Thursday Roundup: Reign sign Larissa Crummer

The Equalizer Staff January 26, 2017 96

ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, COURAGE REVEALS JERSEY, PRIDE ANNOUNCES SALE, AND MORE

Melbourne City remains perfect on the season through eight games. (Photo: Westfield W-League)

In 2016, Larissa Crummer won the W-League’s golden boot while helping Melbourne City win the trophy undefeated. (Photo: Westfield W-League)

Seattle Reign FC announced today that they have signed Australian forward Larissa Crummer, pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Crummer is currently part of W-League side Melbourne City FC alongside Reign teammates Jess Fishlock, Lauren Barnes, Bev Yanez, and Rebekah Stott, but has not played since January 14 due to a broken foot.

In 2015, Crummer scored Melbourne City’s very first goal, her first of ten that season, and went on to earn the Golden Boot. She has played in the W-League since 2012, spending time with the Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC. Appearing as both a forward and a defender, she has been a part of two championship sides (Sydney in 2013 and Melbourne City in 2016). Crummer is also part of the Matildas, having been the youngest member of the 2015 World Cup squad after marking her debut earlier that year with a goal against The Netherlands.

“I think coming over to play for us will really help her develop,” said Reign head coach Laura Harvey. “Bringing in someone who’s that young and has such an established goal scoring career is great. Playing in America is a huge challenge, but now is the time to get her here and give her the opportunity to try and achieve that.”

COURAGE REVEAL HOME JERSEY

The North Carolina Courage released their home jersey for sale today. The kit, solid navy with gold trim and lettering, bears the Courage crest on the chest. This is the first 2017 NWSL kit to be announced and follows on the announcement from the Courage earlier this week with the club’s first merchandise for sale.

The Courage were the Western New York Flash before being sold to North Carolina FC and relocated to Cary, N.C.

ORLANDO OFFERS TICKET DEAL

The Orlando Pride are offering a two-for-one ticket deal in which buyers can reserve a seat for the season opener and receive a ticket for another Pride match of their choice. Dates and times will be announced upon release of the 2017 NWSL schedule. The Pride will be moving from Camping World Stadium to Orlando City Stadium, currently under construction in downtown Orlando, which they will share with Orlando City SC and Orlando City B.

HOOGENDIJK ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT

Dutch midfielder Anouk Hoogendijk announced her retirement from international play today. Hoogendijk accumulated over 100 caps with The Netherlands since her 2004 debut. She was on the roster for the team’s first ever Women’s World Cup appearance in 2015, where they advanced to the Round of 16.

Hoogendijk currently plays for AFC Ajax in the Eredivisie. She also spent time with FAWSL sides Bristol City Women and Arsenal Ladies. She was not on the roster for the Netherlands team that lost to the USWNT 3-1 in last September’s friendly.

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  • Movement

    These new Courage kits are SWAG. Not a bad first home kit.
    These colors for their logo would have been even cooler ……….

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56785ba269a91a9ca5808c79/t/56aa6aaad8af1084311ebcbb/1454009017245/sketch.png?format=500w

    • Gary Diver

      Is the cat a cougar?

    • FawcettFan14

      Would be nice to have more varied color schemes in the league. Still waiting on a green team.

      For Pete’s sake please no more blue teams.

      • Steglitz49

        Green and black vertical stripes is a classic, nicknamed “Mackerels”, while black and whites are called “Magpies” and then there are “Wasps” which is yellow and black horizontal. For some reason blue and white vertical stripes are called “Angels”.

    • Anna W.

      It’s a mish-mash of colors, with no contrast. Maroon and gold or navy and gold would stand out better. An art student could have done better. Also, that animal, whatever it is (badger?), looks constipated.

  • mockmook

    That jersey looks too much like a USWNT shirt.

    • Som Termanni

      I’d almost prefer it if it did. That blue with gold sleeves and a red collar? It’d at least not look like a 3rd kit for Washington.

