Thursday Roundup: USWNT Headed to Norway

The Equalizer Staff February 23, 2017 171

ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, DE VANNA SUSPENDED BY FFA, BREAKERS WAIVE RATCLIFFE, LOGARZO JOINS AVALDSNES AND MORE

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The USWNT will face Ada Hegerberg and Norway in June. (Getty Images)

The rumored USWNT friendly in Norway has been confirmed, with the game to take place on June 11 in Sandefjord. The game, which falls during a FIFA international window, will be preceded by another friendly in Europe against an opponent yet to be named.

The US and Norway share a long history. Until 2003, no other team besides the two had won a Women’s World Cup, and until 2016, no other team had won gold in women’s soccer in the Olympics. Their last meeting was a 2-1 U.S. victory in the group stage of the 2015 Algarve Cup. That tournament marks the last time the U.S. played a friendly match in another country.

FFA HANDS DE VANNA MATCH SUSPENSION

Lisa DeVanna (left) of Australia battles U.S. captain Christie Rampone for the ball. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Lisa DeVanna will be suspended to start the next W-League season. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Matildas captain Lisa De Vanna, previously cited for an incident in the W-League semifinal where Canberra United fell to eventual champs Melbourne City, has pled guilty and received a one-game suspension for “Serious Unsporting Conduct.” The incident was not caught during the game by the referee but was later reviewed on video by the Football Federation Australia’s Independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee.

De Vanna joined the Orlando Pride after the Olympics last year but has yet to announce her return for the upcoming season. She spent the most recent W-League season with Canberra United and was named to the Matildas squad for the 2017 Algarve Cup.

BOSTON WAIVES BRITTANY RATCLIFFE

The Boston Breakers announce today that they have waived forward Brittany Ratcliffe. She appeared in fifteen matches for the Breakers, starting five. The UVA product was selected in the second round of the 2016 NWSL draft with a pick acquired from Chicago as part of the trade that sent Alyssa Naeher to the Red Stars.

SCOTLAND, NORWAY ANNOUNCE ROSTER CHANGES

Kim Little hopes to lead Scotland to its first major international tournament. (Getty Images)

Kim Little’s Scotland squad announces additions for Cyprus Cup. (Getty Images)

Katja Kragelund reported today that Nora Holstad and Vilde Bøe Risa have withdrawn from Norway’s Algarve Cup squad, likely due to injury or for precautionary reasons. They will be replaced by Gunnhild Herregȧrden and Tuva Hansen.

The Scottish FA also announced a change to their Cyprus Cup squad, adding Gemma Fay and Kirsty Smith. Fay was originally excluded due to injury. The squad also includes Seattle Reign defender Rachel Corsie and former Reign midfielder Kim Little.

Both Norway and Scotland are preparing for the 2017 Women’s UEFA Euros.

{More: International Tournament Rosters Released}

LOGARZO JOINS AVALDSNES

Chloe Logarzo, of the Matildas and Newcastle Jets, is headed to Norway to join Toppserien club Avaldsnes IL. The midfielder brings Champions League experience with her, making it to this year’s Round of 16 with her former club, Eskilstuna United of Sweden’s Damallsvenskan. Avaldsnes was knocked out last October in the Round of 32 by defending champions Olympique Lyon. Avaldsnes is the former home of Seattle Reign goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel and Houston Dash defender Bruna Benites.

Logarzo made her first appearance for the Australian senior team in 2013, missing out on the 2015 Women’s World Cup squad before representing Australia in the 2016 Olympics. She won a W-League title with Sydney FC before joining Newcastle in 2015, although she missed out on the most recent season with an ankle injury.

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  • guest

    I can’t wait to see Ada v. Allie Long

    • dw

      Neither can Ada, probably.

    • Timber Dave

      Allie Long is a tremendous player, but defense has not been her strong suit with either the national team or the Thorns. Why does Jill Ellis keep playing her back there? I get that you want a good passer to bring the ball out of the back, but with a 3-back formation, you need strong defenders at each position.

      Hopefully the problems in this setup will be revealed at the SheBelieves Cup where they won’t matter much, and Ellis will thereafter play Long farther forward where she belongs. Either that, or Long turns it around, does spectacularly well in defense, and I have to eat crow.

      A 3-back formation also needs someone speedy among the 3 for chasing down fast forwards on through-balls and balls over the top. We haven’t seen yet either, but that’s a whole different rant!

    • Cc W

      I believe that Ada will make that back 3 looks silly at times.

  • Rdalford

    with Boston waiving Ratcliffe and Engen not playing the Naeher trade (Naeher plus 3rd round pick to Chicago for Engen and 2nd round pick/Ratcliffe) ends up yielding one partial year (14 matches) from Engen and one year of Ratcliffe for USWNT GK.
    Admit that I was never a fan of the Naeher trade but now that trade looks even worse

    a little surprising that Boston/Beard did not at least let Ratcliffe compete for roster spot (Beard was quoted around draft day as saying he wanted to have players compete for spots) Boston still has more drafted players than open roster spots so either some drafted players end up on (unpaid) reserve team or cut more vets.

    Not clear (yet) if Ratcliffe intends to try to keep playing (in NWSL or elsewhere) but at least with being waived she is free to go play where ever she can make a roster.
    Ratcliffe may or may not be starting level in NWSL but could perhaps latch on as sub.
    Wish her well whatever her future career path choices

    • tonysocref

      Since Boston exercised the option for 2017 on her, doesn’t she have to clear the waiver wire before she becomes a free agent?

      • Rdalford

        i think you are correct re waiver wire – which I think is one day – so if no other NWSL team claims Ratcliffe by end of day Friday, then she would be free to try out/could be signed via NWSL Discovery process.
        She could of course also sign to play in Europe etc

        for what it is worth being waived by Boston is not necessarily a bad thing. A couple years back Boston waived Joanna Lohman and then she was picked up by Washington and has had a couple of fairly strong years playing with the Spirit.

        • tonysocref

          I tried to look up the roster rules on the NWSL web site before I asked the question, but the site apparently is having some issues at this time.

