Monday Roundup: Savannah Jordan signs with Glasgow City FC

The Equalizer Staff January 23, 2017 167

ALSO IN THIS ROUNDUP, RAMPONE APPEARS TO BE STAYING WITH SKY BLUE FC FOR 2017, 23-PLAYER MEXICAN NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER ANNOUNCED, AFC ASIAN CUP QUALIFYING DRAW IS SET, AND KENDALL FLETCHER TO JOIN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY SQUAD

Savannah Jordan, the second all-time leading goalscorer from University of Florida, signs with Glasgow City FC for 2017 (Copyright: Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Savannah Jordan, the second all-time leading goalscorer from the University of Florida, signs with Glasgow City FC for 2017 (Copyright: Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Glasgow City FC announced its signing of American forward Savannah Jordan this past weekend. The Portland Thorns drafted Jordan with the No.18 overall pick at the 2017 NWSL College Draft two weeks ago, however, they were aware that she would be playing in Europe for the season.

The 21 year-old striker finished off her college career at the University of Florida this past fall after earning four NSCAA All-American honors — the only player in school history to be able to do that. With 81 goals and 27 assists over four years, she became the school’s second highest career goal-scorer, that is, second only to U.S. legend Abby Wambach.

{NWSL MOVES: Pride acquire Chioma Ubogagu for 3rd round pick | Spirit trade Diana Matheson to Seattle Reign FC}

In addition to her success at the collegiate level, Jordan has 23 caps with U.S. youth national teams, most recently with the U.S. U-23 women’s national team at the Nordic Cup this past June. She, however, was not included in the most recent U-23 camp earlier this month in California.

Tweet all but confirms Rampone’s playing future with Sky Blue FC

Today, Sky Blue FC tweeted what appeared to be a hint at confirming that defender Christie Rampone will continue playing with the club for the upcoming NWSL season. Despite the lack of official confirmation, it appears that Christie Rampone’s playing future will continue with her NJ club for 2017.

The 41-year old is a two-time World Cup Champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist who remains the second-most capped U.S. player in history with 311 appearances. Rampone did not make the Rio 2016 Olympic squad after withdrawing from U.S. women’s national team camp before it started in May ahead of the Olympic games. Her last appearance with the U.S. women’s national team dates back to September 2015.

Christie Rampone being honored for her 300th cap during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 2014. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Christie Rampone being honored for her 300th cap during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 2014. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

The New Jersey native’s 2017 NWSL season will be her fifth consecutive season at Yurchak.

23-player squad announced for upcoming Mexican national team friendly

The Mexican Football Federation announced its 23-player roster today for the women’s national soccer team’s first training camp of the new year. The camp will be in preparation for the team’s friendly against Canada scheduled for February 4 in Vancouver. The roster includes some veterans in Monica Ocampo and Teresa Noyola, but also some new faces as well. Seven invitees most recently played for Mexico in the 2016 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Papa New Guinea where Mexico was knocked out by the United States are dropping the quarterfinal match 2-1.

Even with a roster announcement, it still appears that the team lacks a head coach. Leonardo Cuellar stepped down as the Mexican manager in April 2016 and there has been no official permanent boss named since then.

Mexico calls in 23-players ahead of February friendly against Canada in Vancouver (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley)

Mexico calls in 23-players ahead of February friendly against Canada in Vancouver (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley)

Goalkeepers: Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash), Cecilia Santiago (Þór Akureyri)

Defenders: Janelly Farias, Annia Mejia (University of Cal-Berkeley), Christina Murillo (Motor City FC), Rebeca Bernal, Vanessa Flores (West Virginia University), Monica Flores (Notre Dame), Clarissa Robles, Paulina Solis, Jacqueline Rodriguez

Midfielders: Karla Nieto (Leonas Morelos), Natalia Gomez-Junco (Þór Akureyri), Nancy Antonio, Eva Gonzalez (Seton Hall University), Stephany Mayor (Þór Akureyri) Maria Sanchez, Teresa Noyola (FC Kibi International University Charme)

Forwards: Monica Ocampo (Leonas Morelos), Kiana Palacios (University of California- Irvine), Katie Johnson (Seattle Reign), Tanya Samarzich (University of Kentucky), Ariana Calderon

Mexico missed out on last summer’s 2016 Rio Olympic games after failing to qualify during the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament where they lost to Costa Rica in the quarterfinal round. They were, however, at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The team failed to advance past group play after earning only one point in Group D.

AFC Asian Cup Qualifying draw announced

The AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers draw was announced today. The group winners will advance to the 2018 AFC Women’s Cup in Jordan set to take place in May. Japan, Australia, and China automatically qualified along with hosts Jordan. From there, the top five teams qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

GROUP A: Jordan**, Philippines, Bahrain, Iraq, UAE, Tajikistan

GROUP B: Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, India, DPR Korea

GROUP C: Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Lebanon, Palestine, Guam

GROUP D: Vietnam, Myanmar, Iran, Syria, Singapore

With the above draw, it is impossible for both Korea Republic and DPR Korea, two of the stronger teams in the qualifying tournament, to make it to the Asian Games and furthermore the 2019 World Cup.

**-Jordan requested to play in the qualifying tournament even though they qualify automatically as hosts. If they win Group A the runner-up will qualify for the Asian Cup.

Kendall Fletcher to play with Sydney University after W-League season

Over the weekend, Heather Garriock, head coach of Sydney University, announced that defender Kendall Fletcher will be playing with them this NSW NPL season. Fletcher currently plays for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-League where she was on loan from Seattle Reign FC. This announcement of her inclusion on Garriock’s club comes on the heels of Fletcher’s announcement last week that  she will be leaving Seattle Reign FC and beginning a ministry program at Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia.

 

  • Som Termanni

    If Jordan autoqualified as hosts, why are they in group? What am I missing?

    • mockmook

      Perhaps they do it this way to give Jordan some “practice” games

    • wosofan

      To get practice in meaningful matches but it screws one of the Korean teams which sucks.

    • Dan Lauletta

      They requested to play anyway. Story has been updated to reflect this

    • Geo-fraud

      Everyone knows that Jordan is part of Asia, but Israel is part of Europe. Not.

      • Paul Klee

        Because Europe is deemed less anti-Semitic than many Asian teams. Kind of like last year in Europa and Champions leagues Russian and Ukrainian club squads were not placed in the same groups or drawn against each other in knockout stages.

      • mockmook

        How are you people so confused? Jordan is American…

  • Som Termanni
    • Som Termanni

      The always confusingly named women’s side for BSC Young Boys, specificially.

      • Steglitz49

        Indeed. The history of soccer in Switzerland is fascinating with both men’s and ladies’ clubs being quite old. The BSC YB Ladies were started in 1970 as the ladies side of FC Bern but got taken over by the Young Boys about 10 years ago.