  • Som Termanni

    Are any other teams doing 2-for-1 deals for their home openers to drive up attendance numbers?

    • Rdalford

      Orlando (on both men’s City side and women’s Pride side) has history of marketing push for home opening day matches.
      Orlando City got 62K in 2015 and 60K in 2016 for opening day matches while Pride got 23.4K for 2016. For both teams the average attendance falls back somewhat (City avg 32K in 2015 31K in 2016 and Pride avg 8785) during the rest of the regular season.

      we are on mailing list for most of the NWSL clubs and I do not think that any other NWSL club (yet) has a similar 2-for-1 deal.

      • Bruce

        Chicago had a history of sending out a solitary email the day before a game and hoping for the best.

  • wosofan

    Those are some kickbutt jerseys.

  • wosofan

    Orlando drew a record attendance to open last season and then it fall off a cliff. No Morgan for the opener this year so I guess giving away tickets will have to do.

    • DNG

      What’s wrong with averaging between 7000-8000 fans like they did last year? As long as they don’t lose fans year over year they will be fine. Promotion seems like a great idea to me. Might as well try and attract as many potential new fans as possible and these types of promotions might attract people that would not normally attend.

      • Steglitz49

        Your point about promotions is well taken. (I thought that the median was closer to 5,000 but never mind.)

        • DNG

          Their actual home average with the first home game was a little over 9000. The average without the first match outlier was around 7000. The median was between 7000 and 8000. In their first season Orlando had the 2nd best home attendance in the entire league. They’re not Portland but I don’t see how anyone see’s them as anything but a success last year even if some were optimistic for even better attendance.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you for the clear info. An average of even 5,000 would be mega in Europe.

            It will be fascinating to compare attendances in Orlando in the spring with if Alex Morgan plays and then if she goes back to Lyon.

            I guess if Lyon wins the Champions League again and Alex scores, the crowds may well be big.

        • Rdalford

          Orlando 2016 attendance total=87851 avg=8785 (mean) with median of 7195

          Orlando attendance 2016 detail by match (23403, 8211, 7841, 6870, 7143, 5842, 7247, 7052, 6788, 7454) total= 87,851

          The NWSL attendance information is available on NWSL site, Stats page with attendance summary (by team totals for home and away games and avg for home games) in “2016 League Statics” and the attendance by match detail in the applicable box score.

          • DNG

            Thanks for the information and the numbers. Maybe they could have done better but there are a lot of teams in the league that would love to average 5842 let alone have that figure as their lowest attendance all year.

          • Rdalford

            Agree the Orlando attendance numbers were second in NWSL. It will be interesting to see if Orlando can build the attendance this second year (even without Morgan for 1/2 season they do have a new stadium). New stadium and most Pride season tickets are lower bowl so crowd of 7000-8000 will “feel” fuller.

            Some of the NWSL teams play in facilities where actual seating capacity is less then 5000 (although in some cases they can sell standing room to get over 5000) so getting 5842 let alone averaging 5842 would be cause for celebrations.

          • Som Termanni

            Missing the team president’s own goals by 2,900-5,000 isn’t great. Even if a team with fewer expenses would be ecstatic with 7,000/game, that doesn’t mean Orlando is.

            Giving away tickets doesn’t solve the income problem, only the optics issue. They had 23,000 there on their opening day gimmick—which, again, that gimmick was a good one—but the problem is that they got more than a third of that to return one time, then never again. That’s not great.

            Giving tickets away is a good idea, but the fact that they _have to_ isn’t a great sign. If Orlando can convince even half of the people who went to the Camping World opener but never returned to show up to the new venue, maybe they’ll win them over with a better experience. But they _need_ to nail it. They need to reassess at their ticket prices, which are above the league average, and see if they’re keeping people out of the gates.

