We fans of women’s soccer have had quite the rollercoaster over the past two years. Even after the incredible popularity of the women’s soccer at the London Olympics last summer it wasn’t a sure thing that there would be a professional league in the United States in 2013. Into the void stepped the NWSL with a new model in which a number of players would be paid by their national teams and would be allocated to the eight teams in the new league.
Friday, the NWSL announced where the 55 players from the United States, Canada, and Mexico would play this season. All 18 of the players who took home a Gold Medal for the USWNT last summer will be playing in the league. Ali Krieger, who was injured for the Olympics and last year played in Germany, is back in the U.S. and will play for the Washington Spirit alongside the out and hilarious Lori Lindsey.
Julie Foudy gave her nod to the strongest allocation to Portland (Oregon) Thorns FC despite some folks, including our own Trish Bendix, being a little peeved that team didn’t get either Megan Rapinoe or Abby Wambach. Rapinoe will be playing alongside Hope Solo and Amy Rodriguez just up the road in Seattle. Portland did land two of the best goal scorers in the world with Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair, who notched three goals against the U.S. in the Olympic semifinals. So when it comes to talent, Portland has nothing to be bitching about.
So where the heck did Abby Wambach, the FIFA Player of the Year end up? She’ll be scoring in bunches for her hometown Western New York Flash. She’s joined there by Carli Lloyd who some may remember saved the USWNT’s bacon by scoring two goals in last summer’s Olympic final.
So where did your favorite player end up? Are you pleased with the players your local team got? Which team do you think got the best of the allocation?