Friday Roundup: PSG Drops Points As Win Is Reversed

The Equalizer Staff January 6, 2017 47

ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, FISHLOCK NAMED HEAD COACH, FOUDY VISITS USDWNT, AND MORE

Outshot 18-2, PSG made theirs count in a 1-0 win at Lyon to move on to the UWCL quarterfinals.

Outshot 18-2, PSG made theirs count in a 1-0 win at Lyon to move on to the UWCL quarterfinals.

French club Paris Saint-Germain lost their top ranking in Division 1 Féminine today after they were ruled by the French Federal Commission to have fielded a player not on the team sheet in their 4-0 win over ASPTT Albi on September 10. As a result, they forfeit the match, losing not only the three points from the victory but a further point as a penalty.

The loss of four points drops them to third place in the league behind Olympique Lyonnais (who welcomed Alex Morgan this week) and Montpellier HSC, effectively negating PSG’s hard-fought win over Lyon on December 17. The two rivals play again on March 14, and PSG will need a clear win instead of a draw to claim the title.

Following the announcement, Head Coach Patrice Lair offered his resignation, but the club rejected it. Lair will decide his future with the club next Monday. Prior to the reversal, PSG announced this week the signing of WVU standout Ashley Lawrence, who won a bronze medal in Rio this summer with Canada.

FISHLOCK NAMED MELBOURNE CITY COACH

Melbourne City Women promoted Jess Fishlock to interim head coach of the team after manager Joe Montemurro was named coach of the Melbourne city men’s side. The Welsh midfielder is on her second season with the team, on loan from the Seattle Reign, and was announced as an assistant coach alongside her playing duties at the beginning of the season. Fishlock will remain a player-coach through the end of the 2016-2017 W-League campaign.

Fishlock helped Melbourne City achieve history in its inaugural season last year, winning both the regular season and the championship without losing a game. She made 11 appearances in that run, scoring two goals, and has started every game so far this season.

JULIE FOUDY VISITS USDWNT CAMP

Coinciding with the roster announcement for the USWNT’s annual January camp, the US Deaf Women’s National Team, 2016 World Champions, met for their own January camp in Mission Viejo, California, this week. The three-time Deaflympic gold medalists were surprised by two-time World Cup champion Julie Foudy and her family at dinner yesterday. Foudy’s former teammate and fellow World Cup champion Joy Fawcett is one of the team’s coaches.

The USDWNT is fully self-funded and has won every Deaflympic and World Championship held, compiling an undefeated record since its creation in 1999. Their journey to their triumph at last year’s World Championship, a year in which they only trained together for eight days, earned nationwide attention from NWSL and USWNT players and fans. Unfortunately, the team was forced to withdraw from the upcoming 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey due to safety concerns.

THORNS’ MORRIS TAKES STEPS TOWARD RECOVERY

Portland Thorns defender Meg Morris tweeted today that she was returning to Portland and walking again as she makes her way back from a broken hip. Morris, in her first season with the Thorns, was a last-minute replacement at left back for Meghan Klingenberg at Western New York on June 17 when she suffered an acetabular fracture in her left hip, putting her out for the rest of the Thorns’ Shield-winning season. She was in attendance at Yurcak Field on September 25 when the Thorns defeated Sky Blue, her former team, to clinch the 2016 Shield. The UNC product scored one goal in seven appearances for Portland.

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  • Som Termanni

    Great timing on the roundup. Buchanan won the Hermann a few minutes ago.

    • mockmook

      Her deal with Lyon is still not official, correct?

      • Steglitz49

        Now it can be. No need to worry that it will jinx her chances for that trophy which some players have won and others have gone without.

  • john

    I’m curious about Fishlock’s coaching position, because a lot of countries require a certificate. Obviously, it happened, but I’d like to know the particulars.

    • guest

      Fishlock was player but also assistance coach for Melbourne City last year (2015/16 season) as well as this year (2016/17).
      In some prior articles on Seattle Reign site Fishlock talked about working toward coaching certification (but specifics of what level of coaching certification that she may or may not have not specified in articles) and about coaching being part of her future career plans.

