Friday Roundup: Moros traded back to FC Kansas City

The Equalizer Staff March 10, 2017 165

Also in today’s roundup, Amandine Henry is on her way back to Portland, Libby Stout will miss up to six weeks, the Courage name initial preseason roster, Sky Blue announced preseason schedule, and Hannah Wilkinson is on her way to Sweden

Rebecca Moros is heading back to Kansas City after spending 2016 with the Houston Dash.

Rebecca Moros is heading back to Kansas City after spending 2016 with the Houston Dash.

FC Kansas City have reacquired defender Rebecca Moros in a trade with the Houston Dash. In exchange the Dash acquire the highest of FC Kansas City’s 3rd round picks for 2018. As of now the Blues have no additional 3rd round picks to factor into the trade.

“The knowledge and experience that Becca brings will be vital for us in achieving our goals for next season,” FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “She is a great player with great understanding of the game and can adjust to any style, system and philosophy very fast.”

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This season will be Moros’s second in Kansas City. She started all 20 regular season games as an outside back in 2015 plus two playoff matches and helped the Blues repeat as NWSL champions. The year before with the Thorns, her season ended at the hands of FC Kansas City in a 2-0 loss in the semifinals. Moros spent last season in Houston. She is also a WPS champion having been on the Western New York Flash when they won the title in 2011.

“Becca will do well in Kansas City and we wish her the best moving forward,” Dash coach Randy Waldrum said. “She’ll bring a lot of experience and stability to Kansas City as they try to return to the playoffs.”

In three NWSL seasons Moros has 55 appearances, 50 of them starts, and has 4 assists.

Amandine Henry called to preseason with Thorns

Amandine Henry will return to the United States for Portland Thorns preseason and will not play in the Champions League quarterfinal for Paris Saint-Germain.

After recovering from an offseason injury, Henry joined PSG on loan, raising questions as to whether she would start the season in Portland. Paris Saint-Germain will face Bayern Munich in the last eight of the Champions League. That tie opens March 23 in Germany.

Henry recently helped France win the SheBelieves Cup, which they stamped by thrashing the United States 3-0 on Tuesday. After one of the few dodgy moments for the French defense, Henry slipped behind keeper Merine Gerard and calmly cleared a ball off the goal line to keep the score 2-0.

After joining the Thorns last summer, Henry started in eight of her 9 appearances. She totaled a single assist over 638 minutes.

Libby Stout out 4-6 weeks

Libby Stout's 2017 season is off to a rocky start. The Breakers keeper has a sprained ankle that will keep her off the field up to six weeks. (photo copyright Linehan Photography for The Equalizer)

Libby Stout’s 2017 season is off to a rocky start. The Breakers keeper has a sprained ankle that will keep her off the field up to six weeks. (photo copyright Linehan Photography for The Equalizer)

Boston Breakers goalkeeper Libby Stout has a sprained ankle and will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks. The time frame essentially rules out Stout for preseason and puts her participation for opening day in question.

“I’m obviously disappointed for Libby with this happening right before preseason,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “She worked hard to come back from injury last year. I’m confident that she’ll be back stronger than ever.”

Stout began last season as the Breakers’ starter but suffered a hamstring injury that dogged her the rest of the season. She wound up making 10 appearances (9 starts), going 1-7-2 with a 2.18 goals against. Missing preseason will give a leg up on the starting role to Abby Smith who is on the mend after patella surgery. The highly thought of Smith was in her second professional match last season when her knee gave way, costing her the rest of the season.

The Breakers also drafted Sammy Jo Prudhomme, who kept goal for national champion USC last fall.

Courage set initial preseason roster

The North Carolina Courage have announced their first preseason roster ahead of the opening of training camp on Monday. The team that won last year’s NWSL Championship as the Western New York Flash was sold and relocated to North Carolina earlier this year.

The roster, as released by the club, is listed below and is subject to change.

Goalkeepers (2): Katelyn Rowland, Sabrina D’Angelo
Defenders (3): Claire Wagner (NC Courage draftee), Jaelene Hinkle, Courtney Niemiec
Midfielders (9): Michaela Hahn, Elizabeth Eddy, Sam Mewis, Abby Erceg, McCall Zerboni, Abby Dahlkemper, Meredith Speck, Samantha Witteman, Rosana
Forwards (9): Makenzy Doniak, Lynn Williams, Taylor Smith, Jessica McDonald, Kristen Hamilton, Debinha, Ashley Hatch (NC Courage draftee), Darian Jenkins (NC Courage draftee), Jaycie Johnson (NC Courage draftee)

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The group includes three key additions. Brazilians Debinha and Rosana were added as transfers over the offseason and Sam Witteman was acquired from the Orlando Pride in a trade for Alanna Kennedy. It does not include Lianne Sanderson who tore her ACL late last season.

The announced roster contains 23 names. NWSL clubs are permitted to carry a maximum of 32 during the first part of preseason.

Spirit sign six veterans, two draft picks

Spirit rookiesThe Washington Spirit shored up their roster for the season by inking six veteran players to contracts as well as draft picks Lindsay Agnew and Meggie Dougherty Howard. The six returning players signed are Cali Farquharson, Estelle Johnson, Joanna Lohman, Alyssa Kleiner, Kristie Mewis and Cheyna Williams. Mewis is returning to the league but is new to the Spirit after being acquired from the Breakers. Farquharson is not likely to be ready for opening day after tearing her ACL in September.

“We are very happy to have signed these quality players to new contracts,” general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra said. “We expect healthy competition at all positions, and we are excited to see all of our team here at the SoccerPlex.”

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The announcement of player signings should be welcome news for Spirit fans, who have endured a tumultuous offseasn during which many popular players have departed. The club came within seconds of winning the NWSL Championship last season but many of the main contributors are now elsewhere.

