Can you believe it? Tomorrow is the start of another fun filled weekend of the NWSL. With four matches slated for this weekend and another one scheduled for Wednesday, women’s soccer fans around the world will be ecstatic! Before we jump ahead of ourselves to tomorrow’s 7:35pm CDT kick-off in Kansas City, we will still to get through the news of today …
Christine Sinclair is Canada’s hero, but Portland’s Girl at The Province
“It’s home,” Sinclair said from Jeld-Wen Field, where the Portland Thorns host the Seattle Reign on Sunday, “because home in Vancouver is my brother’s extra bedroom.”
Some answers on NWSL’s rosters, rules, and regulations at Equalizer Soccer
There were plenty of questions asked about the roster maneuvering of the teams. Why did the Breakers waive a player when they had space to add up to two more players? Why weren’t they simply replacing Bianca D’Agostino, now officially out for the remainder of the season (having never played in a single match)? How was Portland allowed to sign yet another discovery player?
National Women’s Soccer League seeks to succeed where others have failed at the Kansas City Star
“From the first league we had to the second league, it was roughly the same business plan with new people making the same mistakes,” said former U.S. women’s national-team coach April Heinrichs, who was hired as U.S. Soccer’s first full-time women’s national-team technical director in 2011. “There were some lessons that had to be learned the hard way.”
Wambach was hit in the head by a kicked ball late in Saturday’s visit to the Washington Spirit. Although she finished out the five minutes remaining in the match, the Flash striker was evaluated for a concussion post-game and wasn’t made available to the media. Spirit players noted Wambach was mumbling and unable to remember the time between being hit and the final whistle. Until today’s announcement, she had been considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday’s visit from Boston.
Get Your Head Out of the Game at the Slate.com
Wambach was escorted to the bench. A trainer kneeled in front of her for several minutes. He helped her stand and, with his hand on the small of her back, they walked slowly across the field and back and sat down again. When they left, Wambach didn’t lift her head to acknowledge the fans shouting her name.
Last Saturday’s matchup in Washington highlighted the versatility of Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson. The Spirit seem to have Matheson playing in a higher midfield position, which is showcasing her attacking presence, while still allowing her to win the ball in the middle of the field, something Canadians have come to expect from the 29-year old.
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