All Things Seattle Sounders

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

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Home

Time

Stadium

April 10

Seattle Pacific U

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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.

Melissa Busque Get's Called up to the Full Canadian Team

Melissa Busque Get’s Called up to the Full Canadian Team

TUKWILA, Wash. – Canada WNT has announced its preliminary roster for its International Friendly against Korea Republic scheduled for this Wednesday 30 October (19.00 local kick-off) at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB. Sounders Women star, Melissa Busque, is one of just three forwards called in, including superstar, Christine Sinclair. This marks the 2nd call up to the full national team for Busque, her first coming against Germany last summer.

This 18-player preliminary roster put together by Head Coach John Herdman will most likely see additional young faces added to the mix by the start of the camp on Thursday 24 October.

The squad features 13 players who were part of Canada’s bronze-medal-winning roster at London 2012.

Sura Yekka, a 16-year-old defender from Mississauga, Ontario, has earned her first call-up to a Canada senior camp after having participated in a couple youth camps earlier this year.

Canada last faced Korea Republic in January 2013 at the Yongchuan Cup International Women’s Football Tournament, when a new-look Canadian squad was defeated 1:3.

Of the 18 players named to the current roster. 12 were in uniform when the two countries last faced off.

“South Korea will be a tough test for us,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “Our 1:3 lost to them in January this year and their recent win over Japan has shown we will need to be on our game to get a result while still developing our new playing models.”

The match in Edmonton will be Canada’s first women’s fixture at Commonwealth Stadium since a 2005 friendly against Germany. The contest between Canada and Korea Republic will be a precursor to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 as Canada will play the Opening Match in Edmonton.

“This event provides the team with an excellent opportunity to develop the processes and systems around playing in the stadium where we’ll play our opening match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and to continue to learn how to play at home,” added Herdman.

 The Canada-Korea Republic match is on Wednesday 30 October and will be broadcast across Canada live from Edmonton on Sportsnet One (18.00 PT). Canada has an all-time record of 3W-0D-1L against Korea Republic in four matches dating back to 2000.

 CANADA
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Portland Thorns FC
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Chicago Red Stars
D- Robyn Gayle | USA / Washington Spirit
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / FC Kansas City
D- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Boston Breakers
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | USA / Seattle Reign FC
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
M- Brittany Timko | unattached
F- Mélissa Busque | USA / Seattle Sounders Women
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC

 

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