Agnew, the 19th pick out of Ohio State, recently made her first two appearances for Canada. Doughtery Howard, from Florida, was the 29th player selected.

“Lindsay has great talent and potential,” Gabarra said. “With her recent call ups to National Team camp and to the Algarve Cup, she has created good positive momentum with Canada heading into preseason, and we look forward to having her join us.

“Meggie gained tremendous experience with our club last summer. She fit in immediately, and we feel fortunate that we could draft and sign her.”

Sky Blue announce three preseason matches

Sky Blue FC have announced their 2017 preseason schedule. The New Jersey based club will play three matches in the buildup to the season. Sky Blue will be in New York on March 25 to take on St. John’s University. They will then do battle with the University of North Carolina on April 1 and Penn State on April 9. The Breakers previously announced a closed-door match against Sky Blue on April 4; however, the Sky Blue release did not mention that match.

“We are really looking forward to getting started with our preseason schedule,” head coach Christy Holly said. “This year, we will play an exceptional set of teams that present us with an array of challenges. Putting our players in this competitive environment will ultimately allow us to enter the NWSL season fully prepared so we can give our fans an exciting year.”

The match against St. John’s will mark the fifth consecutive year Sky Blue will play the Red Storm in preseason.

Hannah Wilkinson to Sweden

New Zealand international and former Tennessee star Hannah Wilkinson has joined Swedish side Vittsjö. At 24, Wilkinson recently completed an injury-plagued college career at the University of Tennessee and was not selected in January’s NWSL draft.

On the international scene Wilkinson has scored 24 times for New Zealand and has managed to be healthy enough to play for the Football Ferns in the last two World Cups and last two Olympics. She was recently part of the side that dropped all three group matches at the Cyprus Cup before ending with a 3-1 win over Hungary to secure 9th place.

Vittsjö finished seventh in the Swedish Damallsvenskan last season.

  • guest

    Cheyna lit up her college season. Would like to see what she can do with the Spirit if she gets more playing time. Meggie D-H is a wonderful player as well.

  • Som Termanni

    Still nothing from EQ on Marta, despite Dan joining in on the unsourced rumormongering and Marta herself trying to tamp down rumors at least as far as Champions League is concerned. https://twitter.com/Wosozone_Linda/status/840300858327871488

    • Reality

      Marta has clearly stated that she wants to become a citizen of Sweden and have dual citizenship with her native country Brazil. One of the requirements for this is to have lived in Sweden for at least five consecutive years. Since she has applied for Swedish citizenship, been in Sweden more or less continuously since 2012, and this year will make 5 years, I wonder if that is a factor in her consideration to perhaps move to another team outside of Sweden like Orlando.

      https://www.justlanded.com/english/Sweden/Sweden-Guide/Visas-Permits/Swedish-Citizenship

      • Som Termanni

        Excellent point. Notably, that span can include short-term travel for up to 6 weeks. Guess how long the break between Damallsvenskan’s rounds 11 (June 29) and 12 (August 23) is?

        • Som Termanni

          August 17, rather.

    • SpiritFan80

      Notice she didn’t shut down the rumors. She could have said “I’m staying until the end of my contract.” There’s usually some type of truth in these kinds of rumors. Who knows, maybe she wants a new challenge. Playing in NWSL would give her top level competition every week. There are quite a few other Brazilians in the league. If she wants a chance at a medal in a major tournament before she retires, this can only help her. The Pride have great a great organization and facilities. They also have the deep pockets to be able to buy out her contract from Rosengard. She would have to take a pay cut, but maybe it’s worth it for her at this point in her career.

      • Bruce

        If Marta wasn’t involved, I would predict that the Pride would finish no higher than 7th. As much as I respect Marta, I wouldn’t bet on the Pride making the playoffs even if she played the whole season.

        • SpiritFan80

          The defense should be much better. If they can keep everyone healthy, they won’t have a reason to play Pressley. They have stronger leadership this season and players won’t be in and out so much. Marta could really help in the goal-scoring dept and she’s played with a few Pride players on other teams. I also doubt they make the playoffs, but could play spoiler for others. Although, no one gave WNY a shot at playoffs last year so…

          • mockmook

            They don’t have anyone to score. And, no one special at #10

          • SpiritFan80

            No doubt goal scoring is a problem. That’s why I said Marta could help. Having a strong, reliable defense checks off one of the problems from last season. The rest of the players having confidence in that back line could help their focus. It was truly awful last year.

          • Bruce

            What I don’t get is why they’ve totally mortgaged the future of the franchise so that they’ll have a chance to finish in the middle of the pack.

          • SpiritFan80

            Yeah, I think they currently have no picks at all in next years draft. That’s troubling. Not to mention if there’s an expansion draft next year. They have 3 USWNT players, would definitely lose at least 1, if krieger remains allocated.
            Sermanni may know he’s on the chopping block if he doesn’t produce a better result. Decided to go all in, if you wanna call it that.

          • Bruce

            They also will employ 5 (6?) international slots this year and will be forced to scale back to 2 in 2018.

            Truly screwed.

          • tonysocref

            Or mortgage the future even further to get those slots back.

          • SpiritFan80

            That seems to be there thing though see what they gave from the start to get Alex Morgan to the organization.

          • kernel_thai

            My guess is they feel pressure to open the new stadium on the right foot. If they can be competitive and get people in the habit of coming then maybe they can keep them. A slow build with draft picks and they miss the excitement of the new stadium.

          • SpiritFan80

            They currently have 9 defenders on their roster. Can’t imagine they’ll keep all of them. Maybe trade a DEF or two for one of Courage’s million forwards.

          • WTF

            Morgan is not a scoring threat I guess.

          • Bruce

            At some point, you need to score in club soccer to be considered a scoring threat.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex Morgan is always a scoring threat.

          • mockmook

            From France?

