Notebook: Erceg back with Ferns; W-League highlights; Naho thanks Seattle
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Courage defender Abby Erceg was the 2018 NWSL Defender of the Year. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/
Courage defender Abby Erceg was the 2018 NWSL Defender of the Year. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/

Football Ferns head coach (and former Orlando Pride head coach) Tom Sermanni has named his squad for the inaugural Cup of Nations in Australia next month. North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg has made her official return from international retirement, and other NWSL players named to the roster are Rosie White (Chicago Red Stars) and Katie Bowen (Utah Royals FC).

As the W-League approaches the final stretch of the season, NWSL players continue to shine. Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr is not only the NWSL’s all-time leading scorer with 59 goals, but added another record to her career as she became the all-time leading scorer in the W-League over the weekend with 64 goals.

Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso earned her first start over the weekend for the Brisbane Roar in the W-League after recovering from a serious back injury for the past few months. In her return to the starting lineup, Raso also managed to chip in a goal just 18 minutes into the match.

In continuation of the special relationship between Seattle Reign FC and Nahomi Kawasumi, Kawasumi issued a lengthy heartfelt tribute to her time in Seattle. Earlier this month, Sky Blue FC acquired the midfielder from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for forward Shea Groom.

“For me,” Kawasumi said, “my time at Seattle Reign FC is like my treasure. I cherish my memories with you forever. I love Seattle Reign FC so much, and of course it’s so hard to leave the team I love so much. However, my goal is to keep getting better as a player, I think I still have a lot of room to grow and to get to another level higher, I made a decision to leave the team even though it was very tough decision.”

Her former teammates certainly appreciated the message, but Jess Fishlock also pointed to the culture built by Reign FC in a tweet. “Not only does this show just how amazing NAHO is and why we all love her. But perhaps – also shows how great Reign FC is .. the Organisation .. the Culture it creates to have these WORLD CLASS players not only thrive .. but also have it mean so much to them.”

The Orlando Pride waived defender Poliana last week. According to the Pride press release, Poliana expressed a desire to return to Brazil after the 2018 NWSL season and the two sides mutually agreed to the move.

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