The Western New York Flash were allocated Carli Lloyd (USA), Abby Wambach (USA), Bryana McCarthy (CAN), Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN), Veronica Perez (MEX) and Pamela Tajonar (MEX) during today’s initial NWSL National Team player allocation.
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) January 11, 2013
— Veronica Perez (@VeronicaPerez17) January 11, 2013
The Flash ended up being allocated six players instead of seven and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati touched on that during the post-allocation press conference:
“It’s possible we will allocate an additional player down the road. We’ve got a new National Team coach (Tom Sermanni) and rather than allocate an additional American player today, and I’m not saying we would do that; the notion has always been “up to 24 players” from the U.S. side would be allocated. Today it’s only 23, but my guess is nobody in Rochester is too upset about having only two National Team players when it’s Carli [Lloyd] and Abby.”
Here’s a little more detail on the first six members of the Western New York Flash:
Carli Lloyd (USA, M)
Member of both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal teams. Was the top scorer and MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup. Played in two World Cups and netted the match winning goal in the championship match against Canada during the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Scored the game winning goal at the 2008 Olympics against Brazil. Scored the only two goals of the 2012 Olympic gold medal match against Japan and became the only woman in history to score the winning goal in two Olympic gold medal matches. Attended Rutgers University and was a four-time First-Team All-Big East player as well as the 2004 Big East Midfielder of the Year. She was allocated to the Chicago Red Stars during the inaugural season of the WPS and was part of Sky Blue FC (WPS) and the Atlanta Beat (WPS).
Abby Wambach (USA, F)
A two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States who netted the game winning goal against Brazil during the 2004 gold medal match. Voted the national high school Player of the Year by Umbro and the NSCAA National Player of the Year following her senior season in high school. Attended the University of Florida where she helped her team win a national championship, four consecutive SEC championship and was a three-time first-team All American selection. She is also the all-time leading scorer (96) for the Gators. Allocated to the Washington Freedom (WPS) during the inaugural WPS season and stayed with the team when the relocated to Florida and were renamed magicJack (WPS). Wambach is currently second in all-time goals for the USWNT and was named the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year beating out fellow USWNT member Alex Morgan and Brazil National Team player Marta.
Bryanna McCarthy (CAN, D/M)
Made her first debut in the Canadian youth soccer program at the age of 14. Won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. Made her national team debut with Canada at the age of 18. Named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and NSCAA All-America Third Team while playing for West Virginia University.
Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN, M/F)
Made her first senior national team appearance for Canada in 2005 at the age of 16. Has 7 international goals in 51 appearances. Named to the 2010 NSCAA All-America first team during her first year playing for the University of West Florida. Represented Canada at the 2008 Olympics and the 2011 World Cup.
Veronica Perez (MEX, M)
Scored the winning goal over USA in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying in 2010. Played for the University of Washington and was twice named to the All-Pac-10 second team. Drafted by the St. Louis Athletica (WPS) in 2010. Played for the Seattle Sounders Women during 2009 and 2012 and was the team’s leading scorer in 2012 with 12 goals in 14 matches.
Pamela Tajonar (MEX, GK)
Played for Mexico in the 2004 Olympics and the 2011 World Cup, as well as the Pan American Games and the Gold Cup.