      • mockmook

        I think a lot of times it is expecting too much for a “denial” to cover all alternate scenarios — people just aren’t (typically) that precise.

        And, even if you are very precise and sincere in a “denial”, there is usually a way to imagine an alternate scenario (not covered by the “denial’) that could be construed as misleading, but it is a scenario that the denier has no intention of following.

        I’m talking generally here, not this specific instance. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if she meant it as a complete denial of the rumor.

  • Anon

    Heard stanley didn’t re join sky blue.

    • mockmook

      Any word on Cutshall? Didn’t Freels officially retire?

    • Rdalford

      Sky Blue site has now posted announcement re waiving GK Caroline Stanley

      “Tinton Falls, N.J. (Saturday, March 11, 2016) – Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) officially announced today that the team has waived goalkeeper Caroline Stanley from its roster.

      Stanley, 23, started 11 matches for Sky Blue FC in 2016 after being signed as a free agent prior to the start of the preseason. She registered a total of 940 minutes in net, making 33 saves and accumulating an overall record of 2-4-4.”

      Once NWSL officially puts her on waiver wire, teams have 1 day to claim her rights, if no one claims rights then she is free to be “discovered” . and of course also free regardless to try playing in Europe etc

  • Reality

    Hmmm, I wonder how Amandine Henry feels about being recalled to the Thorns and apparently not given any dispensation to play with PSG in the Champions League quarterfinal?

    • mockmook

      She better not feel too put out since she was the one who signed a contract with Portland.

      • Reality

        Contracts do have consequences…unless you can afford a clever lawyer.

      • SpiritFan80

        Agreed. She plays for Portland and was on short-term loan to PSG. Thorns have every right to want her in for preseason. Makes them look more professional IMO. I’m sure all of this was worked out when they negotiated the loan anyway

    • DNG

      I have to think that this was agreed upon by all parties at the time she signed with PSG. She has also said that Champions League does not mean as much to her since she’s already won it with Lyon.

      • Reality

        The next question is how does OL feel about it?

        • Reality

          Correction…PSG.

          • DNG

            I assume PSG is looking to play the long game and wants to try and secure her signature after this year in the NWSL

          • Reality

            A likely scenario that was echoed in my translated post above. But I have to think that the loss of Henry for PSG in the quarterfinal game against Bayern Munich FC on 3/23 hurts their chances in the CL. Given that Portland’s first game is not until 4/15, papal dispensation could have been given for Henry to play since the original agreement extended until 6/17. But if she truly didn’t care about it, then business will proceed as usual. It is likely that her PSG teammates are not appreciative. But they are professionals and will do their best.

          • Constant Weeder

            When Paul Riley coached the Thorns, he made a habit of signing star players who wouldn’t be available until midseason. The result was a stacked lineup that never really jelled as a team. It was very frustrating for fans (and presumably everyone else associated with the team). This season is their first chance to develop team chemistry with a minimum of disruption, and Henry figures to be a key to that. So I think having her for the preseason was probably a high priority for Parsons and the FO.

          • Reality

            I understand it from Portland’s point of view. PSG is the loser here.

          • Constant Weeder

            She wants to play in the NWSL and learn more of the American style of play. I can’t help but think her brief experience in NWSL showed a bit in SheBelieves. Her decision making may have sped up a notch.

          • DNG

            She knows the style by now. I think it was the competition in the league that drew her. OL play a lot of uncompetitive matches

          • Constant Weeder

            You’re right, that’s important too, but knowing a style is one thing, being able to do it takes constant practice.

          • kernel_thai

            I think she also appreciates that Portland fans take woman’s soccer seriously. In the end tho, if Portland can’t be competitive money wise she likely finds a team that can.

          • Reality

            Ironic that at SBC, France was better at playing the American style than the USWNT was at playing the French style…

            https://twitter.com/AndrewDasNYT/status/839298669807456257?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

          • DNG

            France is a very good direct team but are not limited to direct attacks. They have CMs that can release their athletes up front with excellent passes and the ability to pass through the center. The US press in the 3-5-2 was not very good. They should have sat back because when Heath and Dunn went up to press, the space behind them and the US defender’s lack of pace was exposed by France.

          • Reality

            Here’s a thorough analysis in SBNation of the USWNT performance in the SBC which includes your observation…

            http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2017/3/9/14850300/uswnt-2017-shebelieves-cup-france-jill-ellis

          • Steglitz49

            The writer seems to ignore a simple fact. In WoSo you need a 4-player backline when the teams are evenly matched or you are the weaker side.

            In WoSo you can only play a 3-player backline if you are dominating the game, preferably spending most of your in the other team’s half and certainly keeping them out of your home third.

            The reason Even Pellerud preferred 3-5-2 as his starting line-up is that it naturally mutated to 3-4-3 if the other team was weak but also changed to 4-4-2 if the other team was strong (also 4-3-3, obviously).

          • Ashley C

            France is a better technical side, which still goes back to the French style of play imo.

          • Reality

            France is the best at the French style of play. 🙂 Since they are also proficient at the American style of play and are now finishing their matches with élan, they have become très formidable.

          • DNG

            I am sure they knew what was going to happen. Maybe the ony thing they might have been burned on was that they thought she would be available for the UWCL but if they sign her long term it’ll be worth it this year.

          • Reality

            We’ll see how the balance sheet plays out.

          • SpiritFan80

            I think having the US players in for preseason from the start last year was a big boost, esp for Portland who have so many. They are a big part of the team and need to have time to gel with newer players when the pressure is off. They went on a little retreat last season also, that was said to have a big impact on team chemistry. Would like to see more teams do stuff like that. I like Parsons’ coaching style a lot. Nice that he’s in an environment that allows him to fully employ his tactics.

          • Constant Weeder

            Something that was also mentioned last year was that, ironically, the road heavy schedule early in the season created an atmosphere of shared adversity that helped the team cohere.