          • Rdalford

            ever since the NWSL – A+E announcement the NWSL site has been essentially been just announcement page. however, you can frequently access the old pages by searching ( i.e. NWSL roster rules search will give you access to 2016 roster rules).

            relevant text
            “The “Waiver Claiming Period” shall commence on the first business day (the “Waiver Period Commencement Date”) the League gives notice to Teams and shall expire at 5:00 p.m. EST on the first business day after the Waiver Period Commencement Date (the claiming period is 24 hours).”

          • tonysocref

            Thanks,
            Up until yesterday was having no problems getting into the site and checking things. Yesterday it appeared that they had removed all 4 seasons of stats and today haven’t even been able to get the site to load.

          • Rdalford

            hopefully they will have the new/updated NWSL site up soon.

          • Steglitz49

            The EQ has not loaded well for several days now. There are times when it simply gets stuck. Maybe there is malware in both?

          • Constant Weeder

            I haven’t had any trouble with either site, at least since I found the pale gray “Enter Site” button on the NWSL home page. No idea what the problem might be, but I don’t think it’s the sites.

          • guest

            that pale gray “Enter Site” button on NWSL is not a live button

          • Constant Weeder

            What can I say? It works for me. (No finger, but it works.)

    • Steglitz49

      Engen at least has her WC gold medal and her success with Liverpool Ladies and Tyresö to her name but what has Ms Ratcliffe gotten out of her soccer since college? Granted, she could go and play abroad but what are the chances that she will land in a halfway decent club?

    • GT

      Boston this year is almost a completely new team.

  • Confused

    Is De Vanna’s one game suspension only for the W-league next season? Or whenever her next game is?

    • guest

      only for W-league

      • Confused

        Not much of a punishment. No lost of $?

  • Rdalford

    Australia WNY Matildas site is reporting that Australian WNT matches in Algarve Cup will be broadcast in Australian via FOX Sports.

    for the weekly w-league matches broadcast by Fox Sports in Australia the match videos were also posted to Fox Sports Australia web site – so perhaps these Algarve matches will also be posted on Fox Sports Australia web site

    from Australia WNT site
    Thursday, 23 February 2017 –
    Staff writer
    Australian sports fans will be able to watch the Westfield Matildas take on some of the world’s best teams at the Algarve Cup in Portugal LIVE following confirmation that FOX SPORTS will broadcast all of the team’s matches at the tournament.

    The commitment by FOX SPORTS will see the Westfield Matildas’ three group stage matches against Sweden, the Netherlands and China P.R. plus the team’s final placement match all broadcast into Australia, beginning with the opening match against Rio Games silver medallists Sweden at 5.30am (AEDT) on 2 March 2017 (LIVE on FOX SPORTS 503).

    This will be followed by the encounter against the Netherlands on 4 March (kick-off 2.00am AEDT) (LIVE on FOX SPORTS 506) and then China P.R. on 7 March (kick-off 2.00am AEDT) (LIVE on FOX SPORTS 505).

    The Westfield Matildas squad has touched down in Portugal ahead of what will be the team’s first matches since last year’s Rio Games.

    The Westfield Matildas will compete at the Algarve Cup, the oldest invitational tournament in women’s football, for the first time in 17 years.

    – See more at: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/fox-sports-to-show-westfield-matildas-algarve-cup-matches-live/1gytt6jovkosv1gu7mzls96vww#sthash.XFAffYv2.dpuf

    Read more at http://www.matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/fox-sports-to-show-westfield-matildas-algarve-cup-matches-live/1gytt6jovkosv1gu7mzls96vww#HD8dbPjpIIBo43sc.99

    • Steglitz49

      WoSo is clearly moving forward into more sunlit uplands in Australia. Let’s trust that the Matildas can put in a show in Australia that satisfies Fox.

    • Cc W

      So do we know what DeVanna did to get herself suspended?

      • JL

        During the Canberra/City semifinal, DeVanna intentionally hit Fishlock in the back. While Fishlock may have sold it a bit more than necessary, it was a dirty play by DeVanna that deserved some form of punishment.

        • Cc W

          Thanks! Being a Reign fan, I can see that Fishlock can get under players skin – but no excuse for that,

  • Rdalford

    Australia WNT site also has interesting article on Steph Catley.
    article asks Catley about plans at club level.

    As for her club future, Catley said she was assessing options. “I’m talking with Orlando Pride at the moment. “I’m thinking another year in America and hopefully I get a good season and I’m fit as I was pretty injury plagued at the Olympics. “I want to get my head right, fully confident and fully fit, have a good season in the US then maybe look to Europe next year.” – See more at: http://matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/steph-catley-vows-winning-mentality-at-algarve-cup/h270dmspwa8a1w9j4dozpoi32#sthash.UNmz397p.dpuf

    Read more at http://www.matildas.footballaustralia.com.au/article/steph-catley-vows-winning-mentality-at-algarve-cup/h270dmspwa8a1w9j4dozpoi32#YEMyyqXgXLMQfbBG.99

    • Tom F

      In one game this last season for MC, Cately started at at right mid, She’s really very creative from that spot. Hopefully the Matildas coach moves her there, as this area seemed to be a weakness for the home grown Australians, as the midfield play was dominated by foreigners like Fishlock, D’Bernardino & Huerta. Of course two NT starters, KK & Van Egmond are in the current Bundesliga, though the latter gets almosy no playing time over at Wolfsburg

  • southbayfan

    Good News! Norway should provide a quality matchup. Hopefully the first game will be Sweden.

    • Steglitz49

      The US could probably play 13 if not 16 matches during May-June in Europe before the start of Euro-17 in the NL.

  • Steglitz49

    Avaldsnes is a little more than “the former home of Seattle Reign goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel and Houston Dash defender Bruna Benites” because it was at Avaldsnes that Casey Short and Adrianna Franch rebuilt their careers.

    Casey made the 1st XI of the Toppserien as did Alyssa Giannetti, the goalie of Arna-Björnar the WoSo team of Bergen.

