Friday Roundup: NCAA may ease double jeopardy rule

The Equalizer Staff February 17, 2017 37

Also in today’s roundup, Karina LeBlanc to speak at FIFA Equality Conference, more injury woes for Germany and news from the NCAA ranks

Jane Campbell was set off for DOGSO during her senior season at Stanford. A new rules proposal could have spared her the red card in favor of a yellow. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

Jane Campbell was set off for DOGSO during her senior season at Stanford. A new rules proposal could have spared her the red card in favor of a yellow. (Photo Copyright Steve Bruno for The Equalizer)

The NCAA could ease up on double jeopardy rules in place when a player commits a foul denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity (DOGSO). Currently when such instances happen in the penalty area, the offending player is sent off while the attacking team is awarded a penalty. The proposal by the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Rules Committee is to give the referee the option to show a yellow card rather than an automatic red if the defending player makes a legitimate attempt on the ball.

Other proposals are to allow the ball to move in any direction on kickoff and that on a restart the ball has to clearly move forward.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel is due to meet later in the month to discuss the suggestions.

Karina LeBlanc to speak at FIFA’s quality and inclusion conference

Karina LeBlanc will appear at FIFA's ??? Day on March 6.

Karina LeBlanc will appear at FIFA’s Quality and Inclusion Conference on March 6.

Longtime Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc has been named as a speaker at FIFA’s Quality and Inclusion Conference slated for March 6 in Zurich, Switzerland. Other speakers announced via the FIFA Women’s World Cup Twitter account include Lakshmi Puri, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Clarence Seedorf.

LeBlanc spent 18 years with Canada during which she earned 110 caps and an Olympic bronze medal in 2012. She was also a mainstay on the women’s pro circuit playing for the Boston Breakers in WUSA; the Los Angeles Sol, Philadelphia Independence and magicJack in WPS; and the Thorns and Red Stars in NWSL. LeBlanc was the regular keeper for the 2009 WPS Shield winning Sol and the 2013 NWSL Champion Thorns. She is one of only two goalkeepers (Hope Solo) to appear in all three leagues.

Hitzlsperger made 52 appearances for the German men’s national team including an appearance in the 2006 World Cup. Seedorf owns 87 caps for the Netherlands and represented the Orange at the 1998 World Cup but is perhaps more famous as the only man to win the UEFA Champions League for three different clubs. Puri is the Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

Kamme, Huth out of SheBelieves for Germany

Tabea Kamme and Svenja Huth will both miss the SheBelieves Cup after suffering knee injuries. Germany was already dealing with injuries to
Lena Goeßling, Simone Laudehr, and Melanie Leupolz. The team is also adjusting to life without the retired Melanie Behringer plus the transition from Sylvia Neid to new head coach Steffi Jones.

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German journalist Jasmina Schweimler reported the news via Twitter. Kamme has a torn meniscus according to Schweimler and Huth is also dealing with knee issues.

Germany opens SheBelieves play March 1 against the United States. Jones now has two extra roster spots to fill.

New Zealand international Jeenny Bindon added to staff at UCLA

Jenny Bindon has been named to Amanda Cromwell’s coaching staff at UCLA. Formerly Jenny Bourn, Bindon was a multi-sport star at Southern Illinois University and made 77 appearances in goal for the New Zealand national team. She was on the roster for two World Cups and two Olympics including the 2012 Games in London, where she was the oldest player in the competition. At 39, Bindon played every minute for New Zealand, who made it out of group play before losing 2-0 to the United States in the quarterfinals.

Bindon made herself available for the 2009 WPS draft but was not selected and never played in the league.

Shannon McCarthy to Japan

Shannon McCarthy, who played collegiately at the University of Miami, has signed to play professionally for FC Charme in Japan. McCarthy, a defender, was a fifth-year senior at Miami last season.

“God put the goal of playing professional soccer in my heart at a very young age and has blessed me with the gifts necessary to be able to achieve that, so I want to praise and thank Him for this opportunity,” McCarthy told “It is surreal to have achieved a goal that I’ve had my entire life.”

For Miami, McCarthy scored 1 goal and tallied 8 assists over 72 games played. In her final college game, she played all 110 minutes and assisted on Miami’s only goal. She also converted her spot kick, but Miami lost in penalties to Clemson in the ACC tournament. She later declared for the NWSL draft but was not selected.

