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The Week in Women's Football: Complete review of W-League 2019/20 regular season as Melb City take top spot

This week, we present our final regular season review for the Westfield W-League's 2019/20 campaign—the league's twelfth—with two of the top four not having made the playoffs last season, including Western Sydney Wanderers—effectively utilizing three new imports from the 2 time reigning NWSL Champions North Carolina Courage for most of the season—and three-time W-League champions and also undefeated Melbourne City, who missed the semifinals last season on goal difference. 2018/19 Champions Sydney FC and last season Premiership winners (regular season leaders) Melbourne Victory were the only repeat playoff teams from last season, with Brisbane Roar and last season's Grand Final runners-up Perth Glory both missing out after qualifying for the semifinals in 2018/19.

Westfield W-League 2019/20 Regular Season Finish

Melbourne City (11-1-0 W-D-L—34 points—First)

Melbourne City quickly righted the anomaly of missing the playoffs (and thus not capturing the league title) for the first time in their history in 2018/19 by methodically going through the regular season undefeated while only surrendering 4 goals, as they matched the W-League previous season low of 4 goals allowed which they set in their initial season in 2015/16. Their accomplishments this season happened in a somewhat understated manner while so much attention was paid to Western Sydney Wanderers magnificent and surprising start to the season, as WSW were undefeated through 6 matches—a landmark for a franchise that has always struggled in the league. At one point, City's goal scoring seemed stuck in low gear as during their first six games, they only scored eight times—four games with only 1 goal and two games with a pair of goals. They unleashed their strike potential during a Round 9 4-0 win over Canberra, and continued their attacking effectiveness in a Round 12 4-0 dismantling of Melbourne Victory in the derby, followed by another 4-0 win in Sydney over the Wanderers the next week. They finished the season with 27 goals scored to top the league. Melbourne City also did not lose any players to clubs abroad or extended international duty abroad as Sydney FC, Brisbane FC and Western Sydney Wanderers did, which helped with squad stability. Rido Vidosic, in his second year as head coach, managed this team quite adroitly and is one to watch for a future Australian national team job.

Matilda international Lydia Williams (Reign FC loanee) had 7 straight clean sheets towards the end of the season and 8 in total and also led the league in saves percentage at 89%, though her 27 saves was the fewest among league goaltenders. Williams also benefited from solid defensive colleagues in front of her (see more below), so opponents had few chances to trouble her.

Matilda veteran Emily Van Egmond had accounted for 3 of her side's 8 goals after 6 games and ended the season with 6 goals, finishing fifth but only one goal off the four who led the league, while Serbian international Milica Mijatovic scored 5 goals and Scottish 2019 WWC forward Claire Emslie and Matilda veteran Kyah Simon each had 4, with Mjatovic and Emslie playing in the W-League for the first time. Simon, who missed the 2019 World Cup team as she attempted to come back from injury, is healthy again and back in the Matildas squad for Olympic Games qualifying. Simon played in her 100th league game in the Round 6 1-0 home win over Perth amid persistent rumors that have her going to a club in Northern Europe (at least before the Olympic Games), as the Houston Dash of the NWSL did not renew her contract after the 2019 season.

City seemed to have quite the competitive balance, with Reign FC defender Lauren Barnes and NWSL teammate and Australian international Steph Catley in the back along with the New Zealand international and ex-Sky Blue FC and Reign FC defender/holding midfielder Rebekah Stott helping to backstop by far the best defense in the league. Ellie Carpenter (Matildas and Portland Thorns) and fellow Matilda Aivi Luik—who was outstanding all season—in midfield along with Yukari Kinga of Japan (both Luik and Kinga had over 81% passing efficiency to top the league) supported their internationally-capped forwards.

Melbourne City made a late signing before the end of the season in U.S. youth international Ally Watt, in her first professional stint. She played at Texas A&M University and was the number 6 selection by the North Carolina Courage in the 2020 College Cup draft last month. She scored 49 goals with 12 appearances in her four seasons at A&M. Watt represented the United States at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2016 in Papua New Guinea. Watt played more games (3 in the regular season) for City than did Hallie Mace, their late season signing in 2018/19, who appeared in only 2 games for the club that missed the playoffs for the first time ever. Watt had 3 goals, including 2 in the season ending win over Brisbane (3-1). Mace went onto play for Rosengard of Sweden last season and the Courage traded for her rights with Sky Blue FC, who she patently refused to play for last season, so she will be a teammate of Watt's this season. In the penultimate match, the 4-0 win over WSW, Melbourne City clinched its second Premiership Plate as regular season champion, to go with 3 Grand Final titles in their fifth season in the league.

