Seattle Reign sends Kaylyn Kyle to Boston Breakers for Carmelina Moscato

The Equalizer Staff September 10, 2013 36
Kaylyn Kyle, Seattle Reign FC

Kaylyn Kyle has been traded from Seattle to Boston. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Carmelina Moscato is on the move again. The Canadian defender has been traded from the Boston Breakers to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for Kaylyn Kyle.

Both players were subsidized by the Canadian Soccer Association in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Moscato was officially traded from the Chicago Red Stars to Boston on June 30 in exchange for Adriana Leon. Both Boston and Chicago needed something different as they pushed toward the playoffs, but swapping Canadians didn’t get them past fifth and sixth, respectively, with each team finishing on 30 pts.

Moscato played just 76 minutes across five games after arriving in Boston. In her five appearances for the Red Stars, she started four matches and played 363 minutes.

Kyle, meanwhile, was played a large role with Seattle, starting 19 of the 21 games she played in while scoring three goals in 1,752 minutes. Kyle shifted from her usual central midfield role to center back late in the spring as Seattle tried to turn around what eventually became an 0-9-2 start.

“Kaylyn was a terrific player for us and did a fantastic job when asked to move to the backline early in the season,” said Reign FC coach and GM Laura Harvey. “The trade for Carm was a difficult decision, as Kaylyn was a leader on the club and a consistent presence for us on the pitch. We felt this swap will allow Kaylyn to return to her natural position on the pitch and will give Carm the chance to make an impact on the field each week.”

  • UtterlyBaffled

    Please to explain this. Someone? Anyone?

    • Steglitz49

      What has Boston against non-Americans?

      • snishy

        They are trading a Canadian for a Canadian. I don’t see your point.

        • Steglitz49

          “Moscato played just 76 minutes across five games after arriving in Boston. In her five appearances for the Red Stars, she started four matches and played 363 minutes.”

          It could not be clearer, nor more unambiguous.

          • snishy

            Whenever a non-American player gets limited time on the field, your automatic conclusion is that teams are prejudiced against those players. Instead of assuming the worst reason for why this occurred, how about the most realistic? In this case, perhaps Moscato was just not better than the other defenders to win a starting spot. Could be the reason why Chicago traded her in the first place. Honest question, what does BJNNA mean?

          • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

            If you ignore Lianne Sanderson, Joanna Lohman, Kyah Simon, and Rhian Wilkinson, not to mention Kelly Smith, Alex Scott and Tameka Butt in the recent past, the Breakers really are xenophobes.
            And yes, one person who doesn’t get the playing time you think she should get makes it clear and unambiguous the Breakers are against foreigners. Can’t argue with that logic.

          • Davis

            Pretty sure Joanna Lohman is American.

          • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

            Yeah, I was wrong on her. Obviously my point is now moot.

      • Silver Frost

        They seem to like Lianne Sanderson, UK passport and former England WNT. Is that non-American enough?

        • Boston Red

          Well, she has a Green Card so she’s an almost ‘Merican.

          • Silver Frost

            Sanderson and Lohman have just signed with Apollon Limassol in Cyprus for UEFA Champions League qualifiers this Fall.

      • Sam Clarkson

        If you had seen her play the first half of the last game of the season you wouldn’t be asking this question. I think a lot of us are a bit tired of your standard explanation that it’s got to be zenophobic.

  • Elaine

    “We felt this swap will allow Kaylyn to return to her natural position on the pitch and will give Carm the chance to make an impact on the field each week.”

    Seems like this trade was approved by CSA. It’s a win-win situation for both teams and players.

    • Rufan

      I think we have to assume national needs are going to top any specific team’s, so don’t wonder too much about trades that don’t “make sense”.

      In response to your last question, other Canadians may be traded too to their “natural positions”.

      • Elaine

        Yes, I agree with that assumption about national needs vs team needs. That’s one of the reasons why the federations are paying the salaries of the NT players. So in your response to mine, you think it will be the Canadian? I’m thinking it might not be a Canadian that gets traded, it might be an American. So many possibilities…..

        • Rufan

          I misread you question, so disregard my comment.

        • Steglitz49

          How many rounds of draft picks will there be this time? If it is 4 like last time, then each team will need to let 4 players go, won’t they. Swapping allocated Canadian players around may well be useful, not least if done in consultation with the CSA.

          I do not understand the sentence of “Kyle … starting 19 of the 21 games she played in scoring three goals in 1,752 minutes.” Defenders rarely score goals except when they come up for set pieces. Saki Kumagai has scored 0 goals in 56 matches for Japan, only the last penalty in the pso, and Azusa Iwashimizu has 8 goals in 92 matches (and her red card) while Wendie Renard has 8 goals in 40 matches for France. Three goals in 21 matches looks pretty respectable by Kaylyn Kyle, not least for a team who had a torrid season.

          • Elaine

            I think the trade makes perfect sense from the CSA’s perspective. Remember for the Canadian national team, Kyle plays as a midfielder and Moscato as a defender. Perhaps they think that Kyle’s trade to Boston will give her more opportunities in the midfield than what Seattle was using her for. In turn Moscato will replace Kyle in the backline for the Reign. Of course we will have to see if Boston will use her in that position. Seems like all parties agreed that will be the case.

            Draft picks and allocations or not of national team players will be interesting to watch next season. Seeing that there will be no expansions of teams, certain players will get dropped to make room for the incoming talents.

