USWNT, U.S. Soccer continue on without CBA

The Equalizer Staff January 1, 2017 144
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the women's national team.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the women’s national team.

The end of 2016 brought with it the end of U.S. Soccer’s collective bargaining agreement with the women’s national team. The deadline came and went quietly with the only news of note over the last month being the split between the players and attorney Rich Nichols. It was also largely insignificant since the agreement remains in place unless either side gives 60 days of notice that they intend to opt out. At the time Nichols was replaced as counsel for the players neither side had started that clock.

New Year’s Day is also 59 days from the start of the SheBelieves Cup, according to a release sent by the French Football Federation. U.S. Soccer has not commented on the dates and venues. With less than 60 days, the event–which will be the second of its kind–does not appear to be on track for use as a bargaining tool by the players.

The next event for the team is the annual January camp. Last year Jill Ellis named the camp roster on New Year’s Eve. There are no matches directly associated with the January camp and it is often used to bring in uncapped players for an extended look without the urgency of match preparation.

The USWNT Players Association announcement that it was no longer working with Nichols did not include information about a replacement. The two sides negotiated in December but neither has offered any specific updates.

  • Som Termanni

    Dunn all but confirmed for France: https://www.instagram.com/p/BOusaCZDVVJ/?hl=en

    • guest

      any idea which team? gotta be one of the big two.

      • Som Termanni

        She was training in Paris a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure PSG is on the table. If so, PSG is lining up Lawrence and Dunn, and (for a couple months, anyway) already has Henry.

        At this rate I half expect PSG to also snatch Wendie Renard away from the Frauen Bundesliga (or, god forbid, the Thorns).

        • Steglitz49

          Taking a holiday in France could be a smokescreen for signing with a team from the Faeroe Islands if not Iceland, though on reflection, an English FAWSL1 team would make more sense.

          • HOFCToDi

            Talking out of your arse, as usual.

          • Steglitz49

            As far as I know, the transfer window closes at midnight on Jan 15th. Then we shall know which Americans ply their trade in Europe.

          • HOFCToDi

            A trip to your local pharmacy awaits.

          • Steglitz49

            As I typed elsewhere, there may not be many who earn the big money abroad. Wonder why? Let’s see how the transfers pan out.

          • HOFCToDi

            Steglitz49
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            Connect the dots, so to speak.

          • Steglitz49

            In a lean year like 2017, you would have expected the USWNT players to test the waters abroad. That does not seem to be happening. Interesting, would you not agree?

          • HOFCToDi

            See above.

            Steglitz49
            Prescription
            Refill
            Ritalin
            Pharmacy

            Connect the dots, so to speak.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex Morgan will earn more in 5 months with Lyon than the USWNT members will earn in the whole year. Should Alex play some friendlies too, her cup runneth over!

          • Som Termanni

            Apparently even Steg’s arse speaks truth more often than me, if rarely and probably by accident.

    • mockmook

      Who are her friends?

      And, how many hearts did they cut out on their satanic altar? πŸ˜‰

      • Steglitz49

        One has to assume that they have left a few broken hearts in their trail though one must hope that those who were enthralled still have their entrails intact.

        In short, neither of these young ladies would want for a squire to the Huntsmen’s Ball.

      • A_Dog_Without_A_Clutch

        I thought I recognized the one with the blues as someone (player or staff) with PSG, but I can find the video. The one making looks like Virginia Torrecilla- a Monpellier HSC midfielder.

        http://www.mhscfoot.com/joueur/virginia-torrecilla

        • Steglitz49

          Montpellier is a possible team should either PSG or Lyon not pan out.

    • Steglitz49

      Crystal has spent the past 2 weeks “on holiday” in France, including the cΓ΄te d’azur and the corniche de l’EstΓ©rel (aka corniche d’Or). In France celebrating New Year is traditionally more important than Christmas, just as in Holland, Belgium and all along the Rhine up to Basel it is St Niklas’s Day (Dec 6th) that counts.

      Crystal may well end up plying her trade in France this year and if neither Lyon nor PSG would oblige, there is always Montpellier in the south of France, also Marseilles.

    • Som Termanni

      Disqus buggered the link… in her Instagram post, Dunn says “i now have a new family that i am grateful for”. https://www.instagram.com/cdunn19

      Three weeks ago, her UNC teammate and best friend Meg Morris bid her farewell, and not in a holiday sense.

  • mockmook

    AWK is alive!!!

    After his 632467 day hiatus, he has a new post up that will help those interested in the NWSL’s 2017 draft.

