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Photo courtesy, SoundersWomen.com

Photo courtesy, SoundersWomen.com

Per the Sounders Women Press release, the words are not my own:

April 27, 2014

BOTHELL, Wash. – The Sounders Women scored their first two preseason goals for a 2-1 victory over Washington State University. The match was a special exhibition match at Pop Keeney Stadium in partnership with FC Alliance.

The Sounders Women opened the scoring with a late first half, and early second half goal, only to be kept on their toes when WSU scored in the 74th minute. The Sounders maintained the score for the win.

After a good half hour for Washington State, it was the Sounders who struck first in the 35th minute. The Sounders earned a corner kick, which was flighted in by Laura Rayfield toward the back post. The cross was met by Nicole Stewart for the first goal of the season. Stewart, who subbed in a couple minutes prior, rose higher than her mark to head the ball home.

In the 41st minute, Sounders goalkeeper, Jamie Arturs held the lead with an excellent tip over the crossbar. The Cougars set up a free kick from the top of the penalty box and Kailiana Johnson drilled a shot on frame. Arturs quickly raised a palm to touch it over.

Nicole Stewart nearly got a second goal a few minutes later on a volley from the back post. A long diagonal ball Olivia Mackey found Stewart right in stride, but she volleyed just wide.

The second half was the first chance for Sounders fans to see newly signed Brittany Baxter in a goal scoring position. She timed a run to get behind the defense for a 1v1. Her shot was saved by Alexis Thode but left a foot race between Kennya Cordner and the Cougars goalkeeper. They arrived at the same time, rolling the ball over for a corner.

The Washington State goalkeeper was again in action in the 53rd minute as she cut down the angle to save Cordner’s shot from close range.

The lead was made comfortable in the 64th minute by Nicole Stewart and Kennya Cordner. Stewart picked the ball up right at the mid-line and struck a firm through ball behind the Cougars defense. The ball held up in the wind perfectly for Cordner to beat the on rushing WSU keeper. Her momentum took Cordner right around the keeper and tucked the ball home from the edge of the box.

The final quarter of an hour were ensured to be exciting when the Cougars cut the deficit in half in the 74th minute. After extended action in the WSU attacking third, Kailiana Johnson touched the ball over to Kaitlyn Johnson who shot well into the far corner.

The Cougars were inches from evening the score in the 77th minute. A shot from Kaitlyn Johnson was nearly a perfect pass to the far post but Cara Wegner’s slide to poke it home was an instant too late.

The Sounders Women continue to build their roster, with the next exhibition slated for Sounders on Friday, May 9th against Western Washington. The match will be held as the first half of a double header, to be followed by the Sounders U-23 vs. Bellingham United men’s teams.

The next home match is May 16 against long-time rivals, the Vancouver Whitecaps. For tickets and details, see SoundersWomen.com.

Scoring Summary:

SSW – Nicole Stewart 35th

SSW – Kennya Cordner 64th

WSU – Kaitlyn Johnson 77th

Seattle Sounders Women – GK-Jamie Arturs, D-Laura Rayfield, D-Kellyn Farrell, D-Annie Sittauer, D-Kimmie Krauss, M-Joana Houplin, M-Julia Roberts, M-Olivia Mackey, F-Kennya Cordner, F-Allie Wisner, F-Brittany Baxter

Substitutes: Kayla Klim, Samantha Johnson, Nicole Stewart, Hannah Kimsey, Tafara Pulse, Niki Bonnell

Washington State University – Gurveen Claire, Jamie Schneiders, Susie White, Mariah Powers, Ayana O’Neal, Nicole Setterlund, Beau Bremmer, Cara Wegner, Jocelyn Jeffers, Abby Frenkel, Kailiana Johnson

Substitutes: Isabel Neyman, Nicole Marlow, Madison Muzatko, April Russell, Lianna Simms, Alexis Thode, Kaitlyn Johnson

Referee: John Towers

Referee’s Assistants: Benjamin Moore, Logan Griffis

Time of Game: 2:00 p.m. PST

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial

Per the Sounders Women press release:

Tukwila, Wash. – 2013 Sounders Women defender Shannon Woeller is going to Norway to play for IK Grand Bodø after signing her first professional contract. IK Grand Bodø play in Toppserien, which is the top division of Norwegian Women’s Soccer.