  • Rdalford

    us soccer site has announced French and Snow now in staff positions for USWNT

    “CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced several changes to its Youth National Team staff as Michelle French and B.J. Snow will leave their posts with the U-20 and U-17 Women’s National Teams, respectively to take positions with the U.S. Women’s National Team.”

    full article on us soccer site

    imo, frequent sign of dysfunctional organization is consistent failing performance being rewarded by being kicked upstairs

    • kernel_thai

      Really time for a complete rebuild at USSoccer woman’s side. It would be different if their mission statement was develop players. Ussoccer has always been win first and ask questions later. They treat friendlies and friendly tourneys the same as world cups. If that’s the company plan then u have to hold ur coaches accountable for not winning, right? Note, it’s who you know and who ur connected with not the job u r doing. They need to retool from the top down.

      • #1Fan

        Ellis showing you that her biggest skill is keeping the status quo. Im bitterly disappointed in her, but I should not be surprised.

        US Soccer is showing itself to be all about a very small group of people and in a country this size it is very disheartening to see. We need a risk taker and a visionary, not a person who surrounds herself with YES people.

        Picking the occasional 16yrl old changes nothing for me. This is a joke.

        • DNG

          I think they need sort or a technical director devoted to WoSo. Administrative stuff shouldn’t be on Ellis, she should be focused on coaching the full team. The Klinsmann style TD and manager job is too big for one person to handle here.

          • #1Fan

            Probably.

          • rkmid71

            I thought Heinrichs was Tech Director? Actually I’m surprised it wasn’t Heinrichs making these announcements. This confirms KT’s view about need to clean house. They just can’t bring themselves to make meaningful change or bring in new ideas. The lack of accountability is numbing. As far as women’s team sports, makes me want to just start watching USA Women’s National Basketball team, UConn women (if they can go undefeated and win NCAAs again). Some college women’s soccer is fun too.

          • DNG

            In that case they need a competent technical director. It’s time to remove the these people instead of just shifting them around.

          • Reality

            I believe this is what they used to call a lateral transfer. The question becomes will this produce equivalent results?

          • guest

            perhaps they need a new woso technical director

            currently the U.S. Women’s Technical Director is April Heinrichs

          • HOFCToDi

            DNG is a blithering idiot, a clueless moron, and a worthless troll.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Heinrichs#Technical_Director

            In January 2011, April Heinrichs was hired by United States Soccer Federation as Technical Director for women’s soccer.

      • Steglitz49

        Being head-coach of the USWNT is a poisoned chalice. You are not only expected to win but it is also meet and right that you do win because of the talent-pool at your disposal.

        Anna Signeul has taken the Finnish Euro. Lars Lagerbäck has taken on Norway’s men while their ladies belong to another Swede, Martin Sjögren. Colin Bell is i/c of Ireland’s lasses.

    • #1Fan

      JOKE

  • guest123

    Off-Topic: BJ Snow (U-17) & Michelle French (U-20) out as head coaches but will stay on with US Soccer in another capacity.

    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/72440/us-soccer-shakeup-u-17-and-u-20-womens-coaches.html

    • DNG

      It’s good that they’re gone but I’m not sure about the reassignments. I’m not sure I agree will Ellis that Snow will be a good college talent evaluator since he arguably did a poor job of doing exactly that with the U17’s but we’ll see. Based on what I saw at the U20 WC I think the full team can do without French’s input.

      • #1Fan

        I happen to agree. Snow talent evaluation is EXACTLY why he needs to gtfo 🙂

      • LM

        I concur!

    • AlexH

      Why on earth do we keep these people on? The federation doesn’t need lifers on staff, we need winners that we should reward of fire accordingly.

      • #1Fan

        I think the reason they are staying on for now is the GDA. they are struggling for staff.

      • Som Termanni

        The irony is especially thick after Ellis went on and on about long-tenured players getting spots without maintaining form is reflective of failures in the system. And yet somehow, long-tenured coaches with records of underachievement get promoted without ever attaining form.

    • AlexH

      Here is a radical suggestion, let’s just (mostly) do away with our U-17 team. It is absolutely impossible to select a team from the millions girls that play soccer and an uninformed selection will pigeon hole lots of players as failures and a select few as successes based upon very little.

      Why not just have a national U-17 club tournament and have the winner represent the USA. If the winning team needs some extra players (maybe the don’t have 23 players that have US passports) then the federation can select a few wild cards based upon the performance at the tournament. Let the U-17WC serve as an incentive for great play while at the same time dispensing with the notion that it is some sort of definitive evaluation.

      • #1Fan

        its not impossible at all. it actually pretty easy once you accept that there are many many permutations that could work. the issue i have is consistently picking permutations that will never work. Its not so much about who you pick but about how well you blend them together. this notion that these are the best players is false. they are a collection of good players form a pool of many BUT the USSF re-inforce the notion by selecting the same ones over and over.

        Winning a tournament is a bad idea.

        • Steglitz49

          How on earth can winning a tournament be a bad idea? Stop inhaling but keep breathing. Slow and steady does it.

          • rkmid71

            And winning a tournament with that kind of meaning is about the most objective measure you could have. It separates the real competitors/winners from the others. It allows for many different styles of play. It values TEAM performance. And as AlexH says, you give USSF some wildcards.

          • #1Fan

            It doesn’t. It just shows you who the deep National Clubs are. There are outstanding kids on weak teams.

          • rkmid71

            Agree. That’s why you give USSF some wildcards. And maybe even coach of winning team gets some input on wildcards.

            I’ve seen top teams from no name clubs beat top teams from National clubs many times. As long as you don’t have college sub rules and it follows more int’l rules and give enough gap between games, the depth isn’t as much of a factor.

          • #1Fan

            Makes no sense to do it. Wilcdards makes it no different to the current system

          • rkmid71

            Does it make sense to do what they are doing?

