Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Portland Timbers https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/portland-timbers Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:40:41 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[MLS teams queue for ex-Fulham defender Keanu Marsh Brown]]> <p>Former Fulham defender Keanu Marsh Brown is wanted by MLS teams.</p><p><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/9356378/ex-fulham-keanu-marsh-brown-six-clubs-dc-united-chicago-fire-portland-timbers/">The Sun</a> says the Newport County midfielder is on the radar of a number of American outfits this summer including DC United, Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/mls-teams-queue-for-ex-fulham-defender-keanu-marsh-brown-4286271?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Fulham defender Keanu Marsh Brown is wanted by MLS teams.

The Sun says the Newport County midfielder is on the radar of a number of American outfits this summer including DC United, Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers.

Marsh Brown starred 21 times for County last season scoring just once, but his creativity has caught the eye of various scouts who have watched him on a number of different occasions.

It is understood the playmaker was also scouted during his international debut for the Guyana first team where they faced USA.

Marsh Brown counts Dundee United, Dover and MK Dons among his former clubs.

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<![CDATA[Portland Timbers defender Tuiloma hails Leeds boss Bielsa]]> <p>Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma has spoken of his time at Marseille with Marcelo Bielsa.</p><p>Bielsa has been a revelation with Leeds United in the Championship this season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/portland-timbers-defender-tuiloma-hails-leeds-boss-bielsa-4256048?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma has spoken of his time at Marseille with Marcelo Bielsa.

Bielsa has been a revelation with Leeds United in the Championship this season.

Tuiloma told So Foot: "He's a unique trainer, the one who impressed me the most.

"With Bielsa, from the moment you work, regardless of your level or your age, you have your chance.

"He's a coach who made me stronger and gave me a lot of confidence."

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Samuel Armenteros leaves Benevento for Portland Timbers]]> <p>Samuel Armenteros has left Benevento for the Portland Timbers.</p><p>The striker has joined the MLS outfit on-loan.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-samuel-armenteros-leaves-benevento-for-portland-timbers-4219414?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Samuel Armenteros has left Benevento for the Portland Timbers.

The striker has joined the MLS outfit on-loan.

A statement on the Timbers' official website confirms Armenteros has arrived on loan for the 2018 MLS campaign, with an option to buy.

The 27-year-old only moved to the Stregoni last summer from Dutch side Heracles Almelo but made just nine appearances, scoring the one goal.

It comes after FIFA threatened to leave him in limbo, given he has already played for Heracles' reserve team and Benevento this season.

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<![CDATA[Man Utd striker Rashford visits Portland Timbers]]> <p>Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has visited MLS outfit Portland Timbers.</p><p>Rashford took time out of his travels to visit the club based near Nike's World Campus where he has been training ahead of the new season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-utd-striker-rashford-visits-portland-timbers-4188462?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has visited MLS outfit Portland Timbers.

Rashford took time out of his travels to visit the club based near Nike's World Campus where he has been training ahead of the new season.

Portland Timbers tweeted: "It was a pleasure to have Marcus Rashford come visit us. Thanks for stopping! Enjoy the Rose City, Marcus."

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<![CDATA[The Week In Women’s Football: Portland Thorns joined by Seattle Reign, Washington Spirit as NWSL fancies]]> <p>This week, we preview five NWSL teams as the league's fifth regular season starts Easter Weekend. We will look at Portland Thorns, Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars, North Carolina Courage and Seattle Reign this week, with the remaining 5 teams profiled next week. We are presenting the teams in order of last season's regular season finish.</p><p><br>NWSL Season 5 Preview</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-portland-thorns-joined-by-seattle-reign-washington-spirit-as-nwsl-fancies-4177803?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week, we preview five NWSL teams as the league's fifth regular season starts Easter Weekend. We will look at Portland Thorns, Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars, North Carolina Courage and Seattle Reign this week, with the remaining 5 teams profiled next week. We are presenting the teams in order of last season's regular season finish.