        The men’s sides of Young Boys and FC Bern were started in 1898 and 1894, respectively. I don’t know if FC Bern has any ladies team these days.

  • Bruce

    Rumor for some time has been that Roberto Medina will be named as head coach of the MWNT. There’s enough players on this roster from his U20 WC squad to make one think he had a good deal of influence on this roster.

  • Movement

    Good to see Rampone is still striving to make the 2019 World Cup rooster.
    That would be quite the story. She’d be like 45 by then.

    Maybe USA can put in a bid to host the WWC in 2023.
    That would be even more motivation for Rampone to keep on playing.

    Having Sanchez around age 19 (two years from now), and Rampone at almost 45 (two years from now), would be quite the “age range” difference on the roster. Should Sanchez refer to Rampone as her “God-Grandma” ???

    Rampone certainly qualifies as the hardest working player in USWNT history.
    She should get a special award when she finally does retire (whenever that is).

    • By the Shore

      I am surprised to read this, I was sure she would not play. Playing soccer is more fun than running two Jersey Mike’s franchises, but maybe soccer will be the part time job as she supposedly practice only limitedly weekly with SB last year.

    • mockmook

      “2019 World Cup rooster”

      They plan on using her as the team alarm clock? 🙂

    • sam

      I truly hope you are being sarcastic. The woman needs to have her contract terminated yesterday.

  • MrTemecula

    It must have been the haggis that swayed Jordan to join Glasgow.

    • Som Termanni

      If it was about haggis, she should’ve signed with Aberdeen then. Way better haggis closer to the highlands. And who could pass up a chance to play in Pittodrie, the Sht Hole?

  • guest

    christen press is an amazing player

    • mockmook

      i know some dilettantes will accuse me of exaggeration, but i’d say christen press is a better player than messi or pele

      • Christiano

        Technically they are on the same level. In terms of pace Press might have slight advantages though.

        • mockmook

          so true

    • HOFCToDi

      Your stupidity is unrivaled.

    • Reality

      Trolling for trolls.

    • Guest

      I don’t think this has ever been discussed on this site before. A great topic for discussion.

    • new reader

      My god, I was just going through some old EQ posts around the WC and NYRick was intolerable. So melodramatic and obsessed with this woman. Repeating the same damn things over and over again… he was a worse comment section polluter than S49.

      • Steglitz49

        NYRick is the founder of the Pressgang. He started his mantra in 2013 if not already in 2012.

        To be fair to NYRick, he does not block other commentators that disagree with him, as several commentators on the EQ do.

  • Gary Diver

    It is interesting that the article heading is about Savannah Jordan and nobody has anything to say about Savannah Jordan. Somebody must know something that they can share. Has she left college like the Canadian twins to seek fame and fortune? If so, Glasgow seems a very odd place to go. She didn’t go for the weather and/or food.

    • atalba

      Glasgow also signed former Gator Lauren Silver.

      • Steglitz49

        She is a defender. What is her connection to Glasgow?

    • guest

      Savannah Jordan graduated from University of Florida this past (2016) December and was public about wanting to play (at least initially) in Europe. By drafting Jordan Portland now owns NWSL rights to sign her up thru start of 2018 NWSL season. Jordan gets to play football in Europe and (since Scottish league and most others in Europe take a break in summer for UEFA women’s Euro) also have some time to travel within Europe during break for Euro’s before she needs to make any decision regards NWSL/Portland etc.

      • Gary Diver

        Thanks for the information. I am glad Jordan has graduated from college. Has she made any comments about wanting to play for USWNT or play in WC19?

        • guest

          Ellis doesn’t seem to rate her. I don’t want to be a rumor monger but there is some stuff floating around that there might be some kind of personality conflict.

          • guest

            I dont really think the forward pool is as deep as people say it is right now. Dunn and Ohai aren’t really forwards. So you are basically left with Alex and Christen. Wouldn’t mind seeing a young forward with good aerial game.

          • guest

            don’t forget Lloyd. So you have over the hill Lloyd, not-what-she-used-to-be Alex, and the always potential-filled but perhaps unreliable Press. All 30+ years old going into next big tournaments. Jordan or some other young forward does seem like a glaring omission to me in January camp.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex Morgan will be 29 during WC-19.

          • Gary Diver

            The Mysterious Ways of Jill Ellis

            Jill Ellis seems to “like” certain players and “dislike” certain players. To me it is unprofessional to allow your personal feelings to cloud personnel decisions.

            It is also strange that Ellis seems to prefer players who she is playing out of their natural positions over players playing in their natural positions.

          • #1Fan

            how is this mysterious ? Its at the root of ALL man/woman sports management. You can define “like” however you want. As to your second comment. Ellis is the coach and as such is entitled to her personnel evaluations. They are the defending WC champions on her watch. In the current world of WoSo the “penalty” to a US coach perhaps not getting personnel 100 pct correct is what? A no loss season and a KO from the Olympics on PKs? That includes the Rapinoe call right? You are going to look very stupid suggesting that she has got it materially wrong so far. Now we can debate certain decisions all day (and we do :)) but it does come down to preference. My beef with the current USSF hierarchy is that in the last 5 years our play style has not evolved much. Other countries have started to “figure us out” and I do think we could have been a lot more pro-active in our Youth development. The out of position thing suggests a much smaller number of high quality players across all positions than a country of this size should have. Or perhaps a belief that all around players can play anywhere and are more in keeping with a total soccer style than specialists who may be a bit less “technical” or a bit limited in the role they can play. I think that the Youth development has been ignored for a long time just assuming that all these great players were going to burst on the scene and its only now we are realizing that Club soccer prepares kids for College soccer. and as the world develops, that does not necessarily meant they are developing for International soccer.

            its a very complex issue that has many many contributing factors.

          • Gary Diver

            Good soccer food for thought.

            Yes, Ellis’ troops are the current WC champions, but we will see where this goes in the next two years starting with the SBC. Last year I heard a WoSo podcast where the panelists feared USWNT could lose all 3 SBC matches. They did win all 3 matches, but their play was not overwhelming. If they go into this year’s SBC with no warm-up matches, it is taking a big risk. And so far there are no other USWNT matches scheduled for 2017.

            In terms of Ellis’ decisions, no international coach has as many resources to work with as she does and with such an advantage it is hard to understand why her team just scrapes by. Yes, Ellis’ troops are the current WC champions, but how many of the WC15 matches did USWNT look like world champions? (The final really doesn’t count because for some reason the Japanese were not playing quality soccer for the first 20 minutes and the match was not a competitive match.)

