Press, Lavelle score in Chicago’s 1-1 draw with Boston

Allison Lee May 14, 2017 305

A last-minute goal by Christen Press cancelled out Rose Lavelle’s stunner from earlier in the second half, earning the Chicago Red Stars (2-2-1, 7 pts) a point at home after drawing the Boston Breakers (2-2-1, 7 pts.), 1-1.

Lavelle’s goal came in the 69th minute and was scored on a play that started with the recent University of Wisconsin graduate dispossessing Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz of the ball. Lavelle then moved the ball down the center of the field, as she had done a number of times prior in the match, but this time she laid it off to Midge Purce, who was making a run of her own down the left flank. Purce took a couple of touches on the ball, trying to get in better position, before taking a shot, but her shot deflected off Katie Naughton. The deflection bounced right to Rose Lavelle, who one-touched the ball through traffic and past Alyssa Naeher.

Lavelle Goal CHIvBOS

It looked as though Boston was on their way to securing three points on the road, but Chicago head coach Rory Dames made a tactical substitution just five minutes after going down a goal, replacing defender Sam Johnson for forward Jen Hoy. With more numbers in the attack, Chicago began fighting for an equalizer. 

In one of the most unusual plays in NWSL history, Chicago was awarded an indirect free kick in the box after Breakers netminder Abby Smith collected a bobbled shot that had bounced off of defender Allysha Chapman’s legs. Since the ball had last touched a Breaker, it was ruled a back pass, meaning Smith could only play it with her feet, not her hands. All 11 of Boston’s players built a wall that stretched the length of the goal before Danielle Colaprico put the ball in play for Press. Press’s shot deflected off of Natasha Dowie, and although the Red Stars argued for a handball, the referee let the game play on without making the call.

CHI Indirect FK CHIvBOS

The Red Stars managed to fight their way onto the board in the 89th minute when Sofia Huerta sent in a cross from the right side of the field, and Press ducked low to get her head on the ball, bouncing it past Breaker goalkeeper Abby Smith. The goal is Press’s first of 2017, despite leading the league in shots so far this season.

Christen Press scores the equalizer for Chicago.

Christen Press scores the equalizer for Chicago.

Press was nearly the hero of the game when a long ball was sent over the field and to Ertz, who flicked the ball with her head right to Press. The forward moved into position and fired off a well-placed shot, but Smith made the save to deny Press the game winner. The final whistle blew just seconds later with the score level.

Had Chicago managed to come back and score a literal last-second game winner, it would have been a major disappointment to the Breakers, who were arguably the better team in the first half. Lavelle’s speed on the ball saw her break free from Chicago’s defense multiple times in the first half, but her tendency to hold onto the ball rather than playing it off wide resulted in missed opportunities for the Breakers.

However, it was somewhat a tale of two halves because, although Boston did get on the board in the second 45 minutes, Chicago outplayed the Breakers in the second half. Vanessa DiBernardo came out from the locker room and immediately blasted a shot at Abby Smith, who had to make a big save to prevent Boston from taking the lead. Dames’ decision to switch to a three-back to add numbers to the attack also paid off, as a tired Boston defense seemed more disorganized late in the match.

If either team had won, they would have secured the No. 2 spot in the NWSL standings, but the draw sees Boston in fourth, just one spot higher than the Red Stars thanks to goal differential. Next week the Breakers return home to host the Portland Thorns on Friday, May 19, while Chicago hits the road to take on the No. 1 North Carolina Courage on Sunday, May 21.

  • Paul Klee

    Abby Smith deserves a call up to the full national squad.

    • If Jane Campbell gets another call before Abby Smith it will be a joke.

      • mockmook

        Did either of you see the last 15 minutes of the game?

      • Adam Mazziotta

        I think you mean Betos.

        • Steglitz49

          Betos has buried herself in Norway.

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        • Lorehead

          Just putting out there that the keeper Jill Ellis is actually allocating is A.D. Franch. Which is probably why Betos got cut.

          • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

            According to the allocation list that was put out last month Franch is not being allocated at this time. I thought Franch might be the third US allocated goalkeeper too for a while until Campbell started getting call ups to SheBelieves and friendlies over Franch. Seems ridiculous for USSF to force Portland to either bench or cut Betos to play an un-allocated keeper that isn’t getting call ups. If Franch starts getting called in to camps and games this summer then I can definitely see her taking one of the two remaining allocation slots for this season.

          • guest

            USSF isn’t forcing any NWSL team to play any player. What are you talking about?

          • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

            I didn’t say they were. Did your read Lorehead’s comment at all? The one about Betos getting cut because Franch is supposedly is or going to be allocated. That falls in line with the theory floating around that USSF forced Betos to be cut so Franch would get playing time. People are using the theory that Betos was cut as proof of that for some reason.

    • Ethan

      Maybe, but she was all over the place on the play that led to the indirect free kick.

      • mockmook

        And, she fumbled a few other balls. Perhaps, just a bad day.

      • Paul Klee

        Not a great play likely won’t happen again but understandable as just a reaction. More to the question is why did Chapman just tap it to her rather than clearing it?

        • Breakers fan

          Or leave it alone (Chapman) – Smith was close enough that she could have gotten to it before a CRS player got there. Looked to me like the ball barely went back – the angle was probably about 5 degrees back or so. Like you said, it all just happened quickly, brains froze momentarily and they both just reacted.

          • Ethan

            Then it’s Smith’s responsibility to call Chapman off the ball immediately. If she did and Chapman did actually hear her and still touched the ball, then criticism directed towards Chapman would be valid. If not, I can’t believe she’s getting the blame from Paul Klee.

          • DNG

            If Smith calls chapman off she she still plays it she messed up but I think it’s still fair to place some blame on Smith for picking up a clear back pass. She should know better.

          • mockmook

            “clear back pass”

            Not so certain it was crystal “clear” — that’s why I think Smith played the ball.

          • Breakers fan

            Agreed. I’d like to look at how that sequence developed – what happened before it? was there a CRS player nearby? As you imply, Smith didn’t have to pick the ball up. She could have either booted it long or passed it to a teammate if she saw one open, when she noticed that the ball was a back pass, even if just marginally so. Happened fast, little time to think, but that’s a keeper’s job to be aware of what precisely is happening, so I agree with you.

        • Ethan

          Chapman didn’t tap it to her. That was her settling touch before she was going to either dribble more and clear/pass it or just clear it away. Smith showed poor handling that led to Chapman touching the ball in the first place, and then she was rash in lunging for the ball. Somewhat understandable, but an experienced goalkeeper boots it or lets Chapman deal with it.

          • Paul Klee

            Seriously, who taps the ball back toward a diving keeper as an attempt to dribble out of trouble. Chapman either made a physical error or had a brain-fart or a little of both it happens. Abby Smith was getting ready to dive for the ball which she would have got before Ertz got to it only to have it unexpectedly played by a teammate closer to her, I’m sure she couldn’t react quickly enough to stop herself from picking it up. As far as giving up a rebound on the shot, come on, that shot was a rocket and Smith had to dive against her momentum (as she was originally headed to cover the near post). Perhaps she could have read the shot better, but again, come on.

          • Ethan

            That was a standard touch before dribbling. I don’t understand how you’re putting the blame on Chapman on that play.

            That shot wasn’t a rocket, and Smith fumbled it. That can’t be disputed. Smith’s handling led to the ball going significantly out of her reach, and Smith had barely gotten up when Chapman had touched the ball. There was time to stop herself because she hadn’t dove yet. Like I said before, understandable reaction, but a more experienced goalkeeper doesn’t take any chances and boots the ball out.

            Chapman getting undeserved criticism and Smith being absolved of any fault from you is really confusing me. Agree to disagree.

          • mockmook

            I think it can be argued that Chapman’s first touch could be construed as inadvertent — therefore, Smith’s first thought was “I can pick up this ball”

          • Ethan

            Agreed, which is why I said it was understandable that Smith went to pick up the ball. However, a more experienced goalkeeper boots it out or lets Smith boot it out. The whole play started with that fumble though. I don’t know why the commentator called the shot a bullet and why Paul Klee called it a rocket. There was nothing special about that shot.