NWSL Season 5 Preview


Portland ThornsFirst12-5-3 (W-D-L) for 41 points

The Thorns should comfortably make the playoffs again, which would be a fourth consecutive season for head coach Mark Parsonsa one-time Chelsea assistantacross two clubs (Portland and Washington). Danish international Nadia Nadim (who was born in Afghanistan) scored nine goals last season (4th in the league) with 3 assists and again will pair with Canadian veteran Christine Sinclair up top. Sinclair scored 6 goals in only 11 games last season as she had Olympic Games commitments. In June, they will be joined by Australian international Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United), who was the top goal scorer this past winter in the Westfield W-League. This is a side that is loaded with talentparticularly in midfieldwith France's Amadeine Henry, Iceland's Dagny Brynjarsdottir (who had five goals last season), along with American international Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan. In the back, the Thorns have U.S. internationals Emily Sonnett and Megan Klingenberg and solid American Emily Menges (ex-Georgetown). Goalkeeper Michelle Betos moved to Norway in the offseason so backup Adrianna Franch and newly acquired Britt Eckerstromwho is a U.S. national team pool playerfrom the North Carolina Courage will backstop the goal-happy Thorns, whose 35 last season was second only to the Champion Flash's 40 goals. Parsons has not shied away from the idea that there is always pressure to deliver a championship to the citywhich won the initial crown in 2013with an average crowd last season of just under 17,000 a game. He certainly has the talent in his side to deliver that crown in 2017.

Washington SpiritSecond12-3-5 for 39 points

The Spirit finished runners-up in a pulsating final loss in penalty kicks to the Western New York Flash (now North Carolina Courage) last season. Head Coach Jim Gabarra has been under siege from fans during the offseason, losing Crystal Dunn to Chelsea and trading Canadian international Diana Matheson (4 goals) and Christine Nairn (3 goals and 3 assists) to Seattle and 2015 World Cup winning defender Ali Krieger to Orlando as well as young defender Megan Oyster to Boston (in exchange for U.S. international Kristie Mewiswho has played club ball in Australia, Germany and Japanand Kasey Kallman, who won a league crown in 2014 with FC Kansas City. Argentinian import Estefania Banini was the leading scorer last season (5 goals and 1 assist in only 13 matches). Katie Stengel (ex-Bayern Munich) scored 4 goals last season in NWSL and 6 tallies down under this past winter with the Western Sydney Wanderers. Look for Gabarra to bring in another forward with experience abroad; he discovered Nadia Nadim when he was coaching Sky Blue FC. If the Spirit is lingering out of the playoff spots by midseason it could be lights out for Gabarra.

Chicago Red Starsthird9-6-5 for 33 points

Chicago Red Stars looks very similar to last year's successful side and is loaded with high caliber players, led by U.S. international goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, forward Christian Press and a bevy of young talent that played well in Australia in the offseason, including Sofia Huerta (7 goals in NWSL and 8 with Adelaide United), midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo (4 goals with Perth Glory), defender Arin Gilliland (4 goals) and forward Jen Hoy (5 goals)both with Newcastle Jets. Head Coach Rory Dames will look to guide the team to its third straight playoff berth and past the semifinals for the first time. This team historically is built on draft choices and players groomed in their top notch Chicago Red Eleven WPSL side, but they could bring in an international star to help spur the team on.

North Carolina Courage (formerly the Western New York FlashFourth--9-5-6 for 32 points

The Flash was a tremendous scoring force in 2016 and led the league with 40 goals, powered by two of the top three scorers in the league in Lynn Williams (11 goals) and Jessica McDonald (10 goals). The team's sale to more southern climbs was announced in January, with the Flash entering the amateur UWS summer league, based in Buffalo. Head Coach Paul Riley is a brilliant motivator but his biggest challenge is making sure this team doesn't settle with last year's title, while still energizing a new market which was good to the WUSA in 2001-2003. Brazilians Rosana and Debrina will look to add some panache, while New Zealand international Abby Ercig can play in the back and in the middle of the park; her experience and guidance was probably under-appreciated last year by many followers of the game. Two new signings arrive with international experience: midfielder Yuri Kawamura of Japan signed last weekshe was on the 2015 World Cup runner-up side and played for Albirex Niigata Lades, Jef United Ichihara Chiba Ladies and Vegalta Sendai at home. She has 32 caps and 2 goals. 2016 rookie Sam Wittemann also joined from Orlandoshe also spend some time on loan last season with Apollon Limassol in Cyprus. Liverpool native Riley is suspended from their opening game against Washington away on April 15a rematch of last year's final.after being ejected in last year's semifinal in a misunderstanding with the referee and sitting out the final; serving a two game suspension and having been fined as well.

