LA Sol v Washington Freedom Post Game Thoughts

31 03 2009

In a great unfortunate accident, I fell asleep halfway through the LA Sol versus Washington Freedom match up. If there is one thing I am willing to bet money on though, don’t let this match be the standard for future matches. In both a good way and a bad way.

First, the good way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chicago gets brazilian star Cristaine

1 03 2009
Brazilian star striker Cristiane.

Brazilian star striker Cristiane.

Chicago Red Star fans have to be happy it is now certain Cristiane will suit up for their side come opening season kick off. It is great news for the league as well, after she finished second to Marta in FIFA’s best female player of the world.





Hall of Fame, Playoff Format, Draft Trade, and Off-Season Loans

16 01 2009
Defender Joy Fawcett

Defender Joy Fawcett

Joy Fawcett has been voted in to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The defender was apart of both World Cup winning teams in 1991 and 1999, as well as member of the 1996 and 2004 Olympic gold medal teams. She also was a part of the the third place World Cup teams in 1995 and 2003, and a silver medal finish in the Olympics in 2000. She just made the voting, getting 66.7% of the votes. I say a deserving pick though.

Word has come out on the season and playoff format for the Women’s Pro Soccer innagural season. The first place team at the end of the 20 game season goes directly to the championship game as host. The fourth and third place teams will play each other, and the winner then plays the 2nd place finisher for a spot in championship game.

A pre-draft trade saw Chicago trade it’s international rights to England’s Alex Scott over to the Boston Breakers, along with 41st and 69th pick in the WPS Draft, in exchange for the 14th and 28th pick in the WPS draft. I wonder if Alex Scott or the Boston Breakers initiated this move. Boston relinquished its rights to Brazilian Maycon in order to comply with WPS rules.

On Fox Soccer Channel, WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci commented on the relationship the new league has with competing leagues around the world. Interestingly she stated that, “Some of these leagues are complimentary in season, and so some of these players can continue to develop and play and stay fit; some players may go on loan.”





Cristiane close to signing with Chicago

16 01 2009

Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva

Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva

WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci stated in an interview on Fox Soccer Channel that “My understanding is they are very close to coming to terms” after question whether Brazilian star scorer Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva was coming to the Chicago Red Stars.





Cristiane could be a Red Star

13 01 2009
2008 Olympic Golden Boot Winner

2008 Olympic Golden Boot Winner

What grabbed me most of all when I read through some AP news on Marta’s signing with the LA Sol, were comments from the other Brazilian goal scoring sensation, Cristiane. “I will go to Chicago in February,” she said through an interpreter. “I am going to see if I can do the best I can. There are a number of Brazilian girls playing there. We have many people looking forward to a great career.”  I hope she brings a warm coat, holy crap. What a time to bring a brazilian in, but she’s played in Sweden and Germany so I think she’ll be ready. The LA Times had this little nugget: Tonya Antonucci, the commissioner of WPS, said she expected Marta and her Brazilian teammate, Cristiane, who is negotiating a move to the Chicago Red Stars, would help the new league by “raising our visibility both in the U.S. and globally.” This is some pretty good news after finding out US National and Chicago Red Star Kate Markgraf was going to miss the first season. Do you think she’ll come?  Do you think her and Linsdsay Tarpley could partner into a deadly strike force?





Marta signs 3 Year Contract

13 01 2009
Marta Viera da Silva

Marta Viera da Silva

“Knowing that WPS is going to be the most competitive league in the world made my decision easy.”

You got that? Everybody got that? Good.  : )





Year of the WPS

7 01 2009


Get ready for a big January folks. It already started off with a bang when NJ Sky Blue set up agreements with Australian World Cup scorers Collette McCallum and Sarah Walsh. What good news for Sky Blue. Sarah Walsh is a forward who has notched 26 goals in 55 games for Australia, and creative midfielder Collette McCallum played 38 times for the Matildas and hit net 8 times. What is even better is that they both have experience together, playing in the 2006 AFC Asian Women’s Cup, 2007 World Cup, and on the Pali Blues (USL W-League) together. They are also young players with a lot of playing days ahead of them (Walsh is 25, McCallum is 22). They also both speak english as a first language, so communicating on the field, in practices, and in every day life should be easy from the get go.

To the surprise of no one, head coach Tony DiCicco aknowledged the Boston Breakers will most likely select Amy Rodriguez with the first pick in the WPS Draft. The 21 year old striker for the USA has played 29 times and netted 6 goals already. It looks like Boston may have a forward tandem of the youngest US goal scoring sensation and the oldest US legend (still playing) in Kristine Lilly. The draft will happen next week, January 16th.

The Marta saga is coming to a close- thank God. Marta may be the David Beckham of blog hits in the internet world, but I honestly would like to move on from what has been a long story line. It seems quite clear after Umea withdrew its offer that Marta is heading to Los Angeles. It is supposed to come to a head on January 12th, when the LA Sol will announce the signing in combination with the FIFA World Player Gala.