All 10 NWSL clubs announce final rosters

The Equalizer Staff April 10, 2017 118
Ifeoma Oumonu won a contract to play as a rookie on the 2017 Boston Breakers (photo: Boston Breakers)

Ifeoma Oumonu won a contract to play as a rookie on the 2017 Boston Breakers (photo: Boston Breakers)

NWSL clubs announced final rosters on Monday, reducing to between 18 and 20 players ahead of this weekend’s opening of the regular season. Before the announcements the Reign announced a contract for No. 6 overall pick Maddie Bauer and the Breakers did the same for No. 8 pick Ifeoma Onumonu. Also the Dash grabbed Sarah Hagen off waivers from the Orlando Pride and settled their months-long goalkeeping conundrum by waiving Bianca Henninger and contracting Jane Campbell to play with Lydia Williams.

The league and clubs also began using standardized roster statuses to make it easier for fans to keep track of which players count against the 20-woman limit and also what players who don’t count are up to.

Active players count against the roster limit of 18-20. Some active players are designated FED for Federation Plater, followed by the country that is paying their NWSL salary. Some others are labeled INTL because they require an international spot to roster them. The country they represent follows.

There are several available statuses for players who do not count against the active roster limit. They are:
Out of Market (OOM): player is under contract either to the team or the federation but is currently out of market
45-day Disabled List (D45): player is on the 45-day disabled list
Season-Ending Injury (SEI): player has an injury requiring her to miss the remainder of the season.
Goalkeeper Reserve (GKR): player is replacing a goalkeeper on the roster due to injury
Maternity List (MAT): player is out of action for an extended period due to pregnancy
Loan (LOA): player is on loan to another club

The list of statuses does not cover drafted players like Rachel Hill (Pride) and Tyler Lusi (Thorns), who elected to finish school before joining their respective clubs for good. Crystal Dunn, currently playing for Chelsea in the FA WSL, is also currently without status.

Boston Breakers

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Abby Smith, Libby Stout
Defenders (7): Allysha Chapman (FED-CAN), Brooke Elby, Amanda Frisbie, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Kylie Strom, Christen Westphal
Midfielders (6): Rose Lavelle (FED-USA), Morgan Andrews, Amanda Da Costa, Angela Salem, Tiffany Weimer, Rosie White (INTL-NZL)
Forwards (5): Natasha Dowie (INTL-ENG), Emilie Haavi (INTL-NOR), Adriana Leon (INTL-CAN), Ifeoma Onumonu, Margaret Purce

Not counted against active roster

GKR (1): Sammy Jo Prudhomme (GK)

Chicago Red Stars

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Michele Dalton, Alyssa Naeher (FED-USA)
Defenders (6): Julie Ertz (FED-USA), Arin Gilliland, Sarah Gorden, Samantha Johnson, Katie Naughton, Casey Short (FED-USA)
Midfielders (8): Taylor Comeau, Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Sofia Huerta, Lauren Kaskie, Mary Luba, Alyssa Mautz, Morgan Proffitt
Forwards (4): Summer Green, Jen Hoy, Stephanie McCaffrey, Christen Press (FED-USA)

Not counted against active roster

None

FC Kansas City

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart, Cat Parkhill
Defenders (7): Alex Arlitt, Yael Averbuch, Katie Bowen (INTL-NZ), Becca Moros, Brianne Reed, Becky Sauerbrunn (FED-USA), Brittany Taylor
Midfielders (6): Christina Gibbons, Lo’eau LaBonta, Mandy Laddish, Alexa Newfield, Desiree Scott (FED-CAN), Erika Tymrak
Forwards (3): Shea Groom, Sydney Leroux (FED-USA), Amy Rodriguez (FED-USA)

Not counted against active roster

None

Houston Dash

Active roster

Goalkeepers (2): Jane Campbell, Lydia Williams
Defenders (6): Bruna Benites(INTL-BRA), Claire Falknor, Cami Privett, Poliana(INTL-BRA), Cari Roccaro, Janine Van Wyk (INTL-RSA),
Midfielders (5): Andressa (INTL-BRA), Morgan Brian (FED-USA), Amber Brooks, Caity Heap, Carli Lloyd (FED-USA, OOM), Denise O’Sullivan (INTL-IRE),
Forwards (7): Janine Beckie (FED-CAN), Rachel Daly (INTL-ENG), Sarah Hagen, Melissa Henderson, Kealia Ohai, Nichelle Prince (FED-CAN), Stephanie Ochs

Not counted against active roster

OOM (1): Carli Lloyd (M; FED-USA)

