Kansas City sends Mewis to Seattle for Amy Rodriguez

Jeff Kassouf November 7, 2013 193

Kristie Mewis is now a member of Seattle Reign FC after being traded from FC Kansas City for Amy Rodriguez. (Photo Copyright Thad Bell for www.womens.soccerly.com | http://www.tpbphoto.com/)

FC Kansas City have traded Kristie Mewis to Seattle Reign FC in exchange for forward Amy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez missed the entire 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season due to pregnancy, but gave birth in August and is back to training on her own. Tom Sermanni said last month that he expects to have Rodriguez in the United States’ December training camp.

Mewis had one goal in 20 starts for FC Kansas City in her rookie season after being drafted No. 3 overall in the 2013 NWSL College Draft. Mewis played primarily as a wide midfielder in the beginning of the season before shifting to outside back.

Seattle officials told The Equalizer that they plan to use Mewis as an outside forward.

“Kristie is a young, bright and talented player who we feel can benefit our long-term plan,” said Reign FC coach and general manager Laura Harvey. “She has proven that she can be a high-level player in this environment and we feel we have the structure to help push Kristie to the next level.”

Given that NWSL rules require an allocated player to be traded for an allocated player of the same nationality, the news unofficially firms up what Seattle was expecting: That Rodriguez will be subsidized by U.S. Soccer in 2014. Mewis became subsidized somewhere in the middle of the 2013 season.

“I was surprised when I heard that Kansas City was interested in me,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “I watched them play in Seattle last season and from a soccer standpoint I’m very excited about the prospects. I love the style and strategy they use in their play.”

The trade also comes following a report this morning that FC Kansas City has signed Nikki Krzysik. The Equalizer has confirmed the signing as well.

Seattle has been busy this offseason trying to rebuild a team that went 5-14-3 (18 pts.) and finished seventh in the eight-team NWSL. They acquired defensive midfielder Mariah Nogueira and defender Carmelina Moscato from Boston as they parted ways with Kaylyn Kyle, and Seattle locked up Keelin Winters to a two-year deal following her removal from U.S. Soccer’s subsidized players program.

Nikki Marshall and Mexican international defender Alina Garciamendez are also under Seattle’s roster now, though it is unclear if either will play in 2014.

  • K. Bauer

    Interesting trade. I could see the deal working out for both teams. I wonder if the Reign will play Mewis at outside back or if they have other plans for her. I like Amy in front of Tymrack and Co. That could be fun to watch.

  • Elaine

    What? Seattle giving up a much needed forward? Who are they saving the spot for?

    • Silver Frost

      C. Press.

      • Elaine

        So Press will get the other half of a spot with Pinoe?

        • Silver Frost

          The replacement will have to be equal to or greater than A-rod, otherwise this trade makes no sense. Thus, it has to be Press, or similar. It’s a very short list.

          • Elaine

            It has been posted that Mewis has been subsidized in 2013. Thus Seattle has Hope, Pinoe, and Mewis as US allocations. But being Arod is still allocated, that gives KC 4 players again (Barnie, Broon, Holiday, Arod). This doesn’t make sense, unless USSF is more open with the pocketbooks and willing to subsidize up to 4 US players on each team.

          • Silver Frost

            Perhaps because Megan only plays one half of a season?

          • pakacuda

            If two half season players = 1 full player that makes a lot of sense. Who knows what the allocation rules will be? The NWSL can probably shape them any way that benefits them the most.

            I said before that Press should go to Seattle. It might have been wacky back then but it’s getting less wacky. A Portland/Seattle/Morgan/Press rivalry, with two beautiful stars in cities with the best HD cameras, would be off the charts. Press with her left coast mentality (my opinion from reading her blogs) and roots would fit perfectly in Seattle.

            To add another point, if Press goes to Seattle that might help patch the Sounders Women grudge and thus finally tap into the largest soccer fandom well in the country. It’s almost absurd that the Reign are not drawing maximum capacity, and all I can guess is that grudge is the big reason why.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe Barnie is being put out to grass. Where is Ms Tymrak in this soup?

          • Elaine

            Forgot about Erika! Wow, KC is loaded next year!

          • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

            They can’t take players away from a team just because a team was fortunate/smart enough to draft rookies and sign free agents who later were called up and became allocated players. That’d just be a punishment for good coaching and team planning.

          • D23

            This is why allocation to secure parity is simply not viable long term. We are only in season two and it has already thrown up situations like this which were entirely predictable. Unless you are going to move players around, which will not help the clubs and therefore the standard of football, attempting to create parity through allocation won’t work.

          • kernel_thai

            Ud have to reallocate every year and that would alienate fan bases.

          • kernel_thai

            I dont see why the article intimated this means anything on A-Rod being subsidized. The trade works because both r currently subsidized, not because both will be subsidized. If anything, one might think Seattle does not see A-Rod geting a USSF free ride and they traded her rather than pay her. As the article also stated, Sermanni said he expects A-Rod in December camp. If he isnt going to see her til December why would they decide to subsidize her now?

          • Elaine

            So, you think Arod will get dropped from being subsidized come next NWSL season? Makes sense. Then it’s up to KC then to give her a contract or not like Seattle did for Winters.

          • kernel_thai

            I think KC was in a better position to take that chance. Besides, there r only 24 slots and the league will quite likely add seven players who are/will bei subsidized. Some of slots have to come by removing six of last years allocated players.

          • D23

            But don’t you have to trade an allocated player for an allocated player. Mewis is subsidised so I would think that means A-Rod is too. Otherwise FCKC are giving up a player they get for free for one they have to pay for. Why would they do that?

          • Elaine

            The Mewis situation was very strange to say the least. She came into the league as a college draft pick, the same way as Franch for example. But somehow they decided to give her an allocated status when the Flash was missing one to begin with. Granted Mewis has been called up consistently for the NT and should get a bump up in pay I guess. As a result KC got 4 spots, all not paid with their salary cap but by USSF. How to rectify that situation in the eyes of the other NWSL teams? Possibly to trade A-rod now for Mewis and drop her next year to get back to 3 spots for KC. If things worked out for her at KC and the coach likes what he sees, they can offer her a contract like what Seattle did with Winters. What are Arod’s chances of unseating the current forwards we have on the NT? I would say practically zero chance. So USSF will not continue to subsidize her when they can use her spot for another player.

