Since we missed posting NWSL News Headlines yesterday you are in for a treat today …
Allocated Players Coming Alive at Our Game Magazine
Week Three brought out the scoring in the national team allocated players. Through the first two weeks of the season, the players distributed to the NWSL teams by the United States, Canadian and Mexican national team combined for six goals. But this weekend’s slate alone, that total was equaled including an impressive brace by Heather O’Reilly. More importantly fans are being treated to more offensive play, something that was absent in the first two weeks of the season. Yes, those two weeks were really used for having the teams still figure out how to play with each other on the field and it was expected that there would be a lack of goals. But this weekend fans saw a precursor for what is to come this season: great offensive flow, great moments of goalkeeping and some nicely worked goals.
Up Close with Christine Nairn and Teresa Noyola at GotSoccer Magazine
The west coast is making waves, as the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign FC are already turning heads in the NWSL with powerful player rosters and a solid fan base behind them. GotSoccer chatted with Seattle Reign midfielders Christine Nairn and Teresa Noyola to get a glimpse at life in Seattle, the team and how they have been preparing for this season in the new league.
The Lowdown: Who’s up, who’s down at EqualizerSoccer.com
The thing about brand new leagues is that every team comes out at the start of the season in the same shape. None of them have ever lost. And then as soon as the first whistle blows the clubs begin to show their deficiencies. Through three weeks of NWSL play, half of the eight sides have yet to taste victory while only Sky Blue FC have yet to drop points.
Hoping for Long Reign: Flushing Betos backstopping Seattle in NWSL at BigAppleSoccer.com
“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of this new professional league, and to have the opportunity to play,” Betos recently said. “I really believe this league is here to stay. Playing overseas is a great experience but nothing compares to the level of play here in the United States, or to the feeling of getting to play in front of friends and family.”
Three Good Questions for Seattle Reign Head Coach/General Manager Laura Harvey at NBC Sports Pro Soccer Talk
We’ll find out in August who’ve won the most games, and by then we can judge who set the right expectations and (who) didn’t. If anyone (said they’d) set an expectation not to finish in the top half of the league, I think they’d be lying. I don’t think anyone goes into the league not expecting to get into the playoffs.
Portland Thorns Emilee O’Neil Beats Odds to Earn Roster Spot at Oregon Live
At an age when professional athletes are usually thinking about retirement rather than beginning a career, the 30-year-old O’Neil impressed Portland Thorns coach Cindy Parlow Cone enough during an open tryout to earn a roster spot. Now O’Neil is playing for the Thorns as one of the oldest “rookies” on the roster.
I was at the game, and it was frightening. Wambach was clearly and dangerously compromised, but everyone around her let her play on. Hey, the Western New York Flash needed her! Crunch time in a big game against the Washington Spirit! If Wambach had taken another similar blow to the head—well, just Google “second-impact syndrome.”
Video of the night … Tom Sermanni, head coach of the United States Women’s National Team, talks after the Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC match about the status of Hope Solo and Amy LePeilbet as well as what he assesses from going to league games.
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