Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Houston Dynamo https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/houston-dynamo Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:07:44 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Senderos insists Wenger irreplaceable at Arsenal]]> <p>Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos has declared Arsene Wenger irreplaceable.</p><p>Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after almost 22 years at the club.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/senderos-insists-wenger-irreplaceable-at-arsenal-4230436?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos has declared Arsene Wenger irreplaceable.

Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after almost 22 years at the club.

I don't think you can replace Arsene at Arsenal," Houston Dynamo defender Senderos told ESPN.

I think you go in different direction, that's what I've heard in the press.

I think Mr (Ivan) Gazidis said it and that's totally true.

I think Arsene Wenger has done so much for the game in England and for the whole football club at Arsenal. You can't replace him.

He's unique, I owe him a lot, and a lot of players owe him a lot.

I'm sure he will be remembered as Mr Arsenal."

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<![CDATA[The Week In Women’s Football: Orlando Pride and Houston Dash looking for NWSL improvement]]> <p>The Week We Conclude with Our NWSL Season Five Preview and announce another UWS Franchise that will play in the Western New York area this summer.</p><p><br>NWSL Season Five PreviewPart 2</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-orlando-pride-and-houston-dash-looking-for-nwsl-improvement-4178807?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> The Week We Conclude with Our NWSL Season Five Preview and announce another UWS Franchise that will play in the Western New York area this summer.


NWSL Season Five PreviewPart 2

This week, we preview the remaining five NWSL teams as the league's fifth regular season started last week: FC Kansas City, Sky Blue FC, Houston Dash, Orlando Pride and Boston Breakers Last week we looked at Portland Thorns, Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars, North Carolina Courage and Seattle Reign this week. We are presenting the teams in order of last season's regular season finish.

FC Kansas CityTied for Sixth--7-5-8 for 26 points
FC Kansas City won league crowns over Seattle in the 2014 and 2015 finals and head coach Vlatko Andonovski was looking forward to some top shelf returning talent, including U.S. internationals Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Lerouxwho sat out last year on maternity leavealong with former international goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and national team pool midfielder Erika Tymrak, who scored two goals this winter for title winning Melbourne City. After losing Lauren Holiday after the 2015 season, Andonovski saw Heather O'Reilly move to Arsenal after the 2016 season ended. However, after their opening game last weekend, in which both Leroux and Rodriguez scored in a 2-0 win over Boston at home, the Blues have to deal with another loss, as Rodriguez tore her ACL in the second half and will be lost for the season. Andonovski said after the game, I'm extremely sorry for what happened to Amy. She worked so hard to come back from pregnancy and looked better than ever before. It is unfortunate that she is not going to be able to play this season. We'll miss her on the field, in the locker room, and in training. Her enthusiasm is contagious." Rodriguez is a significant setback for a team in desperate need to improve on their scoring ratenetting only 18 last season, with only the Boston Breakers behind them (14 goals). Shea Groom had 8 goals last season and will now have help only from LeRoux. Christina Gibbons, who played at Duke University and was the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, will be looked upon to play significant minutes in defense. With only two internationals on the roster (Desiree Scott of Canada and Katie Bowen of New Zealand, though Scott counts as a Canadian Federation Allocation rather than an import signing), Andonovski has considerable room to add a few importsmost likely prioritizing a forward and a midfielderduring the season.

Sky Blue FCTied for 6th Place 7-5-8 for 26 points
Imports and 2016 rookies Leah Galton (England) and Raquel Rodriguez (Costa Rica) adjusted well to the professional game last season after collegiate careers in the U.S. at Hofstra and Penn State Universities respectively, with Galton scoring 3 goals and 4 assists and putting herself firmly on England's National Team radar. Sky Blue, coached by Northern Irishman Christy Holly, needs to step up and support Australian international Sam Kerr, who was phenomenal last winter at Perth Glory with 10 goals. In defense, the side still resides on American veterans Kelly O'Hara and Christie Rampone. Kailen Sheridan (Canada) was a good selection from Clemson University in the draft at goalkeeper but this team lacks depth and could use an infusion of new talent in the back and some international flair up front to support Kerr. Like FC KC, with three internationals signed, they could add an import during the season.

Houston Dash8th Place6-4-10 for 22 points
Here we go againthe Dash enters its fourth season with a strong fan basean average attendance of 5,696 for third in the leaguebut still looking for their first playoff berth despite having American international midfielders Carli Lloydafter her loan spell with Manchester Cityand Morgan Brian in the midfield. Canadian forward Janine Beckie had 3 goals and 2 assists in 14 games around Rio Olympics duty and look to her to have a breakout season; she is joined by fellow Maple Leaf and rookie Nichelle Prince (Ohio State University). American forward Kealia Ohai had 11 goals and 4 assists and was capped during the off-season. Brazilian imports. Poliana, Andressa and Bruna Benites of Brazil. along with English international Rachel Dalywho had a solid first year with 4 goals and 4 assists in 16 matchesare key imports. Other imports include Irish international and ex-Glasgow City forward Denise O'Sullivan (2 goals and 2 assists in 2016) and South African international defender Janine Van Wyk, a new signing for 2017. Waldrum also has a few new Americans: American forward Sarah Hagen was a late pickup on wavers after Orlando Pride cut hershe played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for two successful seasons at Bayern Munich. Cami Levin (ex-Stanford and Gothenburg of Sweden) also came to the Dash from Orlando this week, in a trade for a 2018 College Draft Selection. The Dash is strong at goalkeeper with Australian international Lydia Williams starting but Mexican international Bianca Henninger was jettisoned for rookie Jane Campbell (Stanford), who was capped at the full level against Russia earlier this month, after being an institution on various youth international level teams. Waldrum reportedly lost the dressing room last yearthe Dash have the talent but if they start out slowit could be bye bye Randy, who has made no secret that he wants to coach a major international side like the U.S. or Canada (sorry Trinidad and Tobagothat was just a temp arrangement that ultimately didn't help the Dash or T&T).

Note: Daly and Ohai scored in the Dash's 2-0 opening weekend win over Chicago Red Stars but then the Dash were blasted 5-1 in Seattle (who they have never defeated in 8 games) on April 22.

Orlando PrideNinth6-1-13 for 19 points
For better or worse, Orlando's 2017 season can be summed up in one wordMarta. The Brazilian superstar signed last week from Rosengard of Sweden. In three seasons in WPS from 2009 through 2011, she won three titles and played in every final. She could have the same effect as Kaka has had on Orlando FC's MLS sideboth on the field and off. Marta's signing is a coup for the league but expectations will be huge, particularly as the long held assumption by many that they were a shoe-in to host the 2017 Final Game was confirmed this week, which will be held on Saturday, October 14. The Final will be played at the new Orlando City Stadium, a privately-funded, 25,500-seat stadium features a natural grass playing surface and a four-sided canopy roof to keep noise in and weather out, as well as North America's only safe-standing supporters' section. It also features 49 rainbow colored seats in Section 12 as a tribute to the victims of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. NWSL has used a designated site arrangement to give the host club time to prepare and presell tickets since 2015's final in Portland. Former U.S. and Australian national team coach Tom Sermanni has some other well-known players on the side with 2015 World Cup winners Alex Morgan (4 goals and 1 assist in 15 games) up front when she returns on loan from Lyon around early June, Ashlyn Harris (1.33 GAA in 15 games) in goal and Ali Kreiger in defense, who was traded from the Washington Spirit during their offseason fire sale. Marta will have two Brazilian teammates Monica Hickman Alves (Brazil) and Camilla Martins Pereira (Brazil). There will be three Australian internationals on the side as well this season: Alanna Kennedy joins holdovers Laura Alleway and Steph Catley. Rookie Rachel Hill, whose rights the Pride acquired in January, is currently finishing up her senior year at the University of Connecticut and will join the team at a later date.