Seattle ReignFifth8-6-6 for 30 points

Former Arsenal manager Laura Harvey could guide her team back to first placeas they did in 2014 and 2015based on strength of roster alone. Hope Solo is gone as is Kim Little, back to Arsenal. If Megan Rapinoe can keep focused on the game and not on trying to replace Hope Solo as the lightning rod for any perceived slight at the club and national team levelthat would be a good start. Japanese internationals Nahomi Kawasumi and Rumi Utsugi have both returned to the club. A number of Reign players wintered in Australia: Jess Fishlock (Wales), Lauren Barnes and Bev Yanez won a title with Melbourne City along with two new signings: Rebekah Stott (New Zealand international who spent two years in Germany with SC Sand) and Australian international Larissa Crummer, who won the Golden Boot for Melbourne City in 2015/16 with 11 goals. Picking up Canadian international Diana Matheson for the midfield from Washington could be an inspired move for the future, though the 33 year old is expected to miss this season due to an ACL injury. 2016 College Cup winner at USC and Mexican international Katie Johnson could be the sleeper of the rookie class and should blossom under Harvey's excellent tutelage. A late addition last week was former Florida State University's Michaela Hahn, who won a College Cup with the Seminoles in 2014 and scored one goal and one assist with the Flash last season in 13 games; Hawn was picked up off of waivers when the Courage released her this week.



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: 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%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>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.

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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%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>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[The Week In Women’s Football: France beat US to clinch SheBelieves Cup; Aussie ace Ashleigh Sykes joins Portland Thorns]]> <p>This week we review the final match day of the SheBelieves Cup, including France's 3-0 defeat of the Americans; summarize the England U-23 National Team's win over the U.S. U-23's in Spain, look at a historic U.S. women's franchise joining UWS and a veteran Australian forward joining the Portland Thorns. </p><p><br>Viva La France! French team beats US 3-0 to clinch SheBelieves Cup</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-france-beat-us-to-clinch-shebelieves-cup-aussie-ace-ashleigh-sykes-joins-portland-thorns-4172725?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week we review the final match day of the SheBelieves Cup, including France's 3-0 defeat of the Americans; summarize the England U-23 National Team's win over the U.S. U-23's in Spain, look at a historic U.S. women's franchise joining UWS and a veteran Australian forward joining the Portland Thorns.


Viva La France! French team beats US 3-0 to clinch SheBelieves Cup

The U.S. lost its second match in a row and finished in last place in their own tournamentthe second annual SheBelieves Cupwith 3 points (even with Germany but trailing on goal difference) with a 3-0 defeat to France on March 7th on the final match day of the tournament.

France recorded only its second ever win over the U.S. and now has a 2-2-17 (W-D-L) record all-time in 21 matches. The loss resulted in the Americans flipping places with the French, who finished last in the inaugural tournament last season, while the Americans won the title with three consecutive victories over England, France and Germany. The Americans also lost to England 1-0 on March 4, 2017 and they have not encountered two consecutive home losses since 2000.

The France match was effectively over within 9 minutes of the start when Camille Abily scored from a penalty kick after Eugenie Le Sommer was pulled down in the penalty box by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).

- Groupon promo


Le Sommer then scored from a long ball by Wendie Renaud (Olympique Lyon), which the Lyon forward collected and raced past the defense, slotting the ball into the net past Naeher. Abilywho used to play in WPS with the Los Angeles Sol and FC Gold Pride's title winning side in 2010 and has been with Olympique Lyon since returning to France after that summer seasonscored again midway through the second half (63rd minute). Laura Georges in defense had a strong matchthe three time Women's World Cup veteran played at Boston College early in her career and is now with Paris St. Germain. The Portland Thorns' Amandine Henry was influential in the middle. The offensive statistics were similar for both sides the Americans led on shots 13-12, corners 9-7, and trailed on shots on goal 5- 6 while Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns and ex-Paris St. Germain) had a goal called back for offsides in the second halfbut France controlled play for large periods with flank play and by using their blinding speed in the American's half of the pitch. France's head coach Oliver Echouafni, who took over for Philippe Bergeroo last September after the Rio Olympic Games, is undefeated in his 8 matches in charge. He played in Ligue 1 with Nice and Racing Strasbourg among others and managed Sochaux. Some expressed concerns upon his appointment that he had never coached women, but he has the team firing on all cylinders and they will be favorites to win Euro 2017 this summer in the Netherlands as well as their home-based World Cup in two years. Some have felt that France has undelivered in their past two most recent World Cup campaigns, with a fourth place showing in 2011 and fifth in 2015 after a quarterfinal defeat to Germany on penalties, but they have only had three Women's World Cup appearances (including 2003) so the currently rated third place team in the world in the FIFA rankings really should not feel defensive about its past and is clearly building the squad nicely for their next two major tournaments.