          • Paul Klee

            Well obviously I am disputing it it was a hard shot the announcer even called it a bullet live so yes it can be disputed. Chapman knew right away that she shouldn’t have touched it demonstrated by pulling her hands back just as she touched it. My guess is she was of two minds thinking simultaneously to boot it away and leaving it for the diving keeper and that is why she just tapped it She couldn’t stop herself in time. A brain fart. You seem to be saying that Chapman is a moron and she believed the correct action was to play a slow rolling 4 foot centering pass in the 6 yard box. Smith on the other hand, got to her feet and was in the process of diving for the loose ball and unexpected the ball was right in front of her hands, again she couldn’t stop herself from picking it up. Another brain fart. Slight possibility that She didn’t see Chapman play it an just thought it was a deflection from the rebound. The play was just one of those things a freak circumstance. Or perhaps you can show me some other plays in soccer where a defender plays a ball to a diving keeper 3 feet away.

          • Ethan

            It can’t be disputed. The announcer was wrong as well, which is pretty common in men’s and women’s football. There was nothing “bullet” like about that shot. The thing that made the shot difficult wasn’t the pace but the fact that it bounced up before Smith tried to handle it. She still should have been able to hold on to the ball. Chapman didn’t pull her hands back when she touched it; she pulled her hands back after she saw Smith diving on to the ball. If Smith didn’t go after the ball, Chapman would have continued to play on.

            If Smith thought it was “a deflection from the rebound”, that doesn’t change anything in her favor. In fact, some people might take that as a reason to be more critical of her because that was a clear, intentional touch (not a back pass though) from Chapman. Smith’s play was simply poor there, and although I didn’t watch the match, mockmook said she fumbled the ball on a few other occasions. So, if that’s true, I’m not sure this match does much to suggest that Smith should be called up to the NT because the two saves I saw in the highlights were standard.

          • Paul Klee

            It’s hard to take your opinions seriously when you twice use the word “disputed” and obviously you don’t have a clear understanding of what the word means. Suffice it to say that you DISPUTE my take on the quality of the shot.

            I do note however you are unable to produce evidence that the touch that Chapman took on the deflection (playing a slow roller across the 6 yard box directly in front of a keeper attempting to retrieve the ball) is the action that is called for in standard defensive tactics. What text recommends this as the best play? Perhaps you can show many examples of where this action was used successfully by a good keeper?

          • DNG

            “I’m sure she couldn’t react quickly enough to stop herself from picking it up.”

            Why not? I think she had plenty of time to realize that she couldn’t pick up the ball once Chapman got a touch.

          • Paul Klee

            Watch it again. She was in the process of diving for a ball that she thought was going to be 4 or 5 feet away so she’s thinking DIVE GRAB BALL!!!!! then unexpectedly the ball is right in front of her. Good luck, reversing that thought process. Hindsight is great.

          • DNG

            Except she apparently had enough time to stop herself from diving since she didn’t end up diving. She should not have picked up that ball and she should have seen her defender. There is plenty of time if she is more aware. I’d buy mockmook’s point below that Smith might have thought it was an inadvertent touch but I’m not buying that she didn’t have enough time to “stop herself from diving”. To me it’s obviously a goalkeeping error either way.

          • Paul Klee

            Of course it is a keeper error, but in my opinion it is a physical mistake not a mental one. I know that there are many times in sports that great athletes are unable to stop themselves from taking an action once they have begun the process of taking that action. Think of the unsuccessful check-swing in baseball your mind is telling you one thing but your body cannot stop the action.

          • DNG

            Look I don’t see that at all. Mental error to me. It looks like she thought she was allowed to pick it up as oppose to not being able to stop herself. She should have seen Chapman in front of her in any case and not taken the chance.

  • Paul Klee

    Midge Purce is impressive when these guys get some seasoning they could be a dominant squad.

    • Breakers fan

      I do think Purce should start and play about 90. Very good athlete, good soccer skills and smarts. A mystery to some degree at this point is Morgan Andrews. Will she play more? Not sure if she’s, like, missing practices due to finishing up school or if Beard just ranks others higher than her. Could also be that notion of “bring some rookies along slowly” at work.

      • Steglitz49

        I understand that she has some classes or exams toi finish up with at Harvard. Maybe they are done and dusted now.

        • Lorehead

          Congratulations to her. I do wonder how long she’ll stay with the Breakers once she no longer absolutely must live in Boston.

    • Steglitz49

      Margaret please as in Margaret Purce.

  • Breakers fan

    Two outstanding goals in this one. Hard fought game. A tie seems right. Probably 2 hand ball calls missed so that’s even.

    • Reality
      • Breakers fan

        Yep. Did you see it when it happened though? Point being at that moment the ref didn’t know where to look. The play happened very quickly. Press was looking there because she shot the ball but the ref had no idea where Press would strike it. The ball wouldn’t have gone in even if Dowie hadn’t done that but what she did was a violation of the rules, admittedly. Understandable that the ref may have missed it. Took us as fans a few replays to see it, did for me.

        • Reality

          Just another game where the refs made a big difference…

          • Breakers fan

            Probably but my observation I feel stands. Definitely a missed call but not an easy call to make at the moment, I don’t think. We have the benefit of having reviewed it multiple times so we may now think the call was obvious but at that instant I sure didn’t see it.
            Let’s say he calls both hand balls and both teams convert. Same result. I’m not as sure about the one on Chicago but the arm was away from the body, as happened against Press vs. Portland. They argued today that ball to hand or arm shouldn’t be called but that call doesn’t seem consistent.

          • Paul Klee

            Plus the ball tonight was played toward the goal. Makes a difference in my mind at least.

          • Breakers fan

            Which ball, Paul? I think you mean Salem’s pass inside the box that wasn’t called a hand ball? I agree, it blocked an attack at goal there.

          • Paul Klee

            Yeah Salem’s chip

          • Reality

            The call against Press in the Portland game was questionable insofar as both Sonnet and Press were going for the ball and Sonnet shot the ball at the last second right at Press. In this case, Dowie had plenty of time to assume the position and deliberately with intent stuck out her arm to block the ball. The NWSL referees have not been doing very well this season in consistency nor accuracy.

            On the positive side for your team, I was very impressed with Boston’s passing, possession and touch. Lavelle is the real deal and I think they have a chance to make the playoffs.

          • Breakers fan

            Yes. My ‘ball to hand” comment was about Salem’s pass in the 1st half in the box (and about the call vs. Press in the Portland game), not about Dowie’s. Salem’s pass was knocked down by the arm of a Chicago player. Salem was irate. No call made.

          • mockmook

            I don’t think Salem is ever irate 🙂

          • Breakers fan

            Hahha, I hear ya. She has impressed me as much as any Breaker this year.

          • mockmook

            Yep, Salem has been top notch this year.

          • Reality

            Well the difference there was that Dowie blocked a goal whereas Salem only had a pass blocked. If both were called of course, then the result would depend on who made their PK’s.

          • Breakers fan

            No, I really don’t think that’s true. Dowie did not block a goal. I’m virtually certain of that. She blocked it from hitting Allysha Chapman in the chest or face but Chapman was *right* next to Dowie – it wasn’t an open space.

          • Reality

            Dowie is a big girl and it seemed to me that she had to jump over and extend her arm past Chapman’s right side where the ball would have found a open space. But we’ll never know for sure will we?

          • Breakers fan

            I just watched it about 10 more times. It’s not AS clear as I thought (Lavelle is between Dowie and Chapman, for one) but Dowie jumped past Lavelle. My best guess is that it would have probably hit Chapman in the face or side of the face/head. Odds are it deflects back out at least at some angle, but possible it deflects in. Glad you brought it to my attention, as the ball is a bit higher than I thought and once you get the ball in the range of players’ heads less space is covered than when it’s at the lower body range, making a goal more possible.