Note: After losing to Portland Thorns 2-0 on April 15 before 16,145 Rose City fans, Orlando hosted Washington on April 22 as 14,452 saw Marta enter the game in the 59th, for her historic debut in NWSL. Danish international Line Sigvardsen-Jensen gave the Spirit the lead a minute later, but another substituterookie Danica Evans (ex-University of Colorado/University of Portland)scored for the Pride to give them a share of the points (1-1).

The Boston BreakersTenth--3-2-15 for 11 points
The Beantown team has 12 new faces this season after a tremendous clear-out of the old guard by Liverpool head coach Matt Beard. Last season was not a reflection of Beard's coaching ability but rather indicates how truly poor the team was that he inherited. Former Reds American goalkeeper Libby Stout (2.10 GAA in 10 games) and English international forward Natasha Dowie were quality additions and Dowie scored 9 goals for Melbourne Victory this past winter. They are joined by another former Red: Portuguese international and ex-Florida State University midfielder Amanda Da Costaa former Tribal Football contributor when she played at Liverpool. Midfielder Rose Lavellethe top draft pick in the 2017 College Drafthas been a revelation in midfield for the U.S. National Team this spring and could be a superstar in Boston. Morgan Andrews of USCnumber three pick in Januaryis from New England and has U.S. youth national team experience. They are joined by other new Breakers signings including: Canadian international Adriana Leon (ex-Western New York Flash and FC Zurich) and New Zealand midfielder Rosie White, who both led the Breakers with four goals and one assist each during the 2017 preseason, Canadian defender and Olympic bronze medalist Allysha Chapman, Norwegian forward Emilie Haavi, and defender Amanda Frisbie, a little used backup the past few years with FC Kansas City and Western New York who then won the

2016 rvalsdeild championship in Iceland with Stjarnan, after a collegiate career at the University of Portland. Look to Boston to struggle early as they find a balance and harmony; a late season push led by Leon and Lavelle could fall short.

Western New York Flash's Departure has resulted in two area UWS Sides

With the Western New York Flash leaving Buffalo/Rochester for North Carolina in 2017 last January, the Flash organization joined UWS in March for a Buffalo-based club. Now Rochester (an hour east where most Flash WPS/NWSL games were played in a soccer specific stadium) has also joined the 2 year old semiprofessional loop. The Rochester Lady Lancerstaking the name of the original NASL franchise from the 1970'swill play their games at the Wegmans Sports Complex. UWS League Director Joe Ferrara, Jr. said: We are so excited to have the Rochester Lancers join United Women's SoccerThe entire Lancers organization have shown a passionate commitment to the sport of soccer and the city of Rochester. Historically, soccer in Rochester is on par with any city in the United States. There are certain criteria in a UWS sports franchise that we want our clubs to embody and the Lancers have it all. From professionalism on and off the field to community and public relations, the Lancers will be a positive beacon in the league." Monroe Community College Assistant Women's Soccer Coach Loren Inglese (a Rochester native) will serve as the Lady Lancers' General Manager and Head Coach while MCC Head Women's Soccer Coach Sal Galvano will be Associate Head Coach. There should be some good derbies this summer between the Buffalo and Rochester franchises, as well as another new Northwestern New York sidethe Syracuse Developmental Academywho joined in February.


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

Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey

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<![CDATA[The Week In Women’s Football: Brazilian great Marta joins Orlando Pride as US Soccer reaches CBA]]> <p>This week, we review the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer, the American national team allocations to NWSL teams for 2017, Brazilian superstar joining Orlando Pride, and some news on recent international friendlies for the U.S., Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.</p><p><br>U.S. Soccer and the National Team Players Association Peacefully Agree to New Labor Agreement</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-brazilian-great-marta-joins-orlando-pride-as-us-soccer-reaches-cba-4176790?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week, we review the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association and U.S. Soccer, the American national team allocations to NWSL teams for 2017, Brazilian superstar joining Orlando Pride, and some news on recent international friendlies for the U.S., Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.


U.S. Soccer and the National Team Players Association Peacefully Agree to New Labor Agreement

This past week, the U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Women's National Team Player's Association have concluded a new collective bargaining agreement, which will run from 2017 through the end of 2021, guaranteeing no strikes ahead of or during the 2019 Women's World Cup in France and the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. This provides considerable continuity and stability after 2016 started with the real threat of a pre-Olympic Games strike by the reigning World Cup champions. Changes in leadership with the Players Associationboth on the legal and team leadership sidecreated a more positive atmosphere. Reports are that some players could double their current annual salaries to between $200,000 and $300,000 during World Cup or Olympic years. The players will also receive increases in travel and per diem payments as well as control over their group images for advertising and promotional purposes. The agreement continues to cover U.S. National Team Players while in NWSL. Another good thing is the number of guaranteed salaries per year was reduced from 24 to 22, allowing more flexibility for head coach Jill Ellis to bring in players that aren't on contracteither new young talent or veteran players like Allie Long of the Portland Thorns whose stellar play in NWSL for yearsparticularly in 2015resulted in repeated call-ups in 2016 and a spot on the Rio Olympics team.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said about the new Collective Bargaining Agreement: This agreement helps to ensure the strength of the women's national team, provide stability and growth potential for the National Women's Soccer League, and over time strengthen the elite player development process at the grassroots level. We believe our continued partnership will ensure a bright future for our sport for years to come."

It has been a good month few weeks for women's national team as the women's hockey team threatened to boycott the World Championships in a quest for better salaries. They signed an agreement which should bring most players in the range of $70,000 to $100,000 a year, so they can train full time. They then went out and defeated Canada in the Final to win the World Championship.


NWSL Names U.S. National Team Allocated Players

With the fifth season of the National Women's Soccer League due to start over the Easter Weekend, the NWSL announced 22 U.S. National Team Allocated Players, whose salaries are funded by U.S. Soccer. These allocations did not result in any club changes, but one 2017 rookie, Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers) is among four new allocations, along with Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars) and Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

Boston Breakers: Rose Lavelle*

Chicago Red Stars: Julie (Johnston) Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Casey Short*

Houston Dash: Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd

FC Kansas City: Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez and Becky Sauerbrunn

North Carolina Courage: Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams*

Orlando Pride: Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan

Portland Thorns FC: Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long* and Emily Sonnett

Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe

Sky Blue FC: Kelley O'Hara

Washington Spirit: None


Marta leaves Rosengard in Sweden for Orlando Pride

The NWSL's Orlando Pride announced this week that they had signed Brazilian international forward Marta. Marta has been a fixture on the international stage since winning the Golden ball at the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Cup in Thailand, but she is still 31 and a proven winner at the club level. She has won league titles in 10 of the last 12 years, including the Swedish Damallsvenskan title in 2014 and 2015 with Rosengard. She played all three years in Women's Professional Soccer from 2009 through 2011 and appeared in every final, winning two titleswith FC Gold Pride (San Francisco Bay Area) in 2010 and then with the Western New York Flash in 2011. In Rochester, she played with rookie Alex Morgan, who will be available on the front line with her in Orlando once her loan expires with Olympique Lyon at the end of the Champions League season. Marta leads all women in World Cup goals with 15. Her coach, former U.S. and Australian international head coach Tom Sermanni, said about his new forward: She is probably the female equivalent of the likes of Ronaldo; she plays the game at the very highest level, understands the game, knows the game, has all the attributes of a professional player, physically [is] in good shape, a consummate professional and the ability to change games and score goals." Sermanni also said that Marta will: Lift the standard of the team by helping others play and understand game better." Sermanni also felt that attracting a player of Marta's pedigree was a fantastic statement for the league." He is absolutely rightMarta's signing has brought the limelight back on the league after a fantastic Final last fall in Houston. The league has done very well in surviving and growing for four seasons, but Marta's presence should bring other top international players into the league; reversing a trend that has seen national team stars Carli Lloyd (Manchester City), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyon) and Crystal Dunn (Cheslea) go abroad, albeit the first two on loan.


