This week, we review the 2018 NWSL College Draft and some earthshaking trades made around it, which will substantially change the look of some teams next year. We also review England's team for a January training camp in Spain, Daphne Corboz's call-up to the French National Team, Brazilian Andressinha's trade in NWSL and some news and rosters from the CONCACAF U-20 World Cup Qualifying Tournament ongoing in Trinidad and Tobago.
NWSL 2018 College Draft Review/Key International Trades
In a trade that arguably is the most groundbreaking in the six year history of the National Women's Soccer League, a three-team trade between Chicago, Houston and Sky Blue FC saw the three sides exchange top quality internationals. 2017 NWSL Player of the Year forward and Australian international Sam Kerr and American midfielder Nikki Stanton went from Sky Blue FC to the Chicago Red Stars—both are currently playing for Perth Glory in Australia—along with the #15 pick in the draft, which they used on goalkeeper Emily Boyd from the University of California. Chicago also received the #24 selection, which they used on the University of North Carolina's Megan Buckingham. American international forward Christen Press moves from Chicago to the Houston Dash, along with an international player spot and the #7 draft choice in the 2018 draft, which the club used to select midfielder Haley Hanson of the University of Nebraska, who scored 19 goals with 7 assists in four seasons with the Cornhuskers. From Houston to Sky Blue goes U.S. international midfielder Carli Lloyd and Canadian international forward Janine Beckie, along with American forward Jen Hoy from Chicago. Sky Blue FC also received the # 6 and # 13 overall picks in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, which the club used to select Canadian defender Amandine Pierre-Louis (University of West Virginia) and goalkeeper Casey Murphy (Rutgers University), though Murphy is thought to be pursuing clubs in Europe, Sky Blue would retain her NWSL rights if and when she came back to the States.
Kerr is the all-time goals scoring leader in NWSL with 43 goals, 17 coming last season for a single season scoring record which surpassed the 16 that Kim Little of Seattle (now Arsenal) scored in 2014. Nikki Stanton, a defensive specialist in midfield, has played in 40 games for Sky Blue since 2014 and has one assist and is still looking for her first professional goal, as she has not scored in three seasons with Perth either. Christen Press joined Chicago from Sweden in 2014 and has 36 goals and 6 assists in 62 games, while Hoy has played for Chicago all 5 years, scoring 15 goals with 10 assists in 77 games. Hoy played last season on loan to Newcastle Jets in Australia, scoring 5 goals in 12 matches.
Carli Lloyd returns to her roots as the New Jersey native played collegiately at Rutgers University, where Sky Blue FC plays their home games. The Golden Ball winner of the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada had a phenomenal hat trick performance in the Final win over Japan. She played on loan to Manchester City last season and played for Sky Blue FC in the Women's Professional Soccer league in 2010. Janine Beckie is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada but plays internationally for Canada. She is the all-time goal scoring leader for Texas Tech University with 57 goals and scored three goals for the Canadians during the 2016 Rio Olympics Bronze Medal run. In two seasons with the Dash, she had five goals and three assists in 33 matches and is viewed by this writer as a definite up-and-coming star for Canada as well as in NWSL.
This high profile trade continues the off-season shakeup of NWSL teams, beginning with former Seattle Reign head coach and English native Laura Harvey resigning and later taking charge of the Utah Royals in Salt Lake City, which had the players' rights to the now defunct F.C. Kansas City franchise transferred by the league. Macedonian native and two-time NWSL Champion coach Vlatko Andonovski is now in charge of Seattle. Granted, Sky Blue FC and Houston Dash have new coaches for this season (Denise Reddy and Vera Pauw, respectively) while Rory Daines in Chicago is trying to get his team into the Championship Final after three seasons of losses at the semifinal stage, but these three teams will look radically different next season, particularly on the front line and midfield. 2018 is shaping up to be a very interesting NWSL season and tough to handicap at this point.
