Source: Press to Chicago as allocation takes shape

Jeff Kassouf January 2, 2014 340

Christen Press has been allocated to the Chicago Red Stars, a source tells The Equalizer. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Allocation of United States, Canadian and Mexican national team players to NWSL teams will be announced at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, and details are already becoming clear.

U.S. forward Christen Press has been allocated to the Chicago Red Stars, a source with knowledge tells The Equalizer.

Expansion team Houston Dash will be allocated only one U.S. player — Whitney Engen — and will acquire two other United States internationals via an expansion draft tentatively set for Friday, Jan. 10. It is unclear at this time how many U.S. players each team will be able to protect. Further details remain unclear, but it looks like the Western New York Flash will be exempt from losing a U.S. player since they remain with two — Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach — instead of three.

Press is among four allocated U.S. players entering the NWSL from overseas, and sources confirm that Yael Averbuch is headed to the Washington Spirit and Meghan Klingenberg will return to the Boston Breakers, where she played half a season in 2011 after getting away from magicJack via trade.

Engen is the fourth player coming to the NWSL from Sweden. Press, Klingenberg and Engen will remain with Swedish club Tyresö until June at the latest. All three would likely return after Tyresö is knocked out of the UEFA Champions League (or wins it on May 22); Press said as much in her latest blog.

Some new players will be allocated for Canada and Mexico, including Canadian forward Melissa Tancredi, who has been allocated to Houston. Tancredi has been on a break from playing professionally to finish her chiropractic degree, but is expected to be available in June.

Of note is the allocation of U.S. defender Stephanie Cox, which gives Seattle four allocated players and could force her into the expansion draft. Seattle’s other U.S. players are Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo.

The most interesting Canadian move is giving Chicago defender Rachel Quon’s allocation status. Quon played for the U.S. as a youth player but switched over to Canada in June. She still hasn’t played for the Canadian senior team, but is now allocated for Chicago, giving them three Canadians.

Mexico has reduced its number of allocated players to eight, sources reveal.

Desiree Scott and Lauren Sesselmann are listed as allocated Canadians, but Notts County of England’s FAWSL on Thursday announced the signing of Scott. They are said to be under contract, but Scott’s agent, Chuck Vine, says that is not the case and Scott signed with Notts freely.

Here are the full allocations:

Boston Breakers
USA: Heather O’Reilly, Kristie Mewis, Meghan Klingenberg
Mexico: Dinora Garza
Canada: Chelsea Stewart, Kaylyn Kyle

Chicago Red Stars
USA: Shannon Boxx, Amy LePeilbet, Christen Press
Mexico: None
Canada: Rachel Quon, Adriana Leon, Erin McLeod

Houston Dash
USA: Whitney Engen
Mexico: Teresa Noyola
Canada: Melissa Tancredi

FC Kansas City
USA: Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn, Nicole Barnhart, Amy Rodriguez
Mexico: Cecilia Santiago
Canada: Desiree Scott, Lauren Sesselmann

Portland Thorns FC
USA: Rachel Buehler, Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath
Mexico: Jackie Acevedo
Canada: Christine Sinclair, Karina LeBlanc

Seattle Reign FC
USA: Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux, Stephanie Cox
Mexico: Arianna Romero
Canada: Carmelina Moscato

Sky Blue FC
USA: Christie Rampone, Jill Loyden, Kelley O’Hara
Mexico: Monica Ocampo
Canada: Sophie Schmidt, Jonelle Filigno

Washington Spirit
USA: Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, Yael Averbuch
Mexico: Renae Cuellar
Canada: Diana Matheson, Robyn Gayle

Western New York Flash
USA: Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach
Mexico: Veronica Perez
Canada: Selenia Iacchelli

  • jon

    wow. I don’t know much more to say. Anybody think Houston got slightly screwed? I know there’s much, much more to happen but I did not expect it to happen this way…

    • Davis

      Not really. The way this reads it looks like Houston will definitely end up with three US allocated players, while other teams could end up with only two. And Seattle might somehow end up with as many as four. It’s all still pretty confusing.

      And what the heck is going on with Desiree Scott? Shouldn’t FCKC know whether she’s under contract or not?

      • Ben

        Or better yet, no one including her agents and Notts county thought to clear that up first???

        • Hillberry

          yeah, isn’t that why you pay an agent to be an agent?

          • Ben

            Not unless the “agent” is a family member. It won’t surprise given what some of these players make it hard to see them paying an agent

        • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

          Scott’s agent is claiming that there is no issue (he’s arguing about it on Twitter). Nottingham County’s press release never stated any issue with her ITC. It’s possible that the reports are mistaken, but we’ll see.

          • Ben

            Well something is not clear somewhere and we shall know tomorrow

      • jon

        Sorry I was typing to fast should of wrote that is could screw up multiple teams. I know that Houston will get 3 allocated us player… just seems weird in the way there going about it.

        • kernel_thai

          Weird is too kind. Why allocate two new players to Boston and Washington and then make them expose them in an expansion draft. This is beyond stupid. They wont, but how silly would it be if Houston took Klingenberg and Averbuch as their two other NT players meaning Boston and DC had them for eight days.

          • Dorv

            Can’t say with Boston but I’m assuming YA is being allocated to the Spirit to replace Lori Lindsey.

          • Gerry Marrone

            That’s the weird part – aren’tLori and Yael nearly the same player?

          • Dorv

            One’s still getting caps, the other isn’t.

          • Gerry Marrone

            I meant style of play clearly

          • Dorv

            Perhaps you saw it clearly, but I misunderstood :)

        • dylan

          Yeah…..Houston gets 3 that very few people have heard of…it would be nice to get at least one “Name” player. Here’s hoping Alex Morgan forces a trade.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear! You took the words right out of my mouth — though I would prefer to see Alex in DC!

          • dylan

            With her fiancee in Houston with the Dynamo—I will hold out hope for Morgan to be in a Dash uniform.

      • Dorv

        I got the impression that Scott’s signing might be a negotiating for more money ploy.

    • D23

      Both the Canadian and US allocations not available until June. That doesn’t seem right.

      • Ben

        That’s why I think it’s indeed possible that Seattle could keep all four players if they protect Leroux and Solo. If the Reign manages to leave this expansion draft with Leroux/Solo/Rapinoe in tact, it would be an act wealthy of Houdini himself

      • Ben

        That’s why I think it’s indeed possible that Seattle could keep all four players if they protect Leroux and Solo. If the Reign manages to leave this expansion draft with Leroux/Solo/Rapinoe in tact, it would be an act wealthy of Houdini himself

      • kernel_thai

        If everyone mentioned except Averbuch were available at the start of the season, they prolly would have just given Houston three of those players.

    • kernel_thai

      Houston got screwed in the sense that they wont get an offensive player.

      • Steglitz49

        Maybe they can get an offensive foreign player or two? I have not followed which foreigners they have signed. Does anyone know?

        • kernel_thai

          They may get Adriana Martin if WNY cant protect her.

          • Steglitz49

            Adriana is Spanish so it would depend on the contract she has, would it not?

        • Tom F

          It’ a shame they don’t try and make a pitch for some of Germany’s tounger players(unlike last year when those oldies played like Grings, Pohlers & Fuss).
          I would like to see Marozsan come play in June-August. Sometimes I got the impression she’s not playing up to her potential at Frankfurt as it’s a way too powerful of a team for most of it’s opposition.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe they will? Anything can happen. But, there has to be the overseas slots for them.

          • Lorehead

            IIRC, there are only two of those? But Teresa Noyola has a U.S. passport, so she wouldn’t count as one.

          • Steglitz49

            Were I a young German lass, I would leap at the chance to play in the NWSL and spend a bit of time in the US. Their coaches might not be so keen though. There are good players in most countries but some play a summer season.

      • Dorv

        Hello!

        Welcome to our world!

        — Says the Washington Spirit fan

  • Ben

    This gon be good. What’s the over under of reaching 400 comments.
    The FCKC versus Scott deal is proving to be a bigger deal.
    With respect to Seattle, I’m shocked about the allocation of Cox. O’hara’s injury might be taking longer than necessary

    • Hillberry

      Cox is a quality defender. I’m a little surprised by her allocation, but not a lot. She would’ve been allocated last year had she not been pregnant. I do hate that what should be a good thing for her, allocation = more money could turn into a crappy thing, by forcing her to go to a different team because Seattle has too many allocated players.

      • Ben

        Hmm, maybe she would have her say in the matter as well but given that she ones played for Diccico, maybe she won’t mind going to Houston (I know he’s not a coach or anything).

      • MT

        No way Cox would have been allocated for 2013. She only played in two games in 2012 as a sub and did not make the Olympic roster, not even as an alternate. She was not in the active pool and had no credentials to be allocated last year. It had nothing to do with her pregnancy. That said, I am surprised to see her allocated for 2014 since she seems to be at the bottom of the uswnt depth chart.

        • Hillberry

          I’m mostly thinking Cox vs. Winters. Winters hasn’t even had a cap for the USWNT at the senior level.

  • Har Journalist

    Excellent work by Jeff and everyone at Equalizer Soccer.

  • ruby4

    I see this as nothing but positive. CP can raise the play and profile of the red stars who have obviously been struggling.

    • Lance Scallop

      I just hope there is some remote chance CRS can secure a better venue for 2014.

      • ruby4

        Agreed. Don’t hold your breath though.

      • Anna

        Me too! Lisle is too far from the city and impossible to reach by public transportation. If I recall correctly, I read somewhere last year they signed a 3 year agreement with BU. It’s a shame they can’t play at Northwestern or DePaul or another inner city university.