          • newsouth

            She doesn’t have too. Sermanni thinks ARod is a striker. Remember Riley said Pia was messing up ARod. I’m assuming Sermanni will handle her like Riley and use her as a poacher like Press instead of a direct striker like Sydney and Morgan. She’s compact and chunky but too small long term for 1v1 balls over the top against bigger girls. Like I;ve said, only Marta does that consistently for a forward under 5’7. ARod is a slower but more powerful version of devanna, has good feet like the japanese who she killed and good center of gravity. Morgan (hurt again) Sydney (aggressive) and Wambach (flopper) are wrecking ball forwards. No way they stay healthy 24*7*365. You can count on one being banged up going into the world cup, he needs a no 5 in the wings. horan won’t be seeing this cycle and hagen is another wambach. he don’t need two of those on the roster. i think she’s back on the nt and more productive along the lines of philly instead of under pia. a lot of players go junked under pai. yeah she won but it was more talent and experience of the squad than a super coach and she played to the ego’s of the veterans vs getting on their bad side like ryn.

          • Steglitz49

            Your point that size matters and that many modern forwards are 5’7″ while ARod is 5’4″ is well taken. Nevertheless, 5’4″ was the average height of the Nadeshiko who won the World Cup and reached the Olympic final. They only had two players 5’7″ in Kaihori, their goalie, and Saki Kumagai their central defender.

            At the same time, the USSF is honor bound to give ARod a chance to prove herself. Pregnancy is a natural event and other mums have not only played well but made critical contribution to the NT’s success. In short, it is good for the image of women’s soccer that ladies with babies play.

            Your point about Alex is on the money. Alex was injured in her youth. She is injured again. Alex may not be fully fit for WC-15 or get injured during the tournament.

          • kernel_thai

            According to the CBA they can only call a non contract player for a trial lasting no longer than six weeks before offering them a full contract. As Mewis was in every camp her trial period evaporated pretty quickly.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe Bayern will sell them Sarah Hagen? Or, the Emir wants to off-load Lindsey Horan? It need not be Ms Press.

          • kernel_thai

            As either of those teams spends more on designer soccer balls than an NWSL spends on it roster, Im thinking no.

          • Steglitz49

            Sarah Hagen, like Ms Naeher, may have tired of playing abroad. Unlike Ms Naeher who walked into a goal-keeping job at Boston, Ms Hagen could have a bit of help from the Bayern top brass seeing that Bayern secured the loan of Ms Tymrak. Will Sarah turn up in KCLSC rather than Seattle?

      • Steglitz49

        I am holding out hope that Christen will play for DC or, failing that, Chicago, but I fear that you may be right. What a slap in the face for the loyal DC fans — unless they get an even better lass!

        • Silver Frost

          If USSF wants to be fair, Press goes to either one of the 2 bottom dwellers last season, DC or Seattle.

          • Steglitz49

            In principle, yes. But, the NWSL has to secure the midfield and KCSC is not enough. US women soccer must have at least one team in Chicago.

            Maybe Marta will play in the US again, and, while we are on Ms, why not Miyama as well?

          • PMT

            Press needs to go where she’ll be used and fit in the system, not where is “fair”. it’s not fair to put her in places where she’ll struggle. That contradicts the idea that the league be used to better USSF players.

          • framboat

            I think she’d be wasted on ultra-physical Chicago, but could definitely fit in well to either the DC or Seattle systems. Their are cool bonuses for each city: the possession style suits Seattle, and she could get good chemistry going with Mewis, and more importantly, Pinoe [when she returns from abroad]. Plus, the idea of Seattle v Portland = good marketing opportunities w/ Press.

            DC would be a good choice as well. A great fan base, plus continued chemistry with fellow Tyreso players, PLUS great potential connections with DMath. I like it.

          • Elaine

            You know which forward will fit in with the ultra-physical Chicago….Tancredi!

          • framboat

            Haha! I agree. Physical presence and also a talented striker for Chicago! See, Steig, the wealth will be spread all around!

          • Steglitz49

            Next season’s NWSL rosters will make fun reading but first we shall have the merriment of the gnomes of Zurich.

          • K. Bauer

            God I hope not.

          • kernel_thai

            And what of McLeod and Leon?

          • Elaine

            Same thing applies to Canada as for the US. Herdman and company has to decide who they will fund/remove for next season for their 16 spots. I think Tancredi is coming in.

          • Steglitz49

            I would be surprised. He needs to find young talent. Yesterday’s bruiser for tomorrow’s game does not sound like a good idea. OTH, if the lady comes to Chicago, and they win the NWSL, we know who runs the joint, don’t we?

          • Silver Frost

            Tancredi is not available for anyone, even the Canadian NT, because she is in chiropractic school until June 2014.

          • Elaine

            Oh good. After she disjoints some of her opponents, she can offer to realign them for free ;-) Joking aside, I think Tanc is a quality forward who can help out any team she plays on. Maybe a half -season for her in the NWSL?

          • D23

            But USSF have justified they type of player control they have in the NWSL as a method of securing parity amongst clubs in the league. If that’s true fairness must come into it. I think players could actually be used best by clubs if they had more control over their rosters rather than having them be allocated by USSF. But that’s another debate entirely.

          • Steglitz49

            You can stay on the NFL track or go the MLB route. In either case, the salary ceiling needs to be raised a bit. It is too easy for foreign clubs to acquire US talent.

          • newsouth

            he wants to see press fail, so he’ll suggest any team at the bottom of the table. she should be in redbull if they want her. that’s where she gets sponsorship and her star will shine. we aren’t talking an ordinary forward here. no 1 or 2 in sweden?

          • Steglitz49

            “Better number one in Gaul that number two in Rome”, springs to mind. It is a US sports tradition that the weaker teams get to chose first. Sky Blue finished jolly high, so they have no dibs on top talent, even if from abroad.

            I wonder what Tyresö’s contract with Christen is. Most clubs seem to sing the ladies for 2 years. If this is the case, for Christen to come to the NWSL someone needs to buy out her contract. That Red Bull could do, and thereby acquire her fair and square.

          • JAMES

            If u show Marta the money she will come, her contract ends at the ends of the season, she might wanna go play with Sinc and Alex, maybe start a lil NWSL Dynasty.They would be hated more if that happened,lol.

          • D23

            With the current salary cap there is no money to show. And the length of an NWSL season, in my opinion, makes it not all that attractive in terms of thinking about leaving a European club to play in it.

          • Steglitz49

            The NWSL will have to start raising the salary ceiling so that all players potentially can earn what an Allocated player is paid basic.

          • D23

            Allocated players should be able to get what they are worth also. Right now US Soccer is dictating both their NT salaries and their domestic salaries. It is no surprise that Europe is so attractive- after all a player negotiating their worth with a club in a relatively open market is how most professional soccer leagues work. This could be possible even with a salary cap. There is enough high level talent that would stick around especially if they could earn more because the pool of money currently being spent on all the allocated players could be split amongst less of them. Having the entire player pool play in the US is unrealistic long term for me and I don’t believe it is really necessary for a successful league. If some players can earn more elsewhere they should be free to do so without the potential of an NT place disappearing hanging over their heads. US Soccer derives benefits from players playing in Europe. The threat to the US internationally is coming from more teams having greater technical ability. Having a number of your players live and play in an environment that emphasises that aspect of the game is a real plus. Right now NT players are paying a financial price to play in front of an audience that I am still not sure is all that interested in watching them at a domestic level. I hope this is all worth it.