          • #1Fan

            everyone else does it the same way. It not the process, it the people in charge of it. For example, I believe that Heinrichs is going to be taking a few of the U-18 kids from England to the U-20 camp in Spain. How does that make any sense at all? they continue to shrink player pools instead of growing them to see who else they may have. They lock in to kids and thats it …

          • AlexH

            The point of sending the winners to the WC is to give the kids something BIG to play for AND to devalue any notion that being on the U-17 team is somehow a definitive measure of anything. Selecting 20 kids out of a nation ours size is a fool’s errand. Don’t even try.

          • rkmid71

            Especially selecting the kids at U14 and then more or less sticking with the same group — regardless of performance. USA has never won a U17WC. There’s been years they can’t even qualify and make it through Concacaf, among the weakest confederations in the world.

          • #1Fan

            i think we agree to a point. there is no “right” 20. The youth teams must be a conduit to the full teams. The style and fundamental approach should be uniform. If you make it a prize for a Club event, you introduce all sorts of different styles and coaching methods. The USSF just need to do a better job of opening the early part of a cycle to more players and actually hire people who can evaluate talent a lot better than this group

          • LM

            We need a defined and consistent style of play by our YNTs. As far as I can see we still prize athletic, aggressive and fast break attack players. If possession is the desired style of play, then the coaches selected must have a background in producing teams that clearly display this. Then the coach must be able to pick the players that fit this system. Instead, the players picked are primarily the “stars” from winning club teams. Pure speed and aggression are the common denominators of these players. YNT players in my area are carbon copies of each other.

          • mockmook

            ” YNT players in my area are carbon copies of each other.”

            If they start with the right template, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

            And, while I love great technical players, if an “athletic” model gets better results, I can live with that.

            (I’m talking “in theory” — yes, I understand that our latest Y teams just got smoked)

          • #1Fan

            i love athletic players. But then you play an athletic game. We seem to select athletes and then ask them to be technical. In reality it should be a mix .

          • DNG

            Athleticism can also only take you so far. Adama Traore is a pretty good example of this in the men’s game. He even has enough dribbling ability to rip through defenses. But it all comes to nothing since he has no vision or passing ability.

          • #1Fan

            I agree. But the women’s game cannot stop Adama Traores. Its nowhere near that level.

          • DNG

            Fair point. I think the good teams are definitely starting to get there though. Dunn does not get through multiple lines of defense from deep positions against every team.

          • #1Fan

            We agree. The US could unleash waves of pace with a Brian pulling the strings. Would be frightening. Off the ball movement at speed with a good visionary passer as opposed to single player taking turn trying to run from deep. That would be my plan.

          • DNG

            Would you defend deeper to give the forwards more space to work with or suffocate the opposing teams with a high press? I think I like the high pressing tactics for league matches as oppose to tournament play since it would be tough to press for 90 min in every match the course of a tournament.

      • Steglitz49

        Hear hear! Good catch.

  • gueste123

    Seattle Reign coach, Laura Harvey to coach the U-23 in La Manga tournament. Matches against Japan(3/2), England(3/4) & Norway(3/7). It looks like Harvey is setting up to be a future USWNT coach. I would think some of these players will be selected for the Portland Thorns tournament in late March

    http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/02/24/18/51/20170224-news-u23wnt-will-travel-to-spain-for-matches-against-japan-england-and-norway

    U-23 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

    GOALKEEPERS (2): Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Madalyn Schiffel (Seattle Reign; Citrus Heights, Calif.)

    DEFENDERS (7): Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue FC; West Covina, Calif.), Adrienne Jordan (IBV; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kristen McNabb (Seattle Reign; Montville, N.J.), Kayla Mills (Sky Blue FC; West Covina, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Chicago Red Stars; Elgin, Ill.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.), Samantha Witteman (NC Courage; Redondo Beach, Calif.)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Andrews (Boston Breakers; Milford, N.H.), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City, Raleigh, N.C.), Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns; Lutherville, Md.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; Silver Spring, Md.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Dani Weatherholt (Orlando Pride; San Clemente, Calif.)

    FORWARDS (5): Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns; San Francisco, Calif.), Makenzy Doniak (NC Courage; Chino Hills, Calif.), Ashley Hatch (NC Courage; Gilbert, Ariz.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Arielle Ship (Washington Spirit; Westlake Village, Calif.)

    • Steglitz49

      A coach who wins championships might have been a better idea, not a repeat failure.

      • rkmid71

        Repeat failure seems to be a requirement for promotion. How about Snow, French? Now Head of talent id and new Assistant NT coach respectively.

        • Som Termanni

          USSF’s trying to fit in with the rest of the FIFA membership by failing people upward.

        • mockmook

          I don’t consider the new positions to be a promotion. HC is the elite/critical position IMHO

          I’m all for this change.

          • #1Fan

            im not. But it’s clear they have no alternatives. They are advertising for YNT Coaches

          • rkmid71

            As long as the HC is free to pick the roster they want whether in the pool or not and don’t have to rely on the Head of Talent Id.

        • LM

          Unbelievable – these coaches are part of the problem and they get promoted. USWNT is ballooning their staff like all bureaucracies. Not a meritocracy. It’s no wonder that player selections reflect this as well — insularity and entitlement.

      • Som Termanni

        Two league trophies aren’t worth sneezing at, even if they were as much Kim Little’s as Harvey’s. It’s not like they’re calling up Rory Dames or Mark Parsons.

        I’m more interested in Boureille getting called up at forward. She had a standout season at mid in Canberra and was also in the rotation at mid for Portland. I don’t think she’s played forward since college. Meanwhile, Tyler Lussi—a just-drafted college forward—is called up as a midfielder.

        • mockmook

          Never take those labels too seriously — may have no bearing on what position they will actually play.

          • rkmid71

            Sanchez and Purce aren’t midfielders either. Where is Savannah Jordan? Why not pick all forwards and just call them whatever you want? Wasn’t Ogle in the midfield that failed miserably in U20WC?

            It’s beyond me we can’t find select the best MIDFIELDERS.

          • #1Fan

            Pinto team did worse

          • rkmid71

            Don’t remind me please. And JE thinks she needs her on the USWNT? That’s a sorry statement in and of itself. Geez.

          • #1Fan

            It’s ironic that the US is struggling for depth at the most workmanlike , least frilly position #6.

