Registration for NWSL College Draft opens Monday; Eligibility rules amended

NWSL College DraftNovember 16

NWSL, NWSLPA reach voluntary recognition agreement

NewsNovember 15

NCAA D1 Women’s Soccer Tournament Guide

NewsNovember 15

CAF, OFC Women’s World Cup qualifiers

WWC2019November 15

Morgan scores as U.S. picks up 1-0 win over Scotland

USWNTNovember 13

Schedule & Results: NWSL on international duty

NewsNovember 13

2019 NWSL College Draft to take place on Jan. 10 at 12 p.m. ET

NWSL College DraftNovember 08

McDonald’s first international goal gives U.S. 1-0 win over Portugal

USWNTNovember 08

Ubogagu scores for England in her international debut

NewsNovember 08

Players of the Week

Best of 2018November 07

Watch full games from the 2018 NWSL season

Full GamesNovember 05

Players of the Month

Best of 2018November 02

Orlando City SC announces new training complex set for July 2019

NewsNovember 02

John Walker named Dash and Dynamo president of business operations

NewsNovember 01

NWSL announces partnership with Soccerex

NewsNovember 01

Header and Free Kick Goals

Best of 2018October 31

Chioma Ubogagu called up by England for November friendlies

NewsOctober 30

Ellis calls in 23 NWSL players for U.S. games in Portugal and Scotland

USWNTOctober 26

Houston Dash president Chris Canetti resigns

NewsOctober 26

The NWSL guide to the W-League

NWSL AbroadOctober 24

U.S. to travel to Portugal and Scotland for November road friendlies

USWNTOctober 23

O’Hara out 8-12 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic ankle procedure

NewsOctober 23

Goals and Saves of the Week

Best of 2018October 19

U.S. wins Concacaf Women’s Championship with 2-0 win over Canada

ConcacafOctober 17

Concacaf Women’s Championship Final: Canada vs. United States

ConcacafOctober 17

Imani Dorsey’s ride to Rookie of the Year

FeatureOctober 16

Canada, U.S. qualify for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

ConcacafOctober 14

Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals schedule: Canada vs. Panama, U.S. vs. Jamaica

ConcacafOctober 12

Canada, Jamaica advance to Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals; Costa Rica eliminated

ConcacafOctober 12

U.S., Panama advance to Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals; Mexico eliminated

ConcacafOctober 11

Switzerland and the Netherlands advance to final play-off for UEFA’s final World Cup berth

UEFAOctober 09

Leon scores four as Canada picks up 12-0 win over Cuba; Jamaica beats Costa Rica 1-0

ConcacafOctober 08

Five NWSL players nominated for 2018 Women’s Ballon d’Or

NewsOctober 08

United States, Mexico pick up wins on second day of Group A play

ConcacafOctober 07

Prince scores twice as Canada opens up World Cup qualifying with 2-0 win over Jamaica

ConcacafOctober 05

UEFA play-offs schedule & results; Schedule of NWSL players on international duty

NewsOctober 05

U.S. opens World Cup qualifying with 6-0 win over Mexico

ConcacafOctober 04

Concacaf Women’s Championship begins Thursday

ConcacafOctober 03

Field Level: NWSL Championship

HighlightsOctober 02

No players selected off Re-Entry Wire

NewsOctober 02

NWSL teams exercise contract options, extend contract offers

NewsOctober 01

NWSL players available on the Re-Entry Wire

NewsOctober 01

Portland fans keep standards high at a record-setting final

NWSL ChampionshipSeptember 27

Goalkeeper of the Year: Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC

NWSL AwardsSeptember 27

Utah Royals FC to host U.S. Soccer C License course for NWSL players

NewsSeptember 27

Defender of the Year: Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage

NWSL AwardsSeptember 27

Coach of the Year: Paul Riley

NWSL AwardsSeptember 26

Henninger, Johnson, Murillo named to Mexico’s roster for Concacaf Women’s Championship

NewsSeptember 26

Rookie of the Year: Imani Dorsey, Sky Blue FC

NWSL AwardsSeptember 26

Canada roster set for Concacaf Women’s Championship

CANWNTSeptember 26

Registration for NWSL College Draft opens Monday; Eligibility rules amended

The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Jan. 10 at 12 p.m. ET

The Chicago Red Stars hold the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Jose L. Argueta/isiphotos.com)

Registration for the 2019 NWSL College Draft will open on Monday, November 19, the league has announced. The league announced that the eligibility rules have been amended, with full details below in the league’s official news release.

The registration link will be available on the NWSL site and shared on NWSL social channels on Monday. To follow all the action of the 2019 NWSL College Draft, use #NWSLDraft and follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The 2019 NWSL College Draft order can be found here.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 NWSL COLLEGE DRAFT OPENS ON MONDAY

CHICAGO (Nov. 16, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will open registration for the 2019 NWSL College Draft on Monday, Nov. 19. The 2019 College Draft will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago.

 In addition, the NWSL has amended the eligibility rules for a player to register for the 2019 College Draft, allowing more players the ability to enter the draft and determine the right time for them to pursue a professional career.

 In order to be eligible for the 2019 NWSL College Draft, a player must:

  • Be a player who will forego any remaining college eligibility or must have exhausted their eligibility during the 2018/2019 academic year, and
  • Be at least 18-years-old during the College Protected Period (which ends at the conclusion of the 2019 season), and
  • Register for the draft with the NWSL by the deadline at 4 pm ET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

 The League will review each College Draft registration form. No player may be selected who has not registered for the College Draft; unregistered and ineligible players will not be included on the list of interested players provided to the teams on the day of the College Draft.

Interested players can access the online registration on Monday via the following link: nwslsoccer.com/collegedraft.

The draft will be held in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place and will be open to the public and media. In addition, NWSL will once again live stream the draft with more details to be announced.  

The latest order for the 2019 College Draft and all past results from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 drafts can be found on NWSLsoccer.com.

 The United Soccer Coaches Convention will take place Jan. 9-13, 2019 in Chicago — bringing thousands of coaches, administrators and other soccer enthusiasts together in one place. For a complete schedule of events and more information about the convention, please visit the official website at unitedsoccercoachesconvention.org

 

NWSL, NWSLPA reach voluntary recognition agreement

The NWSL and the NWSLPA announced the news on Thursday afternoon

On Thursday afternoon, the NWSL announced that the league and the NWSL Players Association have reached a voluntary recognition agreement. The league officially recognizes the NWSLPA, which was formed in May of 2017, as the exclusive bargaining representative of the NWSL Players.

Full details in the NWSL’s official release about the news:

 

NWSL AND NWSLPA REACH VOLUNTARY RECOGNITION AGREEMENT

CHICAGO (Nov. 15, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that it officially recognizes the NWSL Players Association (NWSLPA) as the exclusive bargaining representative of the NWSL Players.

The NWSL Players Association is an independent labor union run by and for current and future NWSL Players who are currently employed by and have current signed Standard Player Agreements with the NWSL.

“Our decision to voluntarily recognize the NWSL Players Association as the official representative of NWSL players marks an important step in the continued growth and development of the league and our relationship with our players,” said NWSL Managing Director Amanda Duffy. “We look forward to collaborating with the Players Association as the league continues to mature, to benefit the players, teams, our partners and our fans.”

The NWSLPA represents the interests of players and works together with the league to foster its long-term sustainability and growth.

“We’ve now achieved official status as a labor union, but we intend to approach our relationship with the league in a very different way than what comes to mind with traditional labor relations,” said NWSL Players Association President Yael Averbuch. “The NWSLPA is glad to continue a collaborative relationship with the League, with the health and sustainability of the League central to the ongoing relationship.” 

Players who are under contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation (i.e. allocated players) will continue to be represented by the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) with respect to their employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation. The NWSL, NWSLPA and USWNTPA will continue to work closely with one another to achieve goals common to all players in the NWSL and women’s soccer in general. The NWSLPA has also enjoyed strategic support from the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA).

The Players Association is led by President Yael Averbuch, Vice President McCall Zerboni, Treasurer Emily Menges, and Secretary Nicole Barnhart, and 32 Player Representatives across the nine teams of NWSL. NWSLPA is represented by former player and attorney, Meghann Burke, of Brazil & Burke, P.A. in Asheville, NC.

 

About NWSL Players Association

The NWSL Players Association is the official players association of Players in the National Women’s Soccer League. It was founded in May of 2017 and represents all Players on NWSL rosters who are employed by and sign Standard Player Agreements with NWSL. For more information about the Players Association, contact Meghann Burke at 828.350.3812 or nwslplayers@gmail.com.

 

About NWSL

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from around the world. The clubs are the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and the Washington Spirit. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by Canadian Soccer and U.S. Soccer. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.

 

NCAA D1 Women’s Soccer Tournament Guide

The second round of the NCAA tournament is on Friday

UCLA senior forward Hailie Mace helped the USWNT defeat Panama 5-0 during the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship. (Photo credit: Tony Quinn/isiphotos.com)

The NCAA division 1 women’s soccer regular season is finished, all of the conference tournaments have wrapped up, and the NCAA tournament is in full swing. The first round concluded last week and now the second round is set to begin on Friday, Nov. 16. After the first round results, the second round has been narrowed down to 32 teams. After the second round, the remaining teams will vie for a Quarterfinal spot in the third round.

As the NWSL season takes a break for the offseason, the teams have started to shift their focus towards the 2019 NWSL season. The first order of business: the 2019 NWSL College Draft. From conference tournament play, to the NCAA Tournament and College Cup, these are always exciting platforms to scope out the future talent in the NWSL. Here’s your guide to the NCAA Tournament, including who’s playing who when and what players to be on the look out for:


Tournament Schedule

All second round games are being played on Friday, Nov. 16. ESPN3/SEC Network have six games available for streaming (two on SEC Network, four on ESPN3) and NWSL on Lifetime editorial director Jen Cooper has been keeping track of where to watch all the games.

 

No. 1 Stanford vs. Mississippi | Pac-12.com

Wisconsin vs. Hofstra | TBD

No. 3 Texas A&M vs. TCU | SEC Network

Arizona vs. No. 2 Tennessee | SEC Network

No. 1 Georgetown vs. Washington State | guhoyas.com

Lipscomb vs. No. 4 Duke | guhoyas.com

No. 3 Virginia vs. Texas Tech | TBD

Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Baylor | Baylor Futbol

No. 2 West Virginia vs. Wake Forest | wvusports.com

Penn State vs. No. 3 South Carolina | wvusports.com

No. 4 USC vs. LSU | ESPN3

South Florida vs. No. 1 Florida State | ESPN3

No. 2 UCLA vs. Minnesota | Pac-12.com

NC State vs. No. 3 Santa Clara | Pac-12.com

Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas | ESPN3

Kansas vs. No. 1 UNC | ESPN3

View the full bracket

 

After the second round wraps up, the third rounds take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, then quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 23 or Saturday, Nov. 24. The quarterfinals feature four single-elimination games at non-predetermined sites. The winning teams advance to the College Cup on Friday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 2 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.


Players to Watch

Last season, Stanford won the College Cup beating UCLA 3-2. Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan went on to be the first overall draft pick at the 2018 NWSL College Draft and was selected by the Washington Spirit. This year, will another senior out of Stanford go No. 1 at the NWSL College Draft?

In the first round of the NCAA Tournament Stanford blanked Seattle 3-0. Cardinal defender Alana Cook is a player to watch. The senior has led Stanford to an unbeaten 18-0-2 record this year.

Stanford teammate Catarina Macario is also a face to watch. The sophomore forward won’t be swept up in the Draft this year because she still has two more years to dominate the college game, but she is someone who will make the conference tournament fun to watch. The San Diego, Calif. native has 12 goals and six assists this season. Macario contributed an assist off the bench against Seattle in the first round.

Before clinching their fifth-straight Pac-12 title, Macario did this against Washington State…

UCLA is another team in the Pac-12 conference that flew through the first round. The Bruins soared past San Jose State 5-0 and improved their overall season record to 15-3-1 and have now won 10-straight games.

Forward senior Hailie Mace made her first U.S. women’s national team senior cap on April 8 vs. Mexico and is a potential top 2019 NWSL College Draft pick as we approach January. Mace has five goals and six assists this season. Mace chipped in two assists against San Jose State last week.

Other Bruins worth noting is junior Jessie Flemming and sophomore Ashley Sanchez. Flemming, like Mace, was competing at the Concacaf Women’s Championship in October and helped Canada punch a ticket to the 2019 World Cup. Sanchez has also had quite the run this season scoring 10 goals and adding eight assists. Against San Jose State, Flemming scored and had two assists and Sanchez scored twice.

[Read more: Canada, U.S. qualify for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup]

The North Carolina Tar Heels continue to be one of the most dominant programs in women’s college soccer, and holding down the backline and all over the field this season is senior defender Julia Ashley. Ashley led her team to a undefeated ACC record and an impressive overall record of 18-3-1. The Tar Heels clinched the ACC regular season title and beat Howard 4-0 in the NCAA first round. Ashley kept her team rolling with a goal and an assist against Howard.

Forward CeCe Kizer out of Ole Miss is another senior to keep on the radar. Kizer has scored 13 goals this season and has also chipped in nine assists. Mississippi fell to Arkansas 4-0 in the SEC Tournament, but bounced back in the NCAA first round with a 2-1 win against Clemson. Kizer had an assist on the game’s opening goal.

Tennessee forward Bunny Shaw first led Jamaica to their first Women’s World Cup berth last month at the Concacaf Championship with a shutout win over Panama, and now the Volunteer senior is wrapping up her final collegiate season. Shaw has scored 13 goals and made four assists this year for Tennessee. Shaw, right after returning from her national team duties, scored the overtime game-winner over LSU on Oct. 18 — and then delivered again for her college side adding two assists and a goal against Texas A&M three nights later. Most recently, Shaw scored twice to lead her team to a 2-1 victory over Louisville in the first round.

Georgetown dominated the Big East this season and is undefeated to date at 18-0-3. Graduate student Kyra Carusa made a different name for herself this season, having played the previous three college seasons for Stanford. Last week, Caruso scored for the Hoyas in the NCAA first round to lead her team past Central Connecticut 3-1. Caruso has scored eight goals and made nine assists.

Deyna Castellanos out of Florida State has been a name on everyone’s radar since she joined the Seminoles two years ago. Castellanos a junior forward this year and a member of the Venezuelan national team, is cruising heading into the postseason. Castellanos helped Florida State win the 2018 ACC Championship. The Seminoles defeated Loyola Chicago 1-0 to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scoring 11 goals this season, Kayla McCoy has been a key offensive threat for the Duke Blue Devils this season. McCoy and Sky Blue FC forward Imani Dorsey were the dynamic duo up top for Duke last year, but with Dorsey off in the NWSL, McCoy has still been able to perform and has helped her team to a 15-3-2 overall record this season. In addition to her 11 goals, McCoy has picked up seven assists. The Blue Devils fell in the first round of the ACC tournament to Florida State, but have made their way in the NCAA Tournament so far with a 1-0 win over Rutgers in the opening round.

CAF, OFC Women’s World Cup qualifiers

The final four teams will qualify for France over the next two weeks

Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana of the Houston Dash (left) and Rosie White of the Chicago Red Stars (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

The field is almost complete! Twenty of 24 countries have booked their tickets to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France so far: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

The remaining teams will be decided in two tournaments that begin this weekend: the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations and the 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup. NWSL players will feature in both tournaments.

This page will be updated with results and highlights as they become available. Links to live streams, if available, will also be added. Live scores are available on FIFA.com.


CAF: 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The tournament will take place in Ghana from November 17 to December 1, with eight teams divided into two groups, followed by semifinals and a third-place game and final. The top three teams in the tournament will advance to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Equatorial Guinea has been banned from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for fielding ineligible players, so their performance in this tournament will not qualify them for next summer. (Details) Equatorial Guinea was initially left out of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, and replaced by Kenya, but were reinstated to the tournament, and Kenya removed, on November 7. (Details)

 

NWSL players will feature on three teams:

Ghana: Elizabeth Addo (Seattle Reign FC) [Full Roster]

Nigeria: Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) [Full Roster]

South Africa: Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash) [Full Roster]

 

Nigeria has a chance to become the seventh team to have qualified for all eight Women’s World Cups. If they qualify, they would join the Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States as the only teams to qualify for every edition of the tournament.

