Okay, so we're now over 75% of the way through the full NWSL season and our poor Breakers are not having a good time. Here're my thoughts on our roster as it stands today: (Players ordered based on when they joined the team; numbers from NWSLFL, thus they don't include games since 7/18) O'Reilly - 4 goals, 1 assist; would be nice for us to stop using her as a utility player, as she's strongest as an outside mid and I hate seeing her up front or on our backline Evans - 2 assists; having a good sophomore season; I feel like we play better when she's there, but I've gotta run those numbers Whitehill - despite the occasional Adventures of the Attacking Center Back, I really love Cat and think she's not only our strongest defender but one of the strongest players we've got Sanderson - 4 goals, 1 assist; I wish we could see her up front more. I know we drafted a bunch of rookie forwards, but man is she wasted in midfield (even though she does well there, I'd really rather see her up front) Lohman - 1 goal; I don't like her as a DM (does anyone know what her particular midfield position is, I thought I'd heard that she wasn't naturally a DM) Schoepfer - 2 goals; not my favorite of our players, but until Ezurike's back up to snuff, I don't think she'll be going anywhere. Her lack of speed is what nags me. D'Agostino - According to the NWSLFL stats in the 373 minutes she's played, she's committed 9 fouls and sustained 1, as well as earning 1 yellow card. Not my favorite feature of a sub we've got, frankly. Even Courtney Jones has a lower fouls/minute ratio (15 committed in 801 minutes, though also with 4 yellow cards). King - 1 goal, 1 assist; man, this kid. I think her conversion to center back has been working very well even though we really needed her as fullback (in my opinion), and I'm glad she's on our team. Naeher - 74 saves, 35 goals conceded; oh keeper, my keeper! Honestly, I think she's so under appreciated and I think we got SO lucky getting her. Avant - meh. The only stat of note is that in 778 minutes she's earned 2 yellow cards and basically done nothing else (both committed and sustained 11 fouls). I feel better with her at fullback than with some of our other options, though. Jones - 3 goals, 1 assist; I actually didn't hate her on our back line, but man I'm glad she's back up front. Wouldn't change a thing. Mewis - 1 assist; horrifically underwhelming sophomore season for me, good goodness. I feel like I spend a lotta time begging her to do something... Stewart - Meh. I'm glad she's allocated and thus paid for, but I'd rather have the open roster spot to do something else with her. She's played 366 minutes over 7 games, 5 of which she started. I'm not a fan. Ezurike - 2 goals; yes. Yes yes yes. I don't know why Durkin isn't working with her more (I mean, maybe he is, but it's not translating into minutes!) but my god I love her. Reeves - 5 goals, 1 assist, 1 hat trick; one of four players to score an NWSL hat trick and the others were Sydney Leroux (vs. last year's Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (vs. last year's Washington Spirit), and Christine Sinclair (vs. this year's Boston Breakers). A damn good group to be a part of, I think. I hope it's not my bias, but I do think that achieving that hat trick versus this year's Portland Thorns (albeit before Vero-Morgan-RVH-Heath) is more impressive than some of the others--on par with Syd's from last year). Pathman - 1 assist; How she's played 1117 minutes, I won't even know. I guess that's the curse of defense? I barely notice her. She's been converted from a forward though, so major props there. I prefer her as a fullback to Washington. Kranich - I wish I had something to say! Having not seen her in NWSL, I can't make any direct comparisons. I know that the Boston Reserves had an undefeated WPSL season and she was their starting keeper, so that's something there. Washington - Oh. My. God. I feel like I scream and yell about her every feckin' game. She doesn't move! She doesn't run! She stands and walks and then runs. STOP WATCHING THE BALL. Please god, can we trade her now? Sierra - Kid's a bit foul happy (13 committed, 2 sustained in 868 minutes--most @ the Spirit, though), but I'm fine with her so far. That wasn't a PK last night. Wood - No stats on NWSLFL yet because she had her first Breakers game last night, but I thought she did well? Keep: O'Reilly, Evans, Whitehill, Sanderson, Lohman, King, Naeher, Jones, Ezurike, Reeves Meh: Schoepfer, Avant, Mewis, Pathman, Kranich, Sierra, Wood Trade/Waive: D'Agostino, Stewart, Washington Durkin's not workin'. We've got some phenomenal players, but there's no connection. Our team isn't playing *together* and that's the issue.