Melbourne Victory (7-2-3—23 points—Second)

The 2018/19 Premiership winners started the season slowly and then had a downer of a trip to Korea for the first Asian Football Confederation Club Championship (when they only drew against Jiangsu, the club champions of China, but fell to the Japan and the Korea Republic champions to finish with a total score line of 1-10 in the three matches (See for a detailed review of that club tournament). However, four consecutive wins in the second half of the season saw them bolt into the playoffs, moving ahead of the Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC to capture second. Melbourne Victory were the first team to pull points off of Western Sydney during their blistering start and four points against the Roar helped seal the last playoff spot for them, their second straight season and seventh overall in 12 league campaigns.

The Victory defense was stellar all season, with Casey Dumont this author's pick for goalkeeper of the year, with 4 shutouts and 3 penalty kicks saved. Emily Menges (Portland Thorns) and new Matilda Jenna McCormick (ex-Brisbane Roar, Canberra United and Adelaide United as well as the AFLW Adelaide Crows) were new central defenders this season and helped the side remain strong in the back. Australian youth international Angie Beard, in her sixth season in the league and still only 22—after 3 seasons with the Roar and the last 3 with Victory—was a steady influence as a wing back and should have a shot at a spell with the full national side in the future.

Melbourne Victory coach Jeff Hopkins won his 46th W-League game on January 26 as

his club defeated Canberra United 3-0 to surpass former Sydney FC and Australian women's national team head coach Alen Stajcic (45) for most W-League games as a coach. Hopkins won two W-League Grand Finals in four seasons at Brisbane Roar during the first four seasons of the league.

Natasha Dowie had a slow start to the season as did her club but increased her goal tally in the second half with 7 goals, finishing tied for first in the league in scoring with Sydney FC's Remy Siemsen, Wanderers' Kristen Hamilton and Perth's Morgan Andrews. New American midfield import Haley Hanson, on loan from the Houston Dash, was effective all season and added 1 goal in 10 games, while Reign FC loanee Darian Jenkins was quite impressive in attack, finishing with 5 goals in her first stint abroad.

Sydney FC (7-1-4—22 points—Tied for Third)

There was a bit of turmoil in terms of roster changes towards the end of the season for Sydney FC head coach Ante Juric as two Matildas left for England in Caitlin Foord (2 goals and 4 assists) and Chloe Logarzo (1 goal) joining Arsenal and Bristol City, respectively. Foord scored 33 goals in 104 Westfield W-League appearances across ten seasons during two stints with Sydney FC and a two year spell at Perth Glory. She had 2 goals in 9 games this season. Foord won two league crowns at Sydney (in 2012/13 and last season). Foord's NWSL rights had recently been traded from the Portland Thorns to the Orlando Pride; she joined fellow Thorn and Matilda Hayley Raso in moving to the English league as Raso joined Everton in England midseason (see below). In the NWSL, Foord played 3 seasons with Sky Blue FC (2013-2015) and the past two seasons with Portland in the NWSL. She had 3 goals and 5 assists in 70 league matches in the NWSL. She also played a year in Japan with Vegalta Sendai in 2017. Foord has 77 caps for the full Australian national team.

Chloe Logarzo, who played with the Washington Spirit for one season in 2019 before being waived after the season and once played in the USL's W-League for the Colorado Pride, joined Bristol City of the English Super League. Bristol will pay a transfer fee to Sydney. Logarzo has spent six and a half seasons with the Sky Blues and won two Westfield W-League Championships, in addition to 41 caps for the Matildas since making her full international debut in 2013. Logarzo has played 75 times for Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League and scored 12 goals, including 1 goal this season. She has also played in Sweden with Eskilstuna United and Norwegian side Avaldsnes. She had one goal in 15 games with Washington last season.

