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You Learn via @TiffanyWeimer
by Tiffany Weimer
posted April 15, 2014 at 9:11pm

I recently encountered an intense feeling of déjà vu. In 2009, during preseason with FC Gold Pride I pulled my quad. I was out for three weeks of preseason. Editors Note: For the record, the only two preseasons I have g...more

Houston Dash Drop Points But Gain Confidence In Debut #NWSL
by All White Kit
posted April 15, 2014 at 9:04pm

    (Photo by Wilf Thorne) The Houston Dash made a point Saturday night, though not one reflected in the league standings. Houston Mayor Annise Parker and NWSL Commissioner Cheryl Bailey were on hand to add an air of significance to the eve...more

In opener, Spirit sputter while Spaniard sparkles #NWSL14
by All White Kit
posted April 14, 2014 at 10:30pm

Defender Robyn Gayle was the one strength in an otherwise porous back line Sometimes there’s more to being the winning team than having more talent. Even without Abby Wambach (out with a broken bone under her left eye) and with a tired Carli Lloy...more

NWSL Week in Review: Five Things (Week 1) #NWSL14
by All White Kit
posted April 14, 2014 at 10:13pm

I guess the fact that the NWSL has returned for a second season is something to celebrate with the recent history of women’s professional soccer leagues in North America. Of course, your mind knows that the backing of USSF (as well as Canada) made t...more

2014 NWSL Preview – Washington Spirit (Chris’ Take) #NWSL14
by All White Kit
posted April 13, 2014 at 5:28pm

Projected Starting Lineup (Questionable Starters in Parentheses) The Washington Spirit are probably sick of hearing about 2013. So let’s keep it short. The club was awful. They finished last. It’s over. On to 2014. OK, let’s be clear...more

NWSL – Fantasy Preview – Round One #NWSL14
by All White Kit
posted April 13, 2014 at 10:23am

Team Fantasy Rankings – Round One 1. Seattle 2. Portland 3. FC Kansas City 4. Western New York 5. Washington 6. Sky Blue FC 7. Boston 8. Houston Positional Rankings GK 1. Barnhart (FCKC) – Opposition isn’t a slam dunk, but she’...more

2014 NWSL Preview – Portland Thorns #NWSL2014
by All White Kit
posted April 13, 2014 at 10:21am

Projected Early Season Lineup (Questionable Starters in Parentheses) Projected Full Strength Lineup Likely pleasing owner Merritt Paulson, the 2013 NWSL season essentially ended up being all about his Thorns by the time the confetti had been cleaned...more

Washington Spirit season preview: 2014 will not be like 2013 #NWSL2014
by All White Kit
posted April 13, 2014 at 10:18am

Last year for the Spirit goals were few and far between. On Maureen Hendricks Field last year from the run of play – that’s ignoring for the moment three Diana Matheson penalty kicks – Washington scored all of seven goals. Against the ...more

2014 NWSL Preview – Houston Dash #NWSL14
by All White Kit
posted April 13, 2014 at 10:16am

Projected Early Season Lineup (Questionable Starters in Parentheses) Projected Full Strength Lineup (Questionable Starters in Parentheses) Anyone questioning the Houston Dash’s ambition need only go back to the club’s hiring of Randy Wal...more

2014 NWSL Preview – And Now An Interlude…(Season Predictions) #NWSL2014
by All White Kit
posted April 12, 2014 at 8:29pm

The last five previews will be coming, probably within the next 3-5 days. Since that’s probably going to be after the season starts, here are my predictions for the season: League Table 1. FC Kansas City 2. Portland Thorns 3. Seattle Reign 4. WNY ...more

2014 NWSL Preview – Sky Blue FC #NWSL14
by All White Kit
posted April 12, 2014 at 8:17pm

Projected Starting Lineup Contrary to just about every other returning NWSL club this season, the headlines for SBFC this offseason were made off the pitch this year. And the lede isn’t necessarily an appealing one either. As whispers of a potent...more

We Hardly Knew Ye, Tom Sermanni
by All White Kit
posted April 12, 2014 at 9:25am

(NOTE: I wrote this on AWK last November when Tom Sermanni was hired.) Had he known his job was on the line, it’s likely Tom Sermanni might have had a different mindset heading into the Algarve Cup last month. But with 15 months until his next (a...more

