Fletcher’s brace hands Melbourne City second straight loss

Tim Grainey December 18, 2016 18
Kendall Fletcher celebrates one of her two goals against Melbourne City in round 7 of the Westfield W-League (photo courtesy of Western Sydney Wanderers FC Twitter)

Kendall Fletcher celebrates one of her two goals against Melbourne City in round 7 of the Westfield W-League (photo courtesy of Western Sydney Wanderers FC Twitter)

Kendall Fletcher (Seattle Reign) scored twice—the second from the penalty spot in the 49th minute—to give Western Sydney Wanderers a home victory over Melbourne City in front of 513 fans on December 18. Former Australian youth international forward Marianna Tabain scored in the 3rd minute (her second of the season) to give City the lead, but they went on to lose their second consecutive game of the season and in their history, having gone undefeated last season as an expansion side. City fell to a tie for third in the standings with idle Sydney FC, both a point behind Canberra and Perth Glory.

Western Sydney’s American imports Paige Nielsen (Seattle Reign), Katie Stengel (Washington Spirit) and Fletcher (now with two goals on the season) all played 90 minutes. Alex Arlitt (FC Kansas City) did not play. For Melbourne City, NWSL loanees Lydia Williams (Houston Dash), Laura Alleway (Orlando Pride), Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Lauren Barnes and Jess Fishlock (both Seattle Reign) all played 90 minutes, while Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City) subbed out with 6 minutes remaining.

Cranberra United 5, Brisbane Roar 1

Canberra United blasted Brisbane Roar 5-1 at home on December 18, led by Nickoletta Flannery and Ashleigh Sykes each scoring a brace. The 17-year-old Flannery, an Australian U-20 international, now has three goals on the season. Australian international Sykes was a member of the 2015 Women’s World Cup team in Canada and an original Canberra United player in the inaugural season of 2008/09; she spent this past offseason with AS Harima Albion in Japan’s second tier. Sykes also has scored three times this season. American loanee Stephanie Ochs (Houston Dash) scored the other Canberra goal, her second of the season. Australian international Emily Gielnik, who has played for Liverpool, Ottawa Fury and Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan, scored in injury time to spoil the shutout for Canberra’s goalkeeper Trudy Burke. With the victory and other results on the weekend, Canberra heads the table with 13 points along with Perth Glory, though Canberra has a slightly better goal difference (+8 vs. +7).

Canberra’s NWSL loanees Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns) played 90 minutes, while Ochs played 74 and striker Jasmyn Spencer (Orlando Pride) played the last 10 minutes after missing two weeks with an ankle injury. Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns) did not play. Maddy Evans (Orlando Pride) played 90 minutes for the Roar.

Newcastle Jets 1, Melbourne Victory 1

Newcastle Jets tied Melbourne Victory 1-1 on December 16 in Newcastle. Boston Breakers loanee and English international Natasha Dowie scored early for the visitors (18th minute), while Chicago Red Star loanee Jen Hoy replied for the Jets with six minutes remaining in the game. Dowie and Hoy both scored their fourth goals of the season. For Newcastle’s NWSL contingent, Katelyn Rowland (Western New York Flash) in goal, Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars) and Hoy all played 90 minutes. For Melbourne Victory, Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars), Christine Nairn (Seattle Reign) and Dowie played the entire match. Goalkeeper Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash) did not play as she is recovering from a knee injury over the next 4-6 weeks. The tie hampered both teams’ quest for the playoffs, with Newcastle still within a couple of victories of making the playoff frame; Jets have 7 points and sit in sixth place as Melbourne City and Sydney FC stand tied for third on 12 points. Melbourne Victory is second from the bottom with 3 points.

Adelaide United 1, Perth Glory 4

Perth Glory used two goals from Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC) along with singles from Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars) and Rosie Sutton to defeat Adelaide United 4-1 on December 17 in the South Australian city. Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars) scored the lone goal for the Reds, her second in two consecutive games. Huerta, along with her fellow Red Star loanees Danielle Colaprico and Katie Naughton, played the entire match for Adelaide. Orlando Pride loanee Monica was away on international duty with Brazil.

