Monday Roundup: Kyah Simon undergoes shoulder surgery

The Equalizer Staff March 20, 2017 23

Also in today’s roundup, North Carolina Courage announce jersey sponsors, Nadia Nadim named Danish Female Footballer of the Year, Jami Kranich hired as Princeton’s assistant coach and Stephanie Ochs joins WPSL coaching staff

Kyah Simon is sitting out the 2017 NWSL season to undergo double shoulder surgery. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

Kyah Simon is sitting out the 2017 NWSL season to undergo double shoulder surgery. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

Kyah Simon will be undergoing shoulder surgery today, per posts to the Australian international’s social media accounts.  The forward said that between her two shoulders, she has suffered approximately 25 dislocations over the past decade, and the surgery is to fix those problems. Today’s surgery is to repair the right side, with surgery to repair the left sometime in the future. 

According to other posts to Simon’s Twitter, she will be sidelined between 5-6 months as she completes recovery and rehab. Two months ago Simon announced she would not be returning to the Boston Breakers in 2017 although her reason was somewhat ambiguous.  At the time she did not mention surgery but did cite a need to get her “mind and body back to 100 percent health and fitness.” This will be the second NWSL season Simon has missed, as she also sat out the 2014 season after tearing her ACL.

Simon seems to have put off the surgeries until after the Australian women’s national team was done competing in the 2017 Algarve Cup, which the Matildas finished fourth in for their highest tournament finish in team history. Simon scored for the Matildas in the third-place match, but the Aussies eventually fell to Denmark in penalties.

North Carolina Courage announce jersey sponsors

At a joint luncheon for the North Carolina Courage and NASL counterparts North Carolina FC, the Courage announced its jersey sponsors for the 2017 inaugural season. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina will be the team’s front-of-jersey sponsor, while Continental Tires will be featured on the back.

“As we continue to grow as a brand and an organization, working towards our goal of providing the highest level of men’s and women’s professional soccer in North Carolina, we feel that our core values align with these great organizations and we look forward to long and fruitful partnerships,” North Carolina FC President and General Manager Curt Johnson said.

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Owner Steve Malik took it a step further, telling guests at the luncheon that his goal was “global domination” and for the Courage to become the best women’s team in the world. “I’m not kidding.”

It was also announced at the luncheon that Malik was recently named to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, the governing body of USSF. Malik will serve as Pro Council Representative alongside MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Nadia Nadim voted Female Footballer of the Year

Nadia Nadim was named the 2016 Spencer Stuart Female Footballer of the Year by the Dansk Boldspil-Union, the Danish football union. The award was van-voted.

Nadim was nominated for the award for her performance for both club and country. She has 63 caps and 17 goals for Denmark, including 5 goals in 4 games as Denmark qualified for the 2017 EUROs.

In her one season with the Portland Thorns, Nadim started in all 20 matches played and led the team in goals (10), points (23) and shots (40). She was instrumental in the Thorns winning the 2016 Shield and advancing to the semifinals. She tore her LCL in the Thorns’ semifinal loss and has spent the offseason recovering from surgery and rehabbing her knee. Before that she spent parts of two seasons with Sky Blue FC.

The forward was unable to accept the award in person as she is currently with the Thorns in preseason camp.

Jami Kranich hired as Princeton’s assistant coach

Goalkeeper Jami Kranich joins Princeton's coaching staff. (photo copyright Linehan Photography for The Equalizer)

Goalkeeper Jami Kranich joins Princeton’s coaching staff. (photo copyright Linehan Photography for The Equalizer)

Princeton University women’s soccer team recently announced the addition of former Boston Breakers goalkeeper Jami Kranich to their coaching staff. Kranich joins the ranks as an assistant coach and will be working with the team’s goalkeepers.

“Jami will bring tremendous experience from the college, national and professional level to our goalkeepers,” Sean Driscoll, head coach, said. “She is chomping at the bit to get going and I cannot wait to get her involved with our program.”

Kranich spent three years with the Boston Breakers after being drafted in the 4th round in 2014. Serving as backup keeper to Alyssa Naeher, Kranich did not make her professional debut until May 9, 2015 while Naeher was away with the USWNT, and she earned her first professional clean sheet just a week later. Over three seasons, Kranich started in all 17 matches played, allowing 33 goals.

The keeper came to Boston after an impressive collegiate career at Villanova, where she was a four-year starter. She played in 65 matches for the Wildcats, registering 266 saves and 12 shutouts while allowing 101 goals. She missed a number of matches her junior year to compete with the U.S. in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which the U.S. won after defeating the defending champion Germany, 1-0. Despite that absence, Kranich still received All-Big East honors.

Kranich already has coaching experience, having previously coached for Quinnipiac University, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Massachusetts, the Stars of Massachusetts Football Club and the Keeper Institute Goalkeeper Summit.

