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shelsoccer
Posted: Jan 10 2013, 10:50 AM


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The new US women's league, the NWSL, has released a list of 55 players to be allocated "equally" to the eight teams. (I'm not sure how you allocate an odd number to eight teams; perhaps there be at least one more). I believe those allocations will take place tomorrow.

The list includes 23 Americans (all 18 from the gold medal team), 16 Canadians (13 from the bronze medal team) and 16 Mexican national team players. It's pretty obvious the league isn't going to reach for the higher-paid European-based players.

With approx. three months to go before the opener, the league still has a lot to do. I think several franchises (e.g., KC) haven't settled on a venue and haven't hired coaches. I've not heard anything about sponsorships or TV, though I might have missed something. Work to do.

I'm left wondering if another year to build the infrastructure wouldn't have been wise.
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Yogi
Posted: Jan 10 2013, 11:02 AM


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I'm left wondering if another year to build the infrastructure wouldn't have been wise.

Your suggestion makes sense but I am thinking the new league wants to jump in while the Olympic tirumph is still (relatively) fresh in the minds and use this year and next, when there will not be any major national team competitions, to build itself up. But rushing forward without a good plan, especially in the wake of the previous failures, would not seem to be the smartest thing to do.
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shelsoccer
Posted: Jan 10 2013, 08:05 PM


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I really don't think the carry-over from an Olympic or WC triumph lasts all that long. MLS waited a year and a half after the '94 WC to get its act together, and I think that was a wise decision.
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Yogi
Posted: Jan 12 2013, 11:11 PM


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Perhaps you are right about the carry over effect but how else to explain the rush to get the league started before all is in order?

The reuslts of the league allocation of players,

FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Abby Wambach has been assigned to her hometown Western New York Flash of the new National Women's Soccer League along with gold medal-winning American teammate Carli Lloyd.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Friday the allocation of 55 national team players to eight clubs in the league, which starts play this spring. The players include 23 Americans, 16 Canadians and 16 Mexicans, who will be backed by their national teams.

The Flash are based outside of Buffalo and will play their home games in Rochester.

Canadian star Christine Sinclair, who starred at the University of Portland, was assigned to the Portland Thorns along with fellow Canadian Karina LeBlanc and Americans Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Rachel Buehler.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo and U.S. teammates Any Rodriguez and Megan Rapinoe went to the Seattle Reign. Americans Sydney Leroux, Heather Mitts and Heather O'Reilly were assigned to the Boston Breakers, while Shannon Boxx and Amy LePeilbet were allocated to the Chicago Red Stars.

Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Cheney and Becky Sauerbrunn went to FC Kansas City. Christie Rampone, Jill Loyden and Kelley O'Hara were assigned to Sky Blue, which will play in Piscataway, N.J.

Ali Krieger, Lori Lindsey and Ashlyn Harris went to the Washington Spirit, which will play in Germantown, Md.

The league considered the players' ability and preference of teams and the teams' preference of players. The U.S. Soccer Federation is subsidizing the salaries of the 23 American players, and the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will help fund the salaries of 16 players each.
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Posted: Jan 14 2013, 12:07 PM


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From this article is the complete list of allocated players, this includes the US, Canadian and Meixcan internationals:

Boston Breakers
Sydney Leroux (USA)
Heather Mitts (USA)
Heather O'Reilly (USA)
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)
Anisa Guajardo (MEX)
Cecilia Santiago (MEX)

Chicago Red Stars
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Amy LePeilbet (USA)
Keelin Winters (USA)
Erin McLeod (CAN)
Carmelina Moscato (CAN)
Maribel Dominguez (MEX)
Dinora Garza (MEX)

FC Kansas City
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Lauren Cheney (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)
Renae Cuellar (MEX)
Marylin Diaz (MEX)

Portland Thorns
Rachel Buehler (USA)
Tobin Heath (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Luz Saucedo (MEX)
Marlene Sandoval (MEX)
Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)

Seattle Reign
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Emily Zurrer (CAN)
Jenny Ruiz (MEX)
Teresa Noyola (MEX)

Sky Blue FC
Jill Loyden (USA)
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Sophie Schmidt (CAN)
Melanie Booth (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX)
Lydia Rangel (MEX)

Washington Spirit
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA)
Lori Lindsey (USA)
Robin Gayle (CAN)
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Alina Garciamendez (MEX)
Teresa Worbis (MEX)

Western New York Flash
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
Bryana McCarthy (CAN)
Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN)
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Pamela Tajonar (MEX)



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raconteur
Posted: Sep 1 2013, 08:55 PM


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Portland beat Western New York 2-0 in the inaugural NWSL Final.A story on the final and a review of the league season. Also note the writer's view on players to watch in the future.
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