Upon signing with her new Norwegian club, Woeller said, “I am really excited and honored to have signed my first professional contract. This is a great opportunity for me to play in a top league in Europe and I think I will learn so much from this experience.”

Woeller played in eight games for the club last season, netting one goal and one assist. She finished with the second most points among Sounders’ defenders. The Canadian National Teamer was a rock in the back for the Sounders until she sustained a fracture in her ankle, ending her W-League season.

Head Coach and General Manager for the Sounders Women, Hubert Busby Jr., said, “Shannon has shown tremendous dedication and perseverance to overcome her injury last year. Her commitment to being the best every time she steps on the field will put her in good stead, as she embarks on a pro career. We are proud of her accomplishment.”

“The Sounders Women was a good step in my development,” Woeller said. “They have a professional environment and approach to running the club which helps prepare you for the next level.”

Season Tickets for the 2014 Sounders Women season are on sale on SoundersWomen.com for as low as $100. The Season Ticket Flex Pack includes twelve tickets, for the eleven home matches this season. The 2014 Season Ticket Flex Pack eliminates the risk of missing games. Instead of one ticket specifically associated with each match, with the Sounders Women Flex Pack, fans will receive twelve tickets, and each of those tickets will be accepted at any match during the 2014 season. Have to miss a game? No problem, just use that ticket for a friend at the next one. Flex tickets may also be combined for multiple admissions to the same match — for example you can bring multiple friends to one game, or any other combination of friends to multiple games. It’s the ultimate in flexibility.

Tukwila, Wash. – Former Sounders Women defender Hannah Brewer received her first call up to the Australian Women’s National Team this week. Brewer, currently playing for the Newcastle Jets in Australia, will make her appearance for the Matildas at the Cyprus Cup in March.

The Aussie played seven matches in rave green last summer before returning to her home country for the winter season.

Per the Newcastle Herald:

“NEWCASTLE Jets captain Gema Simon was ‘‘blindsided’’ but excited after she and vice-captain Hannah Brewer arrived in camp yesterday following selection in their first Matildas squad.

Simon, 23, and Brewer, 20, joined a 23-woman Australian squad in Sydney to prepare for the Cyprus Cup after impressing coach Hesterine de Reus at a four-day camp last week at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The pair and fellow Jet Rhali Dobson returned from the 22-woman camp on Saturday night.

Brewer and Simon were notified of their call-up on Sunday night.

They made the cut after players from W-League grand finalists Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar joined the selection frame.

The squad leaves tomorrow for the 12-team tournament in Cyprus where Australia play France, Scotland and the Netherlands next week.

The Matildas are preparing for May’s Asian Cup in Vietnam, which doubles as qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Jets duo, who are foundation players at Newcastle, had been part of Young Matildas sides and Simon had been to a senior training camp, but selection in an open national squad was a first for both.

It follows the Jets’ worst W-League campaign, in which they finished last with only one competition point from 12 games.

‘‘It’s certainly a positive out of the season and it’s exciting,’’ Simon said.

‘‘It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s a bit surreal and I don’t think it will sink in until we get to Cyprus.’’

Simon’s hopes of returning to national team colours have been derailed by injury in recent seasons, making the sudden rise this week a shock to the system.

‘‘I’ve just focused on getting back on the park, playing consistently and playing well,’’  Simon  said.

 ‘‘Whether it was playing for Newcastle or my club or overseas, I just wanted to get my body right.

‘‘I didn’t really plan on this at all. I never really expected it, it blindsided me but in the best possible way.’’

After the Cyprus tournament, Simon and Brewer  face a hectic three months of matches and camps in preparation for the Asian Cup and potential World Cup qualification.

 Fellow foundation Jet Kate Gill, who plays for Perth Glory, will captain the squad, which also contains former Newcastle players Emily van Egmond, Alanna Kennedy and Nicola Bolger.”