        • Steglitz49

          I am not familiar with the Windy City except around the Art Institute and the park. When you say “too far” what do you mean? 2 hours? Also how long is the walk from the nearest public transport stop? 1 hour?

      • Tammy

        The Chicago Fire just announced plans to build a new practice facility on the north side near Addison/Western. Wish they’d build it with some spectator seating. Would be a great place for the Red Stars.

      • Steglitz49

        I find the abbreviation of CRS strange in the context of soccer because to most of us of a certain age CRS stands for the French riot police as in “Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité”.

        Why not simply type Chicago. It is not as if there are two ladies soccer teams in Chicago.

        • guest

          If you were in the habit of staying on topic you wouldn’t think CRS on a wosoc post had anything to do w/ French security forces. Did not spelling out women’s soccer and with confuse you?

          • Steglitz49

            The needless use of abreviations cheapens the product.

            Chicago is 7 letters while CRS 3, that is 4 less. Such a big saving; knock me over with a feather!

            We talk about the Cubs and the White Sox, and the Bears. We do not type CC, CWS and CB, at least not commonly.

            We type Man Utd not MU and Potsdam not TP.

          • Flammenwurfer 35

            This is not journalism school, this is an internet forum, and some people are using iphones to type. No need for extra characters mate.

          • Steglitz49

            We type Barca, not FCB, don’t we?

          • Ben

            No its not a matter of typing, it is you that are confused. In America, teams are all abbreviated, I don’t see you telling anyone to fully type FC Kansas City each time. Just because your brain can’t stop wandering doesn’t mean a perfectly logical and acceptable abbreviation can’t be used

          • Steglitz49

            KC is enough, ain’t it?

          • Ben

            Know what, I’m done playing this game.

          • guest

            How is you’re typing WNY or DC or Gtg different? B/c you chose to do it.

          • Steglitz49

            Since you asked, Western New York is 14 letters while WNY is 3, a saving of 11, and NYC is a recognized short. DC is DC, no justification needed. Gtg I do not follow, but Gbg is the time-honored short form for Göteborg (Gothenburg).

          • dcfm

            Wandering off into irrelevant topics cheapens the product and wastes everyone’s time in some sorryass attempt at pseudointelligence.

        • Ben

          How is Chicago simpler to type than CRS? And you are the only one around these parts thinking of french riot police?

          • Steglitz49

            We type Man Utd, not MU, generally.

          • Ben

            I don’t care how you type Man U, but we also type CRS and not Chicago Redstars.

        • Sydonia

          The usual abbreviation for Chicago is CHI.

          • Steglitz49

            Are you proposing CHIRS?

          • Sydonia

            No, just CHI.

          • Steglitz49

            O’Hare!

    • kernel_thai

      Actually Chicago was one of my favorite teams to watch. They were feisty and had some great come backs.

  • kernel_thai

    Crazy night on twitter. Winners here r Chicago, WNY. Houston and Washington r the losers and the jury is still out on the rest.

    • Amy Brookheimer

      I’m surprised that USSF didn’t allocate Franch to WNY, if only to keep up the facade of fair allocation. Maybe Sahlen didn’t want to part with the financial considerations that she got for only getting 2 NT players last year?

      • kernel_thai

        WNY is much better off with an empty spot them having to expose Wambach/LLoyd/Franch to expansion. At some point Franch will get upgraded if she gets regular call ups.

    • Lance Scallop

      Hard to say Houston is a “loser” when initially it looked like they might have been totally shorthanded. Engen + 2 other USWNT players and Tancredi and the 5 pick is at least a decent start to a team.

      The Press to Houston stuff would have been a dream – but it’s hard to hold it against Houston for not happening.

      • Steglitz49

        Makes one wonder, what forward(s) they have in mind in Houston?

      • kernel_thai

        Houston is never going to get a scorer in this scenario. The least the league should have done to balance out Press was give Houston the #2 pick in the draft. That Chicago got Press and two of the top three picks is too much.

        • Steglitz49

          Is it known who will fill Houston’s 2 foreign slots?

    • Lance Scallop

      Hard to say Houston is a “loser” when initially it looked like they might have been totally shorthanded. Engen + 2 other USWNT players and Tancredi and the 5 pick is at least a decent start to a team.

      The Press to Houston stuff would have been a dream – but it’s hard to hold it against Houston for not happening.

    • Steglitz49

      DC’s fans deserve to be winners. The league must encourage Houston and Chicago. WNY surprises me a bit, though.

      • Silver Frost

        DC just got screwed, as usual. Why does NWSL hate the Spirit?

        • Ben

          Press is only one player. If she had gone to Washington along with the #1 pick, the Chicago fans will be crying as well.

          • newsouth

            Press’ knees will be crying after 12 games in Chicago on that turf.

          • Ben

            Cry me a river. Everyone faces obstacles in their chosen profession. If you don’t like it, quit.

          • Silver Frost

            At least she will feel at home in CHI with only 350 people in the stands, like TFF in Sweden.

          • Steglitz49

            Last season Tyresö averaged 1202 at home while the worst team in the Swedish ladies league averaged 444. The previous season Tyresö had 1951 on average, while Christen’s team Gbg managed 588.

            Granted it is not NWSL numbers but a bit better than 350, we can agree, though one could argue that Christen going to Tyresö had a negative impact on their attendance!

          • JAMES 18

            At least at TFF she gets to play with better players,in the CL and on a better pitch.

    • Dorv

      I’m assuming that YA is taking Lori Lindsey’s allocation spot. If that’s the case, while YA is no Press, it’s still a significant upgrade.

  • NYRick

    Hmmm…let’s see. Morgan has Sinc (and Tobin). Syd has Goebel (and Fishlock and Pinoe). Holiday has Tymrak (and a nice cast). Abby has Carli (and Kerr).

    And Christen…well, she has Jen Hoy of course.

    newsouth called this one months ago. They will send her to a slug to fail.

    • Lance Scallop

      Although in principle I get what you are saying and agree…

      I’m sure CRS will address this problem with the 2 and 3 pick in the draft.

      • John

        1 word-Bywaters. Those picks won’t mean much if they’re misused.

        • ForeverLOST108

          Misused? I think the verdict is still out on Bywaters. She missed 3/4 of the season with an injury. It isn’t like she just sat on the bench.

    • Ben

      Two words, Lori Chalupny.

      • NYRick

        Agree on that. Excellent player, but can she be a good provider for CP? Also, what’s the deal with the concussions with her and the nasty knee injury (courtesy of Tobin) last year. Plus, is Boxx coming back this year? Actually Boxx and Chalupny in the midfield is real solid and LeP in the back line is good too. This is going to be interesting, but if she ever wanted to be a star, and did it in with this team, she has to gain even more street cred on the NT.

        • Ben

          Chalupny is one of the best play makers and versatile players the US has produced. She doesn’t mind being the star or taking a backseat so she and Press should work well.

          We can assume that Boxx won’t be back but with Amy being back to fill out the spot vacated by Fuss and Press replacing Grings, Chicago is in a good place. Add the draft picks and you have a solid team

      • Lance Scallop

        Would be funny if Chalupny/Press absolutely destroy the NWSL and US Soccer suddenly adjusts their diagnosis on Chalupny.

        • Ben

          Maybe we need to start a petition. I can clearly see Chalupny filling that DM role the NT clearly need

          • Steglitz49

            I would not sign it.

          • JAMES 18

            They scared she would have another concussion.

        • NYRick

          If Chalupny and Press destroy the NWSL, you know there truly is a god.

          • newsouth

            Find me a playoff team with Chalupny because I can’t remember one. Maybe she is a good player but I think she is a cult favorite and lives off of NT glory in the minds of her followers. This is not going to be good. Chicago will be at the bottom of the draw by the time Press arrives. I don’t care if she scores in clusters. This is the worst case allocation that could have happen vs a dream position in NY. So if they win, they still don’t have anyone in the standards to watch her play. Worst attendance than SBFC. For all she is, they USSoccer and “VISA don’t work” thinks no more of her than a backup if one of the other 3 go down long term. It blows to be a Press fan. I thank the soccer gods for Brazil and Ally Courtnall. At least I personally have something to fall back on.

        • ruby4

          I have never understood USSF’s reasons for sidelining her.

          • Steglitz49

            Concussions.

        • Steglitz49

          It is difficult to see such an adjustment being made, for obvious reasons.

        • Pressured

          This would be absolutely awesome, for those of us in the know about Chalupny.

      • JAMES 18

        1.ALEX,SINC,TOBIN,BROOKS
        2.ABBY,CARLI
        3.SYD,PINOE,BEV.FISHLOCK
        4.HOLIDAY,TYMRAK,A-ROD
        5.CHALUPNY,PRESS.
        Which is the worst offensive tandem?

        • Ben

          You forgot to add Little to the Seattle line up, lol. Also, that list looks lopsided on paper. However if you consider that Morgan/Sinc and Tobin were not the offensive nightmare fans would have thought they would be, I do not think Chalupny and Press is a bad combo at all. Also, We haven’t seen the FCKC trio work together so I can’t even comment on that.
          To me, they are all equal

          • JAMES 18

            Come on Ben ,I am a big PRESS fan.I haven’t been ABBY’s biggest fan of late but ABBY / CARLI tandem is better than Press / Chalupny.Its a good combo but doesn’t measure up to the others.

          • Ben

            Put it this way, each tandem serve their respective teams well. I don’t think moving one to the next will have any drastic result. It is in that regards that I think they are equal

          • JAMES 18

            I respectfully disagree. I think Chalupny / Press is the least potent tandem.

