than a charlatan peddling Christen Press snake oil.

      How about a nice photo of the Golden Ball Winner?

      http://img.fifa.com/mm/photo/tournament/competition/02/66/13/04/2661304_big-lnd.jpg

      By the way, that’s not Christen Press.

      How about a nice photo of the Silver Boot Winner?

      http://img.fifa.com/mm/photo/tournament/competition/02/66/13/11/2661311_big-lnd.jpg

      By the way, that’s not Christen Press.

    • DNG

      They accumulated the highest number of votes from these voters

      “Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, WNT players who have earned a cap in 2016, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, National Women’s Soccer League coaches, select college head coaches and select media members.”

      • Steglitz49

        3 hours behind the times but at least not 23

      • newsouth

        Her stats are as mediocre as Teresa Noyola’s when she won the Hermann. Sanchez is just avg.

        • DNG

          Well I guess you’d be supporting Carli Lloyd who had the 22 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this year (NWSL+USWNT). I think you’re focusing far too much on statistics in your analysis of all the players. Goals and assist stats are not always great indicators of contribution and they do not track all the important actions in any given match. If I remember correctly you’re also the poster who think Dagny is a better player than Brian for similar reasons and I also find a flawed analysis. In any case it’s pretty clear that the voters have a different criteria for what constitutes a player of the year candidate than you do. You didn’t actually provide any analysis at all on Sanchez or any potential alternatives so I don’t know how to respond to that part.

          • Steglitz49

            Karina Maruyama would agree with you but I am not sure Abby would.

  • Reality

    52 out of the 95 comments so far are Steglitz49 and his “cut and paste” troll accomplice. Blocking them makes EQ much easier and more enjoyable to follow.

    • Arcie Tillydee

      Blocked both quite a while ago. Makes some subthreads hard to follow…but still well worth it.

    • DNG

      I find it easy to ignore most of Steglitz’s extraneous comments so I haven’t blocked him. HOFCToDi is just unbearable though. Constantly spamming every article that talks about Press and some that don’t. It’s just ridiculous.

      • Reality

        I wonder if EQ is moderated at all to curtail trolling. It is sad that some people need to engage in these antics.

        • ARED

          Does “downvoting” do anything, or not really?

          • Reality

            Not really. As I understand it, if someone initiates a thread and is downvoted, that comment is bumped down toward the bottom of the comment section. But it does not affect comments that are responses in a thread initiated by someone else.

          • ARED

            Oh, I never got that, thanks. I sometimes would downvote posts, but it didn’t seem it was used much or did much.

            A -10 downvote should make a post disappear or minimize, I believe some sites do this, no?

          • Reality

            Good question. I think that is at the discretion of the moderator. Is that you Dan?

          • ARED

            Well, I may start to take it up in the some matters of excessive posting….lol. Not for disagreement with a post, but disagreement with the manner of posting (extreme or obsessive). Who knows, perhaps it does something, or maybe serves as a notices to other readers.

          • Reality

            Excessive, extreme, obsessive, irrelevant and abusive are all characteristics of trolling. We have 2 characters here at EQ that fit that profile very well. Allowing trolls to pollute a website diminishes its quality and usefulness.

          • Steglitz49

            The Pressgang iow.

          • Steglitz49

            Should I give reality a lesson in the use of cricket terminology in the English language?

          • Steglitz49

            No. At least not in my experience.

        • DNG

          My guess is that there is no full/part human moderator. I think you can flag comments of posters who are spamming a thread but a moderator has to then do something about it.

          • Reality

            Dan Lauletta then has the ultimate responsibility to protect the integrity of his EQ website from disruptive and bothersome trolls. What say you Dan?

          • Steglitz49

            The EQ has long been moderated by a computer program. I once typed in a quote by Harry Truman inside quotation marks but the program rejected the comment.

    • Steglitz49

      This is a bit rich coming from you as a pounding member of the Pressgang.

      At least NYRick is keeping his profile down since the OG QF and NWSL SF. You may want to emulate the founding father of your Pressgang.

  • HOFCToDi

    2017 NWSL College Draft Prospects

    Potential USWNT Players

    Lavelle, Rose
    Gibbons, Christina
    Mills, Kayla
    Jordan, Savannah
    Shaffer, Alexis
    Bauer, Maddie

    Purce, Margaret
    Campbell, Jane

    NCAA Division I Women’s All-America Teams Announced by NSCAA

    nscaa.com/web/web/News/Articles/December_2016/NCAA_Division_I_Women_s_All-America_Teams_Announced_by_NSCAA.aspx

    • Steglitz49

      Morgan Andrews? Katie Johnson?