    And, he will be doing more posts on the Draft.

    http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=15191

    • Som Termanni

      > Lindsey Mayo – SR – Arkansas

      > I wasn’t exactly expecting this

      I’d love to see Lindsey Mayo show up somewhere and shock everyone. Her play reminds me a bit of the similarly underappreciated Sam Mewis, with a bit of Sinclair’s opportunism on second chances. She isn’t going to rack up massive offensive numbers, but when she attacks, she tends to make it count. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymvIuUKlKrA

      • mockmook

        For those who don’t know, looks like Mayo spent much (or perhaps all of) last season on the backline as a CB

        It appears she has good size and good attacking instincts, so a very late pick is possible for her — and, if not picked, she would get a look in someone’s preseason camp.

        • Steglitz49

          Ms Mayo had a short senior season in 2015 owing to an injury, which seems to have resulted in her red shirt. Coaches tend to be vary of players with injuries, though that did not impact Alex Morgan nor Pinoe, so it is not a hard and fast rule.

    • rkmid71

      Thanks for this. It would be interesting to apply the four factors to the existing USWNT attacking players. I wonder why assists aren’t used. And I wonder what metrics are used for midfielders and defenders. It would help if one had more detailed statistics on passing efficiency, tackles, interceptions, challenges, successful dribbling, etc.

      • Steglitz49

        Indeed.

        On the subject of assists a pass becomes an assist when it results in a goal. They used to be called “goal-giving passes” in days of old when knights were bold. Thus, they are dependent on the recipient not just the passer.

      • mockmook

        Upon further review:

        My “hillbilly math” has this at about 30% predictive value, i.e., it has a 70% chance of being wrong in identifying whether an ostensible “elite attacker” will be considered draft worthy.

        And, it doesn’t seem to correctly identify anyone not already considered worth keeping an eye on.

        Bottom line, it slightly reinforces what we already know or guess — still, it is an interesting way to look at attackers.

        • Steglitz49

          It is awfully hard to assess players, not least the up and coming ones. It is more by fingertips and gut feel, rather than by complex mathematical formulae based on stats. Vital statistics might as good a guide, not least on a chilly rainy windswept day.

          • rkmid71

            We need something like baseball’s WAR (Wins Above Replacement). The stats help support (or not) the gut feel and fingertips. For example, I think passing stats would prove to be valuable in WAR designed for soccer — as it gets to intangibles like team unity and chemistry. And high efficiency in shooting — goal conversion %. shots on goal. And high success rate in tackling for defenders. WAR would provide a way to compare defenders, mids and attackers on one metric. I think some of these statistical programs might already do that by providing an overall rating for each player. It’s just that this data is not generally available — though it might used for player evaluation at a team level. But it would be helpful for USSF in identifying players and NWSL teams for draft purposes. USSF might do it for the pool once they’ve selected players by gut feel. That’s not good enough.

          • DNG

            I’m not sure if a stat like WAR is even possible in soccer. There is just so much subjectivity in analyzing every play. Basketball and baseball benefit from having a fairly straight forward way to assess positive and negative play. Some better analysis on passing stats could probably paint a better picture than what he have now though.

          • rkmid71

            Sounds like an opportunity. Actually I think Billy Beane is a soccer fan and may be working on it. He acknowledges it is harder to implement Moneyball in soccer because the game is more fluid and interdependent, which makes it more complicated to track and analyse.

            “Moneyball’s aim is to properly allocate credit and blame to a player. In baseball you can do something poorly and still get credit. A pitcher could throw a bad ball, the batter hit a screaming line drive, and an outfielder make a fantastic diving catch. Yet when you look at a historical databases, 80% of the time when a ball is struck with that trajectory and velocity it is a hit. So because a superior defender caught it on that play, you should probably credit the hitter in some way and take away from the pitcher. Traditional stats don’t do that. They only credit outcome. They don’t credit process.”

          • Steglitz49

            The first FA men’s Cup final was played in 1872 on a Cricket Ground (The Oval) so there has been plenty of time to develop stats for soccer.

            Cricket is older than soccer and like baseball has tons of stats both for batters and bowlers. Tons of them. Coming out of your ears.

            The fact that there are so few metrics for soccer tells us more than we would like. It is a judgement, like figure skating, diving and ski jumping.

            For the ladies, personality, looks and figure, figures more into that assessment than WoSo fans like to admit.