U.S. Handily Defeats Russia in Two Friendlies in Texas

The U.S. Women's National Team bounced back nicely from their two consecutive defeats to England and then France in last month's SheBelieves Cup to defeat Russia in two friendlies in Texas. The Americans defeated Russia 4-0 on April 6 before 15,191 in Plano, Texas, with a pair of goals in each half from Allie Long (Portland Thorns) and Crystal Dunn (Chelsea). Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers) had a strong game in the middle of the field, rather than on the wing as she played during the SheBelieves Cup last month. In the second game on April 9 in Houston, 11,347 saw Crystal Dunn again score a brace, leading the Americans to a 5-1 victory. Carli Lloyd (Manchester City/Houston Dash) opened the scoring with a penalty kick goal in the 20th minute while Lavelle scored her first goal, along with a Russian own goal. Nadeshda Karpova scored Russia's only goal late in the first half, again from the penalty spot. Russia's side was entirely drawn from domestic clubs. Russia is now 0-1-9 in their 10 matches against the Americans, with the lone tie came in 2000. Russia has played in two World Cupsin 1999 and 2003. Their head coach is Elena Fomina, the first woman to coach the national side, and who played in the 2003 World Cup.

Jane Campbell played the last sixteen minutes in goal to earn her first senior cap for the U.S. 17 year old midfielder Jaelin Howell and 16 year old forward Sophia Smith of Real Coloradowhich produced Mallory Pughwere both on the roster but did not see action in either game. Next up for the Americans will be a trip to Scandinavia in June, for matches against Sweden (June 8) and Norway (June 11).

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride).
DEFENDERS (6):
7-Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), 5-Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), 22-Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 7-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
25-Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), 16-Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), 20-Allie Long (Portland Thorns), 3-Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (8):
19-Crystal Dunn (Chelsea/ENG), 13-Alex Morgan (Lyon/FRA), 21-Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 2-Mallory Pugh (UCLA), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 26-Sophia Smith (Real Colorado), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage).

Russia Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
1-Tatiana Shcerbak (Kubanochka), 12-Alena Belyaeva (Chertanovo), 21-Iuliia Grichenko (CSKA)
DEFENDERS (6):
4-Tatiana Sheikina (Ryazan-VDV), 8-Daria Makarenko (Ryazan-VDV), 13-Anna Belomyttseva (Ryazan-VDV), 18-Elvira Ziiastinova (CSKA), 19-Ekaterina Morozova (Chertanovo), 22-Ksenia Kovalenko (CSKA)
MIDFIELDERS (7):
9-Anna Cholovyaga (CSKA), 10-Elena Terekhova (CSKA), 11-Ekaterina Sochneva (CSKA), 16-Anastasiia Pozdeeva (Zvezda-2005), 17-Ekaterina Pantiukhina (Zvezda-2005), 20-Margarita Chernomyrdina (Chertanovo), 23-Elena Morozova (Kubanochka).
FORWARDS (3):
2-Nelli Korovkina (Chertanovo), 6-Nadeshda Karpova (Chertanovo), 15-Elena Danilova (Ryazan-VDV).


Canada defeats Sweden 1-0 before falling to Germany 2-1 on their European tour

Canada defeated Sweden on April 6th 1-0 in Trelleborg, in Southwestern Sweden, with Janine Beckie (Houston Dash) scoring the winner with an assist from Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) in the 34th minute. Canada lost to Spain by the same score in the Final of the Algarve Cup last month. Canadian Head coach John Herdman said: It's a great result to beat Sweden, in Sweden. We knew it was going to be a tough game, but I think the team played very well. We came out strong in the first half, and the second half was all about game-management--when you are a goal up at halftime, our job is to ensure we come away with the points." On April 9, Canada fell to Germany 2-1 with goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC) gifting the Germans an early lead in the 13th minute when she completely missed clearing a back pass and it rolled into her net. After Deanna Rose (Scarborough in Canada) tied up the match with an assist from Beckie, halftime goalkeeper replacement Stephanie Labbe (Washington Spirit) punched a ball straight to Linda Dallmann (SGS Essen), who scored the winner before 10,023 in Erfurt. Canada split a pair of games last summer with Germany in the Rio Olympics, winning a group match but falling in the semifinals to the eventual Olympic Champions.

Canada Soccer Women's National Team 2017 European Friendlies Roster

Goalkeepers
Stephanie Labb, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Sabrina D'Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)

Defenders
Lindsay Agnew, age 21, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Allysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
Ashley Lawrence, age 21, from Caledon, ON/ Paris St-Germain FC
Marie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis (NCAA)
Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FC
Kadeisha Buchanan, age 21, from Brampton, ON/ FCF Olympique Lyonnais
Shelina Zadorsky, age 24, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)

Midfielders
Jessie Fleming, age 19, from London, ON/ UCLA (NCAA)
Rebecca Quinn, age 21, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)
Sophie Schmidt, age 28, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
Gabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lvis, QC/ CS Lvis-Est & Qubec Soccer REX
Sarah Stratigakis, age 18, from Woodbridge, ON/ Aurora United FC (League1 Ontario)

Forwards
Jordyn Huitema, age 15, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
Nichelle Prince, age 22, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Deanne Rose, age 18, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United
Adriana Leon, age 24, from King City, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)


Trinidad falls to Venezuela in their second friendly 2-1

We discussed two weeks ago that Trinidad and Tobago is struggling to find their feet under new head coach Carolina Morace, a former international star forward for Italy and former head coach for Italy and Canada. After player turmoil and a less than galvanizing performance at home on March 26 against lowly rated Venezuela (60th in the latest FIFA rankings) in a scoreless draw, Morace received more bad news as T&T dropped the second match 3-1, again at home. Paola Villamizar and Milagros Mendoza staked the visitors to a first half lead, though Tasha St. Louis scored from the penalty spot to leave T&T down 2-1 at the half. Tahicelis Marcano restored Venezuela's two goal margin in the 69th minute. On the basis of this game, Venezuela is not to be overlooked by their South American foes with World Cup qualification coming next year, if they can muster the funds for more training camps and friendlies as the country suffers through a severe economic crisis. They played the ball on the ground intelligently and were not rushed at all. They also did not have their U-20 World Cup star Deyna Catellanos, who was at school at Florida State University. Curiously Morace seemed rather pleased with her team's play: First of all, I think that today we played better than Sunday. I saw much better movement in the game Unfortunately, we lost too many goals [because of] technical mistakes and this is where we have to work a lot."

The full-time salary commitment to many in the squad by the Federation will help, but Morace needs to show some signs that she is positively impacting the team, particularly since Caribbean World Cup qualifying begins this summer.

Friendly international
(Wednesday 29 March 2017)
Trinidad and Tobago: 1 (Tasha St Louis 31 pen)
Venezuela: 3 (Paolo Villamizar 23, Milagros Mendoza 28, Tahicelos Marcano 69)
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva

Trinidad and Tobago (4-3-3): 1.Kimika Forbes (GK); 8.Patrice Superville, 3.Anastasia Prescott, 5.Arin King (15.Chevonne John 74), 11.Liana Hinds (20.Lauryn Hutchinson 61); 14.Karyn Forbes (6.Nia Walcott 74), 7.Dernelle Mascall, 12.Ranae Ward; 9.Mariah Shade, 10.Tasha St Louis (captain), 13.Shanelle Henry.

Unused substitutes: 21.Shalette Alexander (GK), 2.Ayanna Russell, 4.Crystal Mollineaux, 16.Ke'die Johnson, 17.Annalis Cummings, 18.Kelsey Henry, 19.Laurelle Theodore.

