*** 3 Stars, Amanda! 3 STARS *** The Stanford University 2020 thread [R]

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  1. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Time to start a new thread for 2020.

    The link for the 2019 thread can be found at Stanford University 2019 [R]

    ICYMI …..

    Stanford are the 2019 National Champions!!! :cool:




    Continuing from last year’s thread …

    From gostanford.com: Stanford Signs Class of 2024

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    Clockwise from upper left: Gussler, Leontini, Paulson1, Williams, Wheeler, Watanabe, Paulson2
    N/A: Campbell, Sayer


    Welcome to The Farm! :thumbsup:
     
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  2. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
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    Judging from the family name and features, Watanabe is of obvious Japanese descent. I suppose she anyway has just American citizenship? Or she also has Japanese citizenship, as far as you know?

    As a Japanese NT supporter, I am always interested in getting Japanese players from overseas aboard! :p:p:p
     
  3. hotjam2

    hotjam2 Member+

    Nov 23, 2012
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    she's from Hawaii, resides in the plush Honululu neighborhood of Kaneohe. Plays youth soccer for the private & utlra expensive ECNL(got to figure a fair number of their games are played over the Pacific on the mainland, and of course, it's the parents that pick up the tab). So go to figure she's not a recent immigrant(as they would scoff & laugh at how ridiculously expensive it is to go through are private soccer club system!
     
  4. blissett

    blissett Member+

    Aug 20, 2011
    Italy
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    I didn't imply she was a recent immigrant. Just noticed that, since Watanabe is a Japanese family name, she sure had to have Japanese ancestors: of course, not sure if close enough up the line to retain a Japanese citizenship but I assume your answer means "not close enough". :coffee:
     
  5. Number007

    Number007 Member

    Santos FC
    Brazil
    Aug 29, 2018
    Wheeler struggled mightily in the Nike Friendlies but that may well be more about where she was playing in game 1 - #6. Not sure she can be that vs really good teams yet. As I watched her and some of the other HS kids, it really struck me how the top kids at top programs play so few really competitive games. It can take them a while to pick up the speed and physicality in the bigger games.
     
  6. Tigmon

    Tigmon Member

    Liverpool
    United States
    Aug 5, 2019
    Wheeler is normally an ACM not a HM. It was clear she was out of her element there, and yes, she struggled and did not show well. Even when put in at the end of the France game at ACM she played timid as well, and struggled giving the ball away. Hopefully once she gets on campus and spreads her wings it will all work out and she'll get her rythym going.
     
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  7. SakiBomb25

    SakiBomb25 Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Is this class particularly deep? Where would Wheeler if she were in the Macario class?

    Anyone know info about Sayer?
     
  8. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
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  9. SakiBomb25

    SakiBomb25 Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Someone had mentioned there is a possibility Sophia Smith leaves school early and goes pro... and thought on this rumor?
     
  10. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    If this rumor were true, it may have something to do with the opportunity with making it to the Olympic roster. Kinda similar to the Tierna Davidson scenario where she had the opportunity to make the World Cup roster, but she needed competitive games leading up to the competition to make the roster. The opportunity for Smith to make the Olympic roster may be too good to pass up, but it would not disappoint me if she decided to stay put. ;)
     
  11. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    More fuel ...
     
  12. SakiBomb25

    SakiBomb25 Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    What’s the particular draw in Portland that would cause Smith to leave early?
     
  13. Klingo3034

    Klingo3034 Member

    Dallas FC
    United States
    Oct 11, 2019
    Not being selected by Orlando which was in last place. Portland is crazy popular with very high attendance up to 25,000 fans. You don’t see that anywhere else in NWSL.
     
  14. cpthomas

    cpthomas BigSoccer Supporter

    Portland Thorns
    United States
    Jan 10, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
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    #14 cpthomas, Jan 9, 2020
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    1. She's in the mix for a current National Team spot, so she needs to be competing regularly at a higher level than college, playing with and against world class players.

    2. Portland needs a scorer, so she's likely to get a ton of playing time, most likely as a starter.

    3. Portland has the best women's club fan base in the world, that surpasses most of the men's club fan bases in the world.

    4. Nike headquarters is in Beaverton, just outside Portland.

    5. The Thorns/Timbers organization is one of the best in the US and, for women, is one of the tops in the world.

    This isn't to dis other NWSL clubs, but Portland is very attractive to players.
     
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  15. hotjam2

    hotjam2 Member+

    Nov 23, 2012
    Club:
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    and like a good 'one percenter' forgot to mention the main reason= mucho dinero! Here's the Thorns making a bid for the French player named Diani to a tune of $445K for just one season(I didn't even know the NWSL was paying that much)
    Portland Thorns target PSG and France star Diani | Goal.com
     
  16. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Sophia Smith is in the final list of draft-eligible players. Good luck to Soph at the next level. :thumbsup:
     
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  17. WoSoFan

    WoSoFan Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    The Thorns averaged over 20,000 fans a game this last season. That number would rank them 10th in the MLS out of 24 teams.
     
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  18. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
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  19. socalsoccer23

    socalsoccer23 Member

    Jan 4, 2017
    WOW-- Go Soph! So proud of her!
     
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  20. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
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    Sophia Smith selected 1st overall by Portland

    Sam Hiatt selected by hometown team Seattle

    Say Hello to the first teenager to be drafted into the NWSL



    Stanford players have been selected 1st overall in 2018, 2019, & 2020
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  21. 6peternorth9

    6peternorth9 Member

    Nov 15, 2012
    Club:
    Southampton FC
    Very well spoken. Interesting enough, I wonder how much Stanford will miss her. She is a very talented individual, but I felt she was their mid tier player from the standpoint of importance to their team. Macario, Girma, Haley, Pickett to me are the heart of that group. Assuming she left because of the promise of making the Olympics roster? Good luck to Sophia!!
     
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  22. cachundo

    cachundo Katie Meyer Fan Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    Stanford
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Hopefully, Civana can come back healthy and provide adequate firepower, from a WAR perspective, to replace Soph's contributions
     
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  23. SakiBomb25

    SakiBomb25 Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Smith's value wasn't going to be next year because of Macario, Haley and Pickett - it was going to be when she was a senior. That's when she would have stood out (not that she didn't her first two years, but when you are playing with the likes of Macario...).

    Next year we should still compete for a national title... it's the following year where I think we will lose too much firepower to do so.
     
  24. Tom81

    Tom81 Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Stanford is the only team (IMO) that could lose someone as talented as Sophia Smith and still challenge for the CC.
    When I say challenge, I really mean be the odds on favorite for the CC.
     
  25. 6peternorth9

    6peternorth9 Member

    Nov 15, 2012
    Club:
    Southampton FC
    Never mind. She didn’t make the roster. So she really left in her sophomore year to just play in the NWSL..
     

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