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.