          • Steglitz49

            The simplest explanation is that Amandine wants to be and feel a full member of Portland. That means arriving for preseason and getting stuck in. A very professional approach to the game, that many WoSo players could emulate.

          • kernel_thai

            Im guessing Bayern is already over it.

          • Reality

            I’m guessing Bayern is pleased that Henry will not be playing against them.

    • tonysocref

      Don’t think it matters to her that much. She already has 3 Champions League titles under her belt along with 6 French Cup and 9 D1 regular season championships all with Lyon.

      • Reality

        Not too shabby for a 27 year old at this point in her career.

      • Steglitz49

        Unlike Gold-Lena, Amandine can still motivate herself. Fascinating.

  • FawcettFan14

    LOL at the Flash’s, excuse me, NC Courage’s roster breakdown: 9 mids, 9 forwards…and 3 defenders! Easy to see what their priority is.

    • mockmook

      They have a lot of mids who are really defenders.

    • Bruce

      Final roster size is capped at 20, so there’s still a chance they can cut those boring defenders.

      • kernel_thai

        Ellis and Riley must be passing notes. U swarm the field with Forwards and CAMs and the goal scoring possibilities r endless. : )

    • Calci0

      How all those players will get time?!?

  • Rdalford

    “The Washington Spirit shored up their roster for the season by inking six veteran players to contracts” perhaps worth noting that all 6 vet players were already under contract having had their contract options extended last year, so these contract signings were all new contracts (perhaps influenced by change to 24 game season & knock on impact of higher (now $15k) player min salary). Appears that a number of vet players across the league have now signed new/re-negotiated contracts (and any vet player who has not may well be on the phone to their agent). All in favor of paying these players better so glad to see the contract re-signings. Although the 2017 NWSL roster rules and salary cap info has not (yet?) been made public one assumes that since NWSL teams are re-signing multiple players that NWSL teams do have the new 2017 salary cap information. EQ reporters – how about reporting on salary cap info.

    • Steglitz49

      $15k is not a queen’s ransom. They might as well play abroad and get a cultural experience thrown in for free.

      • Rdalford

        yes $15K player Min for 2017 is still low. only works out to about $500/week over the roughly 30 week (preseason to playoff final) NWSL calendar. but not as bad as previous $7,200 Min for 2016 or the initial $6K player Min in 2013 when NWSL started.

        • Steglitz49

          It is great that it has been possible to raise the minimum earnings so much so fast.

          Nevertheless, if you want to earn $50k/year (<1/2 of what an allocated player pulls in in a lean year) you would have to earn ca $1750 per week in the remaining.20 weeks.

          At some point you must burnish your CV for your life after WoSo. Playing abroad for a couple of years may pay dividends, not least if you pick up a foreign language and culture along the way

  • Rdalford

    in addition to NC Courage, couple of other NWSL teams also announced rosters

    BOSTON BREAKERS 2017 PRESEASON ROSTER
    GOALKEEPERS (3): Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Abby Smith, Libby Stout
    DEFENDERS (7): Allysha Chapman, Brooke Elby, Amanda Frisbie, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Kylie Strom, Christen Westphal
    MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Andrews, Amanda Da Costa, Rose Lavelle, Angela Salem, Tiffany Weimer, Rosie White
    FORWARDS (6): Hayley Dowd, Natasha Dowie, Emilie Haavi, Adriana Leon, Ifeoma Onumonu, Margaret Purce

    Orlando 2017 (pre-season) roster breakdown
    – Newly Acquired
    Defender- Alanna Kennedy:
    Defender- Ali Krieger:
    Defender- Camila Pereira:
    Forward- Chioma Ubogagu:
    – Draft Picks
    Midfielder- Nickolette Driesse:
    Forward- Danica Evans:
    – Returning Players
    Goalkeeper- Aubrey Bledsoe:
    Goalkeeper- Ashlyn Harris:
    Defender- Laura Alleway:
    Defender- Monica Hickmann Alves:
    Defender- McKenzie Berryhill:
    Defender- Steph Catley:
    Defender- Camille Levin:
    Defender- Toni Pressley:
    Midfielder- Kristen Edmonds:
    Midfielder- Maddy Evans:
    Midfielder- Dani Weatherholt:
    Forward- Jamia Fields:
    Forward- Sarah Hagen:
    Forward- Christina Burkenroad:
    Forward- Alex Morgan:
    Forward- Jasmyne Spencer:

    • mockmook

      That’s kind of depressing: 3 clubs so far, and not a single undrafted invitee.

      • DNG

        Teams are starting to fill up it’s going to be difficult for draft picks to make teams let alone un-drafted players

        • mockmook

          True, rosters are stating to mature — but there are still a bunch of retirees and defections.

          • Steglitz49

            Is any USWNT member going truly to defect?

          • TsovLoj

            I know politics is volative on this side of the Atlantic these days, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet.

          • Steglitz49

            Touché!

      • Bruce

        Sounds like it’s time to expand the league.

        • Steglitz49

          “Money, money, money!” sang ABBA. “Money makes the world go round”, was in Cabaret.

        • Arcie Tillydee

          Or expand the rosters by a couple…

          • Som Termanni

            The 20-contract roster limit is too small. Way less need for unpaid amateur callups if the team can carry 24 or 28 players. If smaller teams like Boston and Washington are already jacking up ticket prices over the $15k minimum, there’s no way they’d consent to adding up to another $60k-$120k minimum to the payroll to remain competitive.

          • Steglitz49

            Most foreign teams can pay $30k + housing. Given that, it is difficult to see why ladies play for $15-25k in the NWSL, when they could get a cultural experience thrown in for free.