          • NYRick

            Here’s one way of looking at it: Chalupny may have been arguably the best or certainly one of the best players in the NWSL last year before her injury. She is arguably the most underrated US player today, and not in the pool or on the NT due to this concussion history she has. It’s strange that the USSF trusts no problems with that in the NWSL though.

            And Press is the most underrated player in Europe, and arguably in the US program as well. Let’s not even get into this #4 forward stuff on the NT.

            So maybe together, this under appreciated tandem can do great things and make a statement.

          • JAMES 18

            Maybe.

          • Steglitz49

            Could it have to do with FIFA and international matches as opposed to domestic games? Just a thought.

          • JAMES 18

            OK,which group of players is LEAST potent offensively?
            1.PRESS,SINC,TOBIN
            2.PRESS,LITTLE,PINOE,BEV.
            3.PRESS ,CARLI
            4.PRESS,CHALUPNY?

          • NYRick

            I’d say Press/Carli by far.

          • JAMES 18

            CARLI would score more goals than LORI,that makes PRESS/CARLI better.

          • Davis

            Lloyd might score more goals than Chalupny, but Chalupny would do a much better job of setting up goals for Press. Press would score far more goals working with Chalupny than she would with Lloyd. As a pairing, Press/Chalupny would be more productive than Press/Lloyd. One of Lloyd’s biggest problems is her selfishness. She goes for goal herself too often when trying to set up another player would be the better play.

          • JAMES 18

            I don’t think the PORTLAND will continue to struggle offensively this year.

        • Davis

          Probably Wambach and Lloyd. I’ll take Chalupny over Heath, Brooks, Lloyd, Fishlock, Tymrak, and probably Pinoe (but only because she’ll miss half the season).

          • newsouth

            Chalupny is some kind of cult fan favorite. Give me a winning club with her. the Beat were in the dog house and Chicago. She’s a muscle player like Lloyd.

          • Steglitz49

            It’s the strwberry blonde hair that does it.

        • kernel_thai

          Press, Dominguez, Hoy has more international goals then any of the other combo except Wambach, Lloyd,

          • JAMES 18

            Would you take PRESS,DOMINGUEZ,HOY over PRESS,SINC,TOBIN?

          • newsouth

            LOL.

        • kernel_thai

          Press, Dominguez, Hoy has more international goals then any of the other combo except Wambach, Lloyd,

        • newsouth

          Wrong. They won the championship. And as advertised, if their mid-field was a dud, they should just send balls forward to Morgan and Sinclair and still win which they did with a dud mid-field. They didn’t score of goals but they were still the best 1 strike duo if it came down to that in the playoffs. Hence, Flopping Wambach and Slow Lloyd vs over-the-top for 1 quick goal Morgan and Sinclair.

        • Tom F

          Wouldn’t either Hoy or Leon be partnered up front with Press? Both were a bit greener last year, but Leon now has started for Canada & Hoy would for most countries.

    • Misery

      come off it. Chicago is actually getting screwed over because Press will arrive later in the season.

      • NYRick

        That’s a fair point. But at least they get her. It was kind of a lottery as to where she was going to go.

      • JAMES 18

        Late better than never.Who would you rather have? Its better to have her for half the season this year then full season next year.

    • guest

      Welcome back RICK.This is the RICK we know.

    • newsouth

      You need mid-fielders who create and slash like FCKC for Press, not cold weather brutes like Chicago. Plus the balls run from you on artificial turf when favors a pacy player like Sydney or Morgan. Image Wambach trying to chase balls 12 weeks in Chicago. Wait til you see her in the WC. There’s a reason why she is the one crying about the turf in Canada. This is a Rodney Dangerfield allocation given the Red Bull had her tops on their list. This insures they contain her to the #4 forward spot on the NT. At least on grass in Washington, she can control the ball and move even with a sub-par mid-filed like she had in FCG. I saw this coming a mile away when the SBFC deal canned. Horrible allocation vs the setups that Morgan and Sydney have. Make no mistake about her blog. She’s not a fool. This is not a good setup from what she is coming from and she knows it but they got her on a string to hold on to that #4 forward spot for the NT. Of course they need her. With three wrecking ball forwards, injuries will most like pop up and she’s more lethal than A-Rod, Horan or Hagen if they get in a jam. She would have looked so good as a Brazil national. I look forward to someone upsetting the NT in the WC.

    • newsouth

      You need mid-fielders who create and slash like FCKC for Press, not cold weather brutes like Chicago. Plus the balls run from you on artificial turf when favors a pacy player like Sydney or Morgan. Image Wambach trying to chase balls 12 weeks in Chicago. Wait til you see her in the WC. There’s a reason why she is the one crying about the turf in Canada. This is a Rodney Dangerfield allocation given the Red Bull had her tops on their list. This insures they contain her to the #4 forward spot on the NT. At least on grass in Washington, she can control the ball and move even with a sub-par mid-filed like she had in FCG. I saw this coming a mile away when the SBFC deal canned. Horrible allocation vs the setups that Morgan and Sydney have. Make no mistake about her blog. She’s not a fool. This is not a good setup from what she is coming from and she knows it but they got her on a string to hold on to that #4 forward spot for the NT. Of course they need her. With three wrecking ball forwards, injuries will most like pop up and she’s more lethal than A-Rod, Horan or Hagen if they get in a jam. She would have looked so good as a Brazil national. I look forward to someone upsetting the NT in the WC.

      • NYRick

        You’re awesome! I love the line, “Imagine Wambach trying to chase balls 12 weeks in Chicago.”

        Actually, the perfect complementary player for Press is Tymrak. They would be magic together, playing in that KC system. Terrific coach too.

      • NYRick

        Serious question for just a second and holding any conspiracy theories. Let’s say she turned down the NWSL this year and said she is staying fully at Tyreso. Do you honestly think that would cost her the #4 forward spot? Isn’t that a lock one way or another? Because barring injury to the other 3 she has no way to be a starting forward on the NT, so why should she care?

        • Steglitz49

          Because as long as she is on the roster she will get the same medal as those who play and the US are the mega favorites to win WC-15. It is as safe a bet as there is in soccer so it is worth bending over. I’d love to be on that roster even if all I did was carry the water cans.

          • newsouth

            So why can’t Wambach get the same medal on the bench?

          • Steglitz49

            She will if she wants it. OTH allegedly there is a Nadeshiko who stayed out of the limelight after WC-11 because she only played in one match. The other matches she spent on the bench. Apparently, the young lady felt that she had not really contributed much to Japan’s success. She has gone back to her day-job as an accountant. I do not know if it is true or just one of those stories that does the rounds.

          • JAMES 18

            PRIDE.

        • newsouth

          She would be done. Sermanni said A-Rod was a striker, not a mid-fielder. Do the math, Rick. Who’s more suited to catch a long ball late, Press or A-Rod? Horan even fits it better. The deal with Press is, if someone goes down long-term, the Yahoos get a #1 forward placed in the #4 spot, so Sermanni can talk his nonsense on camera. A-rod and Horan as of now are drop offs vs the other 3 vs Press who generates instant offense in basically no minutes on the pitch. Give Morgan and Sydney a 6 month injury and plug Press in for 70 mins a game. Sermanni won’t hae to break a sweat. You know this, and he knows this. They all knows this, so it’s easy to hold that #4 spot over her head. She has less leverage than the other 3.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex may be more injured than we think?

          • newsouth

            I think she keeps tweaking the ankle. no bad but when she turns it oddly it’s back to the boot. if you have had an ankle injury, then you know what i’m saying. ussoccer would never print that. it takes her to photos on facebook.

          • Steglitz49

            I have had. It took an awfully long time to heal. How is Alex’s knee?

      • Sydonia

        No, the fear is that Press will take out a Swedish passport. But then Sundhage would still keep her on the bench for WC15!

        • Steglitz49

          If Ms Horan has a good WC next year, the scenario for 2015 switches.

    • Silver Frost

      Hoy is not bad, has lots of pace, and can score.

  • NYRick

    Hmmm…let’s see. Morgan has Sinc (and Tobin). Syd has Goebel (and Fishlock and Pinoe). Holiday has Tymrak (and a nice cast). Abby has Carli (and Kerr).

    And Christen…well, she has Jen Hoy of course.

    newsouth called this one months ago. They will send her to a slug to fail.

  • Jigsawwill

    Chicago…. shes going to Chicago?!

    • Lance Scallop

      How much will she have to pay Wenino for 23?

      • Ben

        Two tickets to a cubs game?

        • NYRick

          The product on the field might not be good, but the atmosphere at Wrigley and some of the best game food you’ll find at any park makes a Cubs game a must for anyone who has never been to Wrigley.

      • kernel_thai

        She doesnt wear 23 on Tyresu its 13

        • Steglitz49

          She could always ask for #14 though that might be seen as overreaching herself.

  • Elaine

    Interesting that Houston will get 2 additional US internationals through the expansion draft. The only teams with four allocations right now are Seattle (Hope, Pinoe, Syd, and Cox) and KC (Holiday, Broon, Barnie, Arod). Who would these 2 teams give up?

    • Amy Brookheimer

      I understand that humid climates are wonderful for babies’ upper respiratory systems.

      • Elaine

        Ha, ha. And Tanc is the baby whisperer, who knew?

        • Amy Brookheimer

          I know! It’s almost as if it were scripted this way!

      • Sydonia

        Oil refineries (in Houston) are wonderful too. Just saying.

    • MT

      ARod and Cox, welcome to Houston.