          • Steglitz49

            You are only worth what someone is prepared to pay. Neither more nor less. What are the allocated players worth?

            How much could Seattle, Chicago or Sky Blue hope to pay their players? Or even Boston for that matter? How little might be a truer reflection of reality.

            Portland can pay. WNY no doubt could find the readies. The fans of KC and DC would chip in, like they do for several European clubs. Evenso, no-one would get fat in the NWSL.

          • newsouth

            if this was a possible case wouldn’t marta’s 150k come off the records? if he hustled the league for two stars for FREE, i doubt he’d put up a penny to bring in marta. i could see sahlen signing her outside of the salary cap since he likes to win and ain’t winning any title soon with abby flopping all over the place.

          • JAMES

            Even though she said she enjoyed her time at WNY FLASH the most out of her 3 WPS teams ,I think she’d rather go play with SINC and ALEX, but if Sahlen could sign her outside of the salary cap she would probably go back.
            I think every team should be allowed to sign one international player outside the salary cap.

          • JAMES

            At least they came 2nd,lol,but u right ,Abby aint getting any younger, and the flopping is becoming rampant.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear, hear! Arrangements can be made with a Brazilian bank, no doubt.

          • Steglitz49

            Most lady players are not terribly well paid and I doubt that Marta is an exception even if she may be the best paid player in Sweden. Why do you think all those Swedish (male) hockey players play in the NHL or Zlatan in PSG. There is not much money in Sweden’s sports. Swedish soccer players went to Italy before WW2.

          • Heather

            It seems to me that even with the league’s low salary cap, someone could offer her a nice sponsorship deal to entice her (or other top international players) – like POP or one of its clients, just as an example. I think the opportunity to play with and against many of the top international players is something foreign players might consider for their own development.

          • Steglitz49

            Do you mean foreign as in non-NWSL nations or as in US players plying their trades abroad?

            Pohlers, Grings and Fuss came to play in the NWSL. Granted, they are at the end of their careers but good players nevertheless. The Spanish NT player Martín played for WNY, while Fishlock for Seattle, and then there were all the Aussie lasses. There were more foreign players in the NWSL than one realized at first glance.

        • kernel_thai

          U cant figure it out because their is no logic in the NWSL. My head says Press goes to Chicago and DC gets Engen but I wouldnt bet 10 cents on any decision made by this league.

          • newsouth

            you do remember that press gets to list her top three choices. i think people are missing that. it would be foolish of her not to list red bull as number 1. people are coming up with with chicago and washington. why would she list them 1 or 2? i can see seattle because of her family being west coast. but she also has family in the ny area. the fair part is not her to chi or wash but going to her top two selections.

          • kernel_thai

            Morgan got to list hers as well yet she went where the league needed her to go. But if they do get to list them where will Press choose? DC, Chicago, Boston and WNY r the only teams with empty slots.

          • newsouth

            and red bull wants press. btw, wasn’t portland one of her top two? i’m betting portland was in the two because she is west coast. secondly, portland is a different can of worms from any team, just like red bull will be if they are in. take portland away and its’ owners demands and morgan ends up with whoever was no 1 or 2 on her list. then again, was portland on her list?

          • kernel_thai

            If Red Bull is part of the deal then the league will have Miss Press say she wanted NJ all along. At the end of the day Press can play where the league wants her to or stay in Sweden. It’s the owners falling for this again that I dont understand. How does having Red Bull partner with SkyBlue help the Red Stars more than having Press to trot out every home game would? It might make sense if there was revenue sharing.

          • JAMES

            Alex didn’t go Portland because that was where the league needed her to go, she went there because that’s where Paulson wanted her to go or else ………

          • Steglitz49

            They won the trophy, so Alex chose the right team. Clever lady.

          • D23

            I wonder if newly allocated players actually get a choice, or if they missed the boat on that by not taking up allocation originally. Maybe they get to choose amongst more limited options so the needs of clubs could be balanced against the wishes of players. If parity is a genuine objective surely newly allocated players can’t be offered positions at the top clubs.

          • Elaine

            KT, I thought you had Franch down as the 3rd allocation for the Flash. If you want Press to get more acquainted with Syd and HAO for the NT, then go with Boston. If you want her to shine and be the featured forward, then go with DC. Not sure what she gets out of Chicago though.

          • Steglitz49

            It would be a travesty if Christen went to Boston. It would be better if she went to Portland than to Boston. I am a champion for Christen in DC. My yen for Chicago is purely for building the NWSL.

          • kernel_thai

            Im not sure because I dont see them paying five GK so if I give Franch the money I prolly have to lose Harris. I also think the USSF likes to wait until actual call-ups force their hand as they did with Mewis, Averbuch, Engen and Press.

          • D23

            They are already paying for five in the player pool so I am not sure it is that much of a stretch. And if a GK who played all season for her club is dumped when one who road the bench even when healthy for most of it is kept then that is ridiculous and it shows USSF is not interested in the clubs at all. That’s a wasted allocation for SBFC. And if they are not interested in the clubs then that leads me to conclude that they are not interested in building a real league.

          • kernel_thai

            The other side of ur argument also supports the Newsouth theory on Press being the door prize for Red Bulls. If they stopped subsidizing Loyden u suddenly have an empty allocation slot in NJ.

          • newsouth

            she’ll shine as bright as morgan if she is the featured striker in red bull arena. i think rick and reality would agree she benefits more in sweden with marta than chicago or washington. washington has a good little following but brand name attachment comes from red bull. if they want her in the deal, then the deal also includes being a sponsored athlete on red bull’s roster. nothing special happens in her career playing for washington. she’s already carried FCG, so it’s been proven she can work as a lone striker. and there isn’t a quality of play upgrade. it has to be something greater like red bull.

          • Silver Frost

            Press is not going to NJ/Bulls in 2014, because NWSL is not expanding in 2014. Period. That leaves Seattle and DC, and maybe Chicago. Somebody above suggested Boston, but that would mean Syd and Press on the same team. Insane scoring punch.

          • SB Fan

            Red Bulls would not be an expansion team – rather they would be acquiring the Sky Blue team.

          • Steglitz49

            Is there any hard evidence that the Austrian F1-team wants to do that?