Ghana has appeared in three prior Women’s World Cups and South Africa has never qualified for the tournament.

 

Tournament Schedule

 

Group A

November 17: Ghana vs. Algeria; Mali vs. Cameroon

November 20: Ghana vs. Mali; Cameroon vs. Algeria

November 23: Cameroon vs. Ghana; Algeria vs. Mali

 

Group B

November 18: Nigeria vs. South Africa; Zambia vs. Equatorial Guinea

November 21: Nigeria vs. Zambia; Equatorial Guinea vs. South Africa

November 24: Equatorial Guinea vs. Nigeria; South Africa vs. Zambia

 

November 27 — Semifinals: Winner Group A vs. 2nd place Group B; Winner Group B vs. 2nd place Group A

November 30 — Third Place Game

December 1 — Final


OFC: 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup

The tournament will take place in New Caledonia from November 18 to December 1, with eight teams divided into two groups, followed by semifinals and a third-place game and final. The winner of the tournament will advance to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

New Zealand is the OFC Women’s Nations Cup defending champion and features: Katie Bowen (Utah Royals FC), Rebekah Stott (Sky Blue FC) and Rosie White (Chicago Red Stars). [Full Roster]

New Zealand also has a new head coach, former Pride head coach Tom Sermanni.

New Zealand has appeared in four prior Women’s World Cups.

 

Tournament Schedule

 

Group A

November 18: Samoa vs. Papua New Guinea; Tahiti vs. New Caledonia

November 21: Tahiti vs. Samoa; New Caledonia vs. Papua New Guinea

November 24: Papua New Guinea vs. Tahiti; New Caledonia vs. Samoa

Group B

November 19: New Zealand vs. Tonga; Cook Islands vs. Fiji

November 22: Tonga vs. Fiji; New Zealand vs. Cook Islands

November 25: Tonga vs. Cook Islands; Fiji vs. New Zealand

 

November 28 — Semifinals: Winner Group A vs. 2nd place Group B; Winner Group B vs. 2nd place Group A

December 1 — Third Place Game; Final

 

Morgan scores as U.S. picks up 1-0 win over Scotland

The U.S. won their final game of 2018 to finish off an unbeaten year

Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan celebrate during the United States' 1-0 win over Scotland. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The United States finished off 2018 with a 1-0 road win over Scotland, to complete an unbeaten calendar year. It’s the second straight 1-0 win for the U.S., after last week’s 1-0 win on the road in Portugal. Both Scotland and the United States have qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, so the meeting was a bit of a preview of the tournament as the two teams could meet on the field again in France next summer.

Pride forward Alex Morgan scored the game’s only goal, the 98th of her international career. Thorns defender Emily Sonnett started the play, finishing Spirit forward Mallory Pugh down the right sideline. Pugh crossed into the middle of the box, finding Morgan open for the right-footed volley finish.

The starting lineup featured ten NWSL players: Ashlyn Harris, Emily Sonnett, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. University of North Carolina defender Emily Fox started at left back as Dunn shifted into the midfield.

Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie wore the captain’s armband for Scotland.

Danielle Colaprico, Adrianna Franch, Allie Long, Jessica McDonald, Megan Rapinoe and Andi Sullivan started the game as available subs for the United States. Alyssa Naeher, Merritt Mathias and Casey Short were not in the 18 for the game.

McDonald was the game’s first sub in the 68th minute. McDonald replaced Sonnett and went up top, sending Dunn to left back as Lloyd dropped into the midfield. Colaprico replaced Fox in the 76th minute. Long replaced Morgan in the 88th. Mewis came on for Lloyd in the final moments of the match.

The United States had a good chance to double the lead in the 63rd minute after Pugh was fouled in the box by Scotland defender Kirsty Smith. Lloyd took the penalty, but her shot rattled off the top of the crossbar.

The U.S. had a limited amount of chances in the game as Scotland sat back and forced the U.S. to find their way through a crowded offensive half of the field. One of the best U.S. chances came in the 53rd minute after a combination play between Lloyd, Morgan and Ertz, but Scotland goalkeeper Shannon Lynn made a kick save on Ertz’s deflected shot.

Lynn subbed in at halftime to replace Lee Alexander as Scotland swapped goalkeepers.

In the 76th minute, Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert and Lana Clelland combined on an impressive cut through the center of the U.S. midfield. Sauerbrunn cleared the effort out for a corner, and the U.S. also cleared that out of danger as well.

Clelland again was in the attack in the 80th minute, sending a hard left-footed shot that Harris pushed out for a corner kick. Harris punched away a dangerous in-swinging corner on the follow-up as Scotland continued to press for the equalizing goal.

Cuthbert continued her dangerous second half as well, drawing a foul in the 91st minute, but the free kick was blocked by the United States wall.

Corsie was named Scotland’s Player of the Match.

“I don’t feel like this was our strongest performance by any means, but I do have to give credit to Scotland. I feel like they played very well. Pretty physical team. First half, there was a lot of times where they dominated play. It’s a team we could very well see in the World Cup,” Morgan said on FS1 after the game.

Schedule & Results: NWSL on international duty

UEFA, Concacaf/CONMEBOL play-offs for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

(Left to right) Orlando Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu, Portland Thorns FC forward Ana-Maria Crnogorčević and Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

An overview of how to keep up with and follow the players of the NWSL taking part in international games in the first two weeks of November. This page will be updated with results and highlights as they become available. Live scores are available on FIFA.com.

Twenty of 24 countries have booked their tickets to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France so far, with the Netherlands and Argentina qualifying on November 13. They join: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. The remaining teams will be decided between now and December 1, with the draw for the tournament taking place on December 8.

 

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers Schedule

UEFA Play-Off

Netherlands qualifies for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

November 9: Netherlands 3 | Switzerland 0 — Recap

November 13: Switzerland 1 | Netherlands 1 — Recap

NWSL Players on roster:

Switzerland: Ana-Maria Crnogorčević (Portland Thorns FC) [Full Roster]

 

Concacaf/CONMEBOL Play-Off

Argentina qualifies for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

November 8: Argentina 4 | Panama 0 Recap

November 13: Panama 1 | Argentina 1 Recap

NWSL players on roster:

Argentina: Estefanía Banini (Washington Spirit) [Full Roster]

 


The 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, CAF’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup, OFC’s qualifying tournament, will begin on November 17 and November 18, respectively, and run through December 1. Three teams will qualify from CAF and one from OFC. We will share the full schedule and rosters for NWSL players in those tournaments later this week.


Additionally, a number of friendlies will take place over the first two weeks of November featuring NWSL players. Countries are listed in alphabetical order.

Australia

Schedule

  • November 9: Australia 2 | Chile 3Recap
  • November 13: Australia 5 | Chile 0Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns FC), Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns FC), Elise Kellond-Knight (Seattle Reign FC), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars), Clare Polkinghorne (Houston Dash), Emily van Egmond (Orlando Pride), Lydia Williams (Seattle Reign FC) [Full Roster]


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Schedule

  • November 13: Poland 4 | Bosnia and Herzegovina 0

NWSL players on the roster:

DiDi Haracic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) [Full Roster]


Brazil

Schedule

  • November 10: France 3 | Brazil 1 — Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Monica (Orlando Pride), Poliana (Orlando Pride), Andressinha (Portland Thorns FC), Camila (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage) [Full Roster]


England

Schedule

  • November 8: Austria 0 | England 3 — Chioma Ubogagu made her international debut, and scored her first international goal to kick off the scoring in England’s 3-0 win over Austria. Rachel Daly scored the game’s final goal. Recap
  • November 11: England 0 | Sweden 2Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) and Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride) [Full Roster]


Ghana

Schedule

  • November 3: Zambia 3 | Ghana 2  
  • November 7: Kenya 1 | Ghana 1
  • November 11: Ghana 1 | South Africa 0Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Elizabeth Addo (Seattle Reign FC)


Japan

Schedule

  • November 11: Japan 4 | Norway 1Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Rumi Utsugi (Seattle Reign FC) and Nahomi Kawasumi (Seattle Reign FC) [Full Roster]


Scotland

Schedule

  • November 13: Scotland 0 | United States 1Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals FC) [Full Roster]


South Africa

Schedule

  • November 11: Ghana 1 | South Africa 0Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash) [Full Roster]


United States

Schedule

  • November 8: Portugal 0 | United States 1Recap
  • November 13: Scotland 0 | United States 1Recap

NWSL players on the roster:

Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit),  Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC) [Christen Press and Tobin Heath were originally named to the roster, but withdrew due to a family commitment and a personal commitment, respectively, U.S. Soccer said last week. Following the win over Portugal, Lindsey Horan withdrew due to a personal commitment, U.S. Soccer said. Full Roster]

2019 NWSL College Draft to take place on Jan. 10 at 12 p.m. ET

The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago

The 2019 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 10, at 12 p.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago.

The draft will open to the public and media and will be held in the Skyline Ballroom at McCormick Place. It will be live streamed with details to be announced at a later date. The United Soccer Coaches Convention will take place Jan. 9-13, 2019 in Chicago. More details can be found here: unitedsoccercoachesconvention.org.

2019 NWSL College Draft
United Soccer Coaches Convention
McCormick Place – West Building
2301 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Start time: 12 p.m. ET
Room: Skyline Ballroom

To follow all the action of the 2019 NWSL College Draft, use #NWSLDraft and follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Check out the 2019 NWSL College Draft Order below. View past NWSL College Draft results.


2019 NWSL College Draft Order

Round 1

No. 1 | Chicago Red Stars *
No. 2 | Sky Blue FC
No. 3 | Sky Blue FC #
No. 4 | Washington Spirit &
No. 5 | North Carolina Courage @
No. 6 | Chicago Red Stars
No. 7 | Chicago Red Stars *
No. 8 | Washington Spirit ^
No. 9 | Seattle Reign FC **

Round 2

No. 10 | Sky Blue FC
No. 11 | Sky Blue FC #
No. 12 | Houston Dash ##
No. 13 | Houston Dash
No. 14 | North Carolina Courage &&
No. 15 | Chicago Red Stars
No. 16 | Houston Dash @ **
No. 17 | Portland Thorns FC
No. 18 | Houston Dash @

Round 3

No. 19 | Sky Blue FC
No. 20 | Washington Spirit
No. 21 | Houston Dash @@
No. 22 | Houston Dash
No. 23 | Utah Royals FC
No. 24 | Chicago Red Stars
No. 25 | Orlando Pride ^^
No. 26 | Chicago Red Stars ***
No. 27 | Utah Royals FC &&

Round 4

No. 28 | Sky Blue FC
No. 29 | Washington Spirit
No. 30 | Orlando Pride
No. 31 | Washington Spirit ###
No. 32 | Utah Royals FC
No. 33 | Chicago Red Stars
No. 34 | Sky Blue FC &&&
No. 35 | Portland Thorns FC
No. 36 | North Carolina Courage

 

* The Chicago Red Stars acquired the No. 1 overall pick and the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft from Utah Royals FC in exchange for the rights to Christen Press. Utah Royals FC received the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft when they entered the league and acquired the No. 7 overall pick from the Orlando Pride (via Seattle Reign FC). Details

# Sky Blue FC received a conditional first-round and natural second pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft from the Washington Spirit in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL dispersal draft. Details

& The Washington Spirit acquired the Orlando Pride’s natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft and Aubrey Bledsoe in exchange for Shelina Zadorsky. Details

@ The North Carolina Courage acquired the Houston Dash’s natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for two second-round draft picks in the 2019 NWSL College Draft and Allysha ChapmanDetails

^ The Washington Spirit acquired Portland Thorns FC’s natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for a 2018 international roster spot and future considerations. Details

** Seattle Reign FC acquired the North Carolina Courage’s natural first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for Seattle’s natural second-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft and Merritt MathiasDetails

## The Houston Dash acquired the Orlando Pride’s natural second-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for defender PolianaDetails

&& The North Carolina Courage acquired Utah Royals FC’s natural second-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft and the rights to Heather O’Reilly in exchange for Makenzy Doniak and North Carolina’s natural third-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. Details

@@ The Houston Dash acquired the Orlando Pride’s natural third-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for Lotta ÖkvistDetails

^^ The Orlando Pride acquired Seattle Reign FC’s natural third-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft and Haley Kopmeyer in exchange for Jasmyne Spencer. Details

*** The Chicago Red Stars acquired Portland Thorns FC’s natural third-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for the 29th pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. Details

### The Washington Spirit acquired the Houston Dash’s natural fourth-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for Tiffany Weimer. Details

&&& Sky Blue FC acquired Seattle Reign FC’s natural fourth-round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft in exchange for Adriana Leon. Details

McDonald’s first international goal gives U.S. 1-0 win over Portugal

McDonald makes first international start and Colaprico makes first appearance

Jessica McDonald scored the game's only goal. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The U.S. women’s national team earned the 500th win in their history on Thursday, 1-0 over Portugal at the Estadio António Coimbra da Mota in Estoril, Portugal.

North Carolina Courage forward Jessica McDonald, the 2018 NWSL Championship MVP, earned her first-ever start and scored her first international goal in the 42nd minute. The game was just her second career cap, after earning the first on November 10, 2016 vs. Romania.

Courage teammate Crystal Dunn, starting at left back, shifted up into the midfield and charged forward on a run down the right sideline. Dunn played a square ball right into the middle of the box and to the feet of McDonald. McDonald’s first shot was saved by Portugal goalkeeper Patrícia Morais, but McDonald stayed with it, and knocked in the rebound for the game’s only goal.

In the first half, the only two U.S. shots on goal were the shots that McDonald took to score. In the 34th minute, McDonald was open in the box, but hit her shot wide. 

At the start of the second half, Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico entered for her first international appearance. She replaced Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan, who was making her first appearance since April 2018. Colaprico played the final 45 minutes of the match.

It was a game short of chances for both teams. Portugal’s best opportunity came in a string of corner kicks at the end of the first half, but Tatiana Pinto’s header skipped wide as Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher dove for it.

Morgan had a chance for her 98th international goal in the 74th, but Morais made a point-blank kick save.

The U.S. will play their final game of the year on Tuesday vs. Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie and Scotland at The Simple Digital Arena in Paisley, Scotland (2 p.m. ET, FS1 & UDN).


– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Portugal

Date: November 8, 2018

Competition: International Friendly

Venue: Estadio António Coimbra da Mota; Estoril, Portugal

Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)

Attendance: TBD

Weather: 57 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F

USA                            1          0          1

POR                            0          0          0

USA – Jessica McDonald       42nd minute

Lineups:

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 25-Emily Fox (10-Carli Lloyd, 63), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Crystal Dunn; 6-Andi Sullivan (22-Danielle Colaprico, 46), 16-Rose Lavelle (8-Julie Ertz, 82), 9-Lindsey Horan; 11-Mallory Pugh (2-Emily Sonnett, 73), 21-Jessica McDonald (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.)

Substitutes not used: 24-Ashlyn Harris, 3-Sam Mewis

Head Coach: Jill Ellis

POR: 12-Patrícia Morais; 5-Matilde Fidalgo, 4-Sílvia Rebelo, 15-Carole Costa, 2-Mónica Mendes; 17-Vanessa Marques, 11-Tatiana Pinto (13-Fátima Pinto, 86), 14-Dolores Silva (capt.); 16-Diana Silva, 18-Carolina Mendes (6-Adreia Norton, 63), 20-Jéssica Silva (10-Ana Leite, 86)

Substitutes not used: 1-Inês Pereira, 22-Rute Costa, 3-Diana Gomes, 7-Vânia Duarte, 8-Laura Luís, 9-Ana Capeta, 19-Ana Santos, 21-Monique Gonçalves, 23-Telma Encarnação

Head Coach: Francisco Neto

Stats Summary: USA / POR

Shots: 13 / 13

Shots on Goal: 5 / 4

Saves: 2 / 4

Corner Kicks: 7 / 3

Fouls: 13 / 15

Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Andi Sullivan (caution)            31st minute

POR – Jéssica Silva (caution)            48

USA – Crystal Dunn (caution)            69

Officials:

Referee: Rebecca Welch (ENG)

Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)

Assistant Referee 2: Helen Byrne (ENG)

4th Official: Vanessa Gomes (POR)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Dahlkemper

Ubogagu scores for England in her international debut

Ubogagu and Daly score in 3-0 England win

Chioma Ubogagu scored four goals for the Orlando Pride in 2018. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

Orlando Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu made her international debut and scored her first international goal as England beat Austria 3-0 on Thursday.

