1) Hope Solo is so clutch that even pressure cringes when it sees her.
2) Never feel complacent when walking around the USWNT hotel. There may or may not be a Mittsy waiting to scare the ____ out of you.
3) The superhero Captain America is said to have Super-Soldier formula which is, “superhuman powers that include increased agility, strength, speed, endurance, and reaction time superior to any Olympic athlete who ever competed.” That comes naturally to Christie Rampone.
4) Becky Sauerbrunn’s relationship with sleeves is like the Hulk’s relationship with walls. They get in the way.
5) Kelley O’Hara is so versatile and can play basically any position. She plays defender, midfielder, forward, she could play freakin’ running back for the Falcons if she wanted to, that’s how good she is.
6) Amy LePeilbet is a ninja. Silent, agile, ninjaness.
7) Shannon Boxx runs everywhere on the field every game. She covers as much ground in 90 minutes as I do in a week.
8) Amy Rodriguez is so fast that by the time the opponents have caught up to her, she’s gotten out a lawn chair and made fresh squeezed lemonade.
9) Heather O’Reilly game faces are better than everything.
10) If you are in the line of fire of one of Carli Lloyd’s shots, you must make a decision. Take one for the team or get hit and feel it for the next month.
11) Ali Krieger+her skills=a boss. Simple math.
12) Lauren Cheney is the fashion consultant of the team. So if you think showing up to camp in sweatpants, a button down shirt, and fuzzy slippers is a good idea, think again.
13) If you ever race against Alex Morgan, bring a Segway so you have a chance.
14) Sydney Leroux likes shopping, her dog Boss, pregame handshakes with Rapinoe, scoring goals in abundance, saving the universe from utter destruction, so on and so forth.
15) Megan Rapinoe’s hair is nominated for one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.
16) Unlike lightning, Lori Lindsey can strike twice.
17) Tobin Heath’s skills on the ball are one part sick and one part, “I don’t even understand how that is humanly possible.” Just add a tablespoon of nutmeg.
18) Nicole Barnhart is the Baby Whisperer. Every baby in a 10 mile radius automatically falls in love with her.
19) Rachel Buehler is highly intelligent and is the construction business….Buehldozing.
20) If I had a dollar for every time Abby Wambach either scored or had a shot on goal with her head, I’d be sitting on a beach in Cabo with my eight cars next to me and my guard dolphins. That’s right, dolphins.
21) Jill Loyden would stop 10 out of 10 of my PK’s….with her mind.
22) Christen Press can score class goals. They’re so classy even classy professors who teach classy classes about being classy can’t fathom her classy classiness.
23) Julie Johnston captained the U20 National Team to World Cup Victory. Bow. Down. Now.
24) Kristie Mewis was drafted third round first pick, meaning it’ll take her three seconds to pick out her first goal against you. Boom.
25) Yael Averbuch’s free kicks break the speed of sound.
Christen Press ate her Wheaties this morning. Chances are we’ll be hearing Press puns until she decides retire. I mean, scoring two goals in your first international cap and being the Woman of the Match is nothing short of amazing, so I’m sure she’ll be expecting it to the point where she will eventually roll her eyes because it’s the 700th time she’s heard it in one day. But, I think her future is incredibly bright, brighter than bright, her future is basically as brighter than a quasar, which if you’re wondering, is the brightest thing that exists in our universe. According to astronomers, it can barbeque a chicken 3,000 light years away. So yeah, her future is brighter than that.
She had two spectacular goals today, one a half volley, and one Abby Wambach style; I don’t need to elaborate on that do I? We all know what Abby Wambach style is by now. Imagine being an opposing team. You have Alex Morgan (hoping she is okay), Abby Wambach, and Christen Press all on the field at the same time. You have to pay attention to the speed of Alex, the aerial dominance of Abby, and now Christen Press. I’d be afraid. The task of defending them takes a starting 11 in itself.
Three players got their first cap today. Julie Johnston, Kristie Mewis, and Christen Press. We also saw Yael Averbuch and learned her shot can break the sound barrier. I felt the crossbar shake all the way from the Midwest. Even though the goalpost is as an inanimate object, it still hurt. Yael made her impact on the field assisting Sydney Leroux’s goal. That’s now 15 goals for her in 28 matches, all in the second half, mind you.
Maybe the most inspiring story of the night was Ali Krieger playing her first 90 minutes since her devastating injury one year ago. She was great this game, tactically she strung together many passes, got up and down the flanks, and it was nice to see her back on the field where hopefully she’ll be for a long time.
The USWNT faces Scotland again on Wednesday. Each team has had a full game to figure out each other’s playing style, so I’m betting the dynamic will be a little different. Unfortunately Alex Morgan’s status is currently unknown, so we’ll see what happens. If she’s okay, she’ll probably play up top with Abby, Christen and if not, Cheney, Abby, and Christen might start together instead. Fingers crossed she’s okay though.
Today was a dawning of a new era. There are new faces and returning faces on the team. I’m sure we’re all looking forwards to the future with the team continuing to impress us (okay, I’m done with the puns). I don’t think there is any way to describe this new journey other than, together. Together, we are stronger. Go USA
Maybe we aren’t all on this planet to do something big, to become famous, and to make ourselves known to the world. Gandhi once said, “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” I guess there are those dreamers who won’t take no for an answer. And maybe that’s what I am, a dreamer. I hold this strong belief in myself that whatever I want to do in life, I can. Cliché, yes, impossible, well of course not. You see, success isn’t measure by the amount of money you have. It can’t be measured in shoes or cars or jewelry. Success could be whatever you find joyful in life. Be it an amazing family or an amazing job. Success is what you define it as. And maybe I already lead a successful life, maybe we all do.
