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Women’s Soccer Show 03

Posted by iamhannah on February 11, 2009

This week on the Women’s Soccer Show we talk about the new signings for the WPS, the upcoming Algarve Cup and International friendlies.

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PLayers Leaving England and the FA Isn’t Happy.

Posted by iamhannah on February 9, 2009

Check out the article FA contracts too late as five top players head for United States over at The Guardian by Tony Leighton.

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Chicago Red Stars Sign Sweden’s Frida Östberg & Caroline Jönsson

Posted by iamhannah on February 3, 2009

Bridgeview, IL (February 3, 2009) The Chicago Red Stars have secured the services of Sweden’s Frida Östberg & Caroline Jönsson for the 2009 WPS season, General Manager Marcia McDermott announced today. With a combined 15 years and 158 caps on the international stage, the veteran Swedes will bring a wealth of experience and a championship pedigree to the Chicago Red Stars.

Östberg, 31, has been a fixture in the midfield of the Swedish National Team since 2001, earning 78 caps over that time. She has enjoyed enormous success at the club level in Sweden, where she has helped perennial powerhouse Umea IK to win five league championships, three cup titles, and two UEFA Women’s Cup championships in 2003 and 2004. In 2008, Östberg captained Umea IK to its seventh overall league title, while putting the club through to the upcoming UEFA Women’s Cup semifinal, and earning this year’s most prestigious award, the Diamond Ball, honoring Sweden’s Player of the Year

“Frida epitomizes everything you would want in a top class professional,” said head coach Emma Hayes. “Her abilities on and off the field will help us develop a professional culture. She is one of the toughest players out there and has a mean streak on the field that our fans will grow to love. She’s a born winner.

Red Stars Assistant Coach Denise Reddy, who routinely squared off against Östberg during her 11-year playing career in the Swedish league, echoed Hayes’ assessment. “Frida is the toughest player I’ve ever come up against. She possesses a dominant presence in the midfield, one most players would like to avoid.

Östberg, who recently retired from the Swedish National Team, is looking forward to writing the next chapter of her prolific career in Chicago.

“It feels great to be a member of Chicago Red Stars under the wings of Emma and Denise,” said Östberg. “ I expect a tough league with a lot of challenges and really good football. When I consider our team, I think that it is just that, a team! We’re balanced; we have individuals that can make the difference both in the offense as well as in the defense. I’m really excited and looking forward to being a part of building this team.”

Goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson made her national team debut in 1999 and steered Sweden to a silver medal in the 2003 Women’s World Cup and has played in two Olympics in 2000 and 2004. In addition, Jönsson has played in over 200 matches for legendary Swedish club Malmo FF, and was recognized as the Sweden’s Goalkeeper of the Year in both 2003 and 2006

“I am thankful for the opportunity to play for Chicago Red Stars,” said Jönsson. “In my career, I have always followed my heart, this is not an exception. If I hadn’t felt a true love for the game from the coaches or the organization, it wouldn´t have been a possibility for me to play for the Chicago Red Stars.

Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes selected Jönsson with the 26th overall pick in the fourth round of the WPS International last September. She was the first and only goalkeeper selected

“The first player we wanted in this team was a world class goalkeeper, and now we have one of the best,” explained Hayes. “She will organize, lead, and, by her example, set the tone for every player on the roster.

Jönsson is enthusiastic about her new American club and the fledgling league

“In Chicago, I don´t just sense a passion for the game,” she said, “but I also perceive a well put together organization with great competent people in every spot, including on the soccer team. I am even looking forward to the five weeks of preseason and that tells me that this is something special. I am glad to be a part of a new era; I think this time around the league is here to stay and I´m proud to be asked to be a part of that new beginning.”

With the addition of Östberg and Jönsson, the Chicago Red Stars have now filled four of their allotted five international roster spots. The Red Stars hold the WPS playing rights to Brazilian striker Cristiane, who last month finished third in the 2008 FIFA Player of the Year voting

The Red Stars kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th on the road against St. Louis Athletica at Ralph Korte Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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Chicago Red Stars Sign Australia’s Heather Garriock

Posted by iamhannah on February 2, 2009

Bridgeview, IL (February 2, 2009) –  The Chicago Red Stars have signed Australian midfielder Heather Garriock for the 2009 WPS season, General Manager Marcia McDermott announced today.

Garriock, 26, is a 10-year veteran of the Australian National Team, having earned 112 caps and scoring 19 goals.  She made her Australian National Team debut in 1999 at the age of 16, and has competed in two World Cups and two Olympics.

“It’s an absolute dream come true for me to continue my career in the United States, playing with and against some of the best players in the world,” said Garriock. 

The Chicago Red Stars selected Garriock in the second round with the 12th overall pick of the WPS International Draft last September. The Australian midfielder’s international experience, tireless work rate and attacking mentality were qualities Chicago Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes was looking for in building her roster. 

“She’s a born leader, with a fantastic left foot,” praised Hayes.   “She possesses great energy levels to go up and down the flank, and she has a winning pedigree.”

Garriock is the second international player to sign with the Red Stars.  She joins English forward Karen Carney, whom the Red Stars signed last week.  The Red Stars have the WPS playing rights to Sweden’s Caroline Jönsson and Frida Östberg, as well as Brazilian striker Cristiane.  Each WPS is allowed to carry five international players on their roster.

Garriock is the third Australian player to sign with a WPS team.  Midfielder Collette McCallum and forward Sarah Walsh, a teammate of Garriock’s at Sydney FC, have already penned contracts with Sky Blue FC of New Jersey.  A fourth Australian player, forward Lisa De Vanna has been drafted by and is in negotiations with the Washington Freedom.

The Red Stars kick off the 2009 WPS season on April 5th on the road against St. Louis Athletica at Ralph Korte Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

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Joy Fawcett Elected To The Hall of Fame

Posted by iamhannah on January 18, 2009


Joy Fawcett has been voted into the 2009 Hall of Fame. The announcement was made at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri earlier this week. The official induction into the National Hall of Fame is on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009 in Oneonta, New York. Fawcett earned 239 caps, two FIFA World Cup titles (1991 and 1999) and two Olympic Gold Medals (1996 and 2004) for the USWNT. Congratulations to Joy fawcett.

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Women’s Soccer Show 01

Posted by iamhannah on January 17, 2009

This week’s episode of the Women’s Soccer Show we talk to Tim Vickery about Marta and about the WPS Draft.

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News: Marta and Sinclair

Posted by iamhannah on January 12, 2009

Marta

Marta is finalizing a deal to sign with the Los Angeles Sol of the WPS. THE WPS or Women’s Professional Soccer league launches in March.

 Sinclair

Christine Sinclair has been named Canadian women’s soccer player of the year for 2008. Sinclair has won the award for the last four years. In 2008 Canada won the Cyprus Cup and finished second in the Peace Queen Cup.

Sources: LA Times & CBC

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