            If Orlando finishes 2017 in a new, soccer-specific stadium and avoid finishing in 9th or 10th place again, but still don’t increase attendance or merch, they obviously won’t be in trouble but will hurt the league’s pitch to NWSL franchises and make Portland look even more like an exception that nobody in the US can reproduce. It’ll also impede anyone in the organization pushing for more promotional resources for the women’ team—if they can’t get 10k/game done on an inaugural year boost and the world’s biggest name on the pitch, can’t get it done with MLS cross-promotion, and can’t get it done with a new stadium, they can’t get it done, period.

          • DNG

            Honestly the team president’s goals were unrealistic and I’m sure many here would agree with that assessment. Portland are the exception right now not the rule. Do you have any insider knowledge on Orlando’s income problem because I have not heard of any issues? How do you know they have to give away tickets? Just because they having a promotion does not mean they need to.

            I don’t know how you can make any judgement’s on ticket prices until we see how this year turns out. If their attendance falls(I think we should discount the outlier last year for comparison), then you might be right about their prices. It’s too soon to make that claim right now though.

            I don’t agree at all that MLS team will be put off by the fact that they can’t be the next Portland. From what I understand owners are well aware that Portland is the exception not the rule right now. I would think the much bigger issues for potential owners buying in is that they want assurances against costs rising too high too quickly causing them to lose lots of money while the league appears to be growing slowly. I don’t share your all or nothing take or really understand it for that matter.

  • Gary Diver

    When will the new Orlando stadium be ready to play in?

    • guest123

      The men’s team has a preseason game in the stadium on Feb 25th.

  • Gary Diver

    How difficult is it to get the paperwork done for foreign players to play in the NWSL? Do they all need visas? Kaylyn Kyle apparently is trying to get a green card. If she doesn’t get signed by another team, doesn’t that cause her a major problem?

    • Steglitz49

      Another Australian. The head coach of the Matildas must love the NWSL. Free coaching and playing at the top level.

      Now if top Canadian players bum off to Europe and the NWSL gorges itself on Australians, how will that affect pitchtime for Canadians playing in the NWSL?
      — I contend that more Canadian lasses should take a leaf out of the books of Labbé, Nault, Schmidt and Tancredi and go and play in Europe.

      • Rdalford

        Australian/Matildas coach does encourage players to play internationally and Australia has woso players in Europe, Japan and S Korea as well as NWSL. The Australian CBA pays WNT players a base contract (2 tiers $41k or $30K) but players are then free to negotiate and sign separate contracts with club teams (in W-league, NWSL etc) Given the short Australian W-league season, playing internationally is pretty much required if a WNT player wants to play more than 3-4 months a year and/or keep their head above water financially.

        • Steglitz49

          Indeed. The NWSL is doing the Matildas proud. Their head coach must love the NWSL.

          But a non-allocated Canadian player needs a slot just like an Australian lady — or Japanese, South-Korean, Brazilian or French for that matter — not to forget Mexican lasses unless they have US citizenship.

          John Herdman may not take as sanguine a view let alone the new Mexican coach.

          • Rdalford

            Not clear that Mexican federation still has any connection to NWSL. The Mexico federation has not allocated any players to NWSL in either of the last 2 (2015 & 2016) seasons. With start up of women’s league in Mexico it seems unlikely that Mexico federation would continue to fund player allocations in NWSL.

            The only investment that Canadian and Mexican federations make in NWSL is paying salaries of their allocated players. Not clear under what basis additional special treatment for non allocated players would be justified. As you note, the allocated players (Canadian, Mexican) do not require international slots (perhaps because employers are their respective federations).

            Having a limitation on number of international players is fairly common for domestic leagues although the limitations in Europe are for internationals from non UEFA countries (internationals from other UEFA countries are allowed partly due to EU labor laws). Here in USA the MLS has similar international slot rules although number of slots is higher (MLS 160 slots divided among 20 teams vs NWSL 41 slots divided among 10 teams) which is more related to larger MLS rosters.

          • Steglitz49

            The NHL has long had a liberal policy to foreigners. At the latest count 49% were Canadians and the others were about 25% each of Americans and Europeans.
            — The Europeans are spread around but the lion’s share come from Sweden and Finland, the Czech and Slovak players gravitate more towards the KHL.

