- As Fox reported early Monday morning, WPS introduced Jennifer O’Sullivan as the league’s new CEO. O’Sullivan is the former Vice President of Legal & Labor Affairs for the Arena Football League (AFL). Read Beau Dure’s piece on espnW for more background on O’Sullivan. It’s nice to hear she’ll be operating out of New York.
- Boston Breakers season ticket sales for next season are now on sale.
One year and one day ago today, FC Gold Pride defeated the Philadelphia Independence 4-0 in the 2010 WPS Championship Game.
- Allie Long has signed with French Feminine Division I side PSG. Her contract will be up in March. Ella Masar has agreed to terms with PSG, but hasn’t yet signed. If the deal is finalized, it will last through June 30, 2012. PSG finished as runners-up last season and are in the 2011-12 UEFA Women’s Champions League.
- It’s been a long time since American players last took their talents to France. A spate of U.S.-based players appeared for Olympique Lyon six years ago. In 2005, Aly Wagner, Hope Solo, Lorrie Fair, Christie Welsh, and Danielle Slaton all briefly appeared for Lyon. High school standout Lindsay Horan also trained with Lyon this summer.
- In other France transfer news, former Sky Blue FC midfielder Rosana has signed with Olympique Lyon.
- Fresh off the surprise signing of goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri, W-League side Newcastle Jets are reportedly in for German defender/midfielder Ariane Hingst. The two-time World Cup winner is the third-most capped player for the German National Team with 173 appearances. According to the report, the Jets also hope to sign Lisa De Vanna.
- John Herdman named his 17-player squad for the 2011 Pan American Games. Christine Sinclair, Candace Chapman, goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands, Marquette University midfielder/defender Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, and Brittany Timko have all been included despite missing out on Canada’s recent friendlies against the U.S. Thirteen players were part of Canada’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup team. Most notably, Herdman has dropped a handful of familiar names including Erin McLeod, Stephanie Labbe, Carmelina Moscato, Melissa Tancredi, and Emily Zurrer. All five players play in the Damallsvenskan. The season is set to end three days before the tournament starts.
- The tournament will run from October 18 to October 27 in Guadalajara. Group A features Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Chile. Group B contains Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Brazil are the defending champions as they defeated a U-20 United States team 5-0 in 2007. The USWNT will not be participating in this year’s tournament.
- More reports suggest that the newly renovated BC Place could host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final. CSA General Secretary Peter Montopoli says the host selection process could be “a long one”.
- The USWNT could travel to Japan on a goodwill trip later this year. (H/T Beau)
- Alex Morgan and Hope Solo are in the latest This Is SportsCenter commercial. They must have had a hard time coming up with ideas.
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- Hope Solo’s jive from last night:
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- Some staggering attendance figures for you: The team’s three pre-WWC domestic friendlies this year attracted an aggregate total of 16,409 people. 18,570 were on hand in Portland.
- The combined attendance from the USWNT’s 7 home friendlies in ’10 was 36,766. The KC & Portland games alone attracted a total of 34,761 fans.
UEFA Women’s Champions League
- UEFA Women’s Champions League is back in action today. Here are this week’s round of fixtures:
Tuesday: Standard Liege (Belgium)/Brondby (Denmark), ASA Tel Aviv (Israel)/Sassari Torres (Italy)
Wedsnesday: SSHVSM-Kairat (Kazahkstan)/Neulengbach (Austria), Apollon Limassol (Cyprus)/Sparta Praha, Olimpia Cluj (Belgium)/Olympique Lyon, PK-35/Rayo Vallecano, Osijek (Croatia)/Goteborg, Thor (Iceland)/Turbine Potsdam, Stabaek (Norway)/FFC Frankfurt, Twente/Rossiyanka, Young Boys/Fortuna Hjorring, Peamount (Ireland)/PSG, Bobruichanka (Belarus)/Arsenal
Thursday: Bristol Academy/Energiya Voronezh (Russia), Glasgow City/Valur (Iceland), Tavagnacco/LdB Malmo
- Euro 2013 qualification officially kicked off late this month and will begin again in mid-October. The winners of each group qualify for the tournament and the best-ranked runner-up also wins automatic qualifcation. The other six runners-up will play three two-legged playoffs. The three winners will join the already qualified teams along with hosts Sweden.