2014 NWSL Preview – WNY Flash #NWSL2014
by All White Kit
posted April 11, 2014 at 7:19pm

Projected Opening Day Lineup (Questionable Starters in Parentheses) For the first time in an age, specifically since the clubs early days in the W-League, the Western New York Flash ended the season with a gnawing feeling of being unfulfilled. The Fla...more

USWNT: U.S. Women Defeat China 3-0 Under Ellis
by Sarah Hallett
posted April 11, 2014 at 1:48am

The U.S. Women's national soccer team cruised to an easy victory under interim coach Jill Ellis with a 3-0 defeat of China PR....more

2014 NWSL Preview – Boston Breakers
by All White Kit
posted April 8, 2014 at 8:54pm

Projected Starting Lineup (Questionable Starters in Parentheses) The Boston Breakers dispensed with Lisa Cole early in August with the club theoretically in the playoff race, but despite the club’s protests otherwise, it was akin to waving the wh...more

USWNT: Head Coach Tom Sermanni Sent Packing
by Sarah Hallett
posted April 8, 2014 at 11:39am

Tom Sermanni dismissed at the U.S. Women's national team head coach....more

What's really going on with funding for the Irish women's football team
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted April 7, 2014 at 7:43pm

The Irish soccer team came achingly close to a surprise victory over Germany at the weekend, but it wasn't to be. The final score after a last-minute goal was Rep of Ireland 2 Germany 3.There's a full match report online here if you need it, but this...more

NWSL – Note to League: Stop Relying on the Benevolence of Teams for Information
by All White Kit
posted March 18, 2014 at 10:19pm

A little less than a year ago, I wrote a pretty annoyed screed directed towards the NWSL after Portland signed goalkeeper Adelaide Gay despite it seemingly running contrary to the stated roster rules. While the league eventually untangled the knot its va...more

NWSL: A new era for the Spirit?
by All White Kit
posted March 18, 2014 at 8:54am

Jordan Angeli and Tiffany Weimer: Saviors of the Spirit? Last season the Spirit’s leading goal-scorer, Diana Matheson, scored four goals from the run of play – the same number as all the forwards combined. Today new acquisition Tiffany Wei...more

NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – WNY Flash
by All White Kit
posted March 16, 2014 at 11:27am

WNY Flash Torri Allen – D – Georgia – Former U.S. youth international had a respectable college career with Georgia but didn’t develop into a star as might have been expected after strong youth career. Played center-back at colle...more

NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – Sky Blue FC
by All White Kit
posted March 15, 2014 at 9:47am

Sky Blue FC Rachel Breton – MF – Rutgers – More proof that college form isn’t necessarily everything. Breton wasn’t much more than an average player with the Scarlet Knights but persevered and got her just reward as a membe...more

NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – Washington Spirit
by All White Kit
posted March 15, 2014 at 9:31am

Washington Spirit Jordan Angeli – MF – Boston Breakers (Santa Clara) – It’s all a question of health. If the knee injuries haven’t taken too much of a toll, and if she’s still the player she was with Boston, Angeli wi...more

NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – Houston Dash
by All White Kit
posted March 14, 2014 at 7:50pm

Houston Dash Taryne Boudreau – MF/D – Houston Aces (LSU) – Former Canadian youth international stayed local in competing with the Aces following her LSU career. Form was temperamental throughout her stay in Baton Rouge but was great as...more

NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – Seattle Reign
by All White Kit
posted March 14, 2014 at 7:33pm

Seattle Reign Tori Adame – MF/D – North Texas – Played left-back for a North Texas team that had no problems bullying smaller opposition in the region for ages. Might play as a left-winger at this level, but she wasn’t exactly a ...more

NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – Boston Breakers
by All White Kit
posted March 13, 2014 at 7:24pm

The first of a nine-part series giving what little details I can find/what I know about the camp invitees for each club. Let’s hope Portland and Seattle get rosters out… Boston Breakers Katerin Castro – F – Sundsvall (SWE) &ndas...more

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