      • Ben

        As a Seattle fan, I do not mind this at all. Also, I find it suspect that Cox was chosen as an allocated player and if I was to start my own conspiracy theory, I’ll say that she might not mind playing in Houston and it seems one way to get her there is to allocate her. In my theory, Cox must have been in contact with Tony D (previously played for him in Boston) and have some sort of agreement to play for Houston. This is a win-win for both teams.

      • Steglitz49

        Not a bad place to live I am told by friends who live there. I have only ever visited 3 or 4 times. Can’t say I was tempted.

    • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

      If the number is 27, it’s possible that FCKC has more than four (Tymrak and/or Robinson). That would be dependent on Boxx’s status and if WNY gets a third allocation.

      • Elaine

        I counted 26 US allocated players so far. Don’t know who will be the 27th. As far as Boxx, I don’t think they can drop her from allocated status due to pregnancy. They could compensate Chicago in other ways though. KC is interesting with so many possible allocated players. Although Tymrak just signed a contract with them, I don’t think she gets moved. If Robinson is the 27th player, looks like KC may have to give up 2 players then. But if WNY is ok with only 2, then she might stay with KC if KC so chooses and give up Arod instead.

        • Ben

          If FCKC loses Arod and Seattle retains Solo/Leroux/Rapinoe, somewhere Harvey must be laughing

          • Elaine

            As far as this expansion draft with US allocated players, how many from each team will get to be protected. 2? 3? If 3 then for sure the 2 for Houston will come from KC and Seattle. If 2 then it will be a belated Christmas present for Houston. Happy shopping Dash!

          • Ben

            I think it is stated somewhere that it will be 2 each but I think that number is mainly just a formality really. At this point, it must already be close to clear who Houston will draft from each team. I’m 85% sure they will draft Cox because that’s the only explanation I have for her allocation.

            The law of numbers and logic also suggest that FCKC might lose one player as well and Arod sounds like the logical choice because, no offense to Barnhart, but goalies are a dime a dozen in this league but a good forward like Arod are hard to come by.

            Also, if the allocation list is released today and Santiago is not in Houston, it will further support my theory that they are going after Angerer

          • Lorehead

            Reallocated to FCKC, it turns out. The problem with that theory is that Angerer said she was moving to the NWSL in July, before the Houston Dash existed. It’s possible that the Dynamo approached her with a conditional offer while they were still on the fence.

            If Mexico wants actual playing time for its allocated players, they are not going to be happy with Jackie Acevedo going to the team that already has Morgan and Sinclair at her position.

        • Steglitz49

          Can you drop someone’s allocated status because of pregnancy? ARod remained allocated last year though she never kicked a ball.

          • Elaine

            No, they are not dropped due to pregnancy. It’s part of their benefits due to the CBA.

          • Elaine

            No, they are not dropped due to pregnancy. It’s part of their benefits due to the CBA.

        • Amy Brookheimer

          I sense that Robinson got all the federation love that she’s going to get. She was lucky to get a couple of caps, but Sermanni must not have liked what he saw because she was sent packing pretty quickly after the October friendlies and wasn’t invited to the December camp.

          • newsouth

            Better than Mewis on the back-line but they only gave her one game at one position. you figure?

        • kernel_thai

          Even if A-Rod is allocated…and she may not be, Im not sure Houston exposes her. Maybe they put 32 yo Nicole Barnhart in the risk pool and hope Houston wants a younger GK like Loyden.

          • Elaine

            You know we forgot Angerer. Where will she end up? Houston?

          • Steglitz49

            Chicago? or, maybe, DC?

          • martiunka

            I think Portland cos they’ve hinted at having an international signing in the works and released their backup GK.

          • Lorehead

            It wouldn’t make sense for Portland to sign Angerer without trading LeBlanc.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe they want Cecilia Santiago on account of the border to Mexico and other hispanic PR?

          • Amy Brookheimer

            I’m sure that Houston wants a GK who has played more than 10 games in three years. The question is who does SBFC protect? Cameron or Loyden? Will Loyden’s personal issues preclude her from relocating to Houston?

            I’ll complicate the GK conundrum further. A certain FIFA POY finalist intends to demonstrate her award-winning skills on our fine, multipurpose, artificial fields. No one knows what “beautiful” city she will call home. If my gut is correct and she winds up in Boston and Naeher isn’t interested in resuming a Turbine Potsdam/FFC rivalry, then Houston couldn’t do much better than claiming her in an expansion draft.

          • rdalford

            Angerer to Boston speculation seems unlikely. Reports about Angerer and potential NWSL team surfaced in late July. Boston was busy with firing their coach at end of July. Plus Boston has positive experiences with Naeher from WPS days and Boston brought her back from Postdam for NWSL.

          • Ben

            Thanks for clarifying when the rumors surfaced as I was looking for that. If it is July, there’s a good chance she might be going to Houston because according to some reports, Houston started talking to the NWSL in June.
            Does anyone know if Mia Hamm has any sort of relation with Angerer? That is the only logical explanation I have to support my claim as around July, Houston would not have had any personnel working on the women’s side but did have Hamm as a consultant.

            As others have mentioned, I see no other existing teams for which this make sense. We can definitely rule out Boston now as if I’m not mistaken, they have 2 internationals in Ortiz and Sanderson(does a greencard count as a citizen?).
            For the others, they all have great goalies and I see no reason why in July they will be in talks with Angerer.

          • Lorehead

            Also, the Breakers got Michelle Betos from Seattle.

            The other teams without an allocated keeper are Sky Blue and, technically, the Western New York Flash, but they just super-protected Franch by paying for her themselves. This could make sense for KC, though: they have far too many USWNT players to protect them all from Houston, so maybe their gambit is to sacrifice Barnhart and replace her with Angerer.

          • newsouth

            i’d put barnhart. a-rod will excel in KC, is light years beyond Cuellar and Henderson at the club level. Didn’t they have a solid backup?

          • Steglitz49

            Barnhart sounds a real possibility.

    • kernel_thai

      Has anyone confirmed that A-Rod is still on the payroll?

      • Elaine

        No news on her being dropped from allocation.

    • Steglitz49

      Barnie from KC to Houston is one option. Seeing that KC has both Barnie and Ms Santiago they have an allocated goalie surplus to requirement. Houston already has an allocated Mexican player. The plan could be to send Barnie to Houston. A Mexican swap does not make sense because that could have been accomplished in the allocations.

  • chugwug

    Does anyone know if the newly allocated players (Press, Kling, and Averbuch) would be put in the expansion draft, where the Houston Dash can pick and choose from?

    • Elaine

      Only if the teams don’t protect them from Houston.

  • rufan

    Did not see or able to do the math, what the total number of American allocations?
    Who is out? Lindsey?

    • D23

      It’s already been announced Lindsey is not allocated and that the Spirit signed her as a free agent

    • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

      Lindsey and Winters at least. Per Caitlin Murray, it might (emphasis on might) be as many as 27 Americans.

    • PMT

      Don’t forget Mitts retiring

  • wosofan

    From playing with Marta, Seger, and Vero, to playing with Chalupny and ????? (maybe DiBernardo?) Press is going to struggle. And on an awful field. For a coach who decided last season that direct soccer was the only way to play in the NWSL. Sad.

    • NYRick

      Great point. That field is atrocious and I forgot about the coach. But you just know Christen at some point is going to be looking around and saying under her breath, “I left effin Marta and Vero FOR THIS!!”

      • JAMES 18

        Does she even have any choice as to which team she wants to play on?

        • NYRick

          Well let’s be real here for a second. Alex certainly did. Abby did. And it seems Syd badly wanted to go to Seattle and was granted her wish.

          • Anonymous

            I think there’s a key difference here, and that is how the original allocations went compared to now. For the original set, Abby and Alex got to pretty much pick where they wanted because everyone was allowed to send in their top choices of where to go. The Syd case was a bit different, but I think its a bit too much of a conspiracy to say that Syd and Mewis controlled three different teams to get their wishes.

            In this case, only a few teams were short allocated players, so it was limited where Press could go.

          • NYRick

            Yeah I agree, you’re right on all counts on this. But I do think the Mewis back to Boston and Syd wanting to go to a nice soccer town and back on the west coast is a bit suspicious, since by no means can anyone call that a fair trade, even if both are NTers.

            It is getting to be funny to an extent, that Press always does seem to be the outsider (some or most of it her doing), but truth is still for the NWSL: Alex, Abby and Syd (her 3 forward counterparts on the NT) are playing where they want with a few stars, and Press…

          • Rdalford

            Seems reasonable that all of the teams with open US allocation slots (Houston, Chicago, WNY, Wash & Boston) would have been interested in C Press. So perhaps Press chose Chicago. Perhaps a future CP blog will gives us more insight into the decision.

          • NYRick

            There is no way she had a choice. I have no inside info on that, but if I was a betting man, I’d bet the house that she had to go where they wanted her to go.

          • Rdalford

            I am also no betting person (and don’t have a house to bet) and also have no inside info. But I am expressing my opinion that since Press was the most high profile player to be newly allocated it is not unreasonable (for me) to assume that she had input into the decision. I respect that you have a different opinion

          • NYRick

            As I mentioned I don’t know for sure either, but I think with the first allocation last year, the top stars had big input and say where they were playing. This was almost like a supplemental draft/allocation with Press being the big fish all the teams were trying to land. I just think she has little to no power with the USSF to call her shots in the NWSL.

            However, if SB/RB had their deal a few months ago, I think they would have insisted that she be part of the package and she would have gladly agreed (NY market, Red Bull to sponsor her in US and Europe as a star female athlete and reunites with her running mate KO).

          • Lorehead

            That deal would have made a lot of sense.