            That the Mexicans don’t bother with allocating is not surprising seeing that few if any of their players got to play. Whether the Mexican federation supports players wanting to play in Europe I don’t know but at least one played in Sweden last season so there may well be some in Spain for example.

            At the moment the Canadian WNT is playing well and you could argue better than France’s for example. I don’t know how the NHL solves its labor issues but given the threadbare existance of the NWSL, it is hard to see a Canadian WL getting off the ground.

          • Bruce

            Slight correction: Mexico did allocate four players in 2015 and stopped allocations in 2016 after none of those four played even one minute in the NWSL.

            I lived in Mexico for a decade and have been following developments with the MWNT and the new Liga MX femenil recently. From the tone of Roberto Medina’s comments, it seem that the Federation sees the new U23 league as its primary pipeline for development moving forward.

            I would not be at all surprised if the FMF formally severed ties with the League. Then again, Jeff Plush seems to be the kind of guy who lets things slide, so maybe Mexico will remain part of the NWSL in name only (because no one asks them to leave).

          • mockmook

            I really liked Ari Romero — didn’t understand why she wasn’t considered good enough to stick in the NWSL.

    • Som Termanni

      Considering some of the new immigration rules coming down the pike, she might get deported on a traffic violation before we find out. For instance, I’m sincerely wondering whether Nadia Nadim will be allowed to return to the US by the time the season starts—or if she’ll even want to.

      • Steglitz49

        Too many ys in Kaylyn Kyle’s name? The Homeland Security computer could not cope?

    • Cc W

      Australian citizens have a much easier time to get visas than some other countries. Each situation is different, and I don’t work with sports visas, but generally, temporary visas for Aussies are generally granted.

      • Steglitz49

        English-speaking and white?

        • wiki info

          some Australian WNT players have Indigenous Australian roots
          Kyah Simon is an Indigenous Australian
          Lydia Williams is an Indigenous Australian born in Katanning, Western Australia to a father of Aboriginal descent and a mother from the United States.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you for answering my question. 2 out of how many?

          • wiki info

            also some players with indigenous roots on U-xx youth teams for Australia (e.g. youth GK Jada Mathyssen-Wyman ).
            First indigenous player to play with Australia WNT in WC was Bridgette Starr in 1999. A somewhat larger number of indigenous players play Australian rules football (Australian network ABC had a piece highlighting young indigenous women playing Australian rules football).

            Was not trying to claim that many/most Australian players in NWSL were indigenous but both Simon and Williams are fairly widely recognized for their indigenous roots and did not fit with your “English-speaking and white? ” label.

          • Steglitz49

            Australia has had a number of sports stars indigenous going back, like Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Cathy Freeman. No doubt there have been others. Thus, 1999 does not seem that early but better late than never.

        • mockmook

          Indeed. Why was Obama’s State Department so racist?

        • Cc W

          Visas are in interesting thing – and they will become more interesting now

      • Usually, but there was a news article a couple days ago from an Australian source warning that visas to the U.S. may be more difficult to get for Australians. They may be required to sit down for a formal interview in order to get a visa (in person) instead of just applying online like usual.

  • Steglitz49

    Anouk Hoogendijk played in two magic jerseys: #6, the shirt of Bobby Moore, and #14 that of her countryman Johan Cruyff.

  • xanthophobe

    –REALLY like that Courage jersey–it’s simple, but that color combination is great. I assume the final product will have a sponsor?

    –Crummer could be a great pick up for the Reign but I’m concerned about these injuries. Clearly them signing her means she should be fine but it’s interesting. I will say that as a Reign fan, I wasn’t particularly pleased with the draft results but of course Laura Harvey had it all planned out–she picked Bauer because Fletcher wasn’t coming back and then used Ship to get Matheson and also signed Stott and Crummer. Not bad, LH. Not bad at all.