          • SB Fan

            In an Aug 4, 2013 post on this site entitled “Sky Blue FC, New York Red Bulls could partner” the story first broke to my knowledge. In that posting, the extent of the ‘partnership’ went from out right ownership through a buyout to a loose arrangement. Result was noted as expected in September but it is now November and nothing either way has been forthcoming.

          • Steglitz49

            Is that not the world’s truth? The proof of the pudding is in the eating thereof.

            In short, why should an Austrian drinks company sponsor American ladies soccer? Do they sponsor the Austrian lasses? F1 rules, OK!

          • Sky Blue Fan

            Talk is for the Red Bulls to acquire Sky Blue and thus not be an expansion team and open to trades, assignment, etc.

          • Steglitz49

            They have been talking an awful long time. Time to get down to brass tacks.

          • Elaine

            We don’t even know if Marta herself will stay in Sweden next year since Brazil is starting up their own league. It would be awfully strange for Press to still stay in Sweden after all that TS has said and the fact that her teammates are coming back stateside.

            If NY Red Bulls is interested in acquiring SkyBlue, then no doubt Press will be the player they want. They could release Loyden from allocation and give that spot to Christen. But we have to wait and see on that news.

          • newsouth

            The mermaids are gone. No one is paying Marta 175K in Brazil, no even the new league. I can assure you the players will never see that invest money since it’s goes to thieves and suits i nthe Brazil. You realize Brazil NT players earn about 600USD a month. USWNT players get 1,000 just for winning a friendly. She’ll be back in Sweden or France if someone is willing to pay.

          • Steglitz49

            Why would Marta not stay in Sweden. She bothered to learn the language. She had 5 happy seasons with Umeå and now 2 with Tyresö. Self-evidently, she would go home and build something in Brazil but as you remind us, the Soparnos seem to run their soccer.

          • newsouth

            marta was paid 150k at santos. no one is putting up that money in the new league. if sweden doesn’t cover her salary since someone said her contract is up she’ll go where the money is but she will not be a full time player in the new league. that’s for sure.

          • newsouth

            BTW, Press said 1/2 a season in the NWSL in 2014 just like Heath and Pinoe did this year. Sermanni is all talk. Even if she blows off a year in the NWSL and leads the league in scoring and asst she is still a sub for the NT. That joke won’t change no matter where she plays.

          • Steglitz49

            Press wants to carry on in the CL as far as she can, though last year she jumped ship when her team was in the QF and with her would have gotten to the SF.

            If all goes well in the CL, then the CL overlaps the start of the Swedish season.

            Finally, I expect that the details of Christen’s contract with Real Tyreso may play a part. At the same time, it seems as if Tyresö are preparing for player(s) departing.

          • Starbuck819

            I agree. Would being in the NWSL really do anything for her NT career? Being in the WPS and doing great didn’t help it. The way is blocked now even more than last time. It won’t change unless something really drastic happens. And that stuff is out of her hands like injury or retiring. Some players are already in the books for the WC no matter what so that leaves the bench. Where she is now. Coming here only she doesn’t get to play where she wants to, might end up at a bad org, might get stuck playing in a bad system, and likely make less money.

          • Steglitz49

            Is there any evidence that Red Bull really wants to add a ladies section? Or, is this just pie in the sky? What of substance has Red Bull said? Anything?

          • Reality

            In this hallowed blog was the first intimation of such a ladies affiliation with Sky Blue and Red Bull…

            http://equalizersoccer.com/2013/08/04/sky-blue-fc-new-york-red-bulls-could-partner-nwsl-mls/

            Some announcement was supposed to happen at the end of September. Since Press was rumored to be a part of the deal, perhaps the powers that be are waiting for her status with the CL to be clarified this week with the Tyreso v. Fortuna match.

            This would not be an expansion since a new team would not be created. Rather, it would bring financing and hopefully a new venue for Sky Blue at Red Bull’s stadium.

            If, as Elaine has suggested, Sky Blue relinquishes Loyden’s allocation for Press, a wonderful opportunity opens up for all concerned.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. We have to wait a couple of weeks more. Now that Vettel has won the title, maybe some cash will bre released.

            Are there any quality Austrian lady players? The Swizz have some good ones, but Austria?

          • kernel_thai

            The other less likely scenario is O’Hara isnt ready to return at the start of the league and they give Press that slot. If I were Washington and Chicago Id be asking myself how I got into the $%^& league.

          • Reality

            I like O’Hara both for Sky Blue and the NT. I hope she has a expeditious and full recovery.

            The ideal of somehow retaining constant parity in the NWSL, while a worthy goal, is not attainable in the long run. We have no system of relegation here in the U.S. so there will be teams that will inevitably become less competitive within the league. Perhaps that will ebb and flow over time as fortunes change but even the most well-intentioned balancing act will not produce a level playing field.

            There is also the concrete issue of what markets, player assignments and teams will most benefit the growth of the NWSL.

            IMO, I think Press at Sky Blue, with Red Bull support, playing in the NYC media market will be of greater benefit to the league than placing her on an inferior team in a less visible venue. Not fair to those teams and their fans perhaps, but in the bigger picture, a better choice.

          • newsouth

            look at red bulls roster of athletes and the first face that catches your attention is lolo jones who is a recent addition. she’s great athlete but a very marketable face. i don;t think it’s a mistake red bull says if we work this deal with sbfu we need us a marketable face from the national team so how about that press girl to close the deal. as i’ve said, press is washington and chicago full time is a waste. she isn’t starting for the nt, so the club she comes to in the usa has to have a big marketing arm attached to it. she’s their soccer girl like lolo is their winter and track girl. it’s a simple formula. people talk about seattle vs portland, what does that do for press? no body sponsors her from those coast line games. i guess that’s good for the league but does nothing for her. sermanni’s side talk is worthless now. so she wastes a full in the nwsl to be a back up in 2015. she’s already that in sweden.

          • Steglitz49

            Less than 15% of Red Bull’s sponsored athletes are ladies. Of the ladies, they are all top notch (Olympic medalists etc) and, as you point out, eminently marketable. Red Bull sponsors various Austrian athletes and teams, obviously, but again most of those are men.

            I am all for Red Bull buying Sky Blue and giving them a quality stadium to play in, and for Red Bull to bring in some top drawer players. This would be good for the sport. Let them bring a good Austrian lass over and maybe a German and Swiss one too.

            Nevertheless, the Chief Ideologist of the NWSL must reward the loyal fans of DC. S/he cannot afford to lose such a base. Sweden’s soccer federation is a dire warning. 8-10 years ago, the attendances at club games were to die for, but the federation put no effort into the ladies’ game, so it withered on the vine. DC has first dibs.