          • Steglitz49

            Seeing that it did not happen there presumably was something screwy about it. I wonder where the glitch was? What guarantee was missing? I wish someone would drill deep here and get us the truth.

          • Lorehead

            The guess that sounded the most plausible to me was that the current owners of SBFC didn’t want to give up control.

          • Steglitz49

            Stands to reason. If you are going to cede control iow sell out there has to be profit, substantial profit.

          • NYRick

            As I mentioned I don’t know for sure either, but I think with the first allocation last year, the top stars had big input and say where they were playing. This was almost like a supplemental draft/allocation with Press being the big fish all the teams were trying to land. I just think she has little to no power with the USSF to call her shots in the NWSL.

            However, if SB/RB had their deal a few months ago, I think they would have insisted that she be part of the package and she would have gladly agreed (NY market, Red Bull to sponsor her in US and Europe as a star female athlete and reunites with her running mate KO).

          • Steglitz49

            It could be argued that Whitney Engen is equally as high a profile as Ms Press. Indeed, because Whitney is not a striker, she will never have the glamour of a goal scorer.

          • NYRick

            Steg, Steg, Steg. Still feeling just a tad tipsy from New Year’s Eve? I dig Engen, but to call her equally as high a profile as Press is almost like saying Morgan’s beau could start a career as a clockmaker.

          • Steglitz49

            Servando must not be depressed. He’s gotten the golden girl. Annemarie and her hubby opened a café/bar when she retired and Gold-Lena’s boyfriend (with whom she is pregnant) is a cabinet maker, so there are plenty of ideas. Clocks or violins; whatever floats his boat. Maybe he will turn out to be a fine expert commentator on TV? Or a top coach.

            Whitney Engen joined Liverpool Ladies and they went from last to first in the FAWSL. Not bad to have on your CV. Whitney may even pick up the Champions League trophy together with Megan and Christen (and Ashlyn and Ali).

          • NYRick

            Steg, Steg, Steg. Still feeling just a tad tipsy from New Year’s Eve? I dig Engen, but to call her equally as high a profile as Press is almost like saying Morgan’s beau could start a career as a clockmaker.

          • JAMES 18

            Indeed there is a premium on quality strikers in this league.

          • Steglitz49

            DC needs a couple, that’s for sure. Chelsea made a riproaring loss last year so maybe they will lend them Mrs Ogimi.

          • cynic

            Are there any Soccer league where it isn’t?

          • JAMES 18

            More so here. In other leagues there is premium on quality forwards even though you could go sign a top quality international striker if you have the money.
            In the NWSL you couldn’t ,even if you had the money.You are limited to strikers provided by the 3 federations which is not enough for the 9 teams.

          • Steglitz49

            It could be argued that Whitney Engen is equally as high a profile as Ms Press. Indeed, because Whitney is not a striker, she will never have the glamour of a goal scorer.

          • newsouth

            if she was happy about this 100% then wouldn’t it have been in her blog? i’ll bet if it was Red Bull she’d be singing her way to the NWSL. Her game isn’t built for a track field. I highly doubt she’d go for astro turf which Sydney, Morgan, even Cuellar and maybe A-Rod can get away with. That fast service in KC is built for A-Rod as a lone striker. With no Red Bull or Houston, Press should have gone at least to Washington. Bad field, bad attendance for a international caliber forward. As a press fan, i look forward to wambach not getting her WC.

          • Steglitz49

            I always wanted Christen in DC but as Chicago was my next team for her, I can’t type that I am displeased. Now Christen must go forth and repeat that which she did for Gbg in 2012. Go for it!

          • Lorehead

            Eh, I don’t see a motive to put her in Chicago over Houston or Washington or, really, anyplace else.

          • NYRick

            Not necessarily a motive, but if I was trying to build a strong NWSL (remember you are my future GM so listen carefully here), I would put two big stars (actually fix it, and the USSF has the power) on every team. Kind of like what the NBA does. I know it’s two entirely different games, but in the NBA you need two. Even LeBron realized that early on. Look around the NWSL and take a look at the good teams (Port., Sea, WNY, KC) all with two big name NT players. They are head and shoulders above the others in fan interest too. Take Syd and HAO in Boston. Not big enough, so they moved her out to Seattle. newsouth says it’s to be closer to mom in Canada, so who knows.

            The best spots for Press (from a league standpoint) were:
            1. KC (Tymrak and coach)
            2. SB (NY market, RB deal heats up again, reunite with KO).
            3. Hou (expansion team, build some excitement for fans)

            I get the 4 teams in the Press lottery were not KC and SB, but here is where the league needed to get creative. They seem to be making it up as they go anyway for so much of this player movement. Why not a blockbuster trade for the top prize like Press to KC? ARod to Chi in the deal with a draft pick and future considerations. Better spot for ARod too. They play a direct forward game geared for her.

            Some thoughts on this snowy morning. Actually it’s 17 degrees with 7″ of snow outside my door right now.

          • Lorehead

            I am curious what the process is that produced this result. And there has got to be a better soccer field somewhere in the Chicago metro area.

          • Silver Frost

            During one of the last home games at CHI, the owner said he was looking for a new venue. Hope he found it. At least for streaming, place the camera between team benches on a ladder, so we don’t have to stare into the sun all day.

          • newsouth

            did you see chicago’s allocations? one is preg and the other is coming off an injury. they will be in 8th or 9th place when press arrives. travesty!

          • Guest

            Rick-
            Press was under contract overseas last year (and chose not to play in the NWSL) and she is a newer NT player…she clearly made the best decision for herself and good for her! But that also means she has less leverage now. I am CRS fan and very excited to see CP allocated. Out of all the teams in the league, Chicago got screwed last year (0 USWNT Players) and even this year is gonna be a tough sell (with CP coming in late, Boxx out and Amy coming off an injury). Chicago more than anybody needs that star power, and they deserve the best allocation — and they got it. Look at it as a positive that USSF is depending on CP to lift the Red Stars and hopefully bring some more enthusiasm to Chicago soccer. Engen or Kling wouldnt have done much for CRS. We need a scorer and CP has the potential to be that superstar that we need. Its a win win. She can easily prove her worth here.

          • Steglitz49

            I favored DC over Chicago, but now I hope that Alex might be on her way to DC though the wise money on any move would be to Houston, which might explain why Ms Press did not end up in Texas.

            Go to work for the Windy City!

          • Sydonia

            Quid pro quo: USSF allows Press to play out her CL dream in return for the relegation to CHI.

          • Steglitz49

            There is no relegation in the NWSL.

          • xman22702

            It would be cool to see that in the future with promotion from the W-League or WPSL-Elite to NWSL and vice versa.

          • NYRick

            Actually I was hoping by some miracle she went to SB and was reunited with KO as a forward tandem. That would have maybe enlivened KO’s scoring touch back. I wonder how badly SB screwed themselves by turning down the RB deal. Because if SB/RB materialized, it seems a very strong possibility that CP was going there. A much better spot for her for endorsements and NY market.

          • Steglitz49

            She is going close to South Bend, so that is OK, is it not? She does not have to live on South Side, one assumes.

          • Silver Frost

            Press will not be living in the South Side of CHI, guaranteed.

          • Stay Pressed

            Alex had Seattle on top of her list last year. But then Paulson bought her, and it all worked out for her in the end. Ya know, if you overlook her playing through an injury and walking around in a fashionable boot during the off season because of it…..

        • kernel_thai

          Averbuch said she did not.

      • kernel_thai

        At some point Press will be in the locker room, open a can of Red Bull and face palm herself until she sees Stars.

        • Steglitz49

          Red Bull sponsors established ladies like Lindsey Vonn, Vikky Rebensburg and Heidi Weng. Oddly enough they are not linked to neither Marit Björgen nor Therese Johaug, odd as it may seem in the context.

          • newsouth

            Obviously Red Bull Euro saw Press in sweden or Red Bull USA wouldn’t have been talking about a possible Press allocation if the deal went through.

          • Steglitz49

            Somehow Red Bull were not able to persuade the owners of SB that the deal was worth taking. One wonders what the downsides were? As like as not we shall never know, but the owners clearly were not convinced.

        • NYRick

          Best post on the thread. LOL. You’re on a roll with this and the “15ers.”

      • Silver Frost

        By the end of this season, it will be WC qualifying time, which is Press’ #1 priority. She won’t be thinking about TFF by then.

        • Steglitz49

          Hear hear!

    • cynic

      She did very well 2012 and then she played with team without hardly any stars (then second in the leagues goal scoring with 17 in 21 games instead of winning it with 23 in 20 in 2013), so unless she get totally inept support Christen will score.

      • Steglitz49

        She had an excellent coach in Gbg, a former top striker, and Gbg got to the Champions League QF where they lost without Christen who had jumped ship to Tyresö. Gbg also retained the Swedish cup that they won the year before Christen joined them. Gbg was not a bad team all round when all is said and done.

        • newsouth

          She didn’t have a coach at MJ and she scored but Chicago is a bottom of the draw dog with ah horrible field and no attendance. This is a complete joke with Houston on the board.

          • Steglitz49

            It can only get better — up to a point seeing that Chicago did better than either DC or Seattle last season and almost muscled Boston out of the #5 spot.

            Plenty of time to gird up her loins and roll up her sleeves.

          • newsouth

            i won’t know. the field was so bad and the ball movement on it i couldn’t even sit and watch a complete game.

      • newsouth

        be prepared for inept because that team will be at the bottom of the draw when she arrives.

        • Ben

          Did not know Press was going to Washington because last I checked, Chicago was this close to making the playoffs.