            It is strange that nobody really seems to know what Ellis is trying to accomplish, it is just “trust her since is the coach of the world champion and must know what she is doing”. It is a mystery to me what she is doing.

          • #1Fan

            To be balanced, its a results driven business. She has delivered results. As soon as you start to question “style of play” you are in a realm that to date has not really been up for inclusion. I have constantly questioned the SoP becasue I believe that the world leader in a sport should aspire to set an example but I am in the minority Im sure. The ONLY reason SoP is on the table is becasue of the Olympics. I dont really trust Ellis, but I do wonder if that is fair. I think she has had limited time to make real changes. She inherited the WC team and won. She inherited a CBA that minimizes change. The League was nascent. etc etc. I think she is NOW on the clock. If I were in her shoes I would almost certainly fire Heinrichs and some of the other YNT coaches. However , the GDA has been rolled out and I wonder if it could withstand the disruption?

          • atalba

            Very limited view of the style of play that doesn’t go very far with many people. Jill Ellis would not say she is continuing in the mode of her predecessors, and I don’t either. Just because they’re not going in the direction of nonathletic, slow speed of play, tiki-taka, doesn’t mean it is not evolving and developing more American personality. Again your opinion is very limited and not in step with coaches that have much more experience than you.

            The three-back system is a style choice that supports JE’s mission. Whether it works or not is another story. Add a possession style game, which many top colleges run, along with the best athletes in the world; add fast speed of play; and technical ability; and you have the American WOMEN’S game.

            You keep thinking you’re right and set on stating the style hasn’t changed; but it is changing; and for the better.

          • rkmid71

            I”m in favor of fast speed of play. Play quick, but don’t hurry. Speed of play is much about technical skill and soccer iq as it is fast or athletic players. Can we agree that the ball moves faster than anyone can run, with or without the ball? When I think of Barcelona, I think it’s more about patience in possession which can be perceived as slow or deliberate, but they move the ball very quickly and the parts of the machine are moving at a very fast speed, I”m in favor of the US playing a high pressing, aggressive style but also being able to show patience in possession. What style is that called? Athletic/fast players without technical skill are slow players. Unathletic/slow players with technical skill are also slow players. I want the optimum balance of technical and athletic and smart. Is that too much to expect?

          • DNG

            I honestly don’t have an issue with the US pressing to create chances in the way Liverpool does with Klopp. There needs to be a technical standard for all players of course so athletes don’t run into a wall when confronted with a good defense but I think that style of play might better reflect the USWNT’s players and preferred style. However, if that is the style of play that US soccer choses to go, They need to select the right players to make it work and the same applies if they chose a slower build up approach.

          • rkmid71

            As a coach, and maybe it’s not practical, but I would try to find the right mix of players for a team capable of playing whichever way the situation demands. For example, in OG I think tactically Sweden essentially decided to force us to play the patient buildup to see if we could do it, see if JE would put the optimum personnel on the field to do it — Dunn only entered the game late while 2/3 the game the US was banging their head against the wall. In the 2015 WC, I recall the Swedes intentionally decided to defend in a way that the ball was where they viewed it was the least threat and they would get it back sooner rather than later (Krieger). Those Swedes are a pain in the neck. Since I’m a Cruyff disciple, I’ll add this: “there’s only one ball, so you need to have it.”

          • #1Fan

            as a coach, would you accept that you have more flexibility with respect to the style you choose to exploit your opponent with IF you have technically and tactically capable players ?

          • rkmid71

            YES!!!!!! Thank you. Applying ball skills and soccer iq and athletic capabilities to solve problems as they present themselves.If the problems aren’t being solved consistently, they are lacking in one of those three. That’s why I would value those two aspects on par with the athletic. The players need to be “sufficiently athletic” though. Acceleration is a good thing. I would want at least a few players on the team that are also like battering rams (like Wambach in her prime or Leroux) — maybe more athletic than technical or smart and preferably in the forward position. However, I don’t want those players in defense or mid and don’t want them dictating a preferred style of play.

          • #1Fan

            that is my only point. I feel that the play style has not changed much becasue we are not generating enough players who are equipped to solve problems.

            Is a back 3 Ellis preferred formation or is it a response to limitations?

          • rkmid71

            Either not generating or not selecting players with the optimum balance between all three aspects: ball skills, soccer iq/awareness and acceleration/athleticism. I believe the players exist.

          • #1Fan

            Maybe you are right. if you look at the youth teams and you are right, then i wonder why they seem to select such a small percentage of them ? The product on the field just falls apart as soon as they face a remotely competent opponent

          • rkmid71

            Couple of things. 1. I think better coaching would get A LOT more out of whatever players they select no matter how flawed the selection system or how dumb the choices; 2. they need to seek out much tougher competition in “friendlies” to flush out who can really play — play boys teams, older teams, etc. etc; It needs to be really hard. Not even the USWNT does this. Why don’t they play NWSL all stars (ex. WNT players) and so on Put some pressure on them to prove they are the best. 3. they need to ruthlessly cut players that aren’t getting it done and let them go back to their club and get better while they evaluate others — how is it possible for some of these players to be in every camp since U14 in the face of such repeated failure of the YNTs?; 4. we don’t have a good scouting / id system. It’s too incestuous and not flexible enough to keep refreshing the pool based on how and when players develop. The “best” at U14 often aren’t the best at U18. Recognize players physically mature at different ages so constantly be scouting/talking to club coaches/etc.

            Plus soccer iq/awareness and all those intangibles are harder to identify and appreciate and you would need to see the player many times over a longer period to understand how that player is impacting a team, etc. And remember the Belgium 6: winner’s mentality, emotional stability, personality, explosiveness, insight in the game, ball and body control.

          • Steglitz49

            Some would say that the USWNT lacked ALL of those B6 in Brasilia. Not just some but all.

          • #1Fan

            Great post.

          • Steglitz49

            The US had the ball about 2/3 of the time if not more in Brasilia.

          • Steglitz49

            When I think of Barcelona I think of the Golden Generation of the Nadeshiko.

          • #1Fan

            You do realize that her responsibility is more than just the WNT right? I also assume you can read .

            I think she is NOW on the clock.

            It is NOW fair to judge her going forward.

            You have no idea who I am or am not, but I do find it comical that you assume that someone stating a position on something assumes anything other than they are correct. The more troubling part is the assumption that they dont understand or accept that they may well be wrong and that there are several opinions out there. Going back to the comprehension part, I dont think the style to day has changed much and I gave you my reasons as to why.. Your statement is not inconsistent with mine. If you think the style has changed, then show me examples of it. Telling me that its going to change or is changing does not refute my observation at all.

            You tell me how its not in step with other coaches, but how would you know that.? there are several opinions on the subject.

