With national team call-ups throughout the league, all eight NWSL clubs have been impacted primarily due to Canada and the United States being involved in friendlies over the course of the next week.
The Breakers will be missing defender Rhian Wilkinson, midfielder Heather O’Reilly and forwards Sydney Leroux and Adriana Leon due to national team duty. The Breakers signed Alyssa Naeher on June 1. Naeher played for the Breakers from 2010-2011 before spending the last two seasons in Germany where she played for FFC Turbine Potsdam.
The Breakers have also called up midfielders Shawna Gordon (Long Beach State University), Kate Russell, Monique LaMotte (University of New Hampshire) and defender Jenny LaPonte. Russell and LaPonte were both rostered for the June 1 matchup with Sky Blue FC that also featured midfielder Maddy Evans.
Chicago Red Stars:
The Red Stars will be without Canadians Erin McCleod and defender Carmelina Moscato as well as forward Zakiya Bywaters who suffered an MCL strain against the Portland Thorns on June 1. The Red Stars have signed forward Jen Hoy, who was the team’s fourth round draft pick in the 2013 College Draft. Hoy has been finishing up academic work at Princeton University.
These moves are just the latest for a Red Stars side that saw the arrival of Germans Sonja Fuss and Inka Grings at the end of May, both of whom have made an immediate impact for the Red Stars. Chicago lost Lauren Fowlkes at the end of May as she announced that she would be leaving the team immediately to attend the Physician Assistant program at Northwestern University.
With McCleod absent, the Red Stars called up goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire to back up rookie Taylor Vancil.
FC Kansas City:
The Blues are the team most impacted in sheer numbers by the national team call-ups this weekend, missing six starters in Nicole Barnhart, Lauren Cheney, Kristie Mewis, Becky Sauerbrunn, Desiree Scott and Lauren Sesselmann.
FC Kansas City plays twice this week in a home-and-home series with the Chicago Red Stars tonight and Sunday afternoon. They have called up three players to the active roster in forward Jaime French, defender Natalie Norris and midfielder Missy Geha. Geha is a familiar voice for FC Kansas City livestream viewers as one of the color commentators for home matches.
The Blues may be without leading goal scorer Renae Cuellar after the Mexican international suffered an ankle sprain last Thursday night in Portland.
Portland Thorns FC:
The Thorns will only be without Rachel Beuhler, Karina LeBlanc, Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair for a June 16 rematch with the Seattle Reign. The previous match between these two teams ended with a controversial penalty kick that gave the Thorns a narrow 1-0 victory.
Currently, the Thorns have the same three amateur call-ups listed on their roster in defender Carlie Davis, midfielder Amanda Dutra and goalkeeper Cris Lewis. Lewis started and saw her first NWSL action in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars on June 1.
Seattle Reign FC:
The Reign will be without Emily Zurrer and Kaylyn Kyle as well as Hope Solo and Jessica Fishlock for their June 16 matchup with the Portland Thorns. While the Reign have yet to officially name any call-ups for this weekend’s matchups, four players have appeared on their NWSL team page. Caitlin Allen, Macy Jo Harrison, Joana Houplin and Bree Rowe potentially could be called upon to fill roster spots.
The Reign have gotten some good news in the way of Kate Deines returning to the field after missing almost four weeks with an ankle injury.
Sky Blue FC:
The league leaders will be missing all three of their US internationals in Jillian Loyden, Kelley O’Hara and Christie Rampone as well as Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt. Thus far, Sky Blue has both Rachel Breton and Danielle Schulmann on the roster and have added Meagan Snell. Breton and Schulmann were both on the bench for the 5-1 win over Boston on June 1. Snell spent time with Sky Blue during WPS.
The Spirit have had a busy two weeks signing Mexican international Lupita Worbis, defender Toni Pressley and German forward Conny Pohlers. Worbis was finishing up school in Mexico .
Pressley just finished up her season in Russia for Ryazan VDV. She will join a backline that is depleted by the losses of Ali Krieger and Robyn Gayle on national team duty. The Spirit will also be missing midfielder Diana Matheson.
Pohlers joins the Spirit on loan from Vlf Wolfsburg after leading the German club to its first UEFA Champions League title in addition to winning the Bundesliga and German Cup. Pohlers played with current Spirit defender Ali Krieger with FFC Frankfurt in 2008.
All three players could be available for Saturday’s match against the Western New York Flash.
Danielle Hubka now appears on the Spirit’s NWSL team page but the club has not announced if she will be suiting up for this weekend’s contest.
**Note: The Spirit will have to waive OR trade a player currently under contract to get their roster size back down to 20 players.
Western New York Flash:
The Flash announced earlier this week that they have released Kim Yokers due to medical reasons. In addition, the Flash will be missing United States internationals Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd as well as Australian forward Samantha Kerr. The Flash have added forward Ashley Grove to the roster ahead of Saturday’s match with the Washington Spirit.
Grove was the fifth round pick in the Supplemental draft in February.