Ubogagu scored in the 26th minute, cleaning up a loose ball after a challenge in the box from Toni Duggan.Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly subbed in for Ubogagu in the second half, and scored the game’s final goal in the 81st minute.

Ubogagu was named to England’s roster on October 30 ahead of the road friendly vs. Austria and a home meeting with Sweden. Before moving to the United States, Ubogagu was born in London after her parents immigrated to England from Nigeria. Ubogagu had played for United States youth national teams, but had not made an appearance on the senior level. She received her first-ever U.S. senior call up last fall, but did not play in the two friendlies vs. Canada in November 2017.

Players of the Week

Every player voted Player of the Week in the 2018 NWSL season

Sky Blue FC forward Katie Johnson was voted Week 21 Player of the Week in 2018. (Photo credit: Mike Lawrence/isiphotos.com)

2018 NWSL Players of the Week


The NWSL Players of the Week and Players of the Month are selected by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.

Watch full games from the 2018 NWSL season

Watch full games

Utah Royals FC hosted the Chicago Red Stars in their inaugural home opener on April 14, 2018. (Photo credit: Bryan Byerly/isiphotos.com)

Full games from the 2018 NWSL season:

 

Week 1

North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC

Orlando Pride vs. Utah Royals FC

Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit

Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars

 

Week 2

Houston Dash vs. Utah Royals FC

North Carolina Courage vs. Sky Blue FC

Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride

Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC

 

Week 3

Utah Royals FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

Washington Spirit vs. North Carolina Courage

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign FC

Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride

 

Week 4

North Carolina Courage vs. Seattle Reign FC

Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash

Portland Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit

North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC

Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC

Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash

 

Week 5

Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage

Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars

Orlando Pride vs. Seattle Reign FC

Utah Royals FC vs. Portland Thorns FC

 

Week 6

Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride

Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC

Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash

Utah Royals FC vs. Washington Spirit

North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars

 

Week 7

Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC

Utah Royals FC vs. Orlando Pride

Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride

North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit

Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash

Seattle Reign FC vs. Sky Blue FC

 

Week 8

Utah Royals FC vs. Houston Dash

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns FC

Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Seattle Reign FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

 

Week 9

Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage

Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC

Houston Dash vs. Seattle Reign FC

Portland Thorns FC vs. Utah Royals FC

Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride

Sky Blue FC vs. Seattle Reign FC

Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit

 

Week 10

Portland Thorns FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Sky Blue FC vs. Utah Royals FC

Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars

Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage

Seattle Reign FC vs. Orlando Pride

 

Week 11/12

Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit vs. Seattle Reign FC

North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC

Orlando Pride vs. Sky Blue FC

Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC

 

Week 13

Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC

Seattle Reign FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride

Chicago Red Stars vs. Utah Royals FC

 

Week 14

Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash

Utah Royals FC vs. Seattle Reign FC

Portland Thorns FC vs. Sky Blue FC

Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage

Utah Royals FC vs. Sky Blue FC

Seattle Reign FC vs. Portland Thorns FC

Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit

 

Week 15

North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars

Portland Thorns FC vs. Utah Royals FC

Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit

Seattle Reign FC vs. Houston Dash

 

Week 16

North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit

Houston Dash vs. Orlando Pride

Seattle Reign FC vs. Utah Royals FC

Sky Blue FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Utah Royals FC vs. Orlando Pride

Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign FC

Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash

 

Week 17

Utah Royals FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Orlando Pride vs. Seattle Reign FC

Sky Blue FC vs. Portland Thorns FC

 

Week 19

North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC

Orlando Pride vs. Sky Blue FC

Houston Dash vs. Utah Royals FC

Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit

 

Week 20

Utah Royals FC vs. Washington Spirit

Chicago Red Stars vs. North Carolina Courage

Utah Royals FC vs. Seattle Reign FC

Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Dash

Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns FC

 

Week 21

Seattle Reign FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit

Sky Blue FC vs. Utah Royals FC

Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride

 

Week 22

Seattle Reign FC vs. Houston Dash

Washington Spirit vs. Utah Royals FC

Portland Thorns FC vs. Sky Blue FC

Seattle Reign FC vs. North Carolina Courage

Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns FC

Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC

 

Week 23/24

Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC

Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC

Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC

Sky Blue FC vs. Orlando Pride

Utah Royals FC vs. Chicago Red Stars

North Carolina Courage vs. Houston Dash

 

Playoffs

Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC

North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars

 

2018 NWSL Championship

North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC

 

 

 

Players of the Month

Every player voted Player of the Month in the 2018 NWSL season

Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly was voted May Player of the Month in the 2018 NWSL season. (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

2018 NWSL Players of the Month


The NWSL Players of the Week and Players of the Month are selected by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.

Orlando City SC announces new training complex set for July 2019

Details of the new training facility

Rendering of the new Pride locker room at the new training facility. (Image courtesy of Orlando City SC)

The Orlando Pride and Orlando City of MLS will be moving to a brand new training complex in July 2019, Orlando City SC announced Thursday. The new facility will be at Osceola Heritage Park, formerly the Houston Astros’ (MLB) spring training complex.

The new training complex will house both the Pride and Orlando City and feature four full-size grass fields and locker rooms for each team. It will also have a players’ lounge and dining area, film review room and a fitness, training and recovery center.

“The training complex is the heart of our soccer operations. It’s where our product on the field reports to work every day, where they eat and recover, and most importantly, where they build the team culture and attitude that carries over to the stadium on match days,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said in a team press release announcing the new training complex.

“We’ve worked hard to secure the best opportunity to support both player development and the recruitment of top talent over the past four seasons with the establishment of a top-notch soccer stadium in 2017 and now the addition of a new state-of-the-art training complex in 2019,” Leitão said

 

John Walker named Dash and Dynamo president of business operations

Walker was introduced by club majority owner Gabriel Brener at a press conference on Thursday

BBVA Compass Stadium (Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

On Thursday afternoon, the Houston Dash and Dynamo announced that John Walker has been named president of business operations. The club said that Walker will oversee all aspects of the club’s business operations and all of its entities — the Dash and Dynamo, and BBVA Compass Stadium and Houston Sports Park.

Walker joins the Dash and Dynamo after spending the last three years as executive vice president of business operations for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Walker was introduced by club majority owner Gabriel Brener at a press conference at BBVA Compass Stadium on Thursday.

Walker joins the organization following the announcement earlier this week that Dash and Dynamo president Chris Canetti will resign effective at the end of 2018.

Dynamo & Dash owner to make major announcement

Dynamo and Houston Dash Majority Owner Gabriel Brener to make a major announcement.

Posted by Houston Dash on Thursday, November 1, 2018

“I’m humbled to have the opportunity to build upon the legacy that Oliver Luck started and Chris Canetti developed with the Dynamo and Dash organization. The club has made an incredible impact on the soccer community locally, nationally and internationally and has developed a loyal and passionate fan base,” Walker said in a club news release. “Mr. Brener and the ownership group are committed to building a winning team, growing the fanbase and continuing that legacy. The future is promising on all fronts and I’m excited to get started.”

“I’m proud to welcome John Walker to the Houston Dynamo and Dash. He is a highly respected leader in the sports industry whose breadth and depth of experience in multiple sports, leagues, and areas of the business will help our club continue to grow,” Brener said in comments released by the club. “He has proven the ability to not only generate tremendous financial results, but to build a team-focused culture that leads to success across an organization. His energy, enthusiasm and ideas will help drive our club forward, and I am excited to begin this new chapter in our club’s history.”

NWSL announces partnership with Soccerex

The NWSL will participate in the Soccerex USA business conference on November 15-16 in Miami

On Thursday, the NWSL announced a partnership with Soccerex and that the league will be participating in the Soccerex USA business conference on November 15-16 in Miami. At the conference, NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy and Portland Thorns FC president Mike Golub will be featured on the panel: “How Can Women’s Soccer Realize Its Commercial Potential?” The panel will discuss the recent growth of women’s soccer, the impact of next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, and more.

The league’s news release:

“NWSL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SOCCEREX

CHICAGO (Nov. 1, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today a formal relationship with Soccerex, a global networking leader in the football industry.  As part of the agreement, NWSL will be participating in the upcoming Soccerex USA business conference on Nov. 15-16 at Marlins Park in Miami as part of a panel of women’s soccer experts that will analyze the recent growth, assess the possible impact of the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and evaluate what needs to be done for women’s soccer to realize its full potential in the U.S. and around the world.

“We are very excited to formalize a relationship with Soccerex, and to participate on a panel discussing the growth of the women’s game at the upcoming Soccerex USA event,” said NWSL Managing Director Amanda Duffy. “It is a unique opportunity to showcase the women’s game and NWSL in particular with global leaders and influencers.”

The panel will feature the NWSL’s Amanda Duffy as well as Portland Thorns President Mike Golub, Concacaf Head of Women’s Football Karina LeBlanc, and La Liga Women’s Football Director Pedro Malabia, and will be moderated by Equalizer founder Jeff Kassouf.

“We are delighted to have NWSL’s support for our event in Miami. Women’s soccer is such a massive part of the industry in the US and NWSL are at forefront of its continuing growth. Amanda’s vision and commercial acumen have been central to the League’s development and her insights are a valuable addition to the Soccerex USA programme,” said Soccerex Marketing Director David Wright.

Soccerex USA will provide two days of unrivaled commercial, networking and learning opportunities for thousands of soccer business professionals. It is sponsored by the London Football Exchange (LFE) and with the support of an Advisory Board including senior members of Concacaf, U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer. The conference will include more than 1,400 delegates, 80 exhibitors, 400 rights holders, and 40 expert speakers from over 40 countries.

For more information and to register for the conference, click here: https://nwsl.us/2OM8DjY.

About Soccerex

Soccerex has been bringing together the global football industry to network in a unique commercial environment for over twenty years. From hosting industry leading networking events across the globe to our market insight campaigns, we provide a platform to connect your business with the game’s key stakeholders. We are committed to growing the beautiful game around the world and our love of football is truly at the heart of everything we do. Go to www.soccerex.com/usa for more information.”

Header and Free Kick Goals

Highlights from the 2018 NWSL season

Chicago Red Stars forward Yuki Nagasato (left) and North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Watch every 2018 NWSL header goal and free kick goal.

 

Header Goals


Free Kick Goals

 

Chioma Ubogagu called up by England for November friendlies

Daly also named to England roster

Chioma Ubogagu scored four goals for the Orlando Pride in 2018. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

Orlando Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu has been called up by England for their upcoming friendlies vs. Austria and Sweden. She joins Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly on the roster for the two games. [Full Roster]

Before moving to the United States, Ubogagu was born in London after her parents immigrated to England from Nigeria. Ubogagu has played for United States youth national teams, but has not made an appearance on the senior level. She received her first-ever U.S. senior call up last fall, but did not play in the two friendlies vs. Canada in November 2017.

Ubogagu is one of three first-time call ups for England’s senior team on this roster as they continue their preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer in France. Ubogagu is currently in Australia competing in the W-League on loan with Brisbane Roar.

England will play on the road vs. Austria on November 8 and then host Sweden on November 11.

 

Ellis calls in 23 NWSL players for U.S. games in Portugal and Scotland

The United States will take on Portugal on Nov. 8 and Scotland on Nov. 13

(Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)

U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 24-woman roster that will travel to Portugal and Scotland early next month for a pair of road friendlies on November 8 and 13. U.S. Soccer announced the roster on Friday and it features 23 NWSL players. Ellis will name 18 players to the gameday roster for each match.

Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico, North Carolina Courage forward Jessica McDonald and Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan are among the players named to the roster. Seattle Reign FC midfielder Allie Long is back after dealing with a right knee sprain at the end of the NWSL season.

It’s Colaprico’s first call-up since October 2016. She and Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch are two of three uncapped players on the roster, alongside University of North Carolina sophomore Emily Fox. McDonald was last called up for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup and Sullivan was most recently called in for friendlies in April 2018.


U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 18/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 37/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 28/0), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 73/24), Emily Fox (University of North Carolina; 0/0), Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 147/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 71/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 61/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 18/6), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 40/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 10/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 263/105), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 151/97), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 41/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 144/41)


The United States will face Portugal on Nov. 8 at Estadio António Coimbra da Mota in Estoril (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and then Scotland on Nov. 13 at The Simple Digital Arena in Paisley (2 p.m. ET, FS1 & UDN). They’ll be the first road games for the U.S. since June 2017 in Sweden and Norway and the final two games of the 2018 calendar year.

Earlier this week, U.S. Soccer announced that Utah Royals FC defender Kelley O’Hara would miss the trip to Europe after undergoing ankle surgery. She will be out 8-12 weeks.

The United States and Scotland have both qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Earlier this week, Scotland announced their roster for the game vs. the United States. It will feature Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie — but will not feature former Seattle Reign FC midfielder and 2014 NWSL MVP Kim Little, who suffered a broken fibula earlier this month.

 

Houston Dash president Chris Canetti resigns

Canetti will become president of the Houston World Cup Bid Committee

Houston Dash president Chris Canetti at the 2018 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)

Houston Dash and Dynamo president Chris Canetti has resigned, the club announced Friday. Canetti will become president of the Houston World Cup Bid Committee which is working to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Houston.

Canetti has been Dynamo president since 2010, and led the Dash joining the NWSL as an expansion team in 2014. He will continue as president of the Dynamo and Dash until the end of this year, and move on to his new role in January 2019.

“Today, I am filled with mixed emotions.  I love this club, cherish my time here, and feel sadness about it coming to an end,” Canetti said in comments released by the club.

“But I am confident that is the right time to move on to the next challenge. And with this next challenge comes the opportunity to work on something vitally important to the game of soccer and our community, and that’s ensuring that Houston secures World Cup matches in 2026.”

The NWSL guide to the W-League

The W-League begins Oct. 25

Reign FC goalkeeper Lydia Williams and Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr return to the W-League this season. (Photo credit:

The Westfield-W League is almost underway in Australia for its 11th season. Over thirty-five NWSL players across all nine NWSL teams have been announced by W-League teams to be playing in Australia this offseason. A few of those player loans are still pending NWSL approval, and those are noted in the full list at the bottom of this post.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Sydney FC will kick the season off, followed by a full weekend of games in Round 1. The regular season includes 14 rounds, followed by the postseason’s semifinals and Grand Final match in February 2019.

Utah Royals FC defender Sydney Miramontez, midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta and Seattle Reign FC midfielder Elizabeth Addo will represent the Western Sydney Wanderers in the opening game. Sydney FC has Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, Houston Dash midfielder Sofia Huerta, Orlando Pride defender Alanna Kennedy and Thorns FC forward Caitlin Foord. On Thursday, Sydney FC released their roster for the game, and it also includes Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico. Sky Blue FC also announced on Thursday that Savannah McCaskill will be joining Sydney FC on loan.

As opening weekend continues, Chicago Red Stars forward Yuki Nagasato, Houston Dash defender Clare Polkinghorne, Orlando Pride defender Carson Pickett and forward Chioma Ubogagu, as well as Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso and midfielder Celeste Boureille, will be part of the Brisbane Roar as they face Perth Glory on Saturday night (ET). The Chicago Red Stars have four players on the Perth Glory roster; forward Sam Kerr, defender Katie Naughton, midfielder Alyssa Mautz and midfielder Nikki Stanton. Also playing for Perth Glory this season is Orlando Pride’s Rachel Hill.

The W-League’s first weekend — Round 1 — closes with two games early Sunday morning (ET). First up, Canberra United vs. Melbourne City, followed by Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United. The full W-League schedule can be found here — and fans can convert the schedule into their own time zone.

Portland Thorns defender Ellie Carpenter, Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie and North Carolina Courage midfielder Denise O’Sullivan will play for Canberra United this season. For Melbourne City, seven Seattle Reign FC players are on the roster: defenders Steph Catley, Lauren Barnes and Theresa Nielsen, midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight, forwards Jodie Taylor and Jasmyne Spencer, and goalkeeper Lydia Williams. Houston Dash midfielder Kyah Simon will also suit up for them this season. On Thursday, Sky Blue FC announced that Rebekah Stott has signed a one season contract with Melbourne City FC.