France demonstrated in the SheBelieves Cup that they have an excellent mix of experience with Georges (176 caps), Abily (161 caps), Elise Bussaglia of Wolfsburg (152 caps) and Marie Laure Delie with (65 goals in 101 games) along with some talented youngsters in Griedge M'bock, Sandie Toletti, Grace Geyoro and Kadidiatou Diani, who were all leaders in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Championship side. In addition, backup goalkeeper Meline Gerard started in place of longtime number 1 Sarah Bouhaddiwho Gerard also backs up at Lyonand had a fine match to record the shutout, including a superb punch clearance of a strong shot by UCLA's Mallory Pugh in the 56th minute.


U.S. Women's National Team vs. France
SheBelieves Cup

March 7, 2017 - Washington D.C., RFK Stadium

Lineups:

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 20-Allie Long, 7-Casey Short; 16-Rose Lavelle (2-Mallory Pugh, 45), 3-Samantha Mewis (9-Lindsey Horan, 70), 6-Morgan Brian (8-Julie Johnston, 70), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (5-Kelley O'Hara, 78); 12-Lynn Williams (13-Alex Morgan, 70), 23-Christen Press (19-Crystal Dunn, 45)Subs not used: 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Jessica McDonald, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Jane Campbell, 22-Brianna Pinto, 24-Ashlyn HarrisHead coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 21-Meline Gerard; 2-Eve Perisset (5-Assatou Tounkara, 68), 3-Wendie Renard (capt.), 4-Laura Georges, 6-Amandine Henry, 7-Sandie Toletti (15-Elise Bussaglia, 53), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (18-Marie Laure Delie, 65), 10-Camille Abily (17-Gaetane Thiney, 81), 12-Elodie Thomis (11-Clarie Lavogez, 70), 22-Amel Majri (14-Camille Catala, 81), 23-Sakina KarchaouiSubs not used: 1-Laetitia Philippe, 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 13-Kadidiatou Diani, 20-Grace GeyoroHead coach: Olivier Echouafni


England loses a close match to Germany

Germany defeated England 1-0 in their final SheBelieves Cup match on Tuesday March 7 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Anna Mittag (Wolfsburg after playing for Paris St Germain last season) scored just before half time to give Germany the points and their first win of the competition, after a 1-0 loss to the U.S. and a 0-0 draw with France.

On the goal, Mittag let a long pass from Sara Dabritz (Bayern Munich) run past her to Lina Magull (who has been on loan to Black Forest side SC Freiburg from VfL Wolfsburg for a few seasons); Magull fed Mittag who then scored from 10 yards out. England was even with Germany for shots on goal (2 each) and just behind their opponents in total shots (14-12). England had the advantage in corner kicks (5-4) and fouls (14-11). England finished third in the tournament with 3 points on goal difference. Siobhan Chamberlain of Liverpool started for the second consecutive match over American born Karen Bardsley (Manchester City); Chamberlain had an excellent tournament and only allowed one goal against the Americans and Germany.

For the final match day, 11,208 fans attended the England-Germany match at RFK Stadium on a rainy evening, with 21,638 announced for the France-U.S. nightcap.

The U.S. next plays Russia April 6 in Frisco, Texas and on April 9 in Houston. England will also have two home matches in April, their last matches at home before this summer's UEFA Women's Euro 2017 finals, against Italy at Port Vale's Vale Park on Friday 7 April and then against Austria at MK Dons' Stadium in suburban London on Monday 10 April. Both games kick-off at 7.45pm.


