We are less than six weeks away from the very first NWSL match and the news has started to pick up especially for the Seattle Reign FC. Not only were they involved in the first ever trade in the league but they also signed their very first “Discovery Player” and got some good news on the Teresa Noyola front.
Now on to today’s (and some of yesterday’s) NWSL News posts:
– USSoccer.com posted a video interview with Washington Spirit’s and USWNT member Ali Krieger.
– Seattle Reign, trying to reload, bolster midfield ahead of NWSL season at NBCSports.com
My first reaction to the trade: It’s a steal for Seattle. I’ve softened on that a little, but Carnell’s done well for her team. I may tend to over-value Winters, but she is a very good deep-sitting midfielder who has enough ability to function in a box-to-box role (Harvey sees her in a defensive role). For whatever reason, Chicago saw Winters as their third-best option in the middle behind Shannon Boxx and Leslie Osborne. Even if Winters isn’t better than the two in 2013 (and she very well might be), she’s more valuable in the long run.
– WNY Flash to Face Top College Teams in Preparation for NWSL Season at SoccerNation.com
The Western New York Flash have announced four preseason matches against top college programs as they prepare for the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. Canisius College, Penn State, Ohio State and the University of North Carolina (UNC) will all visit Sahlen’s Stadium over the next several weeks. The Flash, featuring U.S. Women’s National Team Star and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year forward Abby Wambach, will be looking for their fourth consecutive championship over four different leagues.
– NWSL Player Allocation Q/A With Cheryl Bailey at The American Pitch.
Allocating players is always a very challenging process. We certainly did our best to balance all the needs of the teams, the players, the positional balance and the strength of each of the teams. It will never be a perfect system where everyone will walk away with all that they had hoped for, but it will be one where the best efforts were made to create balance with all the teams and the players.
– A Look at What Each NWSL Team Needs, Has and Wants Before the 2013 Season Begins – Part 1 of 2 and Part 2 of 2 at PitchsideReport.com
Boston has plenty of depth at outside back, with Heather Mitts, Lauren Alkelk, Casey Short, and Rhian Wilkinson (who will probably be a midfielder at this level even though she plays right back for Canada) in the mix. Plenty of quantity as well as quality up top, with Sydney Leroux and Kyah Simon leading a line that also has Anisa Guajardo, Adriana Leon, Katie Schoepfer, and Jasmyne Spencer as options. Wouldn’t be surprised if Lianne Sanderson plays forward as well, as she did in WPS for Philadelphia.
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