            Lastly , I find it interesting that it is me you choose to focus on when others are far more critical of Ellis and her issues. I guess you have an agenda based on something a bit more personal.

          • Steglitz49

            She was not just lucky in WC-15 but the US had a lot of help from FIFA. They won’t get that in 2019. (It does not mean that France will get as easy a ride as the US did in WC-15.)

            OG-16 was an embarrassment for the USWNT. JE made some strange choices.

          • Steglitz49

            The USWNT ha no tournament this year or next. People who follow the WNT as an extension of nationalism won’t care.

            2017 & 18 are about surviving in the US. If 2019 is not a win, a massive ? will hang over pro-WoSo in the US.

          • Cumann Peile

            The SBC will not tell you anything

            A well prepared home team against exhausted, jet-lagged and careful away teams

          • #1Fan

            it will , as any game does, but I dont see it as any more than a series of Friendlies. Different coaches/teams will be at varying degrees of preparation. Usually, the USA takes it a lot more seriously than others.

          • Breakers fan

            Way to set it up absolutely optimally for future potential ultra-extreme US bashing and a closed and locked door on any possible praise for the USWNT. Glad we got that out of the way. Full steam ahead now!

          • #1Fan

            Not sure I agree on the resource part. There are other countries with very well funded operations . They are also based on kids who have grown up in pro systems NOT college. I dont think that adavantage is a big as you think anymore.

          • Steglitz49

            The college route means that the young ladies will get an education on the way and most will need another occupation to feed themselves.

            In Europe the federations encourage the ladies to develop other careers. In the US they get that start from college.

          • Steglitz49

            I put it to you that as other countries with reasonable populations, that is not the 10m of Sweden or 5m of Norway or 330k of Iceland, put money into their WoSo, the game levels out at the top.

            If you look at the men’s WC, from 1990 the winners have been: Ger, Bra, Fra, Bra, Ita, Spa, Ger, while for the ladies WC from 1991: Usa, Nor, Usa, Ger, Ger, Jap, Usa.

            As for the club game, it seems that the trophies on offer in Europe exert a mighty fine pull, not just on Japanese and South-Korean players.

          • Gary Diver

            You know what would definitely wake people up here and cause a major USWNT shake-up? John Herdman winning WC19. Too many people assume that the future has to look like the past.

          • Steglitz49

            The impact would be even bigger if Mexico’s lasses won it.

          • rkmid71

            For the avoidance of doubt, we should be expecting the play style to resemble Total Soccer at U17, U20 and USWNT? And if the play style hasn’t evolved much in 5 yrs, what do we make of coaching and personnel selections? DiCicco realized in 2008 that WoSo in the US had issues and wrote a long report about it. Why are we only now realizing there are issues? .

          • #1Fan

            Are you agreeing, disagreeing or just commenting ? 🙂

          • rkmid71

            I think a bit of all three. It’s not even clear to me that JE has even be free to select who she wants. Though USWNT won 2015WC, before that there was a 16 year drought. They almost didn’t qualify in 2011. The 2016 OG, under JE’s watch, was the worst result in USWNT history in a major tournament. They may not have technically lost, but it sure felt like they did. Getting outplayed and outshot by double vs. France, Colombia tie, Sweden tie and loss in Pks. It certainly didn’t feel like they played well and were unlucky. And the U17s and U20s have not only not gotten results, they’ve been significantly outplayed in the process for multiple cycles. How does one explain the huge disparity in possession, shots, etc. in many games? All under JE and AH watch as Head of Technical and Development. I’m not really in the mood to give them much benefit of the doubt about player evaluation or anything else. They’ve been at it since at least 2011.

          • #1Fan

            my question to you would be who do you think is watching closely enough to evaluate them properly?

          • rkmid71

            No one initially. But after the CBA lawsuits, EEOC, lack of discipline in the ranks (Solo, Rapinoe), the player TV appearances in which misinformation was spread, the OG performance, drop in attendance at games, the U17/U20 performances, etc I do think Flynn and Gulati (and hopefully the USSF Board) are watching more closely. How they can entrust this crew to undertake the new GDA is beyond me.

          • #1Fan

            Im surprised there are not more folks on here calling you clueless. I think you are spot on about the GDA but Im not sure that anyone is paying attention yet. Maybe Trish Taliaferro was the scapegoat and we just did no know it at the time

          • Steglitz49

            Scotland imported the Swede Anna Signeul. She is taking charge of Finland after Euro-17. Norway has just hired the coach of Linköping.

            When the US had their meltdown in 2007, the leadership brought in a strong Swedish lady who sorted out the mess.

            Maybe the USSF should bite the bullet and look for a new head coach. The obvious possibilities have just been spoken for but there must be others.

          • mockmook

            White space — paragraph breaks — take a breath…

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear!

            Focus.

          • DNG

            I’m curious. Obviously you can’t really directly compare women’s and men’s teams but would you consider it progress if the USWNT pressed in a manner similar to Liverpool as their primary avenue for creating chances. Not saying the personnel still doesn’t need to know how to break teams down but Liverpool have been very effective this year. I think you can argue that the full team at least has implemented some pressing with the purpose of creating chances.

          • #1Fan

            I dont really understand the question. I said

            that in the last 5 years our play style has not evolved much

            I dont think it has. I think the style you play is a function of the players at your disposal and i dont think we have been preparing our kids to be flexible. The goal for the vast majority is College soccer. and we do a great job of that. Clearly someone at the USSF agrees that it may be true becasue they are spending a lot of time and money on a GDA.

            As I said below in my reply to atalba, when i say playstyle I am referring to everything form youth to Full team. That si what they are responsible for. the way we play has not changed much across all those teams. and I think its becasue we tend to produce similar types of players

            im not really talking about tactical shifts, Im talking more about the overall tactical,and technical competence of the players. the way they receive the ball. the way they play with and without it. We talk about a player like Sullivan as a phenom and yet, to my eyes, she just does what I consider to be basic things, very well.

          • DNG

            Okay I think I understand where you’re coming from with regards to development. I guess my question there is, Is technical development the responsibility of the youth clubs or US Soccer. US Soccer seems to be taking the initiative with the DAs but it seems like it will be difficult for that program to reach every potentially great player in the country. Until there is motivation for the ECNL clubs and similar youth clubs to teach good technique and tactical acuity because more colleges require it, I wonder how much will really change. US Soccer could of course be a lot more focused and consistent in the type of players they select but that’s not a quick fix. It may lead to poor results for a time and the people in charged need to be okay with that.