          • Starbuck819

            Loyal DC fans? The same fans that Harris famously called out for playing turncoat and cheering for Morgan and any other star that walked in last season? There’s nothing like being a goalkeeper and having your own fans cheer when the other team scores. Those fans?

            The same org that hired a hack for a coach who couldn’t even run a practice, ridiculous open letters leading into the season, a gm that proved uninterested to continue, where their own allocated players seemed thrilled to get away from? You think Press should be sent to that org?

            They seem to be trying to clean house, but the number of mistakes they’ve directly made is considerable. They need to put a good year together without any of the above before someone like Press should be tossed to them. It’s her career. Remember what magicjack did to her already? She was blessed with landing in a professional situation after that. Why she’d want to go to one of the more drama filled troubled organizations I wouldn’t know. She’d be giving up a lot to leave a great professional club to play for any of the non-playoff teams in the NWSL but some are more appealing than others. At least let her pick which one and not suggest attendance of all meaningless things is the deciding factor. That would factor in the least.

          • Starbuck819

            Full disclosure: I think she should stay in Sweden. There are only 2-3 NWSL clubs that play a style that would be beneficial to her anyway and none of them have open allocation spots. Leaving a good situation and throwing your career into the wind just to fill a hole somewhere random wouldn’t be smart.

          • Steglitz49

            If Christen stays in Sweden, she reduces her chances of playing for the NT, in spite of her spectacular play for Tyresö as witness today’s game in the Champions League.

            The Swedes would love her to stay, but obviously Tyresö are already planning ahead to losing some players, and her’s is an obvious departure.

          • Starbuck819

            Her chances with the NT don’t change as they have nothing to do with how well she plays or where she plays. She will be a bench forward or another midfield drifter unless there are injuries or retirements and neither are up to her. She has that role right now as it is so why uproot herself to possibly a worse club situation?

            In the meanwhile everyone with half a brain knows she’s excellent. She is thriving with a good club. If an injury happens or someone retires she can easily be found in Sweden.

            She can go to most camps and play the drifter role. The NT aren’t spending time fitting her into the starting XI no matter what league she’s playing in. It is clear they are going forward with the Abby show where Morgan holds things together and Syd can be shoved in without upsetting their system. The usual. Press is different and would require another style and they aren’t making the time investment in her and the offense to make that happen.

            Hey, maybe the Abby show will work another cycle. When your team is this good you can make the wrong choice and not get in trouble for it. My preference would be in building the offense around the young forwards and having Abby as a disruptive element off the bench. The team knows how to switch to Abby ball and could switch to it whenever she subbed in. They need to learn how to play Morgan/Press and that is the last thing they are spending time doing which is a big clue to where her career will go and why sacrificing her club career shouldn’t be required. If she were in their plans it is a no brainer. I don’t think she is.

          • Steglitz49

            DC could try hiring Svennis as coach, though he is eking out his living in China these days. Maybe Rudi Voeller would be more to their taste?

            Women pro-soccer needs a thriving US-based league. It is all hands to the pump.

            Where would you send Ms Press in preference?

          • Reality

            Your point is well taken re: her investment in the NWSL. If it results in an allocation to DC or Chicago, decreased salary, and no improvement in her NT position as a backup forward, what exactly is the incentive for her to abandon her status in Sweden? She has achieved a secure place with a prestigious team with a bright future and she is playing with Marta in a system that is congenial to her skills and talents. One might argue patriotism or philanthropic generosity but I don’t see a lot of that going around these days. Her best scenario for the NWSL is the Red Bull option which is the only option that could substantively improve her situation.

          • Steglitz49

            I am jumping the gun here a bit but so far Christen has scored all of Real Tyresö’s goals in the Champions League (4 so far) and, provided that she continues as she has started, it will be hard for TS to treat her disdainfully.

            As for income, I doubt that her contract with Tyresö is overly generous. Thus, as an Allocated player in the NWSL, Christen might well do all right. The trick for Christen is to get herself allocated to a team where she will be ale to shine and the fans would take her to heart.

            I do not believe NJ is the place for her. If Christen goes to DC and DC do well, she will get the credit — and the fans will love her. Christen would not be able to do that with SB.

          • Reality

            I agree that given her superior performance this year (35 goals so far), it would be hard for Sermanni to treat her disdainfully. However, that is no guarantee of a starting forward position on a part time basis, much less full time which she now has with Tyreso.

            I would also venture to say that her current compensation there is more than the NWSL can offer and will probably substantively increase as Tyreso would undoubtedly like to retain her services in the future.

            You offer no good reason why Press would get more credit or acclaim in DC than SB and I would maintain that it is just the opposite because of Red Bull associations and the proximity of the NYC market and media. Are you truly a DC fan or is your insistence on them merely altruistic?

          • newsouth

            ask yourself a question. why is he so stuck on dc and chicago, bottom dwellers, for press? sinclair plays for portland, and i don’t see sponsor beating down the door for her. press gets nothing for playing 11 games in seattle, wash or chicago, except for league highlights on youtube. she plays for red bull, is added to the paid athlete roster with lolo jones which puts her name out there for other sponsors, esp if she is performing in red bull arena. and as you said, she’s exposed to the ny media. no body cares if she plays in the soccer plex. what multi-million corp owns wash, seattle or chicago? s49 is a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

          • Steglitz49

            “I do not see sponsors beating down the doors for Ms Sinclair” — why should they? Ms Sinclair is Canadian. All Canada cares about is icehockey and only when Canada or Canadian clubs are winning. CanSA are about to play the ladies World Cup on artificial surfaces. Do I need to say more? Why on earth sponsor Ms Sinclair? She can’t even make her own FA do the decent thing. Good grief!

            “Seattle” — I am totally against Christen burying herself in Seattle. Please do not ascribe to me opinions that I do not hold and, worse, are diametrically the opposite of the ones I proclaim. Thank you kindly, good madam.

            Although I typed elsewhere that ladies make up <15% of the athletes that Red Bull supports, the reality truly is low, 8-10% max. Those that they do support are not only top of the pops, they are already proven superstars.

            "The love of the people, my reward". For Christen to make her name, she needs not only to take a rock bottom team to the top but one with appreciative fans. The only team that fits that bill is DC. DC is Christen's road to salvation.

            In Chicago, Christen would earn brownie-points with the USSF and if the fans turn up to watch her, she will have scored mega. Chicago would be OK, but DC is better.

          • Elaine

            I had posted this link previously from the NY Times article:
            What do we make of it?

            http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/sports/soccer/sky-blue-Iooks-beyond-nwsl-playoffs.html?_r=0

          • newsouth

            the last story that came out was red bull was making an offer to buy skyblue outright.

          • Elaine

            There you go then. Press will be heading to SkyBlue. Let’s all stop this talk about her leaving Sweden and playing in our league. This is a win-win for everyone.