North Carolina Courage

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Katelyn Rowland, Sabrina D’Angelo (FED-CAN)
Defenders (8): Elizabeth Eddy, Abby Erceg (INTL-NZ), Taylor Smith, Abby Dahlkemper, Jaelene Hinkle, Courtney Niemiec, Meredith Speck, Yuri Kawamura (INTL-JAPAN)
Midfielders (5): Samantha Mewis (FED-USA), McCall Zerboni, Samantha Witteman, Rosana (INTL-BRA), Debinha (INTL-BRA)
Forwards (5): Makenzy Doniak, Lynn Williams (FED-USA), Jessica McDonald, Kristen Hamilton, Ashley Hatch

Not counted against active roster

D45 (1): Darian Jenkins (F)

Orlando Pride

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Aubrey Bledsoe, Ashlyn Harris (FED-USA)
Defenders (8): Laura Alleway (INTL-AUS), Mackenzie Berryhill (SEI), Steph Catley (INTL-AUS), Monica Hickmann Alves (INTL-BRA), Alanna Kennedy (INTL-AUS), Ali Krieger (FED-USA), Cami Levin, Toni Pressley
Midfielders (5): Nickolette Driesse, Kristen Edmonds, Maddy Evans, Camila Martins Pereira (INTL-BRA), Dani Weatherholt
Forwards (5): Christina Burkenroad, Danica Evans, Jamia Fields, Alex Morgan (FED-USA, OOM), Jasmyne Spencer, Chioma Ubogagu, Marta Vieira da Silva (INTL-BRA)

Not counted against active roster

OOM (2): Alex Morgan (F; FED-USA), Marta (F; INTL-BRA)

Portland Thorns FC

Active

Goalkeepers (2): Britt Eckerstrom, Adrianna Franch
Defenders (5): Kendall Johnson, Meghan Klingenberg (FED-USA), Emily Menges, Katherine Reynolds, Emily Sonnett (FED-USA)
Midfielders (7): Celeste Boureille, Dagny Brynjarsdottir (INTL-ISL), Amandine Henry (INTL-FRA), Lindsey Horan (FED-USA), Allie Long (FED-USA), Mana Shim, Mallory Weber
Forwards (6): Tobin Heath (FED-USA), Meg Morris, Nadia Nadim (INTL-DEN), Hayley Raso (INTL-AUS), Christine Sinclair (FP-CAN)

Not counted against active roster

OOM (1): Ashleigh Sykes (F; INTL-AUS)

Seattle Reign FC

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Haley Kopmeyer, Madalyn Schiffel
Defenders (7): Elli Reed, Merritt Mathias, Lauren Barnes, Rachel Corsie (INTL-SCO), Carson Pickett, Maddie Bauer, Rebekah Stott (INTL-NZL)
Midfielders (5): Christine Nairn, Lindsay Elston, Jessica Fishlock, Kristen McNabb, Rumi Utsugi (INTL-JPN)
Forwards (5): Beverly Yanez, Kiersten Dallstream, Megan Rapinoe (FED-USA), Nahomi Kawasumi (INTL-JPN), Katie Johnson

Not counted against active roster

D45 (1): Larissa Crummer (F)
SEI (1): Diana Matheson (M; FED-CAN)

Sky Blue FC

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Caroline Casey, Kailen Sheridan (FED-CAN)
Defenders (6): Mandy Freeman, Kayla Mills, Christie Rampone, Domi Richardson, Erin Simon, Erica Skroski
Midfielders (6): Daphne Corboz, Sarah Killion, Taylor Lytle, Raquel Rodriguez (INTL-CRC), Nikki Stanton, Madison Tiernan
Forwards (6): Kim DeCesare, Leah Galton (INTL-ENG), Maya Hayes, Sam Kerr (INTL-AUS), McKenzie Meehan, Kelley O’Hara (FED-USA)

Not counted against active roster

D45: Tasha Kai (F)

Washington Spirit

Active Roster

Goalkeepers (2): Didi Haracic, Stephanie Labbé (FED-CAN)
Defenders (5): Whitney Church, Estelle Johnson, Kassey Kallman, Alyssa Kleiner, Shelina Zadorsky (FED-CAN)
Midfielders (6): Cameron Castleberry, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Tori Huster, Joanna Lohman, Kristie Mewis, Line Sigvardsen Jensen (INTL – DEN)
Forwards (6): Lindsay Agnew, Francisca Ordega (INTL – NGA), Arielle Ship, Havana Solaun, Katie Stengel, Cheyna Williams

Not counted against active roster

D45 (3): Caprice Dydasco (D), Cali Farquharson (F), Kelsey Wys (GK)

  • Bruce

    On the CRS side, the only real surprises for me were that CRS decided to carry 20 instead of 19 this year and that Kaskie (not Ratcliffe) grabbed the final spot.