Germany vs. England
SheBelieves Cup

March 7, 2017 - Washington D.C., RFK Stadium

Lineups:

GER: 12-Laura Benkarth (21-Lisa Wei, 47); 2-Josephine Henning, 4-Leonie Maier (24-Kristin Demann, 46), 5-Babett Peter, 9-Alexandra Popp, 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (capt.), 11-Anja Mittag (18-Lena Petermann, 84), 13-Sara Dbritz (7-Pauline Bremer, 90), 14-Anna Blsse; 17-Isabel Kerschowski (23-Verena Fait, 60), 20-Lina Magull (27-Sara Doorsoun, 80)Subs not used: 1-Almuth Schult, 15-Mandy Islacker, 26-Hasret Kayikci, 29-Felicitas Rauch, 31-Linda DallmanHead coach: Steffi Jones

ENG: 13-Siobhan Chamberlain; 3-Demi Stokes, 4-Lucy Bronze, 5-Steph Houghton (capt.), 15-Laura Bassett; 7-Jordan Nobbs, 8-Jade Moore (18-Jill Scott, 73), 9-Jodie Taylor (11-Ellen White, 63), 17-Fara Williams (6-Millie Bright, 52), 19-Toni Duggan, 20-Karen CarneySubs not used: 1-Karen Bardsley, 21-Mary Earps, 16-Gemma Bonner, 10-Izzy Christiansen, 12-Rachel Daly, 22-Nikita Parris, 23-Rachel WilliamsHead coach: Mark Sampson


2017 SheBelieves Cup Standings

France - 2 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss, +4 goal difference 7 points

Germany - 1,1,1, 0, 4

England - 1, 2, 0, -1, 3

USA - 1, 2, 0, -3, 3


France's Roster for the tournament is shown below, with only Henry and Wolfsburg's Bussaglia based abroad.

France Women's National Team Roster by Position:

Goalkeepers (3)

Sarah Bouaddi (Olympique Lyonnais)
Mline Grard (Olympique Lyonnais)
Latitia Philippe (Montpellier HSC)

Defenders (6)

Laura Georges (Paris Saint-Germain)
Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC)
Griedge M'bock (Olympique Lyonnais)
Eve Perisset (Paris Saint-Germain)
Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)
Aissatou Tounkara (FCF Juvisy)

Midfielders (8)

Camile Abily (Olympique Lyonnais)
lise Bussaglia (FVL Wolfsburg, GER)
Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain)
Amandine Henry (Portland Thorns, USA)
Claire Lavogez (Olympique Lyonnais)
Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais)
Gatane Thiney (FCF Juvisy)
Sandie Toletti (Montpellier HSC)

Forwards (5)

Camille Catala (FCF Juvisy)
Marie-Laure Delie (Paris Saint-Germain)
Kadidiatou Diani (FCF Juvisy)
Eugnie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais)
lodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)


England U-23's defeat U.S. U-23's in Spain

The same day that England's full national team shocked the U.S. in the SheBelieves Cup, another English national team defeated an American side. England's U-23 national team beat the U.S. 2-0 in La Manga, Spain. Claudia Walker (Everton) opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a header off of a Hannah Blundell (Chelsea) cross while Mel Lawley (Birmingham City) doubled the score just before the half time whistle. England's U-23 side also defeated Sweden's U-23 national team 3-1 while in Spain

The U.S. defeated Japan 2-0, on goals by University of South Carolina forward Savannah in the 18th minute and former Harvard striker and 2017 Boston Breaker college draft choice Margaret Purce in the 74th minute, and Norway 1-0 on Morgan Andrews (a 2017 Boston Breakers college draft choice) score in the 34th minute.

As we discussed last week, the U.S. Under-23 side was coached by former Arsenal manger Laura Harvey, now with Seattle Reign.


U.S. U-23 Women's National Team vs. England U-23 WNT
Women's U-23 La Manga Tournament 2017
March 4, 2017


USA: 1-Casey Murphy; 5-Christina Gibbons (capt.), 25-Mandy Freeman, 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Samantha Witteman (10-Celeste Boureille, 58), 7-Ashley Sanchez (13-Kayla Mills, 80), 6-Tierna Davidson (17-Tyler Lussi, 69), 8-Morgan Andrews (19-Emily Ogle, 58), 4-Margaret Purce, 24-Savannah McCaskill (18-Danielle Weatherholt, 58), 9-Ashley HatchSubs not used: 3-Erica Skroski, 11-Arielle Ship, 12-Madalyn Schiffel, 14-Makenzy Doniak, 15-Adrienne Jordan, 16-Kristen McNabbHead Coach: Laura Harvey