          • rkmid71

            At least JE seems to be acknowledging that she now thinks a #6 is important and can’t just put another AM or forward in that spot. Then again she still wants Long at CB. Long is going to have to hack people down to stop them.

          • #1Fan

            how you figure that. Neither Sullivan nor Pinto are natural 6s

          • HOFCToDi

            #1Fan is a blithering idiot, a clueless moron, and a worthless troll.

            Chris’ 2018 NWSL Draft Big Board Top 50 – Sullivan Still #1

            http://www.allwhitekit.com/?p=14973

            Overall Top 50

            1. Andi Sullivan – MF (DMC), D (CB) – Stanford

          • Steglitz49

            That is why he blocks everyone who disagrees with him.

            At the same time, I can’t see how you can have someone with an ACL-tear as #1 till she has recovered from her injury. That does not make sense.

          • HOFCToDi

            #1Fan spews garbage all day, all night.

          • rkmid71

            How about someone on ACL tear #3? With no post injury playing time. And then playing them at critical time in knockout game versus Sweden in OG? Based on what we saw from Sullivan in that short period, it makes sense to pencil (i.e. eraseable) her in — in this day in age the success rate for ACL recovery is high, especially first injury. But your point is good. Certainly opens the door for others to get a chance. Like Pinto? Did Killion get a chance? Colaprico? HOFC had a good list of CM options.

          • HOFCToDi

            A list of central midfield options for June 2019:

            Killion, Sarah (DOB 27 Jul 1992)
            Mewis, Samantha (DOB 09 Oct 1992)
            Brian, Morgan (DOB 26 Feb 1993)
            Horan, Lindsey (DOB 26 May 1994)
            Lavelle, Rose (DOB 14 May 1995)
            Sullivan, Andi (DOB 20 Dec 1995)
            Pinto, Brianna (DOB 24 May 2000)

            I have my doubts about Pinto for 2019/2020.

          • rkmid71

            I don’t think it’s in short supply. It just hasn’t been a priority before. Now that it appears to be, they are scrambling to find some players. Sullivan looked like more of a 6 to me (than other players in the WNT pool) but they didn’t play great competition the time I saw her play. I would want to see how she is defensively against fast teams. I should go back and look at some Stanford games. Pinto is a burner and a good 1v1 defender? Didn’t seem to bother Ghana who outshot the US 24-11 and double SOG 10-5. The player of the match was the Laurel Ivory, the GK. Didn’t seem to bother Japan who outshot the US 22-10, SOG 9-7. You are not controlling a match with those stats. Control the midfield, control the match.

          • #1Fan

            the joke to me is that Pinto is none of the things that article says she is. It just shows that you can make up whatever you want. No one knows enough to challenge you.

          • rkmid71

            The article and powers that be can say whatever they want. But once the player is on the public stage (like the WC), the facts and performance speak for themselves. Many players have had multiple events. Contrast the hype of the whole U17 team pre WC to the miserable performance (not just result) we witnessed when it mattered. Per articles, Pugh was supposedly the greatest player in the “the history of the U20 WC”, yet the performance (not just result) of the U20 team was as bad as U17s. The USWNT had its worst result ever in the OG. And then somehow these players are promoted to next level teams and coaches, after two failed cycles, are now Head of Talent ID and new Asst. NT coach? This does not bode well. I think S49 is correct. Europe is going to take over. Many top college players not previously in the USSF YNT pools who are driven to continue playing will go overseas. NWSL is meaningless other than as a training ground for handpicked USSF players. Actual performance in the league is not a factor.

          • #1Fan

            You know I agree. I said it Pre WC. I said it post WC. I will continue to say it. The system is very badly managed. The press just write shallow puff pieces on youth soccer with no facts. They glorify whomever they are told to. You cannot rely on what you read. The YNT system sees a fraction of the players it should and makes no real effort to do more than select whomever Club coaches with agendas say or kids from their own region who the see far more often than others. The east coast is criminally underrepresented and the kids from there are nowhere near the best ones.

            They insult your soccer IQ with these QAs that make no sense and the old “performance in camp” excuse. It’s impossible to take them seriously when every other performance metric counts for nothing and what we see with our own eyes is deemed irrelevant.

          • rkmid71

            I would say “connected” club or even college coaches with agendas. I’ve long wondered about the under representation of east coast players (except from certain clubs). I assume that’s because the National Training Center is at StubHub Center in southern California — so they don’t have to travel to scout players. Regardless of California’s population, if the National Training Center was on the east coast, there wouldn’t be such under representation. And now I understand they are building a 2nd National Training Center in Kansas City. Presumably at least a partial recognition of the problem. At least now there will be more Midwest players. The east coast is still screwed!

          • Steglitz49

            Stick the NT training centre in Nashville TN or Georgetown KY? Heck, why not in Austin TX?

          • #1Fan

            They are as far as Youth teams are concerned. I know the EC scene pretty well. The EC players who are in the your teams are not close to being the ones with the most potential OR the best current resumes.

            I wonder how the USSF would even know when they show up to a few ECNL showcase games and watch for 40 mins. How do you actually select players like that?

            I guess they listen to the Club coaches who make the most noise or maybe the ones who have the winningest teams. Again, how is that a valid way to select players? Winning Club games is about depth. when you play 2x on the weekends game 2 is about attrition. Especially for the teams that have one or two standout player who get kicked all game on the instruction of Club coaches desperate to win.

            Maybe this is the reason behind a GDA, but I dont think that will change much given the way they seem to be structuring it.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you for your support.

            At the risk of sounding paranoid, some of the European signings give me the creeps that there is collusion to spay the NWSL.

            Nevertheless, always look on the bright side of life: Jessica Diggins hunted down and won a World Championship Bronze in Lahti for the US ski team.

          • rkmid71

            Euro signings are just giving a further nudge to the self inflicted damage already being done. I do try to look at the bright side of life more often than not. I like Mandela’s saying: “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” Congrats to Diggins!! Btw — Lindsey Vonn is nearing Stenmark’s all time record for int’l victories.