Coach: Carolina Morace

Venezuela (4-4-2): 12.Micheel Rengifo (GK); 2.Petra Cabrera (5. Nayle Quintero 46), 4.Barbara Serrano, 17.Yeiny Rosal (18.Hilaris Villasana 34), 6.Rafanny Mendoza; 7.Milagros Mendoza, 8.Tachicelis Marcano; 16.Maikerlin Astudillo, 19.Vimarest Diaz; 10.Paola Villamizar (captain), 11.Joemar Guarecuco.

Unused substitutes: 1.Oriana Palacios (GK), 20. Paola Camacho, 21.Diosely Mendoza.

Coach: Josefina Infante



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

Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey

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<![CDATA[Houston Dynamo chief warns Man Utd great Rooney - ‘MLS can embarrass you…’]]> <p>Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti admits MLS is no walkover for superstar players.</p><p>As Manchester united striker Wayne Rooney continues to be linked with a potential summer move to North America, Canetti sent a warning to the England international.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/houston-dynamo-chief-warns-man-utd-great-rooney-mls-can-embarrass-you-4175022?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti admits MLS is no walkover for superstar players.

As Manchester united striker Wayne Rooney continues to be linked with a potential summer move to North America, Canetti sent a warning to the England international.

The Dynamo chief says the competition has the knack of embarrassing those who make their way over the Atlantic looking for an easy buck.

"It still seems like he has something left in the tank," Canetti said of Rooney.

"He would come over here and, I'm hoping, would be energised to play and wouldn't be here just for the party or the money.

"It's a tough league now. It used to be where some of these guys could come over here and think, 'I'm just going to skate through'. I think there's been plenty of examples where it's been proven that you can't do that.

"You need to be fit, you need to be focused and you need to take it seriously or you're going to embarrass yourself.

"He would need to be motivated to come over here and be successful like some of the other guys have been.

"David Beckham was the prime example he wanted to win here."

He added: "I'm not sure if he's as big a brand, just because Beckham was so pop culture.

"From a football perspective, there will be the hard-core fans that say 'Wow, Wayne Rooney!' but with David Beckham, you don't need to be a football fan to know who he is and what he represents."

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<![CDATA[MLS surprised Liverpool legend Gerrard - Houston Dynamo president]]> <p>Steven Gerrard was taken aback by the quality and toughness of Major League Soccer.</p><p>That is the opinion of Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti who believes the Liverpool legend was surprised during his 18-month stint with MLS giants LA Galaxy.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/mls-surprised-liverpool-legend-gerrard-houston-dynamo-president-4175021?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Steven Gerrard was taken aback by the quality and toughness of Major League Soccer.

That is the opinion of Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti who believes the Liverpool legend was surprised during his 18-month stint with MLS giants LA Galaxy.

"I don't think it was a question of his focus or commitment. I think he found the league to be more challenging that he expected," he said.

"He plays a very demanding position. When he came here to play us, it was 100 degrees and 90 per cent humidity. He found the elements to be challenging.

"In some cases, you have to come to Houston where it's 100 degrees.

"You go to Salt Lake or Colorado where you're at altitude and you have to deal with that, or you go to Toronto or Montreal where it's cold, or you go to Seattle or Portland or New England where you're playing on artificial turf."

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<![CDATA[The Week In Women’s Football: Canada performs in Algarve Cup; US squad for Russia named; trouble in T&T…]]> <p>This week we review some news within CONCACAF, including summing up Canada's performance at the 2017 Algarve Cup, the U.S. roster for the home friendlies with Russia in early April and some player unrest in Trinidad &amp; Tobago as they entertain Venezuela in two friendlies.</p><p><br>Canada Finishes Second to Spain in the 2017 Algarve Cup, earlier this month</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-canada-performs-in-algarve-cup-us-squad-for-russia-named-trouble-in-t-t-4174900?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week we review some news within CONCACAF, including summing up Canada's performance at the 2017 Algarve Cup, the U.S. roster for the home friendlies with Russia in early April and some player unrest in Trinidad & Tobago as they entertain Venezuela in two friendlies.


Canada Finishes Second to Spain in the 2017 Algarve Cup, earlier this month

Canadian Women's National Team Coach John Herdmanwho took Canada to Olympic Bronze Medals at the last two Olympic Games in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016led the Maple Leafs to second in the 2017 Algarve Cup in Portugal, losing to Spain 1-0 in the Final last month; the first meeting ever between the two national sides.

Lelia Ouahabi, who plays in defense for Barcelona, scored in the 5th minute and the Spaniards held off the Maple Leafs the rest of the way. Canada just fell short of defending its Algarve Cup title that they won in 2016. Canada had not participated in the Algarve Cup since 2003 before last year, when then coach Even Pellerud withdrew his side from the 2004 edition on short notice after their surprising defeat in Costa Rica to Mexico 1-0 in the decider for a 2004 Olympic Games spot. Canada played in the Cyprus Cup for years, which at the time was seen as a second tier event, which probably is no longer the case currently since England, France, Germany and the U.S. have begun passing the Algarve Cup events to play in the SheBelieves invitational tournament in the States, which was launched in the Spring of 2016.

Canada reached the Algarve Cup final by winning Group A with 7 pointsone point ahead of hosts Portugalby overcoming Denmark 1-0 on a late Christine Sinclair goal, defeating Russia 2-0 on tallies by Sophie Schmidt and Christine Sinclair within the first 30 minutes and then holding Portugal scoreless (0-0). Spain overcame Japan (2-1) and Norway (3-0) before tying Iceland (0-0) to finish Group B with 7 points, one ahead of Japan. In Group 3, Australia, won the group with 6 points after opening the tournament with a loss to Sweden (0-1) but then defeating the Netherlands 3-2 with two goals by Emily Gielnik (Brisbane Roar and a one-time Liverpool player) and one by Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride/Sydney FC) and then China 2-1, with another goal by Gielnek and one by Ellie Carpenter (Western Sydney Wanderers), her first ever goal for the full national team. Australiafinishing third in points to Canada and Spainmet Denmark in the third place game but lost 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 tie. Australia's goal came from Kyah Simon (Sky Blue FC/Perth Glory).

Canada will next play Costa Rica on June 8th in Winnipeg and then on June 11th in Toronto. It will be the first time the two CONCACAF powers have met since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament to earn a spot in Rio.

Ten of the Canadian side that went to Portugal are with NWSL sidesincluding 2017 college draft pickswhile 3 play abroad (2 in Germany and 1 in France), 3 are in U.S. colleges and 6 are youngsters with Canadian club sides (see below).

Canada Soccer Women's National Team Algarve Cup Roster (in alphabetical order):
Lindsay Agnew, age 21, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Kadeisha Buchanan, age 21, from Brampton, ON/ FCF Olympique Lyonnais
Gabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lvis, QC/ CS Lvis-Est & Qubec Soccer REX
Allysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
Sabrina D'Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
Jessie Fleming, age 18, from London, ON/ UCLA (NCAA)
Jordyn Huitema, age 15, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
Stephanie Labb, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Alex Lamontagne, age 20, from Whitby, ON/ Durham United FC (League1 Ontario)
Ashley Lawrence, age 21, from Caledon, ON/ Paris St-Germain FC
Marie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis (NCAA)
Nichelle Prince, age 21, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Deanne Rose, age 17, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United
Rebecca Quinn, age 21, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)
Sophie Schmidt, age 28, from Abbottsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)
Sarah Stratigakis, age 17, from Woodbridge, ON/ Aurora United FC (League1 Ontario)
Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FC
Shelina Zadorsky, age 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)


Jill Ellis names 24 players for friendly matches next month from Russia

U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 24-player training camp roster for two matches against Russia; April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas and April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Ellis will choose 18 players for each game. These will be the final U.S. WNT matches before the National Women's Soccer League kicks off its fifth season on April 15.