Group 1: Russia and Italy are each on three points. Greece and Macedonia have yet to play.
Group 2: Spain and Germany are joint leaders with three points from one game. Switzerland, Romania, and Kazakhstan are also on three points. Turkey has yet to secure a point from two games and has already conceded 12 goals.
Group 3: Iceland are the surprise leaders with seven points from three games. Their only draw came against Belgium who are in second with four points from two matches. It’s early days still, but Norway are currently in third place after dropping three points against Iceland. Northern Ireland has yet to play while Hungary and Bulgaria are both on zero points.
Group 4: France look to romp through the group as the team earned wins against Israel and the Republic of Ireland and have averaged four goals per game. Scotland will begin its qualifying campaign on October 12. Wales and Israel have no points from one match.
Group 5: Ukraine and Belarus are on top Group 5 with three points apiece. Finland and Slovakia have yet to kick off.
Group 6: England hold a tenuous lead at the top of the group after a win against Slovenia and a draw against Croatia. The Netherlands cruised past Serbia 6-0 and will next face England. Croatia will play its first game on October 22.
Group 7: Portugal and Denmark are on top with three points each. The Czech Republic and Austria are next with one point each while Armenia has conceded 13 goals in two games. Armenia was one of two teams that qualified from the eight-team preliminary round.
- Arsenal clinched the domestic treble by defeating league runners-up Birmingham City of the Continental Cup.
- In Sweden, just two points separates the top four sides. Tyresö continues to mount its title challenge. A demonstrative 4-0 win over Jitex brings the side level on points with LdB Malmö and at the top of the table thanks to a goal difference of +6. This is Tyresö’s seventh total season in the top-flight. Its best finish came in 2010 when the team finished fourth. Malmö , meanwhile, continue to implode. The defending league champions lost 2-0 to Linköping on the weekend. It’s the first team the club has had two consecutive league losses since 2007. Göteborg remain in third place and are just one point behind Tyresö and Malmo. Umea have seemingly bounced back from a poor stretch of form and are in fourth place on 38 points.
- Here’s the run-in for the top four teams and their opponents’ current place in the table.
LdB Malmö : Kristianstad (6), Hammarby (11), KIF Örebro (5)
Umeå : Göteborg (3), Djugarden (8), Hammarby (11)
Goteborg: Umea (4), Kristianstad (6), Tyresö (1)
Tyresö: Pitea (9), KIF Örebro (5), Göteborg (3)
- It’s still a three-way tie at the top of the Frauen-Bundesliga with predictable names. Duisburg, Frankfurt, and Turbine Potsdam remain perfect after four games although Duisburg have claimed top spot with 14 goals scored. Many of those goals came on Saturday as Duisburg put Freiburg back into its preverbial place with a 6-0 tonking.
- Turbine Potsdam and Frankfurt each collected 2-0 wins as Lira Bajramaj’s second-half brace guided the team past Hamburg. Turbine Potsdam struck twice in three minutes to see off Wolfsburg (highlights here). New signing Genoveva Anonma has now scored five goals in four league games and has six goals in all competitions. She’s scored in every match she’s appeared in for the defending champions.
- The loss drops Wolfsburg to fifth place while last year’s relegation fodder Essen-Schonebeck continue its winning streak. A 1-0 win – their third on the bounce – against a reeling Bayern Munich side takes the team to fourth.
- Lokomotive Leipzig and USV Jena got their first wins of the season taking them out of the relegation spots for the first time all year. Highlights of USV Jena’s win are towards the end of this video. The teams they defeated – Bad Neuenahr and Bayer Leverkusen – have now sunk to the two bottom spots. Bad Neuenahr – top-half finishers last season – have taken two points from a possible 12 while Bayer Leverkusen are still looking for their first win of the year.
- Next week sees promoted sides Freiburg and Lokomotive Leipzig pitted against other another. Duisburg will also hope to keep possession of first place as they come up against Wolfsburg.
Feminine Division I
- The league has a non-traditional points system in which a win equals four points, a draw equals two, a loss is one points, and a forfeiture (as in a team literally didn’t show up) renders no points. With that in mind, here are the latest standings.
