2020 player moves

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  1. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  2. CoachJon

    CoachJon Member+

    Feb 1, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As I remember, Jen Hoy scored the stoppage time goal to lift Chicago over KC in the last game of the 2013 season, thus putting WNY into first place, on standings tie-breakers, and giving the Flash home field advantage for the playoffs (and a shield). I always cheered for her after that. So I got to have semi-crippled Tobin Heath break my heart in person during the 2013 final, instead of on TV.

    Also from the Way-Back machine, "new" Sky Blue FC midfielder McCall Zerboni previously played for Sky Blue, don't you know? Between the 2011 WPS and 2013 NWSL seasons, coach Jim Gabarra kept several Sky Blue players together with hopes that a first divison league would return after the 2012 hiatus. Sky Blue "borrowed" a handful of WNY Flash players and went on a March 2012 trip to Japan to play INAC Kobe Leonessa.
    https://skybluefc.com/2012/03/14/sky-blue-fc-heads-to-japan/
    Roster:
    GK: Brittany Cameron, Chantel Jones, Robyn Jones
    D: Anita Asante, Jazmyne Avant, Kendall Fletcher, Camille Levin, Nikki Marshall, Rebecca Moros, Alex Sahlen
    M: Carolyn Blank, Brittany Bock, Amanda DaCosta, Beverly Goebel, Taylor Lytle, McCall Zerboni
    F: Melissa Henderson, Laura Heyboer, Casey Nogueira, Nikki Washington
    Pre-trip training video. Kendall Fletcher at about 3:36 is PRICELESS.
     
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  3. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
    Italy
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    I remember very well that trip. Beverly Goebel and Becca Moros ended up being offered a contract by INAC Kobe Leonessa and remained in Japan for the subsequent pair of seasons.
     
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  4. luvdagame

    luvdagame Member+

    Jul 6, 2000
    wouldn't go that far... but oyster is indeed an excellent defender, one of the best in the nwsl, and immediately improves the defense of the dash.

    (groom will also play like her life depended on it - not lol around like huerta. so great trade for the dash)
     
  5. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ali Riley signs with Orlando:

     
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  6. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Hot damn! They got her to come back Stateside finally! I wouldn't call this a "coup" game-changing signing, but it's a damn solid move on ORL's part. (Maybe Duffy is already starting to work some magic that she was too restricted to do in the NWSL President role?)
     
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  7. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
    Italy
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    --other--
    So sad. :cry: One of my favourite players. :(

    And she also had been one of the best Seattle's players last season, so I didn't expect her to leave.
     
  9. Reign Man

    Reign Man Member

    SEATTLE REIGN!
    Sep 28, 2016
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    For 3 or 4 years i expected her to retire, this year was the first year i was sure she wouldn't. I'm unhappy about this. I guess the rebuilding and the new coach didn't have space for her. SAD.
     
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  10. luvdagame

    luvdagame Member+

    Jul 6, 2000
    not good any more?

    otoh, oyster!
     
  11. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Someone on EQZ also kinda hammered on Riley because she has only played a handful of games since leaving Sweden, but it's been well-documented that she's had injury issues, particularly at Chelsea. Of the games she has played with Chelsea and Bayern, a disproportionate number of them have been UWCL games, particularly at Bayern, so I think she still brings a lot of value to the field - when she can play. (Heck, she somehow scored two goals - as a defender - at Chelsea in just 16 games)
     
  12. FawcettFan14

    FawcettFan14 Member+

    Mar 19, 2004
    Colorado
    It’s possible Ali Riley is past her prime, but still a talented player. I question this signing more on a need/team fit basis.

    Riley primarily plays outside back, more often on the left. Orlando already has Pickett, and drafted Petersen. On the right side they have Krieger or Sonnett, whoever doesn’t slot in centrally (I suspect Sonnett goes RB to accommodate her WNT trajectory). They have a slew of center backs after the draft: Krieger/Sonnett, Zadorsky, Pressley, Kennedy, Plummer, McClernon, McCoullough.

    It seems the only answer is higher up the pitch, as a winger. Has she had any success there on other teams?
     
  13. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Hot damn, ORL really going all in on older fan favorites: they just signed Erin McLeod.
     
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  14. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Not "moves" exactly, but we have the subsidized player list now:
    https://www.nwslsoccer.com/news/article/nwsl-releases-2020-allocated-players-list
    32 players total 23 US and 7 CAN. No Sullivan, JMac, or Williams from the US side. On one hand, it seems counter-productive for some of the veterans to get subsidization while younger up-and-coming players who would be better investments don't. On the other hand, as NWSL grows, federation allocation should eventually be phased out in favor of the new allocation money system. Thoughts?
     
  15. lil_one

    lil_one Member+

    Nov 26, 2013
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For the US, it just seems to be the WWC players. So maybe there was some agreement there in the CBA or elsewhere? Or since they were due December 1, maybe Vlatko and/or Kate Markgraf didn't feel like there was really time to assess players and change the list before it needed to be turned in.
     
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  16. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If the allocations were due December 1, using the WWC players because there wasn't time to assess players and make changes seems like a logical explanation. The teams needed to know who would be allocated in order to manage their signing or releasing of players, their draft strategy, and their new player acquisition strategies. It all seems to fit. It leaves some "unfortunate" situations, but it's maybe about as good as could be done.
     
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  17. lil_one

    lil_one Member+

    Nov 26, 2013
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Apologies but at first glance it did look like the WWC roster. But apparently my glance wasn't thorough enough. After looking a little closer, I notice that Casey Short is on the allocated list and Jessica McDonald is not. So it seems the WWC roster was not used.
     
  18. Smallchief

    Smallchief Member+

    Oct 27, 2012
    Club:
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    #168 Smallchief, Feb 22, 2020 at 4:12 AM
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2020 at 4:26 AM
    That's a weird allocation list. Brian, Long, and Short are on it -- and none of them have appeared in a National Team match this year -- and few last year.

    McDonald and Williams have appeared frequently in matches this year and are not on the list? And McD was in many matches last year. I would be pissed if I were her.

    What gives? Who decides what players are on the allocation list?
     
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