USWNT Updates and Some Real Old Stuff, Too

I was glad to see, yesterday, that Christie Welsh has been invited to camp.  Pia is clearly checking things out pretty thoroughly.  Good for her … and I’d love to see Christie gain some traction with the Nats!  

Meanwhile Lorrie Fair is off to play soccer in England.  Never exactly my favorite (too many give-aways in the midfield IMVVHO), she always seemed a hard worker and someone who could step into a number of positions and hold her own.  I definitely wish her well in this new phase of her career (but find it a little weird to see her referred to as an “icon” in the article).  Marketing, I guess.

 And compliments of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), here’s an intro (by Karyn Lush) to the goalkeepers and defenders at Pia’s Camp.  If you want more from Karyn, here’s her piece about the 1991 USWNT.  This is really wonderful stuff – a glimpse at the roots of it all … the early days that, transmogrified by passion, hard work, and political acumen, ended in the 1999 Rose Bowl … and then kept going toward the WUSA, and now WPS.

And here’s a nice interview with Shannon Box.  She’s a great first interview for this WPS series, as her story is such a clear testament to the positive impact of the WUSA.  And finally, noodling around various sites on a sleety New Hampshire Friday night, I discovered that there’s a YouTube Channel for the Women’s Professional League!

Last, and unfortunately also least, I see that Greg Ryan has found a new job … coaching … hmmmm.  I suppose I should wish him well, but I’m still having a hard time swallowing the way he never owned his errors of judgment and, instead, seemed very content to let his players take the heat. 

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6 Responses to USWNT Updates and Some Real Old Stuff, Too

  1. JordanCornblog says:

    Interesting observation. So I guess you could say this back-and-forth right here is basically from one icon to another?


  2. Ski says:

    I believe “icon” in the context of Lorrie Fair means that she is/was cute. Marketing indeed.


  3. Ah … I was afraid you’d ask! I felt like I was on slightly shaky ground with that … so actually looked it up before using it. Here’s the skinny:

    transmogrify – change completely the nature or appearance of; “In Kafka’s story, a person transmogrifies into a bug”; “The treatment and diet transmogrified her into a beautiful young woman”; “Jesus was transmogrified after his resurrection”

    Guess it’s one of those religion major words! I try to use it no more than once a month (except during the holidays, of course).

    Hey – are you rooting for the Giants? Avoiding the whole thing?


  4. CB says:

    What does transmogrified mean?


  5. JordanCornblog says:

    Yo, PaulaLR … You’ll be up to speed in no time! If you want an inspiring primer, I’d highly recommend the history piece by Karyn Lush (about the 1991 National Team and their first World Cup in China). I knew nothing about the USWNT ’til the ’99 Cup and have been hooked ever since. They had the savvy and consciousness to hook up with Billie Jean King back in the day … recognizing that their successes owed something to the work of women-past … and could contribute something to the future of girls and women. So yeah … a good post-Superbowl project for sure!


  6. PaulaLR says:

    Good morning. Alas I read your latest post and really have no idea what you are talking about! Could it be that there is a sport that I really know nothing about?? Now that football is nearing its last event:( what will I do with my sunday afternoons?? Perhaps start delving into the world of womens soccer so that I can tell what the heck you are talking about!:)


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