          • rkmid71

            Sounds like you’re with Cruyff. He said “I don’t have anything against computers, but you judge football players intuitively and with your heart. Technique and insight can’t be measured by a computer. For the ideal squad, I also try and find a formula in which talent is used to the maximum in every case. The qualities of one player have to complement the qualities of another.” He also said he wouldn’t be selected in today’s world.

            For Cruyf’f, the aesthetic and moral aspects of the game were important. It was as much about the entertainment and joy as the results. Victory was only truly meaningful when the team fully captured the hearts and minds of competitors and spectators. He believed in a certain style of play, which has the power to put a smile on the people’s faces.

            I believe Cruyff’s way is the way to make Woso relevant and more popular.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you for the comparison. I am honored.

            I always knew that there was a genie in me deep down but nobody rubbed my bottle right.

            Maybe all those inadequates like #1Fan, Reality etc who block me, will read and believe. They never leap to the defense of young ladies when other commentators make snide or derogatory remarks about them.

  • HOFCToDi

    Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

    “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

  • guest

    hope solo will be on the startalk tv show for an interview on the national geographic channel tonight. i have no idea why hope would be on a space show but i guess she will take any gig she can at this point.

    • guest

      in light of the recent uswntpa firing of hope’s lawyer pick, i’m hoping for a real trainwreck.

      • guest

        hope solo just couldn’t resist taking another unprovoked shot at the usmnt about never winning a world cup. and of course they had to bring up again the difference in the world cup bonuses between genders without bringing up the revenue difference.

    • Steglitz49

      Quite a lot of the guests on that show are celebrities of one sort or another. and not all are astronomers or other scientists.

  • Steglitz49

    Janice Cayman, the Belgian international who played 3 games for WNY in 2016, is rejoining Montpellier from Juvisy. Ms Cayman also played for FSU at one time.

    • HOFCToDi

      No one cares, stupid Swedish troll.

      Find an European website to troll.

      • Steglitz49

        I don’t know why WNY had Janice on their books. In any case she only got 3 games or so.

        • HOFCToDi

          No one cares.

          • Steglitz49

            Don’t you find it strange, though? Nearly all the foreign players in the NWSL are big ticket items — and then there is this lass.

            There must be an obvious explanation but I can’t find it. Please be constructive and help.

          • HOFCToDi

            You have serious reading comprehension issues.

            No one cares.

          • Steglitz49

            I assume that Janice, her family and any fans of Belgian WoSo does. Strictly speaking, a Belgian player has now won the NWSL Championship, something which one of the Japanese, German, Scotch or Welsh imports still has to achieve.

          • HOFCToDi

            Get back on the Ritalin, stupid Swedish troll.

          • Steglitz49

            Is this the start of something new if not big: Belgium as the powerhouse of WoSo?

          • HOFCToDi

            Your prescription refill awaits.

          • Steglitz49

            It will be interesting, though, don’t you think? To see how the forces of WoSo line up either side of the Oceans.

            All WoSo eyes will be on Euro-17 of course but Alex will be followed too because of her fame and the fatness of her contract.

          • HOFCToDi

            A trip to your local pharmacy awaits.

          • Steglitz49

            Some NWSL players play in Australia as we type. So far Alex has signed with Lyon and from Canada Ashley Lawrence with PSG, so she won’t be in the NWSL. We are waiting to learn the fates of Crystal Dunn and Kadeisha Buchanan.

            Clearly some players will be content with a year in the NWSL and any Friendlies asked to suit up for.

          • HOFCToDi

            Steglitz49
            Prescription
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            Pharmacy

            Connect the dots, so to speak.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe the have to be content with rather than willingly seek solely NWSL duty?

  • Steglitz49

    Only one player scored more goals in UEFA competition in 2016 than Cristiano Ronaldo – a 21-year-old Norwegian playing in France called Ada Hegerberg.

    Could we vote for Ada in the POTY? No. Could we heck? No way, Jose. She was not on the list of 10 that could be voted on. Like Hedvig Lindahl for that matter. But, two French players were. Hmmm?

    • HOFCToDi

      No one cares, stupid Swedish troll.

      • Steglitz49

        The Norwegians and their Ada and her sister Andrine, one would hope.

        • HOFCToDi

          Find an European website to troll.

          • Steglitz49

            It is called fairness, honesty and justice. The pillars on which all sport is built.

            The wrong love of Mammon has crept into WoSo and will eat away at its soul. Soon there will be no reason to watch WoSo.

          • HOFCToDi

            You have serious reading comprehension issues.

            Find an European website to troll.

