Friday Roundup: Marta lands in Orlando, expected to debut tomorrow

The Equalizer Staff April 21, 2017 10

ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, NOTTS COUNTY LADIES FOLD AHEAD OF SPRING SEASON, CANADIAN MIDFIELDER KAYLYN KYLE RETIRES FROM CANADA SOCCER, KACEY WHITE AND KERI SARVER JOIN USYWNT STAFF

Marta is expected to debut for the Orlando Pride in their home opener tomorrow. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Marta is expected to debut for the Orlando Pride in their home opener tomorrow. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Late Thursday, Marta officially arrived stateside as she stepped off a plane at Orlando International Airport. The Brazilian superstar signed with the Orlando Pride earlier this month and arrived just in-time for the club’s second game of the season.

She received an exceptional reception upon arrival. Fans showed up with banners and flooded the terminal to welcome the forward to Orlando.

This morning, Marta was officially introduced as a member of the team during a press conference. She then went on to train with the team this afternoon. Marta is expected to make her debut in a Pride jersey on Saturday when the Pride host the Washington Spirit in their first home game of the season. The Lifetime Game of the Week will also be the Pride’s first match in the new Orlando City Stadium.

Notts County Ladies fold two days ahead of spring season

England takes a moment as a team after defeating the U.S. on home soil. (MEG LINEHAN/Equalizer Soccer)

Four players from Sampson’s Lioness squad for EURO 2017 no longer have a place to play club soccer. (MEG LINEHAN/Equalizer Soccer)

Notts County decided to terminate its Ladies team two days before the squad was set to take on Arsenal in its first match of spring play.

The club, who finished sixth in the FA WSL 1 in 2016 and reached the 2015 FA Cup final, includes Lioness goalkeeper Carly Telford, defender Laura Bassett, and midfielders Jade Moore and Jo Potter. All four were named to Mark Sampson’s squad for the European Championships this upcoming summer.

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The club was in a bit of financial trouble as it owed debts to HM Revenue and Customs. Alan Hardy, a local businessman, bought both the men’s and women’s club in December with the goal of clearing all debts to HMRC. According to the club statement, Hardy admitted that he was unable to keep the ladies side operating as he faced a £1m expenditure in order to do so. “I am devastated that we cannot continue the Ladies project but the numbers simply do not stack up,” said Hardy to BBC. “Continuing would have been little short of financial suicide.”

The FA made an official release as well where they announced that they are aware of the sitaution and are liasing with all involved parties. “Our priority is the welfare of the players and we will work closely with them, the PFA and wider stakeholders to support them through this time.”

Many of the players were devastated and Carly Telford noted the timing of the announcement particularly upsetting- saying that perhaps the club knew this ahead of time and could have let them know in advance of being only two days out from the spring season. To add insult to injury, the WSL transfer window is closed, and it is not yet clear if any of the players from the club will be able to sign for another English club in the top division this season.

Notts County, although the only club to cease operations this year, was not the only ladies club in financial trouble in the WSL. In January, the Sunderland AFC announced that Sunderland Ladies would begin to operate on a part-time basis only, after two full seasons operation as a team with a roster of full-time professionals. Telford discussed the heartbreak that came with the announcement as well as what it means for the livelihood of the players. “You’re looking around the room and seeing that obviously people are upset. People are crying–their livelihoods are kind of ruined,” she said. “People are now homeless and jobless.”

Kaylyn Kyle retires from Canada Soccer

Kaylyn Kyle made 101 appearances for Canada. (Photo: Canada Soccer)

Kaylyn Kyle made 101 appearances for Canada. (Photo: Canada Soccer)

After 101 appearances with the Canadian national women’s soccer team, midfielder Kaylyn Kyle announced her retirement via Twitter earlier today.

For her country, Kyle played in the 2012 London Olympics where she won a bronze medal. More recently, she competed for Canada at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where the hosts made it to the quarterfinal round.