            Just had this thought — I think Press aimed for Chapman because she is one of the shorter players so easier to hit it over her head but not have it go over the goal. Look where Abby Smith is when the ball gets to Dowie/Chapman — she’s almost out at Press.

          • Reality

            Good point about Press possibly aiming at Chapman. If true, then taking that one step further would mean that Dowie was also aware of that possibility and the lineup at the goal was deliberate in pairing the two next to each other. In any case, what’s done is done.

            I’m more interested in your current thoughts regarding Boston’s potential compared to your pre-season assessment. I think the picture is definitely brighter.

          • Breakers fan

            It is brighter. I’m glad he’s playing Westphal as much as he is. She’s been very good. Oyster’s been very good after the first game- better than I knew she was. Chapman has impressed – she was kind of an unknown to me by and large. Angela Salem has been fantastic. Really, really good so far. I could see her deserving an NT call-up for a DM tryout. Purce has impressed me. Rose has not disappointed and I’m happy to see her scoring some goals. I still wish Matt Beard would calm down and be a lot quieter during the game and have more faith in the intelligence and abilities of the players to figure things out. They don’t need a babysitter. Not saying he’s a bad coach, I just don’t like that aspect of his style. Leon is better than I thought. Dowie has scored a couple very nice goals. I hope he sticks with Frisbie. She got better as the half went on today. She has a lot of skills and potential. I hope he continues to play her. Rosie White was a big unknown to me. I love how hard-nosed she plays. Chapman’s similar. So, all the question marks have been positive to date. One game at a time. I want them to just give their all and enjoy the experience above all.

          • Reality

            Thanks for the assessment. We’re only 5 games into the season so there is a lot of action yet to come. I’ve been impressed by the equality of the league this year. With Pugh presumably going to Washington, I think that any team can beat any other in a given week which makes the games more entertaining and competitive compared to other national leagues.

          • Silver Frost

            Purce should get better once she finishes final exams at Harvard.

          • suseboy

            I’m rooting for the Breakers and agree with your assessment except for Westphal who I wish was more consistent. She was a strong college DB, but her work rate at the pro level seems lacking at times.

            An example from today’s game: she receives the ball on the right flank near midfield with lots of space, dribbles poorly and loses the ball to Ertz. I can think of a dozen players who would immediately track back with pace to recover from such a giveaway. Instead, Westphal jogs back, despite her side of the field being left defenseless and a Red Star player (forget who) being uncovered in the box. She may have been tired, but she then completely stops outside of the box and watches as the Red Stars attack from the other side of the field. Luckily they didn’t cross the ball to their unmarked teammate. This happened all to often last year – standing around ball watching. She’s better this year but not enough to make me feel comfortable. Am I being too harsh?

          • Silver Frost

            I’m glad I ‘m not the only one who noticed Westphal’s cautious approach to the game today.

          • Breakers fan

            I don’t think you’re being too harsh, in those instances, because you’ve documented them. I think her work rate has been good overall but with some lapses. I hope she can gain that extra fire, that extra gear to not have those lapses. A good coach would call her into the film room and go over that play with her. I missed that instance you reference. Any memory of when it happened – about what minute mark? I may try to review it.
            By and large she hasn’t lost the ball when she’s had it, but I know there have been a few long balls she’s struck that haven’t been advisable. Overall though I feel if you watch all 5 games in their entirety and focus on her you’ll see many good plays. I see improvement from last year. Thanks for your fanship of the team. 🙂

          • Breakers fan

            Your nicely provided video also shows us where the ref was standing at the time of the shot. He was not directly behind Press. Probably thought that being behind her may block some of his vision, which I can understand. He wanted a clear field of vision – seems smart but it put him at an angle where it’s harder to track the shot, I think.

            One can TRY to follow his eyes as the play happens, but one would be guessing if one is right. My thought was that he just turned to the scene as a whole and saw a ton of movement forward by some Breakers and then the ball hitting a wall. Maybe even some advancing Breakers blocked his view of the ball hitting the line. Bottom line — a LOT easier to suss out by us afterwards than it was for him at the time.

          • Reality

            It is possible that we expect too much of the referees. They are hardly omniscient. But their calls being questioned is just part of their gig of making snap judgements. Some are good at this, others are not and most are a mixed bag.

          • Breakers fan

            Sure. Questioning their calls is natural and fine. It should just be accompanied by an understanding of how hard the job is. If we don’t know what happened in an instant – like I didn’t with this free kick – I think we can be more forgiving of another human also having that experience.

          • DNG

            We can’t know and the ref doesn’t make that call based on whether or not he/she thinks it is going to hit another Breakers’ head and the ball. It’s Intentional handling of the ball very close to the goal line which makes it a DOGSO imo. That’s a red card.

          • Reality

            Which certainly would have had a huge impact on the game.

          • Sure the ref didn’t know where the ball would go, but that’s the point, you just watch the ball and you would spot the handball. Agree it’s tough, but bad excuse that neither the ref or AR got that call.

          • Breakers fan

            I think it’s important to know where the ref was standing. I watched or tried to watch the ball and didn’t see the hand ball. Did you – at that instant? First, where SHOULD the ref have been standing? To me he should have been behind the shot. Our angle as fans wasn’t directly behind the shot so it was harder for us to see it. I admit he missed it but am not sure how angry to be at him for it. I’d love to know where he was standing when the shot was taken.

            But recall that there was one against Chicago that very well may have been missed too, in the box in the first half. Salem tried to pass the ball to a teammate and the arm of a Chicago player knocked it down. No call was made.

          • Yea , good points. I didn’t think Salem’s was in the first half, it was pretty dang close range – seemed more ball to hand than anything to me. Tough call on Press’ shot as I stated and you’re right, it matters where he was standing.

          • Breakers fan

            That was an amazing occurrence, wasn’t it? I personally have never seen that happen. Recall how many players were moving. My vision got distracted by all that movement, took my eye of the shooter and led to me not seeing the point of impact.

          • I’ve never seen it happen either. Very crazy and such a rarely used call. 11 player wall, what a sight 🙂

          • DNG

            CR could have easily handed Dowie a red card for handling that ball on the line. I can’t tell whether or not it would have been a goal if she doesn’t handle the ball but I’m not confident that it wouldn’t have hit a Breakers head and deflected in. Dowie’s looked a lot more like Hand to ball than Press’ ever did.

          • Breakers fan

            Since the ref didn’t see Dowie’s arm go up to block it there’s no way he could have given her a red card. He didn’t even call a hand ball, let alone give a red because in all the commotion and movement and the hard shot, in that short amount of time he didn’t see it precisely. Which every fan here has also said was his experience when it happened. Sure, now we all know what happened because we have the replay and have watched it over and over. His view may have even been blocked, as I said earlier. He missed the call. I didn’t compare Dowie’s to Press’s – the one I compared to Press’s was the ball in the first half that Salem in the box tried to pass to a teammate and it was blocked by an arm away from the body of a CRS player whose identity I can’t name.

            Both speculations are accurate — hit a head and bounce out at least a little or hit a head or face and go past it. Would have had to pretty much graze the side of the head to go past it. Imagine a ball hitting your face. What normally happens? It normally doesn’t go through your face to the other side.. Odds I think are that it bounces out. Would be fun to do an experiment. 100 shots into a face – how many times does it go past the face,(and into a goal), how many times does it not go past the face but rather deflects back out at least a little?

          • DNG

            If it hits Chapman’s head square in the face sure it might not go in. If it hits the rounded part of her head or she flinches out of the way it could easily end up in the back of the net. Whether or not it ends up in the goal if Dowie doesn’t handle the ball shouldn’t really matter though. She appeared to deliberately handle the ball on the line and should have been sent off. That would have been a huge change in this match.

