Welcome to the April 23rd edition of NWSL News Headlines. We are working on getting our consistency back in our posting schedule and added a few more helpers to scour the web and find the most interesting NWSL related stories that we can share with you on a nightly basis.

Abby Wambach ‘confident’ she’ll be ready for WNY Flash home opener at the Democrat and Chronicle

“I feel positive about the progress I’ve made in the last 48 hours. That says a lot about maybe my hard-headedness, but also about the medical staff that we have (and) the protocol that’s set in place by the NWSL,” the 32-year-old United States national team forward and Pittsford native before Monday’s workout in Rochester. “It makes me feel really positive moving forward so that I can look forward to Saturday and suiting up for my team.”

The Lowdown: Inside the Breakers’ harrowing Friday at Equalizer Soccer

Kia McNeill was supposed to wake up last Friday and join her teammates for their trip to Kansas City to play their second NWSL game of the season. Instead she received an unexpected and terrifying wakeup call from her roommate Hollie Walusz, who barged into her room around midnight and shouted, “Kia, did you hear that?”

Sydney Leroux interview: Boston go-getter about to break it on down at Beats & Rhymes FC

The National Women’s Soccer League chapter is underway for Boston Breakers and the scorer of their first ever goal in the division, the irrepressible US Women’s National Team forward and Olympic Gold medallist Sydney Leroux, is staying true to her trusted method of battling to the last to attain her objectives.

Former Alabama Soccer Player Victoria Frederick Earns Spot with Seattle Reign at Alabama Crimson Tide Soccer

“Playing professional soccer has been my dream since I was a little kid,” Frederick said. “It was pretty overwhelming when I achieved it. I have a great sense of accomplishment and I’m just thankful for everyone who has helped and coached me along the way.”

Red Stars Partner with Illinois Women’s Soccer League at the Chicago Red Stars

Several Red Stars players got their start in youth soccer playing with IWSL and this partnership is a reflection of how interconnected our organizations are from the youth to adult level …

This Week in Women’s Soccer: Episode 27

Renae Cuellar talks about scoring the first goal of NWSL history.

Washington Spirit players living at Rockville retirement community at the Washington Post

“I was in disbelief, thinking they were stuck with something at the last minute,” said Matheson, one of the most accomplished players in Canadian history. “Then we went onto [Ingleside’s] Web site and started looking at the photos and floor plans and said, ‘Oh, wow, this could be okay.’ It grew on us quickly. We got here and it surpassed our expectations.”

Land of Opportunity (Interview with Carmelina Moscato) at Fra Noi, Chicago’s Italian American Magazine

Meet Thorns FC’s Emilee O’Neil at Slide Rule Pass

When O’Neil signed as a discover player with Thorns FC on April 5, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream of being a professional soccer player. Not many thirty-year-olds can say that and when I talked with O’Neil on Friday, you could tell she was still just soaking up the entire experience.

She’s Got the Spirit: And Hodak is a member of the Washington Spirit at Big Apple Soccer

“I am so excited to play in the NWSL,” she said. “I’m so glad a professional league for women’s soccer is back and I’m excited for the experience it will give me. The players on my team and the other teams are going to help improve my game and grow as a player.”

NWSL’s Canadian Content: Week 2 Recap at Waking the Red

Another week is in the books for the NWSL — a short one given that two teams were on the bye and another pair had their game postponed due to extenuating circumstances — but nevertheless, there were two excellent games played, and once again the Canadian contribution made themselves known to the American WoSo watcher.

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