    • Som Termanni

      Crummer’s something of a mystery. She’s had a hard time cracking the senior Matildas squad despite its strikers being old enough to bench. It’s hard to know how much of her breakout W-League season was her, the level of competition (City won every game that season, and the first five of this season without her), or having Kim Little feeding her. Before City, she did little to nothing with Brisbane or Sydney FC, but she was also a teenager. Harvey’s signing her assuming 2015 was what she’s capable of doing all the time, and that 2012-2014 and 2016 were aberrations.

      • Cc W

        I’m guessing Jess Fishlock being the asst coach at City, has something to do with this. She must believe she can help. Jess is obviously looking to her future as a coach, and it seems like she is LH’s right hand and that they are developing the team together. That end of the season interview with the both of them, made me think the two of them have a plan. I like these pick ups and the draft. I think they realize they will have to find some offense in different ways with Little gone.

        • Steglitz49

          Why not look for a replacement for Sta Little?

          • Cc W

            Because there is only one Kim Little – irreplaceable. But Nairn and Matheson are the “replacements” along with draftees. I could see Laura trying out a couple of different players in the mid for the Reign.

          • Steglitz49

            Irreplaceable at the same price?

          • Calci0

            True, there aren’t too many that would be a 1 for 1 swap with Little. And the ones that could foot the bill aren’t available…

          • DNG

            I can’t really think of one player that can replace Little directly. Everyone is going to need to step up for Seattle.

          • Calci0

            I didn’t mean on the roster. I was saying Little is a talent that has few peers in all of WOSO.

          • DNG

            I was talking about all of WoSo too. Who’s better? Vero or Marozsan(I’m sure I’m missing a few others)? Both very good players in their own right but I don’t think they’re better than Little. I can’t think of a better ACM and if Little played for the USWNT instead of Scotland she’d easily be recognized as a top 3 player in the world.

          • Calci0

            Vero is whom I think of 1st. And I think her partial season with the Thorns, showed the impact she can have. I’m a huge Little fan, and think she is an elite talent. And I agree, I don’t think Vero or Marozsan are “better” but I see them talent wise as peers. And if the Reign could have added Vero after Little left, outside of building chemistry, I don’t see a drop off in play (though overall the team will still miss Winters).

          • DNG

            I’m not sure either are direct replacements for Little which is what I meant to say. I don’t know how that would translate to actual play. Seattle could be better, worse or more or less the same. They would both obviously make Seattle a better team. At the moment I think Seattle are a middle of the pack team this year if they can keep everyone healthy. I think they should still have a good home field advantage as well. The dimensions of that field aid their press.

      • xanthophobe

        I’m not sold on Crummer yet, but I think there’s a lot of value in having her. I don’t think I’d start her, but for a team that needed attacking depth, she’s worth a shot.

  • guest123
    • Som Termanni

      As long as she can continue to perform at a high level, more power to Formiga. I doubt she’d settle for being a defensive supersub, but since she’s technically retired, why not get a few final D1F paychecks?

      • Steglitz49

        Winning the Champions League is probably a juicy bone to chew on.

    • Steglitz49

      Nataša Andonova is 23 and currently is with Rosengård in Sweden. Should PSG or any team in the Champions League sign her, she probably would be “cup-tied” for the Champions League because Rosengård is still in the Champions League. Also, Rosengård and PSG could meet.

      Worse, because Rosengård also has qualified for the Champions League starting in the Fall, Andanova could be cup-tied for next season’s Champions League too. Maybe that could be squared with an additional transfer fee to Rosengård.

      • Bakkar

        Why could she be cup-tied for next season?

        And by the way – Rosengard want her to leave. They already told her that they will not extend her contract and said that they would prefer her leaving already now

        • Steglitz49

          You have to consult the rules about being Cup tied because I am not an expert but they were brought in to stop rich clubs hamstringing poor clubs.

          • Bakkar

            I don’t think that I need to. I conclude that what you wrote about next season is nonsense

          • Steglitz49

            You seem already to have done so, though it would appear you disagree with him.

            I noted that there is no Europa League for the ladies.