FC Charme plays in Japan’s second division.

  • Yve

    The name of the former German coach is Silvia Neid

    • tonysocref

      Hell, US Soccer needs a editor just as bad as EQ.
      It’s been a week since the announcement of the pre SBC camp and Klingenberg is still not listed as being on the roster.

  • Som Termanni

    UWS champs Santa Clarita sign Venezuelan youth star and Florida State freshman Deyna Castellanos:

    Castellanos put herself on the map as a 14-year-old scoring 6 goals at the 2014 U17 WWC, then again at the 2016 U17 WWC with highlight-reel golazos against Canada (4-v-1) and Cameroon (94′ game-winner from kickoff).

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  • Som Termanni

    Australia’s preparing a bid to host the 2023 WWC:

    • Lorehead

      Good place to hold it. Wonder who else will apply.

      • Som Termanni

        So far: Colombia has a formal interest in applying, and Japan deferred their 2019 application to 2023 after winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics bids. New Zealand, Thailand, and South Korea all have expressed less formal interest.

        If New Zealand or Australia win the bid, it would be the first WWC in the southern hemisphere–so the first winter WWC.

        • Lorehead

          Colombia’s been a real giant-killer on the field, so hosting the WWC could be a big boost for the sport there if they’re serious.

          • Steglitz49

            The safe money is that it will be awarded to Japan if they ask for it. If Japan’s rankings were to drop a lot and Australia maintain their’s, Japan may not want WC-23.

            Japan was expected to get WC-19 and when they decided not to bid, France stepped in and filled the gap. To get WC-19, France gave up Euro-17 which went to the NL.

          • Som Termanni

            Yeah, I don’t see anyone but Japan really contending. They’ll have world-class facilities already recently refreshed for the ’20 OG, and it would bring the WWC back to east Asia where FIFA wants to see growth.

            I’m cynical about FFA’s timing, as this bid news came out of nowhere right on the heels of awful news about FFA’s inability to move on overdue A- and W-League reform. Regardless of whether it was intended, it reeks of distraction.

            I do think if Colombia makes a strong bid for ’23, they’ll be more visible on the radar for ’27. It helps this year to be off the heels of Colombia grabbing a point from the US in Brazil and to also be launching a women’s’ league. If that league takes off, it would be 4-5 years old when bids for 2027 start coming up, and marking 10 years for 2027. By that time CONCACAF might even have a proper champions league or regional cup of its own.

            It would be a nice cap to the sort of story that FIFA loves to tell (growing the game where it wasn’t present before), and a rare chance to run a world event in CONCACAF outside of the US and Canada. Being relatively close to Brazil won’t hurt attendance, either.

          • Steglitz49

            The growth of WoSo around the globe will depend on a myriad of things gradually coming together.

            Political pressure behind the scenes based on equal rights must not be underestimated. Another factor is that if men’s clubs wake up to filling a 40,000 seater stadium with WoSo fans, then they will generate profit from the stadium. That could be the most important factor of all.

            A cynic might argue that if the daughters of some powerful people in Colombia became interested in WoSo, money would be available and people go along and watch. The same applies to all these countries where there is a substantial group of very well to do people while many are poor. How to get the rich chaps to invest in women’s sports, is the issue. After all, they might prefer handball or beach volleyball.

          • Dumfries

            Colombia is in CONMEBOL, not CONCACAF.

          • TsovLoj

            Colombia could be cool, but don’t they have some fairly serious security issues?

          • Som Termanni

            They’ve improved considerably with mostly successful peace efforts in the past year. It’s still rough outside of tourist destinations, but so was Brazil.

            It’s true that a Colombian bid for 2023 onward would rely on that peace holding and improving over time, though.

  • Som Termanni

    Emma Fletcher (CanWNT, ex-LSU, UC-Berkeley) signs with Arna-Bjørnar in Toppserien:

    • mockmook

      Some day some NWSL coach will claim to be a genius when s/he brings Fletcher into the League.

    • Steglitz49

      Lots of American lasses going to Norway. Did Franch, Short and Schifflin spill the beans?

  • Lorehead

    Glad to hear what Karina LeBlanc’s up to. It was nice to see her stop by last year and visit the Riveters.