          • Breakers fan

            Odds are strong, I feel that it doesn’t go in, I’m confident of that, if it gets by Dowie. Possible it does but I think the odds are long against it. Whether Dowie’s act was worthy of a red card – maybe – I haven’t watched enough soccer in my lifetime to really know, but you may be right. Chicago ended up tying the game anyway. Do they get 2 in the last …what was it? — 10 minutes — first do they convert the PK? Unknown, then do they get another? Odds are against it, even if a player up. Just stating the odds. We’re firmly in speculationville, so talking about what might have happened had he seen Dowie can go nowhere that’s of any real use.

          • Breakers fan

            And just to try to replicate the conditions precisely in my hypothetical experiment put people all along the line to do whatever that may do in deflection scenarios.

          • DNG

            Not sure that it really matter in this case anyway. The CR shouldn’t be making decision based on what might happen.

          • Breakers fan

            I doubt he made the decision thinking “that wouldn’t have scored if Dowie didn’t do that, therefore it’s not a hand ball.” I would bet a lot of money that he didn’t make a hand ball call because he simply didn’t see it happen.

          • mockmook

            That’s crazy talk 😉

    • Ethan

      Huerta’s cross was brilliant, and Lavelle’s run was great. However, I wouldn’t define either goal as “outstanding”.

      • Breakers fan

        I’m not going to engage in an adjective debate, but Lavelle from where she was one-timed it to the only possible place that would have led to a goal basically, and the combo of Huerta to Press, both the pass and the diving header in the 89th minute — all of these qualify for my personal use of the word outstanding. You reserve that word for other sorts of goals – that’s fine. What adjective would you use — “very good”?

        • Ethan

          I’ll give you Lavelle’s finish, and it was very good. I guess I think of “outstanding” more like Daly versus Chicago this season or Matic versus Tottenham (if you happened to see that strike). Huerta’s cross borders on “outstanding” for me; I just normally associate goal descriptions referring specifically to the goal unless there was particularly good build-up play. There wasn’t anything special about Press’ header. (It really wasn’t a diving header. More like stooping. That’s semantics though.)

          • Breakers fan

            Yeah, the Chicago one got the outstanding call for me due to the combo of the pass and header – Press just being there and executing was excellent and not a given, (no choke here!) and also the time in the game at which it occurred.
            Daly’s probably garners a “superlative”, or “sterling” — in honor of her English background– from me – one step above.

          • Silver Frost

            Press cannot be Press without blowing an open goal, such as her failed FK attempt from 8 yds out today.

          • Steglitz49

            That is a bit mean and unfair too.

          • guest

            press’s placement on the header was very good. the goalie had no chance.

      • Silver Frost

        Replay showed CRS defenders not even trying to block Lavelle’s shot. Weird.

        • suseboy

          Yeah, in that split second, I think Naughton and Ertz sort of nullified each other, preventing either one from stick a leg out.

        • Steglitz49

          It was a superbly taken shot, decision in a millisecond. It is what makes Rose Lavelle stand out and provided she remains free of injuries and gets called up to the NT, she could well be a star in the making.

    • NYRick

      Hey Breakers congrats on getting Lavelle. A true fan like you who has seen some bad seasons there deserves the linchpin that Rose will be to turn it around. It’s happening quickly there.

      • Breakers fan

        Thanks, Rick. Hope all is well! She’s from my hometown so I take a special joy in watching her play. Lucky and happy to get her. Blue-collar type – Cincinnati, to Wisconsin, to the Breakers. She never complains, just plays and embraces the team she’s on.

        • NYRick

          Love her vision. The no-look back heel pass she made in one of the last NT matches was one of the best things I’ve seen in Women’s soccer the last few years. Real deal stuff.

          • Breakers fan

            Soccer player. That play blew my mind as well. I know they’ve been done by many over the ages but I didn’t see that one coming and she did it so coolly and so immediately.

          • Steglitz49

            Rose Lavelle has the full Monty. She has the required triad of vision (soccer IQ), acceleration and ball-skills. As long as she gets proper coaching and call-ups to the NT, Rose could be the next MVP if not superstar of WoSo.

      • guest

        would this even be possible in the french women’s league?

        • Steglitz49

          It is only about 10 years ago that Lyon stareted to spend on their women’s team. Their first big signing was Lotta Schelin. Allegedly they paid Göteborg $250,000 to get her. Lyon’s spending had immediate effect as witness their success on the field.

          That Lyon and PSG are the only big spenders in French WoSo is hardly their fault. Nevertheless, Montpellier, Juvisy and St Etienne are noit half bad and Montpellier has qualified for the Champions League. Montpellier is a coven of Swedes.

  • Reality

    Last night, the Chicago Fire handed the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders a 4-1 loss in front of a crowd of 20,153, the club’s first sellout at Toyota Park since Sept. 19, 2015.
    I guess there are soccer fans in Chicago, but they all must be misogynists…

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TheDanLauletta/status/863903338886287365

    • NYRick

      Bastian S factor. Still don’t know what Jose M was thinking letting him go. He still has game and he and Pogba were never paired together properly at Utd. But to your point I still can’t figure out why CRS can’t draw 4-5k per match. It’s a shame.

      • Ando91881

        No media outlet (local TV news or newsradio AM 780) reports the score at all on Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday afternoon/evening,

        Newsradio 780 AM did its sports report at 8:00 p.m. and just listed stuff about the Cubs, White Sox, Derek Jeter, Golden State Warriors, and San Antonio Spurs. Local TV news will do the same in the next hour. Local area people are not aware of the team’s existence.

        • Reality

          Sports outlets are also misogynistic.

          But just one example…How hard would it have been for the mythical CRS publicity dept. to distribute flyers to the Chicago Fire fans at the game about the Red Stars?

          • Ando91881

            I assume they have already done that in the past. Maybe not at that specific game, but maybe at some matinee games or something. I assume they will have a tent outside the MLS All-Star game in Chicago in August as well.

          • Reality

            I would like to see an article by EQ examining the ways that NWSL teams try to promote attendance and what differences there are among them.

          • guest

            Depends of how much the Fire management gives a crap about helping to promote the Red Stars. I’d guess not very much based on how little they’ve helped promote them in the past.

          • Reality

            I think it is short sighted by the Fire not to give the Red Stars more support. It would be no skin off their nose to do so and might have mutual benefits for both organizations. My question is what is Whisler doing to take full advantage of this relationship with the Fire?

      • Steglitz49

        I think his nickname used to be Schweini.

    • Steglitz49

      Sounds a bit like Europe.

      If you want to propose that media is purposely keeping WoSo out of sight (and possibly BroSo a bit too), then I can second you because I have made that analysis before myself.

  • NYRick

    Press is back on track. Slow start but the goals are coming. She will win the Golden Boot in the NWSL this year (just watch) and I still like CRS winning the title this year when all is said and done.

    • Ethan

      Well, there hasn’t been a clear front-runner in the Golden Boot race.

      Chicago has to start playing better and getting better results soon for your second prediction to come true.

      • NYRick

        I think 12 goals will win the Golden Boot this year and I see Press as the one most likely to get to that total. As for CRS, I think they will really be the team to beat by late August.

        • Reality

          I wasn’t impressed by Chicago’s ability to move the ball effectively. Boston had better coordination in their box to box movement with their passing and touch. I’m still waiting for another forward besides Press to be an offensive threat. I have not been impressed with McCaffrey. Now that Summer Green is back, I hope she can provide that dimension. Dames still hasn’t found the right combination for the individual talent to realize their potential as a team.

          • NYRick

            Huerta made a great cross on the goal but I agree that McC has been a disappointment. Press is often getting double or triple teamed but that comes with the territory. She is the only player in the league capable of scoring about 7 goals in a 4-5 game stretch. I think Dunn and Morgan are capable of that too but are presently out of the league.

          • Reality

            “We were out coached,” said head coach Rory Dames. “I need to do a better job of getting our players ready for the upcoming match. Credit to the players for bailing me out at the end.”

            http://chicagoredstars.com/14097-2/

      • Steglitz49

        I prefer “Goalscoring Queen” as a label.