          • Steglitz49

            Why on earth would an Austrian drinks company invest in a US women’s club soccer team? Explain that one to me, please.

            Granted, Red Bull have supported Lindsey Vonn and Michaela Schiffrin, but they are world stars. Sky Blue are local celebrities in a sport which on the club levels American’s do not give a toss about and NJ:ites for sure don’t.

            Let’s watch this space.

          • Elaine

            Did you not go and read the article Steg? Here is what he said:

            Red Bulls General Manager Jerome de Bontin said. He added: “I am a proponent and supporter of women’s soccer. I believe that women’s soccer is not just a female version of the men’s game, but that it has a true identity. It is an interesting game to watch. It flows well and the game has improved as players are more technical. It is cleaner than the men’s game and is very entertaining to watch.”

            While Hofstetter (president of SB) said a decision could come within “two to four weeks, by the end of September or early October,” de Bontin was more cautious, though mostly optimisitic. “The New York Red Bulls want to embrace all aspects of the sport from the grassroots, high school and college levels, and women’s soccer,” he said.

            In addition the article listed 3 possibilities:
            1. SkyBlue plays home games at Red Bull Arena
            2. SkyBlue enter a working relationship with Red Bulls and be a paying tenant at the stadium
            3. Red Bulls outright buys SkyBlue

          • Steglitz49

            I did and I was not convinced. SB can’t afford to rent Red Bull Arena. Period. That knocks out #1 and #2.

            As for buying SB outright, I would do it if the NWSL let me have Alex Morgan and Hope Solo to pull in the punters. If Tobin’s foot heals, I would buy her too because she is from Basking Shark.

            Let’s see how this pans out. I may be wrong. I hope so. Red Bull are hard nosed. That is how they win F1. It would be interesting to see a list of all female athletes Red Bull support.

          • Elaine

            Yes, we all don’t really know yet if what de Bontin say is true. But he is one top executive from the MLS side to publicly support women’s soccer in the US. Hard to go pull this one back. If he does, not a good public relation with the fans of women soccer in this country.

          • kernel_thai

            One of the possible scenarios has SkyBlue playing their home games immediately before Red Bulls home games. This solves the problem of the huge cost of opening the stadium and opens the Bullettes to a much larger audience. They do lose a little of their identity however.

          • D23

            But they can gain too. For example, in Australia some W-League matches are being played as double-headers with the men’s A-League. As a result, the broadcaster of the A-League (FoxSports) is going to broadcast the W-League matches (for the first time) as well. This is win win. Some of the A-League audience will be exposed to the W-League which they would never have sought out independently, both at the ground and on TV.

          • Steglitz49

            Verily. For many years the German ladies Cup final was played as a curtain-raiser before the men’s. Pia Sundhage scored the first goal by a woman at Wembley when Sweden played England before the men’s match.

          • Steglitz49

            Why are we waiting?

          • Rdalford

            Source for this red bull offering to purchase shy blue story is? Where published? Is a named rb or sb source listed? Fans (me included) might want red bull to purchase sky blue, but suggest we may want to wait until something is actually announced.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear!

          • Steglitz49

            It is dated August, almost 4 months ago, and full of speculation. Let’s see cash on the nail. Once burnt, twice shy; a lot of women soccer players learnt that the hard way not long ago.

          • Sky Blue fan

            Interesting that Sky Blue is the only NWSL team to not yet offer season tickets for 2014 – must not know where they will be playing yet. Along with that goes the ownership circumstance and game site as well as perhaps the allocated player situation, I think.

          • Steglitz49

            What is the hurry? The season starts after Easter. Let’s get past Thanksgiving and Christmas first, not to forget the Chinese new year.

          • Elaine

            If the deal comes through, whether full ownership or sharing resources like the Red Bull Arena will be a big boost for our league indeed. A soccer specific stadium, a second MLS team involvement, and media/fan interests in and around that area is a step forward. If successful, next up, Sporting KC?

          • Silver Frost

            If the deal goes through. A huge speculation. Even if it happened, Press is not going to NJ, a playoff team last season. The USSF will not allow DC or Seattle to wither on the vine without a star forward. If it happens that way, then USSF are no longer credible on the issue of parity.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear! You took the words right out of my mouth.

          • kernel_thai

            And Christen Press greeting all the fans at the gate in Swedish? : ) Not sure SKC and FCKC get along. KC owner also has been talking up a new soccer specific smaller scale stadium proposed for the KC area.

          • newsouth

            she said she only knows food words in swedish.

          • Steglitz49

            As NewSouth says, she has not bothered to learn the language of honor and heroines. Marta did, though, and is interviewed in Swedish by the media.

            AC and Inter share a stadium in Milan. It is not so unusual in Europe.

          • Heather

            Since Rapinoe only commits for 1/2 the NWSL season, I think it’s possible that another 1/2 season player like Press could still be allocated to Seattle.

          • kernel_thai

            Assuming Tyreso gets past Fortuna this week, I believe the quarter finals r the end of March and the semis the end of April. If Tyreso loses in the round of 8 Press could play a full season. Even with a loss in the semis she’d only miss a couple games. Tyreso would have to make the final for Press to miss April and May.

          • D23

            But Press is not contracted merely to play champions league. She is contracted for all club matches so what happens with respect to the CL is not really relevant unless someone wants to buy out her contract.

          • kernel_thai

            Thats not the impression I got from interviews during the NZ friendlies. I believe her Tyreso contract was for one year so thats up in January. What I thought she was saying is that she is looking to sign a UEFA CL contract only, which is what Whitney Engen did. Then when they win or r eliminated she would be out of contract. If she signed a regular contract with Tyreso for 2014 it would bind her thru the end of 2014. She said she expected to be playing part of the NWSL season in 2014.

          • Steglitz49

            If Christen or her agent is smart, she will put the teams in the order that USSF and the Chief Ideologist of the NWSL prefers. They may not be her preferences, but it will earn her brownie points with the powers that be.

          • newsouth

            Brownie points don’t come until after 2015. Her last train stop is a starter for the national team and a future FIFA candidate. she has all the other awards now with this past season in sweden.. all of that is on hold with Wambach. it don’t matter if she is playing in washington. wambach starts in 2015, and they can do it because they can field 10 players to support her current underachieving game and flopping and still pull of the WC gold. it will be harder but they can do it. that’s why they don’t bother with the serious change.

          • Steglitz49

            As someone else typed in this section, the best Christen can hope for in 2015 is a sub-part unless someone of significance is out with injury or pregnancy.