          • #1Fan

            Thats the crux of all of this. The Clubs are not incentivized to produce anything but players that can play in College. Unlike the boys DA , I would guess that the percentage of girls who want to be pros is very small so whose job is it to produce top flight players and who is responsible for paying for it? Right now its the parents. They spend more money on travel to and from showcases that they do on the actual training. If Clubs cared about producing players they would travel less and practice more. The driver is creating a perception (mostly for average players) that they have chance to be “seen” by Anson Dorrance or some other big name coach at a good school. Club soccer has become a one stop shop for recruiting. Very few Clubs are saying we are going to focus on maximizing the potential of every kid we accept and the recruiting will take care of itself. Instead they are poaching kids, having more kids enrolled than they can really help, taking the money and playing 70 pct of the roster 90 pct of the time to in more games. DAs revolve around professional teams. They are the only ones with the real incentive to develop AND they will cut kids who do not want to commit to doing it. A GDA is flawed. Once again the “pro” team here is the WNT and so that single entity is now trying to drive development. Its honorable I guess, but its flawed. Private entities have to drive it . The “pro” team for girls is College and for now it ends there. There is no quick fix. Yes, more Colleges could demand it, but why? You are already seeing the poor results just look at the YNT performances.

          • Steglitz49

            The natural route for WoSo should be college, at least until such a time that a lady can earn enough from playing WoSo to house and feed herself and put money aside to buy a property and retire.

            Until WoSo becomes a decently paying environment, ladies must have a second career on tap. The ACL-tear is lurking around the next corner to ruin a career.

            Thus, if the name of the game is for a young lady to invest in her soccer, her aim must also be to find the college that suits her.

          • Breakers fan

            But in the “mysterious” category, despite playing different positions wouldn’t you put inviting Brianna Pinto into a U23 camp over Savannah Jordan, a good candidate for that adjective? I would. Do you think any part of Jordan’s most recent snub(s) had to do with her prior declining of the call-up and also her decision to not play in the NWSL this coming year? In other words – is she being punished for being *a bad girl*? (Read: Not going by the standard book of behavior and compliance)

          • #1Fan

            I have no idea. I discussed a similar topic with mookmock in another thread. I cannot fault a coach for valuing loyalty and/or sacrifice. I dont see that as punishing a kid who chose a different path,. Some may see ti that way.

            I dont think you can compare the 2 players. There are a few players whose lack of a call up or consistent opportunity surprises me, but I dont pick the team 🙂 I will add some intrigue to your theory though and say is it any stranger than a top Collegiate goal scorer not having a more glamorous suitor than Glasgow City? has she been bad mouthed or labelled a problem ? Who knows, but all Im saying is that that you can build any “reality” you want in the absence of facts 🙂

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Glasgow are basically a Scottish Lyon: the big dog in a very unbalanced league. They seem to have some money to spend. If Jordan’s thinking of playing for the Thorns next season, it makes sense for her to squirrel away some money, since she’s unlikely to be an NT allocated player and the league non-allocated max (which she may or may not get) is pretty low.

          • #1Fan

            but is it not a bit shocking that was the only option. Or do you think there were others that were less lucrative?

          • Steglitz49

            A simple explanation could be that she turned down offers because she thought one of the big clubs would deliver the money. When they didn’t, the others had already signed their players so Glasgow was the best of the rest.

            The simplest explanation is that there is a private reason for preferring Glasgow.

          • Steglitz49

            Glasgow City can’t pay her that much. Avaldsnes would probably have sprung for more.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe she wanted to play in Glasgow for personal reasons? Maybe she has misjudged the offers of other clubs. Avaldsnes has been good to Americans before.

          • Breakers fan

            My comparison of Pinto and Jordan was based on this: They could have gotten by at the outset of that camp with 1 more striker or 1 less midfielder and no one would have blinked so to me it was in some ways a choice between the 2. Nothing against Pinto. I’ve defended her here as you know. I could pick other players too, but I thought the Pinto one would resonate with you based on your earlier adamant objections to her inclusion.

            About Jordan …I would be shocked, stunned if she were considered a problem as a teammate. That’s from hearing interviews with her, seeing how she was loyal to her Florida team, seeing her Florida teammates respond to her in games. She just strikes me as a great person and an utterly devoted and good teammate. Yes that’s speculation but it is based on some solid amount of observation. And the only facts I know about her are about 70-75 goals for Florida and I think success with the YNTs when she’s been on them. Those are facts that Ellis and co. discounted. Minimized, maybe even scoffed at. We don’t know until we’re told. It sucks we can’t just hear about this stuff.

            As far as where she went overseas, sans facts, it could be that the top teams just didn’t have room at forward at this point or that she had other offers but chose to play in an English-speaking country and Scotland appealed to her for various reasons, some maybe not soccer-related. Would be nice if we could just hear the story. Hopefully it’ll be reported somewhere.

            Would you say that at present your theory about why Jordan wasn’t chosen for the most recent camp is because they, the USSF coaching staff, including Jill, truly believe that all those U23 forwards they did choose for the camp are better at this point in time than her? If so, I guess I’ll just say “I disagree with them.”

          • #1Fan

            I think Jordan is a player that any NT would invest a decent amount of time in to see what they REALLY had.

            My objection to Pinto was based on one thing only. Team and player management. Its too soon after the YNT failures to reward any of them. Sends the wrong message. if you recall I objected to the U23 camp and I just scoffed at the Full one. Not becasue she may not be great, its just not the right time and there are so many alternatives. it begs the question “why now” we can speculate , but its either a tribute to the work the YNT coaches did ( which would be amazing) or a precursor to making changes ( you had top players as evidenced by my camp call ups and failed)

            Again on Jordan , do you think any of the forwards outside of established regulars are better? Do you think Pugh or Sanchez is better ? Who knows, but Im shocked that the USSF either think they all are OR has some reason for not trying to find out. On Glasgow, big picture what you say is fine, but if Im trying to prove the doubters wrong that is the last place i go. It seems to re-inforce the small pond big fish mentality. I wish she wen to the FAWSL and banged in goals for fun .

          • Breakers fan

            I wasn’t questioning your views of Pinto. We’ve been through that several times and I agree with a lot of your points. I just thought you’d agree that picking Pinto over Jordan for a U23 camp is a bit on the “mysterious” side. It certainly is to me (and that’s just due to Pinto’s age).

            Your first sentence is a beauty. My feelings *exactly*. And I agree with the start of your 3rd paragraph……though ya gotta think they see Jordan as a #9 and Pugh and Sanchez as other things, at other positions, at this time. Not that they couldn’t be good there as well. But comparing them – yes, I question very much whether they’re better than Jordan if that’s the question I’m being asked.

            About where Jordan is going to play…I’m not going to draw any conclusions, not going to judge it in any way. She’ll eventually be back here (I think) and we’ll see how she does against the competition then. For me, I just hope she’s happy and has a great experience over there. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m happy she’s going where she wants to go. End of story; it’s her life.