    • Bye

      Um, no. There are many other contenders that are already showing better than Press. Go away. You are more delusional here than you are at BreitFart.

      • NYRick

        Check the stat line in Sept and get back to me then.

        • Bye

          I won’t, because you are a disgusting and annoying person, and your Pressious would ironically hate you in real life, as a lesbian liberal.

          • mockmook

            Rick’s a lesbian liberal?

          • NYRick

            You didn’t know??

            One thing I will say though is that it is very shocking, in fact stupid, if not downright lock-step bullying that a person, any person, has to have their political beliefs intertwined with their sexual preference. Seems just ignorant and close-minded.

          • guest

            You would have to be an idiot to be gay and supportive of the GOP. Really, an idiot to support them unless you are a rich white person or large CorporationPerson. Bye troll.

          • NYRick

            You really need to stop listening to Rachel Maddow.

          • guest

            I don’t listen to Rachel Maddow. I can do my own research.

          • Guest

            You head straight to the name calling and assuming. How open-minded and tolerant of you. There are a few Gay GOP supporters. Have you ever listened to Tammy Bruce? But you’ve clearly listened to your identity politics buddies. “unless you are a rich white person” Why do you hate rich people? Why do you hate white people?

          • guest123

            I’m a different poster, but Who said anything about hating white people? That’s BS rhetoric from the right and perfect fodder for the white supremacist riots we are seeing now That’s not to say there aren’t racists on both ends of the spectrum.
            Plenty of people vote for the GOP against their own interest for wedge issues.

          • guest

            Check out NYRick’s Breitbart comment history. Tons of name calling… par for the course on that disgusting hate site.

          • NYRick

            Where did I ever criticize her personal life? That’s none of my business and for the record something I can care less about. I comment on the player and the person, both in which I view first rate.

          • Lorehead

            This really is uncalled-for.

          • Reality

            It’s an average reply for the Press Haters.

        • newsouth

          Pinoe and Killon won’t hold their current forms for the complete season. I would tab Press top 2 by season’s end for sure.

      • newsouth

        Press did have a male friend, so no one knows what her final form will be. Hating big time, son!

        http://49.media.tumblr.com/a1a4b3234bb5e0a9b283678ba0b63961/tumblr_nm3gl5fYn71rbawlco5_r1_540.gif

        • guest

          When did she have a male friend? High school? “Final form” doesn’t apply to sexuality you idiotic homophobic troll. You either like women and are bi/gay- or you don’t.

        • guest123

          Get a (straight) girlfriend, dude. Why do you post the same years old gifs and photos over and over? Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation would also help.

          • newsouth

            I didn’t realize message board posting was such a serious business. Please do the edits for me.

        • HOFCToDi

          Keep up with current events.

          The L Chat

          s1.zetaboards.com/L_Anon/topic/5938149/1/

          s1.zetaboards.com/L_Anon/topic/8029077/2/

    • HOFCToDi

      Christen Press scores a goal and the cockroaches come/crawl out of the woodwork.

      • guest

        *sees NYRick/Reality/newsouth, ducks out of thread*

    • HOFCToDi

      But like many of your theories lately, it wouldn’t butter your parsnips.

    • HOFCToDi

      Your feeble insights have no currency anymore.

    • guest

      Christen Press doesn’t start a NTmatch: She is never going to play significant minutes again.

      Christen Press scores against Romania: Christen Press is going to be the feature forward through 2020.

      Christen Press scores a lucky goal against f’ing Boston: She’s going to win the golden boot.

      Please, share more of your wisdom and sound theories.

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press
        United States Women’s National Team
        2017 SheBelieves Cup
        Goals 0, Assists 0

        Furthermore, Christen Press was BENCHED at halftime versus France at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.

        ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/tournaments/2017-shebelieves-cup/20170307-wnt-v-france#tab-1

      • anon

        Don’t forget that Abby was going to start every game through 2016 because she ran the program and hates Press, and Alex was going to play every minute of every game through 2020. Oh, and the US would never win with Carli starting at the World Cup.

    • HOFCToDi

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      16 Jun 2015
      USA 1 NGA 0
      Minutes Played 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/00/60/eng_31_0616_nga-usa_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press was BENCHED!

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      30 Jun 2015
      USA 2 GER 0
      Minutes Played 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/52/49/eng_49_0630_usa-ger_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press was BENCHED!

      Christen Press
      2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
      05 Jul 2015
      USA 5 JPN 2
      Minutes Played 0

      resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/66/12/93/eng_52_0705_usa-jpn_fulltime.pdf

      Christen Press was BENCHED!

      Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

      ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

      http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2933/ROFLMAO.png

    • HOFCToDi

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      21 Oct 2015
      USA 1 BRA 1
      Minutes Played 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=24140

      Christen Press was BENCHED!

      Christen Press
      International Women’s Friendly
      25 Oct 2015
      USA 3 BRA 1
      Minutes Played 0

      foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=24141

      Christen Press was BENCHED!

      Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

      ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

      http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2933/ROFLMAO.png

  • guest

    from article “but the draw sees Boston in fourth, just one spot higher than the Red Stars thanks to goal differential.”

    first NWSL tiebreak is head-to-head record against other teams equal on points.
    from NWSL rules
    “When two or more teams are tied in the standings on points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), the following tiebreakers will be used in the sequence below, until one team ranks ahead of the other(s):
    1) The highest position shall be awarded to the team with the better win/loss record in current Regular Season games against all other teams equal in points. (head-to-head competition)”

    Boston, Chicago and Sky Blue all have 7 points but Boston has win over Sky Blue and tie with Chicago so better head-to-head record. NWSL standings have Boston (4th), Chicago (5th) and Sky Blue (6th) all based apparently on head -to-head tie break

  • Terry Lash

    I could not watch either game this afternoon because of technical difficulties, using the go90 app and chromecast to my TV screen. Obviously others did not have a problem. Was I the only one having technical difficulties with go90?

    • guest

      go90 technical difficulties were a problem for everyone.
      NWSL made stream for Orlando vs NC match available for everyone (international and us viewers) on NWSL site

      • Terry Lash

        Thanks.

    • Breakers fan

      I did too, Terry. But I then got a “technical problems” message on my go90 page and accompanying that on the app was an instruction to go to the NWSL website to watch the game, which I did.

      • Terry Lash

        Thanks. I just sat that looking at the screen like a duffs and then just gave up on both. I was trying to watch on the TV screen because my wife also likes to watch the games, which is hard to do on a computer screen, even though I have a large screen iMac. Anyway, congratulations to Boston for continuing to have a good season (at last!).

    • Reality
    • Paul Klee

      Used a VPN until they eliminated regional block from NWSL site

      • Ron Rocha

        I’m using VPN on all the games. It just seems to be a better feed with less issues plus you also get the old slider you can stop, start and back up. The beer in Germany’s pretty good also.

    • Silver Frost

      Use Opera’s free VPN and tune it to Canada, and then watch from the NWSL site. Only two freezes of the stream today, which is more than any other previous games I tuned into this season. Still, way better than U-tube

      • guest

        ” Still, way better than U-tube”
        Well, considering Youtube has state of the art equipment and the individual teams probably do not, or at least didn’t last year, it’s safe to say that any streaming issues were upstream from Youtube, in other words, not their fault.

        IMO Youtube better in every respect to the current system, and I’m not just saying that because I was forced to watch the “Your event will be begin shortly” message for 15 minutes on the “wonderful” go90 website the other night!

        BTW I only got wind of the actual location of the elusive BOS v. CHI video by coming here. Thanks to whomever.

  • mockmook

    Boston played like a legit NWSL team for the first time in two seasons — then they had to mess it up by playing the final 15 minutes like the “bad” Breakers.

    Hope they can come up with a complete performance soon — this game gives a glimpse of how they should be.