        • JAMES

          I aint going to DC nor Chicago if I were Press. Alex got SINC and TOBIN, SYD got O’REILLY, ABBY got CARLI, she gon be all by herself on both teams.Shes going to struggle on both rosters, id rather stay in EUROPE than play in DC or Chicago.

          • Steglitz49

            Were I Christen and offered DC, I would be licking my chops. Loyal fans are worth their weight in gold.

            I do not want to see her in Boston. Period.

            KCLSC would be OK. Seattle would be a poor choice because both Hope and Pinoe take precedence no matter how many goals she scores.

            I would go and play in Japan if I were Christen. I would give Mayama a bell. Christen could not wish for a better midfielder with whom to play.

          • JAMES

            she already got a better midfielder (when she is playing midfield) in Marta

          • JAMES

            Sky blue would be ok for me if I were Press, if that could be arranged, and if she won the golden boot in seattle she would outshine both HOPE and PINOE, because HOPE just doesn’t bring it at the Club level, I like Pinoe but there is nothing special about her game to me as far as im concerned.

          • Steglitz49

            She will never outshine Hope anywhere. Only Alex is in the same orbit. Not even Abby inhabits that rarified atmosphere.

          • Steglitz49

            If that is her opinion, then she could take Marta with her to DC, could she not? It is a free country after all.

          • JAMES

            You think Hope is a bigger star than Abby?

          • Steglitz49

            A hard question. Goalies get less attention than forwards, even when they make victory possible.

          • JAMES

            That’s true, I don’t even like her ,but she is one of the few female soccer players I would describe as great. Shes a great goalkeeper, but I think Abby is the biggest star on the USWNT

          • Steglitz49

            You are probably right.

          • kernel_thai

            I think Alex would have been better off with her own team and I think Press would too.

          • JAMES

            That’s true but they would both need at least a second star because they cant do it by themselves.

      • kernel_thai

        If Seattle now has three subsidized players (Solo, Rapinoe and Mewis) I dont see how USSoccer could justify giving them Press while several other teams have less than three.

    • snishy

      According to Seattle’s twitter, Mewis will play on their “forward line”, but will also cover defensively. Not so sure about this one myself. When pure strikers are few and far between in this league, why would they want to give up their own?

      • Steglitz49

        The Maginot Line? The Siegfried Line? I do not think there was a “line” at Stalingrad. It was the Volga or bust.

        • K. Bauer

          Sometimes one can be too clever.

          • Steglitz49

            Fair enough, but I could not understand the “citation marks” around forward line. We do not write “corner”, “foul” or “freekick”. The Germans use the quaint ein Elfmeter for a penalty, there being 11 meters from the spot to the goal, and abbreviate it 11m, but it has not caught on anywhere else. Maybe Jeff or Harjeet could explain the origin for this expression.

          • K. Bauer

            The only thing I can think of for the citation marks is that it was intended in a derisive way. One possibility. I like ein Elfmeter.

      • Elaine

        I read that too somewhere that Harvey is looking at a 4-3-3 formation.

        • kernel_thai

          She basically played that last year but the way she plays it with players like Rapinoe and Nairn manning the outside forward spots it isnt really that different from a 4-5-1

        • Steglitz49

          4-3-3 is awfully hard for the ladies to play. We may well get there but, as KT points out, most ladies play a basic 4-4-2 that sometimes looks like 4-3-3. 4-5-1 and even 3-4-3.

          • kernel_thai

            Harvey can call it whatever formation she wants but if she has five middies on the pitch at the same time Im not calling it a 4-3-3 regardless of where they stand for kick offs.

      • K. Bauer

        I don’t know if I’d say she’s in decline. She’s only 26 and she’s always kept herself in great shape. Her “decline” has more to do with better strikers coming up and taking her minutes. I do have reservations with Mewis up front. She doesn’t seem comfortable on the ball. On the other hand maybe that’s rookie nerves and she’ll grow out of it. I hope she does.

        • snishy

          I agree with you to a certain extent. She was unseated as a a starter due to the talent behind her. However, even before that, her record didn’t suggest she particularly excelled: 26 goals in 100+ caps. On the flip side, she has done fairly well at the club level, so I wish her all the best at KC.

          • K. Bauer

            I’m rooting for her too. If nothing else with her and Henderson K.C. will have two of the better defending forwards in the league.

          • newsouth

            her record as a forward was almost a good as schelin. the problem is that isn;’t good enough for the national team. second she excelled under riley. who says she won’t excell under sermanni who says she is a striker? i say she is the no 5 striker for the national team. that’s sermannis plan if one of the other 4 go down. and i will take bets with the time off he;ll get better production out of her. to me she seems to play better under men coaches vs women. riley vs pai. kc vs harvey. for phill she more or less played a lone striker tole. that’s what they do in kc, not in seattle. better fit for her. she benefits form this trade. kc’s coach gets more out of her than harvey.

        • kernel_thai

          I think the KC system is perfect for her. With most of their attack coming from the wings or thru Holiday, A-Rod will be able hang out in the box and pick up errant balls and rebounds. Theyll also be able to spring for the occasional long ball.

          • K. Bauer

            I agree. I only wish they played a ten month season. It’s hard to wait so long.

      • kernel_thai

        I think its a good trade for Mewis and a good trade for KC and a good trade for A-Rod. Not sure it’s a good trade for Seattle.

  • Silver Frost

    Seattle dumped a liability in A-Rod, and got a decent mid. But where is their striker?

    • Steglitz49

      A bit soon to judge ARod, eh what? Others have returned from having a baby and laid waste to their detractors, even winning olympic gold.

      • Silver Frost

        How many Japanese players have done so?

        • Steglitz49

          Good question. I haven’t the foggiest. Anastazia Kuzmina won gold for Slovakia in the Olympic biathlon in Vancouver but it was strange weather conditions. (She is Shipulin’s sister btw.)

          The USWNT are honor bound to support ladies who go off and have a baby and it is good for the image of the sport. Mrs Rampone is a fine example, as is Hope.

      • Starbuck819

        Arod was a striker when last? August 2011 was her last memorable run as a striker. If she got back into the form she was in this time last year where she was falling out of the NT rotation in the midfield she still wouldn’t be the player Seattle needs.

        At least in Kansas City they have a team able to take on someone like her without much risk. Maybe she’ll build a time machine and have a good season, but a team that was second from the bottom last year can’t gamble an allocation spot on someone who has not performed as a striker since 2011 or even played in the last year.

        • Elaine

          Good point regarding Arod’s form. I’m sure Harvey has seen her practice a few times by now. The big thing now is where she will get that forward. Will it be through the draft or allocation?

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe she will call Chelsea Ladies and ask for Yuki Ogimi?

          • Elaine

            Has the salary cap been raised yet?

