Welcome to the April 24th edition of NWSL News Headlines. We are just 48 hours from the first match of the week kicking off in Kansas City and just heard that USWNT head coach Tom Sermanni will be in attendance. Kansas City fans who can’t make it out to the match on Friday are in for a treat as the match will be televised locally on Metro Sports. After the match Sermanni will head to Chicago to join NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey for the Red Stars match on Saturday against the Portland Thorns FC. Taking off our news hats for a second … it is great to hear how involved Sermanni and Bailey are in this first few weeks of the league. If we get a chance on Friday we’ll try to grab a few minutes with Sermanni to hear how he thinks the league is progressing … but until then … here are today’s headlines:
Nobody is going to deny that the NWSL has experienced some teething problems early on, from the lack of actual centralized promotion from the league in the run-up to the new season to the often temperamental steams in the opening few weeks, but all of that seems like window dressing in my eyes compared to the often non-sensical and quite possibly inconsistent application of an increasingly draconian set of roster rules.
That little cell phone right there in your hand can get you into all kinds of trouble, and it doesn’t much matter how famous you might be. Wednesday afternoon, Hope Solo was apparently trying to either text or direct-message a friend, and ended up tweeting out what appeared to be her new cell phone number to her 660,000-plus followers. Whoops.
NWSL’s Refreshingly Cooperative Promotions at SoccerNewsDay.com
Much like any sports team that has to band together to take on opponents, women’s professional soccer has united under the weight of doomsday prophecies that the National Women’s Soccer League, or NWSL, is going to implode just like its predecessor leagues, the WPS and the WUSA.
Women’s Soccer: Karina LeBlanc a Rose Among the Thorns at The Province
Sports was her way of fitting in as an eight-year-old when her family moved to Canada from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica. Her accent was so thick she was put in ESL. She was bullied. “It was sport that made me find my way and gave me confidence to believe that there was something bigger for me,” LeBlanc said.
I know everyone has been wondering when I will return back to playing. I would love to know an exact date! I need one final X-ray in a couple of weeks and if all goes well I will hopefully be cleared by my Dr. In the meantime I am fully running and continuing my therapy. Can’t wait to get back on the field playing again.
Wambach returns to her grass roots at the Buffalo News
“If you know anything about me, I really try to invest everything I have into the teams that I play on. … I take it as a personal responsibility,” Wambach said. “Not a pressure, a responsibility that I feel comfortable doing. It’s on a daily basis and I think that Tweet kind of exudes who I am. I want my teammates to know that I hold myself most accountable. I want my fans and of course the organization to know that it wasn’t good enough for me, and it shouldn’t have been for them either.”
Tomorrow (April 25th) is World Malaria Day and it is also OSA’s World Juggle-a-thon for Nothing But Nets. All money raised goes to Nothing But Nets. Every $10 we raise provides a bed net for a person in Africa. Send a net, save a life. Join pro soccer players Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Lindsey, Kyle Beckerman and Jay Demerit and let’s all juggle to save lives!
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