Nineteen of the players selected were on the roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup in March. Ellis has recalled midfielder Megan Rapinoe (117 caps/31 goals) and has given a first call-up to new Boston Breakers defender Megan Oyster, who made the NWSL final last season with the Washington Spirit. 2015 World Cup winning forward Amy Rodriguez (129/30) and defender Meghan Klingenberg (70/3), who both attended the USA's training camp before the SheBelieves Cup but did not make the final roster, were also selected, as was Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohaiwho was first capped after a stellar 2016 NWSL season.

Six players on the roster have played 122 times or more for the Americans while twelve have 33 or less caps. All are based with NWSL sides except Crystal Dunn (Chelsea) and NWSL loanees Carli Lloyd (Manchester City) and Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyon).

Russia, which is set to compete in the 2017 UEFA Women's Euro this summer in the Netherlands, was drawn into Group B with Germany, Italy and Sweden. Russia finished UEFA qualifying in second behind Germany in Group 5.

U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position - Texas Friendlies
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

Note: Julie Johnston was not available for these matches due to her wedding and honeymoon. When she returns to the U.S. WNT, she will be wearing her married named - Ertz - on the back of her jersey.


Player Trouble in Paradise - Three T&T veterans are out for Morace

The Trinidad & Tobago Women's National Senior Team has been in preparations for Caribbean Football Union World Cup qualifying this summer, dealing not just with getting to know a new coach but considerable player turmoil as well.

Three players are out of former Italian and Canadian head coach Carolina Morace's team: former captain Maylee Attin-Johnson and veteran forward Kennya Yaya" Cordner were both suspended last weekend. Reportedly, Morace said that Attin-Johnson and Cordner disrespected" hera charge that both players have denied. In addition, Ahkeela Mollon had excused herself from national team call-ups, again reportedly over Morace's less than ingratiating attitude towards players, something which has dogged Morace in past assignments, as she can never be accused as being Ms. Congeniality. Morace was a world class player for Italy, scoring 105 goals in 157 appearances but some former Canadian players said that her training camps felt like prison."

Former forward and ex-UCLA star Kara Lang once said that Morace: Didn't understand the culture [in Canada] and she tried to force her own culture on the team." That may be happening again in the southern Caribbean.

The three Trinidad players on the outs are key for the side; forward Mollon played professionally in Sweden for 4 years, Attin-Johnson was captain in midfield during the last World Cup qualifying campaign while Cordner has played professionally with Seattle Reign of the NWSL and for Brisbane Roar in Australia and was the Trinidad and Tobago national player of the year on three occasions. All three will not receive T&T national team player contracts for 2017at least at the present timewhich the federation is doing so that Morace can keep the team together for training throughout the year, totalling about TT$8,800 for top tier playersabout US$1,300 a monthequivalent to what a non-starter in NWSL can earn. On Monday, March 27, the first eight players who will receive contracts were announced: captain and attacker Tasha St Louis, forward Mariah Shade, playmaker Dernelle Mascall, defenders Patrice Superville, Annalis Cummings, Anastasia Prescott and Ayana Russell and forward Natasha St Louis, who is the younger sister of the team captain. Tasha St. Louis has played abroad in Sweden and with FC Indiana in the United States. National team members who are based abroad as well as those still in school will not receive monthly stipends, but are expected to receive match fees and bonuses for camps/games.

Though the choice of Morace as head coach late last year was controversial because of the difficulty that some people have had in communicating with her in her past coaching stops, her hiring was a positive statement by the Trini Football Federationas well as the monthly stipendsafter having to beg other teams for funds during its 2015 WWC Qualifying campaign and using part-time volunteer and Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum through WWC qualifying, a situation that was never going to work as his loyalties were split between club and country and ultimately both sides were unhappy. One hopes that Morace can bring these three talented veterans into the fold because quite honestly, this reporter believes she cannot win without them. Morace also does not need the turmoil and if it continues, T&T could find themselves missing a place in next year's CONCACAF World Cup finals, after coming so close for Canada 2015.

Venezuela was visiting Trinidad and Tobago for friendly matches and the first competitive game under Morace was a scoreless draw on March 26, which one local media professional labelled as uninspiring." Venezuela brought a completely local club-based side, while T&T had North American based veterans such as Arin King and Lauryn Hutchinson. The two sides play again on Wednesday March 29 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, about 40 kilometers south of the capital Port of Spain.

Trinidad & Tobago 0 Venezuela 0 - Friendly
March 26, 2017

Couva, Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago (4-3-3): 1.Kimika Forbes (GK); 8.Patrice Superville, 3.Anastasia Prescott, 5.Arin King, 20.Lauryn Hutchinson (15.Chevonne John 46); 12.Ranae Ward (19.Laurelle Theodore 79), 7.Dernelle Mascall (6.Nia Walcott 46), 14.Karyn Forbes; 13.Shenelle Henry, 10.Tasha St Louis (captain), 9.Mariah Shade.

Unused substitutes: 21.Shalette Alexander (GK), 2.Ayana Russell, 4.Crystal Mollineaux, 11.Liana Hinds, 16.Ke'die Johnson, 17.Annalis Cummings, 18.Kelsey Henry.

Coach: Carolina Morace

Venezuela (4-4-2): 12.Micheel Rengifo (GK); 17.Yeiny Rosal (20.Paola Camacho 60), 6.Rafanny Mendoza, 2.Petra Cabrera, 4.Barbara Serrano; 10.Paola Villamizar (captain), 8.Tahicelis Marcano, 16.Maikerlin Astudillo, 7.Milagros Mendoza; 11.Joemar Guarecuco (5.Nayle Quintero 90), 19.Vimarest Diaz (18.Hilaris Villasana 52).

Unused substitutes: 1.Oriana Palacios (GK), 13.Andrea De Oliveria, 21.Diosely Mendoza.

Coach: Josefina Infante



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

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<![CDATA[Chelsea watching Houston Dynamo young gun Kelechi Onyewuenyi]]> <p>Chelsea are believed to be showing interest in Nigerian youngster Kelechi Onyewuenyi.</p><p><a href="http://allnigeriasoccer.com/read_news.php?nid=22301" target="_blank">AllNigeriaSoccer</a> reports that Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has commenced talks with the youngster's representatives.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-watching-houston-dynamo-young-gun-kelechi-onyewuenyi-4172143?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Chelsea are believed to be showing interest in Nigerian youngster Kelechi Onyewuenyi.

AllNigeriaSoccer reports that Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has commenced talks with the youngster's representatives.

Onyewuenyi is currently with MLS club Houston Dynamo's U18s side and has reportedly been offered to Norwegian giants Rosenborg.

However, the 17-year-old Texan-born midfielder of Nigerian parentage, who has been compared to Mikel John Obi, is being watched closely by Emenalo and the current Premier League leaders could make a serious move for his services in the summer.

Chelsea previously signed Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls showing they aren't afraid to scour the MLS market.

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<![CDATA[The Week In Women’s Football: USA & Germany announce SheBelieves Cup squads; US to play Russia, Norway]]> <p>This week, we present the rosters for U.S. and Germany in the SheBelieves Cup which begins this week, announce some upcoming internationals for the Americans against European sides and update some news on UWS adding another West Conference Franchise and a U-17 International World Cup Star from last summer.</p><p>U.S. England, France and Germany start SheBelieves Cup this week in Chester (suburban Philadelphia), Pennsylvania.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-usa-germany-announce-shebelieves-cup-squads-us-to-play-russia-norway-4170782?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week, we present the rosters for U.S. and Germany in the SheBelieves Cup which begins this week, announce some upcoming internationals for the Americans against European sides and update some news on UWS adding another West Conference Franchise and a U-17 International World Cup Star from last summer.

