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U.S. Soccer Begins Launch of New Grassroots Coaching Pathway with Cost-Free Introductory Module

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January 17, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2018) – Beginning today, U.S. Soccer will roll out its recently announced Grassroots Coaching pathway initiative with an introductory online coaching education module that any person interested in becoming a soccer coach can take at no cost.

The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module is now the first step for coaches to progress within the coaching pathway and learn about U.S. Soccer’s coaching education philosophy. The new introductory module, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, can be accessed on the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC) and aligns with the Federation’s ongoing effort to improve the quality of coaches at all levels.

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“Together, with our members, U.S. Soccer is concentrated on growing the game through grassroots education,” said Director of Coaching Administration Frank Tschan. “This introductory module will provide coaches with a preview of how they can better themselves in order to improve the experience and environment of our grassroots players.”

How to access and take U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module:

Visit U.S. Soccer’s Digital Coaching Center (DCC).Sign up (free of charge) or log-in to your DCC profile.Select “Courses” from the top menu.Under “Available Courses”, select “Begin Course” to launch the introductory module.Complete U.S. Soccer’s Introduction to Grassroots Coaching.

The free introductory module is a prerequisite to any of the U.S. Soccer Grassroots License courses, which focus on 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 sided games. Each Grassroots area of focus offers both an online and in-person course for a total of eight (8) Grassroots Licenses. Coaches who complete the introductory module will be provided four complimentary Play-Practice-Play training sessions, which coaching candidates will learn about within the introductory module.

In order to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License course, coaching candidates must hold an E License (which has been replaced by the Grassroots courses), or they can proceed after completing a minimum of two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11) and one online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11). Candidates who previously earned the F License may use that certification to meet their online course requirement for any of the four Grassroots courses. Once the Grassroots License is complete, there is no waiting period before coaches can continue onto the D License.

“Children learn through play,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Coaching, Nico Romeijn. “As coaches, we must allow our players to experience the game, and our role as coaches at the grassroots level is to facilitate that experience. Through the new courses organized by U.S. Soccer and its members, coaches will be empowered with knowledge and practices to create a positive, fun learning environment for their players.”

Registration for the in-person courses for each of the four grassroots levels will be available in early February. When signing up for an in-person course, DCC users will have the ability to select a nearby U.S. Soccer Member Association that will administer the course.

Open registration for online grassroots courses will be available later this spring on the DCC.

Concurrently with the roll out of the new Grassroots courses, the F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway. These licenses will still be recognized by U.S. Soccer and both certifications remain relevant as a means to advance within the pathway.

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NWSL Announces 2018 Schedule Format

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January 17, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the league will play a 24-game schedule for the 2018 NWSL season. For the second-consecutive season, and third time overall, NWSL teams will play 12-home and 12-away regular-season games.

“We are pleased to enter the league’s sixth season with a 24-game format for the 2018 season,” said NWSL Managing Director of Operations Amanda Duffy. “Maintaining the same competition structure with an earlier start allows teams to continue delivering exciting, world-class soccer to fans, concentrate on business development initiatives, and ensure the completion of the regular season, semifinals and championship in advance of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying.”

The 2018 preseason training camps will begin on Monday, Feb. 19 while the regular season will kick off the weekend of March 24-25, decreasing the amount of time between the NWSL College Draft and the start of team activities.

The 2018 NWSL regular season will then culminate the weekend of September 8-9 and be followed by the playoffs, including two semifinal matches on September 14-16 and the championship on Saturday, September 22.

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Daphne Corboz Receives First Call-Up to France WNT

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January 17, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Sky Blue FC

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Tinton Falls, N.J. – Sky Blue FC midfielder Daphne Corboz, who is currently playing on loan with French club FC Fleury 91, has officially been called into France Women’s National Team camp by head coach Corinne Diacre. The call-up for Corboz is her first into the French senior team, as she replaces the injured Sandie Toletti on the roster while France prepares for a Saturday fixture against Italy.

Corboz, 24, was born to French parents and holds dual-citizenship with the United States and France. The Greenbrook, N.J. native played in her first National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season for Sky Blue FC in 2017. She made 12 starts over 19 appearances, recording one goal and a team-leading five assists. Prior to joining Sky Blue FC, Corboz spent two seasons with Manchester City of the FA Women’s Super League.