    Game on.

    • Reality

      UCLA Lauren Kaskie doesn’t seem to be one of Dame’s home grown picks. I guess he is making sure he has some depth in the midfield.

      • mockmook

        Ratcliffe could have done that.

        • Breakers fan

          If having a lefty is a priority for Dames then that may explain that choice. I saw Kaskie a good amount last season – liked her. She’s not as fast as Ratcliffe but she’s a solid player, she’s tough and her left foot is powerful.

          • mockmook

            Ratcliffe is currently playing in the FCKC final preseason game (along with Stiever, Beal, Flynn, and Kelly — and Steiner(?) and Patterson(?))

            This league confuses me.

          • Breakers fan

            That was a frickin’ quick move…..SOUTH, RAPIDO, CHANGE SHADE OF BLUE, GET ON FIELD BEFORE WHISTLE

            Beal didn’t make their final roster? I’m surprised…

            What were your biggest surprises in terms of players who got cut, if any? I was thinking Kolander was going to make Chicago. But a lot of these players who got drafted but were cut may just go down to that team’s reserve squad and hope to earn a call-up at some point……..I assume.

          • mockmook

            I suppose that after seeing so many of “my” picks bypassed in the 2017 draft, nothing else really surprises me.

            Did think Ratcliffe would make it at CRS.

            Of the draftees who were cut, I suppose Shaffer was one I thought would work out. I liked Stiever a lot, too — so once KC brought her in, I thought she could make the team.

          • guest

            Shaffer was cut by FCKC back in late March, she was not included on the 25 player FCKC roster announced 28th March.

          • guest

            FCKC announced roster only had 18 players so they are one of the teams that may have a couple of roster spots still available.

          • Bruce

            Seems like they aren’t happy with MF choices and are essentially holding an additional camp with invitees who still may get a spot. Smart.

          • guest

            Steiner(?)
            is perhaps Addison Steiner
            who was previously in camp as invitee with Seattle ( i think)

          • mockmook

            That seems likely — yes, was at Seattle.

    • Why not carry the 20, especially when you have the talent. I was a little surprised to see Walls get cut, but Summer Green coming in did her no favors. Green looks like she’s gonna be a huge pickup.

  • TC

    Janine Van Wyk of the Houston Dash is South African, not English

  • Jake

    Sky Blue?

    • JL

      Still waiting on them.

  • Alex

    Sarah Hagen on the Houston roster, didn’t take her long to find a new side!

    • Calci0

      Glad she found a team!

    • Steglitz49

      Sarah will always have in mer memory bank scoring the first goal in the final when Bayern Munich won the German Ladies Cup 2-0 defeating no lesser team than FF. It was BM’s Ladies first serious trophy.

      Alos, though she may not have played in the final, both of the NWSL Championship victories are quite sweet too but that cup-final goal must be a treasure.

  • Guest

    What ever happened with Lianne Sanderson?

    • mockmook

      I believe she is injured. I think NC still has her rights.

      • Bruce
      • Breakers fan

        If you’re really tall you belong to NC.

        • mockmook

          Que?

          • Breakers fan

            Courageous redwood roster: Lynn Williams, Jessica MacDonald, Sam Mewis, Ashley Hatch, Darian Jenkins and maybe others. Comprende? They are the basketball team with a bunch of giants that when they come onto the floor against your relatively small team is pretty intimidating, as you know they’re probably gonna get a lot of easy 2nd chance put-back gimmees near the rim.

  • Guest

    I would have kept Michaela Hahn for NC over some of the OBs they have on there. Not much depth at DM/CB

  • Guest

    If I were sky blue I would pick up Henninger

    • I’d keep Casey. She is a solid backup for sure.

  • Gary Diver

    Doesn’t look like former Canadian Orlando Pride players Josée Bélanger or Kaylyn Kyle will ever play in the NWSL again.

  • Gary Diver

    “Canada, U.S. And Mexico Launch Bid To Co-Host 2026 World Cup”

    This is interesting in regards to Trump’s Dream Wall on the Mexican border and travel restrictions into the US. Also, doesn’t the host country get an automatic qualification? Would US, Canada, and Mexico all get automatic berths? Who gets seeded first?

