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Heather Hints At Sydney FC Exit

Posted by iamhannah on February 26, 2009

Aidan Ormond
Feb 25 2009 14:22 

EXCLUSIVE US bound Matildas star Heather Garriock has hinted that she’d leave Sydney FC if a more lucrative offer came up from another W-League franchise.

Speaking to au.fourfourtwo.com on the eve of her departure for the professional US women’s league, the 26-year-old believed a marquee system could be looked at in the W-League for some of the top Matildas.

And the almost 100-times capped Matilda said if she was offered a marquee or a similar deal with another W-League club, she’d seriously consider it.

“I don’t know who I’ll be playing for next season to be honest… at the end of the day you’ve got to take care of yourself.

“I know for me and some of the other top players like Walshy [Sarah Walsh] we’ll be looking for where the best deal is.

“I think a marquee status is possible for players in the W-League. If you invest in the players that’s what’s going to strengthen the league at the end of the day.”

Meanwhile a visa problem has meant that Garriock and other international stars around the world have been delayed from entering the US to meet up with their new clubs ahead of the kick off to the Womens’ Professional Soccer League.

It’s expected the visas will now come through by the week’s end. Garriock has signed with Chicago Red Stars and has a four-week pre-season ahead of the league’s kick off on April 4.

“I’ve never been to Chicago before and I know it’ll be very cold but my ambition is to do well and in doing so, it will hopefully lead to other Aussie girls getting to play over there,” says Garriock.

 “But the league will be unbelievable,” says Garriock. “Players like Cristiane from Brazil are my teammate and I definitely think it’s the strongest league in the world. It’s got the top players from the US and Brazil and us Aussies and it’s professional.

“I can’t wait to be challenged in an environment where other players also want to be challenged.”

Garriock added that she’d like to bring a top US player to Australia for the next W-League season.


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Sakaguchi expected to join FC Indiana in March

Posted by iamhannah on February 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 20, 2009 — FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski has confirmed that Japan WNT midfielder Mizuho Sakaguchi will join the club in March.
The loss of six players from last season’s squad to WPS draft has reduced Borkowski’s midfield options and the signing of Sakaguchi is expected to strengthen the squad. He met Sakaguchi and her representative last week in Indianapolis and made her, what is expected to be, his last signing of 2009.

“I like Sakaguchi. For me she is the Fernando Redondo of Japan WNT. She is a defensive midfielder, but not a typical one. Instead, she is a deep-lying playmaker. She brakes up opposition attacks with sharp tackling and sets in motion attacks of her own with crisp, short passing. She does not score many goals, but she can control a game like few other central midfielders She plays with her head up, always reading the movement of the players around her, always aware of where her next pass is going. And at only 21 years of age she has a great future ahead,” said Borkowski.

The midfielder has played in all six games for Japan in the Beijing Olympics helping the team to a fourth place finish.

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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