To recap yesterday’s signings:
- Leslie Osborne was definitely on to something. The Boston Breakers officially announced the signing of Heather O’Reilly from Sky Blue FC. The 26-year-old outside midfielder has apparently already made her home in Boston. She began tweeting about moving from to Beantown from NYC in early September.
- Not to fret, Sky Blue FC would quickly recover its loss of a solid USWNT player. The team announced that former magicJack and Washington Freedom defender Becky Sauerbrunn is en route to Piscataway. Sauerbrunn is set to reunite with former Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra and one time Freedom Technical Director Emma Hayes.
- Speaking of SBFC/Washington Freedom connections, last night AWK learned that Nikki Marshall will also be joining Sky Blue FC. The versatile 23-year-old last appeared for the Boston Breakers.
- Nell Enriquez of Pitchside Report also confirms that 2011 MVP Vero will be re-joining the Philadelphia Independence, despite receiving a higher offer from the WNY Flash. The report also has a status update on the signings of Lori Chalupny and Frida Magnusdottir.
Elsewhere in brief:
- Beau Dure has a piece on the ever changing goalkeeping situation in WPS.
- Nahomi Kawasumi, who scored this fine goal in Japan’s semifinal victory against Sweden this past summer, will star in her very own Manga series.
- Pitch Invasion (welcome back) has been posting some pretty amazing vintage women’s soccer photos here and here.
- In case you missed it, Georgetown midfielder Ingrid Wills has inked with Swedish side Göteborg FC. The move comes as a surprise as Wells would have undoubtedly been a top 10 pick in this year’s WPS Draft. Göteborg finished second in the Damallsvenskan last season and are currently competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. As for WPS, player salaries continue to get slashed in the five-team league. Incoming rookies not drafted with the first few picks will likely feel the brunt of the downsizing (i.e. salaries under $14,000). We’ll see if Wells’ decision becomes a trend.
And in case you’re interested, these are the ten posts that generated the most traffic in 2011.
1.) 20 Questions with Alex Morgan (This post accounts for 9.6% of AWK’s all-time traffic)
2.) magicJack Owner Dan Borislow Responds to Punishments, Violations, and More (5.2% of AWK’s all-time traffic)
3.) NCAA Soccer – Expect the Unexpected: Texas Rolls the dice With Angela Kelly Hiring (4.1% of AWK’s all-time traffic)