We all have desires, dreams, what we want to accomplish with the life we have. Nobody can tell me that they’ve never just sat back and dreamed about what they want to do in this world. But it takes a certain amount of courage and brains actually chase them. We fear being rejected, we fear hearing no, we fear being judged. But maybe success is defined when your fears go away, when you can step out of your comfort zone, for a minute, even for a couple seconds, just to see what it’s like on the other side. I don’t know, maybe success is just acknowledging those dreams you have and realizing they’re not all that impossible to achieve.
So I sit here writing this at midnight, wondering what I define as success. Is it the life I have right now or the dreams I want to chase? Well, whatever I do in life, while it might be insignificant, I have to do it. At least I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that I accomplished it. And maybe that’s what success is. It doesn’t have to be the biggest or greatest dream ever; it just has to be my dream.
Alright, here’s the breakdown of the NSWL so far.
There are 8 teams: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Kansas City FC, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, and Western New York Flash.
Each team was allowed to sign three USWNT members, 2 CanWNT players, and 2 MexWNT players. The only team that was only allotted 2 U.S. Players was WNY.
The NWSL draft then added on 4 more players in four rounds to make each teams’ total 11 players (WNY the exception with 10).
The free agent signing deadline was yesterday, with each team signing 4 free agents (WNY, Washington, and Chicago 5*). WNY was given one more FA signing because it was only given two allocated U.S. players. Chicago was originally allowed 4 until it was announced Amy LePeilbet would undergo ACL surgery and will be out for 6-8 months. Washington was also given another FA after scheduling issues of over seas leagues might conflict with the return of certain players.
The Supplemental Draft will take place on February 7th in which teams may sign 2 more international players included in the possible eight eligible for signing.
Four more Discovery Players are up for signing after the Supplemental Draft is over, bringing the total of each team to 18-20 players.
Megan Rapinoe-With Lyon until June
Tobin Heath-With PSG until June
Amy Rodriguez-Pregnant and will miss entire season
Ashlyn Harris-Play rest of season with Duisburg
Yael Averbuch-Must finish contract with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
Christen Press-Will play with Tyreso FF
Meghan Klingenberg-Shoulder surgery and will return to Sweden
Whitney Engen-Signed with Liverpool FC
Amy LePeilbet- Will undergo ACL surgery and miss the season
Here are the teams so far:
Boston: Heather O’Reilly (US), Heather Mitts (US), Sydney Leroux (US), Adriana Leon (CAN), Rhian Wilkinson (CAN), Anisa Guajardo (MEX), Cecilia Santiago (MEX), Casey Short (Florida State), Mariah Nogueira (Standford), Jo Dragotta (Florida), Maddy Evans (Penn State), Cat Whitehill (US, FA)
Chicago: Shannon Boxx (US), Amy LePeilbet (US, Injured), Keelin Winters (US), Erin McLeod (CAN), Carmelina Moscato (CAN), Maribel Dominguez (MEX), Dinora Garza (MEX), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA), Rachel Quon (Stanford), Taylor Vancil (Florida), Jennifer Hoy (Princeton)
Kansas: Nicole Barnhart (US), Lauren Cheney (US), Becky Sauerbrunn (US), Desiree Scott (CAN), Lauren Sesselmann (CAN), Renae Cuellar (MEX), Marylin Diaz (MEX), Kristen Mewis (Boston), Erika Tymrak (Florida), Whitney Berry (Kansas),Nia Williams (Missouri State)
Portland: Alex Morgan (US), Tobin Heath (US), Rachel Buehler (US), Christine Sinclair (CAN), Karina LeBlanc (CAN), Luz Saucedo (MEX), Marlene Sandoval (MEX), Kathryn Williamson (Florida), Nicolette Radovic (Central Florida), Amber Brooks (UNC), Roxanne Barker (Pepperdine)
Seattle: Megan Rapinoe (US), Hope Solo (US), Amy Rodriguez (US, pregnant), Kaylyn Kyle (CAN), Emily Zurrer (CAN), Jenny Ruiz (MEX), Teresa Noyola (MEX), Christine Nairn (Penn State), Mallory Schaffer (William and Mary), Kristen Meier (Wake Forest), Haley Kopmeyer (Michigan)
Sky Blue: Jill Loyden (US), Kelley O’Hara (US), Christie Rampone (US), Sophie Schmidt (CAN), Melanie Booth (CAN), Monica Ocampo (MEX), Lydia Rangel (MEX), Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall (BYU), Kendall Johnson (Portland), Ashley Baker (Georgia), Rebecca Kaplan (Maryland), Brittany Bock (US, FA), Danesha Adams (US, FA), Lisa De Vanna (AUS, FA), Manya Makoski (US, FA)
Washington: Ali Krieger (US), Ashyln Harris (US), Lori Lindsey (US), Robin Gayle (CAN), Diana Matheson (CAN), Alina Garciamendez (MEX), Teresa Worbis (MEX), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State), Caroline Miller (UVA), Holly King (Florida), Colleen Williams (Dayton Flyers)
Western New York: Abby Wambach (US), Carli Lloyd (US), Sarah Huffman (US, FA), McCall Zerboni (US, FA), Samantha Kerr (AUS, FA), Brittani Taylor (US, FA), Adriana (ESP, FA), Bryanna McCarthy (CAN), Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN), Veronica Perez (MEX), Pamela Tajonar (MEX), Adrianna French (Oklahoma State), Amy Barczuk (Colorado), Vicki DiMartino (Boston), Jaclyn Logue (Wake Forest)
Boston: Lisa Cole
Chicago: Rory Dames
Kansas: Vlatko Andonovski
Portland: Cindy Cone
Seattle: Laura Harvey
Sky Blue FC: Jim Garbarra
Washington: Mike Jorden
Western New York: Aaron Lines