  • Som Termanni

    “It was felt that since 2017 already have several major women’s tournaments, having another at the ASEAN level meet would defeat the purpose and lead to unnecessary use of funds.”

  • Gary Diver

    The Karina LeBlanc photo must be fifteen years old. She is sort of a professional “sports personality”. This reflects a society that craves personalities.

    • Constant Weeder

      Hard to compete with Karina on personality, though, she’s overflowing with it.

  • Som Termanni

    UWS adds a team in Los Angeles, So Cal Crush FC, making them the highest-tier women’s soccer league in the city.

    Initial signings: Forward Ryan Casey (Carnegie Mellon), forward Jamie Bell (LMU, FC Energia – Russia, LA Strikers – USL W-League), forward Kara Lankey (Pacific University), midfielder Rachel Bird (San Diego State Club) and midfielder Jordan Miller (Cal. Lutheran University).

    • Dumfries

      Last I checked, WPSL and UWS were in the same tier. If UWS wants to call themselves a higher tier, then they need to get official division 2 sanctioning directly from USSF and get WPSL/USASA moved to division 3. But as it is, both leagues are sanctioned through USASA, so even if UWS is supposedly better caliber play, calling it “the highest-tier women’s soccer league in the city” is disingenuous at best.

      • Som Termanni


        If we want to split hairs, neither league has a team in Los Angeles. WPSL has a few that play in Pasadena, including LA Villa and LA Premier FC. WPSL’s LA Galaxy affiliate is in San Diego. I haven’t seen a venue yet for this UWS team, but its mailing address is in Montrose.

        • Dumfries

          That’d be a great argument, except last season SoCal FC played at Bishop Alemany High School, which is indeed in the Los Angeles city limits. And the season before that at CSUN which is also in the LA city limits. I guess that map that came out from the WPSL AGM listed them as being in Santa Clarita (though I find that strange since the Santa Clarita Blue Heat of the UWS play there and it’s not that big of a city), so they might be moving out of the LA city limits. But anyway, it’s still a disingenuous thing to say.

        • Dumfries

          And BTW, in case it’s not clear, I’m not saying you’re being disingenuous. I know you’re just quoting the article which itself is quoting the UWS/SCCFC press release.

  • Reality

    Montpellier (D1) slaughters Domont (DH) 16-0 with a quadruple by Blackstenius.

    Today’s starting line ups for Olympique Lyonnais v. Guingamp

    • Som Termanni

      Looks like PSG dropped 11 on Tours as well, with goals from Henry, Boquete, and a first for Formiga.

      • Reality

        I’ve been hearing different stories about Christiane going to China. Have you heard anything definite?

        • DNG

          I would just wait for the info. I think she said in her instagram post that her contract ends in July. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her go after the season is over though.

          • Reality

            Rumor has it that just a few teams out of the 16 in the Chinese Super League are of superior quality at this point in time. The team that is interested in Christiane, Changchun Dazhong Zhuoyue, is one of them.


          • Steglitz49

            I could see the logic in each of the 16 teams being encouraged to have 2 or 3 foreign players on their books for a couple of years so as to raise the general standard of the game but for 2 or 3 clubs acquiring foreigners does not make much sense.

  • Reality

    Olympique Lyonnais defeats Guingamp 5-0 with Pauline Bremer getting hat trick. Morgan didn’t play…still recovering from illness…

    • Steglitz49

      Today Susan Dunklee made history when she took the silver in the Biathlon (skishooting) mass start race. Only the amazing Laura Dahlmeier could beat her.

      A couple of days ago it was Bailey winning gold in the Distance race (aka Individual race) and today it was Susan in the Mass Start.

      The ski-world turned upside down what with Mikaela Shiffrin in the Alpine World Championship. Maybe the X-country WC in Lahti will be another revelation?

    • guest

      What has she got, Lyon-itis?

      • Steglitz49

        Try guestitis?

  • Paul Klee

    Allie Long tweeted that #shebelieves camp starts tomorrow Monday 20 Feb. Dunn has a Chelsea Ladies match Thursday and Morgan has Lyonnaise Feminine fixture on Saturday, so both are going to miss the first week of camp (recovery and flights). Perhaps this is why A-Rod is in Camp so as to provide sufficient strikers for training?