Somewhat surprising, the Sky Blue's leading scorer, as well as tied for the W-League with Natasha Dowie (Melbourne Victory), Morgan Andrews (Perth Glory) and Kristen Hamilton (Western Sydney Wanderers), has been Australian U-20 international Remy Siemsen with 7, though she only scored once in the last 7 seven games of the season, benched as a starter in the last game versus Melbourne Victory (a 3-1 loss) where she only played as a substitute for the last 24 minutes. American forward Veronica Latsko, so devastating for Adelaide United's attack last season with 9 goals in 12 games, returned to action in Round 5 from an ACL injury last summer and contributed 2 goals the rest of the season, which is good news for Houston Dash coach James Clarkson, who badly needs a productive Latsko in a quest for the club's first ever playoff berth in 2020.

Audrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit) and Sofia Huerta (traded from Houston to Reign FC) early this year) were key again for the defending champions. Bledsoe had a GAA of 1.08, surrendering only 13 goals in 12 games (with 3 coming in their 3-1 loss at Melbourne Victory in the last game of the season)—the second lowest total of goals surrendered in the league—and Huerta as a winger supplied constant crosses and added 3 goals. Matilda defender Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride) appeared in her 100th W-League game during the season. Canadian forward Lindsay Agnew was a late season signing, to help offset the losses of Foord and Logarzo. Agnew has been capped 14 times and was on the side that played in France last summer. She played the last two seasons with the Houston Dash, who recently released her, and was a rookie with the Washington

Spirit in 2017. She played collegiately at Ohio State University and was born in Canada but raised largely in New York State and Ohio.

Ellie Carpenter and Kyah Simon with the Premiers' Plate—Photo from Westfield

Western Sydney Wanderers (7-1-4—22 points—Tied for Third)

This was a club record-breaking season for the Wanderers in so many ways—with wins (7), points (22), goals for (24), unbeaten string (6 games), wins in a row (3) and league table position (fourth). Other than for a late season losing skid of three in a row in their last four games, they could have finished higher in the table to avoid playing undefeated Melbourne City in the first round of the playoffs, but overall it was an outstanding season for the club. Dean Heffernan, a long time professional player in Australia with a short spell in Germany, China and with the national team (2 caps), was the clear Coach of the Year choice for most reporters in his first season of coaching any side, after retiring from playing when at the A-League side Central Coast Mariners in 2018. Heffernan brought in a quartet of new Americans in their first forays in Australia, including NWSL Champions Lynn Williams and Kristen Hamilton in attack. Hamilton had 7 goals with Williams chipping in 4 tallies with 3 assists. Williams didn't return for the last few games of the season and the playoffs after playing for the U.S. in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying final; Wanderers released her from her contract so she could play with the Americans in the SheBelieves Cup in early March, which was an devastating blow to the side as Williams was so dynamic in attack and had an implicit understanding with Hamilton from playing together in both the NWSL and down under.

Sam Stabb (Washington Spirit) in defense and Abby Smith (Utah Royals) in goal were also extremely important additions this season. Republic of Ireland international Denise O'Sullivan (North Carolina Courage) joined in a limited guest player role to bring the number of Courage players to three. O'Sullivan was hugely impressive in midfield and voted League Player of the Month for December but had to leave after 7 games as a temporary players—after playing in the same guest player role last season at Canberra, one suspects that this will not be the case in 2020/21 and, if she comes back for a third season in Australia, it would be on a full-season contract.

Australian youth international Kyra Cooney-Cross, who just turned 18 at the end of the season, scored 4 goals—a few were breathtaking to watch—in her first season in a red and black uniform (after two seasons with Melbourne Victory) and announced herself as a definite Matilda possibility; she is being talked about by clubs in Europe.

The first half of the season was brilliant but the Wanderers fell off badly in the second half, losing three straight and four of five, including a 4-0 blitzing by Melbourne City in which they only had defender Sam Stabb among their imports as Kristen Hamilton (suspension), Abby Smith (injured), Lynn Williams (left the club for the U.S. international team camp) and Denise O'Sullivan (went to Ireland after playing on a temporary contract) were missing.