      • john

        Thanks!

        • Steglitz49

          Maybe the Aussies are not so strict about coaching licenses?

          • Bruce

            It was reported that Lisa DeVanna missed the first half of W-League this season because she was pursuing a coaching certificate.

  • guest

    List of players registered for NWSL draft on NWSL site has been updated,
    looks like there are now 164 players registered

  • Bruce

    “The two rivals play again on March 14, and PSG will need a clear win instead of a draw to claim the title.”

    What a perfect way to say that all other teams in D1 are garbage. Both PSG and Lyon have TEN league matches before they meet again (in May, not March).

    • Steglitz49

      A wee tad bit unfair to Montpellier. There is also the French Cup, which has a most handsome trophy.

    • guest

      euro football has been perfected. it cannot be improved.

      • Bruce

        Love the irony, whether intentional or not.

  • Gary Diver

    Could someone please explain the specifics of what PSG did for I have never heard of anything like it before? Is the long and short of it that PSG beats Lyon to earn first place in Division 1 Féminine and then beats a third-rate team with an “illegal player” and immediately drops from first place to third place in the league?

    • guest

      as article above notes “PSG fielded a player not on the team sheet”
      e.g 18 players listed on game day roster, but PSG played someone not listed.

      back in 2012 Boston won match over WNY with M Henderson playing for Boston but her intl transfer papers had not been received, so WNY protested to league that Boston played game with unauthorized player and league made decision to give the win (and 3 points) to WNY

      net – rules is rules, usually better to know and play within agreed upon rules.

      imo, the French D1 Fem league seems to have gone out of its way (by subtracting an additional point) to punish PSG
      – perhaps the league wanted OL in first place since they now have Alex 😉

      • Gary Diver

        I am wondering if the problem was just uncompleted paperwork or an attempt to pull a “fast one”, i.e., to blatantly cheat.

        • Steglitz49

          Sloppy donkeys, I suspect. A bit like a golfer forgetting to check his clubs before teeing off and then finding that he has 1 too many in the bag (= 2 penalties — maybe even per club).

          Montpellier are no slouches.

      • Lorehead

        Huh; the Breakers blamed it on FIFA, for “the player’s rights having been inappropriately sent to a club in Russia without any authorization, documentation or other required forms.”

        • guest

          Was using the Breakers/MHenderson situation as example just to demonstrate that teams having points removed for unauthorized players was not unique to PSG situation. I did not try to provide the full background on MHenderson situation but as you note there were unusual complications that in the end took quite a while to resolve.

  • Steglitz49

    Donkeys!

  • Tom F

    please someone save Alex, their trying to turn her into a French girl all ready
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c53dab1df59871544f88b5b260f5a01c8b1951db388b512222737959abdab582.jpg

  • Steglitz49

    This will be the 18th comment. Conclusion? Readers of the EQ are not interested in WoSo. What hope is there for WoSo?

    • Gary Diver

      There does seem to be a downturn in interest in WoSo (at least on Equalizer) from one year ago. Imagine a parallel universe where USWNT won the QF shootout and ended up winning OG16 gold. Would Alex Morgan still be going to Lyon? Would so many people be down on Jill Ellis and USWNT? Would Hope Solo still be the starting USWNT GK? “For the lack of a nail, the shoe was lost . . .” Actually it is a good example of the “butterfly effect”: one event affects several other events, which of each affects several other events . . .

      P.S. Canada lost to the US in the Junior World Hockey Championship by a shootout. [Amazingly only 1 out of the 10 penalty shoots was successful!] And Canadians are furious that shootouts are used to end World Hockey Championship matches. Now IIHF will not change the rules because Canadians are upset with the outcome and are whining loudly. (We can assume Canadians would not be complaining at all if they had won the shootout.) Canadians are influenced by the NHL which has move away from shootouts. But the rest of the world sees things differently.

      Somebody astutely pointed out that shootouts replace game play with a skills competition. (Good point!! and maybe that is why FIFA considers tied matches after 120 minutes tied matches no matter who wins the shootout.) The problem with shootouts is that more often than not it is lost by the team who makes the most mistakes. That is a negative way of ending a matches. I would like to see a positive way to end matches.

