US Soccer put out a ridiculous Best XI evah! voting thing where retired players like Foudy get to vote on a definitive XI list along with other insiders (as far as I can tell current players don’t get to vote) which goes along with the Centennial.
The problem with this is that there are basically two sets of players in the woso ‘verse unlike with the 100 years of history the men have. The 99rs and the current players. Foudy shared her picks on tv and it turned out she voted for all of her buddies with Morgan being the only sub 30 year old player. She even voted for Brandi which is…ehhh? That really makes it look like a friends list.
Anyway, her picks were overly old school and Hope noticed the pattern and pointed it out to her in her typical fashion. The 99rs have a habit of closing ranks on any legacy and fame and still do at the expense of the current team and this whole vote thing is another set up to failure for current players. Having Foudy who you’d hope would not fall for the 99rs trap fall for it anyway is disappointing. The rules of the vote and who gets to vote tip it to their favor too. Why even have the younger players available to select if people wont because a) they didn’t win a wc (Abby didn’t, but she’s an exception) or b) too young or c) rose tinted glasses
Personally I am tired from all the voting. I’m still pissed off Lotta isn’t in the top three for POY. I don’t have energy for this circle jerk of a vote US Soccer is putting on.
I am always amazed Hope only needs to send out one tweet and the world comes crashing down. I wish people could be more playful with her. She was a lot of fun on twitter back in the day and then after 2011 everyone got so damn serious with everything she did.
Move 1: Bogus to KCFC for draft picks. Well, like they said Bogus wasn’t going to get much time now that the team was better. She’s a nice locker room person, gave 100% effort even if the results weren’t spectacular, and stayed healthy. Those were her three main assets. None of them impactful, but handy if you have a young team needing experience and leadership. She was the very last person on the field signing autographs at the game I went to in Chicago. So…great bench player for another team. Reign is at a different class now. The starting XI looks terrific and the remaining players need to fit and she no longer did. Also, now people can shut up about draft picks. Or Reign can use them in another trade. I’m not sure where we are in the 30 pt plan. I’m a little surprised they didn’t manage to send her to Chicago, but KCFC is at least close. She’s going to a healthy team so good for her.
Move 2: I’ve been following Beverly Goebel since she began over in Japan as she’s a blogger, accessible via team videos, and I love Japan. I was hoping we’d get her since she expressed interest in a recent podcast about coming back, but she also seems to loooove Japan so… never expected it. Then when Reign traded the rights to her counterpart to Portland for Foxhoven I just figured if Reign was in the Japan gambit they traded their one piece. Little did I know Reign secured rights to BOTH Americans I was following in Japan. Bev… I am interested in how her game holds up against physical players and good goalkeepers, but it isn’t like she is going to forget her ball skills. I don’t think she’ll get 15 goals like in Japan, but I think she adds another scoring dimension and craftiness. She’s a quality player any team would have liked to have. I’m glad she’s on our side. She’s only on loan which is cool. Japan took her in much like Sweden took Press in. She fits in there well, but I’m sure she’ll enjoy a stint with the Reign. Hopefully her fans in Japan will be able to follow her while she’s here.
So how you are feeling following all that travel in the past few days and 90 minutes in the hot Perth sun?
Well, I’m glad we have a rest day today, and it probably needs more to be more than one day to be honest. It was very difficult with the heat. It felt hotter than I remember I have to say. I have forgotten how hot it can be. I sat back a little deeper in the second half to save my legs with us in front.
You have had a big 12 months, do you think you have improved as a player in that time? Yes, I have learnt a lot more about the game. I played with a lot of really good players in the States which was a lot of fun. I had a great time and I’m glad I did it, and I’m looking forward to going back again.
I think it is great for us. In Foxhoven we get a system player, super sub, and backup starter for when our NTers are away. She’s already familiar playing with a lot of the players (Winters, Reed in particular) and found ways of contributing last year as a forward even in front of a bad midfield and under one of the worst coaches in the league. I’m sure with our midfield and under Harvey she’ll only improve. She was one of the few players I liked on the Thorns so I am going to consider this a successful rescue operation.
I don’t have the foggiest about the Thorns. They have two international slots open so I doubt they are too worried about sorting out their problems. Apparently this trade hinged on Reign letting go of the rights to a player they wanted. Probably more than acquiring McDonald for them. We pumped them for as much as we could. They are like the Miami Heat. Ring chasers of all kinds will go there for the trip to the playoffs and the atmosphere. They’re not worried about who they can attract to their team now or even midseason. They perhaps should be concerned with not wrecking the culture of the team though. Not that I had a high opinion of it to begin with, but it is never popular to get rid of a local talent who had a positive season. It would be like if we randomly got rid of Deines.
I am really happy Reign are signing players early. It gives the players a sense of job security and anyone looking for a team a good picture of who the Reign are and how they might fit should they go there. Kim Little in her intro podcast practically giggled when they listed off who she’d be playing with. I’m sure it’s the same for the others.
bittersweet seems to be the best way to describe this trade. getting little is only going to be good for us but, like you said, losing nairn hurt. she and fishlock were probably our most consistent players throughout the season, not counting pinoe because she played half a season.
Fishlock, Nairn, and Barnes were the most consistent. We still mainly have our core plus upgrades and Little is a big upgrade. Nairn tho… She will be missed. The gag reflex I get with Spirit will be an issue.
I’m bummed we had to give up Nairn. I think everyone involved in Seattle would rather we could keep her (the goodbye she got in comparison to the other players is telling), but it was getting a little ridiculous the trades we managed without giving up anything that hurt. This one hurt.
That said, Kim Little is a rare talent. Out of the internationals reasonably available to the league she has to be the number one prospect. Heck, out of any internationals she’s a good pickup. She’s freakishly young for her accomplishments and successful (she even scored on the USWNT) and like Jess is out to test herself in a different setting. I always said I wanted younger internationals who would stick around the team for more than just a year. I wasn’t terribly impressed with who other teams signed. Jess fit that profile and I suspect Little will too.
Nairn…if we could find a way of getting her back after a year I’d love it. She fit in here really well and liked it here too. But at least she gets to play close to home which has to soften the blow a little.