Wednesday Roundup: Erin McLeod Returns to Action

The Equalizer Staff March 29, 2017 21

ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, BREAKERS’ PRESEASON SUCCESS CONTINUES AND GERMANY AND CANADA ANNOUNCE ROSTERS

Erin McLeod and the Dash have now won three consecutive matches after beating the Flash for the 2nd time this season. (Copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Erin McLeod is playing again after her third ACL tear. (Copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Longtime Canadian #1 Erin McLeod is finally back on the pitch after suffering her third ACL tear last year. Initially injured in a tournament in Brazil in December 2015, the knee was aggravated further in February 2016 during CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in Texas before finally giving way while playing for FC Rosengard during last year’s Champions League quarterfinal against FFC Frankfurt, forcing her to miss the Rio Olympics.

The goalkeeper has spent time with FC Rosengard’s U19 and reserve squads, and has been training with the first team for almost a month. She joined the team on the bench for their Champions League quarterfinal against FC Barcelona Femini, coming full circle. McLeod will also train with Canada during the team’s friendlies against Germany and Sweden next month as she looks to make her way back onto the team.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for another chance,” she told TSN Sports.

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BREAKERS TAKE PRESEASON GAME OVER NEW ENGLAND FUTBOL CLUB

Natasha Dowie celebrates her first NWSL goal. (photo copyright Linehan Photography for The Equalizer)

Natasha Dowie got an assist in Boston’s second preseason game. (photo copyright Linehan Photography for The Equalizer)

The Boston Breakers defeated the New England Futbol Club U15 boys, 5-1, yesterday to extend their preseason winning streak. The teams played three 30-minute periods with Boston swapping players in the third period. Midfielder Rosie White started off the scoring in the 40th minute when she collected a deflection off forward Natasha Dowie after a cross from forward Emilie Haavi. Dowie picked up an assist on the second goal when she laid off a pass to defender Brook Elby, who found the back of the net in the 45th minute. Striker Adriana Leon grabbed her fourth preseason goal three minutes later before NEFC scored a goal of their own. Leon added an assist in the 65th minute off an Ifeoma Onumonu goal, and White completed her brace in the 73rd minute to wrap up the game.

“When everyone comes back from international duty, we’ll have some work to do, but it was a really, really positive night,” said head coach Matt Beard. “It’s like night and day with the team in comparison to last year, so I’m really, really pleased.”

Boston lineup (first and second periods): Abby Smith; Christen Westphal, Megan Oyster, Kylie Strom, Brooke Elby; Rosie White, Amanda Da Costa, Allysha Chapman; Adriana Leon, Natasha Dowie, Emilie Haavi

Boston lineup (third period): Sammy Jo Prudhomme; Christen Westphal, Megan Oyster, Kylie Strom, Brooke Elby; Rosie White, Margaret Purce, Allysha Chapman; Adriana Leon, Natasha Dowie (Hayley Dowd, 70’), Ifeoma Onumonu

GERMANY AND CANADA NAME SQUADS

Canada Germany

Both Germany and Canada have announced their squads  for an upcoming friendly in Germany next month. The meeting will be the first for the gold and bronze medalists since the Olympics. Canada will also play silver medalists Sweden three days prior.

Germany Roster:

Goalkeepers (4): Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), Carina Schlüter (SC Sand), Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)

Defenders (8): Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), Johanna Elsig (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Kathrin Hendrich (FFC Frankfurt), Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyon), Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Leonie Maier (Bayern München), Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), Felicitas Rauch (FFC Turbine Potsdam)

Midfielders (6): Pauline Bremer (Olympique Lyon), Sara Däbritz (Bayern München), Kristin Demann (Hoffenheim), Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Olympique Lyon), Carolin Simon (SC Freiburg)

Forwards (5): Mandy Islacker (FFC Frankfurt), Hasret Kayikci (SC Freiburg), Turid Knaak (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Anja Mittag (VfL Wolfsburg), Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg)

Canada Roster:

Goalkeepers (3): Stephanie Labbé (Washington Spirit), Sabrina D’Angelo (North Carolina Courage), Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC)

Defenders (7): Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit), Allysha Chapman (Boston Breakers), Ashley Lawrence (Paris St-Germain), Marie Levasseur (University of Memphis), Hannah Taylor (Eastside FC), Kadeisha Buchanan (Olympique Lyonnais), Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit)

Midfielders (6): Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Rebecca Quinn (Duke University), Sophie Schmidt (FFC Frankfurt), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City), Gabrielle Carle (CS Lévis-Est & Québec Soccer REX), Sarah Stratigakis – (Aurora United FC)

Forwards (6): Jordyn Huitema (Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Deanne Rose (Scarborough GS United), Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers), Janine Beckie (Houston Dash), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC)

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  • guest

    Canada continues its youth movement
    the Canada WNT site roster announcement includes the players ages (17 players at or under age 24 with 7 of those still in their teens including one 15 year old)

    “GK Stephanie Labbé, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
    GK Sabrina D’Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
    GK Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
    FB Lindsay Agnew, age 21, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
    FB Allysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
    FB Ashley Lawrence, age 21, from Caledon, ON/ Paris St-Germain FC
    FB Marie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis (NCAA)
    CB Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FC
    CB Kadeisha Buchanan, age 21, from Brampton, ON/ FCF Olympique Lyonnais
    CB Shelina Zadorsky, age 24, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
    M Jessie Fleming, age 19, from London, ON/ UCLA (NCAA)
    M Rebecca Quinn, age 21, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)
    M Sophie Schmidt, age 28, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
    M Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
    M Gabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lévis, QC/ CS Lévis-Est & Québec Soccer REX
    M Sarah Stratigakis, age 18, from Woodbridge, ON/ Aurora United FC (League1 Ontario)
    F Jordyn Huitema, age 15, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
    F Nichelle Prince, age 22, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
    F Deanne Rose, age 18, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United
    F Adriana Leon, age 24, from King City, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
    F Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
    F Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)”

    • Steglitz49

      WoSo is for the young.

      Remember the “Golden Generation” vs “Veterans”.

  • Som Termanni

    Sahlen’s is trying to buy naming rights to the Courage’s WakeMed Stadium: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/03/29/town-of-cary-otdog-firm-wants-naming-rights-to.html?ana=twt

    > Pending town approval, the stadium could be named Sahlen’s Stadium. It’s a five-year agreement, and the plans and financial terms weren’t immediately clear.

    > WakeMed would retain the naming rights to the park itself, according to a WakeMed spokeswoman.

    > Malik negotiated the naming rights when he bought women’s professional soccer team, the Western New York Flash, from Sahlen. The Flash will begin playing as the North Carolina Courage in April at the Cary soccer park.

    > When based in New York, the team trained at a 200,000 square-foot multisport indoor facility called Sahlen’s Sports Park. That park is now called Capelli Sport Stadium. While there, the Flash’s branding and uniforms featured Sahlen’s packaging colors: red, yellow and black.

  • Lorehead

    Good game between the US U-23s and the Thorns. Stanford will be very loaded this year (as everybody else here probably noticed long before). And a lot of fast young talent in the NT pipeline.

    The defense was a bright spot for the Thorns, and Franch had a fine game, even saving a PK, up until one bad mistake in the 91st minute that gave the game away. (Whoever told her to play for the full 90′ ought to add, plus stoppage time. But that’s what preaseason’s for?)

    I was also very glad to see some players who’d been out with injuries coming back as subs. I know Kendall Johnson’s had a very tough road to recovery from a nasty concussion, and I hope she’s finally turned a corner?

    • Constant Weeder

      I was a little nervous to see trialist Meghan Cox come in for Emily Menges, but she did a good job and seemed very calm under pressure.

      • mockmook

        A little nervous to see players auditioned in a preseason game? OK

        • #1Fan

          funny that BJ did not do much “auditioning” He coached like a guy who was trying to win the game by any means.