The 2018 NWSL College Draft, which was held during the Annual U.S. Soccer Coaches Convention this year in Philadelphia, had just over 200 players—whose college eligibility had ended—registered to be selected. The largest number of imports were from Canada (14), with 6 from England (one dual citizen with New Zealand) and 1 from Northern Ireland, 3 from Germany, 3 from Brazil, 2 dual citizen Jamaican-Americans, 2 from Australia, 2 from Ghana, 2 from Sweden and 1 each from Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, India, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and one dual citizen of U.S. and Mexico while another had passports from Colombia and the U.S. The seven players from the United Kingdom include:
Rio Hardy | University of South Alabama | Forward, Midfielder | Workington, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers
Steffi Hardy | University of South Alabama | Defender | England, Workington |United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers
Caitlin Hayes | Mississippi College | Defender | Warrington, England | United Kingdom | Manchester United
Chloe Knott | Georgetown University | Midfielder, Defender | England, United Kingdom | United Kingdom/ New Zealand | Forrest Hill Milford
Helen Seed | Carson Newman University | Defender | Preston, England | United Kingdom | Blackburn Rovers Ladies FC
Martha Thomas | Charlotte | Forward, Midfielder | Malmesbury, England | United Kingdom | Weston FC
Lauren Wade | Carson Newman University | Forward, Midfielder | Ballymoney, Northern Ireland | Great Britain | Glentoran Woman
Of the 40 players chosen in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, all were Americans except for 3 Canadians—two of whom were among the top six selections in the first round—one from Portugal and one from Spain. The Washington Spirit selected Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Sullivan grew up in the Washington D.C. area so should feel at home playing for the suburban Maryland-based Spirit. She won the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship with Stanford in December and the Hermann Trophy earlier this month as the top player in women's college soccer. Sullivan has seven full national team caps. After not having a draft choice in the first 18 picks of the 2017 draft, the Spirit had four picks within the first 16 selections in 2018 - including the No. 3 overall pick, which Washington used to take Duke midfielder Rebecca Quinn of Canada. The Boston Breakers selected South Carolina University forward Savannah McCaskill with the No. 2 overall pick.
Duke, North Carolina and Virginia now stand tied for the most players selected during the history of the NWSL draft, with 12 players from each program taken over the course of the league's six drafts to date. UCLA has eleven players selected while Penn State and Florida State both have 10 players chosen during the six editions of the draft.
Below are the complete 2018 NWSL College Draft Results:
2018 NWSL College Draft
- Andi Sullivan | Stanford UniversityM (Washington Spirit)
- Savannah McCaskill |University of South Carolina F (Boston Breakers)
- Rebecca Quinn | Duke University M (Washington Spirit)--CANADA
- Michaela Abam | West Virginia University M (Sky Blue FC)
- Imani Dorsey | Duke University F (Sky Blue FC)
- Amandine Pierre-Louis | West Virginia University F (Sky Blue FC)--CANADA
- Haley Hanson | University of Nebraska-Lincoln F (Houston Dash)
- Sandra Yu | University of Notre Dame M (Portland Thorns FC)
- Gabby Seiler | University of Florida M (Portland Thorns FC)
- Frannie Crouse | Penn State University F (North Carolina Courage)
- Schuyler DeBree | Duke University M (Washington Spirit)
- Kimberly Keever | University of Washington F (Houston Dash)
- Casey Murphy | Rutgers University G (Sky Blue FC)
- Taylor Isom | Brigham Young University D (Utah Royals FC)
- Emily Boyd | University of California Berkeley G (Chicago Red Stars)
- Mallory Eubanks | Mississippi State University M (Washington Spirit)
- Elizabeth Wenger | Georgetown University D (Boston Breakers)
- Indigo Gibson | University of California, Berkeley D (Chicago Red Stars)
- Brianna Visalli | Pepperdine University F (Chicago Red Stars)
- Rebecca Rasmussen | University of Colorado Boulder F (North Carolina Courage)
- Brittany Basinger | Penn State University D (Washington Spirit)
- Ashton Miller | Duke University M (Boston Breakers)
- Nadia Gomes | Brigham Young University F (Orlando Pride)—Portuguese U-19 player who also has a U.S. passport
- Megan Buckingham | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill D (Chicago Red Stars)
- Allyson Haran | Wake Forest University D (Seattle Reign FC)—CANADA
- Maddie Huster | Wake Forest University M (Washington Spirit)
- Zoey Goralski | University of California Los Angeles F (Chicago Red Stars)
- Veronica Latsko | University of Virginia M (Houston Dash)
- Annabella Geist | Oregon State University G (Portland Thorns FC)
- Abby Elinsky | University of North Carolina F (Houston Dash)
- Rachel Moore | The College of William and Mary F (Washington Spirit)
- Joanna Boyles | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill M (Boston Breakers)
- Sarah Shimer | University of Washington G (Houston Dash)
- EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor | Duke University G (Utah Royals FC)
- Kiana Palacios | UC Irvine M (Sky Blue FC)
- Celia Jiménez Delgado | University of Alabama M (Seattle Reign FC)—Spain—played at Sevilla
- Alexa Ben | DePaul University F (Chicago Red Stars)
- Morgan Reid | Duke University D (North Carolina Courage)
- Carlin Hudson | Yale University D (North Carolina Courage)
- Ryan Williams | Texas Christian University D (North Carolina Courage)
Note: In the weeks to come, we will talk with one high-profile college player who has made the choice to bypass the NWSL draft and has signed a multi-year deal with a well-known club in Northern Europe. We will also talk to the Director of a U.S. program that assists women players to find clubs in Europe. This Director—a native of England—has found more and more interest in their women's programs, which were begun after years of success on the men's side.