U.S. England, France and Germany start SheBelieves Cup this week in Chester (suburban Philadelphia), Pennsylvania.

On March 1, England takes on France followed by the U.S. and Germany in Chester, Pennsylvania in the second year of what is quickly becoming one of the premier women's football tournaments in the world. On March 4, France plays Germany and the reigning Women's World Cup champions U.S. faces Englandthe Bronze medalists at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canadaat Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The tournament concludes on March 7 with Germany playing England and then the American side taking on France in RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

Below are the rosters for the U.S. and Germany and this weekend we will run the rosters for England and France.

For the U.S., 19 of the 23 players are NWSL-tied with Crystal Dunn (Chelsea of England) and Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyon of France) playing abroad and Mallory Pugh (UCLA) and Brianna Pinto (CASL) still in schoolPinto in high school.

For Germany, the roster is entirely Frauen-Bundesliga-based with the exception of three with Olympique Lyon in France: defenders Josephine Henning, Pauline Bremer and midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan.


U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position:

Goalkeepers - 3

Jane Campbell (Houston Dash)
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)

Defenders - 6

Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars)
Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride)
Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC)
Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders - 8

Morgan Brian (Houston Dash)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC)
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC)
Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers)
Carli Lloyd (Manchester City)
Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC)
Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)
Brianna Pinto (CASL)

Forwards - 6

Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC)
Jessica McDonald (NC Courage)
Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais)
Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars)
Mallory Pugh (UCLA)
Lynn Williams (NC Courage)


Germany Women's National Team Roster by Position:

Goalkeepers - 3

Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg)
Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg)
Lisa Wei (SGS Essen)

Defenders - 9

Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
Kathrin Hendrich (1. FFC Frankfurt)
Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg)
Pauline Bremer (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
Anna Blsse (VfL Wolfsburg)
Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg)
Verena Fait (Bayern Mnchen)
Kristin Demann (1899 Hoffenheim)
Felicitas Rauch (1. FFC Turbine Postdam)

Midfielders - 6

Leonie Maier (Bayern Mnchen)
Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg)
Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
Sara Dbritz (Bayern Mnchen)
Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen)
Linda Dallman (SGS Essen)

Forwards - 5

Anja Mittag (VfL Wolfsburg)
Mandy Islacker (1. FFC Frankfurt)
Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg)
Lina Magull (SC Freiburg)
Hasret Kayikci (SC Freiburg)


American Women will host Russia in April and then travel to Norway in June

The U.S. Women's National Team will host Russia on Thursday April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas (the home of MLS's FC Dallas) and then again on Sunday, April 9, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (the home of MLS' Houston Dynamo and the NWSL Houston Dash). Russia has qualified for this summer's UEFA Euro Finals in the Netherlands and was drawn into Group B with Germany, Italy and Sweden. Russia lost heavily to the U.S. twice in February of 2014, by a 7-0 score line in Boca Raton, Florida and then 8-0 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The U.S. Women's National Team will play in Norway on June 11 at the Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo. The Americans will play one other game in Europe before the Norway match, which has not yet been announced. Norway is also prepping for the UEFA Finalswhich starts mid-Juneand will be in Group A with host Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. The two nations last met at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal, with Norway scoring first through Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyon), but the Americans came back with two goals in the
second half by Carli Lloyd (Manchester City) to win 2-1.


New Franchise/World Class Player for UWS's West Conference

The two year old United Women's Soccer (UWS) added Los Angeles based So. Cal Crush F.C to the West Conference for this coming season. So. Cal Crush F.C. is a brand new franchise and seeks to create a derby type of rivalry with defending champions Santa Clarita Blue Heat. The team has signed a few players including forward Jamie Bell (Loyola Marymount University and FC Energia of Russia), Speaking of Santa Clarita Blue Heat, the 2016 UWS champions, they have signed a true burgeoning star on the international soccer scene: Venezuelan international forward Deyna Castellanos. The current Florida State University freshman is coming off her first year of collegiate soccer for the Seminoles, starting 13 out 13 games and was the team's joint-top goal scorer with seven goals in 2016. When she was 14, she was selected to the Venezuela side for the 2014 U-17 World Cup U-17, where she scored seven goals and three assists, sharing the Golden Boot award for top scorer with teammate Gabriela Garcia as the team exceeded all expectations and finished fourth. Last year, at the 2016 U-17 World Cup in Jordan, she finished fourth with five goals for the Bronze Boot for third top scorer and the Bronze Ball as the third best player. She scored against Cameroon in the 94th minute from a shot from inside the center circle for the winning goal in the group stage. Castellanos said: I am very excited to be joining the Blue Heat this summer. I hear the quality of the league continues to grow and it will be a welcoming challenge for the team to defend the title from last year." The Blue Heat will have a strong squad as they defend their league crown, led by Castellanos and three Costa Rican internationals: forwards Melissa Herrera and Carolina Venegas and midfielder Katherine Alvarado



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

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<![CDATA[The Week In Women’s Football: Carli Lloyd joins Man City; Matildas name Algarve Cup squad; Melbourne City defends W-League crown]]> <p>This week we update some news on the Australian national team's start towards building a team for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, summarize the Westfield W-League Grand Final last week between host Perth Glory and Melbourne City, discuss some significant NWSL player movement and three new franchises entering the semiprofessional UWS league.</p><p><br>Matildas bring 25 to Camp ahead of next month's Algarve Cup</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-carli-lloyd-joins-man-city-matildas-name-algarve-cup-squad-melbourne-city-defends-w-league-crown-4169721?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week we update some news on the Australian national team's start towards building a team for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, summarize the Westfield W-League Grand Final last week between host Perth Glory and Melbourne City, discuss some significant NWSL player movement and three new franchises entering the semiprofessional UWS league.


Matildas bring 25 to Camp ahead of next month's Algarve Cup

Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic has called up a 25 player squad for two camps this month, with a view to adding more depth in his squad as he aims to qualify and compete in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. He called in three uncapped teenagers who had strong seasons in the just completed Westfield W-League campaign: Canberra United midfielder and Young Matildas captain Grace Maher, 15 year old Melbourne City FC midfielder Jacynta Galabadaarachchi and Western Sydney Wanderers FC goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman.

Stajcic explained: We are now heading into a new four year cycle. The last cycle ended after the Rio Olympics so this is the beginning of a new cycle up until after the Tokyo Games, so we're looking at what kind of team we can take to qualify for the major tournaments, starting with the Asian Cup next year. It's about having a squad that can peak in these tournaments."

Stajcic will take 18 players to Portugal next month to compete in the Algarve Cup, along with two foreign-based stars: Elise Kellond-Knighta two time WWC player and former Brisbane Roar midfielder who is now with Turbine Potsdam of Germanyand midfielder Emily van Egmond--also a two time WWC veteran who is with Wolfsburg of Germany after time with Frankfurt as well as time in NWSL and with Canberra United, Newcastle Jets and the Western Sydney Wanderers at home. The Matildas will participate in the Algarve Cup from March 1 through 8 against Sweden, Netherlands and China.