Orlando Pride midfielders Christine Nairn and Dani Weatherholt will play for Melbourne Victory along with Utah Royals FC defender Samantha Johnson, and representing Adelaide United are Utah Royals FC midfielder Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir and Houston Dash defender Amber Brooks and forward Veronica Latsko

The Newcastle Jets have a bye in the first week and include Utah Royals FC forward Katie Stengel, Orlando Pride midfielder Emily van Egmond, Washington Spirit defender Taylor Smith and Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom.


About the W-League

The Westfield W-League has nine clubs: Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Canberra United, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers. The regular season includes 14 rounds, followed by the postseason’s semifinals and Grand Final match in February 2019.

Melbourne City has won the last three Grand Finals. Last year, Sam Kerwon her second-straight Golden Boot. She and Clare Polkinghorne both won the Julie Dolan Medal, awarded to the league’s most valuable player.

Seventeen W-League games will broadcast on ESPN+ this year, ESPN’s subscription service. More info can be found here and here. Additional info on how fans in Australia can watch the W-League can be found here.

You can follow the W-League on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


NWSL Players in the W-League

Below is a list of every NWSL player who has been announced by W-League teams to be joining their squads this season. Players whose loans are still pending NWSL approval are noted with an asterisk.

As more players are announced, this list will be updated.

 

Chicago Red Stars

Danielle Colaprico | Sydney FC *

Sam Kerr | Perth Glory

Alyssa Mautz | Perth Glory *

Yuki Nagasato | Brisbane Roar *

Katie Naughton | Perth Glory

Nikki Stanton | Perth Glory

 

Houston Dash

Amber Brooks | Adelaide United

Sofia Huerta | Sydney FC

Veronica Latsko| Adelaide United

Clare Polkinghorne | Brisbane Roar

Kyah Simon | Melbourne City

 

North Carolina Courage

Denise O’Sullivan | Canberra United

 

Orlando Pride

Rachel Hill | Perth Glory

Alanna Kennedy | Sydney FC

Christine Nairn | Melbourne Victory

Carson Pickett | Brisbane Roar FC

Chioma Ubogagu | Brisbane Roar FC

Emily van Egmond | Newcastle Jets FC

Dani Weatherholt | Melbourne Victory

 

Portland Thorns FC

Celeste Boureille | Brisbane Roar FC

Ellie Carpenter | Canberra United

Britt Eckerstrom | Newcastle Jets

Caitlin Foord | Sydney FC

Hayley Raso | Brisbane Roar

 

Seattle Reign FC

Elizabeth Addo | Western Sydney Wanderers

Lauren Barnes | Melbourne City FC

Steph Catley | Melbourne City FC

Elise Kellond-Knight | Melbourne City FC

Theresa Nielsen | Melbourne City FC

Jasmyne Spencer | Melbourne City FC

Jodie Taylor | Melbourne City FC

Lydia Williams | Melbourne City FC

 

Sky Blue FC

Savannah McCaskill | Sydney FC

Rebekah Stott | Melbourne City FC

 

Utah Royals FC

Rachel Corsie | Canberra United

Samantha Johnson | Melbourne Victory

Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir | Adelaide United

Lo’eau LaBonta | Western Sydney Wanderers

Sydney Miramontez | Western Sydney Wanderers

Katie Stengel | Newcastle Jets

 

Washington Spirit

Aubrey Bledsoe | Sydney FC

Taylor Smith | Newcastle Jets

 

* = Pending NWSL approval

U.S. to travel to Portugal and Scotland for November road friendlies

The U.S. will play the two road friendlies on November 8 and 13

Utah Royals FC defenders Rachel Corsie and Becky Sauerbrunn will be on opposite sides of the field when Scotland hosts the United States in November. (Photo credit: Rob Gray/isiphotos.com)

The U.S. women’s national team will travel to Portugal and Scotland next month for a pair of friendlies, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. They’ll be the first road games for the U.S. since June 2017 in Sweden and Norway.

The United States will face Portugal on Nov. 8 at Estadio António Coimbra da Mota in Estoril (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and then Scotland on Nov. 13 at The Simple Digital Arena in Paisley (2 p.m. ET, FS1 & UDN).

The United States and Scotland are both qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. had originally scheduled games in the Netherlands and Switzerland, but both teams will now be meeting in November in the play-off for UEFA’s final spot in the World Cup.

Also on Tuesday, Scotland announced their roster for the game vs. the United States. It will feature Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie — but will not feature former Seattle Reign FC midfielder and 2014 NWSL MVP Kim Little, who suffered a broken fibula earlier this month.

O’Hara out 8-12 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic ankle procedure

O'Hara will miss the USWNT's trip to Europe in November

Utah Royals FC defender Kelley O'Hara in action in 2018. (Photo credit: Rob Gray/isiphotos.com)

Utah Royals FC defender Kelley O’Hara has undergone an arthroscopic ankle procedure, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. U.S. Soccer said the surgery was done to remove loose bodies in her right ankle and that she will be out for 8-12 weeks.

O’Hara will miss the U.S. women’s national team’s trip to Portugal and Scotland in November, the final games of 2018 for the USWNT.

“It’s all good. These kinds of things come with the territory,” O’Hara said in a U.S. Soccer news release.

“This is just the best time to get the procedure done so I’m one hundred percent heading into 2019 and physically ready to perform at the level I want to and need to. It’s a bummer that I won’t get to Europe, but the most important thing is to be healthy for next year.”

Goals and Saves of the Week

Every Goal and Save of the Week

Orlando Pride forward Marta (left) and Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Watch the 2019 NWSL Goals of the Week and Saves of the Week, as voted on by fans.

Goals of the Week


Saves of the Week

 

U.S. wins Concacaf Women’s Championship with 2-0 win over Canada

The U.S. finished the tournament with five wins, 26 goals for, 0 goals against

The United States won all five games at the Concacaf Women's Championship. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The United States beat Canada 2-0 to win the Concacaf Women’s Championship on a rainy night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The United States scored in the first two minutes of the game, and then in the final two minutes of the game to pick up the win. The U.S. finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, 26 goals scored and 0 goals conceded.

Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz won the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player of the tournament. The United States won the Fair Play Award.

Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle scored her sixth international goal, and her third goal of this tournament, in the 2nd minute. After an attempted clearance by Pride defender Shelina Zadorsky for Canada, the ball went to Lavelle, who sent a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to put the U.S. up 1-0.

Morgan sealed the win in the 89th minute with a left-footed tap in after a cross from Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan. After an initial clearance by Canada, Courage midfielder Crystal Dunn found Horan out wide to restart the play. Replays showed Morgan was offside on the goal, but it was not called and the goal stood.

The goal clinched the Concacaf Women’s Championship Golden Boot for Morgan, who finished the tournament with seven goals. It’s her 97th international goal and her 17th of 2018. She has 24 goals in her last 24 games.

“It’s not without my teammates. I mean honestly, the service is just incredible,” Morgan said in a postgame interview with Fox Sports’ Alex Curry on FS1. “So many players had an amazing tournament.”

As expected, it was a physical match between the two sides, with Canada picking up four yellow cards, and the United States picking up one.

“It’s another title. That’s what we’re all about. We want to win. Obviously, we hate Canada. They hate us. That was very apparent on the field today,” Reign forward Megan Rapinoe told Curry. “It was a good performance for us. Really just all tournament. I feel like we took it up another notch.”

Both teams created chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net in between the Lavelle and Morgan goals.

Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan had a chance in the 24th minute, but Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher pushed the header out for a corner kick.

Zadorsky blocked a shot from her Pride teammate Morgan in the 59th minute, after Stephanie Labbé came off her line on a Morgan breakaway. Labbe was forced to make a diving save on a left-footed shot from distance by Rapinoe.

Dunn played a pass to Morgan in the box in the 80th minute, but Morgan’s shot trickled just wide at the far post.

It’s the 26th consecutive game without a loss for the United States. They’ve gone 23-0-3 in those games. They are now 49-3-7 all-time vs. Canada.

Canada finished the tournament with 24 goals scored and three goals conceded.


Panama 2 | Jamaica 2 | Jamaica wins 2-4 in penalties

Earlier Wednesday, Jamaica topped Panama in penalty kicks to advance to their first-ever World Cup. Panama will face Argentina in a two-leg play-off for a spot in France.

Khadija Shaw scored to give Jamaica the lead in the 13th minute, but Panama got a late equalizer from Natalia Mills in the 73rd to send the game to extra time. In the 95th minute, Jamaica took the lead on a goal by 16-year-old Jody Brown, but again Panama tied the match. Lineth Cedeño scored in 115th minute to send the game to penalty kicks.

Jamaica swapped goalkeepers for the shootout and the move paid off as Nicole McClure, who replaced Sydney Schneider, made two stops in the shootout. Jamaica sent all four of their penalties past Panama’s Yenith Bailey to book their spot in France.

After the game, Bailey was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. Brown was named Best Young Player.

Eighteen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

Concacaf Women’s Championship Final: Canada vs. United States

It's the final of the Concacaf Women's Championship

It’ll be Canada vs. the United States on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET, FS2 & moves to FS1 after baseball) in the final of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in Frisco, Texas. Both teams have already qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, and Wednesday’s game will determine the winner of the tournament.

Earlier Wednesday, Panama and Jamaica will meet in the third-place game (5 p.m. ET, FS2), and both teams still have a chanced to qualify for their first-ever World Cup. The winner will qualify for the tournament and the loser will take on Argentina in a home-and-away playoff for a spot in France. Seventeen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

Even though both teams are already in the World Cup, there is still a lot on the line on Wednesday night between the United States and Canada.

  • Portland Thorns FC/Canada forward Christine Sinclair sits at 177 international goals, just seven behind former U.S. women’s national team forward Abby Wambach’s all-time lead of 184. Sinclair has scored four goals this tournament as she approaches the milestone.
  • Canada forward Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC) and United States forward Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) are tied for the tournament lead with six goals. Morgan has scored 23 goals in her last 23 games. Leon recorded four goals in Canada’s rout of Cuba in the group stage.
  • United States midfielder Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC) and forward Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC) are tied with Canada’s Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) and Sophie Schmidt for the tournament lead with three assists.
  • Canada and the United States are tied with 24 goals. Canada has allowed one goal in the tournament, and the United States has not allowed a goal this tournament.
  • The United States is riding a 25-game unbeaten streak, going 22-0-3 in that span.
  • The United States is 48-3-7 all-time against Canada.

If the score is tied after 90 minutes in the final or third-place game, extra time and, if needed, penalty kicks will be played.

For coverage of the Concacaf Women’s Championship, follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtag #CWC to follow the tournament.


NWSL players on Concacaf Women’s Championship rosters:

Canada: Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC)

United States: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC;), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)


October 14

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Canada vs. Panama | 5 p.m. ET | FS1
United States vs. Jamaica | 8 p.m. ET | FS1

 

October 17

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Third-place match: Panama vs. Jamaica | 5 p.m. ET| FS2
Championship: Canada vs. United States | 8 p.m. ET| FS1

 


Ticket info via U.S. Soccer:

FRISCO, TEXAS

Tickets for the semifinals, Third-Place Match and the Championship Game at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship are currently on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-855-492-8053 and at the Toyota Stadium Ticket Office.

Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

Imani Dorsey’s ride to Rookie of the Year

Sky Blue FC forward Imani Dorsey earned the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year award

Imani Dorsey scored four goals and had one assist in her rookie season for Sky Blue. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)

Imani Dorsey’s rookie season in the National Women’s Soccer League started differently than most. Selected fifth in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, Dorsey was the first player selected to be in attendance in Philadelphia. But what few knew, until she revealed it in her speech at the podium after her name was called, was that Dorsey’s ride to the draft wasn’t as poised as her finishing in the final third.

Dorsey was supposed to fly from Durham, North Carolina, to Philadelphia the day before the draft, but due to bad weather she had multiple flights canceled.

“I remember being on the phone with my mom [after all the flights were canceled] and thinking I didn’t know if I wanted to go anymore, I didn’t know if I was going to get picked, and I just didn’t want to worry about that,” Dorsey told NWSL Media over the phone earlier this month, following her first professional season.

That was when her former assistant coach at Duke, Erwin van Bennekom, suggested they drive there together. Eight-plus hours later, the two arrived in Philadelphia at 2:30 a.m.

“The roads were really bad in North Carolina. They were very icy, so it was probably actually dangerous, but we knew it was going to get better in Virginia, so we just kept going. I guess that’s what kept me awake because it was kind of scary!”

Although surely sleepy-eyed by the time her name was called eight hours after she arrived in Philadelphia, Dorsey’s drive through the winter storm felt worth it. She would soon be joining a New Jersey team that was close enough to her family in Maryland and she would get to play again with her former Blue Devil teammate Christina Gibbons.

“I mean, I think the draft has kind of been the story of my whole season. That I would have initial apprehension, nerves and worries all before things would turn out better than I could have ever imagined.”

After Dorsey was drafted, she didn’t join Sky Blue right away because she had to complete her studies at Duke. Dorsey studied environmental science and policy at school and spent the beginning of the NWSL season completing her honors thesis along with balancing training. To stay fit and ready for when her time would come to join Sky Blue full-time, she practiced with her former team at Duke.

“Whenever they were training, I would play with them. I ran fitness on my own and lifted on my own,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey didn’t play for Sky Blue until June 8 and said that leading up to joining the team fully, getting signed to a contract, and then earning a starting position, reminded her of that long drive to the draft.

“It was crazy. I remember just seeing the results coming in at the beginning of the season,” Dorsey said of Sky Blue’s winless start. “I kept thinking, ‘Wow, I need to show my worth and show that I belong on this team.'”

Dorsey did more than show she belonged — she ended up being voted 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year. After making her professional debut vs. the Washington Spirit, Dorsey went on to appear in 13 games for Sky Blue. She recorded 1,047 minutes, 12 starts, four goals and one assist.

“If you told me this at the beginning of the year, just knowing the quality and caliber of my class, I wouldn’t believe you,” Dorsey said of being named Rookie of the Year. “Everybody is so talented, competitive and smart in the NWSL. I remember it being a complete honor to play against some of these players.”

It’s natural as a rookie to feel at some point star-struck, and for Dorsey that moment came during her first road game against the Orlando Pride on June 16, where her team fell 3-2.

“Oh my gosh, Marta!” Dorsey said enthusiastically. “Marta came on the field and she was like in the corner and I had to pressure her on the corner. She looked like she was going to meg me and I was literally standing there defending her being like, ‘Okay, no matter what you do, do not get megged!’ I was just so in awe.”

While Dorsey may have been in awe of Marta that night, her performance wasn’t anything short of impressive either. In the 16th minute, Dorsey made an interception on a pass in the midfield. Dorsey’s steal sparked a fast break and sprung in fellow rookie Savannah McCaskill. Dorsey followed the play through and McCaskill played it back to Dorsey who ripped off a shot. Her shot was saved, but the rebound bounced to McCaskill, who finished the equalizing goal.

Dorsey finished that game with three shots, one key pass and five interceptions.

Five games into her rookie season, Dorsey scored her first professional goal against the Chicago Red Stars on July 7. In the 73rd minute, Sky Blue had an impressive team build up, starting from the backline and weaving all the way up to forward Carli Lloyd. Lloyd played in Savannah McCaskillwho slipped in a one-time flick pass to Dorsey, running into the box. Dorsey slid and finished with her right foot. Dorsey finished that game with three shots, all on target.

“Going to the cheesecake factory with Amandine Pierre-Louis and Shea [Groom] to get cheesecake is probably my favorite memory — that, and scoring my first professional goal … that was pretty exciting!”

Dorsey’s other favorite memory was when Sky Blue finally earned their first win of the season in their final game of the year, a 1-0 home win over the Orlando Pride.

“When we won that game, I think everybody was just at a loss for words,” Dorsey said. “It was a sigh of relief for the girls knowing how hard that was for everybody and it was just really great to celebrate with each other because we knew how much it meant.”