          • newsouth

            they were projected as a bottom 4 finisher and that’s where they ended. Seattle was close to the playoffs after a couple of players arrived. not a good team and a horrible field and attendance for a prime time striker with Houston on the board. He blog tells the story. hopefully it’s just for 1/2 a season when the other teams start to join in 2015

          • Ben

            No, Chicago finished 6th but tied on points with Boston in the 5th spot. I do not consider that the bottom

          • Silver Frost

            Didn’t CHI beat Thorns in Portland last year?

          • Lorehead

            Yes, in one of their four meetings. The Thorns were without Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair, Tobin Heath, Rachel Buehler and Karina LeBlanc.

          • ForeverLOST108

            They also tied 3-3 in the game when Portland did have their allocated players. Chicago-Portland games last year were fun to watch (outside the first two at the very, very beginning of the season).

          • Lorehead

            Portland beat them twice the first two times they played. I remember that spectacular meltdown on July 28. That was the game where Portland had a two-goal lead in the 74th minute, and Cindy Parlow Cone decided to bench Alex Morgan with a yellow card, but for Weimer instead of a defensive player like Wetzel, and Chicago scored two goals in the last fifteen minutes to get the draw on the road. Danielle Foxhoven’s public comments about how “most of us” had heart came one week later.

            Anyway, it was a great comeback from Chicago.

        • Steglitz49

          Nah. Boston are more likely candidates for the wooden spoon.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one sitting here thinking the Spirit once again got the short straw? With Matheson, Nairn, and Lindsey already in the midfield, what do they need Yael for? Not to mention that Yael is probably the worst of the bunch without taking positions into consideration. The Spirit had the worst allocations last year, and will probably have the worst allocations again this year, unless you count Dunn who they better draft with the first pick. They could have used any one of Tancredi, Engen, or Klingenberg, and of course Press would have been a huge boon. Also, is Ashlyn even still allocated?

    I’m happy Press went to a team that needed her though. I am not a NYRick who thinks everything that ever happens in the universe is a conspiracy against her, and I think she’ll give Chicago a big boost.

    Depending on how the allocation expansion draft works, Houston will probably make out better than DC as well. Engen/Krieger is about a wash, but Houston has a bunch of players to choose from, whereas the other two allocated for DC are from the bottom of the barrel. Makes me sad to be a Spirit fan, I’ve almost given up hope for 2014 already.

    • NYRick

      LOL. This one may just be the best ever conspiracy against her.:–)

    • PMT

      Lindsey needs to warm the bench. Yael is better in the midfield than LL and a better leader. Ashlyn is still allocated otherwise I think she would have told the Spirit to kiss her arse and she would have stayed with Tyresso. Spirit are planning to draft Dunn and have been since the beginning. It would be a major shock if it went another way in two weeks.
      You’ve gotten a proven forward in Cuellar, Ochs having a great outing in the W league, Miller and Williams coming back off injuries. I don’t think it’s time to put any nails in the Spirit coffin.

    • newsouth

      lets do it this way. remove portland, bring in houston and have morgan un-allocated. yeah, morgan gets dumped in Chicago with no attendance and knee destruction turf. they’d place sydney in houston if she wasnt running back to seattle to be next to her mom in canada.

      • NYRick

        Hate to say it, but you’re totally right on this. All of it. No way Morgan, Abby or Syd would have ever put on a Red Star uniform under any circumstances. Just don’t know why a blockbuster trade couldn’t have been made by the USSF to put her in maybe KC. This was a supplemental draft with only 4 low-level teams involved. They seem to be moving bodies all over the globe now. Press with Tymrak and Holiday would be a great mix, plus 3 players who could grow together in chemistry and take that to the NT.

        That’s why this whole allocation NT player equal value nonsense is awful. Here is where Loyden has no business being allocated. That kills Press to SB. No deal there for those wildly creative owners who now with LDV gone, so desperately need a striker?

        If Press knew it was Chicago, she should have stayed in Sweden and maybe waited to 2015 for NWSL and hoped Red Bull would resurface or Cali team surfaced. That playing field is not something I’d want an elite player in the NT program playing on. Poor LeP coming back from a knee injury now has to run on that garbage? Plus, the coach. Bad situation all around for Press. If she did well here, she without a doubt is the best forward in the program.

        • Silver Frost

          NWSL has to try and balance the quality around, and allocation is the only way. Eventually they will dump it when the league gets on its feet and is a real pro league. But you are right about SB in trouble now. I don’t see them making the playoffs. The teams will be Thorns, Reign, Flash, and FCKC.

          • Lorehead

            I hope not; the allocation process is much more fair to the players than a draft.

          • newsouth

            it wasn’t a balancing deal, was to insure ohai was available to houston for the 2nd overall pick. she wouldn’t have lasted to the #5. nwsl is part backroom league which is ok. but lets call it like it is. in other words, they got brian cushing on as free marketing and advertising in the houston area.——-

            Brian Cushing ‏@briancushing5613h

            A big Houston welcome to the first @HoustonDash players: @whitneyengen, @MelTancredi14, @TeresaNoyola !

            obviously, he wouldn’t sing ohai name quite yet.

        • Ben

          Please tell me in what universe NWSL can get away with allocating Press to FCKC. And please highlight this moving bodies all over the globe that you speak of. As of this moment, USSF have not re allocated any US player to another team so I’m not sure why they will start now just to appease Press.
          As I have stated, many US players were in uncomfortable positions like year and work their way through it and this year tried to push for a trade. A perfect example is Leroux. Obviously Boston was not her first choice but she went there anyway and even have the scars and glory to show for it. I don’t see why Press can’t take playing it Chicago for 2/3 measly months and see what happens next year.
          For the life of me I really don’t get her fans, if I’m a fan of a player, I would want them to excel in all situations and not only when the conditions are perfectly suitable. Life do not always work that way.

          • NYRick

            Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. All just speculation. I’m just a little unclear on your possible amazement on anything the USSF/NWSL could do? Weren’t they the fine folks who gave us Morgan/Sinc, put Abby in her hometown with a great coach and a nice playing surface and actually “relocated” Syd to a more soccer crazed environment on the west coast. I was calling for a blockbuster trade of some type. It’s been done in the NFL with top draft picks. They had some wiggle room here because this was a mini type of allocation with one whale in the water.

            As for wanting a favorite player to excel, I think she will probably do well on any team or environment, much like Alex or Syd would as well. Point is, I think fans of hers wanted more visibility and star exposure with her move to the US. Yes, life doesn’t always work out that way, but it is beyond obvious and debate that Alex or Syd would have never been sent to Chicago (on that field, with that type of support, with that coach) without a major revolt.

            I’m all for having it play out for her for the Red Stars. Get the feeling though, that she will (depending how well she performs this year and if she has the hammer) demand a trade to a new future Cali based team in 2015.

          • nwslfan

            about a year ago, I read somewhere that more senior WNT players got to voice preference in their allocations, and preference was mostly for ties to community, not to stack teams with talent, but junior players, such as Leroux, did not get .

          • Ben

            I derive my possible amazement from having a league. After being a fan of both failed leagues, I do not think I will women’s soccer again if another US league fails. Hopefully it does not come to that.
            Given that most teams involved in NWSL where also in WPS and we all saw how that went, I’m open to USSF making up the rules as they go along because so far the other league runners have shown that they weren’t capable and quite frankly, I rather in this early stages they experiment with things a bit if that means 5 years from now the league is still around and is prospering.
            In that light, it might mean certain players have to make sacrifices and I’m fine with that. Most of these players are aware of that and take it in stride. There are 9 teams in this league so far, someone somewhere have to play for these teams. What happens when all the strikers demand to have a high profile running mate? If you are an executive, how do you solve that without screwing someone over?

          • newsouth

            the universe they put morgan and sinclair on the same roster.

          • Ben

            In that universe, they were starting from scratch so anything was possible. Morgan and Sinclair took the risk of not signing with a foreign team at that time and it paid off. Press did not.

          • newsouth

            morgan isn’t signing with anyone outside the usa with all those us based sponsors and the league pushing her but i like how people keep throwing that nonsense out there. why dont she take a year off and open the door for press and sydney to star for the nt? no one in europe knocked on sinclair’s door last yr.

          • Ben

            That’s prove how single minded you are.. Sinclair have said numerous times she was this close to signing with a European club and if NWSL hadn’t announce when it did she would have been playing in Europe now. But sure go ahead, the entire universe is in a conspiracy theory against golden child Press.

          • Lorehead

            Recall, the process was that each allocated player got to pick her top-three teams and each team got to pick its top-three players, and then they paired them up with the stable-matching algorithm. Sinclair, who won the NCAA title with the University of Portland, wasn’t US Soccer’s gift to the Thorns; Portland was her first choice. For all we know, it was Alex Morgan’s first choice, too, and if it wasn’t, it was second behind Seattle. On top of everything else, it was right in between her family in California and her boyfriend in Seattle.

        • nwslfan

          did you watch the games of CRS in August? go check them out. Red Stars were a scrappy, gritty team – genuinely fun to watch. Red Stars got BETTER as the season went on, despite considerable adversity, losing important personnel. one must look beyond the dreadful field and camera work and look at what the athletes did.

          • NYRick

            No, I actually didn’t see much of CRS last year I must confess. I did see the Portland match and they are scrappy. Willing to give them a chance. Especially with two of the top 3 draft picks as well. Like to see JJ go there.

          • nwslfan

            when you are bored to death in Feb, put on the last 20 min of some of the games, or perhaps they have highlight reels. cheers!

