After weeks of uncertainty, Desiree Scott has been transferred to Notts County in in the FA Women’s Super League. Terms and transfer fee details were not released. Scott was allocated back to FC Kansas City in January and debate raged between Scott’s representatives and the NWSL as to whether or not she was bound to the league. News of Scott’s move to Notts becoming official was first reported by The Equalizer.
In 2013, Scott started 20 of 22 matches for FC Kansas City, missing time only to suit up for Canada. She was part of the NWSL’s Second XI although many considered her the top defensive midfielder in the league. Scott played all of her 1,800 minutes without being shown a yellow card.
“We are disappointed to lose a player of Desiree’s quality,” began a statement from FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski. “We wish her all the best with her new club and know that our team is building a roster that can once again challenge for the league title.”
FC Kansas City tipped their hand as to how Scott’s situation would play out when they left her exposed to the Dash for the Expansion Draft. The Dash did not select Scott, but did take Lauren Sesselmann, who has also been linked with a move to England.
Scott’s departure leaves Jen Buczkowski as a capable defensive midfielder in Kansas City, but Andonovski’s preferred formation is to play with two holding.
Lang cleared, then reinjured knee
Kara Lang was finally cleared to resume full soccer activities for the first time in more than three years. Lang was trying to make it back to the Canadian national team where she debuted as a teenager and played in the 2003 World Cup as a 16-year old. Injuries dogged her career though and she announced her retirement in 2011. However Lang recently ended her retirement in an effort to make it back to the World Cup in Canada. But Thursday she tweeted:
2 days after being cleared to train w/ #CanWNT my knee literally exploded yesterday. I’ve torn just about everything you can in a knee.
— Kara Lang (@Kara_Lang) February 13, 2014
Ali Riley has surgery, misses Four Nations Cup Former Stanford and WPS standout Ali Riley recently underwent surgery to remove bone fragments in her foot. Riley broke the news herself via Twitter and Facebook.
As a result she is not on New Zealand’s roster for the Four Nations Cup. Riley also plays for Swedish champions Malmo.
Without Riley in the lineup New Zealand dropped their Four Nations opener, 1-0 to hosts China. In the other Day 1 match, North Korea blanked Mexico, 2-0.
More Reign news
It seems Seattle Reign FC do not like to go a day without some sort of news. Late this week the club made two announcements that slipped under the radar. They signed Bext XI midfielder Jessica Fishlock to a 2014 contract with club options for 2015 and 2016. They also signed Haley Kopmeyer, a 2013 draft pick who started one match in goal last season before being released after Hope Solo returned from injury. Kopmeyer could see extensive action this season when Solo leaves to play for the U.S. national team.
“We believe Haley has huge potential to be a mainstay professional keeper in this league,” head coach and general manager Laura Harvey said.
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