    Noticed another thing, they seemed to be using an unusual “missing man” formation. I’ve seen this in other games, but never trusted my “analysis” to truly believe what I was seeing. Here’s how they seemed to play in the early stages of the game:

    http://drawformation.com/post/59190cf43bb13/sm-59190cf43bb13.png

    • Breakers fan

      That formation seems right. I love how you term it. I wonder if you’re portraying it as it was.

      The 3-0 thrashing of the Reign was a legit NWSL showing as was the blanking of Sky Blue, but I nitpick. I had the same thought about the last 15 minutes. The ball seemed to be in the Breakers end for almost all of that time. I question a little bit the removing of players, the subbing, even in the service of “fresh legs” and “more defenders”. Not that the subs did anything wrong but it altered the flow, it changed things. I’m grasping for an explanation. Without that pretty amazing cross by Huerta and Press executing the header they probably win, so there’s that. But yeah, watching the last 15 one would not have guessed how the first 75 went.

      • mockmook

        Those were very good wins — just didn’t have the feel for me that this performance did (minus the 15).

        Also, remember that those of us viewing via a stream missed half of those games in the glare…

        ————–

        “I wonder if you’re portraying it as it was.”

        I’m hurt 🙂

        • Breakers fan

          I did have the same thought as you. I was like “who’s in the center – is it Rose or Rosie? Maybe the ball was pretty much always so much on one side or the other that each one (Rose and Rosie) shaded to that side more so than being dead center?

          • mockmook

            Hmmm, I think everyone was where they were supposed to be.

            It was like a 4-4-2 but the RM is moved in front of the back line (Salem). And, Westphal becomes a RWB responsible for the whole length of the field.

          • Breakers fan

            The lineup formation in the pre-game graphic had Frisbie at left-outside mid and Chapman at left defender but Frisbie was almost always deeper, it seemed, than Chapman. That graphic also had Leon WAY back and that wasn’t accurate so I guess we can dismiss the graphic.
            I agree about Westphal – seemed like a right mid often but I guess she’s as you said “a RWB responsible for the length of the field.” Beard would probably dispute that but they do let her go forward, which I like, but worry about her getting caught too far upfield at times like what happened last year, as you recall. Beard may be asking too much of her, in terms of “ground to cover”?

          • mockmook

            If other players (like Salem) cover for her, then Westphal being caught forward is not a problem.

            That seems to be the main improvement from last year, everyone is aware and covering for everyone else.

          • mockmook

            Perhaps this is the way that Beard acknowledges what has been mentioned here many times: There never seems to be anything dangerous occurring from the LM of the Red Stars (no matter who is played there).

        • NYRick

          I agree with you on the nervous last 15 the Breakers played but I think that’s part of the maturation process of a team learning how to win after having a losing culture for 4 years.

  • Paul Klee

    Who had Julie Ertz and Christen Press as the only goal scorers for Chicago with Press scoring only off her head and Ertz only with her feet.

    • Reality
      • Ethan

        Well, even with her header goal, you can tell why Dames made that comment. It was a good finish, but I don’t know if any other player would have chosen stooping over diving in that situation.

        • Reality

          Why dive when you can stoop? 🙂

          • Steglitz49

            “She stoops to conquer”

  • Ron Rocha

    Just saw this on Instagram. Am I the only one that didn’t know this was the situation after her surgery?

    laurenholiday12I
    have been hiding myself from a camera for the past 7 months. I didn’t
    want anyone to see my paralyzed face, my eye that is now crossed, the
    bald spots from radiation & my half shaved head. Granted you can’t
    see any of those things in this picture, just a patch…it’s a huge
    step. Today reminded me just how incredibly strong women are. The
    resilience of our bodies, the power of our minds, the ability to put
    other humans fully before ourselves, our compassionate hearts but most
    of all our undying love for our families, our friends and our precious
    babies. I went through the day admiring women at church, at lunch and
    those just walking down the street. I am so proud to be a daughter, a
    sister, an aunt, a wife and most of all a mother. Happy Mother’s Day to
    all the Mamas, Mamas-to-be and future mamas! You are beautiful. You are
    ridiculously strong. But most of all you are loved. So very loved.

    • mockmook

      Old article here at the EQ said her tumor was “benign” — so this doesn’t make sense. But, then, there were hints that it wasn’t benign — like the need to speed up the surgery.

      Anyway, God bless her — I hope she lives a long “healthy” life.

      • Steglitz49

        Like you, I hope she makes a good recovery and is able to live life in all its fulness.

        It sounds like the operation was technically difficult. It is possible that when the appearnce of the tumor was checked, it gave cause for concern.

      • guest

        Benign tumors, especially brain tumors, can still call for radiation. Hopefully any paralysis she has dealt with is temporary. I saw recent photos of her and I thought she looked like she did prior to surgery.

    • Lorehead

      A beautiful Mother’s day post, and thank you for sharing it.

      I do want to universalize one thing she said, though. If only women and not men had the capacity to put others before ourselves, then clearly no man is qualified to be a public servant, in a position of fiduciary responsibility, or a spiritual leader. She probably didn’t mean it like this, but that’s just a double standard we use to let ourselves off the hook.

      • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

        “She probably didn’t mean it like this…” That’s because she literally said nothing about only women, and not men, having the capacity to put others before ourselves. Are you really going to point out that she didn’t talk about the strength of MEN in a MOTHER’S DAY post? Do you expect her to talk about the tooth fairy in a Christmas post too?

        • guest

          Seriously. Sick of the “plight of the white man” BS… look at our current white “male power” government FFS.

        • Lorehead

          I said, “universalize.”

          • disqus_hj8dHnhlYK

            It was a Mother’s Day post. Why does it need to be universalized? Father’s Day is next month.

  • FawcettFan14

    Press is a failure. She is a horrible player. Can’t score in the clutch. (Just trying to preempt HOFCToDi here).

  • Silver Frost

    “indirect free kick in the box” – Shouldn’t Smith have been given a foul for jumping off the line before a CRS player touched the ball? Anyway, it was a cool situation. I’ve never seen that before.

    • Breakers fan

      I wondered that too – not sure if the same rule applies as with a PK. It seemed that several Breakers, including Smith, took off before Press kicked the ball.

      • Paul Klee

        Colaprico passed th ball to Press that’s why it is an indirect free kick. Could move once Coliprico played the ball.

        • Silver Frost

          Can they jump off the line before Cola kicks it to Press?

          • Paul Klee

            They have to be 10 yards away like any free kick but since the goal line is closer than 10 yards they are allowed to stand there but can not encroach closer till. The ball is played.

        • Breakers fan

          Thank you. That’s why no call was made!

      • Silver Frost

        I can see the rationale for coming off the line: cut down the angle of the shot and reduce the area available to the ball.

        • Breakers fan

          Yes. Good observations.

    • Paul Klee

      Some examples of indirect free kicks
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EtT2_yPHXk&feature=share

  • Lorehead

    Someone just made a tidy sum on a 100–1 bet that Christen Press would score the clutch goal.

    • Bruce

      Chump that took the other side of that bet. For all the grief she gets, Press tied for league lead in game winning goals last year. Just held to a higher standard.

      • Reality

        Press also had 4 “Goal of the Week” awards last year. Press also has the highest ratio of goals to appearances in the NWSL, 25 goals in 42 apps. But Press haters will be Press haters…

        • guest

          It’s mostly pushback against her annoying megaposter fanclub.

          • Reality

            So trolling makes you feel better? tsk, tsk.

          • guest

            I don’t troll Press, but thousands of posts saying the same thing gets old. Criticism isn’t trolling, either, btw

          • Reality

            Take a closer look at the comments made by people here who troll on any mention of Press. They invariably involve personal attacks or alternative facts.

          • #1Fan

            personal attacks on posters or the player are par for the course for some.

          • Reality

            Which lowers the level of discourse for commentators who are genuinely interested in engaging in adult conversation.

          • #1Fan

            i totally agree. The people here who actually talk the game are a pleasure to converse with.

            Even when we disagree

          • Steglitz49

            Then, why do you block so many that disagree with you?