          • Steglitz49

            The fact that Carli can be one of the 3 who got most votes for the POTY shows that there is something rotten in the state of Zurich.

          • HOFCToDi

            No one cares what a stupid Swedish troll thinks. Not FIFA, not UEFA, not CONCACAF.

          • Steglitz49

            That much has been obvious for a while but this was the most rigged election since a long while. North-Korean rules?

          • HOFCToDi

            You have serious reading comprehension issues.

            No one cares, stupid Swedish troll.

            Find an European website to troll.

          • Steglitz49

            Americans ought to care because without the US there would not be WoSo f the quality and size that we have today.

            Awards made empty and meaningless by rigged elections will benefit no-one; certainly not WoSo.

          • HOFCToDi

            No one cares, stupid Swedish troll.

            Not FIFA, not UEFA, not CONCACAF.

          • Steglitz49

            If Carli wins the POTY, WoSo will be an object of ridicule. How can that possibly benefit anyone, including US players? — except for Carli, obviously.

          • HOFCToDi

            You are a clueless moron.

            Find an European website to troll.

          • Steglitz49

            We know who the 3 who got the most votes are: Behringer, Lloyd and Marta and on Monday we will know who got the most.

            We also know that two fine candidates — Ada Hegerberg and Hedvig Lindahl — were not included in the list that could be voted on.

            I doubt that it would register if Melanie or Marta won but if Carli did, WoSo might as well be renamed WhoCa.

  • truf

    where is the roster for jan. camp?

    • Don’t hate me

      When is the camp?

      • Gary Diver

        Last year, the 3-week January camp began at the end of the first week in January and the roster was announced on December 31. Without a CBA it will be interesting what Jill Ellis does for her camp. SBC is 2 months away and Ellis needs her team prepared for the tournament. Losing two of the three matches is not out of the question and it would put Ellis in the hot seat. (When is the last time USWNT has lost 2 matches within 10 days?)

        • mockmook

          Well, since the CBA/MOU is continuing, I don’t see any reason that it isn’t business as usual (with the addition of some new faces).

          • Gary Diver

            Has a similar situation ever occurred in the past 25 years? It is in nobody’s interest to create a crisis for SBC, but when SBC is over who knows what will happen. Is there any need for Friendlies in 2017? I don’t believe Canada has had a single Friendly since the Olympics. And I don’t see how the USSF/USWNT player conflict can end without one side ending up with a lot of egg on their faces.

          • Steglitz49

            The Friendlies played in the US earn USSF money. Probably a little less after the debacle in OG-16 but they should still pull in a bit of lolly.

            Maybe if by Jan 16 or 23, USSF will issue their 60 days warning. By that time they should know how many NWSL players are playing abroad.

          • Gary Diver

            I went to all three SBC matches last year. (I have a sister who lives near Tampa so I got a chance to visit her.) The weather and locations were great for someone wanting to escape winter. Not so for 2017 SBC.

            Though even with good locations in the South during late winter, the attendances were not sterling. Nashville had about 25,000 but somebody did not do a good job marketing the games.

          • guest

            friendlies are needed to pay for the uswnt annual salaries unless they switch to an equal pay to play model like the usmnt.

          • HOFCToDi

            You are delusional.

            Sunil Gulati cares more about the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup than the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/12/20/15/07/161220-mnt-feat-five-things-on-the-concacaf-gold-cup

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/12/19/17/53/161219-mnt-to-play-in-nashville-tampa-cleveland-in-group-b-of-2017-concacaf-gold-cup

          • Gregory

            Rightly so. The so called SBC cup are just some friendlies in a short FIFA time window.

          • HOFCToDi

            The USSF has scheduled 13 matches for the USMNT in calendar year 2017.

            ussoccer.com/mens-national-team/schedule-tickets

            The USSF has scheduled 0 matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2017.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/schedule-tickets

          • HOFCToDi

            The members of the USWNTPA tarnished their image in calendar year 2016:

            selfish spoiled brats
            sore losers

            Home Matches (Sep, Oct, Nov)
            Sports TV Ratings (FS1, ESPN2)
            USWNT – 1,184,000 viewers (6 matches)

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 13 November 2016

            sportstvratings.com/nfl-countdown-nfl-insiders-sportscenter-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-november-13-2016/6840/

            USWNT, FS1 – 145,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Thursday, 10 November 2016

            sportstvratings.com/browns-ravens-bulls-heat-north-carolina-duke-football-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-thursday-november-10-2016/6819/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 212,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 23 October 2016

            sportstvratings.com/giants-rams-in-london-nascar-sprint-cup-talladega-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-october-23-2016/6565/