For Perth, Kerr now leads the league in scoring with 5 goals, with half of the rounds completed for the season. Rosie Sutton, who played for a year in Iceland and then scored 5 goals last season for Adelaide, has returned to Perth this year to great effect and now has three goals on the season, while DiBernardo has two. Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars), Nikki Stanton (Sky Blue FC), Mexican international defender Arianna Romero (ex-Houston Dash), DiBernardo and Kerr all started the match for the Glory. Stanton subbed out in injury time at the end of the second half, while the others played the entire match.

The three points allowed the Glory to jump to a tie for first with Canberra on 13 points, while Adelaide is marooned at the bottom of the table on 2 points.

Sydney FC had a bye this week.

Table After Seven Rounds

  1. Canberra United (4-1-1, 13 pts, +8)
  2. Perth Glory (4-1-1, 13 pts., +7)
  3. Melbourne City (4-2-0, 12 pts, +4)
  4. Sydney FC (4-2-0, 12 pts, +4)
  5. Brisbane Roar (3-3-1, 10 pts, -2)
  6. Newcastle Jets (2-3-1, 7 pts, 0)
  7. Western Sydney Wanderers (2-3-1, 7 pts, -4)
  8. Melbourne Victory (0-4-3, 3 pts, -10)
  9. Adelaide United (0-4-3, 2 pts, -7)

Round Eight

Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar, 3:30 am EST (Friday)
Newcastle Jets vs. Western Sydney Wanderers, 10:05 pm EST (Sunday 25th)
Melbourne City FC vs. Perth Glory 1:05 am EST (Tuesday 27th)

  • Rdalford

    The young (only 17) WSW GK Jada Whyman had a strong game (numerous saves in 2nd half to preserve the win) in the WSW win over Melbourne City. Having a very experienced defender (Fletcher, who also scored both WSW goals) on the back line probably helps the young GK but will be interesting to watch Whyman in the future as she moves up to Matildas WNT level. Good win for WSW.
    Melbourne City without Kim Little and without the Fishlock/Little scoring combinations is still very good but City is no longer able to overwhelm all the other W-league teams.
    Brisbane Roar played poorly vs Canberra this week. Brisbane and Gorry, last week vs Adelaide, were able to dictate play (at least in first half) but this week v Canberra the Roar were just not effective.

    As some of the winter cold blasted thru this week the contrast with the warm weather W-league matches makes an Australian trip look inviting (if not exactly practical).

    • Steglitz49

      Pray, roughly how much can a WoSo player earn down under?

      More power to their elbows if they want to play the year round. I presume that as unallocated players they must have a second income. At least they are not playing for Putin’s cronies.

      My memory was that players from European leagues that played summer seasons went to Australia and that this American caper is something new but that may be a faulty impression.

      • Rdalford

        “roughly how much can a WoSo player earn down under?”
        short answer – it depends

        For 2016/17 season the Australian W-league teams have a $150K team salary cap with a team minimum salary spend of $35K. There are reports that Melbourne City (starting with Little/Fishlock signings last year) are paying better and driving other teams to increase pay to retain players. However also other reports note that min salary cap spend limit had to be set to avoid some teams paying even less.

        The W-league roster rules limit each team to (up to) 4 international (non Aussie) players and also has some provision for guest players (up to 7 weeks). I do not think there is a specific limit on number of Australian WNT players on a roster, but team salary cap provides some practical $ limits. Most of the w-league team salary cap money goes to Australian WNT players, the international players, and/or guest players with amateur players only getting allowance/expense money.

        The W-league is a development league and many of the roster spots are filled by young (15 and up) amateur players. New for 2016/17 the teams are now required to sign these amateur players to a standard amateur agreement and pay allowance/expense ($60 to $150 per week) money. The amateur expense payments of between $60 to $150 per week for a maximum 16 week period is consistent with the men’s National Youth League and National Premier League.

        The Woman’s Game site ( thewomensgame.com ) editor Ann Odong
        is a good site for w-league and Australian WNT info
        and W-league ( w-league.com.au ) also has it’s own site.

        Worth noting that Australian WNT players have a CBA that sets up two tiers of base contracts ( $41K and $30K ) for federation payments to Australian WNT players. The Australian WNT players also then free to sign/negotiating separate contracts with club teams (W-league, NWSL, Japan/Europe etc).