      • Breakers fan

        I went to the Breakers open tryout. Not enough time – not even close to enough — to properly evaluate 33 players. 2 hours total. Half or more in warm-up drills, so for the last 45 minutes or so 3 teams of 11 would scrimmage (2 would play against each other for 5-10 minutes, then one would go off and the 3rd would come on, etc.) on an indoor field that is about half the length of a field – had decent width but probably still less than regulation. So it’s a tight field, lots of close action.Matt Beard was in the middle of the field watching. Each player would get a total of maybe 3-7 touches, many just quick passes, not much to really tell you how good she is. Then it’s over. It’s just a rush and jumble of fast action. How they choose who among them is best is largely guesswork which could be based on chance – who happens to get the ball the most often, who makes a nice move. Not that the others couldn’t do the same, they just didn’t get the ball enough. I felt for the girls. Talked to a Dad who drove 12 hours with his daughter to be there. I believe the NFL does a week long training camp of 2-a-day practices, maybe 2 weeks, for undrafted invitees. You need that much time to allow these players to differentiate themselves and for you to see what they’re really like as players and people. I wonder if NWSL teams may extend the tryout. Could you do: a Friday night session, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday morning? And start the scrimmaging sooner – passing drills tell you quite little. It’s their one shot at their dream and I just felt awful that it came and went so quickly, with them really getting so little chance to show what they could do. I truly was impressed with some of the players. Not sure who they invited back, if they chose any of the ones I was most impressed with. I couldn’t look at all 33 in any kind of depth, so I’m sure I missed some good ones. I feel confident that some were as good or better than some NWSL players on rosters.

        • Bruce

          Thanks for the insight.

          • Breakers fan

            You’re welcome. I should have added that they had 2 groups of players in, for 2 hours each. The first group were, I was told, younger players. The 2nd group were, I was told, players who had registered for the draft but who weren’t drafted. Last year – which I also attended – had all 50-60 players for the full 4 hours. Another drill they did for a good 20 minutes or so was about 7 v. 7 in a pretty small area – keep away – with some players stationed on the periphery, some moving around inside and 1 player who could be for either team. No question nice plays were made that weren’t even seen. And with the bibs on it was hard to see the player number – you’d have to look through the bib to try to see the number. And then…..would you remember the #? Didn’t seen any Breakers staff taking notes. At times I was watching play and I saw that no staff was, so all that went unseen. It was pretty excruciating to experience in some ways just because I know how much it meant to each individual player. I watched some players warming up and with the better players you can even learn from how they trap a ball, how they kick it, how good they are with each leg from just these warm-ups but I noted that I was the only one watching this one group. It’s frustrating because there is no doubt in my mind that there easily could be some diamonds in the rough at these tryouts and they simply aren’t noticed. My guess is that the dream ends there for some of them. What would the next step be? I guess try to play overseas…one other parent I spoke with is the Mom of a gal who played at Stanford a few years back, was on their national championship team, played with Press and KO – she took some time off, coached but decided to give it another try. She impressed in the scrimmage. I would guess they invited her back……..but…..would she leave her job to be on the reserve team?

          • Bruce

            Maybe it’s time for the league to leverage its economy of scale and hold a pre-draft combine like is done in the NFL. Give teams a few days to get long looks at hundreds of potential players and even hold 1v1 discussions before the draft that allows them to identify players who should be invited to camp if not drafted.

          • Steglitz49

            If they are not drafted, why bother with them?

            1700 young ladies come off the NCAA assembly line each year. If only 3% of them are interested in the NWSL, you already have 51 players. With 10 clubs, 40 would get drafted, leaving an excess of 11 = a whole XI.

          • tonysocref

            “The Dream”

            Mana Shim, Taylor Comeau and Celeste Bourellie are just 3 examples of players that went undrafted but are now under contract with an NWSL team.

          • Steglitz49

            Mana Shim joined the NWSL in 2013 not 2017. The other two I had not even heard of.

          • tonysocref

            Comeau has played in the league since 2015. Boureille since 2016. Just like Shim, they were undrafted and went thru the tryout process before being signed.

          • Steglitz49

            I did not doubt you. I realized that they were of flesh and blood. The difference was that I had heard of Mana Shim like I have heard of Henry and Nadim.

            Savannah Jordan went to Glasgow while neither Buchanan nor Lawrence bothered with the draft, which meant that two more lucky souls could be drafted.

          • Bruce

            CRS starter Sam Johnson, too.

          • TsovLoj

            I was really impressed with Comeau when she played for Portland as an amateur. Great talent.

          • mockmook

            Sermanni did hold a combine — but, I agree, it needs to be the complete league.

          • Breakers fan

            I like this idea. I also like the idea of teams just extending their tryout to a longer period of time. It seems so wasteful to do it all so quickly – no point in that.

          • mockmook

            Please, some white space!!!

            Thanks for some more reporting.

            To your knowledge, did they video any of this?

        • mockmook

          Thanks for the report.

          Jeez, what’s the rush? If you find one diamond in the rough it makes you look like a genius. Please let Beard know he is back on my s#$% list 😉

          • Breakers fan

            EXACTLY: What is the rush?? These are free draft picks. No way with the meager budgets NWSL teams have can every good college Senior be found in the scouting process. Basically ANY and ALL very good non-power program player will NOT be drafted, so *this* is *the* chance to have them come to you, for Christ’s sake. This open tryout procedure is ripe for a dramatic evolution.

            As mentioned, these girls (I actually spoke with a few of them before and after) spend what is a significant amount of money for them to find their way to these cities, they have to get a hotel room, and then they are evaluated on just a few touches that, due to the course of the action, may be routine – as that may be what is called for at the time. The right, routine pass. And then it’s over. The ones I spoke with were kind of stunned it all came and went so fast. I said to them “how can they know who to keep from that?” and they all agreed with me. I thought of all their years of going to soccer practice, playing games, practicing on their own, and how it all came down to this in terms of their chance to play pro.
            I do not think it was videotaped. I saw no evidence of that happening, but I could be wrong. They certainly *should* videotape it.