As a youth player, Corboz attended Watchung Hills High School and flourished within the Players Development Academy, which is a U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy partner of Sky Blue FC. She then attended Georgetown University and had one of the most decorated careers in program history. Making 80 starts in 82 appearances, Corboz accumulated 134 points over four years, registering 47 goals and 41 assists. The 47 goals still stand as the highest mark ever in the Georgetown record books. During her collegiate career, she was named an NSCAA All-American on three occasions, including a First Team nod following her sophomore campaign.

Sky Blue FC recently announced that the team will be holding its 2018 open tryouts on February 14-15 at Sportika Sports.

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Commits to Utah Royals FC for Utah Side's Inaugural Season

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January 16, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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Sandy, Utah (Monday, January 15, 2018) – Utah Royals FC have received a commitment for the 2018 season from another international star, Canadian Women’s National Team star MF Desiree “the Destroyer” Scott, General Manager Craig Waibel and Head Coach Laura Harvey announced today. Scott’s arrival to Utah will bring a plethora of experience both on the international stage and at the club level for the team’s inaugural season, as the CONCACAF gold medalist has represented the Great White North for over a decade.

“I am very excited about the new adventure ahead with the Utah Royals,” said Scott, who totals 129 caps for fifth-ranked Canada. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of a club that wants to do amazing things, not only in the NWSL, but for the women’s game. I look forward to getting out there to see what Utah and the soccer community is all about – but more importantly, excited to get to work with my teammates for the 2018 season!”

An owner of bronze medals from the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, Scott moves to Utah from FC Kansas City, for which she started and featured in 14 games in 2017 after missing the first half of the NWSL season due to an ankle injury. The Winnipeg, Canada native received Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) All-Canadian accolades and was listed as a member of the Canada West All-Star teams in 2008 and 2009, and was even voted the 2005 Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2005 while playing for the University of Manitoba.

“Desiree is a proven talent in the league,” Utah Royals FC Head Coach Laura Harvey said, adding Scott to a growing roster that already includes USA stars Becky Sauerbrunn & Kelley O’Hara, Iceland international Gunnhilda Jonsdottir and NWSL veteran Taylor Lytle. “She is the glue to any team she plays for. Her performances last season and throughout her career to this point were excellent, and I’m so excited she will be part of our team this season.”

It was in 2012 at her first Olympic qualifying tournament that this five-foot-two star received the nickname, ‘The Destroyer’ for her ability to claim possession from opponents with a physical presence. Often compared to the playing style of Dutch soccer star, Edgar Davids, Scott plays the roles of a traditional holding midfielders – pushing players off the ball, collecting possession from the backline, and finding open players to push the ball into the attack. Her physical presence on the field makes forwards think twice before taking her on.

Scott played in the 2013 NWSL inaugural season for FC Kansas City, before moving overseas to play two seasons for Notts County in the F.A. Women’s Soccer League (FAWSL). Missing the first half the season to participate in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Scott returned just in time to play in the 2015 F.A. Women’s Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London England. After making 20 league appearances for Notts County, Scott was one of 16 players to return to the NWSL from the FAWSL ahead of the 2016 season.

Player: Desiree Scott

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-foot-2

Date of Birth: July 31, 1987

Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Previous Club: FC Kansas City

How acquired: Inherited rights from FC Kansas City to league allocation

Season tickets for the 2018 Utah Royals FC season are now on sale via www.RSL.com/NWSL or 844.Real.Tix, ahead of the full 2018 NWSL schedule is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Seattle Reign FC Forward Jodie Taylor Called in for England Camp

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January 14, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Seattle Reign FC

News Release

SEATTLE (January 12, 2018) – England women’s national team interim head coach Mo Marley has

announced the roster for the team’s upcoming training camp in La Manga, Spain.

Seattle Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor is among the 30 players selected.

Taylor returns to the roster after being called in for the

team’s November World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia and

Herzegovina. England earned victories in both matches, defeating Kazakhstan 5-0

and Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0. Taylor has scored one goal through England’s

three qualifying matches.

The camp will run from January 14th to January 24th

as the team continues to prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers and

the SheBelieves Cup. England’s first match of 2018 is set for Thurday, March 1st

at 1:00pm PT against France. The match will be hosted at MAPFRE Stadium in

Columbus, Ohio.

England Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Karen Bardsley

(Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Mary Earps (Reading), Carly

Telford (Chelsea)

DEFENDERS (10): Gemma Bonner

(Liverpool), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Jess Carter

(Birmingham City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Gabby

George (Everton), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City),

Demi Stokes (Manchester City)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Isobel

Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Reading),

Jill Scott (Manchester City), Drew Spence (Chelsea), Keira Walsh (Manchester

City), Fara Williams (Reading), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

FORWARDS (8): Karen Carney

(Chelsea), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby

(Chelsea), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie

Taylor (Seattle Reign FC), Ellen White (Birmingham City)

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About Seattle Reign FC:

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ten teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is the premier

women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top

players from the United States, Canada and around the world. Seattle Reign FC

train and host home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the

Space Needle on the Seattle Center campus.

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Thorns FC Acquire Midfielder Andressinha from Houston Dash In

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January 14, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Portland Thorns FC

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has acquired midfielder Andressinha from the Houston Dash in exchange for forward Savannah Jordan. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

” Andressinha is a smart and creative midfielder that brings the ability to control and dictate the tempo of a game,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “She can score special goals from distance and has the intelligence to create opportunities for others out of nothing. Her experience in the NWSL, and internationally as a key player for Brazil, makes her a strong addition to the club.

Andressinha, 22, signed with the Dash in July 2015, appearing in 38 games (35 starts) during her three seasons in Houston. The Brazilian international played in 16 games (13 starts) during the 2017 campaign, tallying two goals and three assists. Prior to arriving in the United States, Andressinha played professionally in Brazil with Kindermann (2010-15), helping the side to a league cup title.

At the international level, Andressinha has earned 21 caps for the Brazil Women’s National Team and scored seven goals. She made her debut for the senior national team in 2012 at the age of 17 against Denmark and scored her first international goal at age 19 against China. Andressinha appeared in all five matches for Brazil in the 2016 Rio Olympics and started all four matches for Brazil at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, registering the game-winning assist in the team’s final group game of the tournament against Costa Rica. In addition, Andressinha featured in both the 2012 and 2010 U-17 FIFA World Cup, captaining the side in 2012 and starting all four matches in 2010 at the age of 15.

Jordan, 22, was selected by Portland as the 18th overall pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft, and signed with Thorns FC in August 2017. In one season with Portland, Jordan made two substitute appearances.

Andressinha

Pronunciation: ahn-DRESS-in-YA

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-3

Born: May 1, 1995

Hometown: Roque Gonzales, Brazil

Last Club: Houston Dash

College: n/a

Citizenship: Brazil

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Sky Blue FC to Host Entire Preseason at Sportika's State-of-the-Art Complex in Manalapan

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January 12, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Sky Blue FC

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Tinton Falls, N.J. (Jan. 12, 2018) – Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that the team has entered into a partnership with Sportika Sports, and the team will hold its entire 2018 preseason at the state-of-the-art athletic complex in Manalapan, N.J. Additionally, Sportika Sports will officially serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Sky Blue FC Preseason.

“Today is a very exciting day for Sky Blue FC as we enter into this partnership with Sportika Sports,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “Sportika is an absolutely incredible facility that is perfectly suited for our world-class athletes. We would also like to thank our strategic partner Peter Grandich and Company, who played an instrumental role in helping us establish this relationship.”

Sky Blue FC will conduct each of its preseason training sessions at Sportika, which features a full-sided indoor turf field that is one of the largest in the State of New Jersey. Sky Blue FC will also host four preseason matches at their 170,000 square foot facility, which opened its doors in 2017.

“On behalf of Sportika Nation, I can tell you that this partnership with Sky Blue FC is extremely exciting for our organization and the continued emergence of our facility as a premier sports venue on the East Coast,” said Jeffrey L. Jordan, Sportika CEO. “We welcome the incredible athletes of Sky Blue FC and look forward to growing our brand with theirs. I am personally overjoyed that our young female athletes will have such tremendous role models to follow and see that the dream of playing soccer on the highest level is a dream worth chasing.”

In addition to its 90,000 square foot indoor turf field, Sportika is also home to seven regulation basketball courts. Between the turf and court space, the facility can host virtually any sport or event. Furthermore, Sportika operates its own academic center (Sportika-Brainstorm), sports performance center (Sportika-Parabolic) and Youth Mentoring Academy (Sportika-Goodworx), with corporate meeting rooms and event spaces available as well.

“We are extremely fortunate to have partnered with Sportika Sports for our 2018 preseason,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Sportika is such an amazing facility, and it will be an incredible place for us to train every day.”