          • #1Fan

            we agree on all of it, except I just dont see pinto and Jordan as either or. she could have had both. We should confine it to Jordan and leave it there. things is, development is big and she is not going to get the same level at Glasgow as she would at Lyon or PSG or Arsenal or Man City or Chelsea. I guess my point is I see her at that level and I am very surprised that others perhaps dont. or assumed she was going else where. Would you rather HAO or Jordan at Arsenal? Morgan or Jordan ? purely on soccer ? Jordan could be the future and how cool would it be to get in on the ground floor? I honestly think if the bigger Clubs passed, then they made a mistake.

            I think she is really good and I have HUGE respect for a player who is the focus of EVERY team she faces and still goes out and gets it done. that is a lot more than I can say for many of the drafted College players this year who are on loaded programs with many other threats.

            She is a winner an i am rooting for her more than any player in a long time

          • Breakers fan

            Very cool. Love that post and how you described her game and the situation she finds herself in continuously and how she responds to it. I’m with you about her, as you could probably already tell.

            In a purely ideal soccer sense — Glasgow vs FAWSL or France – sure, but as you said, maybe they passed on her and if they did we think they made a mistake. I think soccer in Scotland is probably better than we imagine and I also think that it’s good enough there for her development to continue in a good enough way.

          • Steglitz49

            As I typed elsewhere, the evidence points to the big European clubs not being interested in basing their future on American players. They learnt their lesson from Amanda Brooks, Pinoe and Heath. Canadian players are different.

            Hence the signings you have seen.

          • Steglitz49

            Arsenal preferred HAO and Lyon Morgan and Montpellier, as some were touting, signed Blackstenius.

            Big European clubs are not interested in basing their future on American players. They learnt their lesson from Amanda Brooks, Pinoe and Heath. Canadian players are a different kettle of fish.

          • Steglitz49

            Why is she going to Glasgow City? It is not the most obvious WoSo club to join.

          • Katie Curtiss

            She does like certain players over others. I realize Ohai should have been given a look long before she actually did at the end of last year but there was conflict. Ohai at the time thought she deserved to be called up and given a chance to play for the full team but didn’t because of her attitude towards the whole thinking that she was that good at the time and it was her rightful place. Ellis didn’t like that and so she never called her up, but after the season Ohai had for Houston last year, Ellis would have looked stupid if she didn’t call her up.

            I agree with her playing people out of position too. For instance, even if it was only for a few games at the end of the year last year, Allie Long is not a centerback. She has the mentality of a forward, an offensive minded person, but if the outside backs go forward often that means she has to stay back and she can’t help herself but to leave her position, thus leaving her goalie exposed exposed.

          • atalba

            JE seems to be continuing in the style of possession play; like USC, and other top colleges, would say they play. Using a three-back system supports a possession style of play. It also supports using your best defensive midfielder, or one you’re willing move, to play like a DM in the center back position; Long is a good choice to learn this position, if she’s going to play defense at all. I personally like the tough, athletic, physical, 1v1, hard-tackling style of Allie as defensive midfielder; and, therefore at center back in a three back line.

            It takes an entire defense, and team, to adapt to this style. Long clearly made mistakes. It’s ok to be learning a new style/position, even if you’re a world class player.

          • Steglitz49

            You can’t afford to learn in the QF of the OG, though.

          • #1Fan

            Long is only a good choice if JE thinks that she is 75pct or more to be a starter at the next WC. If not then you are better with a younger option and having that player play thru mistakes.

          • Steglitz49

            Long is not a good choice, as we learnt in Brasilia.

            Bring on some new young blood instead.

          • atalba

            No we didn’t.

          • atalba

            I agree to some extent. The style of play is more important. All players are replaceable. If the formation works with strong play from Allie, but somebody else comes along and can do a better job; then its a win-lose-win.

          • #1Fan

            Does it not concern you that a 29 yr old who has to learn the role is perceived to be the best option with no major event on the horizon? What does that say ?

          • atalba

            She is replaceable, but the best option is to develop the role for now. Very few teams played with that position. Gabby Seiler for UF is very good at it, even though she’s only done it for one season. I’d say either defensive player from USC, Freeman and Mills are good candidates. There are always plenty. If Andi Sullivan fully recovers, every elite player playing DM could/should be an option.

            Gibbons! She’s as tough as they get 1v1.

          • Steglitz49

            Given the number of young ladies who play soccer, there must be natural candidates for that post among the 18-21 year olds. That JE and her crew find them!

          • Steglitz49

            Too much.

            There must be 5 if not 10 young ladies in the US who could play that position naturally. It is up to JE & co to find them!

          • mockmook

            It says (again) that JE doesn’t know what she is doing.

            But given your vast knowledge of the game and the available players, surely you can name a better option than Long, right?

          • #1Fan

            Not sure what I did to you but it’s strange that you seem to seek out confrontation

          • mockmook

            Sorry, I was a bit testy after reading the responses to my “EPA” post (which, in its thrust, had nothing to do with the EPA).

            But, I digress.

            It would be nice if you were to just give a “positive” opinion for once.

            Something like “I think player X is the best DM for the USWNT”

            Your opinion is always “I don’t like player Y at DM”

            I hope that you can see how that last statement is almost useless.

          • #1Fan

            No need to apologize. In this very thread I raved about Jordan. I guess you miss those posts. Reality is I dont rate many of the players and I am just honest about it.

          • mockmook

            Thanks for the reply!!!

            So, then, you agree with the following statement? 🙂

            “I think Jordan is the best CF for the USWNT”

          • #1Fan

            Not really. I have never believed in best . Usually there are manyy viable options that all impact each other. I think she is a very good player who should be given a chance. Best? I cant say that until I see more.

          • Steglitz49

            After Glasgow we might know.

          • Breakers fan

            I find it one of the strangest if not the strangest thing happening with the WNT and the U23s right now – Jordan’s repeated recent absences; and then the one time she did get invited she declined to go, presumably, and to me quite legitimately, and admirably to stay on and finish out her Senior season in a complete manner as the Florida Gators captain.

          • Steglitz49

            The U23 is not worth a pitcher of warm spit.

        • Steglitz49

          Glasgow is an odd choice. She must have an interest other than soccer to chose Glasgow. It is a fascinating city but given that the world was her oyster, it is not the obvious one. For example, Linköping must be looking to replace Blackstenius, Harder and Rolfö.

      • Breakers fan

        Seems clear from your post that the following would then be true: If Jordan decides to play in Europe, or somewhere other than in the NWSL, next year that Portland will lose her rights and that if she then, a year later, after a second year of playing abroad, decided to come back into the NWSL……she would be a Discovery category player and whoever had the first slot in that order would get the first crack at her. They may choose someone else but no one else could acquire her rights until that 1st team in the Discovery list order made a decision about her. Is that all accurate?