          • mockmook

            Thanks — I appreciate how much you care about these girls, and I’m sure you talking to them helped them know that SOMEBODY was watching and rooting for them.

        • guest

          Probably, but there’s not a ton of incentive to have longer tryouts. Roster size is what, 20 people? Unlike in the NFL, they don’t have the ability to carry many more players than make the game day roster.

          • mockmook

            Did you see their record last year?

            They need all the help they can get. If just one roster position happens to be improved by an invitee, it is worth taking the time.

          • Breakers fan

            Breakers use it to populate their reserve team which is another 15 players or so, thus plenty of room for additions. Plus my belief is that a surprising number of players who come to these *can* legitimately compete for “senior” team rosters if teams are willing to swallow their pride/ego and look at what is in front of them instead of just assuming that all their draft picks, int’l selections, last year’s carryover players are necessarily superior to these players. To think that watching some college games on tv and the internet means you’ve completely covered the United States in terms of scouting is to me either arrogance or ignorance. That’s my view from going to the tryouts the last few years. You may see it differently.

        • john

          Late to the party, but just wanted to add my two cents. I have watched preseason practices with the number of players over the roster limit so jobs were on the line. I have also been a selector for club, school, all-star, and ODP teams. The process is waaaaay too random and subjective. Has the player ever done the drill before? Obviously, there is a huge advantage to being able to focus on your touch versus trying to remember what to do as well. Which way was the coach facing when you had your best moment, your worst? I’ve seen the coaches clustered at one end of the field meaning the pool just shrunk. I had a friend’s kid go to open tryouts at college and the head coach never even showed up.
          An example from last preseason. The players were involved in a drill to “assess” passing and movement. The #1 draft pick literally hit the cone (not the point) every time and had trouble remembering which way to run. I saw them all, but don’t think either member of the coaching staff saw any of her turns. Was it nerves or an indication of her level of play? And what does nerves say about her pro future?
          Is part of giving the players a small window an effort to up the pressure to see how they react? Or is it just economics?
          I wonder about the process when I see pro coaches at college games. Have they come to watch a single player and focus solely on her? Are they just watching the game waiting to see who catches their eye? Is the eye catcher then assessed to make sure it’s more than flair or fast?
          Although I don’t think there are as many “undiscovered” pro players roaming the land as you do I concur that the current system for “finding” them is highly ineffective.

          • Breakers fan

            Great post, thank you, John. We feel remarkably similarly. Loved your comments about “was anyone watching during her best or worst moment?” And about coaches clustering in one area and so dramatically shrinking the pool when they do so. Add to that coaches chatting with one another or one their cell phones, which I witnessed.

            Just to respond to one thing you said about me at the end. I really don’t *know* how many undiscovered players there are out there but I probably do think it’s more than you do. And I feel awful for them that they’re simply not getting a fair shot. I’m going to write to the Breakers to see if they can expand their tryout for next year. To answer one of your questions: I think it’s way more economics than it is anything about “upping the pressure”. Also, I think it’s a matter of not putting enough thought into it. Not realizing when tryouts come and go how terribly inadequate and inefficient and lacking in real depth of substance they were. Not learning from the past. Will be fascinating to see if the process changes at all. I wish I could help in some substantive way to help it change. I think teams can get too set on their roster and not really be open to players who “come along” at a point where the coach feels he has made commitments to basically his entire roster.

            I like that you are aware of all this seeing how you are involved in making selections for elite teams. Have you been able to implement any changes at your level? Have you been able to make any selections that went against the grain due to things you saw or been able to get players more time in terms of the evaluation period?

          • john

            No I never had the control to reinvent or even tweak the wheel. However, I did make sure that if someone else was with me that we rotated whom we watched. As noted we’ve both seen this common sense approach totally ignored.
            Should coaches have a Dictaphone (do they still exist?) to record running notes/impressions as they watch? Of course, as you noted they need to be able to see the numbers and they shouldn’t know who is wearing what number (as much as possible).
            Another possible improvement is to have current players make a demo video of the drills that will be run so players have a better idea what to expect. Of course, if you do that you run the risk of having a bunch of trialists that are good at your chosen drills and not much else 🙂
            We have to bear in mind that open tryouts are good PR. Fostering the dream is important in multiple ways so that may be the primary purpose for some clubs/coaches.
            If coaches start finding their players at tryouts it is going to reflect badly on all their other selections. Ego and keeping one’s job are bound to be factors in this.
            With only 20 pro spots available and a rather notable difference between clubs concerning how many slots are actually up for grabs this is a tough job to land. After you deduct US and Canada allocations, international slots and at least the top draft picks there isn’t very much left.
            A two day combine seems a better tool for all concerned, but raises the expense for the hopefuls. Also, there may be a factor of coaches trying to keep their favorites “unknown”.
            It’s great you want to see the players get a real shot regardless of how many have a “real shot”.
            For me the hardest players to rate are those in the middle of your group. The best and worst usually emerge and then you have to sort the core set. It can be hard to ignore reputations or previous connections and focus on what each player is actually doing. You know that player A is having a really bad day, but you’ve seen her be much better. However, you’ve never seen player B before, but she is doing really well, but not awesome. Does fairness dictate the decision is only based on the tryout or do you use everything you know about each player?

      • Rdalford

        I believe that once preseason actually starts the clubs do have to provide the NWSL league (and public?) with full roster list of all players (included unsigned/undrafted etc ) in preseason camp. Last year once preseason started full pre-season camp rosters were made public.

        • mockmook

          So, you think those three teams probably do have some invitees?

