The inaugural NWSL season may be over, but the cogs and gears continue to grind and turn, with players leaving, newcomers joining up, trades occurring left and right and new coaches taking the helm while others step off the sidelines. Need to play catch up on your NWSL news? Look no further, GotSoccer’s got it all right here.
Cat Whitehall Appointed as Boston Breakers Assistant Coach
The news broke yesterday the standout defender Cat Whitehill will be the Breakers assistant coach for the 2014 NWSL season after a successful inaugural season where she led as team captain and started in all 22 games.
The Breakers have had their ups and downs and Whitehill has been through it all. She was appointed interim coach on Aug. 2 at the peak of the season when head coach Lisa Cole said goodbye and helped the Breakers finish with a 2-1-1 record in their final four games. Overall, the Breakers finished fifth in the league with 30 points.
“I am beyond thrilled to help the team, not only as a player, but now as an assistant coach,” Whitehill told NWSL. The Breakers organization is one of the best, and I am just grateful to be able to represent them. I am extremely excited to learn from Tom Durkin. He is one of the greatest soccer minds in the country, and I can’t wait to get better as a player and now learn how to be a great coach.”
Seattle Reign FC Gets Down to Business Signing New Players
Seattle Reign FC is working hard on their roster, executing trades and signing contracts in a whirlwind. On Friday they announced a four-player trade with Washington Spirit that involved two draft picks.
Defenders Alina Garciamendez, Nikki Marshall join Seattle Reign in exchange for forwards Renae Cuellar and Jodie Taylor, who join Washington Spirit.
“Garciamendez and Marshall are extremely talented defenders who could be great additions to our back line,” head coach Laura Harvey told NWSL. “We are hopeful we will have the opportunity to add Marshall and Garciamendez to our roster at some point in the future.”
Seattle Reign FC also announced on Thursday that midfielder Keelin Winters has signed a two-year contract with them for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The 24-year-old blossomed as a player and a leader when she was traded from the Chicago Red Stars in March 2013- the first trade in NWSL history. From there Winters captained Seattle Reign FC throughout the season, appearing in 21 games.
With Winters now added to the already stellar roster, the 2014 season is already shaping up to be an exciting one for Seattle Reign FC.
“We are thrilled to be able to keep Keelin in Seattle,” general manager and coach Laura Harvey told NWSL. “We made the deal with Chicago believing that this opportunity would arise, so we are quite pleased that it has come to fruition. With Keelin, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez, Steph Cox and Jess Fishlock now secured, we feel we are in an excellent position to see much improved results next season.”
Midfielder Mariah Nogueira was added on Wednesday as a result of a trade with the Boston Breakers. The California girl was a college standout, starting for Stanford all four years and finished her college career with 21 goals and 15 assists.
“I’m grateful for everything the Boston Breakers provided me in my first professional season and am excited for the new challenge and growth potential that Seattle offers,” Nogueira told NWSL. “I have confidence in and am honored to be able to work with Seattle Reign’s staff, players, and fans in building towards a successful season.”
Caitlin Foord Leaves Sky Blue FC for Australia- on Loan, of Course
Sky Blue FC announced Friday that defender Caitlin Foord will play for Sydney FC of the Australian W-League through a loan agreement that will end March 1, 2014.
The discovery player had previously played for Sydney FC since 2010, leaving only to play for Sky Blue FC for the inaugural NWSL season.
Nonetheless, it’s a fresh start for the Aussie, who has been off the pitch due to a foot injury she sustained in July.
“My rehab is going well,”Foord told NWSL. “I’m in the gym and have been able to start running, so it’s coming along well. I just can’t wait to get back out training with the girls, which is hopefully in the next few weeks.”