Tukwila, Wash. – The USL W-League released the 2014 official schedule today for the 20th Anniversary season, with the Sounders Women playing 12 league matches against Western Conference foes from Colorado, Arizona, and California. The Sounders Women will also tune up for the W-League campaign with five exhibition matches at various Puget Sound stadiums.

New in 2014:

The Western Conference now includes two new teams, totaling seven. A straight-addition to the league is the Arizona based, Sedona FC Strikers.  In addition, there is a rebranded team Colorado and a team merger in California. The Colorado Rapids Women have joined with a prominent Colorado club to form the new Colorado Storm. The merger in California was between the LA Strikers and Pali Blues, who have joined and are now the LA Blues.

There’s no place like home:

The Sounders Women will host six league matches in 2014, at the home of the Sounders; Starfire Sports Stadium. The preseason, however, will be a chance for the Sounders Women to connect with the rest of the Puget Sound at various neighborhoods and stadiums. The Sounders Women will be partnering with local clubs for local clinics and coming to their neck of the woods for the five preseason games against Seattle Pacific, Washington, Washington State, Western Washington, and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The competition:

The Western Conference is renowned as the toughest conference in the four-conference W-League across North America. Last season, the West produced the W-League Champions, Pali Blues. This year with Pali and LA Strikers uniting, the LA Blues are sure to be the stiffest completion. Don’t sleep on the Colorado Rush who was talented, but young last year. They’re sure to bounce back for a strong season. The Bay Area Breeze, a professional side within the W-League parameters has a season of W-League experience under their belt and should be even better this year. How the Colorado Pride, Colorado Storm, and Sedona FC Strikers fair is a wild card this year.

What’s at stake?

Once the dust has settled in mid-July and all teams have carried out their 12 league matches, the top two points-earning sides will have an opportunity to compete for the W-League Western Conference title, and then possibly on to the W-League National Final Four. The first place finisher in the Western Conference will host the second place finisher for the crown as Western Conference Champs, and a spot in the National Final Four.

Season Tickets for the 2014 Sounders Women season are on sale on SoundersWomen.com for as low as $100. The Season Ticket Flex Pack includes twelve tickets, for the eleven home matches this season. The 2014 Season Ticket Flex Pack eliminates the risk of missing games. Instead of one ticket specifically associated with each match, with the Sounders Women Flex Pack, fans will receive twelve tickets, and each of those tickets will be accepted at any match during the 2014 season. Have to miss a game? No problem, just use that ticket for a friend at the next one. Flex tickets may also be combined for multiple admissions to the same match — for example you can bring multiple friends to one game, or any other combination of friends to multiple games.  It’s the ultimate in flexibility.

YouTube Live will serve as the official video platform for the W-League in 2014. Live games from throughout the league as well as team highlights and weekly league videos will provide fans a front-row seat during the season. Select games will be available live for fans to view for free on the largest global video sharing site. Some of the features YouTube Live will present to fans during live games include DVR, chat, full HD support, and social media interactivity. Fans are encouraged to subscribe for free to the team-specific YouTube channels. Please visit USLsoccer.com for links to team accounts.

Date

Visitor

@

Home

Time

Stadium

April 10

Seattle Pacific U

@

Sounders Women

7pm

Interbay Stadium

April 25

U of Washington

@

Sounders Women

7pm

Starfire Sports

April 27

Washington State U

@

Sounders Women

2pm*

Pop Keeney Stad.

May 9

Sounders Women

@

Western Washington

5pm**

Civic  Stad. (Bellingham)

May 16

Vancouver Whitecaps

@

Sounders Women

7pm

TBD

May 23

Sounders Women

@

Santa Clarita Blue Heat

TBD

TBC

May 25

Sounders Women

@

LA Blues

3pm

StubHub Center

May 31

Sounders Women

@

Sedona FC Strikers

2pm

Red Rocks H.S.