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Minutes Played
            Lloyd – 630
            Press – 179

            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Shots Attempted
            Lloyd – 17
            Press – 7

            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Minutes Played per Shots Attempted
            Lloyd – 37.1
            Press – 26.7

            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Shots on Goal
            Lloyd – 9
            Press – 2

            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Shots on Goal Percentage
            Lloyd – 9/17 (52.9%)
            Press – 2/7 (28.6%)

            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            Shooting Percentage
            Lloyd – 4/17 (23.5%)
            Press – 1/7 (14.3%)

            In every metric, Christen Press was worse than Carli Lloyd.

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/62/55/34/eng_07_0608_usa-aus_fulltime.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/64/73/21/eng_19_0612_usa-swe_fulltime.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/00/60/eng_31_0616_nga-usa_fulltime.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/26/11/eng_38_0622_usa-col_fulltime.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/35/93/eng_45_0626_chn-usa_fulltime.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/52/49/eng_49_0630_usa-ger_fulltime.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/66/12/93/eng_52_0705_usa-jpn_fulltime.pdf

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
            TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards

            concacaf.com/article/tsg-announces-cwoq-best-xi-awards

            http://www.ussoccer.com/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/02/160221-wnt-v-can/photo-gallery/160221-wnt-vs-can-photo-gallery19.jpg?h=600&w=786&la=en&hash=BF5ABEEA5BE7034EF13FA4F320F9E7BB8E549331&

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • Steglitz49

            The lady on the left plays for Chelsea Ladies, the next one is out injured I believe, the one i black has been cashiered and the last one just scored her 3rd goal at Wembley for Man City in the FA women’s Cup final.

            What is your point?

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            Friday, 11 Mar 2016
            Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

            http://www.ussoccer.com/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • Steglitz49

            How about the 2017 SBC?

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            Christen Press
            09 Aug 2016
            2016 Rio Olympics
            USA 2 COL 2
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Christen Press
            12 Aug 2016
            2016 Rio Olympics
            USA 1 SWE 1
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Christen Press
            August 2016
            2016 Rio Olympics
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82m0nF66dFo

          • Steglitz49

            It depends on what you consider primary facts and alternative facts.

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            USWNT 2016
            FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 6
            Lloyd (DOB 16 Jul 1982) – 1
            Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 1
            Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 1
            Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 1
            Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2016-lineups

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            USWNT 2013-2016
            FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan – 16 (too many to list)
            Lloyd – 8 (AUS, BRA, GER, JPN x 3, BRA, FRA)
            Leroux – 7 (CAN, BRA x 2, CAN, JPN, CAN, FRA)
            Wambach – 5 (GER, AUS, BRA, PRK x 2)
            Rapinoe – 4 (GER, BRA, AUS x 2)
            Press – 3 (AUS, FRA, AUS)
            Holiday – 2 (AUS, JPN)
            Johnston – 2 (FRA, JPN)
            Dunn – 2 (BRA, ENG)

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            USWNT 2013-2016
            FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan – 16 (too many to list)
            Lloyd – 8 (AUS, BRA, GER, JPN x 3, BRA, FRA)
            Leroux – 7 (CAN, BRA x 2, CAN, JPN, CAN, FRA)
            Wambach – 5 (GER, AUS, BRA, PRK x 2)
            Rapinoe – 4 (GER, BRA, AUS x 2)
            Press – 3 (AUS, FRA, AUS)
            Holiday – 2 (AUS, JPN)
            Johnston – 2 (FRA, JPN)
            Dunn – 2 (BRA, ENG)

          • Steglitz49

            Why are you posting exactly the same comment as 6 minutes before? Do you suffer from short-term memory-loss?

          • HOFCToDi

            Alternative facts, huh?

            Christen Press
            August 2016
            2016 Rio Olympics
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1

            Christen Press was even worse at the recent international women’s friendlies than at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

            Christen Press
            6 Apr 2017
            International Women’s Friendly
            USA 4 RUS 0
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 5, Shots on Goal 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=34687

            Christen Press
            9 Apr 2017
            International Women’s Friendly
            USA 5 RUS 1
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 1

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=34688

            Christen Press
            April 2017
            International Women’s Friendlies
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 7, Shots on Goal 1

            http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2933/ROFLMAO.png

          • Steglitz49

            Verily and forsooth.

        • Lorehead

          For what it’s worth, I did pick her to win the Golden Boot this year.

          • Reality

            Hopefully, she’s broken out of her dry spell which happens to every player.

          • Lorehead

            I recognize she’s a great player and don’t want to suggest otherwise, much less that I have anything against her personally.

          • Reality

            I respect you as one of the responsible commentators here at EQ. Thank you for your forthrightness.

      • Steglitz49

        Does soccer recognise game-winning goals? It is a strange statistic though an understandable one as history will remind us.

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  • guest

    Is there anything more awkward than Christen Press heading the ball?

    • Steglitz49

      Her header resulted in a goal, which is what counts.

    • Ashley C

      Seems like a dumb thing to criticize her for.

      • guest

        Her poor heading form has always stood out to me. Sorry to ruffle thefeathers of her fans.

        • Steglitz49

          This one went in, which is all that matters. A goal is a goal.

    • Reality
      • Raso’s Hair Bow

        Lavelle or Kerr are my picks. Press superfans will probably vote for her though even though it wasn’t that impressive.

        • Reality

          Even though Kerr didn’t score the goal, her pass was so elegant that she should get the award.

          • Raso’s Hair Bow

            Sorry, I can’t see the tweet for some reason. I loved Kerr’s goal though. Kudos to Press for a last minute header but it wasn’t as impressive as some of the other goals this week.

          • Reality

            Here ya go. Kerr’s goal is not up for nomination but rather Galton’s which was made by Kerr’s pass.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U89eeG_wWw4#action=share

          • Steglitz49

            A correct choice.

        • Ethan

          Yanez’s goal isn’t getting any love? The best build-up play and a clever finish. Great goal.

          • guest123

            There were a lot of great goals this week. I like Press and all, but hers wasn’t deserving of GoTW.

  • ABCDE

    Series of stupid mistakes at the end for Boston. Was really hoping they would hang on for the win.

  • smallchief

    That Lavelle can fly! I recall three 60 yard runs she made down the middle of the pitch with half the Chicago team in pursuit. I don’t recall anybody recently making runs like that. She is the early favorite as rookie of the year — and I can see her as the Carli Lloyd successor on the national team…

    Chicago’s pathetic performance on offense continues. By my count, Chicago hasn’t scored a goal by foot yet. 2 headers by Johnston, one by Press, 2 assists by Huerta — and that’s about it. With all that offensive talent, Chicago should have a lot more goals.

    • #1Fan

      i think there are several player I would trust with 20 yds to run into.

      • DNG

        Your killing the narrative here:)

        • #1Fan

          is that not my role ? 🙂

    • HOFCToDi
      • Steglitz49

        What bothers me are the male center referees. That is an abomination to true WoSo.

    • Ethan

      Lavelle is quicker than I originally thought she was. However, I have to agree with Allison Lee that Lavelle holds on to the ball a little too long a decent percentage of the time.

      • Chitown/SBR fan

        If you were at the game live, you might see several of those free runs in the midfield, no Breaker came with her….she had no options

    • WoSoFan

      Both of Ertz’s goals were with her feet.

  • truf

    Rose schooled Julie pretty hard this match

    • AlexH

      She stole the ball from her 70 yards from goal. It’s the rest of the Chicago team that got schooled, but this does serve as Exhibit A as to why Frau Ertz need to play a position where there are people to back her up……preferably competent people

      • #1Fan

        it also shows how no matter what subtle traits people want to highlight, peed/quickness is a dominant trait in WoSo

        • AlexH

          Rose Lavelle peed while making that run? Damn, that is taking multi-tasking to an all new level!

          • #1Fan

            happy now 🙂

          • Steglitz49

            I don’t follow.

          • AlexH

            #1 Fan corrected his juvenile spelling error and ruined my even more juvenile punch line! See what you miss when you do work, eat, sleep, love and otherwise have a life outside of EQ.