ENG: 1-Sophie Baggaley, 3-Jess Carter, 5-Gabby George, 12-Leah Williamson, 4-Aofie Mannion, 10-Beth England (16-Jodie Brett, 75), 15-Keira Walsh, 8-Jade Bailey, 2-Hannah Blundell, 19-Mel Lawley, 20-Claudia Walker (9-Freda Ayisi, 85)Subs not used: 6-Molly Bartrip, 8-Jade Bailey, 13-Megan Walsh, 14-Abbey-Leigh Stringer, 17-Sarah Mayling, 18-Jenna LeggHead Coach: Joel Roberts


Western New York Flash joins another league

After the Western New York Flash sold their NWSL franchise to North Carolina interests to become the North Carolina Courage in January, it was a bit surprising to learn this week that the club will join United Women's Soccer for the 2017 season.

They will join fellow Northern New York side Syracuse Development Academy in the Eastern Conference. The Flash will play in Buffalo, where they began play in 2009 in the United Soccer League's W-League, before playing in Rochester's purpose build soccer stadium from 2011 onwards. Gemma Davidson, an English international forward now with Chelsea, played with the Buffalo Flash in 2010.

After winning the USL W-League title, they won the Women's Professional Soccer Title in 2011with Brazil's Marta, former U.S. international forward, Abby Wambach, Canada's all-time leading goal scorer Christine Sinclair, New Zealand's Ali Riley and American goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris on the rosterthen the WPSL-Elite crown in 2012, before winning the National Women's Soccer League title last year on penalties in an engaging final over the Washington Spirit.

Former New Zealand international player Aaron Lines, who coached the Flash to the titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, is now a Vice-President for the organization, and explained how the Flash will feature top-tier level play for collegiate-level athletes returning to the western New York area for the summer: "We are excited to bring United Women's Soccer to Buffalo and continue the strong legacy of the Western New York Flash in the women's game. This team completes the Flash pyramid offering a final destination for collegiate and post-collegiate players in the WNY area looking to continually advance their game."

Despite leaving the NWSL, the Flash has continued its youth Academy and the UWS side will be an important development arm of that effort.


Australian W-League leading goalscorer in 2016-17 Signs with Portland Thorns

Portland Thorns have signed the 2016-17 Australian Westfield W-League Golden Boot winner forward Ashleigh Sykes for the 2017 season, beginning in June. Former Chelsea coach Mark Parsons signed Sykes, who can play in the middle or on the flanks. Sykes helped Canberra United win the Premiership (Regular Season title) this season and joined the club in the W-League first season in 2008-09 and has won two league crowns with Canberra. Sykes is a full international and played as a substitute during two 2015 Women's World Cup matches.



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: England bounce back with big USA result in SheBelieves Cup]]> <p>This week we review the first two days of the SheBelieves Cup, including England's 1-0 defeat of the Americans and look at the roster for the U.S. U-23 National Team for three matches in Spain, which is being coached by the Seattle Reign's Laura Harvey.</p><p><br>SheBelieves Cup update </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/the-week-in-women-s-football-england-bounce-back-with-big-usa-result-in-shebelieves-cup-4171692?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> This week we review the first two days of the SheBelieves Cup, including England's 1-0 defeat of the Americans and look at the roster for the U.S. U-23 National Team for three matches in Spain, which is being coached by the Seattle Reign's Laura Harvey.


SheBelieves Cup update

England falls to two late French goals; defeats U.S. on late Ellen White winner.

England lost to France 2-1 in their first game of the Second SheBelieves Cup in the U.S. last week.

On Wednesday March 1st, England took an early lead through Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs in the 32nd minute. England stymied the French with a high pressing game strategy but seemed to tire near the end and France countered with two late goals in the final ten minutes through Marie-Laurie Delie (the two time Women's World Cup veteran with Paris St. Germain) and Wendie Renard (the center back who was born in Martinique and has been a long-time fixture at Olympique Lyon)the latter's tally coming late in injury time.

The England-France match was followed by the Americans defeating Germany 1-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader held at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia and the home of the Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars) created the opportunity by cutting inside on goal from the right side and blasting a hard shot off the cross bar that ricocheted to the far side of the goal, where Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns) followed with a low shot that rebounded off of the defense and Lynn Williams slotted the loose ball home from 5 yards away.