England Brings 30 Players into Camp
Interim head coach Mo Marley England brought in 30 players into camp this week in La Manga, Spain (from January 14 through the 24th) ahead of the third annual U.S. based SheBelieves Cup, with England facing France on March 1 in Columbus Ohio in their first game. The team is entirely home-based except for Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) and Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign for 2018—after moving from Arsenal). Chelsea defender Hannah Blundell was a late addition while Millie Bright and Jo Potter withdrew with injuries.
England Women's National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4):Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Mary Earps (Reading), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
DEFENDERS (10): Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Jess Carter (Birmingham City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Gabby George (Everton), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Reading), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Drew Spence (Chelsea), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Reading), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
FORWARDS (8):Karen Carney (Chelsea), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign FC), Ellen White (Birmingham City)
Corboz is called into France's National Team camp.
American midfielder Daphne Corboz, well-known to British followers of the women's game as she played for two years with Manchester City before joining Sky Blue FC last season in the NWSL, was called into France's National Team for the first time by head coach Corinne Diacre. Corboz replaces midfielder Sandie Toletti (Montpellier) who had to step out with an injury. Corboz, who is playing on loan in France with FC Fleury 91 this winter, was expected to play on January 20 against Italy. However, though among the substitutes, she did not feature in the 1-1 tie in Marseille, in which all of the scoring occurred within the first 20 minutes. Amandine Henry, who just left the NWSL Portland Thorns to return to her original club Lyon, tied the game in the 17th minute after Brescia forward Cristiana Girelli gave the visitors the early lead in the 7th minute. Corboz was raised in New Jersey and played collegiately at Georgetown University, where she was a three-time All-American; she qualifies to play for France through her parents. Corboz (24) scored 1 goal and 5 assists last season for Sky Blue FC and has 1 goal in 8 matches at FC Fleury 91.
Brazilian international midfielder Andressinha is traded from Houston to Portland
2017 NWSL Champions Portland Thorns acquired Brazilian international midfielder Andressinha from the Houston Dash in exchange for forward Savannah Jordan. Thorns head coach Mark Parsons said: "Andressinha is a smart and creative midfielder that brings the ability to control and dictate the tempo of a game. She can score special goals from distance and has the intelligence to create opportunities for others out of nothing. Her experience in the NWSL, and internationally as a key player for Brazil, makes her a strong addition to the club." Andressinha (22) has played in Houston since the 2015 season with 2 goals and 3 assists in 21 games last season and 3 goals and 4 assists in 43 matches during her NWSL career. She played with Kindermann in Brazil prior to her move Stateside. Andressinha has 21 caps for Brazil, first appearing as a 17-year-old. She played all five matches for Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also played in the 2010 and 2012 U-17 Women's World Cups.
Jordan, 22, was selected by Portland as the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, and signed with Portland Thorns FC in August 2017. In one season with Portland, Jordan made two substitute appearances and played only 9 minutes. She played at the University of Florida and for U.S. Youth National teams at the U-18, U-20 and U-23, including at the 2014 Under 20 Women's World Cup in Canada.
CONCACAF U-20 Women's World Cup Final Qualifying Tournament Begins This Week in Trinidad and Tobago—Rosters for the American and Canadian teams
The 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France. All 16 matches of the tournament will take place across eight match days at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad.
In the first round of games beginning on January 18, Haiti shocked host nation Trinidad 3-2 through a hat trick by their Montpellier (France)-based forward Nerila Mondesir and Canada beat Costa Rica 3-1 with two goals from 16 year old Jordan Huitema. In Group B on January 19, the U.S defeated Nicaragua 2-0 and Mexico blasted Jamaica 4-0. On January 20, both Canada and Haiti secured semifinal berths, with Haiti defeating Costa Rica 3-2, after watching Costa Rica fight back from a 3-0 halftime deficit, and narrowly missed tying the game up as Haitian goalkeeper Kerly Theus snuffed a Costa Rican one-on-one opportunity sprung from a brilliant ball from midfield. Canada defeated the hosts Trinidad and Tobago 4-1, with Huitema scoring a hat trick.