June 13

Colorado Pride

@

Sounders Women

7pm

Starfire Sports

June 20

Colorado Storm

@

Sounders Women

7pm

Starfire Sports

June 22

Santa Clarita Heat

@

Sounders Women

2pm

Starfire Sports

June 27

Colorado Rush

@

Sounders Women

7pm

Starfire Sports

July 3

L.A. Blues

@

Sounders Women

7pm

Starfire Sports

July 6

Bay Area Breeze

@

Sounders Women

4pm

Starfire Sports

July 9

Sounders Women

@

Colorado Rush

7pm (MT)

N. Area Athletic Comp.

July 11

Sounders Women

@

Colorado Pride

7pm (MT)

TBD

July 13

Sounders Women

@

Colorado Storm

11am (MT)

Legend H.S.

* Double header with Oregon vs. WSU

** Double header with Sounders U23

The following is the Sounders Women press release:

TUKWILA, Wash. – On March 22 and 23, the Sounders Women will hold open tryouts for the 2014 Sounders Women roster. All players looking to join the Sounders Women can test their skills in front of Sounders Women coaches and staff with a chance to be a Sounder. Registration is now active on SoundersWomen.com.

The Sounders Women proved again last year with multiple players jumping from amateur to professional contracts following their time with the Sounders. Other players moved up the ranks of youth and full national teams, boosted by the coaching and exposure offered by the Sounders Women organization. This tryout is for a select group that will join players recruited from colleges throughout the nation.

This year’s tryouts will be held at Starfire Sports in Tukwila, Washington. All pre-registered players will participate in tryouts on Saturday, March 22. The top players from the Saturday session will be asked to return for the final day of tryouts on Sunday, March 23. Tryouts will be held on Starfire’s Field #11 from 1pm until 3pm each day.

Sounders Women Head Coach and General Manager, Hubert Busby Jr. said, “The Pacific Northwest has an abundance of talent. We were fortunate enough to unearth some gems last year at the open trials and look to do so again this year.”

“Each year, great players slip through the cracks of recruiting and other soccer institutions. These open tryouts give everyone a chance to prove themselves and show their quality,” Sounders Women Executive Director, Jon Billings said. “We’re always looking for the future and you never know where you might find it.”

Open tryouts are open to female soccer players, ages 16 years and older. Tryouts will feature small-sided as well as 11v11 games. Players will be assessed by members of the Sounders Women coaching staff.

“The technical staff and I are excited and eager to identify some prospects on March 22nd,” added Coach Busby.

The registration cost for each player is $50. All players must register online at SoundersWomen.com and will not be allowed to participate unless they have registered and pre-paid.

Details
Date: March 22-23
Times: Saturday – 1pm-3pm and Sunday – 1pm-3pm
Location: Starfire Sports, Field #11 – 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila WA 98188
Registration: All players wishing to attend tryouts must fill out the application forms at SoundersWomen.com. Applications must be submitted online and payment processed. Absolutely no applications will be accepted via phone or fax. All registrants will receive email confirmation.
Registration Fee: $50
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2014 (3pm cutoff)

Register here: http://www.sounderswomen.com/team/Tryouts/index_E.html

There were a lot of games this season, and I found myself spending far more time writing for the guys over at Sounder@Heart than I had expected. I am contemplating taking a break next season all together. I love writing, and I love the sport… but it’s really difficult to watch for enjoyment when I am breaking down the game, taking notes, or live blogging the game. I’m not complaining, just sayin’. I have been afforded great opportunities through this blog and Sounder@Heart. That being said, I am not sure that I want to commit to so much travel time, writing time, etc.

With the Women’s World Cup coming right up, and all of the games building up to that, I’m sure I wont really be able to walk away. So, I’m taking the holiday season off. Check back. I’ll be back into the swing of things, I’m sure. In the mean time, cruise over to Sounderatheart.com for all things Seattle soccer. They cover the Reign, the Sounders Women and the Sounders FC men. I’m there too.

Have a peaceful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

SounderMom

Okay, I have to admit that I had forgotten how wonderful it is to watch the US Women play the beautiful game. It’s been a while since we’ve gotten to see these women play as a team. Wow, I am excited for this sport all over again. The US had their hands full with Lisa De Vanna and her fellow Australians. The US defense wasn’t excellent, but that’s okay for now. I know that Tom Sermani will work on the little things that need to be fixed. Crystal Dunn, the young right back for the USA was my woman of the match. She had to match up with speedster De Vanna, and did quite well. She was able to move up and down the right side as needed to join in the attack of the US.