Williams was the NWSL Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot winner last season for the champion Western New York Flash, who moved during the offseason to North Carolina. A crowd of 16,318 attended the midweek doubleheader.

The four national teams moved to Harrison New Jersey's Red Bull Stadium (home of MLS' New York Red Bulls) on Saturday March 4th, where England sprung the surprise of the tournament with a 1-0 defeat of the Americans.

In a match played in below freezing conditions with a 20 mph wind added in, a sellout crowd of 26,500 watched both sides present a highly entertaining match with numerous attacks on goals. The U.S. had more possession play in the second half as England pressed selectively, unlike the constant pressure they exerted on France in their previous match.

At the end of regulation time, Nobbs sent a corner kick into the middle of the box which Lucy Bronze (who played collegiately at the University of North Carolina) blasted a shot off the bar and Birmingham City substitute Ellen White roofed the ball home from close range. England head coach Mark Sampson made two substitutes during the four minutes of added time and the Lionesses sealed an historical first victory on U.S. soil and fourth overall in the series (4-1-9).

The stats reflected the evenness of the match as both sides had 2 corner kicks and 14 shots, with England finishing with 3 shots on goal to 2 for the Americans. Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool) recorded the shutout in goal.

For the Americans, midfielder Rose Lavelle, who was the number one draft choice in the 2017 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers, had a strong match in her full national team debut. Rachel Daly, the lone Lioness based in NWSL (Houston Dash) did not play in the landmark victory.

England's win shows that they will be a definite force to finish among the medalists at this summer's European Championships, hoping to add to their Bronze Medal finish in the 2015 World Cup.

France and Germany played to a 0-0 deadlock in the other match on March 4th. Long-time French international goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyon) was the star of the match, recording five saves overall and saving a penalty kick from Mandy Islacker in the first half, after she brought the Frankfurt striker in the penalty box.

On Tuesday, March 7th, the tournament concludes with France playing the U.S. and England meeting Germany in a rematch of their third place match from WWC 2015 in Canada. A win or a tie by France will give them the title, with only Germany eliminated from the title quest.

France sit on top of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup with four points from two matches and a goal difference of +1, one point clear of England and the US who share three points and an even goal difference, but England have scored twice to the US' once.

Germany hold the other three up with just a point from their two matches thus far.


SheBelieves Cup - Friendly

England: 1
United States: 0
March 4, 2017
Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

Lineups:

USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Julie Johnston, 11-Ali Krieger; 19-Crystal Dunn (12-Lynn Williams, 64), 3-Samantha Mewis (20-Allie Long, 77), 9-Lindsey Horan (6-Morgan Brian, 77), 16-Rose Lavelle, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (17-Tobin Heath, 76); 2-Mallory Pugh, 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 63)

Subs not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 7-Casey Short, 14-Jessica McDonald, 15-Emily Sonnett, 18-Jane Campbell, 22-Brianna Pinto Head coach: Jill Ellis

ENG: 13-Siobhan Chamberlain; 3-Demi Stokes, 4-Lucy Bronze, 5-Steph Houghton (capt.), 7-Jordan Nobbs (8-Jade Moore, 90+3), 10-Izzy Christiansen (6-Millie Bright, 90+2), 15-Laura Bassett, 17-Fara Williams, 19-Toni Duggan (11-Ellen White, 76), 20-Karen Carney (18-Jill Scott, 63), 22-Nikita Parris (9-Jodie Taylor, 77)

Subs not used: 1-Karen Bardsley, 21-Mary Earps, 12-Rachel Daly, 14-Casey Stoney, 16-Gemma Bonner, 23-Rachel WilliamsHead coach: Mark Sampson


England Women's National Team Roster by Position:

Goalkeepers (3)

Karen Bardsley (Manchester City)
Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool)
Mary Earps (Reading)

Defenders (9)

Laura Bassett (Notts County)
Gemma Bonner (Liverpool)
Millie Bright (Chelsea)
Lucy Bronze (Manchester City)
Rachel Daly (Houston Dash, USA)
Steph Houghton (Manchester City)
Alex Scott (Arsenal)
Casey Stoney (Liverpool)
Demi Stokes (Manchester City)

Midfielders (5)

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City)
Jade Moore (Notts County)
Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal)
Jill Scott (Manchester City)
Fara Williams (Arsenal)

Forwards (6)

Karen Carney (Chelsea)
Toni Duggan (Manchester City)
Nikita Parris (Manchester City)
Jodie Taylor (Arsenal)
Rachel Williams (Notts County)
Ellen White (Birmingham City)

Note: Alex Scott (the former Boston Breakers WPS player) was injured against France and was not replaced on the trip.