          • Silver Frost

            The streams were illegible at best. Fuzzy dots moving around on a backlit somewhat green plastic surface. Fans and players deserve better. Geez, rent out a nice high school pitch with grass on it.

          • Lance Scallop

            Johnston has to be one of their picks with her talent and versatility (assuming Dunn goes first of course).

            The key will be if the go DiBenardo at 3 – which might depend on where they see Johnston playing.

            With LePeilbet and Hemmings both coming off knee injuries Johnston gives them extra quality depth at CB and she could move to MF or F if the other center backs prove to be healthy.

            I would think US Soccer would “want” them to play JJ at center back though since that seems to be where Sermanni is going to use her.

        • JAMES 18

          I would refuse to play for Chicago if I were CP .

          • newsouth

            they’ll be in 7-9th place with the pre-press arrival allocations they have. dog days ahead for ms press. like i said, there’s a reason why she wrote that blog

          • JAMES 18

            LOL

      • Guest

        Please give it a rest on your complaints about Morgan and where she goes. She stayed and was allocated with the first group so she should get her choice unlike the others who waited. You and that other guy with your heads up press’ butt need to get over it. I’m still waiting for her to prove herself in an international important game until then sit down and shut up. Morgan proved herself in limited time in the WC. Syd is showing something with limited time. No excuses for your golden girl.

        • Flammenwurfer 35

          Such ignorance. It was Morgan who got the WNT into the World Cup in 2011. Look it up.

          • guess

            No crap with limited minutes sooo….what’s your point. Press had a choice to limit her college playing time and play for the National team and she chose Stanford. Look it up…

          • Ben

            I think the over all meaning is that AM has proven herself in big games with few minutes and those making excuses for Press because of few playing minutes are absurd. Christen Press had a choice in the beginning to go the National Team route and she chose to devote her time more to her college team which is great but now she is behind the eight ball on the team as they say and has to work her way out of it. AM went the different route and gained the advantage

          • NYRick

            It seems from all past reports you are absolutely correct on this. She always chose Stanford over the NT and has been fighting an uphill battle because of it. It probably cost her at worse a gold medal for just being on the roster at OG12, and at best maybe a spot on the WC11 team. Although, Pia never seemed to care for her game. Ironically, she goes to Pia’s homeland and tears it up. Go figure.

          • Ben

            Ugh, it seems Disqus is acting up again, there is no way that comment was mine

        • NYRick

          I guess I’m the other guy. But actually since Press’s name is in the article headline, our claims are interesting and in my opinion legit. No conspiracies. Just speculating. Actually, I think this entire thread is interesting with some true fans of the sport weighing in.

    • Dorv

      In what world do you think that Lindsey would start over Yael? I think YA is a BIG upgrade over LL from both an allocation perspective and an on-the-field perspective.

    • Simon

      Many Spirit fans actually feel good about this season. So I’m sorry to read you feel this way but I don’t at all share your opinion about them. Theirt team is good and with a few good draft picks and possible trades this team is good to go.

  • FCKCEvans

    Once again I am left feeling confused and cheated. Why does Houston not get the player who is available all season in Averbusch. And DC gets exactly what they don’t need. Also, after specifically stating that no allocated players would be moving, just like no expansion in 2014. This league has no credibility in my eyes. KC could very likely lose Scott, Sesselmann, and a US allocated player. Teams other than WNY better draft carefully, if Dunn/Johnston get allocated the teams will lose them or another allocation next season.

    • Anonymous

      I do think it is unfair to KC that they could lose a US allocated player. They were allocated 3, then drafted their way into a fourth, despite the fact that there were two teams in front of them. They should at least be compensated in some way; whether it be extra cash considerations or something else, I don’t know.

      I’m also bewildered by how my expectations for a team can swing so much in only a few days. I’ve always thought that FCKC was the best team, I still do (they just got cold at the wrong time last year), but now with them possibly losing Scott, Sesselmann, and a US player (probably A-Rod), that puts a lot of it into flux.

    • Silver Frost

      Say goodbye to Scott. But hey, you still have a great team.

    • Steglitz49

      Maybe KC will lose Barnhart? Or trade Ms Santiago somewhere, though I would have thought a Mexican swap could have been done by allocation.

  • John

    So we were sitting around the NWSL office the other day and someone mentioned allocations. Oh yeah, guess we should do those. Let’s make it quick I hate thinking things through. Well those folks in DC come out no matter how bad the team is so let’s give ‘em another central midfielder and they can draft another player who can play there. Who cares if their best allocation wants to ignore her contract and stay in Sweden till June. No one will notice that she’s made it clear she doesn’t think much of most of her teammates, her coaches or the league. All this should help the club thrive.

    • CDel425

      Are you talking about Krieger? If so, she’s not going back to Sweden and will continue to play with the Spirit…

      • John

        Only ’cause of that pesky contract. She really doesn’t want to be in NWSL.

        • CDel425

          To that point, I think there are a few players that don’t want to be in the NWSL. Hope Solo included.

          • Ben

            Is this insiders information? Because if not, Solo is one player who can play wherever she wants without repercussions. What is USSF going to do, not include her on the squad? Press on the other hand does not have that amount of leverage yet

  • Michelle

    My main question is this: Is there an order to the allocation? Last year, obviously, there wasn’t, but this year, did the worse teams (Spirit, Red Stars, etc.) get first choice on which new to the league players they got?

    Basically, is there a reason that the only player available all season is going to Washington instead of the start-up new team? Did the Spirit get to look and say “Ooh, she’ll be here from the get-go, let’s list her higher than Engen or Klingenberg,” knowing they’d probably get her? It also can explain why Press went to Chicago instead of DC – DC may not be interested in a half-season player.

    It just makes no sense at all.

    • Dorv

      Even as a Spirit fan, I wouldn’t think that scenario fair.

      We were the worst team in the league, and are thus getting the 1st pick in the college draft. Getting the first pick in the hypothetical allocation order would be a bit much.

  • xman22702

    “Mexico has reduced its number of allocated players to eight, sources reveal.” Why not just add nine so each team gets one allocated Mexican? *common sense*

    • Ben

      Maybe they didn’t want to pay a ninth player to ride they bench again. I can’t say I blame them. If this is what keeps them committed to this venture, I’m ok with it

  • SpiritFan22192

    As someone who watched every minute of every Spirit game last season, I don’t know why others aren’t happy with an incredibly gifted central midfielder in YA. There was never any combination play through the midfield. Matheson was the only person who worked the ball forward by any means other than a 50/50 long ball. With Crystal Dunn, a new engine in the midfield to combine with back and front lines, a young stud in Ochs who will finally get some service, and maybe a stout finisher in Cuellar, Yael also has a rocket in case no one here has seen her shoot the ball. The back line on paper when healthy is certainly good enough and a better than decent keeper in Harris, I think this was a good allocation…I certainly prefer it than waiting half a seaon for CP, look at Seattle last season, great when Pinoe got there, but it was too late. Our scenario would have been the same if we were allocated Press.

    • SpiritFan22192

      Diana Matheson an Yael together, with Ochs on the outside/infront of them+Krieger and Dunn making runs on the outside…I think this is great! Could be a very potent attacking force.

    • nwslfan

      Amen. Spirit need and deserve a stable of capable midfielders. I think Yael will settle down and play fine and not try to be Carli. WaSpirit website leaves no doubt that Dunn will be top pick. Dunn will get the ball up the flanks for wing service or she’ll be deadly in the middle. Spirit gonna be just fine.

      • SpiritFan22192

        A voice of reason!

  • xanthophobe

    -Congrats, Chicago. This obviously changes a lot for them, and I think a Press/Chalupny combo can be deadly. I still see a lot of problems for them in defense, but they still got the best player available in Press.

    -Interesting that Kling and Cox got allocated, but I definitely approve of that move. Both are solid left backs and I’m glad US soccer is giving them the attention they deserve. Also interesting to note that Boston is getting an outside back when they were supposed to get on in Heather Mitts before she retired.

    -The Spirit got screwed. This isn’t a slight to Averbuch, but defensive mid was one of the few positions they had a good hold on with Lori Lindsey. Averbuch doesn’t score goals, so let the scoring droughts continue.

    -I knew Quon would get allocated–I bet that was one of the things Herdman put on the table to get her to pursue the Canadian team. Desiree Scott going to England is good for the Canadian team, but awful for FCKC.

    -Houston got off to a good start with Engen and Tancredi. Obviously their keeper is still TBD, but solid allocations for them. It’ll be interesting to watch the expansion draft unfold.

    -One thing of note: no new goalkeepers were allocated, it seems.

    • SpiritFan22192

      Lori Lindsey is a wonderful person, and was the probably the only personality that really held that team together as a leader, but let’s be serious here. A goal scorer isn’t all that’s needed, someone who has an engine for the whole game, and a midfield force to help matheson so we can actually retain possession and work the ball up the field and combine with a possibly prolific scorer in Jodie Taylor, a capable finisher in Cuellar or Ochs, Krieger and Dunn also have the ability to score or play service. Also, let’s not forget Matheson was also our leading scorer, she gets less of the burden working the ball up the field, YA will create chances for her she never even dreamed of last year.

      • xanthophobe

        Is Cuellar’s allocation certain yet? That’s my main hesitation with including her in the Spirit right now. I agree the Spirit need a better “engine” but I just don’t know if Averbuch is the right player. She very well might be, but I think some of the other allocations might have been better for the team.

        Speaking of the Spirit, any word on Krieger? Is she staying in Sweden?

        • SpiritFan22192

          Nothing is certain until 11 o’clock today I suppose. But I am somewhat of an insider and have a very credible source that Cuellar is allocated, and Krieger is indeed returning. I know she was flakey, but in the right state of mind Jodie Taylor could be great(see youtube) her and Yael are somewhat familiar with each other from sweeden, which is an interesting side note in all of this.