          • Steglitz49

            I was a bit surprised at there not being 2 expansion teams. The cost of running a ladies soccer team, not least in the NWSL, is trivial. It is, indeed, a bit worrying that the NWSL could not find two corporations (individuals) willing to join in the fray. Maybe they did not try to?

          • Elaine

            This is an excerpt from soccerwire.com regarding expansion:

            “In the long-term, the league will not only improve the quality of women’s national team players in the U.S. but help develop the sport generally in America, Gulati said. Before expansion, the league needs to continue to lay the foundation for long-term success, he said.

            “The question is how we continue to add to attendance? How do we make the level of play even better? How do we get a lot of the logistics around the league better?” he said. “I think with time, experience and additional resources we’ll be able to do all of that.”

            Looks like the goals for next year are increase the attendance numbers, more balance of talents on the different teams, and perhaps looking into a tie-in with another MLS team such as the Red Bulls. I would add better streaming and availability of games to that also.

          • Steglitz49

            The quality of play is already very good. It can, of course, be improved further, but lack of quality does not explain the punters staying away.

            I would put improved quality of refereeing at the top of the agenda. This seems to have been a significant issue and bone of contention repeatedly during the season.

            Your points on streaming and availability are well taken.

          • Elaine

            You’re right about the quality of refereeing needs to be improved big time. Let’s hope that the Professional Referee Organization can do its job and overhaul the officiating standards here in the US.

          • Sam Clarkson

            Agree with points made about poor/inconsistent refereeing, streaming issues and high quality of play. I’d also hope that now with some lead time they can find some new fields. The Breakers should be able to find a better and larger capacity field than Dilboy that they can fill on a regular basis. I believe that they sold out almost every game and believe they had the highest percentage of utilized capacity on a consistent basis. It sounds like a number of teams would benefit from moves to facilities with easier fan access to pubic transportation as well.

          • Steglitz49

            Your points are well taken. My question regarding Boston, is there a 7-10,000 seater stadium available to rent at a reasonable cost when needed?

            As you typed, in percentage terms Boston at 89% (2427) averaged best proportionally. Even more impressive was DC’s 81% with 3625. Talk about fans in the Ultra-class,

            Seattle also had a lousy season but managed 64% (2306). Chicago, who level pegged with Boston only got 49% (1713). KC was 3rd behind DC on 75% (4626) but they had a smashing season.

            Given that there were only 11 home games, medians and IQR would probably show better how the land was tilled than average yields, but by any statistics Boston did well. They had one or, possibly two, games when people stayed away, else they would have been at 99%.

          • Sam Clarkson

            I believe that both of the games people stayed away were mid-week games and more weather related than anything else. I’m not sure what there is in the area for 7-10,000 seat stadiums, but even if they transitioned to something in the 4-5k seat range with better accessibility and parking and continued to come close to selling it out it would be an improvement and continue to have a great home atmosphere. There’s no point in having too large a stadium that accentuates empty seats (like going to a Rev’s game).

          • Steglitz49

            Many European ladies teams play in by European standards quite large stadia but only open up the main stand, so you have 600 in a stand that seats 4-5,000. It makes quite a noise not least on the rare occasions when 1500 turn up.

            Unfortunately, all the TV equipment is in that stand, so the stream gives the wrong impression. Yawningly empty stands but at the same time cheering and applauding crowd (like canned laughter in a sitcom).

          • Rufan

            I think that generally (not any specific draft or team) we should not assume all draft picks will makes teams, plus players will not come back for whatever reason (school, full time jobs, marriage, stay in Europe, Int’ls not come back, etc.).

          • guest

            she was their PK taker. at least two of the goals came that way.

  • kernel_thai

    Well, Boston has two 90 minute CBs so Moscato doesnt expect to get much time there. The question is why trade for her to begin with? Leon has turned into a very nice young player for Chicago. Even if Leon doesnt fit in Boston’s plans, why trade for a player who didnt fit in either. As to Kyle, I thought she played very well on the back line for Seattle and fit well in their gritty line-up. She isnt the experienced CB that Moscato is but she is a lot younger. Certainly not the big trade I was expecting.

    • Boston Red

      It may just have been to set Leon free. If she is talented, but can’t break through and you could use another body in the back, why not?

  • TN

    I guess Laura Harvey isn’t happy with Emily Zurrer and Jenny Ruiz, her two allocated defenders for her to bring in another one. I would hope Seattle’s main priority now is in the attack.

    • Steglitz49

      Where are they going to get attackers from? The draft?

  • wosofan

    Kyle will log a lot of minutes at defensive mid. I’m thinking Boston wasn’t entirely thrilled with Lohman and/or Nogueira playing defensive mid. And Kyle gives Boston a back-up centerback, in case of an injury. Moscato is a pretty limited player at this point, so I don’t understand Seattle at all.

    • Steglitz49

      Scratch my back and I’ll scratch your, leaps to mind. Collecting an IOU to be cashed in down the road, is another image.

      • Rufan

        I like your thoughts. If a Fed says to a team, we have issues with a player (position, time, personal/family), help us resolve with a trade,and we will take care of you down the line.

  • Random

    Seems to me Boston’s trade here from the Original allocation of Leon to the current player in Kyle is a major upgrade as far as experience and ability to step right in. Leon for Moscato may seem odd now, but the Breakers needed cover in the back they were light on players there from the beginning with Short getting injured and then D’Agostino etc etc. They had a plethora of attacking options so while Leon – Moscato might have been equal or maybe a slight downgrade when considering future ability it was what they needed to do for the team and the player.