U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team head coach Jitka Klimkova has named the 20-player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship to be held Jan. 18-28 in Trinidad & Tobago. Klimkova, who played for clubs in her homeland of the Czech Republic and at the national team level, coached Canberra United in Australia for two seasons, including a championship victory in the Grand Final in 2011/12.She came to U.S. Soccer from the New Zealand Football Federation, where she served as head coach of the New Zealand U-17 Women's National Team and as an assistant coach for the Ferns U-20 Women's National Team over 2013 and 2014. She was also an assistant coach for the senior New Zealand Women's National Team in 2014 and worked as the USA's head scout at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea. She also has coached the Czech Republic's U-19 national side in the past
The American's roster is made up of 16 collegiate players and four youth club players, all of whom play for U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy teams. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1998 are eligible for the 2018 U-20 Women's World Cup, and Klimkova has named players from three birth years: six born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and three born in 2000. The roster's youngest player is 17-year-old Real Colorado forward Sophia Smith, who was recently named 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.
Players from 10 colleges are represented on the roster, including three players each from NCAA Champion Stanford, NCAA runner-up UCLA and the University of Virginia, while two come from 2016 NCAA Champions USC.
Klimkova also chose four alternates to travel with the team to Trinidad & Tobago for training purposes, returning before the tournament unless they were needed as an injury replacement: Goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn (Duke), defender Samantha Hiatt (Stanford), midfielder Olivia Athens (UCLA) and forward Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC).
2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Roster (College or Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 5/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.; 6/0), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; 6/0; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 11/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 9/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 2/0), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 8/0), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.; 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 7/1), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 23/4), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 12/0), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 9/0), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 10/1)
FORWARDS (6): Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 11/3), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.; 12/8), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 20/6), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 11/8), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 3/1), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.; 8/2)
Canada names squad for CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago
Canada has named the 20 players for the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship in Trinidad and Tobago. U-20 national team coach U-20 Bev Priestman, who was recently named as a full national team assistant in the wake of John Herdman switching from coaching the women's side to Canada's men's program, selected 20 players. Priestman, a native of England, led Canada's U-17 national team in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan in 2016. Priestman said: "Our main objective will be to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to ensure this group will again experience major tournaments, but we have also set some goals in terms of how we want to play and how we want to represent Canada as a team. Some of these players have had the opportunity to play with Canada Soccer's Women's National Team so they've experienced the unique culture that has been created within the Women's National Team. Our hope is they will bring some of that experience back to this group, not only on the field tactically but also off it."
Canada's roster includes seven players who have made Canada Soccer Women's National Team appearances, and many have come up through Canada Soccer's EXCEL system. Priestman continued: "A large percentage of this group have significant tournament experiences across the U15, U17 and U20 levels, which no doubt will be crucial to the success of the team, but also their individual journey towards the Women's National Team. There are also quite a few players that have relocated into our Regional EXCEL Super Centres and that environment where the best play with the best everyday has helped push these players forward. This competitive daily training environment and the support of the provinces where they originate has pushed them on and has certainly aided their development, and hopefully will be a contributing result to these players doing well here at the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship."
Canada squad for CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship Trinidad & Tobago 2018 (Alphabetical with Year of Birth, Club and Hometown)
Teni Akindoju, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX / Soccer Nova Scotia REX Program / Dunbrack Soccer Club, Halifax, NS
Maya Antoine, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX / Vaughan Soccer Club (League1 Ontario), Vaughan, ON
Tanya Boychuk, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex, Burnaby, BC / FC Edmonton Girls REX, Edmonton, AB
Gabrielle Carle, 1998, Florida State University (NCAA), Lévis, QC
Ashley Cathro, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX, Victoria, BC
Malikae Dayes, 1999, University of Maryland, Brampton, ON
Jessica De Filippo, 2001, Quebec REX / Lakeshore SC, Saint-Lazare, QC
Shana Flynn, 2000, Unionville-Milliken SC (League1 Ontario), Brampton, ON
Rylee Foster, 1998, West Virginia University (NCAA), Cambridge, ON (GK)
Julia Grosso, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX, Vancouver, BC
Jordyn Huitema, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX, Chilliwack, BC
Nadège L'Espérance, 1999, University of Louisville (NCAA), Candiac, QC
Jessica Lisi, 1998, University of Memphis (NCAA), Woodbridge, ON
Lysianne Proulx, 1999, Syracuse University (NCAA), Boucherville, QC (GK)
Emma Regan, 2000, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX, Burnaby, BC
Jayde Riviere, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX / Markham Soccer Club, Pickering, ON
Caitlin Shaw, 2001, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX, Coquitlam, BC
Sarah Stratigakis, 1999, University of Michigan (NCAA), Woodbridge, ON
Hannah Taylor, 1999, University of Oregon (NCAA), Edmonds, WA
Ariel Young, 2001, Ottawa Fury, Ottawa, ON
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