            USWNT, FS1 – 149,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Wednesday, 19 October 2016

            sportstvratings.com/cubs-dodgers-indians-blue-jays-warriors-preseason-game-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-wednesday-october-19-2016/6508/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 169,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 18 September 2016

            sportstvratings.com/nascar-sprint-cup-chicagoland-nfl-countdown-yankees-red-sox-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-september-18-2016/5871/

            USWNT, FS1 – 243,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Thursday, 15 September 2016

            sportstvratings.com/jets-bills-houston-cincinnati-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-thursday-september-15-2016/5843/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 266,000 viewers

          • Steglitz49

            That is not a lot of viewers in a country of 315m about 1/2 of which are females of the species.

            Is it known how many watched the Nightmare in Brasilia? 5m?

          • Tom F

            since we’re a multi sport country, it’s the ‘event’ whats important. So hence, the WC has record crowds. Besides, woso is in this country, is a ‘well to do’ type sport, it can advo to a smaller but richer clientele

          • Steglitz49

            Do we know how many bothered to watch that QF in Brasilia? It went into extra time and then penalties, which usually raises the numbers.

          • another guest

            re “has a similar situation ever occurred …”

            In almost ever case when USSF is negotiating the CBA with either USMNT or with USWNT the negotiations drag out so the old/existing CBA expires but then USSF and USxNT teams continue to operate under MOU/previous CBA terms.

            Most recent example for USWNT of continuing to play after CBA expires is from end of 2012 thru late March 2013.
            The current CBA originally expired at end of 2012 and the current MOU (which extended CBA to end of 2016) was not put in place until late March 2013 (almost delaying the start of NWSL in 2013). After the CBA expired (end of 2012) the USWNT played 2 friendlies in Feb 2013 (vs Scotland on Feb 9th in Jacksonville and Feb 13th in Nashville) and then when to Europe to play 4 matches in the Algarve Cup in the March 6 thru 13th period. Both friendlies and Algarve Cup matches were played after CBA expired but before the current MOU (which extended CBA to end of 2016) was put in place.

            There have also been situations where negotiations got bad enough that players when on strike (or were locked out by USSF) and the most recent example is USMNT in early 2005 where USSF tried (for a couple of matches) to bring in substitute (scab?) players while USMNT were out (on strike/locked out) – poor results – and both USSF and USMNT went back to negotiations and played under MOU until the CBA was finally signed in late 2005 (negation period of almost a year)

            My point(s)
            USSF and USxNT having extended negotiations re CBA is not unusual and unless one side forces the issue (i.e. strike and/or lockout) then USSF and USxNT continue business as usual with players being paid under prior contract terms

        • HOFCToDi

          You are delusional.

          Sunil Gulati only cares about FIFA World Cup qualifications.

          • Steglitz49

            Verily.

            Even by qualifying for their WC, the men earn an awful lot of lolly and if they get out of their group it is more than the ladies get for winning their WC.

          • Gary Diver

            Didn’t Gulati fire Tom Sermanni after a poor performance at the 2014 Algarve Cup?

          • HOFCToDi

            The USWNTPA (Rampone, Boxx, Wambach) fired Sermanni for failure to tow the company line.
            #USWNTforlife

          • HOFCToDi

            Sunil Gulati did not even fire Jurgen Klinsmann for failure of the U-23 USMNT to qualify for the Summer Olympics:
            2012 London Olympics
            2016 Rio Olympics

        • Tom F

          Ellis should of been in the hot seat after her self indulge picks for the Olympics disastrous results. bur now she’s done the right thing with newbies like Williams. McDonald Sullivan & Ohai.
          Due to new coaches. both France & Germany are in the moment in transition. Their not going to take the SBC that serious anyway cause the big prize for them is the Euro Championship later on this summer.
          England’s stuck in a rut, as Sampson’s team hasn’t looked that impressive as of late. The uS should win the SBC, previously the Algarve Cup was usually called the ‘Vacation Cup’ cause those teams countries are still experiencing colder whether and wanted to get away from it. They’re be in a rude awaking when they got to play further up north than sunny Florida

          • Gary Diver

            France had a very young team that lost to Canada for the London OG12 bronze medal. Today many on the French roster are the same names but are no longer young. Jill Ellis take note! Father Time waits for no one or no team. (Sadly Louisa Nécib Cadamuro has retired at the age of only 29 years old. Similar to Célia Šaőić retiring after WC15 at only 27 years old.)