        • Rdalford

          not guest, but my understanding
          Thorns own rights to Jordan thru start of 2018 preseason (March 2018). then, I think,
          Jordan would be available via the discovery process.
          however, there is also a “right of first refusal” section in NWSL roster rules that adds some complications which I am not sure I fully understand.

          for what it is worth, re Discovery Process
          if team X placed Jordan on its Discovery List and no other team tried to add Jordan to their Discovery List on the same day, then team X gets first shot
          the Discovery Order stuff only comes into play IF 2 (or more) teams place a discover claim for the same player on same day

          • Breakers fan

            Thank you very much for that. I forgot about how, no matter the Discovery Order stuff, that if teams don’t act fast , i.e. put her on their list the first day they can, that they can lose her.

          • mockmook

            Maybe my addled brain is, well, addled.

            But, I seem to recall that while Discovery claims expire, Draft rights don’t.

            So, the Thorns have a permanent claim on her as long as they continue to offer a contract.

            I think.

            But, I know you (usually?) have a much better grasp of this stuff than me.

  • Gary Diver

    Is Christie Rampone still officially on the USWNT roster? When was the last USWNT game that Rampone played 30 minutes? Wasn’t she one of the leaders of the revolt that cost Tom Sermanni his job after 2014 Algarve Cup?

    • guest

      It is truly absurd that she is still being paid by USSF and hasnt trained with the team in over a year and isn’t even playing the sport full time anymore, it seems. Really hope they drop her. Too bad SBFC can’t get another allocated player.

      • guest

        in what other work environment can you opt to not show up for a year and still get paid a six figure salary?

        • Bruce

          Government.

          • guest

            I worked for the State Department and I remember employees having to at least show their faces a few days a week. The flexible Fridays were nice though.

          • mockmook
          • guest

            That’s ok because climate change isn’t real though right? God and Jesus and The Holy Spirit and maybe throw in that Mary chick are going to apparate and take out all that silly carbon from the atmosphere. No regulations, no problem.

          • confused

            I’ve been an atheist since I first opened a science textbook in elementary school but was forced to sit through catholic education classes for a few years and never understood what the holy trinity was

          • Guest

            It’s hard to understand the logic behind things that are made up. This is a woso board though so I’m not sure why any of this is a topic of discussion. I come here to escape the sickening political headlines and Trumpster Fire.

          • guest

            politics is now part of women’s soccer and equalizer discussion thanks to megan rapinoe’s sacrifice.

          • guest

            Americans will feel safe behind their wall from the big bad rapist Mexicans (who will just fly over it in airplanes like they currently do anyway). Doesn’t matter if their kids are brain damaged from lead poisoning or dying from some preventable disease after losing their insurance. A dollar today is better than the health of future generations. America is great again.

          • mockmook

            Did you even read the article? Did you even get that his has nothing to do with EPA environmental policy?

        • Reality
        • gx

          most pro sports contracts have extensive injury protection clauses so not sure that USWNT contract is unusual.

          the USWNT CBA/MOU provides injured player full contract salary for shorter of – length of the injury – or – one year from date of the injury, then upon injured players return full contract salary for at least 3 months at prior tier level.

          • guest

            ok, fair, but wasn’t Rampone playing for SBFC all year? She has been “injured” dating back to the World Cup. She was apparently healthy enough to be a starting professional defender for SB, but not healthy enough (read NOT GOOD ENOUGH) to play or even train as a practice player with her employer, the National Team. It seems like most players who are serious about playing for the national team at least do some training with them and keep in constant communication with the staff. I just get a real sense of disconnect with Rampone and the team.

      • sam

        Too bad SBFC can’t find a buyer and move to new york city.

        • guest

          Is the organization going to help its players pay for housing?

        • Steglitz49

          Who wants to lose money? Where in NYC would they play Might as well move them to Nashville, TN.

          SB play on a natural grass field without grid-iron lines. Can’t beat that, can you? Natural grass, not plastic.

    • Rdalford

      Is Christie Rampone still officially on the USWNT roster?

      answer is we do not know.

      There has been no public announcement of her retirement from USWNT
      nor has there been a public statement by USSF that Rampone’s USWNT contract has ended.
      However, there is no requirement for a public announcement

      Rampone was initially out from USWNT due to injury (and CBA/MOU provides up to a year for injury recover and then at least three months back on contract following return from injury) which may impact contract decision timing

      If past history is any guidance, Rampone (or any USWNT player being dropped from contract status for the next year) would have been notified if her contract is not going to be extended for 2017. In past years USSF has notified USWNT players in the early fall (so 3 month severance pay would be used up by end of the year) if the USWNT players were to be dropped. However, those notifications are often only made public by the next public action (player announced retirement ala HAO, player signs regular non federation contract with club ala Winters or Cox etc, or player announces contract termination ala Engen) a player chooses to take.

      Clearly, IF Rampone and Sky Blue announce that Rampone has signed a regular (non federation) contract with Sky Blue then it would be clear that Rampone was no longer on a USWNT contract.

      The next expected USWNT public contract announcement from USSF would normally be list of USWNT allocated/federation players – however CBA negotiations (and any potential changes re allocation etc) appear to be delaying the allocated/federation player announcements

  • Gary Diver

    Off-Topic Alert: 3 Members of Canadian Women’s Soccer Team Announce Retirement

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/three-members-canadian-womens-soccer-team-announce-retirement/

    I don’t recall seeing any reports on Equalizer about Melissa Tancredi retiring from the Canadian national team. Tancredi is certainly the one Canadian player Americans love to hate. And it is interesting that Melissa Tancredi was a defender and Rhian Wilkinson was a forward when they first trained together in 2004. (How many defenders get permanently transformed into forwards?)

    • guest

      Tancredi was a defender at Notre Dame. Sinclair had a say in her being converted to Forward for Canada.

      • atalba

        Sofia Huerta, going into Santa Clara University.

        • Bruce

          She was recruited as a defender but had always played for before that. Right?

          • atalba

            Yes. I thought she came in as a CB, but I had to look it up. She was a Forward in high school.

    • mockmook

      “How many defenders get permanently transformed into forwards?”

      Skolmoski (Utah and U-23) seems to have met this fate

    • Gary Diver

      Depending on what John Herdman wants to do with Josée Bélanger (current age 30), Allysha Chapman (27), Diana Matheson (32), Desiree Scott (29), and Sophie Schmidt (28), Christine Sinclair might be the only field player over 28 on the Canadian WC19 roster. Sinclair will be near 36 years old in 2019, but seems to have been told she can be a starter until she decides to retire.