      • AlexH

        It is the beginning of the 3 year nothing span. And of course I got a new job that does not allow me to goof off on the internet so my contribution has been greatly reduced and it is only natrual that, without my pearls of wisdom, lots of people just don’t bother to log in 🙂

        • Steglitz49

          Touché.

          I suspect that the QF bomb adds fuel to the 3 years of nothing. Also, just Alex and Crystal playing in Europe is not enough. Were Lawrence and Buchanan Americans it might be different.

          I wonder how many column inches Jessica Diggins winning a stage in the Tour de Ski with Sadie Bjornsen also on the podium generated, if any at all?

        • Gary Diver

          I would like to think 1 1/2 years of nothing. Sorry you won’t be able to be as generous with your “pearls of wisdom”. Unfortunately, there are a number of posters who made this site exciting with interesting and/or controversial comments who have stepped back. Maybe USWNT will lose two out three SBC matches and Ellis gets fired. We can only hope for something exciting to happen in 2017 beyond Alex Morgan missing 1/2 of NWSL season.

      • Steglitz49

        The US went through against Russia in their SF after winning a shoot-out. That shoot-out was a bit bizarre because even the officials seemed unsure about how many penalties were required.

        Finland almost got relegated! An odd feature of hockey is that neither Germany nor Norway have taken to it but the Danes of all people are starting to get good at it.

        The Junior Championship is marred by Canada and the US make it a requirement to take part that they must be in the same group so that they can’t meet again till the final.

        Both of the SF suffered from dubious sendings off that went against the non-north-American teams. Because I do not like Russia, I was not much bothered by it but it is odd nevertheless. My own reading of the matches was that both Russia and Sweden accumulated unnecessary sendings off, which they interpret that the refs were biased against them.

        Many if not most goals in soccer are scored from off an error, including refereeing errors. Very few are created. Sometimes goals are disallowed in error by the refs. Therefore, I suspect we may well see video review in soccer. Maybe WC-19 will be a test-bed for trying out video review?

        • Gary Diver

          Video review in soccer is worth a trial run. One question is what would it cover. I would like it to cover important unsure calls in the box. For example, Kadeisha Buchanan should have been sent off with a red card for taking down Eugénie Le Sommer. Video replay showed (1) Buchanan did not touch the ball at all and (2) Buchanan’s spikes were in the air.

          Regarding World Junior Hockey Championship: I agree many of the goals were connected with errors. Russia’s winning goal against Sweden in bronze medal game, Switzerland’s strange tying goal against US in QF.

          Am I wrong, but I though in the Olympics the coach can choose anybody to shoot PS after the first three rounds so T. J. Oshie made a name for himself against Russia in the 2014 games. Oshie converted a remarkable 4 out 6 attempts. (The 1 out of 10 successful shots in the World JHC was incredibly low success rate.)

          P.S. Conversion rates for soccer PKs is much higher than hockey PS for quality competition. (Conversion rates for soccer PKs is around 75%, for hockey PS is is closer to 33%.)
          http://sports.stackexchange.com/questions/2635/which-is-more-likely-to-result-in-a-goal-a-penalty-shot-or-a-power-play

          • Steglitz49

            One hockey shoot-out became a postage stamp.

            The German and Dutch leagues are meant to be testing video review but I do not know what they can review. Rugby introduced video review a long time ago. This is inevitable following the error in the men’s Champions League final and in the ladies QF in OG-16.

      • kevin

        i have been reading online the canadians are so pissed off about losing they want the toronto maple leafs to trade the american auston matthews back to an american nhl team. i just want to say the philly flyers will gladly help out the canadians and accept a trade. haha.

      • Constant Weeder

        Imagine a parallel universe where all comments on The Equalizer are on topic and thoughtful, and contribute to an interesting discussion. It can be discouraging when a comment thread is hijacked by a personal feud or taken over by an interminable and repetitive argument about the merits of a particular player. In any case, The Equalizer is not WoSo and the comments section is not The Equalizer.