          • Steglitz49

            The term “Vacation Cup” was a typical American derogatory and snide comment about a fine tournament that helped establish WoSo. It grew out of the Swedish WNT winter training camp.

            The story of how the first Algarve Cup could have been scripted by Hollywood. WoSo owes a lot to a British property developer who let the teams stay for free in his luxury resort.

            Be polite to the Algarve Cup. It deserves honor, laud and praise.

          • Som Termanni

            It’s easy to do the right thing when there’s nothing on the line.

            It’s even easier to do the wrong thing when there aren’t any consequences, unless we count being a FIFA world’s best coach finalist as a consequence of the worst international tournament performance in USWNT history.

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  • Gary Diver

    Three-Years Ago Today (3 January 2014)

    Tom Sermanni announced his roster for USWNT’s 3-week January camp which began Wednesday, January 8. For reference, here is the roster Sermanni was evaluating three years ago:

    GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

    DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (TyresΓΆ), Meghan Klingenberg (TyresΓΆ), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

    MIDFIELDERS (9): Yael Averbuch (Washington Spirit), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Amber Brooks (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)

    FORWARDS (5): Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (TyresΓΆ), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash).

    Alex Morgan was recovering from an ankle injury occurred earlier in October.

    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/55628/us-womens-national-team-roster.html

    • Steglitz49

      Alex’s unavailability cooked TS’s goose.

      At the time Christen Press had not kicked a ball for TyresΓΆ. Her selection was based on her fine play for GΓΆteborg, where Yael had been one of her teammates, also Camille Levin and Ingrid Wells.

  • Reality

    Dan Lauletta, in case you haven’t been moderating EQ lately, in this article, Steglitz49 and his “cut and paste” troll accomplice HOFCToDi have once again cluttered this site by posting 53 comments out of currently 72. This disproportionate ratio is not unusual. Many of their remarks have been irrelevant, disrespectful and in some cases abusive. They are disruptive to EQ. What is your policy regarding trolling on your site?

    • #1Fan

      Sad. Hate blocking people as it seems undemocratic, but had to make some exceptions here.

      • Reality

        Even when you block them, as I do, there are often long stretches of commentary where you see “This user is blocked” where they are engaging in their trollish behavior. I agree it is sad. However, EQ and its responsible patrons should not have to endure their antics.

        • #1Fan

          Agreed. it went from pleasant jousting to being a major irritation and a reason not to post.

          • Reality

            I was once an enthusiastic participant at EQ, but I seldom post nowadays. Many of the more articulate and knowledgeable posters that used to frequent EQ are now often absent. That is also sad.

          • #1Fan

            I am relatively new, but i enjoy reading stuff from quite a few of you, even when we disagree. Thats what makes it fun. It is a shame the trolling has taken over.

          • Reality

            It is educational and fun to discuss WOSO with people who are capable of having informed, pertinent and civilized discourse. I have engaged in many spirited discussions over the years here at EQ. But one cannot do that with trolls since they are only interested in getting attention though excessive and disruptive postings. Even now, this thread is being trolled as we speak.

          • DNG

            I like the article about the NWSL teams and the youth teams the most. We get some better discussions there and less trolling.

          • Reality

            A good point. The pollution occurs more in discussions regarding the senior NT. However a couple of trolls are equal opportunity posters where they litter every article with their activity.

          • Steglitz49

            Be honest. You stopped being enthusiastic once your favorite player crashed and burned twice in succession.

          • Steglitz49

            You can’t cope with people disagreeing with you. That is your main reason for blocking people.

          • rkmid71

            I understand that the word “troll” can be abused to refer to anyone with controversial opinions they disagree with and that trolls don’t actually believe the views they claim. I don’t think that’s S49 — I think he/she believes the stuff they write and I particularly like his/her int’l/global and historical perspective and analogies. I agree that some comments are more provocative than others. I don’t understand the personal attacks which HOFC and others (usually guests) are sometimes prone to. The internet has a lot of propaganda. I don’t mind people challenging conventional wisdom or trying to cut through BS. Sometimes I think that’s what HOFC is trying to do — so I don’t block he/she either. He/she is often like a blunt instrument though and you have to have a thick skin if you’re on the receiving end.

          • DNG

            HOFCToDi resorts to spamming when he/she can’t convince others of his/her points. Spamming the threads is the reason HOFCToDi is the only other poster(not including the advertisement usernames) I have blocked.

