Tuesday Roundup: Breakers sign Amanda Frisbie

Chelsey Bush January 10, 2017 11

 Also in this roundup, the Courage sign Rosana and two international rosters were released

Amanda Frisbie kisses the Icelandic Championship trophy after helping Stjarnan regain the title on September 30.

Amanda Frisbie kisses the Icelandic Championship trophy after helping Stjarnan regain the title on September 30.

Former Kansas City defender Amanda Frisbie signed with the Boston Breakers today. Frisbie was drafted out of the University of Portland by the Seattle Reign in 2014 but missed the season due to injury. She has since been an NWSL journeywoman, making four appearances with Western New York in 2015 before being traded to Kansas City, where she made three appearances. FCKC waived the centerback in July, and she headed overseas to Iceland, where she helped Stjarnan Women win the Úrvalsdeild championship, qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champion League.

{MORE: Confidence restored, Frisbie awaits next opportunity}

Boston has had the busiest offseason of any team thus far. Frisbie joins Megan Oyster and Allysha Chapman as the most recent additions to the Breakers’ backline. They have also signed Norwegian striker Emilie Haavi and New Zealand midfielder Rosie White, acquired midfielder Amanda DaCosta in a trade with Chicago, and hold a total of eight draft picks. In his second year at the helm, head coach Matt Beard wasted no time in overhauling the Breakers roster in an attempt to avoid a third consecutive last-place finish.


photo courtesy North Carolina Courage

photo courtesy North Carolina Courage

With their existence officially announced just yesterday, the North Carolina Courage wasted no time in making their first roster move by signing Brazilian midfielder Rosana. Her rights were acquired by the former Western New York Flash in a trade with the Houston Dash that sent a 2018 draft pick to the Texas club. Rosana signed with the Dash in 2014 but never played for the team.

Rosana brings a wealth of international experience with over a hundred caps in nearly two decades on the Brazilian women’s national team. A veteran of four World Cups and four Olympics, she won silver with Brazil at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Rosana also won the 2009 WPS championship with Sky Blue, scoring five goals for the club that year, and has spent time with Olympique Lyon and most recently, Paris Saint-Germain.


French Head Coach Olivier Echouafni announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against South Africa. Portland Thorns midfielder Amandine Henry, still recovering from groin surgery, was not included. Her last call-up with France took place in September for a UEFA Women’s Euro qualifying match against Albania.

The full France roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyon); Méline Gérard (Olympique Lyon); Laëtitia Philippe (Montpellier HSC)

Defenders: Laura Georges (PSG); Jessica Houara (Olympique Lyon); Sakina Karchaoui (Montpelier HSC); Griedge Mbock Bathy (Olympique Lyon); Eve Perisset (PSG); Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyon); Aissatou Tounkara (FCF Juvisy)

Midfielders: Camille Abily (Olympique Lyon); Élise Bussaglia (Vfl Wolfsburg); Anaïg Butel (FCF Juvisy); Onema Grace Geyoro (PSG); Claire Lavogez (Olympique Lyon); Amel Majri (Olympique Lyon); Gaëtane Thiney (FCF Juvisy); Sandie Toletti (Montepellier HSC)

Forwards: Delphine Cascarino (Olympique Lyon); Camille Catala (FCF Juvisy); Marie-Laure Delie (PSG); Kadidiatou Diani (FCF Juvisy); Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyon)

The previously named South African roster includes defender Janine Van Wyk who recently signed a contract with the Houston Dash for the 2017 NWSL season. Approaching 150 appearances, the Banyana Banyana captain is the most-capped South African soccer player of any gender. Texas A&M midfielder Stephanie Malherbe, part of the South African squad at the Rio Olympics, was not included on the roster.