        I have not found recent published w-league specific player salary info or specific team salary cap spend info. Looking at the w-league rosters, Melbourne City has 9 players (the 4 international players and 5 Australian WNT players) that are perhaps making decent money and would perhaps explain the reports of higher team salary cap $$ for City (Fishlock is also an assistant coach for City but I guess that her coaching salary does not count against team salary cap). Most other w-league teams only have 4 to 5 (intl &/or WNT) of the potentially higher paid players on their rosters – which would match with the reports of lower (compared to City) team salary cap $$.

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you. Solid information, as usual.

        • JL

          There are a number of players that do not get paid, most of which are teenagers trying to remain amateurs so they can possibly get a scholarship from a US college.

          • Steglitz49

            I love and adore the NCAA and Title IX for the lasses.

            Hoping for that American scholarship could be worth its weight in guano. FSU is one of the few.

          • Rdalford

            I noted in my original comment that W-league is a development league with many young amateur players.
            “The W-league is a development league and many of the roster spots are filled by young (15 and up) amateur players”

            My understanding is that expense allowance that the amateur players receive is compliant with NCAA amateur rules. News reports that I have read indicated that (new with this season) all the amateur players were now paid an expense allowance

            from article on The Woman’s Game site
            “All amateur W-league players are signed to the standard W-League Amateur Agreement and will be paid an expense allowance ($60 to $150 per week for max 16 week period) for their participation. This 2016/17 season move comes following consultation between the Professional Footballers Australia and Football Federation Australia led W-League Working Party (which includes representatives from the clubs). The payments of between $60 to $150 per week for a maximum 16 week period is consistent with the men’s National Youth League and National Premier League.

            Discussion between the W-League Working Party and the clubs has also led to the clubs being encouraged to utilize more of their salary cap – minimum of $35,000 and a maximum of $150,000 – for player remuneration. “

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    • DNG

      Not surprised City is not the same team without Little. I’m curious to see how Seattle fares without her

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  • FawcettFan14

    Is there a good place to watch W-League match highlights?

    • Tom F
      • mockmook

        There are only a smattering of highlights and full matches (game of the week?) on that site.

        • Steglitz49

          Is it a real league or a holiday camp for the foreign legions?

    • Rdalford

      as Tom F notes the Fox Sports Australia site has some full match replays

      there is a weekly W-league game of the week broadcast on live TV in Australia (on Fox Sports Australia and on Australian Broadcasting Co ABC) and also streamed live in USA on ESPN3 / WatchESPN.
      The full match replay (of the w-league game of the week) is then available on both the Fox Sports Australia site and in the USA on ESPN3 / WatchESPN.

      The Australian W-league site ( w-league.com.au ) has results, stats, live text commentary, articles etc for all of the w-league games but the w-league site has only limited videos (most video’s are not match highlights)

  • Steglitz49

    Any news about the Lyon and Alex Morgan caper?

    Or a possible Allie Long to Barca move?

    Dunn to Chelsea?

  • Rdalford

    Off-topic, but woso related and good to see that Nigeria WNT finally got back pay
    from BBC Sports article
    “Nigeria’s women’s team have ended their sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja after being paid money owed to them.
    They were demanding US$23,650 per player from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for winning the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
    The Super Falcons had been at the hotel in the capital since 6 December.

    “The players have all left the hotel in Abuja after they started receiving payments alerts,” the team’s media officer Remi Sulola told BBC Sport.
    One of the players also confirmed that she and her roommate had been paid.
    “It’s taken some time, [because banks don’t work over the weekend] but we’ve finally received our money today,” one player, who insisted on anonymity, told BBC Sport.
    “We thank the government, the fans and media for their roles in making sure we got our hard-earned dues.”

    To mark the 10th day of their complaint the team protested outside parliament in Abuja while the annual budget was being presented.
    This led to the government releasing about US$1.2m to the cash-strapped NFF on Friday to pay the ladies.

    Nigeria’s victory in Cameroon was their eighth African women’s title and means they have only twice failed to win the women’s championship since its inception in 1998.”

  • Tom F

    here’s a full game between Brisbane & Adeleide. These Aussie teams seem to out ‘direct style’ even good ol3 American soccer!