          • Reality

            I think this is a good definition of a troll…

            “One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.”

            http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll

            IMO, the two people mentioned fit this definition well. They crave attention and create disruption. This can be entertaining to some, but the occasional nuggets of information they provide do not excuse or redeem their immature behavior.

      • Steglitz49

        I never block people.

        “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

    • DNG

      I’m not sure if Lauletta actually reads the comment section so posting this here might not be the best way to let him know about trolls

      • Reality

        I’m reasonably sure that someone on the “Equalizer Staff” might notice and bring it to his attention.

        • Steglitz49

          The EQ has long been moderated by a software program.

      • Steglitz49

        This is a case of whining, not even the kettle calling the pot black.

        Reality is one of the founder members of the Pressgang. They used to litter the EQ with their adverts for their favorite player. Any article they would churnout their propaganda interminably, which often included snide attacks on Alex Morgan and other players. NYRick was their high priest. He at least has had the sense to lie low since the debacles this fall.

        The EQ has long been moderated by a software program.

    • Steglitz49

      This is rich coming from one of the Pressgang who used to litter the EQ with their diatribes.

    • Rdalford

      Agree that HOFCToDi is often disruptive,
      but …
      you (and NYRick) are charter members in Press club and in the past frequently overwhelmed any thread with Press comments
      If my memory serves, HOFCToDi originally started the cut & paste troll stuff in response to Press club stuff.
      To be clear, I do not condone or support the HOFCToDi cut & paste trolling

      My wish for Equalizer would be for more comprehensive woso coverage
      In the past EQ had more woso articles, some with original reporting and analysis, and less click bait which resulted in more opportunities for comments to contain woso article related comments
      Would be nice to be able to read EQ for timely and informative woso articles – which would make ignoring the troll comments easier.

      • DNG

        Disagreeing with posters regarding Press is fine. I welcome all discussion and critiques of my WoSo POVs as long as they provoke thoughtful discussions. I can’t remember the last time HOFCToDi has made an even remotely thoughtful comment regarding that particular player. 95% of his/her comments are spam.

        • Rdalford

          as noted in my post
          “To be clear, I do not condone or support the HOFCToDi cut & paste trolling”

          • DNG

            I didn’t mean to imply you did and I do understand your stance on the Press commenters. Following the WC a good number of article’s comments sections did end up mostly talking about Press.

      • Reality

        There have been many spirited discussions over the years here at EQ about specific players. Speaking for myself, I have been an advocate for Press. I have been critical about the management of the USWNT particularly in regard to the manner in which they have utilized her. I have been specific and respectful in my advocacy and welcomed discussion about my assertions. However, some people are not capable of engaging in reasoned discussion and have instead resorted to slander and abuse and distortion. The Press Club or Press Gang is a slander in itself. This type of vitriolic reaction from a few has appreciably lowered the level of discourse here at EQ and turned people off.

        I completely agree with your wish for more comprehensive and varied WOSO coverage with original reporting and analysis. However, that will not prevent certain people from continuing their trollish behavior.

        • Rdalford

          My Press club label was short hand for frequent and consistent advocate for Press to the point of frequent overwhelming threads on many articles, if you take that as slander – so be it

          • Reality

            Press has often been the subject of discussion here at EQ because she represents in microcosm much of what is wrong with the management of the USWNT. She is a gifted and skilled player who was neglected and misused in favor of preserving the seniority system and the historical U.S. athleticism approach. Ellis is presumably finally getting around to reforming the NT with players like Press who are not only just athletic but are also capable of playing a more varied role. This point of view has been the larger basis for my long term advocacy of Press. As regards your “shorthand”, I think that, based on your past contributions, you are capable of more responsible articulation.

      • dw

        Original reporting, that would be an interesting change. Now it’s all USSF and NWSL propaganda posing as reporting.

        How about this Dan?

        What do other internationals earn for club and country compared to US players?

        Hegerberg? How much does the Norway federation pay her? How much does Lyon pay her?

        Marta?

        Non-household names? Like Banini, does she earn from the Argentine federation, and what did she make at Colo Colo.

        Min/Max salaries in Japan, Australia, France, England, and all other countries as well… Club and country…

        These are all things that the so-called WoSo media should be chasing.

        All we get is “Rapinoe takes a knee”.

    • MrTemecula

      I block HOFCToDi. I don’t have time to wade through that nonsense. He/she has a 1:50 of interesting comment to garbage so I understand your complaint. It is much better to read EQ’s comments without the disruption.

  • DNG

    Buchanan and Lawrence are now officially headed to France.

    • Steglitz49

      Thank you. Which team is Kadeisha joining?