Matildas squad for February 15-17 training camp

Teigen Allen Melbourne City FC
Mackenzie Arnold (GK) Brisbane Roar FC
Ellie Carpenter Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Steph Catley Melbourne City FC
Emma Checker Canberra United
Alex Chidiac Adelaide United
Caitlin Cooper Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Lisa De Vanna Canberra United
Casey Dumont (GK) Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Caitlin Foord Sydney FC
Jacynta Galabadaarachchi Melbourne City FC
Emily Gielnik Brisbane Roar FC
Katrina Gorry Brisbane Roar FC
Amy Harrison Sydney FC
Michelle Heyman Canberra United
Alanna Kennedy Sydney FC
Sam Kerr Perth Glory
Chloe Logarzo Newcastle Jets
Grace Maher Canberra United
Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (GK) Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Clare Polkinghorne Brisbane Roar FC
Hayley Raso Canberra United
Gema Simon Newcastle Jets
Kyah Simon Sydney FC
Lydia Williams (GK) Melbourne City FC

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Melbourne City defends its Westfield W-League Championship with a 2-0 win in Perth

Melbourne City used goals from two of their Seattle Reign loanees to defeat host Perth Glory 2-0 on Sunday, February 12th to win the Westfield W-League Grand Final for the second time in their two years in the league. Wales international and head coach Jess Fishlock scored just before the half, slotting a ball just inside the post from near the penalty spot, and then Bev Yanez sealed the match in the 76th minute with a long range shot from the left wing that slid in under the bar but over Glory goalkeeper Gabrille Dal Busco. Fishlock finished the year with 8 goals while Yanez had 2. City was the first side to ever defend a W-League title and is tied with Brisbane Roar, Canberra United, and Sydney FC with two Grand Final wins each (Melbourne Victory won once in 2013/14). Perth Glory drew a record Grand Final crowd of 4,591 to nib Stadium, besting the previous high of 4,544 set in Brisbane during the league's first season in 2008/09. Perth lost their second Grand Finalboth at homein three seasons and is now tied with Sydney FC with two Grand final lossesone behind Brisbane Roar's three (Canberra United and Melbourne Victory have each lost one title match).

Melbourne City was only the second team to finish fourth in the regular season and win the Grand Final, after Sydney FC in 2012/13. City overcame a six game winless streak after winning four straight to open the season, but secured a playoff berth with two wins to close out the regular season. Perth tied for first in points in 2016/17 with 23, losing the Premiership crown on goal difference to Canberra; a substantial improvement over their 11 points and eighth place finish last season.


Carl Lloyd joins Manchester City and other WSL transfers

U.S. international forward Carli Lloyd is heading to Manchester City for the 2017 Super League season and Spring UEFA Champions League Cup matches. The two time FIFA player of the year and scorer of a hat trick in the 2015 Women's World Cup final for the U.S. had indicated in 2015 that she might be interested in playing in England. The lack of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has essentially left National team players free to explore other options, though once a new agreement is in place, they would be expected to be allocated to their 2016 teams. Lloyd has been with the tremendously disappointing Houston Dash for two seasonswho may not ever make the playoffs as long as they stay with Randy Waldrum as coach. At this point, Lloyd plans on returning to the Dash once the spring schedule is completed by City, though one expects that she may have options (and perhaps pressure) to stay longer. She joins national teammates Crystal Dunn (Chelsea) and Heather O'Reilly (Arsenal) as other transfers to the Super League for 2017, though they both signed permanent agreements. Lloyd told City TV: I'm always looking for different challenges. I always want to continue to get better and look for ways where I am going to be able to push my game. Coming here and being part of City is going to do that. It's definitely an unbelievable opportunity to be able to compete in the Spring Series, the FA Cup and most importantly, the Champions League." Manchester City won the FA Women's Super League in 2016, two years after it entered the top flight of English women's soccer.

Goalkeeper Michelle Betos is moving to Valerenga in Norway's Toppserien after four years in NWSL--a year in Seattle as back up to Hope Solo and then the last three years in Portland, where she was backup to former German World Cup star Nadine Angerer and then former U.S. youth international Adrianna Franch. In 2016 she was Mark Parson's (former Chelsea assistant coach) first choice in goal and started 14 games, posting a 1.14 GAA average in 14 games with 4 clean sheets as the Thorns won the NWSL Shield as regular season champions. She was outstanding in last fall's 4-3 pulsating semifinal defeat at home to eventual champion Western New York Flash (now the North Carolina Courage). She will be long remembered for scoring in stoppage time in 2015 when Portland, down a player and a goal, scored to tie the match from a corner against FC Kansas City.

U.S. international defender Whitney Engen has left the Boston Breakers and could be another US National Team member headed for Europe. Engen has a 2015 Women's World Cup Winners Medal (though she was the only field player to not see action) and has always been seen as a nearly women" in terms of for the national team levelessentially a backup. She played in England for Boston's head coach Matt Beard at Liverpool in 2013 and with Tyreso in Sweden and could return to the FA WSL or Sweden or head to Germany or France. The 29 year old played the last three seasons in NWSL with Houston, Western New York and Boston, always on a non-playoff team. Engen is a very competent defender who should find a productive home with some side, again most likely in Europe.


Three new teams join USD including one in Canada

Three more UWS franchises were announced this week: Indy Premier Soccer club is the seventh team in the new Midwest Conference and will play at Trinity Sports Park in Noblesville, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis.

The first new expansion franchise in the Eastern Conference is the Syracuse Developmental Academy (SDA). The team has been playing previously in the WPSL as the SDA Lady Knights. SDA is a member of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy and offers programs for boys and girls from ages 4 to 19 years old. SDA was established in 2004 and its overall vision is to have programs to develop players for all levels from recreational/travel, premier soccer, amateur young adult level through professional teams. Brooke Barbuto, who played at Stony Brook University and then professionally with the Buffalo Flash in the USL W-League (winning a league title in 2010) then in Iceland with Haukar and Finland with GBK and Nice Futis, where she had 26 goals, 10 assists and was the team MVP.

A new franchise has also joined the Western Conference as Calgary Foothills Women's FC has joined for 2017. They have been exploring entering a women's team for some years and their men's USL PDL team were the division and conference champions in 2016. The UWS entry into Canada is significant for the league and could motivate other franchises to join, including some former USL W-League teams such as the Laval Cometes, Ottawa Fury, Quebec City Amaral and Toronto Lynx. Moving into Canada is an inspired move for the UWS as soccer is the most popular youth sport in the countrya few years ago surpassing even hockey--and women contribute well over a third of all soccer players, according to recent FIFA figures.



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<![CDATA[The Week In Women’s Football: US players remain in CBA talks; SheBelieves roster named; Canada downs Mexico]]> <p>This week we update some news on the National Team Players Association as it continues negotiations with U.S. Soccer for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, present the U.S. National Team training camp roster ahead of next month's SheBelieve's Cup Tournament in the Northeastern U.S. with England, France and Germany, review the NWSL's new television agreement and last week's Canada-Mexico friendly.<br><br></p><p>U.S. Women's National Team Players Association Makes Changes in their Lead Negotiators with U.S. Soccer</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-us-players-remain-in-cba-talks-shebelieves-roster-named-canada-downs-mexico-4168581?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BHouston%2BDynamo'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week we update some news on the National Team Players Association as it continues negotiations with U.S. Soccer for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, present the U.S. National Team training camp roster ahead of next month's SheBelieve's Cup Tournament in the Northeastern U.S. with England, France and Germany, review the NWSL's new television agreement and last week's Canada-Mexico friendly.

U.S. Women's National Team Players Association Makes Changes in their Lead Negotiators with U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Women's National Team Players Association has elected Megan Klingenberg, Christen Press, and Becky Sauerbrunn as player representatives who will play a lead role in Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations with U.S. Soccer. The three replace Carli Lloydwho did not want to continue as a leadand Hope Solo, who was suspended from national team activity last fall for six months by U.S. Soccer. Sam Mewis, Alex Morgan, Kelley O'Hara, and Megan Rapinoe will also be on the negotiation committee. The moves, along with the change from Players Association chief lawyer Rich Nichols last December, send a more positive, less confrontation message to U.S. Soccer as the two parties proceed to develop a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The players are operating under the previous agreement and both sides could cancel it with 60 days notice, but the fact that neither has is a another good sign, after some contentious messages last yearparticularly from Soloas well as some threats to strike posited by Nichols.

