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Post by McLewis Mon Jun 24, 2024 5:40 pm

Some coaching transfer updates:

- Emma Hayes has officially left Chelsea and is now coaching the USWNT.
- Chelsea have brought in Lyon coach Sonia Bompastor as their new coach.
- Lyon have hired former Juventus coach Joe Montemurro as their new coach.
- Barca coach Jonatan Giraldez has officially left and is now coaching the Washington Spirit in NWSL.
- Barca have named Pere Romeu as their new coach.

Player transfer updates:

- (Rumor) Chelsea look set to sign PSG winger Sandy Baltimore on a free.
- (Rumor) Lyon are ready to sign PSG forward Tabitha Chawinga.  
- Man City and England keeper Ellie Roebuck has moved to Barca on a free.
- Man City defender Esme Morgan has joined the Washington Spirit on a free.
- (Rumor) Aston Villa's Alisha Lehmann could join Juventus.
- With Vivianne Miedema gone, Arsenal have signed Barca forward Mariona Caldentey as her replacement.
- North Carolina Courage signed Australian internationals Cortnee Vine and Charlotte McLean from Sydney FC.

We're at the midway point for the NWSL so here are the standings thus far:

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- The Orlando Pride and Kansas City Current are the only 2 teams left that are undefeated.
- Kansas City lead the league in goals scored with 37.
- Defending champions Gotham lead the league in fewest goals conceded with 11.

These are the top individual performers so far:

Golden Boot Leader: Barbra Banda (Orlando Pride) & Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns) with 10 goals each.
Assists Leader: Croix Bethune (Washington Spirit) with 9 assists.
Most Clean Sheets: Anna Moorhouse (Orlando Pride) and Jane Campbell (Houston Dash) with 6 clean sheets.

These are the current frontrunners, IMO, for the end of the season awards:
Champion: Orlando Pride
Supporters' Shield winner: Orlando Pride
Most Valuable Player: Barbra Banda, Sophia Smith, Temwa Chawinga (Kansas City Current)
Defensive Player of the Year: Kerry Abello (Orlando Pride), Taylor Flint (Racing Louisville), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave)
Goalkeeper of the Year: Anna Moorehouse, Jane Campbell, Kailen Sheridan (San Diego Wave)
Rookie of the Year: Croix Bethune, Reilyn Turner (Racing Louisville), Hal Hershfelt (Washington Spirit)
Coach of the Year: Seb Hines (Orlando Pride)

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Post by McLewis Mon Jun 24, 2024 10:23 pm

And San Diego have sacked their coach mid-season:



Shocking decision honestly. Stoney had led them to the Supporter's Shield last season, which is super impressive given that was only their 2nd season in existence. Her tactics were trash this season, but deserved at least the full season to try and turn things around. Awful decision from Wave President Jill Ellis.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jun 27, 2024 1:28 am

USA have announced their 18-player roster for the Paris Olympics:



Takeaways:

- No Alex Morgan at a major tournament for the first time in 14 years. She hasn't been able to adapt her game to fit in with this newer, younger group of pacy attackers who can both dribble and finish.

- Gotham FC's Lynn Williams only going as an alternate stings as well. She's very much the best forward USA has at applying defensive pressure from the front. She's also NWSL's all-time scoring leader and I believe 2nd assists.

- Speaking of Dunn, this will be her first tournament for USA as a forward. She has historically only played as a fullback even though she won the NWSL golden boot and MVP awards as a forward in her earlier years. She can play virtually anywhere on the pitch and it will look like her natural position.

- The inclusion of 20-year old PSG midfielder Korbin Albert is very controversial given her transphobic and homophobic social media activity that was discovered earlier this year. On top of that, she hasn't been in good form for PSG and with the likes of Hal Hershfelt, Andi Sullivan, Croix Bethune (all of the Washington Spirit), Kansas City's Vanessa Di Bernardo and Racing Louisville's Savannah DeMelo, there are plenty of midfielders in better form that should be on the plane. Poor decision from USA coach Emma Hayes.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jun 27, 2024 1:54 am

Australia announced their Olympic squad back at the beginning of the month:



This is about the squad I thought would be selected by Tony Gustavsson. Solid throughout. The only glaring omission is Sam Kerr, who's still out with an ACL injury. Arsenal's Steph Catley will captain the Mathildas in her place. Big fan of Man City's Mary Fowler.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jun 27, 2024 2:10 am