- Juvisy (home to Gaetane Thiney who is the league’s top goal scorer along with Lyon’s Lotta Schelin) remains on a 100 percent record with 12 points from three games. The club has averaged more than five goals per match. Stade Briochin are on nine points with two wins and one loss. Lyon (who had this weekend’s match against Montpellier postponed), PSG, and Montpellier all have eight points. Henin-Beaumont has shipped 18 goals in three games, have two losses and one draw and are still not in last place. That honor goes to Soyaux.
- Elsewhere, Stjarnan claimed the league title in Iceland and finished the season nine points ahead of its nearest rivals. Roa continue to make distance themselves from the rest in Norway’s Toppserein and are five points clear at the top of the table. The title race is on in Finland as PK-35’s four-match unbeaten run takes them to the top of the table, although they’re tied on points with Honka. HJK are in third and are just one point off the pace. Aland United are in fourth place and are four points behind the league leaders. Just three weeks remain in the league. Former South Carolina and Purdue striker Felicia Schroeder is the league’s top goal scorer with 21 goals. This is the 24-year-old’s first season in the Naistenliiga.
Americans/former WPS players abroad
Linköping 2, LdB Malmö 0
Kosovare Aslanni scored a goal for the home side and played 87 minutes. Karen Bardsley remained on the bench.
Therese Sjögran and Caroline Seger each played the full 90 for Malmö.
Kristianstad 0, Pitea 2
Johanna Rasmussen played 90 minutes for Kristianstad.
Jennifer Nobis played the full game for Pitea and earned a yellow card. Melissa Tancredi also played the full game and scored a goal.
KIF Örebro 1, Umea 2
Val Henderon and Sara Larsson each played the full game for Örebro. Ramona Bachmann scored two crucial goals for Umea.
Dalsjöfors 0, Djurgarden 0
Erin McLeod, Alex Singer, and India Trotter all played the full 90 for Dalsjöfors.
Göteborg 6, Hammarby 0
Becky Edwards, Kathleen Kelly, and Kelly Eagen all played the full match for Hammarby.
Tyresö 4, Jitex 0
Whitney Engen played the full match and scored one goal.
Wolfsburg 0, Turbine Potsdam 2
Alyssa Naeher remained on the bench for Turbine Potsdam.
Hamburg 0, Franfkurt 2
Jessica Landstrom came on in the 82nd minute for Frankfurt. Ali Krieger and Gina Lewandowski both appeared in the 62nd minute.
Bayer Leverkusen 2, Lokomotive Leipzig 3
Shelley Thompson came on in the 63rd minute for Bayer Leverkusen in their loss against Lokomotive Leipzig.
Aland United 6, Kokkola F10 2
Felicia Schroeder scored two goals for Aland United. Angela Salem and Janelle Cordia played the full 90.
Tessa Gavilsky came off in the 62nd minute for Kokkola F10.
KMF 0, PK-35 4
Jenae Seppala and Beverly Goebel each scored a goal for PK-35. Former Sky Blue FC coach Paulina Miettinen helms the team.
Valur 4, IBV 4
Meagan McCray came off in the 67th minute and Caitlin Miskel was subbed off in the 74th minute.
Melissa Cary came on for IBV at the 67th minute.
Thor 4, KR 0
Manya Makoski played the full 90 for Thor and Marisha Schumacher-Hodge came off at the 64th minute.
Elisa Berzins, Keli McLaughlin, and Rosie Povolny all played the full 90 for KR.
Stjarnan 5, Breidablik 0
Ashley Bares played the full 90 and scored a goal for Stjarnan.
Arna-Bjornar 0, Roa 1
Katie Bethke played 90 minutes for Arna-Bjornar.
2. Frauen-Bundesliga South
Cologne 0, Crailsheim 2
Allison Scurich played the full game for Crailsheim.
Lubars 3, Meppen 1
Elizabeth Woerle remained on the bench for Lubars.
Oldesloe 0, Cloppenburg 4
Caitlin Howard played the full game for Cloppenburg.
- Lastly, last week I had the opportunity to visit two states and one lovely city. Kansas City is the site of this year’s NSCAA Annual Convention and it’s probably the ideal site as it houses the NSCAA’s national HQ and everything is in walking distance from the Convention Center. Thousands of visitors flock to the Convention, and this year should be no exception. It runs from January 11-15 and if you have an opportunity to go, take advantage of it.