The Western Sydney Wanderers Westfield defeated the Chinese Women's National Team 1-0 in Brisbane on Sunday January 5. Matilda midfielder Amy Harrison, who played with the Washington Spirit in 2019 but was waived at the end of the season, scored the only goal of the match. The Wanderers had a 16-day break between W-League matches, after soundly defeating Canberra United 4-0 away on December 26, and held a four day camp on the Gold Coast. China played Canberra United last year on their training trip ahead of the Asian Cup, which doubled as the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Qualifier. China was ranked number 15 in the World by FIFA at the time of the Wanderers match and was holding a pre-tournament camp in Australia ahead of AFC Olympic Third Round Qualifying last month.

Brisbane Roar (5-2-5—17 points—Fifth)

Early on in 2019/20 with a veteran lineup, Brisbane looked a favorite to make the semifinals again for the third consecutive year. However, their leading scorer and Matilda forward Hayley Raso, who was so dynamic all season, left to join Everton after 8 games on a 6 month contract, adding to the Matilda wave to Europe and particularly to England. She also won't be returning to the Portland Thorns or the NWSL either after 4 years/5 years, respectively, (having played in 2015 in her first season in the States in Washington with English native head coach Mark Parsons, who she followed to Portland in 2016). Her influence and goal scoring loss was too much to overcome for the Roar, who finished outside of the top 4 for the first time in 3 seasons and only the third season ever for the club. First year head coach Jake Goodship may have to do some more squad restructuring, depending on if he loses Matildas MacKenzie Arnold (Chicago Red Stars), Tameka Yallop (who had a fine season with 3 goals), Katrina Gorry or defender Clare Polkinghorne to European clubs, particularly in a Fall-Spring league that precludes them playing next season in the W-League's 13th season in 2020/21.

The Roar defense was their Achilles heel this season, despite having evergreen Clare Polkinghorne as center back and Arnold in goal, surrendering 19 goals for 4th best in the league. Goodship should explore adding more depth in the back during the offseason as well as more firepower up front, though Australian youth international forward Indiah-Paige Riley continued to impress her second season in Brisbane, scoring twice.

One bright spot was Rylee Baisden's signing from the Australian state league. The American was picked up from the local state league, scoring 3 goals and adding 3 assists, and hopes that her time in the W-League leads to a NWSL contract. She played at Pepperdine University (in Malibu north of Los Angeles) and in France and Sweden before going to Australia. The Roar noticed her at Queensland State League finalist Moreton Bay, scoring 33 goals in 24 matches. Baisden was so successful that when the club needed some late season help, they went the same route, signing another American from the NPLW Queensland league in Shea Connors—a native of Connecticut who played at St. Johns University and in the WPSL with Yankee United FC. Connors scored 25 goals for Logan Lightning in 15 appearances in Australia this season, with six goals in one match. Connors said that her goal is to play professionally at home, "The Westfield W-League compares a lot to the NWSL, which is where I want to reach one day."

Isobel Dalton left before the last game of the season to join powerhouse Glasgow City in Scotland. Dalton has played in England briefly with Bristol City and in the States in college at Lindsey Wilson College and the University of Colorado. Dalton (22) trialed at Nottingham Forest before joining the Roar for her first season in 2019/20 since playing one game in the 2014 campaign; this season she played in 11.

Canberra United (4-1-7--13 points—Sixth)

The Greens started the season playing quite well and at the midway point were 3-1-2 with 10 points in fourth place before crashing down the table the rest of the season, handicapped by a four loss skid, as they had 0 goals while allowing 15 goals. It has been such a difference from past years when the team won 3 Premiership Plates, 2 Grand Final titles and lost in one other championship game. Former Matilda Heather Garriock' (who played with the Chicago Red Stars in WPS in 2009 and appeared in 3 Women's World Cup and 3 Olympic Games for the Matildas) three years as head coach has resulted in no playoff spots. She inherited a squad 3 years ago that won the 2016/17 W-League Premiership title as regular season champions under now Australian national youth team coach Rae Dower. Garriock has groomed youngsters from their academy and brought in internationals from around the world (including last season 2 South Africans and 1 from Chile who all made their countries' World Cup sides in France) but that was insufficient for management at the Australian Capital city club. Garriock was notified late in the season that her contract was not being renewed for a fourth season.