Ochs, Carter join WPSL team’s coaching staff

Stephanie Ochs joins the WPSL team TTi's coaching staff. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

Stephanie Ochs joins the WPSL team TTi’s coaching staff. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

The Technical Institute, an advanced soccer education group based out of Houston, announced today it had hired Houston Dash’s Stephanie Ochs to its coaching staff ahead of its inaugural WPSL season.

Ochs has been with the Dash since 2014 and in her three seasons with the club has started in 24 of 39 matches played and recorded 4 assists. She came to the Dash after playing for a season with the Washington Spirit, who took her as the first overall pick in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft. She was originally taken as the no. 3 overall draft in the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) draft by the Boston Breakers, but never suited up as the WPS folded shortly thereafter. Instead she played for the Western New York Flash in the WPSL Elite, helping them earn their third league championship.

The team announced in February that former Dash goalkeeper Haley Carter had signed on as a player/coach, and former Dash midfielder Jordan Jackson has also signed on to play.

The WPSL season runs from May to the end of July.

  • another guest

    re Malik on us soccer Board of Directors
    for reference (from us soccer site) current members of USSF board of directors

    US Soccer Board Of Directors
    – Sunil K. Gulati
    Executive Vice President
    – Carlos Cordeiro
    Immediate Past President (non-voting)
    – Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia
    Athlete Representatives
    – Jeff Agoos, Chris Ahrens, Cindy Cone
    Pro Council Representatives
    – Don Garber, Steve Malik
    Adult Council Representatives
    – Richard Moeller, John Motta
    Youth Council Representatives
    – Jesse Harrell, Tim Turney
    At Large Representative
    – John Collins
    Independent Directors
    – Donna E. Shalala, Val Ackerman
    CEO/Secretary General (non-voting)
    – Dan Flynn

    • Steglitz49

      Cindy Cone (athlete representative) and Donna Shalala (politician) are the only women in this crowd!

      What happened to gender balance? 40/60 and all that. Given how successful the USWNT has been the imbalance seems improbable.

    • HOFCToDi

      A gaggle of hopeless bureaucrats.

  • Rdalford

    EQ any info on U-23 roster announcement for Thorns Spring Invitational?
    matches starting on March 26th, isn’t U-23 roster announcement about due

    from last U23 match report
    “Next up for the U.S. U-23 WNT will be the Thorns Spring Invitational from March 26-April 1 in Portland, Oregon. The USA will take on three NWSL teams at Providence Park, playing the Houston Dash on Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. PT followed by Portland taking on Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. On Wednesday, March 29, Chicago takes on Houston at 5 p.m. PT and the USA will face the Thorns at 7:30 p.m. PT. The USA closes out the tournament against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, April 1 at 5 p.m. and Portland ends the tournament against Houston at 7:30 p.m. PT.

    While this roster featured 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.”

    • john

      I was trying to find a notice on us soccer last night. Chris Henderson in his role as a professor pointed out that if the same group goes to Portland and Orlando they’ll be away from school for about 2 weeks. I wonder if this is affecting the pool.

      • mockmook

        For many of these women, soccer is THE thing in their lives — they couldn’t care less about missing 2 wks of school.

    • Gary Diver

      Are the U23 matches live streamed anywhere?

      • Rdalford

        per us soccer’s U-23 roster announcement (posted today 21st March)
        only the U-23 match with Portland (on Wed March 29) will be streamed online.

        2017 THORNS SPRING INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE – All Games at Providence Park

        Sunday, March 26
        U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Houston Dash 2:30 p.m. PT
        Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars 5 p.m. PT

        Wednesday, March 29
        Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash 5 p.m. PT
        U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns FC 7:30 p.m. PT

        Saturday, April 1
        U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars 5 p.m. PT
        Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash 7:30 p.m. PT

        The USA’s U-23 match against the Thorns will be streamed online at The other two U-23 matches will be not available to watch online.

    • Rdalford

      US Soccer site has now announced U-23 rosters
      full article is on site

      “CHICAGO (March 21, 2017) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will hold back-to-back training camps on opposite coasts at the end of March and beginning of April that will include four matches against National Women’s Soccer League teams.

      The USA will participate in the Thorns Spring Invitational from March 26-April 1 in Portland, Oregon, taking on three NWSL teams at Providence Park, before traveling to Orlando, Florida, for a camp from April 2-8 that will feature a closed-door match against the Orlando Pride on April 7 and a game against the University of Central Florida on April 5.

      The USA will field different rosters for each event with six players crossing over to participate in both camps. As NWSL preseason has kicked off, the rosters consist entirely of college and youth club players.”

      U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Roster – Portland, Ore. (March 23-April 1)

      GOALKEEPERS (2): Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Bella Geist (Oregon State; Milwaukie, Ore.)

      DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (Stanford; Far Hills, N.J.), Taylor Isom (BYU; Provo, Utah), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State, Fairfax Station, Va.), Gabrielle Seiler (Florida; Peachtree City, Ga.), Alexis Warner (Michigan State; Ypsilanti, Mich.)

      MIDFIELDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Taylor Racioppi (Duke; Ocean Township, N.J.), Michelle Xiao (Stanford; Omaha, Neb.), Sandra Yu (Notre Dame, Strongsville, Ohio)

      FORWARDS (6): Simone Charley (Vanderbilt; Hoover, Ala.), Mallory Eubanks (Mississippi State; Lexington, Ky.), Tziarra King (N.C. State; Sicklerville, N.J.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.)

      U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Roster – Orlando, Fla. (April 2-8)

      GOALKEEPERS (2): Cassie Miller (Florida State; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Arielle Schechtman (Georgetown; Del Mar, Calif.)

      DEFENDERS (7): Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Kristen Cardano (Florida; Tulsa, Okla.), Alana Cook (Stanford; Far Hills, N.J.), Zoey Goralski (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Shannon Horgan (Clemson; Long Beach, N.Y.), Taylor Isom (BYU; Sandy, Utah), Tegan McGrady (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.)

      MIDFIELDERS (7): Sarina Bolden (Loyola Marymount; Milpitas, Calif.), Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Kristina Fisher (Miami; Jupiter, Fla.), Mayra Pelayo-Bernal (Florida; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Gabrielle Seiler (Florida; Peachtree City, Ga.), Chloe Williams (Eastern Washington; Spokane, Wash.)

      FORWARDS (4): Hannah Diaz (Saint Mary’s; Hidden Valley Lake, Calif.), Sarah Luebbert (Missouri; Jefferson, City, Mo.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Hailey Skolmoski (Utah; Riverton, Utah)

  • Tom F

    here’s was high lights of Carli Lloyd’s performance for Man City. She came up short in the first half as the main target player, but does some strong passing & dribbling in the 2nd. But they’re are playing a rather weak league team in Reading and should of scored way more goals(than one) considering how stacked Man City are

    • Alex

      Reading are no pushovers. Despite finishing near the bottom of the table last year nobody really hammered them. Almost all their games against the big teams were settled by only 1 or 2 goals. And they’ve since strengthened adding Dutch international captain Mandy van den Berg, as well as Brooke Chaplen and Rachel Furness who played at Sunderland last season.

      • DNG

        Watching this match didn’t leave me too impressed. The 1-0 scoreline could have been much bigger and Reading never really looked like scoring. Early in the match they were also allowed to get away with some heavy challenges that killed promising attacks.

        • Alex

          They were outclassed by City for sure, but my point is more its unrealistic to expect city to a lot of goals past them, they are good enough that they aren’t going to be a walkover for any WSL side.

          • DNG

            That might be fair but they could also not be conceding goals because they are set up to make it difficult for other teams to score as oppose to leaving themselves open by going for it. I honestly couldn’t say if that was the case for all their games without having watched them though. It definitely was the case against City in this match.

  • Tom F

    here are some excellent high lights as the two German powerhouses meet. My pick as best player of the world, Pernille Harder(blond, #22) has an excellent game with one goal & an assist. My former pick as p.o.y, Caro Hansen(#26) does well on the right flank. Still, it’s probably not enough fire power to take on the world’s most powerful team at least on paper) in Lyon

  • A_Dog_Without_A_Clutch

    Here’s the full game between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich:

    Meanwhile, 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam made minced meat out Borussia Moenchengladbach to maintain their lead atop the Frauen Bundesliga (Click on Picture for Highlights):

    Rare sighting- a SWPL side (Celtic WFC, yes THAT Celtic) dominates Glasgow City FC. Disappointing ending though:

    Hibernian LFC are atop the very young SWPL season (Click on Picture for Highlights):

    Estania Banini and Valencia CF maintain their faint hope for a Chamipions League spot by beating Athletic Club Bilbao. It was a tragic ending for an awful season for last years Primera Division Champions Bilbao (Click on Link for Full Game):

    Two defensive errors, directly and indirectly, led to PSG’s demise as they were upset by Olympique de Marseille:

    Finally, an exciting game in Brazil’s Brasileiro Feminina last night. Brazil’s U-20 WWC standout Gabi Nunes provides the penalty time winner for SC Corinthians over SE Kindermann:

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  • Peter

    UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, first game,

    on Wednesday
    Rosengård (SWE) v Barcelona (ESP)

    on Thursday
    Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) v Manchester City (ENG)
    Wolfsburg (GER) v Lyon (FRA, holders)
    Bayern München (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

  • Steglitz49

    At the age of 32, Bastian Schweinsteiger joins Chicago Fire from Man Utd. Zlatan oth has elected to continue in Manchester.

    • guest

      MLS continues as pre retirement money grab for past their prime players