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Thursday Roundup: NWSL Announces Team of the Month

ALSO IN TODAY’S ROUNDUP, HAAVI NAMED TO NORWEGIAN SQUAD, DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE

Christen Press tries to get past Jess McDonald during a match between the NC Courage and the Chicago Red Stars in Cary, NC in Week 6 of the 2017 NWSL season. (photo copyright to by Lewis Gettier)

Christen Press and the Chicago Red Stars dominated the Team of the Month. (photo copyright to by Lewis Gettier)

Sky Blue and Chicago headlined the May NWSL Team of the Month, making up over half of the XI. The Red Stars dominated the defense, with Sam Johnson and Casey Short alongside FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn, and were represented by Christen Press up top and Danielle Colaprico in midfield. Sky Blue had players across the board, with Kailen Sheridan in net, Sarah Killion in midfield, and Player of the Month Sam Kerr at striker. Seattle’s Nahomi Kawasumi, Boston’s Rose Lavelle, and Portland’s Amandine Henry rounded out the XI.

Sauerbrunn and Lavelle are the only repeats from April. While Chicago and Sky Blue currently sit in second and third place, respectively, first-place North Carolina is not represented on the XI. Five countries – the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and France – are represented.

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HAAVI NAMED TO NORWAY WNT

Emilie Haavi "couldn't say no" to the Breakers and Matt Beard, the coach she turned down twice at Liverpool.

Emilie Haavi will once again represent Norway.

Norwegian head coach Martin Sjögren named his squad to face the USWNT on June 11 with Boston Breakers forward Emilie Haavi leading the pack. Haavi has appeared in two World Cups with Norway and played her first game with Boston last week, starting the 0-2 loss to Portland. This match will mark the 50th time Norway and the US have played each other, including the gold medal match at the 2000 Olympics.

Striker Ada Hegerberg was recently named the BBC World Footballer of the Year and helped lead Lyon to their second consecutive triple with their Champions League win over PSG today.

Goalkeepers: Cecilie Fiskerstrand (LSK Kvinner FK), Ingrid Hjelmseth (Stabæk)

Defenders: Nora Holstad Berge (Bayern Munich), Kristine Leine (Roa), Maren Mjelde (Chelsea LFC), Anja Sønstevold (LSK Kvinner FK), Maria Thorisdottir (Klepp IL), Ingrid Moe Wold (LSK Kvinner FK)

Midfielders: Caroline Graham Hansen (VfL Wolfsburg), Tuva Hansen (Klepp), Andrine Hegerberg (Birmingham City LFC), Ingvild Isaksen (Stabæk), Kristine Minde (Linköpings FC), Guro Reiten (LSK Kvinner FK), Ingrid Schjelderup (Eskilstuna United DFF), Ingrid Spord (LSK Kvinner FK)

Forwards: Emilie Haavi (Boston Breakers), Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyon), Synne Jensen (Stabæk), Karina Sævik (Kolbotn IL), Elise Thorsnes (Avaldsnes IL), Lisa-Maria Utland (Røa IL)

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY RELEASES SCHEDULE

The US Soccer Development Academy has released its 2017-2018 schedule for the inaugural season of its girls’ side. The 10-month calendar provides for four days of training a week and an average of one game per week over 30 weeks. The teams are grouped by age and geographic location. Nine of the ten NWSL clubs will be opening development academies.

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