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Ellen and Kobe hang out with Marta

Posted by leyrocks on March 3, 2009

On March 4th, Marta is scheduled to appear on the Ellen show with fellow soccer player/fan/actor Anthony LaPaglia.

If you don’t know Kobe Bryant is a huge soccer fan and on Thursday March 5th, he will be formally introducing the Los Angeles Sol at a press conference held at the Home Depot Center. (Read More)

 

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If you are a Southern California soccer fan make sure to check out Nick Green’s blog, 100 Percent Soccer

By the way here are some Sol preseason training pics and story links:
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Sky Blue FC Releases Preseason Roster

Posted by iamhannah on February 27, 2009

SOMERSET, NJ (Feb. 27, 2009) – Sky Blue FC announced today the team’s roster for its first preseason camp ever. The NJ/NY franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer will start its camp on Sunday in Greensboro, NC and will remain there for 3 1/2 weeks in preparation for the league’s inaugural season.

On the initial preseason roster, there are 30 hopefuls trying to stake their claim for a place on the Sky Blue FC squad for the season. Sky Blue FC will be missing six players during the early parts of the preseason due to national team commitments. Christie Rampone, Heather O’Reilly, Natasha Kai, and Kacey White are all currently in Portugal with the United States Women’s National Team. Anita Asante (England) and Kelly Parker (Canada) are both slated to play in the Cyprus Cup. All six are expected to join their Sky Blue FC teammates by mid-March.

In addition to 22 players that were previously allocated, drafted or claimed, there will be eight players in camp on an invitational basis. These eight included five that were invited to preseason:

Krista Bobo – formerly with WUSA’s Washington Freedom and New York Power and W-League’s Atlanta Silverbacks
Domenique Esposito – former Rutgers University standout and Jersey Sky Blue W-League player the past two seasons
Noelle Keselica – former University of Virginia All-American recently played for Bälinge in Sweden
Sophia Perez – Mexico National Team goalkeeper recently played for SD United in the WPSL
Caroline Walden – four-year starter for Boston College is fresh off leading the Eagles defense
In addition, three players were discovered through a try-out process earlier this week and invited to training camp:

Shannon Myers – Villanova University assistant coach was a four-year goalkeeper for Syracuse University
Courtney Nash – long-time player for the West Michigan Firewomen in the W-League played for Saginaw Valley State
Mary Velan – Stevens Institute of Technology assistant coached played for the Adirondack Lynx in the WPSL and collegiately for SUNY Oneonta
According to WPS rules, each team may only maintain a roster of 28 players at any one time during the preseason. On March 13, each team is required to cut its roster down to 24 players. The final rosters of 18 players plus four development players will be announced on March 25.

SKY BLUE FC PRESEASON ROSTER
Player (Last, First)    Pos.    Country    College    Last Club
Alexander, Cori    GK    USA    Portland     Seattle Sounders
Asante, Anita    D    England    —     Chelsea Ladies
Averbuch, Yael     M    USA    North Carolina     Arsenal World Class
Bardsley, Karen     GK     England    Cal-State Fullerton     Pali Blues
Bobo, Krista    D/M     USA    North Texas      Atlanta Silverbacks
Buczkowski, Jen    M    USA    Notre Dame     Chicago Gaels
Cooper, Fanta      D    USA    Wisconsin-Milwaukee     Umeå Södra
Dowling, Keeley     D    USA    Tennessee     KIF Örebro
Esposito, Domenique     M    USA    Rutgers     Jersey Sky Blue
French, Mele     F    USA    Oregon     Pali Blues
Hammond, Jenny    D    USA    Clemson     Chicago Gaels
Keselica, Noelle    M    USA    Virginia       Bälinge
Kai, Natasha     F    USA    Hawaii      Kailua AA
McCallum, Collette     M    Australia    —      Perth Glory
McDonnell, Mary Therese     D    Ireland    Illinois      Boston Renegades
Myers, Shannon    GK    USA    Syracuse      Lancaster Inferno
Nash, Courtney      M/D    USA    Saginaw Valley State     West Michigan Firewomen
O’Reilly, Heather       M/F    USA    North Carolina    New Jersey Wildcats
Parker, Kelly     M    Canada    Texas-El Paso      FC Indiana
Perez, Sophia     GK    Mexico    San Diego State      SD United
Rampone, Christie    D    USA    Monmouth      New York Power
Rosana     M    Brazil    —      SV Neulengbach
Schnur, Megan      M    USA    Connecticut      New England Mutiny
Shaner, Christie        D    USA    Notre Dame    FC Indiana
Sitch, Julianne    D    USA    DePaul      FC Indiana
Velan, Mary       F/MF    USA    Oneonta State    Adirondack Lynx
Walden, Caroline     D    USA    Boston College     SoccerPlus Connecticut
Walsh, Sarah    F    Australia    —    Sydney FC
White, Kacey     M/F    USA    North Carolina     Bälinge
Zhang, Ouying     F    China    —     San Diego Sea Lions
How they were acquired:

USWNT Allocation: Natasha Kai, Heather O’Reilly, Christie Rampone

International Draft (Round in parentheses): Kelly Parker (4), Rosana (2), Sarah Walsh (1)

Post-Draft Discovery: Anita Asante, Collette McCallum

General Draft (Round in parentheses): Cori Alexander (1), Keeley Dowling (2), Jenny Hammond (4), Kacey White (3)

WPS 2009 Draft (Round in parentheses): Yael Averbuch (1), Karen Bardsley (3), Jen Buczkowski (6), Fanta Cooper (10), Mele French (9), Mary Therese McDonnell (8), Megan Schnur (2), Christie Shaner (4), Julianne Sitch (5), Ouying Zhang (7)

Invitation Players: Krista Bobo, Domenique Esposito, Noelle Keselica, Shannon Myers, Courtney Nash, Sophia Perez, Mary Valen, Caroline Walden

Courtesy of: Sky Blue FC

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