On Thursday, WPS teams officially announced their opening day rosters. The maximum number of roster spots available on each team is 24, although none of the six WPS teams are currently sporting full rosters. For some, that leaves room for late additions (like the Western New York Flash leaving space to add Brazilian midfielder Maurine).
Check out the full rosters below the jump. Some notes: Former University of Florida goalkeeper Katie Fraine made the Atlanta Beat’s roster after being drafted and cut by magicJack. Australian Leah Blayney, who last played for Canberra United in the Westfield W-League, made the Boston Breakers roster. So too did former Portland defender Elli Reed, who flew to Boston the day after being cut by Western New York.
The Philadelphia Independence only have two goalkeepers, one of which is World Cup-bound Nicole Barnhart. Val Henderson should get plenty of time this year, but Philly will need a third goalkeeper to be safe. Check out The Equalizer’s preview of Philadelphia here.
Sky Blue FC is the only team to keep four goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley, Jenni Branam, Erin Guthrie and Kristin Arnold. Sky Blue FC also signed 24-year-old Spanish striker Adriana Martin Santamaria. She is a stud for Spain and she is young, which should limit comparisons to the likes of older international players who have failed in New Jersey (Italian Patrizia Panico and the younger but still experience Swede Jessica Landstrom come to mind).
And don’t look now, but the Bay Area Breeze and Orange County Waves, part of a group looking to enter WPS in 2012, are building a heck of a squad of ex-WPS players who were impacted by the decreased number of roster spots in 2011. Ex-Chicago Red Stars Natalie Spilger and Brittany Klein are headed to Orange County, while ex-FC Gold Pride midfielder Kim Yokers will play with the Bay Area. More signings are sure to come with WPS roster cuts taking place.
Check out Opening Day Rosters:
Laura del Rio
Leigh Ann Robinson
Sky Blue FC
Adriana Martin Santamaria
Western New York Flash
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