No candidates today. Everyone’s a winner.
Amy Rodriguez/Philadelphia Independence Assisted Philadelphia’s first goal (which Lori Lindsey put away beautifully) and then scored the game-winning goal.
Manon Melis/Malmo The Dutchwoman will probably always be on this list. She scored a hat trick in the Damallsvenskan this weekend
Asha Rashidi/Eritrea In the CAF African Women’s Football Championship this weekend, Rashidi scored three late goals in 12 minutes to level Eritrea 3-3 with Tanzania. However, Tanzania had already qualified as they had won 8-1 in the first leg. Talk about ‘never say die’.
Kosovare Asllani/Chicago Red Stars – The young Swede scored her first WPS goal this weekend against league-leaders FC Gold Pride and gave her Chicago side a much-needed boost.
Homare Sawa/Japan – The midfielder helped her national team qualify for the 2011 Women’s World Cup after she scored two goals in Japan’s 2-0 victory over China in the Third Place match of the 2010 AFC Asian Women’s Cup.
Karen Bardsley/SBFC – This is like KB’s seventh consecutive week here. You know the drill.
Olga Hansen/AB – This is the second time the Faroe Islands native has been featured here. She scored a hat trick forher AB side in the 1. Deild league. This is her 11th goal in eight appearances!
Rebecca Moros/Washington Freedom – The converted full back skinned Philadelphia’s back four for her first goal of the season. Also provided tough defensive cover throughout the match.
Jonna Anderson/Linkoping – The 17 year-old scored a hat trick for her Linkoping side in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.
But the World Player of the Week is a 16 year-old (Gosh, they come so young these days) winger who helped her Australian national team win their first ever AFC Women’s Asian Cup this weekend.
Alas, it’s again time to recognize a player that has had a particularly fine week on the pitch. Here are the runner-ups:
Abby Wambach/USWNT – Was involved in 3 of the 4 U.S. goals against Germany on Saturday, as well as another that was ruled offside. Did I mention she still has a broken nose?
Hope Solo/USWNT – Despite being a little shaky for SLA as of late, she gave a flawless performance in goal for the USWNT.
Yoo Young-A/South Korea – Hit a hat trick in South Korea’s 5-0 rout of Vietnam in the 2010 AFC Asian Women’s Cup.
Manon Melis/Malmo – The Dutch international scored a hat trick against second-place side Goteborg to keep Malmo top of the Damallsvenskan.
Zang Rui/China – The 21 year-old scored the crucial goal against Australia that won China the group on home soil.
Alexa Newfield/Atlanta Silverbacks – The University of Georgia student-athlete contributed two assists and scored one goal in Atlanta’s 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Hellenic in the W-League.
Brandi Chastain/California Storm – How about this. Chastain was involved in six of the seven goals the Storm put away against the Clovis Sidekicks in Saturday’s WPSL match-up. She scored the first three and then assisted in three more.
But the World Player of the Week goes to a player that I wrote about in the first edition of this feature. She single-handedly (literally) helped her Turbine Potsdam team claim their second European Cup.
Plenty of solid candidates in lieu of last week’s abbreviated edition:
Abby Wambach/Washington Freedom – No de Vanna or Sawa and a busted-up nose? Ain’t no thing. The Freedom’s taliswoman was good for a lovely backheel’d assist and a lovely aerial header in her team’s 2-0 win over Atlanta.
Olga Hanson/AB – I’ve definitely never heard of her or her team either but the 20 year-old scored four goals in her team’s 7-0 rout of MB. This is in the Faroe Islands by the way.
Marta/FC Gold Pride – The World’s Best Female Player was her World’s Best Female Player self as she lit up the first half of her club’s 2-1 victory Boston. Note to goalkeepers: when you go 1 v. 1 against Marta, you’re likely to lose. Ask Ashley Phillips.
Arin King/Trinidad & Tobago – The 18 year-old (!) defender (?) scored a hat trick in her team’s easy victory over Barbuda in Gold Cup qualifying.
Yesenia Martinez/Cuba – Martinez, also 18, scored two hat tricks in just three games to help Cuba sail through to the final round of Gold Cup qualifying.
Laura Kalmari/Sky Blue FC – Maybe SBFC don’t need ‘tasha Kai after all as the Finnish international scored two goals in quick succession in her team’s 2-2 draw against the Saint Louis Athletica.
