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Monday Roundup: Denmark, DBU reach four-year agreement

Also in today’s roundup, U.S. U-2os to co-host Nike International Friendlies, Madison Tiernan joins Rutgers staff, and Sky Blue’s Paul Greig named Spartan FC Women head coach. 

After a year’s worth of negotiations, the 2017 EURO runners-up have finally reached an agreement with their federation. (photo courtesy of UEFA)

Denmark WNT and federation reach four-year agreement

After 12 months, one boycotted World Cup qualifier, and a fine of three points, 20,000 euros (over $23,000), and a four-year suspended ban, the Danish women’s national team and their federation, the DBU, have finally reached a four-year agreement.

The agreement was approved on Saturday by the DBU Board and the Player’s Association, including the team’s Player Council.

The new deal sees the DBU allocate more than two million kroner more a year for women’s football, and the players’ salaries and scholarships increased by 180 percent according to an article published by TV2. Rules about when players must hold Player Association meetings while on national team duty were also set. One point of contention—whether the DBU was the employer of the players while on national team duty—remains unresolved as both sides have essentially agreed to disagree on the matter.

Although the Danish players had been in negotiations with the DBU for a year, the players really stood their ground following the team’s second-place finish in this summer’s European Championship. With negotiations not progressing as the players desired, the team boycotted the October 20 World Cup qualifier against Sweden and threatened to boycott the following qualifying match against Croatia, but the team reached a temporary deal with their federation in time to play against Croatia.

The negotiations garnered even more attention when Denmark’s men’s national team players offered to pay the women’s team 50,000 kroner to help reach equal footing between the two sides.

The new agreement applies from Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2021.

U.S. U-20s to co-host Nike International Friendlies

U.S. Soccer (USSF) announced last week that the U.S. U-20 women’s national team will co-host the 2017 Nike International Friendlies alongside their male counterparts. The friendly tournament will take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 11 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. and will coincide with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase.

The friendly tournament, in its 15th year, will see the U-20 WNT take on Brazil, England and Finland. Finland will field a team with players born in 1997 or later, while the other three countries will use players born in 1998 or later.

The women’s half of the tournament consists of three doubleheaders starting on Dec. 7 when Brazil takes on Finland, followed by the U.S. taking on England. England and Brazil followed by the U.S. and Finland will then take place on Dec. 9, and the friendly tournament concludes on Dec. 11 with England and Finland followed by the U.S. and Brazil.

The tournament will serve as further preparations for the U.S. and Brazil as they continue working towards qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup in France. England has already qualified for that tournament, while Finland did not receive a tournament berth.

The U.S. U-20s held a camp in Florida from Nov. 16-23, with 30 players participating. It is uncertain at this time whether the same roster will be called in for the Nike International Friendlies or not. The roster for that camp is listed below.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position (November Camp)

Goalkeepers (5): Jaelyn Cunningham (Illinois; Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Claudia Dickey (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, NC), Shelby Hogan (Providence; Franklin, Mass.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.), Madison Newsom (UC Irvine; Elk Grove, Calif.)
Defenders (9): Nicole Albrecht (Minnesota; Cedarburg, Wisc.), Hannah Cardenos (Colorado University; Placentia, Calif.), Claire Constant (McLean SC; Alexandria, Va.), Chardonnay Curran (Oregon; Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Sinclaire Miramontez (Nebraska; Lenexa, Kans.), Olivia Petit (Saint Louis; Akron, Ohio), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.)
Midfielders (8): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, NY), Savannah DeMelo (University of Southern California; Bellflower, Calif.), Luca Deza (California; Belmont, Calif.), Kristina Fisher (Miami; Jupiter, Fla.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado University; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, NC), Natalie Winters (Iowa; Plymoth, Mich.)
Forwards (8): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; Canton, Mich.), Bri Folds (Auburn University; Lakeland, Fla.), Alexandria Griffin (Texas Tech; Southlake, Texas), Jordan Harr (Texas Tech; Sachse, Texas), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Kylie Sprecher (Marquette; Menomonee Falls, Wisc.), Courtney Strode (Växjö DFF/SWE; San Diego, Calif.)

Madison Tiernan joins Rutgers staff

Madison Tiernan, left, has joined Rutgers soccer staff as Director of Player Development. (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

Sky Blue FC rookie midfielder Madison Tiernan has joined the Rutgers women’s soccer staff as the Director of Player Development, as announced by the college team on Monday afternoon.

“We are thrilled to have Madison continue to be part of our program and family,” said Rutgers Head Coach Mike O’Neill in a statement released by the team. “As a player she embodied what our program is all about–hard work, determination and passion. Her experiences as a student-athlete at Rutgers and now professionally with Sky Blue will enable our current student-athletes to flourish on and off the field. Rutgers is in Madison’s heart.

As a member of the 2017 Sky Blue roster, Tiernan played on Yurcak Field, the same field she played on for four years as a Scarlet Knight. With Sky Blue Tiernan made 11 starts over 20 appearances, scoring three goals and tallying an assist in her rookie campaign. At Rutgers Tiernan recorded 25 goals and 16 assists in 88 matches for the Scarlet Knights. In her junior season, she helped lead the team to its first ever College Cup appearance.

Paul Greig named head coach of Spartans FC Women

Former Sky Blue FC assistant coach Paul Greig has left the NWSL for a new position in his native country, Scotland. Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) side Spartans FC Women announced they had hired Greig as their new head coach ahead of their 2018 season.

Greig joined Sky Blue on Feb. 4, 2016 as part of Christy Holly’s coaching staff and was with the team for two full seasons. Following Holly’s resignation on Aug. 16, Greig and the other three assistant coaches collaboratively coached the team through the end of the NWSL regular season.

Immediately prior to coming to the NWSL, Greig was the head coach for New Zealand’s Northern Football. In his first year at the helm, he led the team to the ASB Women’s League championship, becoming the youngest coach in New Zealand history to manage his club to a men’s or women’s National League title.

He has also coached in England, Sweden, and Spain, as well as a previous stint coaching at the youth academy level in New Jersey.


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