    And I don’t know if Canada has any large stadiums with natural grass. Recall WC15.

    Also, FIFA decided in January to expand its biggest event from 32 to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament, which will be a big logistical challenge.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/04/10/canada-us-mexico-world-cup-bid_n_15923976.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2017/04/10/u-s-mexico-and-canada-formally-announce-joint-bid-for-2026-world-cup/?utm_term=.bce4445404be

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11836066

    • Steglitz49

      Toronto has natural grass.

  • GT

    Zero Maternity leaves.

    • mockmook

      CRS’ Vasconcelos is on un-official ML until next year.

  • mockmook

    Only seven 2017 draftees were released for non-injury reasons — I suppose that is pretty good.

    But, not a single “walk-on” made it on any team. Hard to believe that talent evaluation prior to this upcoming season was so good that no “walk-on” was worthy of a roster spot.

    • Breakers fan

      God I wish I were the Breakers GM right now. I’d swoop in and sign Atanda, Smith (of Rutgers) and Cox (of UVA).

      Who were the 5 other draftees who were released (besides Atanda and Smith)? Oh, Hayley Dowd is one, so I’m missing 4. I think the Breakers want Dowd for their reserve team. She’s pretty darn good. I saw her at BC and in the U Conn scrimmage she scored. Powerful right leg, has always been a scorer.

      And what does the darn asterisk mean that SKy Blue placed next to Mckenzie Meehan, Domi Richardson and Madison Tiernan, do you know?

      • mockmook

        Cut-ees:

        30 . Sky Blue — Atanda ( M ) – Clemson
        35 . FCKC — Beal ( D ) – Minnesota
        38 . Breakers — Dowd, H ( F ) – Boston College
        40 . Thorns — Flynn ( M/F ) – Nebraska
        25 . FCKC — Shaffer ( M ) – Virginia
        33 . Dash — Smith, E ( D ) – Rutgers
        20 . NCFC — Wagner ( D ) – Clemson

        No, I haven’t figured out the asterisks — seem weirdly random.

        • Breakers fan

          Shaffer! Surprising…..

          Do you see these players just dropping down to their respective reserve squads and hoping for a call-up?

          • Bruce

            Shaffer didn’t even make the cut of 25. I would guess that she’s pretty much finished.

            Flynn and Beal actually played for FCKC today and will likely go the Reserve route (roster could expand to 20).

          • Breakers fan

            I guess she was overvalued. Her UVA pedigree definitely helped her get drafted. I wonder what the deficiencies were…

          • Bruce

            Vladko knows best, but the pre-draft knock on her was that she was s-l-o-w.

          • guest

            Doesn’t make sense for Vlatko to pick such an obviously slow player, if all he has to do is get Steve on the phone and ask him what she does in the 40.

          • Breakers fan

            Well-said! If his scouting, research was at that low a level then he gets what he deserves in terms of whether what arrives is what he is looking for. No critique of Shaffer here. I liked what I saw in her.

          • #1Fan

            Its the same point I make over and over. The NWSL is a speed and power league, not a finesse one.

            UVA play a brand of soccer that relies on passing, movement and possession. A brand that was good enough for Shaffer to be ACC offensive PoY. Problem is at the next level, its a different game. Much more of a physical grind. Much more of a pace based game.

            Very few teams play that way. Your NWSL PoY for the last 2 years has been a relatively technically limited speedster. Says a lot.

          • Breakers fan

            Well-said. Leads me to think that another team would be wise to sign Shaffer. You have probably seen her play often, correct? If so, how would you describe her game?

          • #1Fan

            she is a good player. good feet. Problem for her is I dont think, another team will sign her. Would have to change the way they play and its not worth it for her. It does highlight the gap between the perception of how teams and the league plays and reality.

            I saw her a lot higher in quite a few mock drafts .and yet she cannot make a team

            The practicality of getting wins versus the romanticism of playing a beautiful game as well is a very interesting topic to debate.

            Comfort on the ball and technical gifts are often not enough

          • DNG

            Portland could probably use her if they didn’t have so many players already or the rosters were a bit larger. They are currently carrying players like Shim and Boureille who I’m pretty sure no one would confuse for dominant athletes. I’m interested in seeing how SBFC sets up their midfield this year with Rodriguez, Corboz and Killion and Washington last year was less direct last year than they were the year prior with Parsons. Overall I agree with you about the state of the game in the NWSL though.

          • #1Fan

            Steve Swanson is a very interesting guy and an pretty unique coach. He has produced some great teams without many dominant athletes. I enjoy the way his teams play.