Megan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns) said in a release last week: We are more unified and stronger than ever before. This new leadership structure makes the USWNTPA, a best-in class players association, reflecting the mission and goals of the USWNTPA, including empowering and protecting its members while inspiring the next generation of players." Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) added: We look forward to our discussions with the federation regarding a new CBA and the future of the women's national team. We believe there is a way for both parties to win, and in doing so, create a sense of new partnership going forward. We are committed to a thoughtful approach and are hopeful that USSF will work with us to create a fair future for the USWNT that emphasizes respect, equitable compensation, and partnership." Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City) added: We felt really strongly that we wanted to reset the tone of the negotiations, and so we wanted to expand the leadership of the players association that would reflect what the P.A. wants and what our goals are."

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said that he has noticed that the tone of discussions had changed once Nichols left and he is optimistic that a new agreement with the players will be concluded before NWSL starts in mid-April. One point of contention is that the men's national team players work with a much higher compensation structure while on national team duty and for tournaments, but the national team women's players earn a fixed annual salarypart of which is allocated for NWSL play.


U.S. National Team Camp Roster ahead of the SheBelieves Cup

The U.S. Women's National team has called 25 players into campbeginning February 20 in Orlandoahead of next month's SheBelieve's Cup with England, France and Germany again participating in the tournament's second edition. All of the U.S. players are NWSL based except for Crystal Dunn (Chelsea) and Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyon), Mallory Pugh (UCLA) and high schooler Brianna Pinto (16-years-old), who played with the U.S. U-17's in last summer's World Cup in Jordan, in which the U.S. did not advance from its first round group behind finalists Japan and Ghana.

There are four uncapped players on the roster: goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielders Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Rose Lavelle and Pinto. Lavelle was the #1 pick in the 2016 NWSL Draft by the Boston Breakers while Campbell was taken 15th overall in the second round by the Houston Dash. Killion was part of the squad that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, along with Julie Johnston, Samantha Mewis and Dunn.

The Tournament begins in Philadelphia on March 1 with England playing France and the Americans taking on defending Olympic Champions Germany.


U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position -

Goalkeepers

Jane Campbell (Houston Dash)
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders

Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars)
Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC)
Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride)
Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC)
Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders

Morgan Brian (Houston Dash)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC)
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC)
Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC)
Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers)
Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash)
Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC)
Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)
Brianna Pinto (CASL)

Forwards

Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC)
Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais)
Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars)
Mallory Pugh (UCLA)
Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City)
Lynn Williams (NC Courage)


NWSL Television/Investment Deal with A+E

The NWSLrun by U.S. Soccerlast week announced a new television deal with the A+ E (Arts and Entertainment) network. Not only will NWSL games air weekly on A+E's Lifetime network, but the NWSL and A+E have also teamed up on the creation of a commercial ventureNWSL Mediaand A+E will have an equity stake in the fifth-year league, with two members appointed to the NWSL Governing Board. NWSL will televise a regular season game on Lifetime every week as well as the three playoff games, which is at least six times as often compared with just three regular season games aired on Fox Sports 1 (along with the three playoff games) last season. Lifetime, with over 96 million homes, will provide a broad reach for the league. Traditionally Lifetime is known for more reality-based programming such as Dance Moms and Project Runwaythough they once carried the Women's National Basketball Associationthe network feels that the joint venture between A+E and the N.W.S.L. to manage and market the league's commercial rights and sponsorships may be as important as the televised games. That venture, NWSL Media, will handle all of the league's digital assets, including a redesigned league website; enhanced statistics and live-streaming capabilities; apps for mobile platforms; and control of the league's social media channels. We're not in the game-of-the-week business, necessarilywe're investing in the N.W.S.L.," Nancy Dubuc, the chief executive of A&E Networks, said. Broadcasting games is one part of that. But we're motivated to make this successful on every platform."

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plus was asked Is it nontraditional?" in partnering with a network not known for sports programming. I don't actually think so. When you think about what Lifetime stands for on a daily basis, about empowering young women, that is exactly what our league is about."

As a long-time follower of women's professional soccer leagues in the United States, this reporter feels that this broadcasting arrangement is a very good move for the NWSL. The league should receive more of a priority from A + E/Lifetime in promotional support than from a traditional sports network; Lifetime is also much different from the PAX Network which broadcast the WUSA in its second year in 2002, which had a tiny cable presence combined with a weekly spot competing against MLS games, which was effectively useless for the promotion of the league.


Canada Defeats Mexico 3-2 in Olympic Bronze Medal Celebration Match

On February 4th at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver B.Cthe home of the 2015 Women's World Cup Final matchJanine Beckie (Houston Dash) scored a brace and 17-year-old Deanne Rose scored once as Canada defeated Mexico 3-2 in their 2016 Rio Olympic Bronze Medal Celebration Match. The game, played in front of 22,508 fans, was the Canadian National Team's first home game since last summer's Olympic Games. Nancy Antonio (based in Mexico) and Katie Johnson (U.S. born who won a NCAA Championship with the University of Southern California last fall and was drafted last month by the Seattle Reign) scored for Mexico. The Canadian National Team also used the match to recognize long-time national team players Melissa Tancredi, Rhian Wilkinson, and Marie-Eve Nault, who are all retiring from national team play. Forward Tancredi scored 27 goals in 125 caps and started on the bench before coming on in the 76th minute. Tancredi scored twice in Canada's famous 2-1 first round victory over Germany at Rio 2016, the country's first-ever win against the European powerhouse. Nault, a defender, started against Mexico to win a 71st cap. The 34-year-old was an alternate in Rio 2016, but played on the 2012 Bronze Medal team after being called into the side from the alternate list. Wilkinson, also a defender, started the game on the bench, but came on as substitute in the 57th minute to win her 181st cap. The 34-year-old made her debut for Canada in 2003. The roster for Canada Soccer's Women's National Team training camp ahead of the match against Mexico included 19 of the 21 players who traveled to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and seven young additions. Defenders Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence were unavailable for the match due to club commitments with their French sidesOlympique Lyon and Paris St. Germain, respectively.

Carle, Sheridan, Nault were all alternates last summer in Rio while Levasseur has been capped at the national team level while Agnew, Cathro, Huitema, Lamontagne, Stratigakis and Taylor were all awaiting their first cap, but have youth national team experience. Stratigakis started and played 72 minutes against Mexico in the 3-2 win.

Canada Soccer Women's National Team February Camp Roster (in alphabetical order) -

Lindsay Agnew, age 21, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Jose Blanger, age 30, from Coaticook, QC/ UQAM
Gabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lvis, QC/ CS Lvis-Est & Qubec Soccer REX
Ashley Cathro, age 16, from Victoria, BC/Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer Rex
Allysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
Sabrina D'Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
Jessie Fleming, age 18, from London, ON/ UCLA (NCAA)
Jordyn Huitema, age 15, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
Stephanie Labb, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Alex Lamontagne, age 20, from Whitby, ON/ Durham United FC (League1 Ontario)
Marie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis (NCAA)
Diana Matheson, age 32, from Oakville, ON/ Seattle Reign (NWSL)
Marie-ve Nault, age 34, from Trois-Rivires, QC
Nichelle Prince, age 21, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
Deanne Rose, age 17, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United (League 1 Ontario)
Rebecca Quinn, age 21, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)
Sophie Schmidt, age 28, from Abbottsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)
Sarah Stratigakis, age 17, from Woodbridge, ON/ Aurora United FC (League1 Ontario)
Melissa Tancredi, age 34, from Ancaster, ON
Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FC
Rhian Wilkinson, age 34, from Baie d'Urf, QC
Shelina Zadorsky, age 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)



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