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Thursday news and notes

Yes, things have been a little infrequent here. They will be that way throughout the holiday season. There is still plenty happening in the world of women’s soccer. Here are news and notes from Thursday, Dec. 22 (and before):

The biggest news comes from the beginning of the week: Abby Wambach has been named the Associated Press women’s athlete of the year, the first time an individual soccer player – male or female – has received the honor. The 1999 U.S. women received the honor as a team.

The U.S. women will face New Zealand in Frisco, Texas on Feb. 11. Notably, the stadium is no longer called Pizza Hut Park. The Americans were last there in May of 2007 when they beat Canada 6-2.

Rebecca Moros has signed with the Atlanta Beat. Moros joins Christen Press, Angela Salem and Nikki Washington as players officially on the Beat’s 2012 roster, but as head coach James Galanis said a couple weeks ago, there are more signings to come. The Moros and Press pick-ups are particularly impressive.

Dan Lauletta chats with WPS Operations Manager Melanie Fitzgerald in the return of “Lauletta’s Lowdown.”

Alyssa Naeher talks with NSCAA about life in Germany.

Speaking of NSCAA, Player of the Year awards were announced on Thursday. The College of Saint Rose sophomore forward Carmelina Puopolo was named the Division II Player of the Year and Wheaton College senior forward Jaime Orewiler was named the Division III Player of the Year. I’ve got chats with Puopolo and her Saint Rose teammates that will be posted soon following their championship runs (apologies for the delays there).

Early next week we’ll have a post up about the ‘Best of 2011,’ as seems to be the customary thing to do for just about everyone.


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