Sky Blue finished the season in last place with an overall record of 1-17-6 and nine points. Dorsey wasn’t shy to say that the season was rough, but one thing that helped her through it all was her host family. Dorsey lived with her former Duke teammate Schuyler DeBree’s family in New Jersey during the season.

“They are incredible. They kept my head above water and kept me focused. It was just a lot of the parental love I was needing at that point of my life.” Dorsey also added that their salmon, broccoli, brussels sprouts and rice dinner was one-of-a-kind.

On her team, Dorsey said everyone had a different person they would turn to during the season. “I definitely looked to Sarah Killion, Shea Groom, Rocky [Raquel Rodriguez] and Domi Richardson – those four girls I looked up to and admired. They felt like a good steady presence to me this season.”

From an icy overnight drive to Philadelphia in January, to months balancing school and training, to finally earning a professional contract and going on to win Rookie of the Year – it’s fair to say that it’s been quite the ride for Dorsey.

Canada, U.S. qualify for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Canada and the United States will play in the final of the Concacaf Women's Championship on Wednesday

Canada and the United States dominated on Sunday to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Canada and the United States qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with wins in the Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals on Sunday in Frisco, Texas. They’ll now meet on Wednesday night in the CWC final (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Canada topped Panama 7-0 and the United States beat Jamaica 6-0.

“You can’t take it for granted. Qualifying in Concacaf is getting more and more difficult and you’re seeing different teams reaching semifinals,” Canada’s Christine Sinclair told Fox Sports’ Alex Curry after the game. “It never gets old.”

It feels great. We never took any game for granted. We knew going in that Jamaica was going to be a handful and they were,” Sauerbrunn told Curry after the U.S. win. “We’re happy with a clean sheet and we’re just thrilled to be going to France.”

Panama and Jamaica, who have never appeared in the World Cup, will meet in the third place game on Wednesday (5 p.m. ET on FS2), with the winner also qualifying for next summer’s tournament. The loser will have to take on Argentina in a home-and-away playoff for a spot in France.

Seventeen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

The United States — who won it all in 2015 — has now qualified for all eight Women’s World Cups, joining Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway and Sweden as the only teams to qualify for every tournament. Canada has qualified for seven in their history.


Canada 7 | Panama 0

Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair scored her 176th and 177th international goals to lead Canada to a 7-0 win over Panama on Sunday.

After a frustrating first half as Canada struggled to make the most of their chances, it was Sinclair who came through for Canada, heading home a cross from Manchester City’s Janine Beckie to give Canada the 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.

The goal, and Sinclair’s fiery celebration, seemed to open things up for Canada and they came out flying in the second half.

“They made it difficult in the first half,” Sinclair told Curry. “To get one right before half put us in a great mood in the locker room and we knew we could just keep going.”

After a goal from UCLA’s Jessie Fleming in the 47th minute, Sinclair scored her second of the game in the 49th minute to make it 3-0. The header goal, on an assist from Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince, who had just subbed into the match, is Sinclair’s 177th international goal. She now is just seven behind former U.S. women’s national team forward Abby Wambach’s all-time record of 184.

Utah Royals FC midfielder Diana Matheson celebrated her 200th cap in style — qualifying for the World Cup, and assisting on Fleming’s goal.

“It’s funny how things work out. Just a random game to have a 200th cap,” Matheson said when speaking with Curry after the game. “It was really all about the result today. And now I think I’ll go enjoy it for the evening, and then obviously we have a final to play so we’re going to focus back on that.”

Beckie scored to make it 4-0 in the 58th minute and then Washington Spirit midfielder Rebecca Quinn made it 5-0 in the 63rd.

Shortly after entering the match in the 68th minute, Seattle Reign FC forward Adriana Leon scored back-to-back goals, her fifth and sixth goals of the tournament, to seal the 7-0 win. Prince, who made an immediate impact after subbing in at halftime, assisted on both goals.

Leon’s first came in the 76th minute as Prince passed up a shot on goal to dish it to Leon. The second came in the 78th, as Prince passed to Leon, who jumped up and volleyed it with her right shin into the back of the net.

Farissa Córdoba started in goal for Panama as Yenith Bailey, who starred for Panama in the group stage, was rested due to a shoulder injury.


United States 6 | Jamaica 0

The United States wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on Wednesday night vs. Jamaica, scoring in the second minute and going on to win 6-0.

Tobin Heath scored just 101 seconds into the match, cleaning up the rebound after a hard shot from her Thorns teammate Lindsey Horan.

The U.S. doubled their lead in the 15th minute, after a stunning goal from Reign forward Megan Rapinoe, assisted by Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper. Dahlkemper floated a 40-yard long ball across the field over Jamaica’s entire team to Rapinoe on the left wing. Rapinoe dribbled into the box and roofed it past Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider near post with her left foot to make it 2-0.

Red Stars defender Julie Ertz made it 3-0 in the 21st minute, heading home a cross from Crystal Dunn.

Heath finished a perfect pass from Horan to make it 4-0 in the 29th minute.

Rapinoe and Pride forward Alex Morgan connected in 33rd minute to give the U.S. a 5-0 lead.

Morgan converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute after being fouled in the box to make it 6-0. Morgan now has 96 international goals, 16 in 2018, and 23 in her last 23 games. Morgan is tied with Leon for the tournament lead in goals with six.

“Having this feeling and thought in the back of our minds for the last two years — it’s just great to actually qualify and now talk about the road to France and the road to the World Cup,” Morgan said on Fox Sports after the game. “It’s a great feeling tonight to qualify.”

 

Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals schedule: Canada vs. Panama, U.S. vs. Jamaica

The top three teams will qualify for the World Cup and the fourth-place team will advance to a play-off vs. Argentina

Canada and the United States are in the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr and Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Canada, Jamaica, Panama and the United States are set for Sunday’s semifinals of the Concacaf Women’s Championship, the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

First, it’ll be Canada vs. Panama (Sunday, 5 p.m. ET on FS1) and then United States vs. Jamaica (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET on FS1) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The third-place game and the final will take place on Wednesday, also in Frisco. All games will be broadcast and streamed by FOX Sports.

The winner of each semifinal game will clinch a spot in France and the winner of the third-place game will also clinch a World Cup berth. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament.

Canada and the United States both finished at the top of their groups with 3-0 records to advance to the semifinals of this tournament. Panama and Jamaica have never made the World Cup in their history. The United States has appeared in all seven prior tournaments and Canada has appeared in six.

In the semifinals, if the score is tied at the end of regulation, the game will go straight to penalty kicks. In the third place game and the final, if the score is tied at the end of regulation, the game will go to extra time and then penalty kicks. [Concacaf Women’s Championship rules]

For coverage of the Concacaf Women’s Championship, follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtag #CWC to follow the tournament.


NWSL players on Concacaf Women’s Championship rosters:

Canada: Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC)

United States: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC;), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)


October 14

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Canada vs. Panama | 5 p.m. ET | FS1
United States vs. Jamaica | 8 p.m. ET | FS1

 

October 17

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Third-place match | 5 p.m. ET| FS2
Championship | 8 p.m. ET| FS1

 


Ticket info via U.S. Soccer:

FRISCO, TEXAS

Tickets for the semifinals, Third-Place Match and the Championship Game at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship are currently on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-855-492-8053 and at the Toyota Stadium Ticket Office.

Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

Canada, Jamaica advance to Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals; Costa Rica eliminated

Christine Sinclair scored her 175th international goal

Christine Sinclair scored her 175th international goal. (Photo credit: Canada Socer)

Canada capped off the group stage at the Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 3-1 win over Costa Rica on Thursday night at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas.

Canada finished Group B play in first place, and will play Panama on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. Panama earned second-place in Group A after a 2-0 upset over Mexico on Wednesday. At 8 p.m. ET on FS1, the United States, who finished in first-place in Group A, will play Jamaica, the second-place team from Group B. 

Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair scored her 175th international goal in the win and Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince also chipped in one of her own. Former Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie opened up the scoring for Canada.

Canada got on the board early thanks to a 26th minute goal from Beckie. Beckie was played in with a textbook pass from Jessie Fleming and tapped it home to make it 1-0.

Costa Rica goalkeeper Daniela Vega made two errors that led to Canada goals in the first half. First it was a bobble that Beckie finished off, and then in the 40th minute, Prince added her third goal of the tournament to extend Canada’s lead by two.

In the second half, Houston Dash defender Alysha Chapman played in Sinclair who was able to rock one past Vega to give Canada the 3-0 lead. Sinclair now has 175 international goals and needs just 10 more goals to beat the international goals scored record held by former USWNT forward Abby Wambach.

Gloriana Villalobos pulled one back for Costa Rica in the 73rd minute.

Cuba 0 | Jamaica 9

Jamaica scored nine times against Cuba to secure a second-place finish in Group B with six points. Jody Brown had a hat trick performance, scoring in the 25th, 38th and 71st minute.

 

U.S., Panama advance to Concacaf Women’s Championship semifinals; Mexico eliminated

The United States and Panama are headed to the semifinals of the tournament

The United States and Panama are heading to Frisco, Texas, for the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The United States finished off the group stage at the Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on a rainy Wednesday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The United States finished Group A action in first place, and will play the second-place team from Group B (likely either Costa Rica or Jamaica) in the semifinals on Sunday in Frisco, Texas. That game will take place at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on FS1. Panama, after a 2-0 upset of Mexico on Wednesday, finished in second place, and will play the winner of Group B (likely Canada). That game will air live at 5 p.m. ET on FS1. Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago have been eliminated.

The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals, which assures at least a play-off vs. Argentina for a World Cup berth. A win in the semifinals or in the third place game qualifies each team for the World Cup. The group stage of the tournament concludes Thursday with Cuba vs. Jamaica and Costa Rica vs. Canada in Group B. Canada leads Group B, with Costa Rica in second and Jamaica close behind in third.

Orlando Pride Alex Morgan scored her first goal of the game in the ninth minute, flicking in a cross from Portland Thorns FC forward Tobin Heath.

For awhile after that it seemed like it might be frustrating night for the U.S., as a number of shots hit the woodwork and Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Saundra Baron made nine saves in the first half.

But then the game broke open at the end of the first half when the U.S. scored three goals in four minutes. Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle scored in the 41st and 43rd minutes. First, a left-footed shot from distance.

Then, a finish in the box for her first career brace.

In the 45th, it was the North Carolina Courage’s Crystal Dunn’s turn to score from outside the box.

It was more of the same in the second half for the U.S. with Portland Thorns FC Lindsey Horan dialing up a goal from distance. Chicago Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz had her shot blocked, and the rebound fell to Horan.

Morgan finished her brace in the 50th minute with a shot off the post. It’s Morgan’s 14th goal for the USWNT in 2018. She now has 21 goals in her last 22 USWNT games, and 94 international goals.

Heath made it 7-0 in the 59th minute, finishing off an inch-perfect pass from Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe.

The United States finished off Group A action with three wins, outscoring opponents 18-0, and needing just one big save from Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris in their second game to keep their defensive record perfect. Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher started the first and third group stage games and picked up clean sheets in both.

 

Panama 2 | Mexico 0

Panama advanced to the semifinals of the Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 2-0 win over Mexico in the first game on Wednesday night. The result means that Mexico will miss out on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next summer.

Mexico needed all three points to move on to the semifinals, and Panama just a draw, but Panama got the win with a strong defensive performance and two second half goals.

Karla Riley scored on a volley for Panama in the 47th minute, but it was largely the Yenith Bailey show once again for Panama. The 17-year-old goalkeeper, who impressed in performances vs. Trinidad & Tobago and the United States, made fives saves to earn the shutout on Wednesday night.

Bailey’s biggest save came at the end of the first half, diving to her left to stop a penalty kick by Charlyn Corral after a handball in the box.

Katie Johnson (Sky Blue FC) and Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars) started for Mexico. Johnson subbed off in the 76th minute.

Bailey also came off her line a number of times for catches and clearances. In the 73rd minute, she went to the ground to beat Johnson to a long ball played over the top. In the 78th minute, she made a catch in traffic to deny Monica Ocampo a header opportunity in the box.

Lineth Cedeño sealed the win with a goal in the 85th minute.

 

Switzerland and the Netherlands advance to final play-off for UEFA’s final World Cup berth

Switzerland and the Netherlands will meet in a home-and-away series in November for the final spot

Ana Crnogorčević and Switzerland are still in contention for UEFA's final World Cup spot. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

Switzerland and the Netherlands have advanced to the finals of the UEFA play-offs for the federation’s final spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The home-and-away series will take place between November 5 and 13.

Switzerland and Portland Thorns FC’s Ana Crnogorčević moved past Belgium with a pair of draws, 1-1 at home on Tuesday, and a 2-2 hard-fought road draw on Friday that gave Switzerland the road goals edge they needed to win the semifinal play-off.

The Netherlands advanced past Seattle Reign FC defender Theresa Nielsen and Denmark with a 2-0 home win on Friday and a 2-1 road win on Tuesday. The matchup was a rematch of the 2017 Euro final, also won by the Netherlands.

Fifteen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. 

 

 

Leon scores four as Canada picks up 12-0 win over Cuba; Jamaica beats Costa Rica 1-0

Canada is comfortably in first place in Group B

Seattle Reign FC forward Adriana Leon prior to a Canada game earlier this year. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)

Canada got their second win of the Concacaf Women’s Championship on Monday night, 12-0 over Cuba at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas.

With Monday’s results, Canada is in first place in Group B. Costa Rica is in second place and Jamaica is close behind in third, following Jamaica’s big win over Costa Rica earlier Monday. Jamaica will next face Cuba on Wednesday, while Costa Rica will take on Canada on the final group stage day — as Jamaica and Costa Rica compete for the second semifinal spot out of Group B.

Seattle Reign FC forward Adriana Leon bagged a brace in the first 23 minutes and then added two more in the second half. She now has 12 international goals in her career. She added an assist on 17-year-old Jordyn Huitema’s first half goal as Canada dominated from the start to finish. Huitema and Leon each scored four goals in the win.

Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan started in goal for Canada, her sixth international appearance. Sheridan was a late add to the roster after an injury to Erin McLeod. She was not called on to make a save in the shutout.

Sheridan was joined in the starting lineup by Leon, Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash) and Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), as Canada made seven changes from the starting XI that opened the tournament. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC) subbed on at halftime.

Leon’s first goal came in the 11th minute, when Matheson played a square ball to Leon, open at the top of the six-yard box. Leon calmly slotted it in with her left foot for the game’s opening goal.

Canada doubled their lead in the 13th minute on a header goal from Huitema, and a header assist from Quinn.

Leon made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute and then Deanne Rose scored two minutes later to make it 5-0. Leon then assisted on the fifth and final goal of the first half as Huitema scored her second of the game in the 37th minute.

In addition to Leon and Huitema’s success, Matheson was active throughout the match. In the 15th minute, her long-distance strike was just tipped off the crossbar by Cuba goalkeeper Lucylena Martinez.

Canada picked up the second half right where they left off, with a 52nd minute goal from Huitema to complete her hat trick. It’s the first international hat trick for Huitema.

Leon made it 7-0 in the 55th minute, completing her hat trick with a right-footed near post finish.

Quinn scored her fourth international goal in the 56th minute on a corner kick after Matheson had a shot blocked out for a corner. As Cuba tried to clear it, Quinn picked up the loose ball, spun around and looped it into the upper left-hand corner of the goal to make it 8-0. Leon made it 9-0 with her fourth of the night in the 59th minute.

Sinclair made it 10-0 in the 63rd minute with her 174th international goal. After what looked to be a handball in the box by Cuba, Sinclair picked up the rebound and cooly slotted it home with her right foot.

Sinclair passed up a chance at another goal in the 71st minute, dishing to Huitema to set up Huitema’s fourth goal of the night to make it 11-0. Sinclair had another shot saved by Martinez in the 80th minute, as she searched for another goal to add to her tally as she chases Abby Wambach’s record of 184.

Matheson finally got a goal of her own in the 72nd minute, after a darting run into the box to finish off an assist from Sophie Schmidt to put the score at 12-0.

Zadorsky nearly made it 13-0 late with a shot from outside the box in the 86th minute, but Martinez made a stellar save, diving low and to her right, to deny the defender a goal at the near post.