      Herdman was criticized after WC15 for allowing the veterans to call the shots on roster selections. Since then he is slowly cleaning house. It will be interesting to see how many of the five “oldsters” mentioned above survive the next two years. Sophie Schmidt did not look good at all at OG16 and she most likely won’t be any better in two years hence. Watching what Herdman does with Bélanger, Chapman, Matheson, Scott, and Schmidt in the next two years will be interesting.

      • Forgedias

        Sophie Schmidt has fallen off from her days with Skyblue. I don’t know what happened but she looked slow and just doesn’t have the energy that the younger players are bringing. Quite literally they are pushing her off the team.

        Jessie Fleming, Ashley lawrence will form the core of the new midfield with Lawrence being able to move to the wings if Herdman wants to change things up.

        Then they have Gabrielle Carle who is the next it girl for Canada. Incredible dribbling skills, even though she is listed as a forward for the training camp in LA, she probably would be better suited as a midfielder with her hold up ability.

        Lawrence (21 yrs) Fleming (18 yrs) Carle (18 yrs). To me that group could stay together for the next 10 years and be very dynamic together. It will be very exciting to watch them grow since I already watch all the UCLA games I can. Fleming is such a joy to watch.

        • Steglitz49

          The Emir and Lyon calling! Please provide mobile numbers or other contact details for the two we have not hoovered up already. Parlez dey Franchaise?

          • Forgedias

            I’m pretty sure Jessie Fleming will play in Europe after she is done with college. She is going to be getting offers from clubs.

          • Steglitz49

            Do you see these offers from European clubs to the best players as a problem for the NWSL down the line?

          • Forgedias

            If players can get more money playing in Europe, then they should play over there. Right now they should be thinking about their long term futures. The only reason why so many play in the NWSL is because the US national team’s interest is to have them play there. But the league needs to improve pay to help them stay in the game long term.

          • Steglitz49

            Verily.

            It seems that all the spots in the USWNT are spoken for till WC-19 and even OG-20 except possibly one goalie and maybe one defender.

            If that really is the case, why bother with the NWSL till about 2021? Even playing for less in Europe or Japan would be a worthwhile investment for gilding their general CVs.

        • mockmook

          I won’t let the name “Emma Fletcher” be forgotten

          Free Emma Fletcher!!!!

          Free Emma Fletcher!!!!

          Free Emma Fletcher!!!!

          • Gary Diver

            Could you please elaborate? I know nothing about Emma Fletcher other than she is 21 years old, plays for the University of California Golden Bears (another Title IX Canadian beneficiary), and already has her own Wikipedia page (which is more than Ashley Sanchez has).

          • Forgedias

            Emma Fletcher is interesting. Does have some talent but out of the Pac12 who I thought was the better midfielders? Andi Sullivan at Stanford and the next best midfielder was Jessie Fleming. Scored 11 goals and had 4 assists.

            As soon as she burst on the scene with her 2 goals against Florida in her first game. Teams in the Pac12 took notice and tried marking her out of the game. We are talking about a rookie her, a freshman in her first year of college.

            Teams were taking physical fouls on Fleming because she can dribble and can deke players. This is the deke she pulled off in the Florida game.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSF4KVcbw3Q

            Made your jaw drop and after that teams started getting physical with Fleming. Fleming for her part was still able to be effective scoring some key goals but what she was also doing was adapting to the environment. Players were either grabbing, taking her down if she deked them or having 2 players mark her. So she started to dribble at them and force them to take fouls on her and quite frequently she got spot kicks near the 18 yard box.

            Even more impressively when Darian Jenkins went down to a broken leg, teams basically kept 2 players on Fleming daring UCLA to try to find another scoring option. That kind of pressure and the fact Fleming was still able to score and create for UCLA even under that environment has impressed me a lot.

            I also noticed how good of a technical player she is. In the away game where Jenkins broke her leg. It was on a rubbery turf field and Jenkins was making a run to the end line and tried to turn and went down immediately. The girl marking her started calling for the trainers and the camera view panned away. But you knew it was bad for Jenkins.

            But during that time, about 30 minutes of stoppage happened and the camera was focused on the benches. So I watch Fleming all that time and she was juggling the ball. Taking the ball on one foot and then jumping into the air and kicking the ball up while she was in the air and then catching the ball with her other foot. That impressed me a lot. There were other girls trying to copy her but if you know how hard that trick is, you know the other girls couldn’t do it.

            I call Fleming a magician with the ball, because she really can do some amazing things with it.

          • mockmook

            “Andi Sullivan at Stanford and the next best midfielder was Jessie Fleming.”

            Those are two of the best young midfielders on the planet. So, yeah, they are better than Emma.

          • Steglitz49

            Andi Sullivan is injured. Time will tell what recovery she makes and by when.

          • mockmook

            She just graduated. Did throw her name into the pot for the 2017 draft, but no one bit.

            She plays midfield/forward — outside or as an attacking mid. Very technical. The games I watched Cal play, she was the best player on the field for the Bears. Can’t understand how she was not picked up. And, not sure why she isn’t more prominent in the CAN pecking order.

          • Steglitz49

            She obviously need to get on the dog to Labb’e, Nault, and Tancredi about playing in Sweden, or Short, Franch, Schiffel and Tiffany about Norway, or Schmidt about Germany, finally Buchanan and Lawrence about France.

            Keep us posted where she will surface. Maybe north or near the Arctic Circle.

        • Gary Diver

          Good reporting. USWNT better look over its northern shoulder!

    • Som Termanni
  • Som Termanni

    The Spirit have also lost their GK coach to Orlando. Lloyd Yaxley had been in DC women’s/girls’ soccer for years. Odd timing in that this comes out a day after WaPo reported Labbe would return. http://www.orlandocitysc.com/post/2017/01/24/orlando-pride-appoints-lloyd-yaxley-goalkeeper-coach

  • Som Termanni

    UWS (US second-division woso league) adds Toledo Villa FC in Ohio. The club is officially partnered with Aston Villa FC of WSL 2 and includes a U20 developmental academy team. http://www.uwssoccer.com/news_article/show/749179

    • Steglitz49

      If Aston Villa go up into the FAWSL1 then there will be 2 Birmingham teams in the top flight.

  • dw

    Calling Equalizer reporters: someone interview Savannah Jordan and find out why Glasgow? Can’t be the $$$, (nor as others have said, the weather or food). She does stand likely to get UWCL football.

    My guess is that one of her grandparents is Scottish, and she wants a chance to play internationally.

    • Steglitz49

      Glasgow is will be qualified to play in the Champions League that starts in the Fall.

    • Guest

      My understanding is that she is dating another recruited player and they want to play together… she seems young to be making life and job decisions based on a partner, but I thought about doing the same as a recent grad, drunk on young love.