          • DNG

            I think UVA is proof that you can find good players who can play in the United States without relying only on athleticism if you look hard enough and know what your doing. As you say though, that’s not often the easy way to get results.

          • #1Fan

            Its not and its admirable that he seems to stick to his principles. he is all about the process. I prefer to say without relying on athleticism alone, but I know thats what you mean 🙂

            Tarryn Torres is is marquee outfield recruit this year and she was not considered good enough for the U17 team. Torres is not a real physical player.

          • DNG

            I’ll look out for her when I’m watching UVA this year. Only got to see them a couple of times last year and hope to watch them more this year.

          • Breakers fan

            I’m with you on this, in this regard at least: I wish teams, even if they see a player isn’t fast in terms of her time on a stopwatch in a 60 yard dash, but they also note her technical skills, that they would just give her a chance in the run of play, and not just for a scrimmage or two, but for many – for, say, 10 scrimmages, to see how she shakes out over time. I think some in this test will pass and some will fail. I don’t know Shaffer well enough to know if she’d surprise and impress but I think she very well could. I’m with you in thinking that sprinting speed is generally overvalued. That it’s a box that doesn’t always need to be checked as you evaluate a player. I also know the opposite – that someone really fast and quick is also quite valuable. I just don’t think that everyone has to have a good score on your team in this metric.

          • DNG

            Sprinting top speed and explosiveness are usually linked. Not for every player but for many. I don’t think they’re overvalued in the sport at all. Just look at WNY/NC winning the championship last year. In order for a team with lesser athletes to compete with NC their entire team needs to be able to keep the ball from them for the majority of the game, or sit deep and defend in a low block looking for counters which will require speed up top.

          • #1Fan

            This ^^

            The overall skill set required to beat basic speed deployed by an intelligent coach is pretty large. if your chosen method is possession.

            You almost have to pitch a perfect game and are susceptible to transition chances all the time. You need players who can pass, dictate tempo, exploit the gaps you create etc.

            Its why most coaches in College, Club or the NWSL revert to something different.

            The raw materials are not there to play like Japan. They are the outlier. France are a great blend of both and yet when the finishing does not fire many people slate them as chokers.

          • Breakers fan

            What is your description or explanation about France pretty frequently not being able to finish goals in big international games over the last few years? They did much better in the last SBC but it’s a fact that they, technical players generally – i.e those able to do things precisely, which is what finishing is — often failed to do that in the biggest moments and it knocked them out of the biggest tournaments. I’m fine with call it choking. They’re not above or immune from criticism, these human beings. And I recognize that they can overcome that, and they appear to be doing so now. What is your description of these failures? I’m genuinely curious.

          • #1Fan

            scoring goals is the final part, but Im not really focusing on that. All Im saying is that you can play great soccer and fail in the final 3rd and be labelled a choker. The other extreme is to play purely off the counter and score and be labelled great. I think one is a lot braver than the other . A lot more romantic. Requires real guts and well rounded players.

            I want to see beautiful football, not smash and grab 1-0 games or PK shootouts. i would be very happy to watch USA play Russia and dismantle them with creative, beautiful passing football and incisive dribbling.

            I admire the way France play whether they win it all or not. As a relatively unbiased fan, I admire the process as much, if not more than the result. I totally understand why a fan of a Club or NT would be the other way around.

            My concern for the US team as a neutral is that the way they seem to be playing the ONLY inspiring thing is a win. The performances do not excite much.

          • Breakers fan

            I see what you’re saying. That people’s comments about France as a soccer team were too reductionist, too limited focused too much on the ugliness of their play around goal and not enough on the beauty of their play elsewhere on the field. Fair comment. Include an entire description. I felt awful when they lost to Germany in the WC quarters. I thought they outplayed them and deserved to win. That said, scoring is part of the game too, obviously, and if you aren’t doing well at it it’s worthy of mention.
            And I get your point about how fans generally react towards the US team. If they win that’s all that matters. My view on France vs USA in women’s soccer is not as dichotomous or black and white, 100% vs 0 % as yours. The US is doing some of what you like. If you watch a game notice how often the US is passing the ball vs. striking long balls, which of course is what Renard did to Le Sommer but somehow that wasn’t “kick and run” that was beautiful, presumably because France did it. I’m fine and my guess is that you are too with a long ball, if done well and at the right times. I’m just saying that these teams aren’t as mutually exclusive as they’re sometimes portrayed to be. Many shades of gray in all of this discussion. France flubs plays, the US makes great passes and executes some nifty dribbling. It’s a nice dramatic effect to portray them as polar opposites. I don’t think that corresponds to reality. The US isn’t *only* scoring on long balls on the counter. That’s a rare occurrence even for the US in the course of a game. I agree they’re not as technical overall as France. I agree that it’s fun and inspiring to watch the French, the Japanese and the Americans too in this regard at times.