Coach Sermani is going to have a lot of tough choices to make for the final starting World Cup roster. Shannon Boxx was not in the 18 today, because she is busy expanding her family. Perhaps it’s time for her to hang up the fulltime boots. Her calm experience has been solid for the US team for years, but with Carli Lloyd slotted in the middle, and Yael Averbuch pushing for time in that roll as well, I can see this team moving forward without Boxx sooner, rather than later. Christie Rampone was also missing from the 18, and her not being there was noticed. Although Becky Sauerbrunn is learning to marshal the back line, she isn’t quite as adept at reading the game as Rampone is. Without Hope Solo in goal, our defensive back four could be exploited. Perhaps this is where Stephanie Cox should be put. Her experience on the back line, and her delivery from the back has been missed. With the young speedsters out on the sides, Cox and Sauerbrunn/Engen could be solid together in the middle.

I am happy to see that Coach Sermani is trying to find a way to get Sydney Leroux on the pitch at the same time as Alex Morgan. Although, Leroux found herself in Megan Rapinoe’s spot for this game. Rapinoe is still with her team Lyon, and actually had an assist in their 4-0 win earlier today. When she’s available for the US team, she should be on the pitch. Period. No question. Another player missing, that should find herself in every 18 is Tobin Heath. So where Leroux will find herself once those two are available is anyone’s guess.

For today’s match against the Australian’s Sermani went with the 4-4-2. The starting XI were: Hope Solo, Crystal Dunn, Whitney Engen, Becky Sauerbrunn and Megan Klingenberg in back. Heather O’Reilly, Carli Lloyd, Loren Holiday and Sydney Leroux in the middle. Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach (Captain for the day) up top. The bench players were Yael Averbuch, Ali Krieger, Rachel Buehler, Nicole Barnhart, Stephanie Cox, Christen Press and Morgan Brian. They played in front of 19,109 fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The USA got on the board via a set piece. At 4:50 minutes, O’Reilly was fouled. Sauerbrunn had the initial delivery, which was headed out of the box, but only as far as Holiday. She set herself up, and crushed a left footed volley through the crowd. It deflected off a Matilda player and went into the right side of the net, with Williams not even having a chance to react to the shot.

The Matilda’s had quick counters, and it was clear from the beginning that they were going to be looking for the long ball over the top to a hard charging Lisa De Vanna. All but one of Solo’s five saves were on frame shots by De Vanna. She found herself dancing on the line and being called offside at least six times.

In the 14th minute, Crystal Dunn shot up the right side, finding Alex Morgan, who passed into traffic and had the ball deflected right to a waiting Carli Lloyd.  Lloyd smashed her volley into the back of the net for the 45th goal of her National Team career. Even with the lopsided score, the Matilda’s never once surrendered. They kept their heads up and continued with their game plan.

In the 56th minute, Abby found herself racing the Australian keeper Lydia Williams to get a rolling ball near the left side netting. Yeah, that’s right, the 5’11″ American was “racing”, and actually got there right before the keeper could stop her from redirecting the slow rolling ball with the outside of her right foot. Even with the awkward angle and the slow roller, the ball found its way into the goal on the far side.

In stoppage time, O’Reilly raced down the right side, and slotted through a perfect pass, which Morgan dummied and allowed to go untouched to Christen Press who easily redirected it into the net for her seventh goal in ten caps. The US Women took the match 4-0.

The defense isn’t solid, and the team as a whole needs to stop playing long ball all the time. They need to rely on their solid ball handling skills through the middle in order to get into the 18 in a more controlled manner. The long ball game opens them up for quick counters, and against a quick team like the Matilda’s it could easily cost them. The score line doesn’t reflect the actual battle that took place on the pitch. The Matilda’s never wavered. They continued spraying the ball over the top to De Vanna and Gorry started getting into the shooting as well. Hope Solo looked better today than she has for quite some time.

The next match for the US is against New Zealand on Oct. 27 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. PT with Live Web Stream on ussoccer.com. I look forward to seeing which lineup Sermani uses for the first of two matches against the New Zealanders.

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