Friday Roundup: DiDi Haracic earns pro contract with Spirit

The Equalizer Staff February 10, 2017 12

Also in today’s roundup, China lands two African stars, Reign set preseason schedule, New Zealand names Cyprus Cup roster and more

DiDi Haracic, who set a league record facing three penalties in her only NWSL match three years ago, has a contract with the Washington Spirit (photo: Washington Spirit)

DiDi Haracic, who set a league record facing three penalties in her only NWSL match three years ago, has a contract with the Washington Spirit (photo: Washington Spirit)

The Washington Spirit have signed longtime reserve goalkeeper DiDi Haracic to a professional contract for the upcoming season. Haracic is slated to go to preseason as the second keeper on the Spirit depth chart behind Stephanie Labbé. Kelsey Wys is also on the Spirit roster but will miss at least a good chunk of the season after tearing her ACL playing for Newcastle Jets in the W-League.

“First off, I want to thank the staff for giving me another opportunity to play for my home team,” said Haracic. “I’m excited to be back with the Spirit. I’m happy to be able to say I’ll be surrounded by a great group of teammates as well as a hardworking staff. I’m looking forward to another positive season with the club.”

{RELATED: Michelle Betos confirms move to Norway in thank you to Riveters}

Haracic has one NWSL appearance on her resume. She played the final game of the 2014 season for the Flash and set a league record by facing three penalties. She stopped one of them, by Christen Press, but the third one from Julie Johnston tied the match in stoppage time. It ended 3-3.

The next year Haracic played in Sweden before being the Spirit’s reserve goalkeeper in 2016. She dressed as the backup while Labbe was at the Olympics but did not see any game action. In 2013 Haracic played for the Washington Spirit Reserves.

“DiDi has persistently invested in being a contracted player in the NWSL,” Spirit coach Jim Gabarra said. “We are pleased that we can offer her the opportunity that she has earned. DiDi has league match experience, and we are confident that she can compete for and step into a starting role.”

Africa’s best heading to China

Chinese Super League holders Dalian Quanjian have announced the addition of Asisat Oshoala and Gaelle Enganamouit. The moves are part of an influx of money into both the women’s and men’s games in China.

Asisat Oshoala and Gaelle Enganamouit, winners of the last three African Women's Footballer of the Year honors, will be teammates in China.

Asisat Oshoala and Gaelle Enganamouit, winners of the last three African Women’s Footballer of the Year honors, will be teammates in China.

Oshoala and Enganamouit are arguably the two biggest names in African women’s soccer having monopolized the continent’s Player of the Year award since 2014. That was the year the Nigerian Oshoala was the most outstanding player at the U-20 World Cup and later duplicated the feat for the senior team in the African Cup of Nations. Oshoala turned 20 just days before the African Cup of Nations.

In 2015 Enganamouit put Cameroon women’s soccer on the map when she bagged a hat trick in a World Cup group match against Ecuador. Cameroon advanced to the knockout stage of the 2015 World Cup where they lost a tight decision to China. Enganamouit was named African Women’s Footballer of the Year. Oshoala reclaimed the award in 2016.

NWSL, NCAA represented in New Zealand side for Cyprus Cup

New Zealand will be looking for their first Cyprus Cup trophy. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

New Zealand will be looking for their first Cyprus Cup trophy. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Katie Bowen (FC KansasCity), Abby Erceg (Courage), Rebekah Stott (Reign), and Rosie White (Breakers) have been named to Tony Readings side that will compete in next month’s Cyprus Cup. Erceg has been a staple in NWSL since 2014 and won the NWSL Championship with the Western New York Flash last season. Bowen was drafted by FC Kansas City in 2016 while Stott and White are offseason acquisitions for their respective clubs.

Also in the team are Daisy Cleverley, who recently joined California, and Martine Puketapu from Colorado University. Hannah Wilkinson, who went undrafted out of Tennessee last month, is also on the roster as is Erin Nayler who was briefly under contract with Sky Blue last season but never appeared for the club.

The full New Zealand roster is:

Goalkeepers (2): Anna Leat (East Coast Bays), Erin Nayler (Grenoble)
Defenders (7): CJ Bott (Forrest Hill Milford United); Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage), Anna Green (Reading), Meikayla Moore (Cashmere Technical), Ria Percival (FC Basel), Ali Riley (FC Rosengard), Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign FC)
Midfielders (6): Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City), Daisy Cleverley (University of California), Betsy Hassett (Ajax), Annalie Longo (Cashmere Technical), Malia Steinmetz (Forrest Hill Milford United), Kirsty Yallop (Melbourne Victory)
Forwards (7): Amber Hearn (USV Jena), Jasmine Pereira (Three Kings United), Aimee Phillips (Eastern Suburbs), Martine Puketapu (Colorado University), Paige Satchell (Three Kings United), Rosie White (Boston Breakers), Hannah Wilkinson (unattached)

The Football Ferns were drawn into Group B with Austria, Scotland and South Korea. The tournament opens March 1. New Zealand’s best finish came in 2010 when they dropped the championship match to Canada.