Mandy van der Berg was one of 25 players named to the Netherlands roster for La Manga. (photo by Allison Lee

Mandy van der Berg was one of 25 players named to the Netherlands roster for La Manga. (photo by Allison Lee)

Interim Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman named the roster today for two friendlies at the end of the month against Romania and Russia. The roster contains many of the same names that appeared in a friendly against the USWNT in September which the US won 3-1, including goalscorer Shanice van de Sanden, captain Mandy van den Berg, and FC Rosengard standout Lieke Martens. The Netherlands has qualified for the 2017 Euros and will face Belgium, Denmark, and Norway in Group A.

The full Netherlands roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Angela Christ (PSV); Loes Geurts (PSG); Sari van Veenendaal (Arsenal)

Defenders: Mandy van den Berg (C, Reading FC); Merel van Dongen (Ajax); Kika van Es (Achilles ’29); Stefanie van der Gragt (Bayern Munich); Dominique Janssen (Arsenal); Desiree van Lunteren (Ajax); Siri Worm (FC Twente)

Midfielders: Anouk Dekker (Montpellier HSC); Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal); Sisca Folkertsma (PSV); Jackie Groenen (FFC Frankfurt); Vanity Lewerissa (PSV); Tessel Middag (Manchester City FC); Jill Roord (FC Twente); Sherida Spitse (FC Twente); Kelly Zeeman (Ajax)

Forwards: Lineth Beerensteyn (FC Twente); Renate Jansen (FC Twente); Jeslynn Kuipers (PSV); Lieke Martens (FC Rosengard); Vivianne Miedema (Bayern Munich); Shanice van de Sanden (Liverpool FC)

  • Breakers fan

    This signing made my day! 🙂 I have a feeling Ms. Engen will not be returning (that’s just a guess) so the team needs help to fill the centerback, especially with Kassey Kallman’s exit. Amanda I know can also play other positions more so than most backs so I hope they take advantage of that too, if it makes sense.

    • Steglitz49

      I love the size of the Cup in that photo. Almost as big as the players themselves. That is a trophy!

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  • Steglitz49

    Nothing unexpected in the French squad except some decidedly old names. Only one of their players plays outside France which is a striking contrast with the Dutch squad with 11 based abroad.

    • Tom F

      any info on the Dutch coach? The one that just got fired played the team too much from the back. It was so easy for opposing teams to play high pressure and get some dangerous turnovers. Part of their problem is that while the funky cold Miedema is a superb striker for Bayern Munich, she was rather underwhelming for the Dutch in both their German & USA games. Unlocking her potential might just be the key for the new NT coach

      • Steglitz49

        Holland lost their chance of playing in Rio because of an absolute howler in defense. They were on easy street beating Sweden by a goal by Miedema. The match ended 1-1 and Sweden went through.

        I don’t know why the Dutch FA won’t trust the NT to this lady. If the Scots have their Anna Signeul, why not this one?

  • Som Termanni

    Shiba Leaves Cup officially announced: http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/u-s-soccer-to-host-second-annual-shebelieves-cup-featuring-usa-england-france-and-germany/n-5227468

    Two games to air on FS1 (US v. Germany, US v. France) and one on FOX proper (US v. England).

    Mar. 1: England vs. France, Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa., 4 p.m. ET – no US TV deal

    Mar. 1: USA vs. Germany, Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa., 7 p.m. ET – FS1

    Mar. 4: France vs. Germany, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J., 2:15 p.m. ET – no US TV deal

    Mar. 4: USA vs. England, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J., 5 p.m. ET, – FOX

    Mar. 7: Germany vs. England, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., 4 p.m. ET – no US TV deal

    Mar. 7: USA vs. France, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., 7 p.m. ET – FS1

    • Steglitz49

      Firstly, why do fans of WoSo always try to find a denigrating angle? Why not just call it the SBC? After all, it is the FA Cup so you could stretch to the SB Cup.

      Secondly, the networks know their business. No TV-deals for the matches with foreign NTs alone, not even England vs Germany.

      The conclusion is obvious.

  • xanthophobe

    Happy for Frisbie–she was sucha promising prospect and she got derailed by injuries. Her time in KC wasn’t *great* but it seems like playing in Iceland may have helped.