      • Lorehead

        There was a major peak in interest in 2015, I think, fueled by the run-up to the World Cup and the imaginary soap opera we invented about Jill Ellis taking over as coach. Still, looking at the comment counts on this year’s stories, actual news about the USWNT (their last game of the year, their training camps, the PoY award) or its famous players gets 450 to 700 comments. USWNT match day threads, even for meaningless friendlies, often get a thousand comments. Really big games that would spawn thousands of comments get multiple posts to split them, and both the Olympics and the Flash’s playoff wins got that treatment.

        On the other hand, sad stories such as Lauren Holiday developing a brain tumor while she was pregnant only got a few dozen comments; it seems like our regulars all wanted to leave a quick note in support and then talk about anything else.

        People here are most interested in the USWNT and the Thorns, and (unlike every other site on the Internet) most interested in juicy gossip about celebrities. Right now, no American team has played in a while, arguments about the roster are less intense because we’ve got two years of meaningless games where the coach will be evaluating a lot of new players, and the only gossip is about which teammates might be dating, which for some reason I won’t pretend to understand but am very grateful for, we don’t make a big deal about.

        There have been two bombshell offseason moves, Morgan to Lyon and the Flash to North Carolina, and we are talking about those. Maybe people will have more to say when the NWSL starts playing again, although the Thorns have made no significant changes so far and there won’t be much to say about them if they’re the same team with the same coach but without international breaks to worry about and they still win most of their games just like last year. When Paul Riley was trying something crazy and it wasn’t working, but the team still had a chance, that was fun to talk about.

        • Steglitz49

          I daresay that Crystal going to Chelsea and Lawrence to PSG and Buchanan going somewhere may not be bombshells but jolly close.

          The real measure of the true WoSo interest is how few comments Blackstenius’s move the Montpellier generated, seeing that she scored against the US in Brasilia and against Germany in the final. Thus, she was not an unknown entity — or should not have been.

          I am sure we can each come up with our favorite example of how WoSo has stagnated in the US if not the rest of the world.

          • Lorehead

            There doesn’t seem to be as much interest in European clubs here, but maybe if more Americans play there, there will be more.

          • Steglitz49

            Americans are not interested in WoSo. Lawrence and Buchanan are Canadians.

            During the down year of 2012 and also 2013 a lot of Americans played abroad but I don’t remember people caring two figs for them.

          • Constant Weeder

            How many European games are available to watch in the US? I’ve become more interested in the W-League since ESPN has been streaming a few of their games. Maybe I’ve just been too lazy to find the European matches.

          • Steglitz49

            It depends. It varies from country to country but much of it is available on the web and live too. Hunt around on the web.

          • I agree, it’s hard to stay into the European leagues when it’s not easy to watch their games from the States.

          • Steglitz49

            Return to pre internet days and read the write-ups of the matches. It feels like the 1930s but pour yourself a stiff drink and light a cigar …

          • Lorehead

            I remember a lot of chatter about Christen Press’ golden boot in the Damallsvenskan.

          • Steglitz49

            2013. The Pressgang did for sure. At the time Tyresö had 5 Americans playing for them — Harris, Krieger, Kilngs, Engen and Press but Harris and Krieger had to be back Stateside for the start of the NWSL season so could not play in the final of the Champions League.

      • I consider this the off-season.

        At the same time that the NWSL is playing their Championship Game, College Football is starting. My focus shifts. Since I’m not watching soccer at that time, I’m not on EQ. Once the NWSL Draft rolls around I pop back up. For me, WoSo runs January-September or whenever NWSL news is hot and heavy.

        I don’t watch NCAA soccer, I don’t watch Euro soccer (though perhaps I would if it was more readily available), and my grand plans of keeping up with W-League this year didn’t pan out. I appreciate the coverage of W-league by EQ, but since I don’t watch the games I don’t really have much to offer in the comments section.

        So, perhaps WoSo love isn’t down, maybe other people are just in “off-season” mode, too.

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    • mockmook

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  • kernel_thai

    Morgan is in France for one day and she manages to vault Lyon back into first place.

    • Gary Diver

      I thought PSG vaulted down to third place.