Soccer, and That's All – Almost

As the Senate gets ready to vote on a new bill to stave off economic disaster, and Sarah prepares (feverishly) to debate, and George Will joins the ranks of those who see her as unqualified to serve … and some (unfortunately) find themselves feeling sorry for the lipsticked pitbull … my thoughts turn (feverishly) to soccer!

Here, from BigSoccer, is a very helpful overview of USWNT players allocated (and internationals picked) for the WPS teams slated to start playing this coming spring.  What do you think?  (And most importantly, with the next draft on October 6, what/who do the Breakers need to add to their already-strong base?)

Bay Area – Albertin Montoya
Nicole Barnhart – Goalkeeper
Rachel Buehler -Defender
Leslie Osborne – Midfielder
Formiga (Brazil) – Midfielder
Christine Sinclair (Canada) -Forward
Eriko Arakawa (Japan) -Forward
Erika (Brazil) -Defender

Boston Breakers – Tony DiCicco
Angela Hucles – Midfielder
Kristine Lilly – Midfielder/Forward
Heather Mitts -Defender
Kelly Smith (England) – Forward
Fabiana (Brazil) – Forward
Maycon (Brazil) – Midfielder
Shinobu Ohno (Japan) -Forward

Chicago Red Stars – Emma Hayes
Carli Lloyd – Midfielder
Kate Markgraf – Defender
Lindsay Tarpley – Forward
Cristiane (Brazil) – Forward
Heather Garriock (Australia) – Midfielder
Karen Carney (England) – Forward
Caroline Jonsson (Sweden) – Goalkeeper

Los Angeles – Abner Rogers
Shannon Boxx – Midfielder
Stephanie Cox – Defender/Midfielder
Aly Wagner – Midfielder
Marta (Brazil) – Forward
Aya Miyama (Japan) – Midfielder
Han Duan (China) – Forward
Margret Lara Vidarsdottir (Iceland) – Forward

Sky Blue FC – Ian Sawyers
Natasha Kai – Forward
Heather O’Reilly – Forward
Christie Rampone – Defender
Kelly Parker (Canada) – Midfielder
Sarah Walsh (Australia) – Forward
Rosana (Brazil)- Midfielder
Ester (Brazil) – Midfielder

St. Louis – Jeff Cooper
Lori Chalupny – Midfielder
Tina Ellertson – Defender
Hope Solo – Goalkeeper
Daniela Alves (Brazil) – Midfielder
Renata Costa (Brazil)- Defender
Lotta Schelin (Sweden) – Forward
Melissa Tancredi (Canada) – Forward

Washington Freedom – Jim Gabarra
Ali Krieger – Midfielder/Defender
Abby Wambach – Forward
Cat Whitehill – Defender
Homare Sawa (Japan) – Midfielder
Sonia Bompastor (France) – Defender
Lisa De Vanna (Australia) – Forward
Louisa Nécib (France) – Midfielder

Oh – and here’s an interesting article I came upon yesterday – about what Michelle Akers is up to these days – along with a link to her horse rescue website.

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