Sky Blue FC recently announced that the team will be holding its 2018 open tryouts on February 14-15 at Sportika Sports. The registration process for the tryouts is now open, and interested players can sign up today online.

2018 Sky Blue FC season and half-season tickets are on sale now, and fans can purchase them today by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).

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MIDFIELDER MORGAN BRIAN AND DEFENDER BECKY SAUERBRUNN RULED OUT OF U.S. WNT JANUARY CAMP

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January 12, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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Brian Will Stay in France with Her Club as She Continues Return to Fitness

Sauerbrunn Departs Camp to Rest Due to Stress Reaction in Left Foot

CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Morgan Brian will not attend the USA’s January training camp in Los Angeles, and instead will stay in France with her club Olympique Lyonnais as she works to return to fitness from nagging injuries that impacted her play in 2017.

In addition, after medical evaluations before the start of training revealed a stress reaction in her left foot that will require several weeks of rest, defender Becky Sauerbrunn will also not participate in camp.

Both players were initially named to the 26-player roster currently training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, in preparation for the Jan. 21 clash with Denmark at San Diego Country Credit Union Stadium in San Diego at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN [TICKETS].

At this time, neither player will be replaced on the training camp roster, and U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will chose 18 players to suit up for the Denmark game from the 24 currently in Los Angeles.

U.S. Women’s National Team January Camp Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC; 73/3), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 104/2), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 7/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 43/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 246/98), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 7/0)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 57/22), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; 0/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 96/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 129/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)

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SKY BLUE FC ACQUIRES REBEKAH STOTT AND KATIE JOHNSON FROM SEATTLE REIGN FC

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January 12, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Sky Blue FC

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Tinton Falls, N.J. (Jan. 11, 2018) – Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that it has completed a trade with Seattle Reign FC, as the New Jersey club has acquired New Zealand Women’s National Team defender Rebekah Stott and Mexico Women’s National Team forward Katie Johnson in exchange for the rights to Caitlin Foord.

“I am really excited about internationals Stott and Johnson coming to Sky Blue FC,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Stott is a proven back in this league, and her ability on the ball and running a defensive line are top level. Johnson is an attacking powerhouse with the movement, awareness and technical ability to be a top forward in this league.”

Stott, 24, is a versatile defender who completed her first season in the NWSL in 2017, making 18 starts over 22 matches. A staple on the Seattle backline, she also tallied an assist on the offensive end of the field. Stott began her club career in 2010 for Brisbane Roar in the Australia W-League before spending the following two seasons with Melbourne Victory. She then made the move to the Frauen-Bundesliga in Germany to play with SC Sand for two years before heading back to Australia in 2015 to join Melbourne City, winning a W-League championship during the 2015-16 campaign. Stott was signed by Seattle ahead of the 2017 NWSL season and is currently back with Melbourne City on loan. However, she will arrive in New Jersey ahead of the 2018 NWSL campaign.

Stott was born in Papamoa, New Zealand, but she grew up in Australia and played for the Young Matildas at the U-17 and U-20 level. She then opted to represent her nation of birth at the senior level, making her debut for New Zealand in 2012. Stott was named to the Kiwis roster for the 2012 London Olympics and was featured in each match that New Zealand played in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Additionally, she eclipsed the half-century mark for the Kiwis when she recorded her 50th international cap last summer at the 2016 Brazil Olympics.

Johnson, 23, was taken by Seattle as the 16th overall selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. She enjoyed a standout career at the University of Southern California, where she played four years alongside Sky Blue FC defenders Kayla Mills and Mandy Freeman. The trio capped off their collegiate campaigns by winning the 2016 NCAA College Cup, with Johnson scoring a goal in the semifinal and then a brace in the final to lead USC to its second national championship in program history. During her rookie NWSL season, Johnson made 23 appearances, and she finished the year with four goals and a pair of assists.

Born in California, Johnson made her senior debut for the Mexico Women’s National Team in 2015, bringing another player into Sky Blue FC who has international playing experience. Since she shares dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico, Johnson will not occupy one of Sky Blue FC’s international roster spots.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Rebekah and Katie to Sky Blue FC,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “Both have performed on the world stage and have been exceptionally productive at every level in which they have played. They are two young players with high-rising trajectories, and we cannot wait to have them on the field for our club.”

Foord last played for Sky Blue FC in 2015, which was her third NWSL season in New Jersey. She spent the past two years in Japan with Vegalta Sendai, but her NWSL playing rights had been retained by Sky Blue FC since that move.

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