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On Twitter, she expressed gratitude to the Canadian Federation. “Canada Soccer allowed me to grow on both a personal and professional level, they have allowed me to travel the world and meet some incredible people,” she said. “But, most importantly it introduced me to some of my closest friends in the world.”

Kyle played with the Orlando Pride in the NWSL last season making 17 appearances. She was released by the club in January. Prior to the Pride, Kyle spent time with various NWSL clubs including the Portland Thorns, Houston Dash, Boston Breakers, and Seattle Reign FC.

Kacey White, Keri Sarver join USYWNT staff

U.S. Soccer announced that former professional players Kacey White and Keri Sarver will serve as full-time head coaches for the U-16 girls’ national team and the U-19 women’s national team, respectively. The news about White was tipped by Xavier when she gave up her job as head coach after four months.

White, a UNC alum, earned 18 caps between 2006-2008 with the USWNT. She played professionally in Sweden with Balinge IF and AIK as well as in the WPS for Sky Blue FC, magicJack and the Atlanta Beat. White was also an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team. White served as an assistant goal with the U-15 girls national team over the last four years. She was also Director of Coaching for the u-15 through u-19 girls’ teams for the Capital Area Soccer League as well as being head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She was an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University and a volunteer assistant at Southern Methodist University. Her role with the u-16 girls’ national team will start immediately.

Sarver, an All-American forward from the University of Maryland, played professionally in the WUSA with the Washington Freedom, New York Power, and Carolina Courage. She also represented the U.S at the youth levels from the U-16 to U-21. Sarver worked mostly as the first assistant with the u-18 women’s national team over the last four years. Prior to that she served seven years as Director of Coaching at the Internationals Soccer Club in Ohio. She also coached with the Internationals part-time from 2003-2010. In addition, she was an assistant coach at the University of Akron. She will begin her role officially on August 1 with the u-19 women’s national team.

See below for a more comprehensive look at the current youth head coaching positions below.

2017 Head Coaches – U.S. Youth Girls’ and Women’s National Teams

Under-23 WNT: TBD
Under-20 WNT: Jitka Klimkova
Under-19 WNT: Keri Sarver
Under-18 WNT: Jaime Frias
Under-17 WNT: Mark Carr
Under-16 GNT: Kacey White
Under-15 GNT: TBD
Under-14 GNT: April Kater

  • Guest

    Notts County is what happens when the big guns step on the gas to put the less resourced clubs in their place.

    • Steglitz49

      The NWSL has rich owners of clubs and central subsidy from USSF. In leagues where such largesse is not available, financial realities intrude. The once mighty Umeå was relegated from Damallsvenskan last season.

  • Silver Frost

    I was wondering what happened to Kyle. I assume this means she is also not interested in club play. What would be the point without allocation? At least she wasn’t forced out by injury. I always thought she was a quality player and helped every team she was on.

    • Gary Diver

      It is strange that no team was willing to give Kyle a tryout after she was dropped by Orlando. It is my understanding that Orlando did not release her because she was an inadequate player. Didn’t she start most matches for Orlando last year and wasn’t she the team captain when Alex Morgan was away? The issue that Orlando was that Canada deallocated her and Orlando didn’t want to use an international slot for her. It is still surprising that no team felt she was not better to any of their current international players.

      • mockmook

        She was trying to get her Green Card (and therefore avoid taking an international spot).

        Not sure if she ever got it.

  • Steven

    Any update on Mallory Pugh?

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  • newsouth

    silly league. why aren’t these 2 teamed up again? they are an incredible duo. morgan too straight up and down, no special effects.

    https://ffschweden.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/press_marta_7213.jpg

    • Steglitz49

      Orlando acquired Marta, not Chicago, and when Alex returns from Lyon those two will play together again. Monica is the 3rd M in that equation.

  • Tom F

    Marta bankrupt the last two American teams she played on. How long will it take for her to bankrupt the Pride?