      • DNG

        Maybe, just maybe, Ertz isn’t as good anywhere as we have been led to believe.

        • guest

          She’s the best CB outside of Becky on the national team. I do think Menges could give her a (literal) run for her money, if Jill would allow her the chance.

          • Thorny

            Menges is tiny and probably not Jill’s prototype of a defender, no matter how good she is in the league. She probably benches/squats less weight than JJ and Long.

          • guest

            Yet she would absolutely smoke either in a foot race and she actually positions herself intelligently on the field, as well.

          • Thorny

            True. I’ve noticed she’s one of the only CB’s that can outrun Press.

          • Steglitz49

            You’ve lost me. Christen and Menges are both Americans who play for Chicago. Yes?

          • DNG

            Menges plays for Portland

          • guest

            How do you not know that Menges plays for Portland, given the amount of time you spend trolling this site? She is their captain when Sinc/Tobin are gone.

          • guest

            I thought she was second in line to Sinc? I thought it went Sinc>Menges>Tobin. Probably wrong.

          • Steglitz49

            as friends of Christen Press?

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Yes, Menges gets the armband when Sinc isn’t available. Tobin did for a couple-three games last year, but that stopped pretty quickly. I don’t think it creates a good head space for Tobes.

          • DNG

            In the last 5 matches at the end of the year I think Tobin got the armband after Sinclair had subbed off against Seattle and Boston. Allie got it against SBFC. Sinclair finished the other two matches.

          • Kate

            We went to grade school together. She was a state champion in at least one middle distance track event.

          • AlexH

            The great thing about speed is that you can’t coach it and a coach can’t wreck it. If she isn’t Jills prototype defender she should be!

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Menges is thin (“serious runner” type of build…), but not short. She’s 5’7″.

          • DNG

            I’m not convinced that’s true and if it is, it says more about the US CBs than it does about Ertz’s ability.

          • AlexH

            Ertz is not the answer at CB but she has been doing a really good job higher up the field. Even as a defender her main claim to fame on the NT was scoring goals so why not put her in a position where she has more opportunities to do so.
            As for Menges. If she is fast she should be given a look. The WNT likes to throw numbers forward and keep a high defensive line so having somebody in back with afterburners should be a no brainer. Given that Jill has no brain though I hope Menges is happy in the NWSL.

          • DNG

            I don’t think she’s been that great further up the field at all. She’s been on the end of a couple of goals but without her teammates basically doing all the work I don’t think she’s that useful. Extremely poor giveaway from the pivot that led to the goal against. Average player in every sense imo.

          • RTE

            Who has shown better than her? Oyster, Dahlkemper, Menges, Sonnett have all been called into camp and apparently discarded.

          • guest123

            That doesn’t mean Jill isn’t a moron. She put ALLIE LONG at CB in a 3 back. She’s clearly an awful strategist.

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Emily M started this year a bit shaky (to my surprise), but has settled. I have no idea why Ellis won’t call her back in, as she’s ridiculously faster than Ertz or Broon (and faster than her co-member of the Great Wall of Emily, for that matter…Menges would be a contender for fastest on the NT in a full-field race).

  • AlexH

    Why on earth did CRS all play behind the ball on the indirect free kick when there were 11 people keeping them onside. Why not put some players in the wall or in front of the wall to make it difficult for Boston to just run out and block the kick. Also they could have played the ball back a few yards as well. It seems to me they could have done much better with that play.

  • AlexH

    Very nice to see that Rose got her left foot mojo back on that score. I love when players show know fear and take the shot they have rather than futilely trying to set up the shot they want.

    • #1Fan

      well there is such a thing as too little time to think – just hit and hope.

      • AlexH

        Works for me. Thinking is overrated while in the opponents penalty area and underrated in your own….You got that Christen Press?

  • Steglatz

    Press scores and NYRick magically reappears 😅😅😅

    • Steglitz49

      Touché!

      High time for Christen to score off the field too.

      • Steg Watch

        The immediate inappropriate comment.

        • Steglitz49

          To borrow from Jane Austen: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single lady in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a partner.”

          • HOFCToDi

            Steglitz49 suffers from delusions of grandeur.

            Sweden failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

            Sweden failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

            Sweden finished bottom of Group D at UEFA Euro 2012.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2012#Group_D

            Sweden finished bottom of Group E at UEFA Euro 2016.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2016#Group_E

            Never has a poster boasted of such grandiose failure:

          • Steglitz49

            Remember the Glorious 12th in 2016. The Bomb in Brasilia. The day that Sweden chucked the USWNT out of the Olympics without a medal of any sort.

            The Swedish WNT inflicted the greatest embarrassment on the USWNT ever. Ever. No OG medal in a sport where the USWNT had always medaled with all golds except for a solitary silver in Sydney.

            Reality is a tough place.

          • guest

            Tobin was in Chicago this weekend. Gee, I wonder why.

        • HOFCToDi

          Remain vigilant!

      • Raso’s Hair Bow

        I’m pretty sure she’s scoring off the field as well, even if she doesn’t want to let nutty trolls like you in on her personal life.

      • HOFCToDi

        s1.zetaboards.com/L_Anon/topic/5938149/1/

  • guest123

    Lavelle can motor. I had no idea how fast she is. She has so much potential and she’s a great personality to boot.

  • Reality
    • AlexH

      I’m glad CP got of the schneid because a productive CP can only be good for the CRS and the WNT, but it wasn’t even the goal of the half….jeez.

      • Reality

        I liked Kerr’s assist myself as the “goal” of the week. However, as you imply, this was an important goal for Chicago and for Press not to mention it was a unique “stooper” header. 🙂

        • guest

          Even within that game IMO Lavelle’s goal was more impressive… but you can’t compete with superfans of established players.

          • Reality

            What was more impressive was that this was a pressure goal in the 89th minute by Press which buoyed Chicago at a critical time.

          • guest

            I don’t think that makes it more impressive. Not to “diminish press” or anything, because she has scored some great goals, but Lavelle’s genius dribbling from midfield and quick shot was more impressive than a cross into an open net

          • Reality

            okay

          • annie

            Haha Reality… I’ve never seen you respond with one word before

          • Reality

            Just acknowledging someone else’s opinion, although I do prefer not to comment in “tweets”.

        • Ethan

          I’m okay with Press’ goal being nominated and then eventually winning because of how good Huerta’s cross was. However, I preferred both Galton’s goal off of Kerr’s assist and Seattle’s team goal with Yanez’s clever outside of the foot finish (my personal choice).

          • Reality

            OK

    • guest

      not surprising. IMO wasn’t nearly the best goal of the week, but the players with the biggest fandom are going to win these things… like cough cough Harris winning every save of the week

    • HOFCToDi
    • HOFCToDi
    • HOFCToDi
  • guest1

    So supposedly Heath went to visit Press last weekend according to a Fan forum. So that why Press scored because Heath was there in Chicago. Or at least i thought that Heath was too injured to travel anywhere.

    • hmmm

      Heath is out for awhile. Why not visit her girlfriend when she desperately needs a goal? Amazing she avoided the press box – perhaps she watched from Christen’s apartment.

  • Reality

    “In injury on Saturday in the championship game against PSG, Alex Morgan passed this morning an ultrasound which showed a lesion of the biceps of the hamstrings of the left thigh .

    Alex Morgan is already forfeited for the final of the Coupe de France.

    The medical team of the club hopes that the protocol of care followed on Saturday by the player will allow him to optimize the healing time and to be thus re-established for the final of the Champions League.”

    Translation from…
    http://www.olweb.fr/fr/article/communique-de-presse-30983.html

    • mockmook

      The “lesion” probably means “tear” (based on “logic”, not any ability by me to translate French)

      • Reality

        Yes, that’s Google Translate for ya…

    • Steglitz49

      Let’s hope Alex is fit for the Champions League final. A pity that she misses the French Cup final.