NWSL: Mallory Pugh goes from UCLA to Washington Spirit

U.S. women’s national team forward Mallory Pugh’s UCLA career ended before it officially started.

Wednesday,  Pugh, 19, was officially introduced as a member of the Washington Spirit. She enrolled at UCLA last winter; participated in the spring games and was set to begin her freshman season next fall. Pugh made her international debut last January.

Here is today’s press conference.

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Southern California college players eligible for NWSL Draft

The National Women’s Soccer League released a preliminary list of players eligible for selection in next week’s draft.

The draft will take place Jan. 12 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Los Angeles at noon. There will be four rounds.

Of the 148 names, 14 had Southern California ties:

Jacqueline Altschuld (Woodland Hills) University of San Diego, Defender/Midfield/Forward

Rylee Baisden (Yorba Linda) Pepperdine, Forward/Midfield/Defender

Maddie Bauer (Newport Beach) Stanford, Defender

Jordan Jesolva (La Mirada) Santa Clara, Forward/Midfield

Katie Johnson (Monrovia) USC, Forward

Kaitlyn Johnson (Los Angeles) Washington St., Forward/Midfield

Savannah Levin (Newport Coast) USC, Defender/Midfield/Forward

Kayla Mills (West Covina) USC, Forward/Midfield/Defender

Amber Munerlyn (Corona) UCLA, Forward

Ifeoma Onumono (Rancho Cucamonga) Cal, Midfield/Forward

Samantha Prudhomme (Aliso Viejo) USC, GK

Hannah Seabert (Riverside) Pepperdine, GK/Forward

Arielle Ship (Westlake Village) Cal, Forward/Midfield

Sarah Teegarden (Monrovia) Wake Forest, Midfield

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U.S. U-23 Women’s National team opens camp Friday

With the senior team opening camp later this month, the U-23 U.S. Women’s National team will get underway Friday at StubHub Center.

The roster is a mixture of top players from the U.S. Youth National Teams, elite college players and four NWSL players.ussoccerlogo

The camp runs from Friday to Jan. 13.

Among the invitees is Ashley Sanchez (Monrovia). Sanchez played in both the U-17 and U-20 World Cups last year.

Here is the complete roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside, Fla.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Madalyn Schiffel (Seattle Reign FC; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Hannah Seabert (Pepperdine; Riverside, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mandy Freeman (USC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Tavia Leachman (Utah; Long Beach, Calif.), Kayla Mills (USC; West Covina, Calif.), Sydney Miramontez (Nebraska; Lenexa, Kan.), Gabrielle Seiler (Florida; Peachtree City, Ga.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.), Samantha Witteman (Orlando Pride; Redondo Beach, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Andrews (USC; Milford, N.H.), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.), Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Megan Dougherty Howard (Florida; Largo, Fla.), Tyler Lussi (Princeton; Lutherville, Md.), Ifeoma Onumino (California; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Toni Payne (Duke; Birmingham, Ala.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Morgan Proffitt (Marquette; Columbus, Ind.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

FORWARDS (7): Makenzy Doniak (Western New York Flash; Chino Hills, Calif.), Danica Evans (Colorado; Lakewood, Colo.), Ashley Hatch (BYU; Gilbert, Ariz.), Sarah Luebbert (Missouri; Jefferson City, Mo.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Hailey Skolmoski (Utah; Riverton, Utah), Crystal Thomas (Georgetown; Elgin, Ill.)


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U.S. Women’s National Team camp opens this month

Even without a new collective bargaining agreement, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team will open winter camp, Jan. 13 at StubHub Center.

In the release, the U.S. Soccer stated: The U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Soccer will continue to operate under the Collective Bargaining Agreement in its current form as negotiations continue into the new year.

The camp will run from Jan. 13-23.

Former Santa Margarita HS star Amy Rodriguez is one of the 29 players being called in. Rodriguez took last year off for the birth of her second child.

Alex Morgan, who recently signed with Olympique Lyon, will only be available from Jan. 16-24 during the official FIFA international window.

As of now, there aren’t any friendlies scheduled. However, the U.S. will compete in the SheBelieves Cup

Here is the complete list of players:

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
Jane Campbell (Stanford), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (11): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Christina Gibbons (Duke), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Taylor Smith (Western New York Flash)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC, ENG), Jessica McDonald (Western New York Flash), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)


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2017 soccer calendar kicks off with busy Southern California January

2017 has arrived and we’re just a couple of months away from another Major League Soccer season.

The month of January will be extremely busy around Southern California with various soccer events. Here is a look:

Jan. 8-12 – MLS Player Combine; StubHub Center

Jan. 10 – U.S. men’s national team opens – StubHub Center

Jan. 12 – NWSL Draft – NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles

Jan. 13 – MLS SuperDraft –  NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles


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NWSL: UCLA women’s soccer will be well-represented in final

The NWSL final is set for Sunday between the Western New York Flash and the Washington Spirit (2 p.m.; Fox Sports 1) and the UCLA women’s soccer program will be heavily represented.

There will be seven former UCLA players in the match.

Five of the seven are with Western New York. Defender Abby Dahlkemper, midfielder Sam Mewis and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland (all three played at UCLA from 2011-14), forward Taylor Smith  (2012-15) and midfielder McCall Zerboni (2005-08).

Defenders Caprice Dydasco and Megan Oyster, who also played at UCLA from 2011-14 are on the Washington Spirit.

Six of the seven were on UCLA’s 2013 NCAA championship team. Zerboni played in the NCAA College Cup in each of her four years at UCLA.


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