U.S. names 16 NWSL players in U-23 trip to Europe, coached by Seattle Reign skipper Laura Harvey.

NWSL players (of which 11 are 2017 draft picks) comprise 16 of the 22 players selected for the U.S. U-23 National Team Trip to Europe to compete against three other U-23 national teams in La Manga Spain from March 2-7. The Americans will play Japan, England and Norway. Adrienne Jordan, who played at the University of Northern Colorado, is playing professionally in Iceland with IB Vestmannaeyja after playing in the Swedish second division last year and finishing second with the Colorado Pride in the last USL Championship game in 2015. Four of the players are still in college and oneAshley Sanchezis still in high school. Sanchez, Emily Ogle and goalkeeper Casey Murphy competed on the U-20 2016 FIFA World Cup side last fall that finished fourth. Ashley Hatch (ex-Brigham Young University and a recent draftee of the champion North Carolina Courage) has one full cap for the Americanslast October against Switzerland. Portland Thorn forward Celeste Bourielle had a successful offseason in the Australian Westfield W-League with Canberra United.

Significantly, former Arsenal Manager Laura Harvey is coaching the side since the tournament is held before NWSL pre-season starts later this month. Other games in the spring and summer will feature primarily college players as the NWSL season begins. The U.S. U-23 WNT will see the team take part in the Portland Thorns Spring Invitational from March 26-April 1. The USA U-23 side will take on three NWSL teams: the Houston Dash on Sunday, March 26, the Portland Thorns on Wednesday, March 29, and the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday April 1, the latter two were playoff sides in 2016.


U-23 Women's National Team Roster by Position:

Goalkeepers (2)

Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
Madalyn Schiffel (Seattle Reign; Citrus Heights, Calif.)

Defenders (7)

Mandy Freeman (Sky Blue FC; West Covina, Calif.)
Adrienne Jordan (IBV; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Kristen McNabb (Seattle Reign; Montville, N.J.)
Kayla Mills (Sky Blue FC; West Covina, Calif.)
Katie Naughton (Chicago Red Stars; Elgin, Ill.)
Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.)
Samantha Witteman (NC Courage; Redondo Beach, Calif.)

Midfielders (8)

Morgan Andrews (Boston Breakers; Milford, N.H.)
Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.)
Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City, Raleigh, N.C.)
Tyler Lussi (Portland Thorns; Lutherville, Md.)
Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio)
Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; Silver Spring, Md.)
Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)
Dani Weatherholt (Orlando Pride; San Clemente, Calif.)

Forwards (5)

Celeste Boureille (Portland Thorns; San Francisco, Calif.)
Makenzy Doniak (NC Courage; Chino Hills, Calif.)
Ashley Hatch (NC Courage; Gilbert, Ariz.)
Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.)
Arielle Shipp (Washington Spirit; Westlake Village, Calif.)



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[Ex-Man Utd trialist Freddy Adu pops up in Polish 2nd Division]]> <p>Former US prodigy Freddy Adu is set to continue his career in Poland.</p><p>The former Manchester United trialist failed to land a contract last month after a trial with the Portland Timbers and is now weighing up an offer from minnows Sandecja Nowy Sacz from the Polish second division, says The Sun.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-man-utd-trialist-freddy-adu-pops-up-in-polish-2nd-division-4171310?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BPortland%2BTimbers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former US prodigy Freddy Adu is set to continue his career in Poland.

The former Manchester United trialist failed to land a contract last month after a trial with the Portland Timbers and is now weighing up an offer from minnows Sandecja Nowy Sacz from the Polish second division, says The Sun.

Reports from Poland claim he is due to undergo a medical this week and will sign for the club once that has been completed.

The side play their home games at the Father Wladyslaw Augustynka stadium, which has a capacity of just 5,000.

They are currently seventh in the Polish second division.

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