          • kernel_thai

            He’s got five matches to look at his players so maybe he wants to see them in longer chunks than use lots of subs. Worth revisiting after the run is done tho to see how many of the players he is supposed to be evaluating actually got fair time to show their stuff.

        • Constant Weeder

          Not rational, I know. Mostly I wanted to say Menges is a hard act to follow, and Cox did well.

    • DNG

      I don’t agree at all about the back line or Franch. Their inability to play out of pressure(tactical gameplan fine) was the source of the majority of the U-23’s offense and that 91st minutes mistake is simply unacceptable for a keeper in the NWSL. The rest doesn’t bother me nearly as much considering the Thorns were missing 3 of their front six until Nadim can on for a short stint.

      • Lorehead

        I thought they did a very good job of preventing and blocking shots. The youngsters only had one shot on goal at the half, and it was saved. I did call out that big mistake at the end (but Michelle Betos made a bad one like it in the final seconds of a game in 2015 that cost the team three points). I think it is a fair point that the defense had trouble clearing the ball out of danger.

        • DNG

          Even though they only gave up one SOG in the first half I thought they looked more unorganized than I’ve seen them look in a while. They played decent enough defensively though. However, their stated goal is that they want to be a team that can build from the back and they weren’t good enough at the back tonight to do that without giving up chances on their goal. They weren’t trying to clear the ball most of the time, they were trying to play through the press and that is where I think the back line failed last night.

          • Lorehead

            Agree they were trying to play out of back and have some work to do. I don’t think they were terrible in the first half. Look at the shots and the possession numbers, and surely it’s the job of the midfield to connect, too. And the stops (especially that clean slide tackle in the box to save a goal in the second half and that point-blank save in the first half) from both Menges and Sonnett were great.

        • Silver Frost

          Franch looks incredibly fit this preseason. The game showed why Parsons couldn’t make up his mind last year between her and Betos. Franch made some great saves early on. But two mistakes cost them dearly.

          Henry and Long played well, I thought. Of course, Long is being wasted at CB. Whenever she gets close to goal there is a good possibility of a score. As for Sinc, I’ve never agreed with the hype. She’s OK in club soccer, but would not be missed if traded. Other players, less expensive, can clog up the middle and wander aimlessly.

          For the U-23s, Smith is defo somebody to watch.

          • WoSoFan

            Isn’t Sinclair allocated? So she’s basically free as far as the Thorns are concerned, right?

          • #1Fan

            I am so interested at your Smith comment. We have 10 Smiths in the YNT pipeline. Its also very telling that the same coach , Snow, used her as a sub in the U17 WC. What changed ? She was behind at least 3 players , arguably 4. She was only used wide as opposed to thru the middle like last night. Interesting that Sanchez was a sub, I would have like to see Racioppi in the game

            She ran all game, harried and hustled a back line that was clearly trying to force playing out of pressure and that played to Smiths strengths. However, she did little for open play, To be fair to her, there was not of that from anyone.

            We p[produce more players like that than any other position imo.

          • Lorehead

            I’ll spare you the defense of Sinc’s honor and just point out that Team Canada pays for her.

    • sudeep das

      Franch has a problem with her clearances. Right in the first minute or so her weak clearance bumped into a U23 forward. Although made some great saves. Thorns missed quite a few chances as well including 1v1 on Casey Murphy.
      Some U23 are a bit well fed I guess – not very well conditioned physically.

      • Lorehead

        I remember she made a mistake in the first minute that she ended up recovering and putting out for a corner, and then a really bad one in stoppage time that gave up the win. But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln says the play was good.

  • guest

    So what is the deal with the NWSL streams? If they are only airing one game per week that is going to be very bad for the league, and exposure for these players, I’m afraid.

  • AlexH

    Totally off topic, but does youth soccer tournaments every use a hat format? In ultimate disk players come by themselves, put their name in a hat and the teams form up randomly. It is a fun change of pace and is good for players that want to get in some games when their team isn’t in season. I was wondering if anything like that exists in soccer.