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W-League Week in Review: Teams settling in and competition heats up

By Kaeley McEvoy

Memorial Day weekend certainly brought out the best in W-League competition as teams from every conference competed fiercely to conclude the first month of competition in the 2011 season. Now entering its third week of play, the W-League is becoming extremely competitive as teams are beginning to find their legs and learn to work cohesively to enhance the level of play on every coast. (more…)

Christie Welsh, Demian Brown make first W-League appearances of season

By Kaeley McEvoy

Two new faces made their W-League debut this week – one player and one coach – both looking to make an immediate impact on their respective clubs. On the East Coast, former U.S. Women’s National Team player Christine Welsh joined the newly established D.C. United Women. Welsh, a WUSA and WPS veteran, joins United as both a player and an assistant coach. Welsh’s resume is overwhelmed with national team experience, international excellence, and collegiate glory. During her first full year with the national team in 2000, Welsh scored 11 goals in 15 games. Her college scoring record, as a Penn State Nittany Lion, is equally as impressive with 82 goals and 53 assists in her four-year career at Penn State. She was honored as the first ever four-time NSCAA All-American in the history of women’s collegiate soccer and by winning the M.A.C. Hermann Award during her junior year. (more…)

W-League Week in Review: Teams already racing toward playoffs

By Kaeley McEvoy

After the second weekend of W-League competition, each division of the league has begun its own competitive race towards the playoffs. After a sampling of games in its opening the weekend, the league finished the weekend of May 22 and
23 with more than 20 teams taking a progressive step towards or a small leap away from W-League glory. (more…)

W-League kicks off 17th season

By Kaeley McEvoy

This past weekend, the W-League, the pinnacle of the USL soccer pyramid, kicked off its 17th season of play. With the addition of six new teams, including the Virginia Beach Piranhas, Dayton Dutch Lyons, Fredericksburg Impact, D.C United, Victoria Highlanders, and L.A. Strikers, the league is looking more competitive than ever. The W-League offers fans a unique sense of the globalization of soccer because its players stem from almost every level of elite soccer across the globe. (more…)

Irish international Julie-Ann Russell talks about joining new W-League team LA Strikers

The LA Strikers will make their W-League debut this season, and Monday the team signed four international players – Alisha Foote (Brisbane Roar of Australia’s W-League), Katie Tarrant (England – Chelsea), and two Irish internationals – Cherelle Khassal (Arsenal) and Julie-Ann Russell, formerly of the Irish club Salthill Devon. Russell talked to Our Game Magazine Tuesday about coming to America to play soccer for the first time. (more…)

Sydney Leroux joins Vancouver Whitecaps

The W-League season kicks off in just five weeks, and teams continue to stack their rosters. Friday, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of UCLA forward Sydney Leroux. The 20-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada led the UCLA Bruins in scoring this season as a junior with 13 goals and 27 points. A member of the 2008 U.S. Women’s National Team that won the 2008 U-20 World Cup, Leroux recently earned her first cap with the full national squad. She debuted at the Four Nations Tournament in January in China. This is Leroux’s second stint with the Whitecaps. She previously was a member of the Whitecaps as a 15-year-old. (more…)