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Tuesday Roundup: Tibetan club team denied U.S. Visas

Also in today’s roundup, Australia Algarve woes, FCKC re-signs Yael Averbuch, Homare Sawa becomes a mom plus Orlando Pride news and a World Cup champion retired

Tibet Women's Soccer spent about half their budget for the year to apply for Visas the United States eventually turned down (photo:

Tibet Women’s Soccer spent about half their budget for the year to apply for Visas the United States eventually turned down (photo:

Fifteen players, estimated to be in the 18-20 year old range, have been denied Visas to come to the United States from Tibet. They had made their way to Delhi, India where they were denied. Read the full story from The Guardian here.

The article contends that Women’s Soccer Tibet burned through about half of it’s yearly budget to apply for the Visas and the Dallas Cup. The tournament runs April 9-16.

Logarzo out of Algarve; Gorry suspended for opener

Australia will be without Chloe Logarzo and Katrina Gorry for Wednesday’s Algarve Cup opener against Sweden. Logarzo has a bone bruise in the aftermath of ankle surgery and will be out at least through March. Gorry must serve a one-match suspension for being sent off in a match against Brazil last summer. That was not the Olympic quarterfinal between the teams but the final prep match for both. The one-game suspension carries to the team’s next friendly. The Algarve Cup is considered a friendly tournament.

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Ann Odong of The Women’s Game reported the news.

Losing Gorry against Sweden is a blow to trophy hopes as the Matildas and Pia Sundhage’s Swedish side figure to be the top teams in Group C which also includes China and the Netherlands. The two best group winners out of three advance to the championship match on March 8.

Homare Sawa is a mom

Homare Sawa is now the mother of a baby daughter. (Getty Images)

Homare Sawa is now the mother of a baby daughter. (Getty Images)

Former FIFA World Player of the Year, Homare Sawa recently gave birth to a daughter. The Japan Times, citing Sawa’s agent, reported the news. No name was given but Sawa and her daughter are said to be in good health.

“The moment I heard my daughter giving her first cry, I was filled with deep emotions and a feeling of gratitude,” the new mom said, according to the Times.

Sawa retired from soccer in 2015, the same year she married Hiroaki Tsujikami who played for Vegalta Sendai in Japan. Four years earlier, Sawa was the toast of women’s soccer, leading Japan to a surprise win in the World Cup on her way to global honors.

In the United States, Sawa was an important piece of the two leagues that preceded NWSL. She was drafted by the Atlanta Beat in the WUSA international draft where she was paired with Charmaine Hooper. Sawa returned to the U.S. to play two seasons with the Washington Freedom in WPS before returning to Japan. She did not play in NWSL.

FC Kansas City sign Yael Averbuch

Yael Averbuch is heading for her third season in Kansas City.

Yael Averbuch is heading for her third season in Kansas City.

FC Kansas City have officially signed Yael Averbuch for the 2017 season. The 30-year old will be in her third season with the Blues after spending 2014 with the Washington Spirit. Before that Averbuch was in Sweden and did not play in the inaugural NWSL season. Her career dates to WPS where she was Sky Blue FC’s first ever college draft pick in 2009. She helped that New Jersey club win the WPS Championship and was a champion again two years later with the Western New York Flash.

In 2015, Averbuch got to choose her team after being deallocated by U.S. Soccer. She was sold on Vlatko Andonovski’s vision and spent much of the season playing an unfamiliar central defense position after the team lost Desiree Scott and Lauren Sesselmann. Emboldened by Andonovski’s confidence, Averbuch played most of the season in central defense and helped FC Kansas City repeat as NWSL Champions.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be back with FCKC next season! The past 2 years in Kansas City have been some of the most enjoyable of my professional career and I’m grateful to be part of this team and organization,” Averbuch said in a statement released by the team.

The Equalizer‘s Dan Lauletta reported earlier this year that the club had come to terms with Averbuch and Shea Groom. The latter should be announced by the end of the week.

Pride to play pre-season match against South Florida

Pride head coach Tom Sermanni

Pride head coach Tom Sermanni

The Pride will play the University of South Florida in a preseason match March 25 at Corbett Stadium. The announcement was part of a seven-game spring schedule announced by USF.

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Pre-season figures to be a key time for the Pride who will be looking to build an attack that will be without Alex Morgan at least until June. The team will also be looking to put a poor ending to its expansion season in the past. After a fortuitous win over the Breakers on July 10 lifted the Pride to 6-6-0, they dropped seven of their remaining eight matches with a draw against Sky Blue the only point over the season’s final two months.

Also on Tuesday, Alicia Rose DelGallo of the Orlando Sentinel reported the Pride have agreed to contract terms with Steph Catley and Jamia Fields.

Lura Alushi announced retirement from soccer

Lura Alushi, whose career achievements include becoming a World Cup and UEFA club champion, announced her retirement Tuesday in a bilingual Instagram post. The 28-year old said she wanted to find another good club to play for but in the end did not have a suitable option for her entire family. She has not played for Germany since withdrawing from consideration for the 2015 World Cup because she was pregnant with her son.

Hallo Leute! Nach langer und reiflicher Überlegung habe ich mich entschieden, vorerst meine Fußball Karriere zu beenden. Die Entscheidung fällt mir echt schwer, weil ich sehr gerne nochmals in einem attraktiven Verein gespielt hätte. Doch es war leider nicht möglich, eine passende Stadt zu finden, in der mein Ehemann Enis und ich unsere privaten und sportlichen Pläne hätten realisieren können. Daher habe ich entschieden, mich komplett meiner Familie zu widmen. Ich liebe es sehr, Mama zu sein, unseren kleinen Sohn täglich zu sehen und sein Aufwachsen mit ihm zu erleben. Das wäre sicherlich in dieser Form durch die Fortsetzung meiner Fußball-Karriere und die damit verbundenen Reisen nicht möglich gewesen. Es ist es mir heute ein großes Anliegen, mich an dieser Stelle bei allen, die mich über die vielen Jahre begleitet und unterstützt haben, ganz herzlich zu bedanken. Der Fußball bleibt natürlich ein großer und bedeutender Teil meines Lebens und wir werden uns sicherlich irgendwo und irgendwann wieder sehen. Vielen Dank – Ihr wart großartig!!!❤️❤️ Hey Guys! After due consideration I decided to quit my football-career . This decision is really hard for me because i would have really liked to play for a good club again. Unfortunatly it wasn’t possible to find a city in which my husband Enis and me could have been able to actualise our private and sportive plans. That’s why I decided to completely take care of my famliy first. I love it really much to be a mum and see our little son growing up day by day. In form of going on with my football career and the high amount of traveling combined with that, it wouldn’t have been possible to see him this often. So now it’s a great concern for me, to take this opportunity, to say thank you to everyone who supported and accompanied me for so many years. Football will stay a big and important part of my life and I’m sure we’ll see eachother again somewhere somehow. Thanks a lot- you were great!! #danke#faleminderit#merci#hvala#gracias#teşekkür ????

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The English translation is below the German

Alushi was part of Germany’s World Cup team in 2007 that became the first and to this point only country on the women’s side to win consecutive World Cups. Three years later she won the UEFA Women’s Champions League with Turbine Potsdam. Alushi most recently played for Paris Saint-Germain in France.


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