Chelsea Klotz/Tampa Bay Hellenic – The University of Southern Florida 19 year-old scored four goals in the first half of Tampa Bay’s 5-0 rout of the Northern Virginia Majestics in the W-League’s opening weekend. Any relation to Roger by chance?
But the World Player of the Week goes to a lauded German defender who scored the decisive header in this weekend’s DFB Cup Final. The trophy comes as consolation to her Duisburg team that finished second to Turbine Potsdam in the Frauen Bundesliga and was eliminated by Potsdam in the Semis of the UEFA Champions League.
No nominees, no suspense today.
Your World Player of the Week is Karen Bardsley. And it’s not because of her outstanding game in goal yesterday as she was the big, fat, gray raincloud to Atlanta’s big homecoming dance or the fact that she leads the league in both lowest amount of goals against (tied with Barnhart) and shutouts or that she’s kept a clean sheet durng every Sky Blue victory or for her technical excellence in the box in patrolling her area, organizing her back line while expertly communicating with them, aggressively pouncing on the first sign of danger and always being in the right position to take care of any wily shots or for how admirably she’s done in Jenni Branam’s absence. Uh, who is Jenni Branam?
Ok, it’s probably all these things. Additionally, by all indications she’s got one the most interesting, intelligent and irreverent voices in the league.
Reeking awesomeness, indeed.
And for KB, here’s an awesome song:
Candice Prevost, Paris Saint Germain – The midfielder scored her side’s first three goals against Stade Briochin in the Feminine Division. PSG remain a point off Juvisy’s lead.
Karen Bardsley, Sky Blue FC – Ms. Bardsley had a second consecutive outstanding week in goal for a sometimes spotty Sky Blue FC side. She looked like the only player capable of stopping Marta’s brilliance in the first half of her match against FC Gold Pride. She also somehow managed a double save after initially stopping Camille Abily’s penalty kick. Shame the match ended in a losing effort. Jenni Branam might start getting a little concerned about earning her starting job back.
Sonia Bompastor, Washington Freedom – The 2009 assists leader appeared to be back in her old form as she led her team to a huge 3-1 victory over Saint Louis Athletica with a goal and an assist. This win could put the Freedom back on track after a slow start.
Lindy Wiik, Wolfsburg – The Norweigan scored 4 goals in her club’s 6-1 destruction of USV Jena.
Caroline Jonsson, Umea – Umea’s goalkeeper did everything she was asked to do, stopping 11 shots versus Lyon in the Semifinal match of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Thursday. Lyon were ahead 3-2 on aggregate but Umea couldn’t find the goal that would force penalty kicks, despite Jonsson’s wonderful effort.
Camille Abily, FC Gold Pride – Orchestrated FC Gold Pride’s attack from the midfield in the absence of Christine Sinclair and (a fully fit) Marta. Also notched an assist in Gold Pride’s 2-1 victory over Atlanta. Her work for that team could be invaluable.
Ariane Hingst, FFC Frankfurt – Scored the equalizing goal against Turbine Potsdam from distance in the 86′. This allowed Birgit Prinz to score the game-winning penalty kick that resulted in Frankfurt’s surprising upset (although upsets are typically surprising, aren’t they).
Natasha Dowie, Everton – Hit a hat trick for her Everton side against Bristol Academy in the Women’s Premier League. This vaulted Everton up to third place.
Karen Bardsley, Sky Blue FC – Came up big against the Chicago Red Stars and prevented them from closing in on Sky Blue’s 1-0 lead with six saves. Huge improvement from last week.
Melanie Cayetano, Guatemala – The 20 year-old has scored 3 goals in 2 games for her country in Central American Gold Cup Qualifying thus far.
Apologies, this post is a day late. From here on out, a World Player of the Week will be selected (hopefully) every Monday for their stand-out performance during the week.
Abby Wambach – It’s difficult to not choose Abby for her wonderful performance against the Beat this weekend. She was involved in every goal including netting her own and assisting in the other two.
Susanne Moberg – The Swede earned a hat trick for her Kristianstad side against AIK this weekend. She leads the Damallsvenkan scoring charts with 6 goals in just 3 matches.
Rachel Yankey – The English winger put her Arsenal side in first place above Leeds Carnegie in the Women’s Premier League. Her cross-shot earned Arsenal a 1-0 win.