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Monday Roundup: Caitlin Foord suffers ruptured lisfranc ligament

Also in today’s Roundup, Kassey Kallman to sit out 2018 season, Germany names SheBelieves roster, Nicole Barnhart among newest group of Royals, the Spirit complete technical staff, and the Pride announce trio of preseason games

Caitlin Foord, in orange, ruptured her lisfranc ligament over the weekend. (Photo Copyright Mike Gridley/Boston Breakers)

Caitlin Foord has ruptured her lisfranc ligament during Sydney FC’s dramatic, W-League semifinal win over Newcastle on the weekend. Foord also has an unstable joint midfoot. The Australian will undergo surgery and is likely to be out several months.

Foord is slated to return to NWSL with the Thorns this season after sitting out 2016 and 2017 rather than returning to Sky Blue. She was sent to Portland in a three-way trade that involved Seattle Reign FC.

The injury and impending surgery will cost Foord this weekend’s W-League Grand Final and almost certainly next month’s Algarve Cup. Foord is also a regular for Australia who will be trying to secure a World Cup berth when they contest the Asian Cup next month.

Kassey Kallman to sit out 2018 NWSL season

Kassey Kallman says she is not retiring, but she will not play in NWSL this season. (Photo Lewis Gettier)

Washington Spirit defender Kassey Kallman announced on Monday that she will not play in NWSL this season. In an Instagram post, the 25-year old stopped short of calling it a retirement, adding that she would welcome a return to the “best league in the world” under the right circumstances down the road.

Kallman was drafted No. 5 overall by FC Kansas City in 2014 and was the starting left back that season, helping the Blues win the NWSL Championship. That fall she was traded to the Breakers in a package that sent Heather O’Reilly to Kansas City. Since then Kallman has been on NWSL’s last place club three seasons in a row—2015 and 2016 with the Breakers and 2017 with the Spirit where she was traded last offseason.

In the short term, Kallman will be moving to Denver, where her fiance Eric Miller plays for the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

Germany announces SheBelieves roster

Germany are the first side to announce their roster for next month’s SheBelives Cup. The third SheBelieves Cup will be Steffi Jones’s second in charge of the Germans after Silvia Neid retired. Last year Germany opened with a 1-0 loss to the United States before playing France to a scoreless draw. A final day win over England saved second place in the four-team tournament behind France. The Germans also finished second in the inaugural SheBelives two years ago.

The full 23-woman roster for Germany is:

Goalkeepers (3): Laura Benkarth, Carina Schluter, Almuth Schutt
Defenders (8): Anna Blasse, Sara Doorsoun, Johanna Elsig, Verena Faibt, Kathrin Hendrich, Jaqueline Klasen, Leonie Maier, Babett Peter
Midfielders (7): Sharon Beck, Sara Dabritz, Linda Dallman, Lena Goesling, Tabea Kemme, Lina Magull, Dzsenifer Marozsan
Forwards (5): Svenja Huth, Mandy Islacker, Hasret Kaylicki, Alexandra Popp, Lea Schuller

Barnhart among latest players announced by Royals

Utah Royals FC continue to announce their contracted players in dribs and drabs. Monday’s quartet includes veteran goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who helped FC Kansas City to a pair of NWSL Championships. Also in tow for the Royals as of Monday are Becca Moros, Katie Bowen, and Alex Arlitt.

Nicole Barnhart with her 2014 NWSL Championship medal (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

“Continuing to add in experience and quality to our roster was very important when we took over the franchise,” Royals head coach Laura Harvey said. “Our aim was always to bring back the core group that know what it takes to be successful in this league.”

Barnhart led or shared the league lead in shutouts every season from 2013 through 2016 and also shutout Harvey’s Seattle Reign in the 2015 NWSL Championship. Despite a series of nagging injuries that have made her a regular on the league’s injury report, Barnhart has not missed a league match in two years.

Moros is a champion both with FC Kansas City in 2015 and the Western New York Flash in the final WPS season, 2011. Bowen has World Cup experience with New Zealand. Arlitt has had injuries upset her first two professional seasons including a year ago when a knee issue limited her to a single game.

Spirit fill out technical staff

The Spirit hired Jack Stefanowski as goalkeeper coach on Monday to complete the squad’s technical staff under head coach Jim Gabarra. He replaces Nicci Wright who is leaving to focus on her role with the Arlington Soccer Association.

“It is a great opportunity to join the Washington Spirit organization and technical staff, and I look forward to working together in developing success,” Stefanowski said. “I am excited to join a team with some of the best female players in the country, and will strive to help them reach their goals.”

Stefanowski has 17 years of coaching experience including tenures coaching men’s national teams of Puerto Rico and Nepal.

Pride announce preseason schedule, waive Fields

The Orlando Pride announced a three-match preseason schedule against a trio of Florida colleges. The Pride will play at Florida State (February 28), Central Florida (March 3), and South Florida (March 8.) The Florida State and South Florida matches will be open to the public including free admission at Florida State.

Additionally the Pride waived Jamia Fields on Monday.

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