            It all comes down to how you view the sport. If you have a preference, bias or at its most extreme a Dogma or Doctrine that in this sport which has as its goal putting the ball into the opponent’s netting then that MUST be done via long sequences of passing then that is you choosing that. It’s you having a preference for that. Others may like to see a great athlete get past a defender or two and deliver a nice shot past the goalie. If the other team knows their opponent has players like that they can strategize for it and position their players accordingly to combat it, perhaps. It’s not wrong or bad for a team to score in such a manner. You’re playing soccer and you want to score. The other team is free to defend in any way they want. Change things to combat athletes if you must. I’m making a point. I like both – loved watching the U17 and U20 Japanese and North Koreans,love watching Dunn and Morgan and Press. I don’t create thick-walled categories. But each person is free of course to like what he/she likes and to state it.

          • Steglitz49

            I wish you would not go on about France because they have not delivered when it matters. To be fair, the inept referee robbed France of victory over Germany in WC-15. Inept referees were still with us in the smaller OG-16 tournament.

            To be an outstanding player you must excel in 3 departments:
            — ball skills
            — acceleration
            — vision aka soccer IQ

            All the truly greats have the full trinity. The beta-plus players do not.

          • Breakers fan

            Final comments about this: If forced to choose what brand of soccer I prefer watching. I’m with you but I like players to be free, to not feel like they *have* to do something at any point in time. Also, in defense of fast players I’ll add that when moving that fast it’s harder to control the ball, so when they can do that well they get points for technical skill.

          • Breakers fan

            You didn’t read my post carefully. Do you recall who you’re writing to here? The guy who loves Dunn and Morgan a lot more than you do. I said that not *every* player on your team need be a burner, that speed is *generally* overvalued. I also wrote “I know the opposite, that someone very fast and quick is quite valuable.” I finished with “I just don’t think everyone on your team has to have a high score on this metric.” Which, as a fan of Horan, I suspect you will concur with. Are my feelings clearer now?

          • DNG

            I was only really addressing the point that top speed is overvalued. I don’t agree even generally and my other point is that usually the fastest top speed players are very explosive as well. I think it’s very valuable in Women’s soccer and I gave WNY as an example of a team dependent on that top speed and explosiveness from their forwards. I know you’re a knowledgable soccer fan who knows that top speed is not needed at every position and that very quick players are also valuable.

          • Breakers fan

            If speed isn’t overvalued, please instruct Mark Parsons to cut Lindsey Horan. Thank you. I kid. We’re in complete agreement here. When I said “generally” overvalued what I meant was that some coaches may feel that EVERY player has to have speed. And in the process some very technical players may be forced into ending their soccer career. That is all I was trying to point out about the negatives of too focused a fixation on speed and it applying to everyone on his/her team.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. It is accelerating, not top speed, that matters in soccer.

          • Breakers fan

            fyi to clarify, the only reason I mentioned Dunn and Morgan in this context – 2 players you know I like – is because the subject was speed — the idea being “would a fan of those 2 argue *against* speed?” The answer is obvious.

          • Steglitz49

            40 yds dash, not 60, is what matters in soccer. Some would say 30-35 yds.

          • This reminds me of Emily Menges. Slow out of the blocks but super fast when she gets going. So she’s not quick, but she is fast, if that makes sense.

          • Breakers fan

            It makes sense. With this subject I was thinking more of players who aren’t really noticeably quick or fast, like a Lindsey Horan, but ones with very, very good technical ball control skills, and high soccer IQs, but also ones who get cut because they aren’t flashy with their speed. It started with discussing a UVA player, Alexis Shaffer, who KC cut recently. THere are others I know of, but the names would be meaningless. Players who maybe really could help a team but as rookies that isn’t known yet and because they don’t have that speed they may get dismissed too quickly. I feel really bad for players like this because I think they’re underrated and could be better than others with more speed. I hope, as #1Fan says, that the U.S. moves toward valuing these players more in the future.

        • Bruce

          Flynn actually scored tonight in FCKC’s final preseason game. Looks like she’ll go the reserve rout this year.

          Having seen her play this year, I was kind of surprised she was drafted in the first place.

          • mockmook

            Doh!!! They are now saying Kelly scored that goal.

