Chicago Red Stars defender Natalie Spilger, who was on hand to receive the league’s Sportswoman of the Year Award, indicated that the union isn’t asking for much, just that the league not make unilateral changes that impact players negatively.
“One of the big issues this year was extending the season without additional pay,” said Spilger. “That extension goes into the actual fall time period, so a lot of players who haven’t graduated aren’t able to go back to school. Players who relied on income from coaching college seasons weren’t able to get it because it was announced really late. No one wants to see anyone upset, and I think having the union is one way to do what’s best for all parties involved.”
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“Harris has unique qualities that set her apart from other goalkeepers in the USWNT moments. Her pure shot-stopping abilities are a sight to behold. She aggressively dominates her area and casts an unyielding presence. Much like Solo and Karen Bardsley, Harris has the ability to pull gutsy, game-turning, laws-of-physics-defying saves. That isn’t exactly a needed requisite for a top goalkeeper but it inspires confidence in a back line and intimidation in an opponent’s hearts.”—Ashlyn Harris, the USWNT’s Next #1 Goalkeeper? « All White Kit
“Arsenal LFC have signed versatile England player Stephanie Houghton and promising 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Nobbs ahead of entering the UEFA Women’s Champions League next month.”—Houghton and Nobbs join Arsenal on UEFA.COM
“Olympique Lyonnais might just be the best women’s club team not located in either the Bay Area or in Germany. Forget Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, or Bayern Munich – Olympique Lyon is the most successful men’s club team in the world that has pledged the most amount of support towards its equally-successful women’s team. That should be applauded. (Sorry Gooners, Arsenal’s lack of trophies in the past five years leaves Arsene Wenger’s team out of the conversation).”—Camille Abily Is Returning To France And You Absolutely Can’t Blame Her
“Holders 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam have been handed a round of 32 tie with Åland United while Olympique Lyonnais face AZ Alkmaar after the draw for the first two knockout stages was made.”—Potsdam face Finnish encounter on UEFA.COM
Don’t worry, I’m well aware that the Women’s World Cup isn’t until 2011. But because the World Cup is all about acceptance and perspective, I thought I would share with you a truly special player. I know some of you may be thinking, “I bet that every guy representing…