          • xanthophobe

            So it seems Cuellar will be there. And now that Dunn isn’t allocated, they’re free to take her in the draft. That’s certainly good news for the Spirit.

          • Steglitz49

            It would not be cricket to ask Yael her opinion of Ms Taylor.

          • SpiritFan22192

            I am very interested in hearing this. A little bit of pre-existing chemistry could make this allocation even better than I expect. However, it seems Taylor’s exit was a bit messy and is resented by some of her colleagues, so I suppose there is also the possibility for disaster if Yael is in that camp.

          • Steglitz49

            The players and management of Gbg were sorely disappointed. Allegedly, the club considered taking legal action but seem to have concluded, that even if they were successful, it would cost more than it would taste.

            Ms Taylor was level-pegging with Ms Press and having Ms Taylor was seen as a great move, when she pulled out.

            I would not sign her even if she came free.

        • Simon

          For the last time people: KRIEGER IS STAYING IN DC. Tyreso simply isn’t gonna announce it. Her loan deal ended. End of story.

      • Amy Brookheimer

        I’m sure that Stalin’s mom loved him too, but I wouldn’t put him in my starting XI. The accounts I’ve heard and read from the season suggest that her leadership skills were as deficient as her abilities to possess and distribute. While her time in Australia appears to have been rejuvenating, DC selecting Averbuch (presumably over Engen and Klingenberg) suggests that DC might be going in another direction.

        • SpiritFan22192

          Without it being a personal slight against her, I’m pretty sure I just said that Yael replacing her will make a world of difference in the Spirit’s ability to possess the ball. It was a tough season, and her leadership was as good as anyone could have been under Mike Jorden and an ill prepared team on the player personnel side. I’m very close to the team and she was kept around due to the organization’s high opinion of her, her leadership skills were not deficient. If anyone;s leadership was deficient on the field it was another player I will not name, who’s attitude was as good as their record, who should have been without question the leader of that team. That being said Lori is a great player to have off of the bench. She lacks the engine to last 90 minutes let alone a full season at the level of the younger and more athletic players.

        • Lorehead

          The story I read of their last conversation was that, when Stalin left Georgia for Moscow, he left his mother behind, but still wrote her from time to time. The problem was, he barely remembered how to write in Georgian, which he hadn’t spoken with anyone in years, but was too proud to ask for help, so he would spend hours composing very short letters in childish language, which she needed someone else to read to her anyway. She kept cleaning houses for a living until a local Party boss noticed that, wait, she’s Stalin’s mother, and put her up in a nice dacha. So she understood that her son was some kind of big shot in Moscow, but she didn’t follow the news, didn’t ever talk about politics, and didn’t even speak Russian.

          When he came to visit her on her deathbed, he brought along her grandchildren, to meet her for the first and last time. They made some small talk. And then, she had a question for her son:

          “Josef?”

          “Yes, Mama?”

          “Everybody always talks about you. But what exactly is it you do?”

          “I’m the Chairman of the Party Central Committee, Mama.”

          “I know that, but what does that mean?”

          “Mama, do you remember the Tsar?”

          “Of course I remember the Tsar.”

          “I’m just like the Tsar.”

          “Oh. I always wanted you to become a priest.”

    • Silver Frost

      Tymrak was not allocated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does it mean no longer on the NT?

      WTF.

      • xanthophobe

        She’ll still be in the player pool, but it does show some hesitation from US Soccer to include her. To be fair, she’s only been in the pool since September or so.

      • Lorehead

        Gift to FCKC: now Houston can’t grab her.

    • STT

      The Spirit already announced that they knew Lindsey would not be allocated but they would be keeping her, so no real loss there.

  • nwslfan

    yo peeps- for those with an opinion; for cheerleaders, whiners and complainers; for those with contructive feedback. take the survey to let the league know what you think. survey tied to WaSpirit, but maybe nwsl gets the survey data too. http://washingtonspirit.com/professional-womens-soccer-survey/

  • Lance Scallop

    I guess people can take Jonelle Filigno off their draft boards.

    • NYRick

      What happened with her?

      • Ben

        Allocated?

        • NYRick

          Hopefully they send her to SB. Rutgers ties too and they desperately need a scorer. Always liked her and never understood what went wrong for her with Canada NT.

      • Lance Scallop

        Allocated to Sky Blue according to the article

        • NYRick

          Brilliant! Excellent move by SB.

          • Ben

            You do realize SB didn’t allocate her to themselves right?

          • NYRick

            Yes, just worded wrong. Happy she’s going there.

  • Steglitz49

    Can someone who knows a bit about the Mexican lasses explain their allocations and what we can expect?

    • STT

      Of the two new ones, I only know about Jackie Avecedo. She was one of the best players in WPSL last season while playing with the Houston Aces. I’m kinda surprised she didn’t get allocated to the Dash.

      • Steglitz49

        Thank you. Indeed.

    • clioamare007

      Arianna (Ari) Romero, a defender from Arizona, is a senior at University of Nebraska. She was named Second-Team NSCAA All American. She also was awarded the “Big Ten Defender of the Year” and “Defender of the Tournament” in 2013 Big Ten Tournament. She is allocated to the Seattle Reign. Mexican fans tell me that she can play every position in the backline. I’m excited for her.

      • Steglitz49

        Great! Brilliant. 5’3″ is (borderline) petite, admittedly, but would be more than OK in Japan if that is any consolation.

  • nwslfan
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    Jeff- can you provide insight on this blurb, particularly details on the mysterious Expansion Draft?: From Jan. 3-6, the NWSL will have a league-wide “trade period” during which all NWSL teams may make trades throughout the four days. However, teams will not be allowed to waive players currently on their roster until after the NWSL Expansion Draft

    • John

      I’m not Jeff, but my sense is this is away for teams to address that their current rosters may be unbalanced by position. Players can be traded, but no one can drop a player prior to the expansion draft. Say you fear you’ll lose player x in the upcoming draft. If you know she doesn’t want to play anywhere else a team could release player x and resign her post draft. This rule prevents that scenario.

  • xanthophobe

    So the 26 allocated players are in the running for the 2015 team, and you have to throw Dunn, Brian, Tymrak, Robinson and Brooks into the mix–maybe Franch too. There might be a standout player in the NWSL who gets a look (Vanessa DiBernardo? Julie Johnston?), but ignoring that for now, who gets cut from the team out of that group of 32 players?

    I say it will be LePeilbet, Harris, Rodriguez, Tymrak, Robinson, Franch, Boxx, Averbuch, and then either Cox or Kling.

    • Steglitz49

      You never can tell but I would cut Barnhart before Franch and leave Tymrak and Kling in.

  • Reality

    Press is handling it well…

    https://twitter.com/ChristenPress

    This was an expected move and I’m sure she’ll make the most of it. There are downsides to the situation naturally…among them being the field itself, whether the coach, Rory Dames, will be able to fully utilize her talent, the fact that Boxx is out and Lepeilbet is coming off of a serious injury.

    On the positive side is of course Chalupny and don’t forget Ella Mazar. Press and Mazar were teammates at magicjack and were the coach Mike Lyon’s choice for the offense. They were doing well together until Wambach pulled the plug on him and them.

    By the time Press arrives, they will be toward the bottom of the standings and she will be expected to provide resurrection from the dead…not going to happen. But she will score and provide needed excitement.

    I’m curious to see what other players Chicago picks up from the draft and potential trades. In any case, 2014 is a lost year for them and it should be an experimental lab for 2015. Of course, by that time, Press may be on another team, but we shall see.

    • clioamare007

      Press has always been a classy player. She always has given her best to every club that she played at. Although I don’t like the idea of her playing in Chicago, I will support her and whatever comes to her way. I am glad that at least she has Masar on the same team. Now I need Chicago management to look at their current players, draft wisely, and strengthen the roster. They no longer have #2 pick so I am curious to see who they could draft. Oh, and it would be nice if the management can work on getting better playing field while they’re at it.

      I remember reading (or maybe hearing) that DC passed on Press. I suppose they didn’t want a half-season player. Instead, they focused on getting Jodie Taylor who is a great player.

      • Reality

        I would suggest they draft some good mids who are excellent ball handlers, know how to play possession and pass well. Coach Dames seems to be a practical fellow in working with what he has…this is a quote from an interview on Soccerwire…

        http://www.soccerwire.com/news/soccerwire-qa-chicago-coaching-vet-rory-dames-talks-nwsl-ecnl-player-evolution/

        “The other thing, it took us as a staff a few games to go away from our wanting to play and connect and play little passes and move and combine, and realize that’s not what the league is about right now. And we don’t have the players to do that right now. So we’ve become a little bit more direct and a little bit more organized and we start to have a little bit of success.”

        He doesn’t have to rely on the direct game anymore and I hope he gets the players and has the coaching ability to utilize Press in her type of game.

        • clioamare007

          Thanks for bringing up this article for me. I truly hope he gets the players he want, too. It would be good to see he change his coaching a little bit.

    • ForeverLOST108

      2014 is a lost year for Chicago? They were arguably one of the best teams in the 2nd half of last season with a seriously depleted roster. If a majority of their injured players come back, they draft well, and Press succeeds for them, they could definitely be a playoff a team.

      • Reality

        I don’t share your optimism, but I share your hope.

      • Lorehead

        Anything is possible, but we won’t even know how late in the season Press will arrive until her Champions League matches are played. At this point, they’re looking a lot like Seattle last year.