NWSL Pushing Forward as Season NearsMore developments in the league as rosters are finalized and the league website goes live
by Angela Cornacchio | Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The NWSL has been busy this past week.
Last Thursday the Supplemental Draft took place, Monday the website was launched and Tuesday the schedule was set. Things are really picking up as the inaugural season nears.
The NWSL clubs have been building their rosters since Jan. 9. Following the college draft, teams had a two-week period to sign four or, in some cases, five additional players of their choice. Then came the Supplemental Draft on Feb. 7.
Each of the eight NWSL clubs had submitted a list of 8 to 10 domestic and international players. Teams were allowed two international players in addition to those that were allocated. The draft consisted of six rounds and took place via conference call.
Some super signings from the 1st round in draft order included; Stephanie Ochs (Washington Spirit), Nikki Krzysik (Seattle Reign FC), Joanna Lohman (Boston Breakers), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars), Katy Frierson (Sky Blue FC), Courtney Jones (FC Kansas City), Estelle Johnson (Western New York Flash) and Tina Ellertson (Portland Thorns FC).
Starting on Feb. 8, clubs could also claim up to four Discovery Players, securing the rights to sign those players heading into preseason. Discovery Players may be either international or domestic. These were the final additions as teams will be allowed to carry 18 to 20 players on their regular season rosters. Teams are assumed to hold local try-outs, but the only ones announced have been by the Boston Breakers and Portland Thorns.
The NWSL revealed the much anticipated schedule for its 2013 season on Tuesday. Each of the league’s eight clubs will play a total of 22 games within 19 weeks, including 11 home and away matches. A large percentage of games will be played on weekends and holidays to better assure attendance and easier travel.
Kickoff will commence on Saturday, April 13, when U.S. Women’s National Team top forward Alex Morgan and the star-studded Portland Thorns FC visit FC Kansas City.
The remaining six teams will start their season on Sunday April 14. The Chicago Red Stars will host Seattle Reign FC, Western New York Flash will take the short trip to New Jersey against Sky Blue FC and the Boston Breakers will face the Washington Spirit at home in the Hub. You can access the full schedule and game times on the official site for the league at nwslsoccer.com.
The regular season will conclude the weekend of Aug. 18 and all eight clubs' games will be scheduled during the final two days of the campaign. The top four teams will qualify for the NWSL playoffs and compete in the semifinals set for Saturday, Aug. 24. The NWSL will crown its first champion after the final match one week later.
It seems this time around women’s soccer is taking its time and putting their best foot forward with progress. The sport itself is growing in our country, but the women’s side specifically has been quite popular for some time.
All you ladies that have spent years dreaming about the field and just can’t quite grasp it due to the inconsistencies of the league, well now with rosters almost full, website live and a schedule posted the stage is set, get your glory girls!