January 11, 2013
By Michael Lewis
These scenarios would be a perfect and happy homecomings for U.S. women in NWSL
Who says you can't go home again?
There is some buzz going around the many members of the Olympic gold-medal winning team want to play in the fledling National Women's Soccer League close to their hometowns.
If that is the case, do not be surprised if we see the following allocations: striker Abby Wambach to the Western New York Flash, team captain and defender Christie Rampone to Sky Blue FC and goalkeeper Hope Solo to the Seattle Reign FC.
They sound certainly logical. One source indicated those scenarios could very well happen. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
As for big-name and big-name players, where would that put forward Alex Morgan? Well, the Diamond Bar, Calif. native played most recently with the Seattle Sounders. But since U.S. Soccer wants to spread out the stars as much as possible, let's put her a little closer to her home with the Portland Thorns.
And where would that put midfielder Carli Lloyd? Well, there is always Sky Blue for the Delran, N.J. native, but one source has her playing in Rochester, N.Y. with Wambach, the newly crown FIFA women's world player of the year. Wambach scored 27 goals and collected eight assists for the USA in 2012.
Rampone, a Monmouth University standout, coached Sky Blue to the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer championship in its as a player and interim coach in its first year.
Solo, regarded by many soccer observers to be the best women's goalkeeper in the world, hails from Richland, Wash.
Morgan, one of three finalists for the FIFA award, led the USA in scoring last year with 28 goals and 21 assists.
Lloyd, who started the Olympics on the bench, became a vital cog after Shannon Boxx was injured and wound up scoring both goals in the 2-1 gold-medal win over Japan at Wembley.
Allocations of 55 players from the U.S., Canadian and Mexican National Teams will be announced on Friday. A total of 23 players will come from the U.S. and 16 apiece from Canada and Mexico.
The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by U.S. Soccer that will begin play this spring. The eight clubs include the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), Seattle Reign FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.