 

Jamaica 1 | Costa Rica 0

In Monday’s first game, Jamaica came away with a huge win, 1-0 over Costa Rica.

Khadija Shaw (University of Tennessee) scored the game’s only goal in the 46th minute.

Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider (University of North Carolina) made five saves in the win. In the 53rd minute she stopped Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriguez’s point-blank shot to preserve the clean sheet.

Costa Rica had an equalizing goal from Priscilla Chinchilla in the 56th minute called back controversially. It seemed that the ball was ruled to have been in Schneider’s possession when Chinchilla scored it, but replays appeared to show otherwise.

Five NWSL players nominated for 2018 Women’s Ballon d’Or

Horan, Kerr, Marta, Rapinoe and Sinclair are on the shortlist for the inaugural award

Five NWSL players have been nominated for the 2018 Women’s Ballon d’Or, awarded by France Football magazine, which will be presented on December 3 in Paris. It’s the first time the award will be presented to a women’s player.

Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC/United States), Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars/Australia), Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC/United States) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC/Canada) are among the 15 nominees.

They are joined by: Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon/England), Pernille Harder (VfL Wolfsburg/Denmark), Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyon), Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyon/France), Fran Kirby (Chelsea/England), Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyon/Japan), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyon/France), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Olympique Lyon/Germany), Lieke Martens (FC Barcelona/Netherlands) and Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyon/France).

The Ballon d’Or has been around since 1956, but only awarded to men’s players prior to this year. From 2010 to 2015, it was merged with FIFA’s World Player of the Year award for men, before FIFA’s The Best was established 2016 and the Ballon D’Or went back to being a separate award.

France Football says the award is voted on by select journalists, with one representative per country. It also says that the award is based on three main criteria: individual and team performance during the year, player talent and fair play, and the player’s career. [Details and rules]

This season in the NWSL, Horan, Kerr and Rapinoe were finalists for the NWSL MVP award, which was won by Horan. The three, as well as Sinclair, also made the 2018 NWSL Playoffs, with Horan and Sinclair reaching the NWSL Championship with Portland Thorns FC before falling to the North Carolina Courage in the final. Kerr won the Golden Boot, finishing as the league’s top scorer. Last month, Marta was named 2018 FIFA The Best Women’s Player.

United States, Mexico pick up wins on second day of Group A play

The United States punch their ticket to the semifinal

Carli Lloyd scores a hat trick, Christen Press scored and had two assists. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The United States national team played their second match at the Concacaf Women’s Championship on Sunday, and walked away with a 5-0 statement win over Panama at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, home of the North Carolina Courage. Sky Blue FC forward Carli Lloyd celebrated her 261st cap by scoring a hat trick.

Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago featured in the nightcap, and Mexico earned the 4-1 result. With the victory, the U.S. are through to the semifinals. Sky Blue FC’s Katie Johnson scored for Mexico.

The U.S. had nine changes to their lineup from their 6-0 win over Mexico last Thursday. All of the available subs against Mexico started on Sunday night – with only Chicago Red Stars Julie Ertz and North Carolina Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper repeating as starters.

It didn’t take long for the U.S. to open scoring. In the fifth minute, Utah Royals FC forward Christen Press took a corner kick and found the head of North Carolina Courage midfielder Sam Mewis. Mewis broke free and directed a flick header into the right corner of the net for the 1-0 lead. This was Mewis’ fifth game this year for the U.S. and she earned her second start. Press picked up her 105th cap on Sunday.

In the 23rd minute, Press earned her second assist off of another corner kick. Press played the ball to the back post where Lloyd was crashing free. Lloyd headed it home to make it 2-0 and score her 103rd career goal.

Just minutes later, Lloyd put on a clinic beating three of Panama’s defenders and finishing far post for her 104th career goal. The goal started with a driven ball from Chicago Red Stars Casey Short (in her first World Cup Qualifying appearance) out of the back. Short found the foot of Lloyd with her back towards the goal. Lloyd managed to turn, face up, and beat the trio of defenders with impressive individual work.

Before the half, Press added a goal to her two-assist performance. Press was able to break free with a penetrating ball played in from Dahlkemper. Press beat both of Panana’s center backs with her pace and then faked out the goalkeeper Yenith Bailey to the left and finished with her right foot to make it 4-0.

Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle came into the game at the start of the second half for Ertz and immediately contributed. Lavelle took a free kick for the U.S. on the right side of the pitch just outside the box. Lavelle played in a well-weighted chip ball into the stride of Lloyd who finished it with her head to seal the game at 5-0.

The only other substitution for the U.S. was in the 77th minute when Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan entered the game for Dahlkemper.

The U.S. improve their record this year to 13-0-2.

The United States starting lineup: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Hailie Mace, Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Mallory Pugh Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC)


Mexico 4  | Trinidad & Tobago 1

Mexico’s 4-1 victory helped punch the U.S. through to the semifinals. Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars) and Katie Johnson (Sky Blue FC) both earned starts against Trinidad & Tobago. Johnson scored in the second half to pull back the lead and proved the eventual game-winner.


The tournament continues Monday from Edinburg, Texas with Jamaica vs. Costa Rica and Cuba vs. Canada. [Full Schedule]

The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament.

Prince scores twice as Canada opens up World Cup qualifying with 2-0 win over Jamaica

The tournament continues Sunday

Nichelle Prince in action for Canada in September. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)

Canada opened its campaign at the Concacaf Women’s Championship on Friday night with a 2-0 win over  Jamaica at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. The tournament, Concacaf’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, takes place from October 4-17.

Canada is in second place in Group B standings with the win, behind Costa Rica, who routed Cuba 8-0 in Friday’s first game.

Houston Dash forward Nichelle Prince scored twice to give Canada the win.

Prince’s first goal came in the 33rd minute. As Jamaica tried to clear a corner kick taken by former Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie, Canada served the ball back into the box. The ball bounced off Jamaica defender Dominique Bond-Flasza and to Prince, who slammed it past goalkeeper Sydney Schneider with her right foot to give Canada the 1-0 lead.

Five NWSL players were in the starting lineup for Canada: Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC). Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC) subbed on in the 66th minute. Utah Royals FC midfielder Diana Matheson entered in the 74th minute.

Prince scored her second goal in the 79th minute after a solid build-up through the center of the field. Matheson passed it to Leon, who flicked a pass to Prince, even with Jamaica’s backline. Prince dribbled into the box and around her defender, slotting it past Schneider for the 2-0 lead.

Sinclair came into the game sitting on 173 international goals, just 11 behind behind former U.S. women’s national team forward Abby Wambach’s all-time record of 184, but could not find the back of the net. She took six total shots, one on target.

It’s Canada’s first time in the tournament since winning it in 2010. As 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts, they did not participate in the 2014 tournament.

The tournament continues Sunday with Group A action — Panama vs. Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States. Group B continues Monday with Jamaica vs. Costa Rica and Cuba vs. Canada. [Full Schedule]

The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament.


Costa Rica 8 | Cuba 0

Costa Rica opened up their tournament with an 8-0 win over Cuba on Friday.

Costa Rica finished second at this tournament  in 2014, qualifying for their first-ever Women’s World Cup.

Shirley Cruz, Priscilla Chinchilla and María Barrantes each scored twice and Costa Rica added goals from Fabiola Sánchez and Melissa Herrera in the win.

Sky Blue FC’s Raquel Rodriguez started for Costa Rica, and played the first 58 minutes of the match. Though the score favored Costa Rica, it was a frustrating game for Rodriguez, who had four shots on goal saved by Cuba goalkeeper Katherine Montesino.

Group B continues Monday with Jamaica vs. Costa Rica and Cuba vs. Canada.

UEFA play-offs schedule & results; Schedule of NWSL players on international duty

Denmark and Switzerland are among the teams in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs

An overview of how to keep up with and follow the players of the NWSL taking part in international games in October. This page will be updated with results and highlights as they become available. Live scores are available on FIFA.com.

Qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place this month for Concacaf and UEFA. Concacaf will feature NWSL players representing Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States. More info on that tournament can be found here.

Switzerland and the Netherlands have advanced to the finals of the UEFA play-offs for the federation’s final spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The home-and-away series will take place between November 5 and 13.

Switzerland and Portland Thorns FC’s Ana Crnogorčević moved past Belgium with a pair of draws, 1-1 at home on Tuesday, and a 2-2 hard-fought road draw on Friday that gave Switzerland the road goals edge they needed to win the semifinal play-off. The Netherlands advanced past Seattle Reign FC defender Theresa Nielsen and Denmark with a 2-0 home win on Friday and a 2-1 road win on Tuesday. The matchup was a rematch of the 2017 Euro final, also won by the Netherlands.

Schedule | More Info

Friday, October 5:

Netherlands 2, Denmark 0 | Match Report

Belgium 2, Switzerland 2 | Match Report

Tuesday, October 9:

Denmark 1, Netherlands 2 | Match Report

Switzerland 1, Belgium 1 | Match Report


Additionally, several friendlies will take place over the next week featuring NWSL players. Countries are listed in alphabetical order.

 

Australia

Schedule

NWSL players on the roster:

Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns FC), Steph Catley (Seattle Reign FC), Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns FC), Elise Kellond-Knight (Seattle Reign FC), Clare Polkinghorne (Houston Dash), Kyah Simon (Houston Dash) [Full Roster]


Brazil

Schedule

NWSL players on the roster:

Monica (Orlando Pride), Poliana (Orlando Pride), Andressinha (Portland Thorns FC), Camila (Orlando Pride), Marta (Orlando Pride), Debinha (North Carolina Courage) [Roster announcement | Roster update]


England

Schedule

NWSL players on the roster:

Rachel Daly (Houston Dash). Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign FC) has withdrawn from the roster due to injury. [Full Roster]


South Africa

Schedule

NWSL players on the roster:

Thembi Kgatlana (Houston Dash), Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash), as well as former Houston Dash defender Janine Van Wyk. [Full Roster]

U.S. opens World Cup qualifying with 6-0 win over Mexico

The United States is in first place in Group A

The United States opened the Concacaf Women’s Championship on Thursday with a 6-0 win over Mexico, at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, home of the North Carolina Courage. The tournament, Concacaf’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, takes place from October 4-17.

After the win, the United States sits on top of Group A. Panama is in second place after their 3-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago.

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe wore the captain’s armband for the second time in her career, and she celebrated with a brace on Thursday night. She first wore the armband on May 10, 2015 vs. Ireland.

Rapinoe wasted no time in finding the back of the net, scoring her 39th international goal in just the third minute. After a misclear in the box by Mexico, Lindsey Horan ran the ball down before Mexico goalkeeper Bianca Henninger could get to it. Horan sent it into the middle of the box and Rapinoe tapped it home.

The game marked Horan’s first with the USWNT since being named 2018 NWSL MVP last month following her stellar season for Portland Thorns FC and she recorded two assists for the U.S. on Thursday night.

The U.S. had a few more chances in the first half, but the game stayed 1-0. Rose Lavelle hit the post in the 26th minute. Tobin Heath‘s cross forced a defender clearance near the goal line in the 32nd minute. Horan had two strong shots on goal blocked in the 34th and 35th minutes. Henninger came up big in the 37th minute with a kick save to deny Rapinoe a goal.

Henninger (Houston Dash) started in goal for Mexico, with Katie Johnson (Sky Blue FC) and Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars) as available subs. Johnson subbed on in the 60th minute and Murillo came on in the 78th minute.

But while the first half ended just 1-0, the second half was all United States as they broke the game open.

“We needed to clean up a little bit,” Rapinoe told Fox Sports’ Alex Curry after the game. “Not as much movement off the ball as we would’ve wanted [in the first half]. I think we started to do that better in the second half and it just opens up so much more.”

The United States got their second goal early in the second half after Horan was fouled in the final third. Rapinoe took the free kick, sending it into the box, with the rebound bouncing off the crossbar. The ball then bounced back into the six-yard box. Horan tapped it to Julie Ertz, who knocked it in to make it 2-0.

Alex Morgan scored her first goal of the night in the 57th minute. Morgan headed in a Rapinoe corner kick to make it 3-0.

Tobin Heath made it 4-0 in the 61st minute, heading home a cross from Crystal Dunn.

Lavelle and Kelley O’Hara both subbed out in the 66th minute, as the pair continue to work their way back to full fitness following injuries. They were replaced by Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC) and Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), respectively. Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) replaced Heath in the 77th minute.

Rapinoe made it 5-0 in the 70th minute after some chaos in the box following a Heath corner kick. Horan won the ball in the air, and Lloyd went down in a collision with Henniger. The loose ball bounced to Rapinoe, standing alone in the box, and she tapped it for her second goal of the game and 40th of her international career.

Becky Sauerbrunn sprung into the attack and earned an assist in the 80th minute, passing up a shot and dishing to Morgan, who finished for her second goal of the night. Morgan now has 92 international goals, and has scored 19 goals in her last 21 USWNT games.

The United States came into the match 27-1 all-time in World Cup qualifying, with the only loss coming to Mexico in 2010. That 2-1 loss sent the United States to the play-off where they beat Italy for the final spot in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The United States had outscored opponents 158-5 in those 28 games, before Thursday night’s win.

The United States starting line-up: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) and Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC).

The tournament continues Friday with Group B action from Edinburg, Texas, with Costa Rica vs. Cuba and Canada vs. Jamaica. [Full Schedule]

The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament.

 

Trinidad & Tobago 0 | Panama 3

In the first game of the tournament, Panama beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 on goals from Kenia Rangel, Marta Cox and Erika Hernández. Yenith Bailey made seven saves to earn the clean sheet for Panama. [Match Report]

The game marked the first in this tournament for Panama since 2006, and they earned the win over Trinidad & Tobago, who finished fourth in 2015.

Group A continues Sunday. Panama will face the United States and Trinidad & Tobago will take on Mexico.

 

Concacaf Women’s Championship begins Thursday

Thirty-two NWSL players feature on the rosters for Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States

Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States are all competing in the Concacaf Women’s Championship this month. (Photo credits: Canada Soccer/Flickr and isiphotos.com)

The Concacaf Women’s Championship begins Thursday with Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama and United States vs. Mexico in Cary, North Carolina. The tournament, Concacaf’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, will take place October 4-17. After Thursday’s Group A games, Group B gets underway in Edinburg, Texas, with Costa Rica vs. Cuba and Canada vs. Jamaica.

Thirty-two NWSL players feature on the rosters for Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States in the tournament. [Full Rosters] Sportsnet in Canada reported on Wednesday that Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan has been added to the roster for Canada following an injury to Erin McLeod. [Read more]

The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament. Canada and the United States are the only countries to have won this tournament. Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States qualified out of Concacaf for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. [Tournament History]

Fifteen of 24 countries have booked their tickets to France so far: Australia, Brazil, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Thailand. 

All games will be broadcast and streamed by FOX Sports. The full broadcast schedule is listed below.

For coverage of the Concacaf Women’s Championship, follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Use the hashtag #CWC to follow the tournament.

NWSL players on Concacaf Women’s Championship rosters:

Canada: Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC)

Costa Rica: Raquel Rodriguez (Sky Blue FC)

Mexico: Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash), Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars), Katie Johnson (Sky Blue FC)

United States: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC), Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC;), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

Group A of the tournament will feature the United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. Group A games will be played at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Group B will feature Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba. Group B games will take place at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. The semifinals, third-place game and championship games will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.