Spain announced their roster yesterday:



Probably the biggest takeaway is that 7 of Las 15 are included in this squad. If Spain weren't already the favorites before, they certainly are now.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jun 27, 2024 2:22 am

Japan have announced their squad:



Translated to English:

GK: Ayaka Yamashita (Kobe Leonessa), Chika Hirao (Albirex Niigata)
DF: Saki Kumagai (Roma), Risa Shimizu (West Ham United), Hikaru Kitagawa (Kobe Leonessa), Moeka Minami (Roma), Hana Takahashi (Urawa Reds), Toko Koga (Feyenoord)
MF: Kiko Sieke (Urawa Reds), Yui Hasegawa (Man City), Honoka Hayashi (West Ham), Fuka Nagano (Liverpool), Hinata Miyazawa (Man United) Aoba Fujino (Tokyo Verdy Beleza), Momoko Tanikawa (Rosengard)
FW: Mina Tanaka (Kobe Leonessa), Riko Ueki (West Ham) and Maika Hamano (Chelsea)

A strong squad, just like the World Cup one. Pretty surprised that Narumi Miura (North Carolina Courage) was left off, but she's out of form. The worst miss here is Jun Endo of Angel City, still recovering from an ACL tear.

They've been grouped with Spain again so that match is sure to be a good one, as will their face offs with Brazil and Nigeria. Very much a group of death.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jun 27, 2024 4:27 pm

Some absolute fuckery happening over at Manchester United:



All of that has reportedly triggered an exodus of players leaving. The following have been rumored so far:

- Captain and midfielder Katie Zelem
- Forward Lucia Garcia
- Forward Nikita Parris
- Goalkeeper Mary Earps
- Midfielder Irene Guerrero
- Forward Ella Toone

Those are all big pieces to this team. All are seasoned internationals. Would be very much a body blow if United loses even half of them.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jun 27, 2024 4:30 pm

In other news, big get from London City Lionesses:



One of the best players of her generation. Excellent signing.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jun 27, 2024 4:46 pm

Really curious as to where she'll go:

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Post by McLewis Tue Jul 02, 2024 7:58 pm

Brazil and Canada have released their Olympic squads:



Really surprised to see reigning NWSL MVP Kerolin make this squad given she's been out with an ACL injury since last October. No Debinha is very bold as well though understandable as she's struggled with injury with Kansas City this season.



No major surprises here. First major tournament without the legendary Christine Sinclair. Rising star Olivia Green was left out as well though she's about to sign for Liverpool in the WSL. Not at all sure what Marie-Yasmine Alidou needs to do to get a look in. She was excellent for Benfica, particularly in the Champions League.
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Post by Arquitecto Wed Jul 03, 2024 5:36 pm

Is Alisha Lehmann to Juventus happening?

Is she even a good player and how much will it boost their overall global appeal?
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Post by McLewis Thu Jul 04, 2024 1:12 am

Well I do think she's dating Douglas Luiz so that seems to be the primary reason for the link. I haven't seen any further news about it though. Still a couple of months until Serie A Femminile kicks off again so we're at the tail end of the beginning of silly season on the women's side.

If she does join, I'm honestly not sure how she can help them. She's not what they need. She's a good footballer, but I don't think she's ever going to be better than that. And Juve need a big talent to upend Roma's dominance.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jul 04, 2024 1:16 am

New Zealand announce their Olympic Squad:



That's a pretty young squad. They've officially moved on from legendary players like Ria Percival, Hannah Wilkinson and Abby Erceg. This is probably the last rodeo for captain Ali Riley as well.

I don't expect this side to go far unfortunately.
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Post by McLewis Thu Jul 04, 2024 1:26 am

Nigeria's Olympic squad:



Solid squad that's going to cause issues in their group, if they can convert their chances. Asisat Oshoala has had a tough start to life in the NWSL, scoring just twice so far this season. She's Nigeria's talisman so her form is pretty much their form. Chiamaka Nndozie is one of the best keepers in the world though and can absolutely keep them in games.
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Post by McLewis Fri Jul 05, 2024 12:47 pm

Germany have released their squad:



A strong 18, but they've shown a tendency to start slow and grow into games late. If they can solve that problem, they have the talent to make a deep run.
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