      • DNG

        OL

        • Steglitz49

          Vow! Great for her; great for Canadian WoSo.

          Jean-Michel Aulas is not as green as some commentators make him cabbage looking.

          Any rumors of how much Lyon are paying Kadeisha? 10,000€ per month?

    • DNG

      I’m sure there will be an article soon but Crystal Dunn has officially signed with Chelsea.

      http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/01/usa-star-signs-for-ladies.html

      • Reality

        This is a good move for Dunn as I think she will fit better into the English style of play rather than the French Feminine Division 1. However, I wonder what is going to happen to the Washington Spirit. They have gone from being an NWSL contender to a question mark.

        • DNG

          I don’t know what will happen to the spirit but I don’t see them being a top 5 team after all these losses. I’m leaning Portland, Houston, Chicago, WNY and FCKC at the moment.

          • Reality

            That is a likely scenario.

      • Steglitz49

        Chelsea Ladies, the team John Terry saved from extinction 7 years or so ago.

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  • Som Termanni

    USSF FY 16 audited financial statement (March ’15-’16, including the WWC but not the Olympics) is out: http://www.ussoccer.com/about/federation-services/resource-center/financial-information

    As always, nothing is broken up by the men’s and women’s national teams except for total expenses.

    – The USSF grew by $14.9M in net assets. The net asset growth rate was faster in 2016 than in 2015 (up $9.4M).

    – The USSF spent $2M on the NWSL, up $570k over 2015.

    – “(The NWSL) was formed on December 12, 2012 and functions as a professional women’s soccer league. The Federation was appointed as Manager of NWSL, which provides that the Federation will perform all management, governance, operational, administrative, and advisory services for NWSL. The management agreement is currently effective through December 31, 2016.”

    So, uh, did they extend that?

    – Despite this, USSF is running on $10.5M less cash on hand in 2016, down to $2.5M.

    – USSF added $33.5M in investments in 2016. This purchase consumed all of the year’s net revenue + an additional $11M in cash already on hand.

    – USSF investments in equity mutual funds grew by $27M, in bank loan funds by $12M, in corporate bonds by $12M, and in government securities by $1.1M. Stock investments were reduced by $13.9M, and $8M in the “Corporate Credit Investment Fund” (via an Irish investment company) was eliminated.

    – Despite spending $33.5M in investments, the USSF spent only $277,019 in property and equipment. They also did not increase their 25% investment in PRO (and that existing investment lost money in 2016).

    – Most of their revenue growth was in national team game revenues (up $21M) and in “sponsorship, TV, licensing, and royalties” (SUM and the Nike deal; up $12M). The NT revenue grew by $5.6M more than the NT expenses (up $11M) and management expenses (up $4.4M) grew combined.

    – As expected in an international tournament year for the women with little going on for the men, the MNT expenses dropped from $31.1M to $20M. The WNT’s expenses increased from $10.3M to $23.1M.

    – SUM revenue was up $6.9M over 2015. The SUM revenue included $250,000 in bonuses related to the USWNT winning the 2015 WWC. Nike revenue was up $3.8M, which included $250,000 in bonuses related to the USMNT R16 loss in the 2014 WC.

    – The largest revenue drops compared to 2015 were in player development (down $4.7M) and international games (down $3.7M). The player development funds are amortized grants from Nike and FIFA, then include academy registrations.

    – Sponsorship liabilities doubled from $4M to $8.25M. (Sponsorship liabilities include contracts and training facility agreements for the national teams.) Domestic NT game liabilities dropped from $2.8M to $150,284.

  • Som Termanni

    More rumors about the Whitecaps fielding an NWSL team, including the org reaching out to existing supporters groups about the prospect: http://www.eightysixforever.com/2017/1/3/14160252/vancouver-whitecaps-to-join-nwsl

    • Gary Diver

      1. I thought I read that Diana Matheson wanted to be a women’s soccer team GM.

      2. Canadian would love a NWSL team if their star players could be on it. I don’t see how that could happen. Christine Sinclair, for example, seems to be tied to Portland forever.

      • Som Termanni

        In her own words Sinclair refused to rule out joining a team in BC if one started. She said it was a tough question to answer. I’d expect her to at least end her career in Vancouver if it were an option.

  • Gary Diver

    No January Camp, No Friendlies Scheduled

    Some people believe nothing concerning USWNT will be different though they have no CBA. But there hasn’t been any mention of the January camp nor 2017 Friendlies other than SBC. Doesn’t sound like “business as usual” to me.

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