Schedule:

Match order/networks are subject to change

October 4

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama | 5 p.m. ET | FS2

United States vs. Mexico | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 5

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Costa Rica vs. Cuba | 6 p.m. ET| FS2

Canada vs. Jamaica | 8:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 7

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. United States | 5 p.m. ET| FS1

Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 8

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Jamaica vs. Costa Rica | 6 p.m. ET| FS2

Cuba vs. Canada | 8:30 p.m. ET| FS1

 

October 10

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. Mexico | 5 p.m. ET| FS2

Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

 

October 11

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Cuba vs. Jamaica | 7:30 p.m. ET| FS2

Costa Rica vs. Canada | 10 p.m. ET| FS1

 

October 14

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

2nd A vs. 1st B | 5 p.m. ET*| FS1

1st A vs. 2nd B | 8 p.m. ET*| FS1

* Order of semifinal matches may be switched to accommodate broadcasters

 

October 17

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Third-place match | 5 p.m. ET| FS2

Championship | 8 p.m. ET| FS1

 


Tournament tie-breakers, via U.S. Soccer:

“Should two or more teams be tied on points at the end of group play, the following tie-breakers will determine advancement:

  • Goal difference in all group matches
  • Greatest number of goals scored in all group matches

If two (2) or more teams are equal on the basis of the above criteria, their rankings shall be determined as follows:

  • Greater number of points scored in matches between the tied teams;
  • Greater goal difference in matches between the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
  • Greater number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams finish equal on points);
  • The lowest number of points based on the number of yellow and red cards in all group matches is considered according to
  • the following additions:
    • First yellow card: plus 1 point
    • Second yellow card/indirect red card: Plus 3 points
    • Direct red card: plus 4 points
    • Yellow card and direct red card: plus 5 points;
    • Drawing of lots by Concacaf
  • Teams get three substitutes each per match
  • In the Semifinal, if the score is tied at the end of regulation time, no extra time will be played. Instead the matches will go straight to kicks from the penalty mark per the Laws of the Game.
  • In the Third-Place and Final match, if the score is tied at the end of regulation time, extra time will be played. If the score is tied at the end of extra time the matches will go straight to kicks from the penalty mark per the Laws of the Game.”

Ticket info via U.S. Soccer:

CARY, N.C.

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A doubleheaders featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 in Cary, N.C., are currently on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

EDINBURG, TEXAS

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group B doubleheaders featuring Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba on Oct. 5, 8 and 11 in Edinburg, Texas, go on sale Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

FRISCO, TEXAS

Tickets for the semifinals, Third-Place Match and the Championship Game at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship are currently on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-855-492-8053 and at the Toyota Stadium Ticket Office.

Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

Field Level: NWSL Championship

A closer look at the 2018 NWSL Championship

The North Carolina Courage celebrate after winning the 2018 NWSL Championship. (Photo credit: John Todd/isiphotos.com)

Take a field level look at the 2018 NWSL Championship from Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. The North Carolina Courage beat Portland Thorns FC 3-0 with two goals from Jessica McDonald and a goal from Debinha.

Hear from McDonald, forward Crystal Dunn, defender Abby Erceg and more.

 

 

No players selected off Re-Entry Wire

The seven players are now discovery eligible

(Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

The NWSL announced on Tuesday that no players were selected off the Re-Entry Wire, as part of the End of Season Process in the league. Teams had from 1 p.m. ET on Monday until 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday to make submissions for players on the wire. The seven players are now discovery eligible.

Players that were available on the Re-Entry Wire, along with their previous teams:

At the end of the season, a club must place a player on the Re-Entry Wire if her contract option was not exercised, no new contract was offered or her contract has expired. That player is then available to be selected by the league’s other clubs.

 

 

NWSL teams exercise contract options, extend contract offers

Roster updates for all nine NWSL teams

The 2018 NWSL offseason is underway. (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/isiphotos.com)

On Monday, NWSL teams announced which players have had contract options exercised and which players have been extended new contract offers.

Additionally, the league announced the players that are available on the Re-Entry Wire as part of the End of Season Process. Full list and more info.

2019 information for Federation Players will be shared at a later date.

 

Chicago Red Stars

Contract options exercised: Emily Boyd, Morgan Brian, Vanessa DiBernardo, Brooke Elby, Sarah Gorden, Sam Kerr, Christina Murillo, Katie Naughton, Nikki Stanton, Erin Yenney

Extended new contract offers: Danielle Colaprico, Arin Gilliland, Summer Green, Alyssa Mautz, Stephanie McCaffrey, Yuki Nagasato, Michele Vasconcelos, Rosie White

Federation Players: Casey Short (United States), Alyssa Naeher (United States), Julie Ertz (United States)


Houston Dash

Contract options exercised: Amber Brooks, Taylor Comeau, Rachel Daly, Haley Hanson, Bianca Henninger, Sofia Huerta, Kimberly Keever, Thembi Kgatlana, Veronica Latsko, Linda Motlhalo, Kealia Ohai, Clare Polkinghorne, Kyah Simon, Meleana Shim

Extended new contract offers: Lindsay Agnew, Savannah Jordan, Kristie Mewis, Sammy Jo Prudhomme

Placed on Re-Entry Wire: Janine Van Wyk

Federation Players: Jane Campbell (United States), Allysha Chapman (Canada), Nichelle Prince (Canada)


North Carolina Courage

Contract options exercised: Kaleigh Kurtz, Heather O’Reilly, Denise O’Sullivan, Cari Roccaro, Katelyn Rowland, Meredith Speck, McCall Zerboni

Extended new contract offers: Debinha, Elizabeth Eddy, Kristen Hamilton, Jaelene Hinkle, Darian Jenkins, Julie King, Merritt Mathias, Jessica McDonald

New contract: Abby Erceg

Placed on Re-Entry Wire: Yuri Kawamura

Federation Players: Sabrina D’Angelo (Canada), Abby Dahlkemper (United States), Crystal Dunn (United States), Samantha Mewis (United States), Lynn Williams (United States)


Orlando Pride

Contract options exercised: Poliana, Kristen Edmonds, Alanna Kennedy, Ali Krieger, Sydney Leroux, Carson Pickett, Chioma Ubogagu, Emily van Egmond, Marta, Dani Weatherholt 

Extended new contract offers: Danica Evans, Monica, Rachel Hill, Haley Kopmeyer, Camila, Christine Nairn, Toni Pressley

Federation Players: Shelina Zadorsky (Canada), Alex Morgan (United States), Ashlyn Harris (United States)


Portland Thorns FC

Contract options exercised: Adrianna Franch, Britt Eckerstrom, Elizabeth Ball, Ellie Carpener, Kelli Hubly, Meghan Klingenberg, Katherine Reynolds, Celeste Boureille, Angela Salem, Ana Crnogorčević, Caitlin Foord, Tyler Lussi, Hayley Raso, Mallory Weber

Extended new contract offers: Ifeoma Onumonu, Andressinha, Midge Purce, Emily Menges

Federation Players: Tobin Heath (United States), Lindsey Horan (United States), Emily Sonnett (United States), Christine Sinclair (Canada)


Seattle Reign FC

Contract options exercised: Lydia Williams, Michelle Betos, Lauren Barnes, Theresa Nielsen, Christen Westphal, Alyssa Kleiner, Steph Catley, Jessica Fishlock, Elizabeth Addo, Rumi Utsugi, Nahomi Kawasumi, Jodie Taylor, Jaycie Johnson

Extended new contract offers:  Kristen McNabb, Yael Averbuch, Megan Oyster, Morgan Andrews, Bev Yanez, Kiersten Dallstream, Jasmyne Spencer

Federation Players: Megan Rapinoe (United States), Allie Long (United States), Adriana Leon (Canada)


Sky Blue FC

 Contract options exercised: Caroline Casey, Amandine Pierre-Louis, Domi Richardson, Erica Skroski, Raquel Rodriguez, Imani Dorsey, Savannah McCaskill

Extended new contract offers: Mandy Freeman, Amanda Frisbie, Christina Gibbons, Jen Hoy, Rebekah Stott, Sarah Killion, Madison Tiernan, Shea Groom, Katie Johnson, McKenzie Meehan

Federation Players: Kailen Sheridan (Canada), Carli Lloyd (United States)


Utah Royals FC

Contract options exercised: Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Corsie, Becca Moros, Gunny Jónsdóttir, Katie Bowen, Lo’eau LaBonta, Makenzy Doniak, Taylor Lytle, Katie Stengel, Erika Tymrak

Extended new contract offers: Abby Smith, Samantha Johnson, Sydney Miramontez, Mandy Laddish, Brittany Ratcliffe

Placed on Re-Entry Wire: Katrina Gorry, Elise Thorsnes, Alex Arlitt

Federation Players: Kelley O’Hara (United States), Christen Press (United States), Becky Sauerbrunn (United States), Amy Rodriguez (United States), Desiree Scott (Canada), Diana Matheson (Canada)


Washington Spirit

Contract options exercised: Whitney Church, Mallory Eubanks, Estelle Johnson, Andi Sullivan, Kelsey Wys

Extended new contract offers: Estefanía Banini, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Caprice Dydasco, Cali Farquharson, DiDi Haracic, Ashley Hatch, Tori Huster, Joanna Lohman, Cheyna Matthews, Francisca Ordega, Arielle Ship, Havana Solaun

New contract: Aubrey Bledsoe

Placed on Re-Entry Wire: Tiffany Weimer

Federation Players: Rose Lavelle (United States), Mallory Pugh (United States), Taylor Smith (United States), Rebecca Quinn (Canada)

NWSL players available on the Re-Entry Wire

The Re-Entry Wire closes on Tuesday afternoon

(Photo credit: John Todd/isiphotos.com)

As the end of season process gets underway in the NWSL, the league announced on Monday the players that are available on the Re-Entry Wire. Teams have from 1 p.m. ET on Monday until 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday to make submissions for players on the wire, with results announced at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Player available on the Re-Entry Wire:

At the end of the season, a club must place a player on the Re-Entry Wire if her contract option was not exercised, no new contract was offered or her contract has expired. That player is then available to be selected by the league’s other clubs. If a player is selected by more than one team, her rights will be awarded to the team with a lower finish in the 2018 regular season.

Meg Morris (Portland Thorns FC) has indicated that she is retiring and is not included in the Re-Entry Wire. If a player comes out of retirement and returns to the NWSL, her rights are retained by her most recent club.

Once a team claims a player from waivers via the tiebreaker, the team moves to the bottom of the order for the remainder of the offseason.

Re-Entry Wire Tiebreaker Order:

1. Sky Blue FC
2. Washington Spirit
3. Orlando Pride
4. Houston Dash
5. Utah Royals FC
6. Chicago Red Stars
7. Seattle Reign FC
8. Portland Thorns FC
9. North Carolina Courage

Portland fans keep standards high at a record-setting final

A record-setting sellout crowd came out to Providence Park for the 2018 NWSL Championship

The Rose City Riveters display their tifo prior to the 2018 NWSL Championship between the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park. (Photo credit: Nikita Taparia for NWSL Media)

Portland, Oregon — For 90 minutes, they jumped and clapped and sang, and as the North Carolina Courage scored one, two, three goals, the time on the clock ticking ever higher, they held out hope for a last-minute miracle. And when it was all over, their beloved Portland Thorns defeated in the championship game in front of a sell-out crowd dressed almost all in red, the Rose City Riveters jumped and clapped and sang some more.

It wasn’t a surprising scene, to anyone who’s spent much time around these fans. This is just what they do. For the women’s game as a whole, though, this was history in the making.

“I think it’s just a huge day for women’s soccer,” said Thorns captain Christine Sinclair after the game. “This is hopefully what the future of the game is going to look like in this country, and here in Portland we have the honor and the privilege of playing in front of this crowd week in and week out.”

Although Portland has long set the standard for attendance in the league, averaging over 13,000 fans each year and over 16,000 in each of the last three seasons, this game, the highest-attended women’s club soccer championship in U.S. history and the only sell-out, was special even by this city’s standards. Providence Park’s north end, where the Riveters stand and chant to the beat of a booming red bass drum, was full to the rafters an hour before kickoff.

Following an overcast, drizzly morning (prompting chants of “let it rain, let it pour, let the Portland Thorns score” from the home fans), the sun broke through the clouds as the teams were on the field warming up. As soon as the anthem ended, the Riveters unfurled a huge two-panel tifo over the north end reading, “Where there’s fire… there’s smoke” — a dual reference, to the group’s “bonfire” chant and to the red smoke they set off when the Thorns score at home.

“It’s incredible,” said Thorns forward Caitlin Foord. “They’re by far the best fans in the world, and obviously they showcased that today. … It’s definitely the benchmark, and they’re setting the standard for football around the world in the women’s game.”

What’s striking about the crowds at Providence Park isn’t just that they’re loud — in fact, this weekend, they were less ear-splittingly loud than they were for the last sellout, a 3-1 win against Seattle in the regular season finale — but that they pay attention. The Riveters spend the whole game chanting, but the rest of the crowd doesn’t simply cheer every time Tobin Heath touches the ball, or every time play winds up near the opponent’s goal. They appreciate good combination play, slick dribbling, clever passing. They’re also liberal with their disapproval when they don’t agree with a call.

It’s an atmosphere opposing players appreciate, too. Certain visiting players, including Seattle’s Jess Fishlock and Chicago’s Sam Kerr, always seem to find another notch in Portland. This weekend, members of the Courage praised the home fans after the game. “I think this is exactly where you want to play a championship game,” said midfielder Sam Mewis. “I hope that this kind of atmosphere is what the NWSL comes to expect. … This standard here that they have in Portland is incredible, and I think it’s where we all want to be playing, is in this kind of an atmosphere. So I give the fans a lot of credit and I give the team a lot of credit for kind of creating that.”

At the end of the day, the game didn’t go Portland’s way, but the fans stayed as the team did their customary lap of the stadium, finally standing in a line in front of the north end to give their supporters one last goodbye for 2018. Head coach Mark Parsons’ young daughter, Edie, stood alongside defender Meghan Klingenberg and conducted the crowd’s cheers with a rose.

“I started tearing up a bit because — not necessarily because we lost, I mean, that does suck, but you know, you lose in life,” said Klingenberg. “It’s more about having these people around. It’s almost like having a family behind you every game. … You feel like, when you let yourself down, it’s one thing, but when you feel like you’ve let down your family, it’s something different. So it’s pretty emotional, but having them behind us is one of the best things in the world.”

Goalkeeper of the Year: Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC

Franch made 51 saves in and earned three clean sheets in 2018

Adrianna Franch also won NWSL's Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2017. (Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com)

For the second-straight year, Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch has been voted Goalkeeper of the Year. The award was voted on by club officials, players, media and fans.

Following her record-breaking 11 shutout season last year, Franch, despite missing nine games this season due to injury, bounced back to lead her team back to a second-place finish. In the regular season, Franch earned 14 starts and logged three clean sheets. She finished the season with 45 saves, 12 clearances and conceded 14 goals for a save percentage of 76.3%.

Against Seattle Reign FC on July 7, Franch recorded her season-high for saves making eight on the night. Franch’s first shutout this year was against Utah Royals FC on July 7. Her second shutout was against Orlando on August 11 and her third was against Washington on August 26.

 

Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Lydia Williams finished second in the voting and Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe was third.

The list of finalists was decided after a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and media. The finalists were then voted on by fans, owners, general managers, coaches, players and media.

Voting Breakdown:
Preliminary Round: Owners/GMs/Coaches (25%), Media (25%) and Players (50%)
Final Round: Fans (20%), Owners/GMs/Coaches (20%), Media (20%) and Players (40%)

Goalkeeper FANS MEDIA CLUB PLAYER TOTAL
Franch 47.4% 27.5% 55.6% 31.8% 38.8%
Williams 32.7% 51.0% 22.2% 37.2% 36.1%
Bledsoe 20.0% 21.6% 22.2% 31.0% 25.2%

 

 

 

List of NWSL Goalkeepers of the Year

2013: Nicole Barnhart, FC Kansas City

2014: Alyssa Naeher, Boston Breakers

2015: Michelle Betos, Portland Thorns FC

2016: Ashlyn Harris, Orlando Pride

2017: Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC

2018: Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns FC

 

Utah Royals FC to host U.S. Soccer C License course for NWSL players

The course will begin on September 30

Utah Royals FC (Photo credit: Rob Gray/isiphotos.com)

The NWSL, Utah Royals FC and U.S. Soccer announced Thursday that NWSL players will be taking part in a cost-free 10-week coaching course at Zions Bank Real Academy Training Center in Herriman, Utah. The course will begin September 30, and 21 NWSL players are taking part in the program, the first of its kind available to the league.

 

Full NWSL news release on the coaching course, with more details:

CHICAGO (Sept. 27, 2018) — As part of its ongoing effort to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States by developing world class players, coaches, and referees, U.S. Soccer is partnering with NWSL, Utah Royals FC and U.S. Soccer donors to provide the first step along the professional coaching pathway, the U.S. Soccer C License Course, cost-free to 21 NWSL players who will take the course.

Funded by individual donors to U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Development Fund, the 10-week U.S. Soccer C License course will provide the group of elite professional players a first-hand educational experience that will serve as their first step toward coaching as a profession.