          • Steglitz49

            The truly great have nothing to fear. thier names liveth forevermore.

            Mikaela Shiffrin, in spite of her injury a year ago, looks on track to emulate everyone — unless she finds love in the rams of a ….

            Ingemar, like Anne-Marie before him is phlegmatic and sees it as a good thing that his record might be broken. The fact that he only skied slalom and giant slalom and that neither had the opportunity to ski SuperG, does not bother them.

          • Steglitz49

            Two big names in #6 on the men’s side have been Bobby Moore and Franco Baresi.

            With modern numbering it goes a bit haywire. Lisa Dahlkvist likes to play in #27 so in the NT she wears #7. Nilla Fischer plays in #5, which was the Kaiser’s number. Jessica Samuelsson plays in #18.

          • AlexH

            Probably because players know that so long as Jill is at the helm there is absolutely no market for a #6.

          • #1Fan

            I dont understand. She says she wants a #6

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe there is no true #6 in US college ladies soccer?

          • DNG

            I think I am starting to come around to the opinion that Pinto was brought up to make it appear as if the U system is working. I’m having a hard time believing that the player I watched at the U17 WC is a better player right now than Colaprico.

          • #1Fan

            🙂 she isn’t But JE is now putting “potential” in the team.

          • rkmid71

            So much so that Snow got a job as Head of Talent ID. He was so good at identifying and selecting talent for his team, training them together for an extended period, just couldn’t coach.

          • Steglitz49

            The number on Bobby Moore’s jersey.

          • Steglitz49

            Savannah went to Scotland. Maybe she now will be frozen out?

          • rkmid71

            Seems like she marches to her own drummer and is happy as a lark in Scotland. It’s a beautiful place. From what I can tell she loves to play the game. I liked her first interview. What JE and USSF choose to do re: players is anybody’s guess. Afterall, we got Rapinoe situation in OG, all those unfit old vets in WC, now 16 yr old, etc. Scoring goals with ridiculous consistency in college is not apparently a meaningful qualification. If I was her, I would just do my thing have fun and hope that eventually the tides change within a timeframe that matters. And maybe she can make it to the Old Course beforehand.

          • HOFCToDi

            Benny and Jurgen or Jurgen and Benny. You can google the last names.

          • rkmid71

            I assume Feilhaber, Klinsmann. Unless you mean Benny Hill.

          • HOFCToDi

            One is back and the other is gone.

            http://www.ussoccer.com/mens-national-team/latest-roster#tab-1

            Funny how that works with Bruce Arena in charge.

          • LM

            I agree – Ogle’s play at U20 WWC does not warrant another call up. Maybe great at the college game, but her style does not scale to the international level.

        • Steglitz49

          When you have a play-off, only the championship counts. Think the Superbowl and Stanley Cup, for example.

          In short, why did they not invite Vlatko?

    • g2

      re “I would think some of these players will be selected for the Portland Thorns tournament in late March”

      the us soccer article notes that mostly college players will be called for Thorns tournament
      “While this roster features mostly professional players, the rosters for the events for the remainder of the spring and summer will feature primarily collegiate players as the NWSL season will be in full swing.”

    • Cc W

      I’m really interested in this move with Harvey. I think she’s a fantastic coach, but she doesn’t seem to fit in the mold of coaches for the USWNT. She’d be way to demanding on the players – she’d want them to pass the ball quickly and deftly. Probably too European for the US players.

      • rkmid71

        I wonder if she had any say or input on the roster selection.

        • Cc W

          Yeah – especially with the 2 Reign players on the roster, It certainly gives her more time to work with them.

  • #1Fan

    preside over some of the worst youth team performances in USSF history – get promoted.

    ASTOUNDING

  • #1Fan

    Pinto. I was right

  • guest123

    SheBelieves final roster announced.

    Klingenberg, Rodriguez and Killion are cut. Added Jessica McDonald.

    http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/02/24/21/12/20170224-news-wnt-ellis-names-23-players-to-2017-shebelieves-cup-roster

    GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

    DEFENDERS (6): Julie
    Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara
    (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago
    Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan
    Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan
    (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd
    (Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC
    Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)

    FORWARDS (6): Crystal
    Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan
    (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh
    (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

    • mockmook

      The Klingenberg cut is the most interesting move — she has to be worried about her future with the NT.

      And, perhaps we will finally see Lavelle

      • guest123

        Forget about Klingerberg. I would like to know why Jessica McDonald made it and not Ohai?

        • mockmook

          JE is going to shock the world with her 2-2-2-2-2 formation (all players central)

          • DNG

            The only wide players on the roster seem to be KO, Dunn, Pugh and Heath. I don’t understand why Ellis wouldn’t bring Ohai for WB depth.

      • g2

        Kling, after no physical activity due to back injury, is not yet back to 90 min match fit per JE Q&A article on us soccer site

        • rkmid71

          You can’t listen to JE explanations. Remember Rapinoe? Now all the sudden it matters if a player is only 15 minutes fit. Though she claimed Rapinoe was 100% fit, ready to go. Turns out she’s still not fit. It’s just an excuse.

          • Cc W

            One of the worst statements ever – which is why “confabulate” is such a good word for JE – 6 months ago Pinoe was “ready” but now she isn’t – all bull. Pinoe won’t be back because she’s not standing for the anthem.

          • HOFCToDi

            Sunil Gulati’s phone must have been ringing off the hook from the corporate sponsors.

          • Cc W

            Totally and it doesn’t sound like her teammates much like it either – she’s no longer on the player rep team either right? Her days are numbered.

    • AlexH

      Well at least it looks like Long is back in the midfield so maybe Jill is finally wizening up to her failed experiments. Our backline is still going to get scorched though.

      • rkmid71

        Unfortunately no. In that link above provided by Reality, JE says “My commitment is to look at Allie (Long) in the role we’ve been
        playing her in [centerback], so what Brianna gives us is more cover in
        that central midfielder position.”

