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W-League's World Cup Impact
Over 60 World Cup Players will have W-League experience

USL Feature

Friday, June 17, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. - In nine days the soccer world will once again affix its gaze upon Germany, as the country is set to host another World Cup, the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Germany, the two-time defending World Cup champion, will open the tournament on its first day against a North American power Canada.

Women’s soccer superstars such as Abby Wambach, Tobin Heath, Ali Riley, Kelly Smith, Christine Sinclair, Formiga, and Aivi Luik will all have something in common when they take to the pitch in Germany this month. All of these players have played in USL’s W-League. In fact, more than 60 players in this year’s Women’s World Cup have W-League experience.

Canada is in front of the pack carrying the W-League torch this summer with 20 players on its squad who have honed their game in the W-League, including 10 players on current W-Leaguer rosters. Traditional W-League powerhouses Vancouver Whitecaps and Ottawa Fury will be well represented, as their talent looks to boost Canada to a first World Cup crown.

Of those current W-League players, standouts such Vancouver’s Melissa Tancredi and Kaylyn Kyle will be back with the Whitecaps after the World Cup, looking to take their club side back to the W-League Championship game.

Ottawa’s Christina Julien and Marie-Eve Nault leave the Fury in first place and hope their side can continue their strong start to the season in their absence.

The United States ranks second in W-League experience with 15 U.S. stars having lined up in USL’s top women’s league. Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn have a good deal of W-League experience, having lined up for four and three W-League teams respectively. Young starlet Alex Morgan played in the W-League last season for perennial powerhouse Pali Blues.

Mexico famously stunned the United States in World Cup Qualification, forcing the Yanks to qualify via playoff, and now El Tri are hoping to make a similar impact in Germany. The Mexican side is packed with a balance of young talent and veterans. Some of those veterans such as Maribel Domínguez and Veronica Perez have spent time in the W-League. In total, eight Mexicans have W-League experience.

In many circles, a dark horse pick for the World Cup this season is England and the talented core of the Three Lions has a host of W-League experience. Eight England stars including Kelly Smith, Faye White, and Rachel Yankey all played in the W-League.

Other countries with W-League experience include New Zealand (4), Australia (2), Colombia (2), Japan (2), Brazil (1), and Norway (1).

W-League in the 2011 Women’s World Cup

Country

Player

W-League Team(s)

Australia

Collette McCallum

Pali Blues

Australia

Aivi Luik

FC Indiana

Brazil

Formiga

NJ Wildcats, Jersey Sky Blue

Canada

Emily Zurrer

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Karina LeBlanc

NJ Wildcats, Montreal Xtreme

Canada

Carmelina Moscato

Vancouver Whitecaps, Ottawa Fury

Canada

Robyn Gayle

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Kaylyn Kyle

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Rhian Wilkinson

Ottawa Fury, Western Mass Pioneers

Canada

Candace Chapman

Atlanta Silverbacks, Toronto Inferno

Canada

Christina Julien

Ottawa Fury

Canada

Christine Sinclair

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Desiree Scott

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Sophie Schmidt

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Melissa Tancredi

Vancouver Whitecaps, Atlanta Silverbacks, Detroit Jaguars

Canada

Chelsea Stewart

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Jonelle Foligno

Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto Lady Lynx

Canada

Brittany Timko

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Erin McLeod

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Jodi-Ann Robinson

Vancouver Whitecaps

Canada

Marie-Eve Nault

Ottawa Fury

Canada

Kelly Parker

Ottawa Fury, FC Indiana, Buffalo Flash

Canada

Diana Matheson

Ottawa Fury, Toronto Lady Lynx

Colombia

Nataly Arias

Northern Virginia Majestics

Colombia

Daniela Molina

Colorado Force

England

Faye White

Ottawa Fury

England

Rachel Unitt

New Jersey Wildcats

England

Dunia Susi

Richmond Kickers Destiny

England

Siobhan Chamberlain

Vancouver Whitecaps

England

Karen Bardsley

Pali Blues

England

Kelly Smith

New Jersey Wildcats, New Jersey Lady Stallions

England

Rachel Yankey

New Jersey Wildcats, Laval Dynamite

England

Laura Bassett

New York Magic

Japan

Mizuho Sakaguchi

FC Indiana

Japan

Homare Sawa

Denver Diamonds

Mexico

Maribel Domínguez

Kansas City Mystics

Mexico

Veronica Perez

Seattle Sounders

Mexico

Monica Ocampo

FC Indiana

Mexico

Rosario Saucedo

Arizona Heatwave

Mexico

Pamela Tajonar

Buffalo Flash, Arizona Heatwave

Mexico

Marlene Sandoval

LA Legends

Mexico

Rosario Saucedo

Arizona Heatwave

Mexico

Evelyn López

Arizona Heatwave

Mexico

Mónica Ocampo

FC Indiana

New Zealand

Ali Riley

Pali Blues

New Zealand

Ria Percival

Ottawa Fury

New Zealand

Amber Hearn

Ottawa Fury

New Zealand

Hayley Moorwood

Ottawa Fury

Norway

Lisa-Marie Woods

FC Indiana

USA

Heather Mitts

Central Florida Krush, Tampa Bay Extreme

USA

Christie Rampone

New Jersey Lady Stallions, Central Jersey Splash

USA

Becky Sauerbrunn

Richmond Kickers Destiny, Wash. Freedom, Boston Renegades

USA

Amy LePeilbet

Chicago Cobras, Arizona Heatwave, Pali Blues

USA

Shannon Boxx

Boston Renegades

USA

Heather O’Reilly

New Jersey Wildcats

USA

Carli Lloyd

Central Jersey Splash, New Brunswick Power, South Jersey Banshees, New Jersey Wildcats

USA

Ali Krieger

Northern Virginia Majestics, Washington Freedom

USA

Lauren Cheney

Pali Blues

USA

Alex Morgan

Pali Blues

USA

Lori Lindsey

Indiana Blaze, Washington Freedom

USA

Tobin Heath

Pali Blues

USA

Abby Wambach

Rochester Ravens

USA

Jillian Loyden

Jersey Sky Blue

USA

Lindsay Tarpley

New Jersey Wildcats


 

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