Reign to play two preseason matches

Nahomi Kawasum. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Nahomi Kawasum. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Seattle Reign FC announced they will play two preseason matches ahead of the 2017 NWSL season. Laura Harvey will take her side to California where it will line up against Amanda Cromwell’s UCLA team on April 4 at SilverLakes Complex in Norco. Four days later the Reign will be at Husky Stadium for their annual preseason finale against the University of Washington. UW is coached by Leslie Galimore who has served as the analyst for many Reign matches over the last four seasons.

Admission to both matches is free but the Reign are already telling fans they should arrive early due to limited seating.

Last spring the Reign went to Portland for the first ever preseason tournament pitting NWSL clubs against each other. They chose to take a different path this preseason and were replaced at this year’s Portland tournament by the Chicago Red Stars.

Lyon coach Precheur to step down after season

Gérard Prêcheur has informed Lyon ownership he will not sign an extension when his contract runs out after the season. Precheur is in his this year at the helm. L’Equipe, which reported the news, suggested Precheur has been slow to come around on recent signings Dzsenifer Marozsan and Alex Morgan. The club closed 2016 with a rare loss to rival Paris Saint-Germain but hopes for an 11th consecutive league title were given a boost when PSG were docked points for fielding a player not listed on the team sheet in an earlier match.

The news comes as Lyon stand in position to win the treble for the second straight Spring. The play Wolfsburg in next month’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals and Guingamp in the French Cup Round of 16. Lyon have won the French Cup the last five years running. They also won the treble in 2012.

Katie Schoepfer joins Holy Cross coaching staff

Former Boston Breaker Katie Schoepfer has joined the staff at Holy Cross as an assistant coach. The 28-year old had served as a volunteer assistant at Boston University the last three seasons.

Schoepfer was originally drafted by Sky Blue FC in WPS and spent a season there and a season with the Breakers before that league folded. She rejoined the Breakers for NWSL and was there until retiring near the end of last season Schoepfer’s 68 NWSL appearances for the Breakers ranks second behind Julie King (74). She scored seven goals with three assists during that time.

There will be much room for improvement with the program. Holy Cross finished 3-12-2 last season including 2-5-2 in the Patriot League.

  • Som Termanni

    More Norway moves, including a Canadian: https://twitter.com/chris_awk/status/830191676853452800

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  • wosofan

    Alex Morgan’s lack of goal scoring made that coach want to quit his job.

  • Steglitz49

    England U-17s play Norway on Thursday Feb 23 before the US two days later.

    Tickets will be on sale on Monday Feb 13 at £3 for adults and £1 for children.

    This double-header is preparation for next month’s qualifying, when England face Poland (on 25 March), Germany (27 March) and Italy (30 March) in a round-robin tournament where the group winners will advance to the Euro finals. England came 3rd in last year’s Euros.

    Squad for Norway and USA:

    Goalkeepers: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham City), Lucy Thomas (Oxford United), Emily Ramsey (Manchester United).

    Defenders: Shannon Cooke (Arsenal), Grace Neville (Millwall Lionesses), Poppy Pattinson (Sunderland), Meg Boydell (Liverpool), Olivia Smith (Chelsea), Katherine Turner (Chelsea), Esme Morgan (Manchester City).

    Midfielders: Amy Rodgers (Liverpool), Aimee Palmer (Bristol City), Emily Syme (Bristol City), Ella Rutherford (Millwall Lionesses), Miri Taylor (Chelsea), Sophia Pharaoh (Southampton).

    Forwards: Nicole Douglas (Chelsea), Jess Ngunga (Arsenal), Lauren Hemp (Bristol City), Hana Lalani (London Bees), Skye Bacon (Brighton & Hove Albion), Gabby Ravenscroft (Oxford United).

    • guest

      from us soccer site
      CHICAGO (Feb. 10, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to England from February 15-26 and will play three matches, two against England and one against Norway.

      The U.S. team is made up of players born in 2000 and will be playing against its same age group during the three matches. The USA will play England on Feb. 19 and Norway on Feb. 21, both at St. George’s Park, England’s National Training Center, and then finish with a match against England on Feb. 25 that will be played at New Bucks Head in Wellington, which is the stadium for AFC Telford United.

      U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs will coach the team and has called up 20 players for the first international matches of 2017 for this age group. This birth year of players is at the start of a two-year cycle as U-18s before transitioning to U-20s in 2019, and will form the core of the group that will eventually attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

      U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:

      GOALKEEPERS (2): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma Football Club; Edmond, Okla.), Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.)

      DEFENDERS (6): Maycee Bell (Sporting KC; Wichita, Kan.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Cassie Hiatt (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Shea Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (NM Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas)

      MIDFIELDERS (5): Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntingdon Beach, Calif.), Kali Trevithick (San Diego Surf; Temecula, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars; Concord, Mass.), Natalie Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)

      FORWARDS (7): Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Ashlynn Serepca (NC Fusion; Cornelius, N.C.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks: Brighton, Mich.) Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Olivia Wingate (FC Stars of Mass.; Wilmington, Mass.), Summer Yates (PacNW SC; Pasco, Wash.)