          • Steglitz49

            Yuki’s hubby is a professor or something. If the Univ in Seattle gave him a fellowship, she could play for the standard fee, plus the JFA could arrange boosters for her in Japan. Anything is possible for those who dream.

            Of course, all that could be arranged with the Univ of Chicago, Georgetown or one of the Boston establishments. Maybe Yuki wants a Texan 10-gallon hat?

          • kernel_thai

            I kinda think if they were planning to raise the salary cap or increase international slots it would have happened at the August owners meetings. Teams dont seem to be acting like either is in the offing.

          • kernel_thai

            That #2 pick they sent Chicago might have been that forward. Im wondering if she has an international forward coming in as she just cleared the way for one with these last two moves.

      • K. Bauer

        Good point. I wish Chicago could have gotten ARod. It’s odd to judge national teams on whether or not they condone players having babies. I think Rampone, Fawcett, and Markgraf have established the precedent that one can have a baby and still be a fine player. I seem to remember Silver Frost having an odd prejudice with pregnant players in the past.

        • Steglitz49

          I see it partly as an image thing and partly as an encouragement to the ladies. It looks good for the sport and the sport must have a glow.

        • kernel_thai

          According to the Daily Wiz, A-Rod vetoed a deal to Chicago.

          • K. Bauer

            Too bad.

    • Sky Blue fan

      Maybe Sky Blue can send them Danesha Adams in return for a player to be named later or a future draft pick.

  • Steglitz49

    Nikki Krzysik is a NJ girl who plays for Poland. She is a marvellous example how the ladies game is growing by leaps and bounds. Long may it last!

  • Carl31

    Seattle got a steal in this one – especially if you are expecting the league to survive.
    Any team would love to have a player with the skills of Mewis – and even moreso now that she has proven to be versatile.
    I assume the Reign will be hunting for a forward during the draft which shouldn’t be a big deal.
    The only reason I can think for FCKC to do this is if they know the allocation rules will be changing and they don’t want to be stuck with too many allocated players. They know A-Rod won’t be allocated much longer.

    • Steglitz49

      I doubt that KCLSC are into charity, so they either contend that ARod suits their needs or they have an ulterior motive.

    • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

      I wouldn’t call it a steal. FCKC got a forward, which they needed, as they traded Jones, and Henderson hasn’t been productive. ARod likes FCKC style of play, and should fit in well – especially with Holiday and Tymrak. Those three are all capable of being Mids or Forwards in Andonofski’s lineup.

      Also, FCKC didn’t need Mewis anymore. She was playing out of position and Sesselmann was playing out of position. This “fixes” that issue, and the backline will still be incredibly strong with the addition of Krzysik.

      It’s a seriously good trade for both teams. I think both players will do well with their new teams, and should be a good fit for style of play. Not everyone can have a Morgan, Press, or Leroux… but that doesn’t mean that ARod isn’t worth it.

      • newsouth

        as i’ve state, a-rod is equal to those three as a club player. i don’t think anyone could complain in philly about her performance. wps was a hard league and philly found itself in the championship game twice with her as their lead striker and should have finished off wny in regulation if she gets one of her chances to fall.

    • newsouth

      a-rod is better suited for their lone striker up top than cuellar or henderson 1. a-rod has better feet than either of them. maybe henderson is a bit more nifty. who says their coach can’t get what riley got out of a-rod? sermanni thinks a-rod a striker. she was just as good for the usnt as schelin is for sweden. usnt played a muscle game up top under pia, so long term a small forward, she chucky but still only 5’3 to 5’4 would suffers getting shots off in 1 vs 1 battles which a-rod excelled against japan because they defenders were smaller. and pia wasn’t too good at adjustments like riley to more suit the game to a-rod’s stature. but it goes back to my 5’7 forwards vs 5’5 and under forwards. marta is the only forward in the world under 5’5 who plays big and consistent with the 5’7. all the little mini forwards like devanna, a-rod, etc struggle. it’s still a big girls game up top at the international level. club is a different can of worms.

  • luke

    Now this is One Big Trade! Definitely interesting…

    • Steglitz49

      Why is it Big? I take your point that it is an interesting development but it is not that Big.

  • romel dias

    “Curiouser and curiouser!”

  • ct

    what are the odds the reign draft maya hayes to take advantage of christine nairn’s role as playmaker? they’ve got proven chemistry from their psu and u-20 days, as well as chemistry with kristie mewis from the latter. harvey seems to be taking the long view with the reign, assembling young players who fit well together and can develop under her system. all she needs now is bianca henninger on board as leblanc’s understudy.

    • Diane (DeeG)

      Leave Henninger in KC..not everyone has to go to Seattle!

    • JLC25

      Love that idea–Maya Hayes could work very well in Seattle. Also, Ohai may be a good draft for them. Prior to her injury, I would have thought Katie Stengel for the Reign’s forward spot, but sadly that seems to be done.

  • ct

    whoops: solo’s understudy. of course.

  • Ron Bishop

    Good trade. With Krzysik, FCKC was full in the backfield. Krzysik has played Central Defender with Sauerbrunn before. This let’s FCKC move Sesselmann outside. Sesselmann replaces Mewis there. Keep Mewis or Robinson? Go with Robinson, who plays there normally.
    FCKC needs a striker who can both score and keep possession. Cueller could score. Henderson could possess, but had only scored one goal. ARod seems to be a good mixture of the two.

    • http://www.twitter.com/originalslicey Slicey

      Exactly! Decisions like this are what made Vlatko Coach of the Year. He has a clear game plan and is gathering players to fit that plan. I was hard-pressed to think of a Forward that KC would be able to utilize or a trade that would make sense. This makes SO MUCH SENSE. I’d love to know who FCKC is eyeing in this year’s draft. :D

      • kernel_thai

        I think this trade points to Ohai to play on the wing. Taking Marlborough now with A-Rod and Henderson already in place makes that a long term decision.

  • wosofan

    How can I cheer for FCKC, formerly my favorite team, if they have A-Rod? This is crazy. I think Vlatko’s expectations for Mewis were too high. So what if she’s not the dominant player she was in college — she’s still a pretty strong professional! A-Rod is a head case with limited technical skills, and hasn’t played in a long time.

    • Silver Frost

      A-Rod always seemed to get tired in the second half of WNT games and got subbed out a lot under coach Pia.

      • newsouth

        ? pia direct style was built for bigger forwards banging in the box. a-rod is only 5’4. how about what she did 2 years in philly? that is the litmus to what she may do in kc. better striker and ball handler than henderson or ceullar. if kc’s coach is anything like riley, they got a steal.

        • Silver Frost

          But it will have been three years since A-Rod played club ball when NWSL starts up again next season. Maybe she’ll be great. But three years of being out of action?