  • Reality
    • rkmid71

      What do you make of JE explanation? Now she’s calling Press a “pure 9”? What about all that time she spent in midfield? And about Killion “being in this environment has helped her understand the demands and pace of the international level.” She competes against these players day in day out in the NWSL.What was Pinto’s performance in the U17WC in terms of the demands and pace? They got smoked in the U17s. I guess Pinto’s asking good questions and it’s a “massive investment”. I think JE would be better off just not explaining.

      • Reality

        You have to have the skills of an old fashioned Kremlinologist to make sense of Ellis’s statements. As regards the forwards, I would point out that Morgan has been down with an illness for over a week which caused her to miss the last 2 games with OL. Perhaps there was more involved like an ankle. Then there was Rodriguez not being up to par yet from her extended absence…ergo McDonald. Since Lloyd is classified as a midfielder, does that mean she will actually play in that capacity or will she hanging around the six? Does this imply that Ellis will start Press at 9 and play her for 90″? Where will Pugh actually play?

        Don’t know what to say about Killion v. Pinto. Ellis said, “What I said to Sarah was that I was specifically looking at players that play her position, and digging a little deeper into that process meant taking another look at her. She is definitely someone we will continue to monitor. Sharpening up her speed of play is going to be a focus for her…” So Pinto has a sharper speed of play?

        All will be further confabulated by Ellis after the SBC.

        • rkmid71

          Thank you for “confabulate”

          • Reality

            My pleasure. I love to find little used words that precisely define a situation.

        • #1Fan

          Killion and Pinto are being measure by different standards. Its that simple. Once the USSF put the magic sign on you you cannot fail.

          • Reality

            Are you suggesting that subjectivity is playing a role here?:)

          • #1Fan

            Potential >> Present . Thats all.

          • Reality

            Ah! So perhaps this is the new Ellis mantra which is somewhat different from the old Ellis mantra.

          • #1Fan

            🙂 Ellis seems to bend whichever way the wind is blowing. When the team have veteran power and that was what got the job..she backed it. Now she needs to protect her boy BJ, she elevates one of his proteges. Developing potential in full view of the world is a dangerous game. This could be done on the u20 team or even the u-23s. Doing it here is an unnecessary risk that playing evidence does not seem to support. It puts Pinto in a really tough spot for no real reason.

          • Reality

            I’m all for the USWNT developing new players, but I agree that Ellis is placing undue pressure on youngsters like Pinto who imo should be allowed to grow in stages of experience that will help them rather than being thrown in deep water to sink or swim. Of course, that brings us into the role of the YNT system which Ellis is overhauling?

          • #1Fan

            If overhauling means putting out help wanted ads. in the meantime at a time which i think is most critical – early cycle. you have the same people making the decisions.

            Pinto has already been thrown in to deep water – the U-17 WC….what happened ? Did she excel? I guess they think she did. I would have no problem at all if Pinto had lit up the WC and was hands down the best player on the field time and time again, but this all feels so forced. Why do we have such a glaring hole at #6. And just because a player is versatile enough to play there does not make them a natural fit there. I feel the same about Long.

            Im not all for a NT “developing” new players. Clubs develop players and NTs use them in the system of their design. The USSF seem to think you can develop players in the NT environment. I dont.

          • Reality

            The sine qua non of the USSF policy for entry into the NT has historically been coming up through the ranks of the YNT. Only recently has club play been a consideration and that has only been when a club player has been so outstanding that it would be hard to ignore them. I hate to say it, but it smacks of a caste system which does not serve the best interests of WOSO.

          • #1Fan

            its because relationships trump ability when the perception is the ability is equal. When you measure it by results and not always performance, if we win, election is justified…right? That does not grow a positive meritocratic culture. The USSF seems to be relationship driven to excess

          • Reality

            The USSF is an insular culture that will only change when new management comes in and changes the ground rules. But how that will happen is obscure to say the least.

          • rkmid71

            Results and performance are connected in the long run. It’s possible to get results without much performance in the short run. That’s why it’s possible to win WC one year (first in 16 yrs) then have the worst result ever the following year. That’s why they hype the smallest victory and call players the greatest ever without any basis.

            If they focused on performance, excellence the results would be more consistent and margins of victory greater. It takes a special coach. Examples are UCLA under Wooden, UConn women under Auriemma, Lombardi’s Packers, Tennessee women under Summitt, San Antonio Spurs under Popovich, Cruyff at Barcelona, and I’ve got to mention my favorite Bobby Knight at Indiana. “When my time on earth is gone and my activities here are passed, I want they bury me upside down and my critics can kiss my ass!” I believe such a scenario is possible for the USWNT with the right leadership. I’m not as optimistic about the USMNT given the more lucrative competing sport options for the forseeable future.

          • Steglitz49

            To this list can be added some WoSo coaches like Norio Sasaki and Even Pellerud, maybe also Thomas Dennerby and Pia Sundhage.

          • rkmid71

            Putting out the help wanted ads is likely for appearance only to say they looked at a broad group even though they already have a short list. Like a job advertised in the Economist. They actually seem to believe their own BS. The main player development I see in YNT environment is the opportunity to play against top int’l competition … I’m talking top 10, not Concacaf teams (ex Canada). I think most players already have been exposed to the beep test and know the target. But I would stay away from those rote drills and patterns they seem to teach, even if it means you never make it on a YNT. They should just be pointing out options to players. It’s hard not to be cynical! If these teams were performing and competing and winning with reasonable margins instead of barely scraping by or in some cases being outshot and outplayed by huge margins, I don’t think people would point out the flaws as much.

          • HOFCToDi

            There is no money.

            2016 Annual General Meeting

            resources.ussoccer.com/images/160127-AGM-PDF-FINAL.pdf

            Page 72

            Development Programs
            Men’s Scouting – $1,314,256
            Women’s Scouting – $389,696

            The Great American Scouting Crisis

            http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/the91stminute/2015/08/the-great-american-scouting-crisis/

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. Fascinating figures.

            Fits with US median not bothering with reporting Jessica Diggins’s silver and Kikkan Randall’s bronze at the World Championships.

          • Cc W

            That was fun to watch – but Falla was too good yesterday. She blew everyone away on the climbs.

