Monday Roundup: 2017 NWSL match ball revealed

The Equalizer Staff February 6, 2017 21

Also in today’s roundup, Crystal Dunn debuts for Chelsea, weather cancels Canada-Mexico friendly and Rae Dower resigns as Canberra United head coach

The 2017 NWSL match ball was on display at Thursday's press conference. (photo courtesy Meg Linehan, Excelle Sports)

The 2017 NWSL match ball was on display at Thursday’s press conference. (photo courtesy Meg Linehan, Excelle Sports)

At Thursday’s joint press conference with NWSL and A+E Networks, most of the attention was on the speakers and major news announcement. But in the excitement of the news surrounding the league’s three-year broadcast deal with Lifetime, one little guest may have been overlooked: the 2017 NWSL match ball.

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The 2017 NWSL match ball appears to be a Nike Ordem 4 ball that features sections of brightly colored, lined gradients that fade from orange to white. The ball is segmented by heavy black lines to create the pentagons associated with classic soccer balls. The NWSL logo and year 2017 are also included in the ball’s modern design.

Although there was no announcement about the new match ball at the press conference, there were several on display at the event, including two sitting on the tables in front of the speakers. The match ball has also since been included in the opening shot of a video about the Lifetime deal that NWSL has uploaded to their YouTube channel.

Crystal Dunn debuts for Chelsea in closed-door preseason friendly

Crystal Dunn holds her new Chelsea Ladies shirt. The 2015 NWSL Most Valuable Player is heading to England. (photo: Chelsea Ladies)

Crystal Dunn debuted for Chelsea Ladies today in a preseason friendly. (photo: Chelsea Ladies)

Crystal Dunn made her debut with her new club, Chelsea Ladies FC, today in a closed-door preseason friendly against Hyundai Steel Red Angels of South Korea’s WK League. Chelsea won the match, 2-0.

Although Dunn played the full 90, it was another new signing, Norwegian-international Maren Mjelde, who opened up scoring for Chelsea in the second half. Last year’s Player’s Player of the Year Millie Bright added the insurance goal.

“The first 45 minutes, in particular, we were very impressive. We were on the front foot and our pressing game was the highlight as it set the tone and we gave them no time on the ball,” head coach Emma Hayes said. “’It was a thoroughly deserved victory and I’m really pleased with the manner in we defended.”

Chelsea’s next preseason match is on Sunday, February 12 against FC Rosengard.

Canada-Mexico closed-door friendly cancelled due to snow

The Equalizer’s Harjeet Johal reported today that the second of two international friendlies between Canada and Mexico scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 had been cancelled due to heavy snowfall in the Vancouver area. Canada confirmed the reports on Twitter.

The two teams squared off Saturday night during Canada’s Bronze Medal Celebration Match. Canada won the match, 3-2, thanks to a goal by Deanne Rose and a brace by Janine Beckie. Nancy Antonio and Katie Johnson, recently drafted by the Seattle Reign, scored for Mexico.

Rae Dower resigns as Canberra United head coach

Rae Dower, head coach of the W-League’s Canberra United, announced that she was resigning from her position as head coach, citing a desire to spend more time with her family as the reason behind her decision. The news comes just a day after Canberra United closed out their season with a 1-0 loss to reigning champs Melbourne City in the W-League playoffs. According to an article by the Canberra Times, Dower had informed the team of her departure well before their final match.

Dower joined the club as assistant coach ahead of the 2013/2014 season before moving up to serve as head coach for the past two seasons. Under her leadership, Canberra has made two semifinal appearances.

  • weather news

    It snows in Canada … in February … who knew!!! 🙂

    • Forgedias

      Yeah but its in Vancouver. Vancouver like Seattle share the same climate. They actually are located in a temperate rain forest and in some years they can see no snow at all because it rains heavily in the winter.

      This year it has been very snowy in the North West. Probably near record levels for the region in a long time.

      • Som Termanni

        For Vancouver, they’ve had the most snow in more than 5 years for the first quarter of the year, and there’s still about 7 weeks left in the quarter. They’ve had more snow in the last 5 weeks than the total annual snowfall of 2015, 2013, 2011, or 2010. Only 4.4cm less snow than the total snowfall of 2016, which also had a record-breaking quarter of 27.4cm.

  • Lorehead

    Bah, the US would never let a little snow stop a match with Costa Rica!

  • Lorehead

    I’ll be happy if I can watch a stream good enough to see the ball.

  • guest123

    Portland Injury news: Looks like Dagný Brynjarsdóttir has a back/disc problem and might miss the beginning of the NWSL season. There are now 2 Thorns with back problems.

    https://t.co/sS34ueOvY0

    Also per Meg Linehan, Canadian viewers will not see the GOTW on Lifetime.

    https://twitter.com/itsmeglinehan/status/828971780341645316

    • Guest

      Was she going to be a starter for Portland? If so, who takes her place?

      • TsovLoj

        She wasn’t starting for most of last year, but still a bummer.

      • guest123

        She was the first sub off the bench. Assuming their starting midfield are Henry, Horan, Long & Heath. Their remaining prominent subs are Shim, Raso, Boureille and Kendall Johnson which are all a downgrade from her.

    • TsovLoj

      Who’s the other?

      • guest123

        Kilng

    • kernel_thai

      Any word on Nadim’s status? She had an LCL

  • Som Termanni

    Goal interviews Dan Suratt, A+E’s president of corporate development, with a few confirmations or new revelations about the TV deal: http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/1698/womens-soccer/2017/02/07/32417362/media-microscope-ae-now-owns-part-of-the-nwsl-what-does-it

    – The equity stake is “significant”, but not a majority.

    – Talks started before the beginning of last season.

    – “A+E hopes its unique expertise can turn a fragmented and regional movement into a national one.” The three regions mentioned are Portland, Orlando, and Houston. How curious that only the MLS sites are mentioned right after Suratt says one of the league’s biggest opportunities for growth is through expansion. Hmm.

    – A+E CEO Nancy Dubuc is already in talks with corporate cousin ESPN president John Skipper (via Disney co-ownership of A+E) about cross-promotion.

    – “The network has said it will hire experienced soccer broadcasting talent, both in front of and behind the camera” — so A+E likely entered this deal without any talent signed up, and anyone they hire will have less than two months to be ready for the start of the season.

    • Silver Frost

      Pro sports on-air types should be able to get up to speed in 2 mos.

    • Breakers fan

      Thanks for these reports about A+E, Som. Great to hear what’s going on – appreciate your research! I find what I’m hearing encouraging. I feel confident, but not certain, they’ll find good broadcasters. Thinking it’ll more likely not just be 2 people, but rather probably 4. Two teams worth.

      • mockmook

        They may use some local talent for the games — so it could be a plethora of part-time talent.

        • Breakers fan

          I hadn’t thought of that. I agree – wonder how many of the team broadcasters we heard on youtube will carry over and be employed by Lifetime?

    • mockmook

      If nothing else, perhaps this means regular NWSL highlights on ESPN Sports Center.

  • Silver Frost

    Why the orange Dash motif on the game ball? Can we just go back to B&W?

  • Breakers fan

    I like the looks of Dunn in that shade of blue………may we see it stateside…….