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you.

        Madeline Vergura (FC Stars; Concord, Mass.) — is that the Concord of Lexington and Concord and the ride of Paul Revere etc? Concord Academy and all that?

  • Steglitz49

    Players from Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton will play alongside teammates from the likes of Llangyfelach, Fleur-De-Lys and Villa Dino when the Wales U-15s take on Brittany at Dragon Park.

    The 18-strong squad, who will welcome their Breton counterparts to Wales as a part of a cultural exchange created during Euro 2016, will play two fixtures against their opponents from northern France.

    The first match is Tuesday, Feb 21 and the 2nd match is Thursday, Feb 23.

    Wales U-15 Squad:
    Lucy Attwood – Abergavenny; Aneeka Bardsley – Burry Port; Grace Burke – Manchester United; Grace Corne – Barry Town
    Grace Godwin – Aston Villa; Phoebe Hampson – Everton; Hayley Hoare – Bristol City; Carrie Jones – Newtown Whitestars
    Ellen Jones – Bristol City; Deanna Lewis – Llangyfelach; Esther Morgan – Millwall;
    Bethan Roberts – Reading; Morgan Rogers – Fleur-De-Lys
    Ellie-Mai Sanford – Villa Dino; Jasmine Simpson – Rhydyfelin Rebels; Jessica Smith – Liverpool; Josie Smith – Rhyl Hearts; Samantha Wynne – Bristol City

  • Som Termanni

    Another WPSL team defects to UWS, this time the SDA Lady Knights/Syracuse Developmental Academy: http://www.uwssoccer.com/news_article/show/756541

    The team captain is Brooke Barbuto, who fell between D-I leagues into the then-Buffalo Flash and Rochester Ravens of the W-League and eventually wound up in Iceland (Haukar) and Finland (GBK, Nice Futis) before returning stateside.

  • Som Termanni
  • Som Termanni

    Alex Morgan played the second half for OL vs. Juvisy as a super-sub and did not score. OL won 5-2.

    Hegerberg scored a brace, with other OL goals by Majri, Kumagai (PK), and Le Sommer. Attendance in Lyon was 4,913.

    For PSG, Ashley Lawrence had two chances that led to goals while playing 90′ in a 4-0 cruise past Saint-Etienne. Vero Boquete with the first goal 8′ in, off a Cristiane-Lawrence buildup.

    Montpellier keeps pace with a 64′ game-winner from Janice Cayman to beat second-to-last Bordeaux 2-1. Stina Blackstenius played 60′.

    http://www.footofeminin.fr/D1F-J14-LYON-PSG-et-MONTPELLIER-s-imposent-MARSEILLE-et-GUINGAMP-confirment-METZ-accroche-a-nouveau-SOYAUX_a13338.html

    • Som Termanni

      Also worth noting for OL: Buchanan did not play and does not appear to have been available.

      And Morgan was Hegerberg’s supersub. By the time Morgan was on the pitch, OL had already scored 3, including Hegerberg’s brace.

  • Som Termanni

    Matildas roster for this week’s camp: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/westfield-matildas-squad-named-for-canberra-training-camp/d34tpolvlwpd1fzhduwi646qx

    NWSL players: Steph Catley (ORL), Alanna Kennedy (ORL), Lisa De Vanna (ORL), Sam Kerr (SBFC), Raso (PTFC), Lydia Williams (HOU).

    Also on the list: Kyah Simon (BOS; taking the year off), Foord (ex-SBFC), Polkinghorne (ex-PTFC), Heyman (ex-WNY).

    Off the list compared to the Rio roster: Larissa Crummer (just signed to SRFC; injured) and Laura Alleway (ORL). Alleway is a bit of a mystery, as she just had a good run in the W-League finals and didn’t appear to get hurt.

    Other notable adds and omissions: Tameka Butt is off the roster. Elise Kellond-Knight and Emily Van Egmond are in Euro leagues and won’t attend this camp, but are expected to join the team in Portugal for the Algarve Cup. Emma Checker (3 caps), Alex Chidiac (1 cap), Caitlin Cooper (7 caps, 1 goal), Casey Dumont (3 caps), Emily Gielnik (9 caps, 1 goal), Amy Harrison (3 caps), and Gema Simon (5 caps) back on the roster after not making the Rio cut.

    Uncapped adds: 15-year-old Jacynta Galabadaarachchi, who just wrapped her rookie season with winners Melbourne City with 157 minutes and 1 assist in 5 appearances and 1 start. 17-year-old FK Jada Mathyssen-Whyman of W. Sydney, who has 5 U20 caps. 17-year-old MF Grace Maher of Canberra United.

    Stajic expects to take 18-20 players to the Algarve Cup, probably including 16-18 from this camp roster since KK and Van Egmond will join later.