        • Steglitz49

          High time to hawk their CVs in the Nordic countries that also play a summer season.

      • guest

        I think the anterisk next to Meehan, Richardson, Tiernan is just to note pending NWSL league approval of the signings.

        • Breakers fan

          Thanks, but why would the League need to approve a signing? Is that customary and what might lead the league to not approve a signing, if you know?

          • guest

            all signings have to go thru the NWSL league office (to verify compliance with roster limits, salary cap, etc) in most cases this is done before the signing is announced. My guess is that with team rosters due to league today, teams just submitted these new signings along with their 18-20 player rosters – so -technically the league had not (yet) approved the signings

        • guest

          Chicago roster announcement has similar asterisk
          along side signings announced today (Kaskie, Profitt)
          and Chicago announce states
          ” *Pending final approval by the league “

      • guest

        ” … and sign Atanda, Smith (of Rutgers) and Cox (of UVA). ”

        Boston has 20 players on roster, so who on current Boston roster do you intend to put on waivers in order to bring in Smith and Cox ??

        • Breakers fan

          Probably start with them on the reserve squad, though I’d be content with going with them over DaCosta, Elby and Strom. Are you shocked that 3 players may exist who i think are better than 3 current Breakers??

          • kernel_thai

            I believe if u pick a player off waivers u have to sign them.

          • Steglitz49

            DaCosta will be gone for the European Championship. Probably not all of it but atlas the group stage.

    • Breakers fan

      You’re assuming that walk-ons are given as lenient and long a look as everyone else. I don’t think that happens. I can pretty much guarantee you I saw some walk-ons as good as a few players who made the team but they are really facing an uphill battle. Everything is stacked against them. They need to shine super brilliantly to break through. I think many coaches’ minds are largely made up. That’s a theory and I’m not certain about all this but I do know it’s really hard for a non-draftee to break in.

    • guest

      Domi Richardson who it appears Sky Blue has signed was an invitee I think

  • DNG

    new nwsl website is up

    • Bruce

      Still buggy, but lots of improvements.

      • DNG

        Still see a TBA under broadcaster for all non lifetime matches. I’m guessing that they are rushing to get all this stuff across the finish line.

        • Bruce

          It’s got to be tomorrow, I think.

          Someone on twitter noticed that existing videos has been re-encoded and were playing through a Simplestream.com URL, so it looks like that will be the platform. Their website says that A+E is an existing client.

          No word, however, if stream access will be free, paid and/or require a cable subscription.

          • DNG

            At some point they are going to have to charge people if there are enough people watching for it to make sense. I personally wouldn’t mind paying a small fee assuming that the quality is good and we can re-watch all the game like we could on youtube at any time. The instant DVR feature of youtube was great.

          • Breakers fan

            Are you and Bruce talking about the game of the week here or all the other games? I get Lifetime so my concern is “what about every other game that we used to be able to watch on youtube?” Is there any word on how those will be presented yet? I’m thinking there is not. Thanks.

          • Steglitz49

            Concentrate on watching Euro-17. If it is half as good as Euro-13, we will be in clover.

          • DNG

            The other games. I’m guessing that the games of the week will only be available on Lifetime. We don’t know about the other games yet.

          • Breakers fan

            Thanks, Frustrating how long it’s taking them to announce how this will be handled.

        • guest

          If you go to Lifetime, and click on schedule, and “watch live” you will see the dreaded “please select cable provider” message pop up, so I’m not optimistic about watching live broadcasts at this point.

          However, they do allow you to view past programs without a login, and I’ve done this a lot on other channels like Comedy Central. Usually they run big fat ads at 7-minute intervals, so that’s what I’m expecting Lifetime to do here. Can we still hope the streamed games will be free?

          • Steglitz49

            Euro-17, FA women’s Cup Final and Ladies Champions League Final is all you need.

          • guest

            I’d be delighted to watch the Euros on Youtube. Hint hint hint. The only reason I’m addicted to the NWSL is because the games were on Youtube. Now it seems they’re seeking a new demographic, and I wish them the best of luck in that.

          • Steglitz49

            The web is your friend. Search and you shall find. We watched the Sochi Olympics on a French channel — a revelation in itself.

            Few if any broadcasters bother to block WoSo because few watch it, so why bother?

    • mockmook

      No stats from previous years — I hope that is a temporary oversight.

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  • Breakers fan

    Anybody know what injury Darian Jenkins sustained?

    • guest

      was not Jenkins still coming back from injury suffered in college

      • Breakers fan

        Could be that, good call, but my research about that injury — broken fibula, that occurred early October I think, or late September….showed that it should have been healed well before now but it could vary significantly. Or she could have sustained some other injury.