“As the game continues to grow in the United States, we have a unique opportunity to develop the next generation of coaches from within NWSL,” said NWSL Managing Director Amanda Duffy. “This is an exciting initiative that allows the League and U.S. Soccer to offer the C License Course specifically for NWSL players at the preeminent facilities of the Utah Royals FC.”

The first in-person meeting of the course, running from Sept. 30-Oct. 7 at Zions Bank Real Academy Training Center, consists of classroom learning and field sessions. This educational phase of the course is followed by an eight-week mentorship period at each candidate’s home environment. The course concludes with a final in-person assessment meeting back at Real Academy from Dec. 7-9.

The unique coaching education initiative for current NWSL players is part of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department’s continuing efforts to provide accessible education to all coaches, including opportunities to increase the number of female soccer coaches in the United States, NWSL and U.S. Soccer.

“Professional players have a unique set of experiences, which when translated into the context of coaching, can be developed into competencies and enrich the player development process,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching Education Barry Pauwels. “Through U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education program and the generous support of U.S. Soccer donors, we are excited to provide this opportunity to our NWSL teams.”

The C course is the first of its kind for NWSL players and provides a positive developmental experience within the coaching environment, allowing participants to further consider their professional opportunities beyond their playing careers. Registration for the course was open to all NWSL players meeting minimum playing experience requirements. U.S. Soccer’s philanthropic donors contributed to ensure each player could access the education cost-free.

“I’m really excited to begin this coaching course because I strive to be a good teacher of the beautiful game as a player and as a future coach,” Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger said. “I know this is the best place to advance this journey and am grateful for the opportunity. I want to help the younger generation of footballers understand what it takes to reach their full potential, in both the physical and mental aspects of the game. It’s also very important to have a good understanding from a leadership perspective, how to get the best out of young players, and I’m ready to learn those specific tools during this course.”

The course will utilize the state-of-the-art meeting rooms and both the indoor and outdoor fields of Zions Bank Training Center, with players from the Real Salt Lake Development Academy participating in course training sessions.

U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis, who completed the highest level coaching license in North America in Dec. of 2017, the U.S. Soccer Pro Course, continues to be a proponent of female coaches in the game.

“We need more women in coaching. Every sport, not just soccer. We need more female involvement in administrative decisions at any level,” Ellis said. “We know we are in the minority in terms of numbers, but I think if those [people] can connect, we can be a powerful group.”

COURSE ROSTER:

Nicole Barnhart (Utah Royals)

Elizabeth Eddy (NC Courage)

Amanda Frisbie (Sky Blue FC)

Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit)

Darian Jenkins (NC Courage)

Sammy Jo Prudhomme (Houston Dash)

Haley Kopmeyer (Orlando Pride)

Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride)

Mandy Laddish (Utah Royals)

Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars)

Meg Morris (Portland Thorns)

Rebecca Morros (Utah Royals)

Heather O’Reilly (NC Courage)

Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit)

Angela Salem (Portland Thorns)

Abby Smith (Utah Royals)

Michele Vasconcelos (Chicago Red Stars)

Mallory Weber (Portland Thorns)

Tiffany Weimer (Washington Spirit)

Rosie White (Chicago Red Stars)

Beverly (Goebel) Yanez (Seattle Reign)

 

Defender of the Year: Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage

Erceg played every minute of the 2018 season

The Courage defender scored two goals and added two assists this season. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg has been named the 2018 NWSL Defender of the Year, the league announced Thursday. The award was voted on by club officials, players, media and fans.

Erceg played every minute of the season, one of five players to do so, logging 2,160 total minutes in 24 regular season games. She anchored a Courage backline that set a league record for fewest goals allowed with 17 and earned 11 clean sheets. The Courage finished the regular season at 17-1-6 to win the NWSL Shield and went on to win the NWSL Championship — not conceding a single goal in the playoffs.

She made 110 clearances for second-best in the league and finished in fourth for blocks with 21. The captain also made 50 interceptions, won 19 tackles and won 116 duels, including 81 aerial duels. She held a passing accuracy of 81.9% in 1,047 passes and also chipped in two header goals and two assists.

Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn, Portland Thorns defender Emily Sonnett, Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Ertz and the Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper finished second, third, fourth and fifth respectively, in the voting.

The list of finalists was decided after a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and media. The finalists were then voted on by fans, owners, general managers, coaches, players and media.

Voting Breakdown:
Preliminary Round: Owners/GMs/Coaches (25%), Media (25%) and Players (50%)
Final Round: Fans (20%), Owners/GMs/Coaches (20%), Media (20%) and Players (40%)

Defender FANS MEDIA CLUB PLAYER TOTAL
Erceg 13.4% 35.9% 33.3% 25.6% 26.8%
Sauerbrunn 25.2% 21.8% 26.7% 25.6% 25.0%
Sonnet 25.7% 15.0% 16.7% 17.0% 18.3%
Ertz 22.7% 7.4% 16.7% 17.2% 16.2%
Dahlkemper 13.0% 20.0% 6.7% 14.7% 13.8%

 

 

Full List of NWSL Defenders of the Year

2013: Becky Sauerbrunn, FC Kansas City

2014: Becky Sauerbrunn, FC Kansas City

2015: Becky Sauerbrunn, FC Kansas City

2016: Lauren Barnes, Seattle Reign FC

2017: Abby Dahlkemper, North Carolina Courage

2018: Abby Erceg, North Carolina Courage

Coach of the Year: Paul Riley

It's the second consecutive year that Riley has won the award

Paul Riley and the North Carolina Courage finished the regular season in first place, with a 17-1-6 record. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley has been voted the 2018 NWSL Coach of the Year, the second consecutive year he has won the award. Riley wins the award after a record-setting regular season with the Courage. The award was voted on by fans, owners, general managers, coaches, players and media.

The 2018 season marked the second consecutive year that the Courage won the NWSL Shield, finishing with the NWSL’s best regular season record. In 2018, Riley and the Courage finished the regular season with a 17-1-6 record, setting NWSL regular season records for most wins (17), points (57), fewest losses (1), most goals scored (53), fewest goals allowed (17), goals against average (.71) and largest goal differential (+36). They also became the first team in NWSL history to go unbeaten on the road for an entire season, going 8-0-4 in the regular season away from North Carolina.

The Courage started out the regular season at 9-0-3, and finished it with an 8-0-3 run, with only the one loss to Utah Royals FC in the middle. The Courage went on to win the 2018 NWSL Championship, 3-0 over Portland Thorns FC. Outside of NWSL play, the Courage also beat Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon to win the inaugural International Champions Cup.

It’s the fifth straight season that the coach of the NWSL Shield winners has been voted Coach of the Year. Seattle Reign FC head coach Vlatko Andonovski finished second and Portland Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons finished third.

The list of finalists was decided after a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and media. The finalists were then voted on by fans, owners, general managers, coaches, players and media.

Voting Breakdown:
Preliminary Round: Owners/GMs/Coaches (25%), Media (25%) and Players (50%)
Final Round: Fans (20%), Owners/GMs/Coaches (20%), Media (20%) and Players (40%)

 

Coach FANS MEDIA CLUB PLAYER TOTAL
Riley 31.3% 50.0% 44.4% 41.9% 41.9%
Andonovski 23.5% 28.4% 33.3% 43.4% 34.4%
Parsons 45.2% 21.6% 22.2% 14.7% 23.7%

 

Full list of NWSL Coaches of the Year

2013: Vlatko Andonovski, FC Kansas City

2014: Laura Harvey, Seattle Reign FC

2015: Laura Harvey, Seattle Reign FC

2016: Mark Parsons, Portland Thorns FC

2017: Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage

2018: Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage

Henninger, Johnson, Murillo named to Mexico’s roster for Concacaf Women’s Championship

Mexico will face the United States, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama in the tournament

Houston Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger in action for Mexico in 2018. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Mexico head coach Roberto Medina has named the 20-woman roster for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October, it was announced on Wednesday. The tournament, Concacaf’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, will take place October 4-17. Mexico’s first game will be vs. the United States on October 4.

Three NWSL players are on the roster: Bianca Henninger (Houston Dash), Christina Murillo (Chicago Red Stars) and Katie Johnson (Sky Blue FC). [Full roster]

Group A of the tournament will feature the United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. Group A games will be played at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Group B will feature Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba. Group B games will take place at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas.

The semifinals, third-place game and championship games will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament.

 

 


Schedule:

 

October 4

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama | 5 p.m. ET

United States vs. Mexico | 7:30 p.m. ET

 

October 5

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Costa Rica vs. Cuba | 6 p.m. ET

Canada vs. Jamaica | 8:30 p.m. ET

 

October 7

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. United States | 5 p.m. ET

Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago | 7:30 p.m. ET

 

October 8

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Jamaica vs. Costa Rica | 6 p.m. ET

Cuba vs. Canada | 8:30 p.m. ET

 

October 10

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. Mexico | 5 p.m. ET

Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States | 7:30 p.m. ET

 

October 11

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Cuba vs. Jamaica | 7:30 p.m. ET

Costa Rica vs. Canada | 10 p.m. ET

 

October 14

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

2nd A vs. 1st B | 5 p.m. ET*

1st A vs. 2nd B | 8 p.m. ET*

* Order of semifinal matches may be switched to accommodate broadcasters

 

October 17

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Third-place match | 5 p.m. ET

Championship | 8 p.m. ET

 

 


Ticket info via U.S. Soccer:

CARY, N.C.

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A doubleheaders featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 in Cary, N.C., are currently on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

EDINBURG, TEXAS

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group B doubleheaders featuring Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba on Oct. 5, 8 and 11 in Edinburg, Texas, go on sale Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

FRISCO, TEXAS

Tickets for the semifinals, Third-Place Match and the Championship Game at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship are currently on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-855-492-8053 and at the Toyota Stadium Ticket Office.

Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

Rookie of the Year: Imani Dorsey, Sky Blue FC

Dorsey scored four goals and added an assist in 2018

Dorsey finished the season tied for first in scoring on her team (4 goals) with Katie Johnson. (Photo credit: Rob Gray/isiphotos.com)

After joining the NWSL midway through the season, Sky Blue FC forward Imani Dorsey scored four goals in her first professional season and has been voted Rookie of the Year. The award was voted on by club officials, players, media and fans.

Dorsey was selected fifth overall by Sky Blue FC in the 2018 NWSL College Draft out of Duke University. Dorsey didn’t appear for Sky Blue until June 8 because she was finishing her studies at Duke. The 22-year-old went on to appear in 13 matches for Sky Blue and chipped in one assist along with her four goals. In her rookie season she created 11 chances, held a 74.4% passing accuracy in 332 passes, and finished with 16 shots on target.

Her first professional goal came on July 7 at Yurcak Field vs. the Chicago Red Stars. After trailing the Red Stars by three goals, a solid team build up slotted in Dorsey, who slid and finished it off one-time to get her team on the board.

Dorsey scored in back-to-back games for Sky Blue against Portland on July 21 in Week 18 and against Orlando on August 5 in Week 19. Dorsey is the second player from Sky Blue FC to earn Rookie of the Year honors – midfielder Raquel Rodriguez also won in 2016.

Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan and Sky Blue FC midfielder Savannah McCaskill finished in second and third in the rookie voting this year.

The list of finalists was decided after a preliminary round of voting by owners, general managers, coaches, players and media. The finalists were then voted on by fans, owners, general managers, coaches, players and media.

Voting Breakdown:
Preliminary Round: Owners/GMs/Coaches (25%), Media (25%) and Players (50%)
Final Round: Fans (20%), Owners/GMs/Coaches (20%), Media (20%) and Players (40%)

Rookie FANS MEDIA CLUB PLAYER TOTAL
Dorsey 24.3% 39.2% 55.6% 36.4% 38.4%
Sullivan 42.4% 17.6% 33.3% 31.0% 31.1%
McCaskill 33.3% 43.1% 11.1% 32.6% 30.5%

Full list of NWSL Rookies of the Year

2013: Erika Tymrak, FC Kansas City

2014: Julie Johnston, Chicago Red Stars

2015: Danielle Colaprico, Chicago Red Stars

2016: Raquel Rodriguez, Sky Blue FC

2017: Ashley Hatch, North Carolina Courage

2018: Imani Dorsey, Sky Blue FC

Canada roster set for Concacaf Women’s Championship

Canada will play Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba in the group stage of the tournament

Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair in action for Canada in 2018. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer/Flickr)

Canada head coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller has named the 20-woman roster for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October, Canada Soccer announced on Wednesday. The tournament, Concacaf’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, will take place October 4-17. Canda’s first game will be vs. Jamaica on October 5 in Edinburg, Texas.

The roster features eight NWSL players: Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Diana Matheson (Utah Royals FC), Adriana Leon (Seattle Reign FC), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC). The Canadian Press reported on Wednesday that Utah Royals FC midfielder Desiree Scott will miss the tournament due to a foot injury.

Canada Concacaf Women’s National Team Roster

GK – Stephanie Labbé, age 31, from Stony Plain, AB/ Lejonflocken Linköping (Damallsvenskan)
GK – Erin McLeod, age 35, from St. Albert, AB/ SC Sand (Frauen-Bundesliga)
FB – Lindsay Agnew, age 23, from Kingston, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB – Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB – Ashley Lawrence, age 23, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint Germain (Division 1 Féminine France)
FB – Emma Regan, age 18, from Burnaby, BC/ The University of Texas at Austin (NCAA)
CB – Kadeisha Buchanan, age 22, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
CB – Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
M/CB – Rebecca Quinn, age 23, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M – Jessie Fleming, age 20, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)
M – Julia Grosso, age 18, from Vancouver, BC / The University of Texas at Austin (NCAA)
M – Diana Matheson, age 34, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
M- Sophie Schmidt, age 30, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Frauen-Bundesliga)
M- Gabrielle Carle, age 19, from Levis, QC/ Florida State University (NCAA)
F- Jordyn Huitema, age 17, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
F – Adriana Leon, age 25, from King City, ON/ Seattle Reign FC (NWSL)
F – Nichelle Prince, age 23, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F – Deanne Rose, age 19, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
F – Christine Sinclair ( C ), age 35, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
F – Janine Beckie, age 24, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Manchester City (FA Women’s Super League)

The roster is only 20 players, down from the 23 were selected the last time out for Canada in their friendly vs. Brazil earlier this month, and three less than would be on a World Cup squad next summer.

Group A of the tournament will feature the United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. Group A games will be played at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Group B will feature Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba. Group B games will take place at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas.

The semifinals, third-place game and championship games will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The fourth-place finisher will head to a home-and-away playoff with Argentina for a spot in next summer’s tournament.


Schedule:

 

October 4

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama | 5 p.m. ET

United States vs. Mexico | 7:30 p.m. ET

 

October 5

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Costa Rica vs. Cuba | 6 p.m. ET

Canada vs. Jamaica | 8:30 p.m. ET

 

October 7

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. United States | 5 p.m. ET

Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago | 7:30 p.m. ET

 

October 8

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Jamaica vs. Costa Rica | 6 p.m. ET

Cuba vs. Canada | 8:30 p.m. ET

 

October 10

Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina

Panama vs. Mexico | 5 p.m. ET

Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States | 7:30 p.m. ET

 

October 11

H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas

Cuba vs. Jamaica | 7:30 p.m. ET

Costa Rica vs. Canada | 10 p.m. ET

 

October 14

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

2nd A vs. 1st B | 5 p.m. ET*

1st A vs. 2nd B | 8 p.m. ET*

* Order of semifinal matches may be switched to accommodate broadcasters

 

October 17

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Third-place match | 5 p.m. ET

Championship | 8 p.m. ET

 

 


Ticket info via U.S. Soccer:

CARY, N.C.

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group A doubleheaders featuring the U.S. Women’s National Team, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 in Cary, N.C., are currently on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

EDINBURG, TEXAS

Tickets for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Group B doubleheaders featuring Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba on Oct. 5, 8 and 11 in Edinburg, Texas, go on sale Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at the stadium except on the day of each event.

FRISCO, TEXAS

Tickets for the semifinals, Third-Place Match and the Championship Game at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship are currently on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-855-492-8053 and at the Toyota Stadium Ticket Office.

Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.