            It should also be noted that the structure of the ladies Champions League is very different from the men’s.

        • Som Termanni

          http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2277105.html

          > As a rule, a player may not play in a UEFA club competition (UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, excluding UEFA Super Cup) for more than one club in the course of the same season. However, a player can play for one club in the first, second and third qualifying round, and/or the play-offs, of the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League, and then represent another club from the group stage of either competition.

          • Steglitz49

            Thanks for the help, St Expert.

          • Som Termanni

            St. Google. You should try it sometime.

          • Steglitz49

            There is no Europa League for the ladies so they may have their own rules.

          • Bakkar

            This ia about SAME Season

            My question was on NEXT season

            Steglitz wrote “Worse, because Rosengård also has qualified for the Champions League
            starting in the Fall, Andanova could be cup-tied for next season’s
            Champions League too”

  • Som Termanni

    Maybe now that even local media is covering Henry’s loan to PSG, EQ will too? http://s.oregonlive.com/4IkYctY

    No end date (” short-term loan”), but I don’t see how Portland can set an end date for the loan when the league still doesn’t have a finalized schedule.

    • kernel_thai

      They have a hard date for the opening of camps…the question is how much camp does ortolans want her to miss.

      • Steglitz49

        The Emir can square that no doubt with an injection of greenbacks.

    • Steglitz49

      The simplest answer is that she will play for PSG till they either are knocked out of the ladies Champions League or win it, in which case the final is on June 1st.

      • Bartley H

        There are updates. She seems to be on loan till June 30.

        So it seems she is not too eager to come back to the NWSL soon

        • guest123

          Don’t forget about the Euros in July. I would think that FRA would do an extended camp before that.

          • Bartley H

            Agree. That makes sense

        • DNG

          I haven’t heard of this do you have a source? It seems unlikely that an NWSL team would loan out a player into the start of their season unless Henry had some stipulation in her contract.

          • Bartley H

            From very recent twitter comments. Even Dan Laudetta wrote about it around 15 min ago. But I have no official source

          • DNG

            https://twitter.com/TheDanLauletta/status/825028771979915265

            8 minutes ago. Lauletta’s initial information might have been wrong.

          • Bartley H

            I just read an explanation which might make sense.

            Loan contract is officially through June 30, but there might be agreements that she returns to Portland in March

          • DNG

            Makes sense to me. Some sort of handshake agreement I guess maybe to pay her over the course of 6 months. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Henry go back to France after this year to start preparing for the WC though.

          • Steglitz49

            The ladies Champions League QFs are at the end of March. Then SFs at the end of April and the final on June 1st. It all depends on when PSG must pack their bags.

          • Som Termanni

            It often is. He trolls Twitter with off-the-record or unsubstantiated junk to bait callouts or confirmations, then publishes the somewhat more finished stuff here, eventually.

        • Steglitz49

          The Emir no doubt can make it worth Amandine’s while.

          • guest

            she leaves lyon to go to their strongest french rival. treasonous. though i’m sure montpellier was a consideration.

          • Steglitz49

            Before Lyon and the PSG started to spend on WoSo, Montpellier was the top WoSo club in France. In spite of their limited means they hold their own, partly through over the years signing Swedish NT players, it seems.

      • Som Termanni

        How pathetic is it that we’ve known the CL and D1F schedules for months, and still don’t have any league confirmation of when the NWSL season will start and end?

        • Steglitz49

          Maybe there won’t be an NWSL season?

    • DNG

      This article claims mid march.

      http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Psg-amandine-henry-enfin-qualifiee/772587

      “Arrival at the PSG late December, Amandine Henry, loaned by Portland, still has not appeared under the colors of the club. The French midfielder (27 years, 56 selections) was, in fact, not qualified. Since Thursday, everything is settled and Henry will figure in the group that will move Saturday in Arras (D 2) for the Round of 16 of the French Cup women. She is scheduled to stay in PSG until mid-March and the US Championship resumes.”

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