          • Rdalford

            I think that once the full preseason camp rosters are made public – we will all know who has been invited for preseason.
            I do not have any info on who might be invited.
            In the past, some of the coaches used to try and hide who they had invited but I think the league forced all teams to provide a full preseason camp roster (including invitees) last year.

      • guest

        some teams (Houston Dash open tryouts are Sun 12th) are still holding tryouts. expect once preseason starts full rosters including invitees will be made public

      • tonysocref

        Based on video put out by the Thorns yesterday, they have at least 1 undrafted invitee in camp. Ellie Boon from University of Portland.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbk3_dBFXyw

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        • Som Termanni

          Confirmed invitees on Portland’s preseason roster: Boon, Meghan Cox (D, U. Va.), Emily Armstrong (UConn, GK), Ashley Herndon (F, James Madison). http://www.oregonlive.com/portland-thorns/2017/03/portland_thorns_announce_prese.html

          • Som Termanni

            Also Kelly Hubly (M, Ky.), who was confirmed last week. Also interesting: Tobin Heath is listed as a forward…

          • john

            Parsons knows Cox and Herndon from DC. Should help them feel comfortable.

      • Lewis InNC

        Well, the Courage only just started open tryouts today.

        • mockmook

          So, these were pre-pre-season rosters…

          • Lewis InNC

            Yeah, they updated the pre-season roster today with seven invitees.

          • mockmook

            Thanks!!!

          • mockmook

            Where are you seeing this roster?

          • Lewis InNC
          • mockmook

            Thanks again!!!

            Weird that we have to go to a secondary source for info that had to come from the club.

          • kernel_thai

            Wasn’t Heaberlin playing in Europe?/

          • Steglitz49

            She was signed by Potsdam but I don’t know how many matches she has played for them. Potsdam is having a fine season. They lead the ladies league both on points and in spectators.

  • guest

    “Amandine Henry will return to the United States for Portland Thorns preseason …”

    Portland site has now posted video of returning players already back in Portland including Nadia Nadim and Henry.

  • Reality

    Google translate of:

    https://www.francebleu.fr/sports/football/d1-feminine-l-aventure-entre-amandine-henry-et-le-psg-est-deja-terminee-1489162536

    “It is a France Bleu news in Paris, the international will not return to the PSG. Initially lent until the end of June 2017 in Paris by his American club of the Portland Thorns FC, Amandine Henry was recalled by the latter. His visit to Paris lasted only two months.

    Amandine Henry and the PSG, the loan is already completed. After winning the Shebelive Cup in the USA with the French team earlier this week, the midfielder had to return to France with Les Bleues but his club decided otherwise. Portland Thorns FC (the National Women’s Soccer League club) asked her 27-year-old to stay on US soil and return to Oregon to prepare for the season (resumed April 15). The termination of the loan that binds the PSG to the player is currently under way.

    This hasty return is not necessarily a surprise. In the press release for the announcement of his arrival on 27 January, the PSG stipulated: “Amandine Henry is however likely to join the US franchise early, subject to an agreement between the two clubs.” That is what has just happened.

    Amandine Henry will have spent 2 and a half months in Paris (arrival in the group at the end of December 2016) and played less than 5 games with Paris. On the other hand, it is not said that this outstanding player, much appreciated by Patrice Lair the coach and the PSG group, does not come back definitively at the end of the US season in October 2017.”

    • guest

      Google translate could use some gender pronoun recognition improvement

      • Steglitz49

        Reality should have realized and edited a bit.

      • Reality

        lol…among other things.

      • Arcie Tillydee

        Indeed. But Google tends to do a better job than most online translators I’ve encountered. The one on Twitter (sourced from Bing) is hilariously bad at Japanese-to-English.

  • Ashley C

    Great interview here with Khalida Popal, the former captain of the Afghanistan Women’s National Team. http://www.kickitout.org/news/asif-burhan-speaks-to-khalida-popal/#.WMRtwI7asb1

    • Steglitz49

      Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

      I read somewhere that the Norwegians have paid for the laying of artificial pitches for use by women only but that may have been in Iraq, not Afghanistan.

  • guest

    Alex finally beating up french tomato cans

    • guest

      looks like OL fielded their “B team” and Thomis. sad that our star is on the french B team lol.

      • Reality

        Since there have been no fireworks by Morgan so far, OL might be trying to showcase her against these weak opponents in order to support their investment and publicity.

        • guest

          aulas is still in love with her, according to his twitter.

          • Reality

            Not a good idea in business.

          • #1Fan

            So much for the injury then. I guess a stint with the USWNT cured it.

          • Reality

            It’s hard to tell nowadays whether an injury or unique circumstances dictate playing time.

          • Guest

            The hilarious thing is that he re-tweets her fangirl accounts

        • Steglitz49

          The moment of truth is in 10 days or so time.

        • DNG

          Let’s see how much she plays in the OL Wolfsburg match. Of course Morgan is a showcase for OL. The reason they bought her was to increase the value of their brand.

          • Reality

            I’m beginning to wonder whether OL values her brand more than her play. The Wolfsburg game will tell the tale.

          • DNG

            My view. Play was always secondary to brand value no matter what happens the rest of the way.

        • kernel_thai

          Morgan hasn’t been stopped by the French teams she is playing so it really doesn’t matter who they play her against. She just has to get out of her own head.

          • Reality

            It is difficult to assess Morgan’s progress with OL unless one watches the complete games she has played. So far, since she joined the team on 1/6/17, OL has played 8 games of which Morgan only played in five of them, missed three due to injury/sickness, played 45″ as a sub in 2 others and played a full 90″ in the other three. She has not yet played against the other 2 competitive teams in the French league, PSG and Montpellier. She had 2 assists in her first game against Guingamp and 3 goals in the recent game against Rodez.

            Since there is only one more game against ASPTT Albi, a ninth place team, she has really not had much opportunity to integrate herself with OL prior to the first CL game with Wolfsburg. I suspect OL will not be utilizing Morgan as a starter or primary in that game, but will employ her as needed depending upon how the match unfolds.