        • Bruce

          She was in a cast at the draft. Expecting her to be fully rehabbed in 3 months is not really reasonable.

          • Breakers fan

            I didn’t notice a cast on her – are you sure that was Jenkins? I can look up draft pictures.

          • Breakers fan

            One last comment – it wouldn’t 3 months for the rehab. At this point in time it would be about 6 and 1/2 months.

          • Bruce

            I recall watching her interview when drafted and her pointing at her leg while saying how fortunate she felt to be drafted highly. I’m 98% sure she was in a cast.

          • Breakers fan

            So yeah, almost for sure the reason for her 45 day disabled list status is to give this same injury more time to heal.

          • Breakers fan

            Just saw the cast on a draft photo- you’re right.

  • Guest

    If Sanderson left Orlando bc of lack of playing time, can only imagine the uphill battle she’ll face to get minutes as a #10/FWD with Mewis, Debinha, McDonald, Williams, Hatch, Doniak, Rosana, Jenkins, and Zerboni in those positions.

  • Rdalford

    34 International Players on these NWSL rosters (so 6 or so unfilled Intl slots)
    – 8 Brazil (including Marta)
    – 5 Australia
    – 4 New Zealand
    – 3 England and 3 Japan
    – 2 Denmark
    – 1 each from Canada, Costa Rica, France, Iceland, Ireland, Nigeria, Norway, Scotland, and South Africa

    10 federation players from Canada (includes Matheson who is out injured)
    22 federation players from USA (includes Morgan and Lloyd who are out of market)

    Some teams at 18 or 19 players, so a few potentially open roster spots since roster limit is 18 to 20 (although with salary cap rules some teams may not have cap room).

    • Steglitz49

      Thanks for this synopsis. Most useful.

      Half the foreigners are from BANZ. Not one from Sweden, the conquerors on the Glorious 12th.

      What is the NT status if any English, Danes, Norwegian, Icelander, Irish, French and Scotch players? Why no player from the Faeroe Islands?

      • Rdalford

        re NT status of English etc players in NWSL

        none of the 3 English (Daly, Galton, Dowie) are on Eng NT for Euro’s
        both players (Nadim and Jensen) probably on WNT for Denmark
        Haavi from Norway probable? WNT (if recovered from injury)
        Iceland – Brynjarsdottir – on WNT if healthy
        Irish – Denise O’Sullivan on WNT
        France – Henry on WNT
        Scotland – Rachel Corsie on WNT?

        in prior postings you have suggested NWSL teams should be picking International players from countries not involved in UEFA EUROs
        perhaps just a coincidence 😉
        but Internationals from the Brazil, Australian, NZ and Japan are all mostly WNT players not involved in UEFA EUROs

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you.
          NZ qualifies for the WC and OG by turning up.
          Australia did well in WC-15 and unlucky not to do better but OG-16 was probably a disappointment.
          Brazil had a great group stage in OG-16.

          I still want the NWSL to have a player from the Faeroe Islands.

  • Bruce

    Biggest loser on cut day has to be Bianca Henninger. Here’s a goalie who could start for a handful of teams and would easily be the #2 for just about any club who is suddenly out of a job.

    • guest

      but has been fairly clear since Houston drafted J Campbell that Houston would not carry 3 GK’s. FCKC, where Henninger was backup GK before, has a couple of open roster spots and Henniger would be improvement over current backup GK situation for FCKC. Perhaps FCKC, or some other team with need of GK picks Henninger up off waivers.

      • Steglitz49

        If the Brazilian Marta can play in Sweden and the US, maybe Henninger should stretch her wings?

    • guest123

      I think the bigger issue will be if both Williams & Campbell get called into camps for games, then who will be Houston’s keeper. The obvious thing will be to get an amateur player unless they get Haley Carter play these games. I think she’s based in Texas.

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  • guest123

    Off-Topic: Jen Cooper (aka Keepernotes) hired as a Editorial Consultant for Lifetime/NWSL Game of the Week coverage.

    https://twitter.com/EvanMSilverman/status/851795956282601473

  • DNG

    NWSL is partnering with Opta for anyone interested in stats this year.

    https://twitter.com/NWSL/status/851839547428270080

  • Rdalford

    per Seattle web site,
    Seattle Reign FC have now claimed midfielder Michaela Hahn off waivers from the North Carolina Courage.
    Seattle had open roster spot with D Matheson is out with season ending injury (SEI)