          • Steglitz49

            Why Nilsson went so tight on the final bend in the SF was incomprehensible. She ought to have known that she would go through on time. Bizarre. Like unsafe sex.

          • HOFCToDi

            The US can’t compete.

            2016 Annual General Meeting

            resources.ussoccer.com/images/160127-AGM-PDF-FINAL.pdf

            Page 72

            Player Development (U-14 to U-23)
            Women’s Teams – $2,857,563

            ‘Footbonaut’: German clubs lead football into the future

            edition.cnn.com/2016/12/07/football/footbonaut-tsg-hoffenheim-julian-nagelsmann-borussia-dortmund/index.html

            However, football innovation doesn’t come cheap — a Footbonaut will reportedly set you back up to $3.5 million.

          • rkmid71

            USSF can surely afford 1 Footbonaut — the women and men should split the cost 50/50 and cut elsewhere in their operating budget to fund the capex. Seems particularly good for midfielders and backs, and goodness knows we need some help IDing the right players there.

          • HOFCToDi

            MLS can’t compete.

            MLS takes big hit in TV ratings

            worldsoccertalk.com/2015/09/15/mls-takes-big-hit-in-tv-ratings-what-the-poor-numbers-indicate/

            MLS fails to make positive impression on TV ratings

            worldsoccertalk.com/2016/05/26/mls-fails-make-positive-impression-tv-ratings-big-soccer-weekend/

          • HOFCToDi

            Home Matches (Sep, Oct, Nov)
            Sports TV Ratings (FS1, ESPN2)
            USWNT – 1,184,000 viewers (6 matches)
            USMNT – 2,366,000 viewers (3 matches)

            The USWNT can’t compete.

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 13 November 2016

            sportstvratings.com/nfl-countdown-nfl-insiders-sportscenter-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-november-13-2016/6840/

            USWNT, FS1 – 145,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Thursday, 10 November 2016

            sportstvratings.com/browns-ravens-bulls-heat-north-carolina-duke-football-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-thursday-november-10-2016/6819/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 212,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 23 October 2016

            sportstvratings.com/giants-rams-in-london-nascar-sprint-cup-talladega-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-october-23-2016/6565/

            USWNT, FS1 – 149,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Wednesday, 19 October 2016

            sportstvratings.com/cubs-dodgers-indians-blue-jays-warriors-preseason-game-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-wednesday-october-19-2016/6508/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 169,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Sunday, 18 September 2016

            sportstvratings.com/nascar-sprint-cup-chicagoland-nfl-countdown-yankees-red-sox-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-sunday-september-18-2016/5871/

            USWNT, FS1 – 243,000 viewers

            Sports TV Ratings for Thursday, 15 September 2016

            sportstvratings.com/jets-bills-houston-cincinnati-top-cable-sports-tv-ratings-for-thursday-september-15-2016/5843/

            USWNT, ESPN2 – 266,000 viewers

          • Steglitz49

            I answer #1Fan here about U17 because he blocks me.

            England U17 just drew 1-1 with Norway. The affiliations of the English lasses makes fun reading. Maybe the bell has rung on HS and College WoSo keeping pace with the wealthy men’s clubs?

            Lucy Thomas (Oxford United), Katherine Turner (Chelsea), Poppy Pattinson (Sunderland), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Jess Ngunga (Arsenal), Amy Rodgers (Liverpool), Lauren Hemp (capt; Bristol City), Olivia Smith (Chelsea), Emily Syme (Bristol City), Gabby Ravenscroft (Oxford United), Sophia Pharaoh (Southampton).

            Substitutes: Miri Taylor (Chelsea) for Syme, Beth O’Donnell (Manchester City) for Pharaoh, Nicole Douglas (Chelsea) for Ngunga, Hana Lalani (London Bees) for Ravenscroft, Grace Neville (Millwall) for Turner, Skye Bacon (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Hemp.

            Substitutes not used: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham City), Aimee Palmer (Bristol City), Shannon Cooke (Arsenal), Meg Boydell (Liverpool), Emily Ramsey (Manchester United).

            England have their Euro 2017 elite qualifying next month with Poland (Saturday 25 March) and Germany (Monday 27 March) before Italy on Thursday 30 March.

      • #1Fan

        lololol. Classic.

  • Som Termanni

    Another NWSL-to-Europe move, this time Becky Edwards’s un-retirement: https://twitter.com/applessquabble/status/835223883225645057

    • Steglitz49

      Kristianstad stayed up in Damallsvenskan by the skin of its teeth. It was the legendary club Umeå that was relegated. Kristianstad plays on natural grass and a number of big names in European soccer cut their teeth there over the years.

  • Reality
  • #1Fan

    General question. Why does this board have no moderation? Why are some folks allowed to just spew venom at others and the other parties here tolerate it? Im all for debate, but name calling has no place on a forum.

    • Reality

      I’ve been voicing that concern for some time even addressing Dan Lauletta by name. But it appears that there is just a void here in addressing troll behavior.

      • #1Fan

        i have blocked people that can’t interact like adults. I dont like blocking anyone and if it was just differing views, I would not do it but I dont want to stoop to that level. Im just amazed that others tolerate it.

        sometime I log out so I see some of the comment others have made towards me and my views. Disagree all you want, but do it in a respectful manner.

        • Reality

          The mature commentators here who are responsible with their remarks and interaction are what makes EQ worthwhile. Disagreements are fine and that contributes to our knowledge. However, if EQ will not moderate the abusive and childish commentators, then the only recourse in order to maintain a quality experience here is to block their trollish behavior.

      • Steglitz49

        Since #1Fan has blocked me I answer to you.

        The EQ is moderated by a software program. It blocks comments which contains certain words, certain combinations of words and certain letter combinations. I once quote Harry Truman inside quotation marks — and was blocked.

  • Chak Khan

    USWNT are going abroad for a couple of friendlies, NSWL have some matches against other WSLs, NSWL TV exposure, pay increase for its players. Wow, changes are coming! Someone is really listening to their fans!!!