Their defense was the worst in the league, surrendering 29 goals and they only scored 13 (seventh best) which was only one ahead of Adelaide and Newcastle, who each scored 12 on the year. American Simone Charley (Reign FC) was a revelation in attack with her pace and vision and led the team with 5 goals in 11 games. Norwegian international Elise Thorsnes had 2 goals in 10 games after scoring 6 in 9 games in 2017/18 for the club. Katie Stengel (traded in the offseason from the NWSL's Utah Royals to the Houston Dash) had one goal in her first season with the club, after having scored 19 goals in 31 games across three seasons with the Western Sydney Wanderers (one) and Newcastle Jets (two). She did miss games this season with an ankle injury. Veteran forward and former Matilda Leena Khamis (33) had 2 goals in 12 matches, while her sister and former Australian youth international goalkeeper Sham Khamis started all 12 matches. Defender Karly Roestbakken (18), a surprise inclusion for the Matildas in France, continues to start with the Matildas and in Canberra and was a key factor in her fourth season at the club but can't be expected to do it all. She is one to watch to see if she is drawn to a European club with her high profile after making the 2019 WWC team and appearing in the finals.

Canberra United's 26-year-old co-captain Nikola Orgill has signed with Kolbotn of Norway, joining in March after the W-League season was completed. Orgill is a lawyer and was in her second season in the capital season, having played for the Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers for one season each.

The appointment of the new coach will be interesting to follow as Canberra is a traditionally strong club and unique in the W-League as an independent franchise, with no A-League affiliation as the city has never had a franchise in the 15-year-old men's league. The new coach will probably look to bring in a completely new crop of internationals—as Western Sydney did this season—with the exception of Charley, who was such a positive attacking force (and possibly Brazilian international Camilla of the Orlando Pride, who hurt her knee late in the season but should be back playing for the Pride close to the start of the NWSL season). Garriock, meanwhile, will learn from her experiences in Canberra and should reappear soon as a coach with another club in Australia or abroad.

Perth Glory (3-2-7--11 points—Seventh)

Reign FC loanee Morgan Andrews was a huge influence all season, scoring five goals in her side's consecutive triumvirate of wins late in the season over Newcastle Jets (4-2) on the road on January 23, at home over Brisbane Roar (4-2) on February 16 and then in a 2-1 road victory over reigning champions Sydney FC in Round 13 on February 22, with the American scoring both goals in the latter match, the first from a rocket of a free kick in the first half from about 22 yards away. Andrews had 7 goals on the season, tied for the league lead with 3 others. American forward Crystal Thomas—who played for the Washington Spirit in 2017 and 2018, had played for the U.S. at the U-20 and U-23 level and took Georgetown University to their first ever College Cup finals in 2016 before going to play with Valur in Iceland and Medkila II in Norway most recently—put herself nicely in the shop windows for professional clubs in North America or Europe with 2 goals and 3 assists.

Spanish international Celia Jimenez (Reign FC) and a two time WWC Finals player was a strong addition, chipping in 3 goals to support fifth year Glory midfielder Caitlin Douglas (3 goals) and 100-plus W-League appearances defender Kim Carroll (32), who added one goal from the back.

Perth won its first game of the season in 9 games by defeating the Jets and leapfrogged their opponents for seventh place in the league table. They ended the season with 3 wins in their last four, and made things difficult for the Wanderers in a 3-2 defeat at Bunbury (2 hours south of Perth) in their last game.

Australian international goalkeeper Eliza Campbell had a good season but missed a few games due to injury. While she was out, U-20 Australian international Morgan Aquino won two games in relief and Perth's goalkeeping looks very strong for next season if they can retain both of their keepers.

There was bound to be a letdown for Perth after local star Sam Kerr—the all-time leading W-League goal scorer with 70—moved to Chelsea after making the NWSL Final with the Chicago Red Stars. Another loss from last season was current West Ham youngster Jacynta Galabadaarachchi, who played 4 games last year for Perth before heading abroad.

Perth head coach Bobby Despotovski needs to boost his Australian core and, with solid imports like he had this year, should be in the playoff hunt next season (the team has made the playoffs every other season since 2012/13, making the Grand Final in 3 of those 4 seasons) as long as he can revitalize his attack as the team's 19 goals for sixth best in the league—with 10 of them coming during their late season 3 game win streak—was not good enough in 2019/20. The defense gave up 24 goals, tied with Adelaide for sixth best in the W-League, and needs to be tightened up as well some as well, thought the present goalkeeping tandem seems solid.

