Lots of Notables for September 27th, 2011

WPS

  • 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.

 

Transfers/loans

  • 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.

 

Canada

  • 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”.

 

USWNT

  • 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

  • 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.

 

England

  • Arsenal clinched the domestic treble by defeating league runners-up Birmingham City of the Continental Cup.

 

Damallsvenskan

  • 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)

 

Frauen-Bundesliga

  • 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.

 

2.Frauen-Bundesliga North

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.

13 thoughts on “Lots of Notables for September 27th, 2011

    1. shreddir

      Man!!! I could’ve watched the CL match between FFC Frankfurt and Norways FK Staebeck on my Sopcast peer to peer Player because somebody streams the Eurosport Romania(?) channel. Sadly I didn’t get to see Ali Krieger’s “bun’ because I didn’t know it was on this morning:-(

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  1. Soccer

    You should note that the USA did not qualify for the “Pan American Games” ….the two top teams in CONCACAF qualifying qualified for Pan Am games to rep North America. It’s not “USA won’t be participating” as if we just didn’t want to send a team.

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    1. Jenna Pel Post author

      I don’t know, when I asked U.S. Soccer about it, they didn’t even bring the qualifying issue. They made it sound like they just weren’t interested in sending a team.

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      1. Batfink

        LOL, “They made it sound like they just weren’t interested in sending a team”. It’s definitely the top two sides from CONCACAF that get the Pan AM spots. If I remember correctly for the last Pan Am tournament the USSF sent a side filled with the elite college level talents to Brazil, so it’s a comp that must have had some value to the US soccer?

        “The USWNT could travel to Japan on a goodwill trip later this year”. LOL, this is a interesting way to describe a revenge mission. It seems this is the 2011 version of the post 07′ USWNT insecurity manifesting itself once again. (roll eyes)

        The U.S. feeling the need to play Brazil as soon as possible post 07′ humiliation makes some sense, but I don’t see the goodwill part of a planed friendly in Japan. It sounds more like dressed up code for USWNT can’t get Japan over to play them and prove who’s really the best, so they’ll just turn up on Japan’s doorstep leaving Japan with no choice but to fight, sorry I mean play. (wink)

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        1. Joshua

          The Pan-Am Women’s Soccer Tourney had ten teams in 2007 as opposed to eight this time. The U.S. qualified easily that time. The “elite” college level talent (U-23 team?) ended up facing the full Brazil National Team in the final (in Brazil, mind you.) and got blown out 5-0. The 2007 Pan-Am games games was in July, 2007 and preceded the 2007 WWC which was in late Sept. 2007 that year. I’m sure the thinking at the time was, “Sure, they can beat a U.S. college all-star team in their home country but wait until they face the REAL U.S. National Team in China…”

          I don’t think the aftermath of the 2011 WWC loss to Japan is at all like the aftermath of the loss to Brazil at the 2007 WWC.

          Japan is not the only team the US lost to at the 2011 WWC. They lost to Sweden, in regulation and not in a penalty kick. I view the U.S. loss to Japan was a pretty incredible upset. Like Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson.

          Of course, Japan also upset Germany, the defending WWC winner in their home country, and Sweden, which had defeated the U.S. earlier.

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          1. Batfink

            Take a look back over the young names in the last USWNT Pan Am squad, its pretty impressive. Saying that though I seriously doubt Brazil actually cared too much who was or wasn’t playing against them in that tournament. Brazil were playing at home, in one of the sports great arenas, in front of a passionate home audience, with Marta ending the tournament with her foot prints next to the male greats of the Brazilian game. This says all you need to know about what level Marta and her team were playing at.

            The arguments for any proposed tour of Japan for the U.S. girls in the near future is pretty weak. With all the countries that looked great, dominated, or beat the U.S. over the course of the WWC, U.S.soccer feels playing world champs Japan in Japan now becomes a great opportunity to show goodwill to a developing women’s soccer nation? It’s a patronising move if you ask me. You would go play Mexico in Mexico if you wanted to seriously accomplish a task of demonstrating goodwill.

            Is this mission of goodwill going to resemble the same kind of goodwill Solo demonstrated during the final penalty shoot out, with her very obvious attempts to stall every Japanese spot kick? Or will it be the kind of goodwill that had Wambach needlessly holding card signals to the ref when it was already obvious the Japanese girl had to go when bringing down Morgan in the final minutes of ET?

            The chances of Japan beating the U.S. over the course of the WWC was nothing like the Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson upset you mention, but that silly mindset seems to be the opinion of many U.S. fans once they lost, and still remains a wrongly held opinion right now too. Idea’s of the U.S. wanting to play Japan to the extent it could happen in Japan so soon after the final only help reinforce this view of the USWNT needing to set things right in their own mind.

            What do Japan as the world champs need to prove pre Olympics? When Germany won in 07′ the USSF never organised anything with the DFB, but instead made sure Brazil was on the menu as much as possible, even to the point of self harm when Wambach decided it would be a great idea to charge down a 50/50 ball during a ridiculously timed pre Olympic match up. All this due to a scoreline/Brazilian performance the USWNT will never be able to erase from history.

            The USWNT are not filled with Harlem Globetrotter type talents which can entertain while they play. Their style simply doesn’t allow it. They are a robust unit that will always play hard, play to win, using any means necessary in the process. Any idea of a goodwill tour in Japan can only mean one thing once their out on the field, and that’s the silly post Brazil 07′ beatdown need for revenge. Leaders of the USWNT need to seriously start looking at the bigger picture at some point.

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      2. Joshua

        Wikipedia has this:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_at_the_2011_Pan_American_Games_%E2%80%93_Women%27s_tournament#cite_note-CONCACAF-1

        CONMEBOL is sending 4 teams (Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Argentina).

        CONCACAF is sending four teams (Canada. Mexico, Costa Rica, and Trinidad and Tobago). Mexico qualified because it is the host team. Canada, it appears, qualified because it won the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago, it appears, qualified through some sort of separate qualifying at the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup for Central America and the Caribbean countries. Sort of like affirmative action for Central America and the Caribbean.

        The United States, it appears, did not qualify for the 2011 Pan-Am Games because it did not win the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The lose to Mexico in the Semifinals not only forced the US into a playoff with Italy in order to qualify for the 2011 World Cup, but disqualified it from the 2011 Pan-Am Games.

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  2. kool-aide

    Re: Americans playing in Europe

    There’s a pretty decent list of female US citizens playing abroad in a bigsoccer thread.

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