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Third time lucky? The National Women's Soccer League

After the Women’s United Soccer Association and the Women’s Professional Soccer [league] each failed to last beyond three seasons, we now have a new professional league, the NWSL, starting up in the USA this coming spring. Will this one survive?

Teams in the inaugural 2013 season will be:

Boston Breakers
Chicago Red Stars
FC Kansas City
Portland Thorns FC
Sky Blue FC
Washington Spirit
Western New York Flash
Seattle Reign FC

The league will feature Canadian and Mexican players as well as U.S.ians. The new league is being subsidized by the three North American soccer federations, and is to be administered by U.S. Soccer.

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Americans is our designation. (yes, I know we all live on the North American continent, but were running shit around here.

I can't see it surviving tbh. Women rather watch men play.

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." - Peter 5:5 KJV

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Hotshot players have been allocated to the teams as follows:

Boston Breakers
Sydney Leroux (USA)
Heather Mitts (USA)
Heather O'Reilly (USA)
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)
Anisa Guajardo (MEX)
Cecilia Santiago (MEX)

Chicago Red Stars
Shannon Boxx (USA)
Amy LePeilbet (USA)
Keelin Winters (USA)
Erin McLeod (CAN)
Carmelina Moscato (CAN)
Maribel Dominguez (MEX)
Dinora Garza (MEX)

FC Kansas City
Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Lauren Cheney (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Desiree Scott (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)
Renae Cuellar (MEX)
Marylin Diaz (MEX)

Portland Thorns FC
Rachel Buehler (USA)
Tobin Heath (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Luz Saucedo (MEX)
Marlene Sandoval (MEX)
Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Christine Sinclair (CAN)

Seattle Reign FC
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Amy Rodriguez (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Emily Zurrer (CAN)
Jenny Ruiz (MEX)
Teresa Noyola (MEX)

Sky Blue FC
Jill Loyden (USA)
Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Sophie Schmidt (CAN)
Melanie Booth (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX)
Lydia Rangel (MEX)

Washington Spirit
Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA)
Lori Lindsey (USA)
Robin Gayle (CAN)
Diana Matheson (CAN)
Alina Garciamendez (MEX)
Teresa Worbis (MEX)

Western New York Flash
Carli Lloyd (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
Bryanna McCarthy (CAN)
Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN)
Veronica Perez (MEX)
Pamela Tajonar (MEX)
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Damn, Sinclair and Morgan at Portland. Good luck to the league, hopefully this time they prosper.

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Canada WNT captain Christine Sinclair has been named April’s Player of the Month in the NWSL.

Sinclair scored twice for Portland Thorns FC in April and featured in all 270 minutes of football in the league’s opening month of regular season action.

Sinclair converted a second-half penalty kick to help lead Thorns FC to a come-from-behind 1:1 draw in front of sold-out crowd of 6,784 fans at Shawnee Mission District Stadium in the inaugural match of the National Women’s Soccer League on 13 April.

Sinclair also scored in Portland’s 2:0 win over Chicago Red Stars on 27 April.

Portland Thorns FC posted a perfect record of 3W-0D-0L in April.
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Canadian Christine Sinclair and Tobin Heath scored to lead the Portland Thorns to the National Women’s Soccer League title [August 31], scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Western New York Flash.

Heath scored in the 41st minute off a free kick in front of 9,129 fans at Sahlen Stadium. There had been questions during the week whether an injured right foot would allow her to play.

“As soon as I saw an opportunity like that, I just wanted it really badly,” Heath said. “It was shot all the way, for sure.”

The Flash were frustrated to not be awarded a penalty kick in the 49th minute when Portland defender Kathryn Williamson was given her first yellow card for colliding with Abby Wambach.

“Wambach’s clearly in and scores off that,” Flash coach Aaran Lines said. “It should’ve been a red card.”

The red came just seven minutes later, as Williamson was ejected in the 56th minute with a second yellow card. The dismissal forced Portland to play a player short the rest of the match, but Western New York could not capitalize on the advantage.

“When Portland’s down a player for 35 minutes and we’re not able to put a ball in the back of the net in that time, Portland deserves it,” Lines said.

Former Flash star Sinclair — a native of Burnaby, B.C. — scored in stoppage time on a pass from 72nd-minute substitute Alex Morgan, who had been held out of the starting lineup because of a knee ailment.

Sinclair headed directly to the few dozen vocal Thorns supporters stationed behind the goal to celebrate and blow kisses after effectively sealing the first year team’s championship.

“I was going to go over to our bench but I thought, ‘I’m not running that far,“’ Sinclair said.

Playing with the advantage, the Flash attempted 18 shots, nine more than the Thorns. Portland goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, from Maple Ridge, B.C., made seven saves in the short-handed win.

“The team is fantastic,” Heath said. “You saw it in the semifinal and you saw it again here. It’s almost like when some kind of adversity happens, our team comes together more.”

The Flash failed in their bid to win their fourth title across four leagues in four seasons. That didn’t stop goalkeeper Adrianna Franch from reflecting on the crowd.

“I had chills as soon as I walked out here for warm-ups, let alone when the game started,” Franch said. “If we can continue to have that, this league is going to go far.”

Heath was selected the match’s most valuable player despite subbing off in the 63rd minute. She had three shots on goal in addition to her goal.

Wambach did not register a shot on goal, though she attempted three shots. Flash teammate Carli Lloyd led all players with four shots on goal.
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