Adelaide United (2-1-9--7 points—Tied for Eighth)

Adelaide United was much better than their record indicates and went through their first 5 games of the season with only 1 goal defeats—including games against City, Sydney FC and WSW—and were always in the battle. Sarah Willacy in goal was phenomenal at times during the campaign and certainly did herself no harm in the Matilda reckoning, as she has been to a national team camp last year for the Chile series in November; the 24-year-old was in her fifth season with the Reds. However, after last season's near miss of their first ever playoff berth and 11 fewer points is still a downer from last year's record haul of 18 points and reflected by small crowds, drawing only about 4,100 on the season or just under 700 per game. For example, on January 25 in front of only 569 fans in Adelaide, American import Mallory Weber (Utah Royals) scored twice in the first half to help stake Adelaide United to a resounding 3-0 lead over the Western Sydney Wanderers in an ultimate 3-2 win over the high-flying Wanderers, which was a severe dent to the latter's top 2 semifinal position aspirations. Weber led the squad with 4 goals on the season and has said that she wants to return to the Reds next season.

Adelaide United's 16-year-old phenom Mary Fowler, who has 4 caps for the Matildas and was on the squad to France but did not see action, was released by her club to pursue a club abroad, ultimately signing with Montpellier in France. She scored 3 goals in 7 games and contributed to the Red's bright play all season. Fowler had participated in trials for FA Women's Super League clubs Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham United in 2018. The Reds signed local products Ella Tonkin, and Victoria Mansueto for the rest of the season.

The Reds results this season were more like in years 1-5 of the league, when they always had single digit point totals, rather than double digits in years 6-11. Their 12 goals scored tied with Newcastle for the lowest total in the league and needs to be improved next year, probably with a few strong imports, so that Adelaide can be in the playoff picture again and not just simply a spoiler.

Newcastle Jets—(2-1-9—7 points—Tied for Eighth)

The Jets did not bring in any imports this season for budget reasons—unfortunately they won the wooden spoon for last place on goal difference, with Adelaide pipping them (+12 to +15). The plus side is that many of their young local talent did quite well and this is a side with potential, and their Round 13 7-0 home loss to Melbourne Victory was not a reflection of their overall performance in the season, particularly as Victory needed the win and goals to help their playoff chase. It didn't help that head coach Craig Deans had to step in at one point as interim head coach of the men's A-League side, but assistant Ash Wilson did quite well on an interim basis. If the Jets can add more resources and bring in a few targeted foreigners, they could again be in the playoffs in 2020/21 as they were in 2017/18. Scoring is a dire need as they were tied with Adelaide United for fewest goals scored in the league in goals with only 12. They surrendered 27, again eighth in the league and only two fewer than Canberra's 29 allowed, but 11 goals allowed in two late season losses to Melbourne Victory (7-0) and Perth Glory (4-2) inflated those defensive numbers, as they allowed only 16 in their other 10 matches.

Nineteen-year-old Australian youth international wing-back Tessa Tamplin led the Jets Power of Youth campaign and scored arguably the goal of the season in Newcastle Jet's 4-2 home loss to the Perth Glory on January 23. Tamplin, in her second season with the Jets, scored her second W-League goal of her career and first of the 2019/20 season in the 75th minute with a stunning curler into the top corner of the net from along the right touchline, a good 40 yards from goal, to pull her side to within 2 goals of the Glory. Tamplin appeared to be sending a cross into the box and was disappointed with her effort and looked away in disgust, but the ball sneaked into the net above Morgan Aquino in the Perth goal. Tamplin played all but 9 minutes of the season for the Jets.

The Jets long-time forward Tara Andrews led the club with 5 goals, three coming from the penalty spot. Andrews entered the season with 29 goals in 82 matches across 9 seasons with the Jets.

In the back, Claire Coelho, a native of Port Macquarie—150 miles north of Newcastle on the coast—had a solid season in goal, leading the league in saves with 68 and was fifth in save percentage with 72% among goalkeepers. Other local products besides Tamplin and Coelho included young midfielders Tiegan Collister (20) with 2 goals, former Australian youth international Clare Wheeler (22), in her seventh season with the Jets, and midfielder Paige Kingston-Hogg (19), who all give the Jets some hope for a bright future.

Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women's football. Get your copy today.

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