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Tuesday Roundup: Hat trick lands Rapinoe another Player of the Week honor

Also in today’s Roundup, Kacey White has two dozen U-16s at camp in Chula Vista, and the Reign are in on the ground floor on Microsoft’s new data resource

Megan Rapinoe was named NWSL Player of the Week for the second time this season. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Megan Rapinoe was named NWSL Player of the Week for the second time this season. (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Megan Rapinoe’s second NWSL hat trick, in which the final goal saved the Reign after they blew a 4-0 lead, has earned her NWSL Player of the Week honors for Week 14. The 32-year old scored the first two Reign goals and added a third in the 87th minute to rescue the win. Rapinoe beat out Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara for the honor, which is voted on weekly by the NWSL Media Association.

The hat trick also put Rapinoe atop the NWSL golden boot race with a dozen goals. Sam Kerr, who scored the equalizer to cap Sky Blue’s frantic rally to 4-4, had gone back level with 11 before Rapinoe took the lead again with the winner. Press and Marta are four off the pace with 8 goals apiece.

The Player of the Week honor was the second of the season and fourth all-time for Rapinoe. She also won for her July 1 tour de force against the Thorns. She previously won once in 2013 and once in 2015 following her other hat trick. The only player with more than four Player of the Week honors is Crystal Dunn with six.

U-16s begin camp in Chula Vista

photo: US Soccer

photo: US Soccer

Kacey White has take 24 girls to Chula Vista, California for an eight-day camp that opened Sunday and runs through this Sunday. A majority of the players were born in 2002 with a few younger faces born as late as 2004. The U-16s were last together in May when they swept three games in Belgium.

White’s full U-16 roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers (3): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Leah Freeman (Mustang; Berkeley, Calif.), Mia Justus (PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.)
Defenders (8): Kayla Colbert (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Devi Dudley (Utah Celtic FC; American Fork, Utah), Caroline Gray (Concord Fire; Johns Creek, Ga.), Katherine Groff (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Tabitha LaParl (So Cal Blues; Lakewood, Calif.), Hunter Smith (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Dasia Torbert (Tophat SC; Buford, Ga.).
Midfielders (6): Zoe Burns (Crossfire; Issaquah, Wash.), Aislynn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hawaii), Tatiana Fung (Arsenal FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Maggie Graham (Nasa Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Mollie Griswold (Arizona Arsenal; Gilbert, Ariz.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.).
(7): Michelle Cooper (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Dilary Heredia-Beltran (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kansas), Shyra James (San Diego Surf; La Mesa, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Joyelle Washington (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.).

Reign helping to pilot Microsoft performance software

Seattle Reign FC are one of a dozen professional sports teams on the front lines of Microsoft’s Sports Performance Platform. The analytics program launched last month, and Reign head coach Laura Harvey told the Seattle Times that it has already helped in the prevention of injuries.

Times technology writer Matt Day published a story on the weekend, partially detailing how the Reign used the program in a July 1 victory over rival Portland Thorns FC.

Microsoft has been featured on Reign jerseys since 2016 and are contracted to be there again in 2018.

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