    • Reality

      Rodez is the 8th place team and next week OL plays the 9th place team ASPTT Albi. After that is the opening game of the CL with Wolfsburg on 3/23/17. So these weak opponents might help Morgan to gain some confidence and familiarity. How that will play against Wolfsburg and how OL will use her remains to be seen.

      https://twitter.com/OLFootFeminin/status/840941685345509376

      • Steglitz49

        Alex looks like peaking at the right time — as usual.

        • Horny Steg

          Do you love Alex? Do you diss Press since she is a rival of your baby?

          • Confident

            Are Aulas and Steglitz the same person? Steglitz usually defends Aulas regardless of how strange he behaves

          • Steglitz49

            Aulas in his role as Chairman of Lyon has done an awful lot for WoSo and continues to do so. He has probably done more for WoSo in general than even Vic Akers.

      • kernel_thai

        The one she ripped from the left was a quality goal against anyone. The first was all Thomis.

        • guest

          the other two were tap ins handed to morgan on a silver platter.

          • Steglitz49

            She still had to tap them in and not hit the crossbar or hoof it over.

        • Reality

          It was her best moment so far at OL.

    • Bruce

      Highlights. Not the most enlightening clips, but has goals…

      https://youtu.be/pkpV51mOFb8

  • #1Fan

    I guess UCLA will take a bit more time to re-invent College soccer

    • DNG

      Pugh scored in the last 4 seconds to tie the match up though.

      • #1Fan

        Hardly re-inventing College soccer is it.

        • DNG

          No but I think plenty here already knew this. Pugh, Sanchez and Fleming will probably all be good though, just not what the early hype was predicting. I also need to see those three players combining together before I believe they will be more than the sum of their parts. I’ve seen Pugh enough to conclude that she’s not that kind of player right now. Need to see more of Fleming and Sanchez.

          • Steglitz49

            For Fleming, you can start by watching Canada’s matches in OG-16.

          • Gary Diver

            “I also need to see those three players combining together before I believe they will be more than the sum of their parts. I’ve seen Pugh enough to conclude that she’s not that kind of player right now.”

            Could you please explain why you feel this way about Pugh?

    • Gary Diver

      I am sorry, but I don’t understand the context of your comment. Is there a discussion somewhere on this page about UCLA and Mallory Pugh?

      • guest

        UCLA (and other NCAA woso teams) spring season is underway
        from UCLA site (Feb announcement of spring woso schedule)

        “The spring season will mark the playing debuts of freshmen Mal Pugh and Marley Canales, who enrolled at UCLA in January after playing in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in November and December. Pugh also played for Team USA at the Olympics in August and has 17 caps and four goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

        2017 UCLA Women’s Soccer Spring Schedule
        Feb. 26 – Long Beach State, 4pm (North Athletic Field)
        Mar. 12 – Santa Clara, 11am; Alumni Game, 2pm (North Athletic Field)
        Mar. 18 – vs. BYU, 5:30pm (at UNLV); at UNLV, 7:30pm
        Apr. 4 – vs. Seattle Reign, 7:30pm (at SilverLakes, Norco, Calif.)
        Apr. 15 – vs. Pepperdine, 11am; vs. UCSB, 1:40pm (at Pleasant Valley Fields, Camarillo, Calif.)”

        • guest

          from UCLA woso twitter re today’s UCLA vs Santa Clara match
          “Mal Pugh ties it up with a goal in last 4 seconds. Game ends 2-2.”

  • Steglitz49

    They say that Galaxy has offered Zlatan £15 million (ca $18m) per year to play for them instead of Man Utd.

  • Som Termanni

    2017 Seattle Reign FC Preseason Roster by Position

    Goalkeepers (4): Haley Kopmeyer, Madalyn Schiffel, Brianna Smallridge (NRI), Hanna deHaan (NRI)

    Defenders (10): Elli Reed, Merritt Mathias, Lauren Barnes, Rachel Corsie, Carson Pickett, Anjel Brown (NRI), Maddie Bauer (Draft Pick), Kristen McNabb (Draft Pick), Rumi Utsugi, Rebekah Stott (NYR)

    Midfielders (10): Veronica Perez (NRI), Christine Nairn, Jordan Jesolva (NRI), Haley Rosen (NRI), Annie Alvarado (NRI), Mimi Rangel (NRI), Lindsay Elston, Paige Nielsen (NRI), Jessica Fishlock (NYR), Diana Matheson (NYR)

    Forwards (8): Beverly Yanez, Kiersten Dallstream, Megan Rapinoe, Nahomi Kawasumi, Katie Johnson (Draft Pick), Addison Steiner (NRI), Sydney Arnold (NRI), Larissa Crummer (NYR)

    Non-Roster Invitee (NRI)
    Not Yet Reported to Camp (NYR)

  • Som Termanni

    Chicago Preseason Roster Breakdown:

    GOALKEEPERS (2): Michele Dalton, Alyssa Naeher

    DEFENDERS (7): Arin Gilliland, Sarah Gorden, Samantha Johnson, Julie Johnston, Katie Naughton, Emily Richardson, Casey Short

    MIDFIELDERS (13): Jackie Altschuld, Danielle Colaprico, Taylor Comeau, Vanessa DiBernardo, Ashley Gogolin, Lauren Kaskie, Kourtney Kutscher, Morgan Proffitt, Courtney Raetzman, Sofia Huerta, Alyssa Mautz, Mary Luba, Brittany Ratcliffe

    FORWARDS (8): Ashleigh Ellenwood, Janelle Flaws, Summer Green, Jennifer Hoy, Simone Kolander, Stephanie McCaffrey, Christen Press, Cara Walls

  • Excited to have Becca Moros back.