Flynn’s Draft Preview: Goalkeepers

With just four days remaining until the 2012 WPS Draft in Kansas City on Friday, teams are putting the final touches on their draft lists and depth charts. There are hundreds of eligible players to choose from. While the 5 WPS teams have been tirelessly gathering intel on the players with their insider knowledge and scouting networks, the common fan isn’t going to put in that much work. That’s where I come in. This is the first in a four-part series leading up to Draft Day 2012 detailing some of the likely players to get drafted, their backgrounds, and their accolades.


This is by far the shallowest position in the 2012 Class. However, with just 5 WPS teams, openings are going to be very few and far between for roster spots. In speaking with multiple WPS coaches, they had similar sentiments.

“The goalkeeper spot is even more difficult because not only do you have starters from past seasons, but you also have backups who are also invested and now it’s time for them to try to get in a position where they’re going to get games. I think [there are] 2 to 4 keepers who, depending on whether you carry 2 or 3 goalkeepers, will make rosters and they’ll do like those that came before them.” – Coach A

“I think keepers [are] thin just because [there are] so many good quality keepers already within WPS, now it’s only one spot or a couple of spots that you’re able to fill.” – Coach B


Bianca Henninger – Santa Clara
USWNT U-23 (& U-20, U-17, etc.) experience
2-Time NSCAA All-American

Analysis: A phenomenal youth career highlighted with National Team experience at a variety of different age levels, Henninger has the potential to be the next goalkeeping stalwart for the Senior National Team. A sure-fire first round selection, Henninger will look to challenge for a starting spot immediately. Only downside is height, but it’s made up by her shot-stopping ability and leadership from the back.

Jillian Mastroianni – Boston College
USWNT U-23 (& U-17, U-16) experience
2nd in NCAA history with 44 shutouts

Analysis: A great goalkeeper for a great team, Mastroianni projects to be a 2nd or 3rd round selection. A bit taller than Henninger, Mastoianni should be able to find a home as a backup at best, 3rd string keeper at worst.

Natalie Kulla – Marquette
USWNT U-23 experience
2010 & 2011 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year

Analysis: A very intriguing prospect, Kulla has the tools necessary to succeed at the highest level. While not as polished as her 2012 draft counterparts Henninger and Mastoianni, Kulla could outshine them all if given time. She’d have to be drafted by a team who is willing to groom and develop her for the future.

Chantel Jones – Virginia
USWNT U-23 (& U-20, U-17, etc) experience
1st in NCAA history with 47 shutouts

Analysis: Like Henninger, hugely experienced with the US Youth National Teams. Steady through her whole career at UV— which was interrupted by the U-20 World Cup— it would be a shame if Jones couldn’t find a roster to stick on.

Elise Kuhar-Pitters – Memphis
No USWNT experience
NSCAA All-American

Analysis: Probably a long-shot to stick with a WPS roster, Kuhar-Pitters played like a woman possessed in 2011. Recorded 15 shutouts for the Tigers while compiling a 22-1-1 record over the season. A late draft pick at best, but could surprise in team camps if given a shot.

WPS Releases 2012 Draft Mechanics

SAN FRANCISCO (January 5, 2012) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) released today the mechanics that will govern the 2012 WPS Draft, set to take place 1pm CT on Friday, January 13th during the 2011 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

The draft will give WPS’ 2012 field of teams the opportunity to infuse their rosters with top new talent from the collegiate ranks. The fourth installment of the League’s annual draft will consist of four rounds for a total of 23 selections made by the five WPS teams: Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, Philadelphia Independence, Sky Blue FC and Western New York Flash. Draft order has been determined by reverse order of the 2011 regular season standings, and includes any previously completed trades between teams for draft picks.

In rounds one and two, teams will have three minutes to make a selection or trade and will be allotted five minutes per selection in rounds three and four. Each team is entitled to one five-minute time out during each round for further evaluation, rule clarification or to complete a trade.

The three previous No. 1 selections include Amy Rodriguez in 2009 out of University of Southern California, Tobin Heath in 2010 from the University of North Carolina and Alex Morgan in 2011 out of University of California, Berkeley. Other standout players entering the league through the draft include Megan Rapinoe (2009, University of Portland), 2010 WPS Rookie of the Year Ali Riley (2010, Stanford University), 2011 WPS Defender of the Year Whitney Engen (2010, University of North Carolina), Sinead Farrelly (2011, University of Virginia) and 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner and 2011 WPS Rookie of the Year Christen Press (2011, Stanford University).

All players interested in playing in WPS must declare their eligibility for the 2012 season and WPS Draft by registering with the league on or before Monday, January 9.

The draft room is closed to the public, however, WPS fans around the country will have the chance to follow their favorite team’s selections in real time on twitter and via a live league webcast from the draft room in Kansas City, on Registered participants of the NSCAA convention interested in viewing the draft can catch the live webcast at the NSCAA booth inside the Kansas City Convention Hall (Booth 202).

2012 WPS Draft Order (subject to change via trades)

Round 1
1. Atlanta Beat
2. Sky Blue FC
3. Boston Breakers
4. Atlanta Beat *via trade
5. Philadelphia Independence
6.Western New York Flash
7. Western New York Flash *via trade

Round 2
8. Western New York Flash *via trade
9. Sky Blue FC
10. Sky Blue FC *via trade
11. Boston Breakers *via trade
12. Philadelphia Independence
13. Philadelphia Independence *via trade

Round 3
14. Philadelphia Independence *via trade
15. Sky Blue FC
16. Boston Breakers
17. Philadelphia Independence
18. Western New York Flash

Round 4
19. Sky Blue FC
20. Boston Breakers
21. Philadelphia Independence
22. Western New York Flash
23. Atlanta Beat *via trade

Lauletta’s League Lowdown: Injuries and Iceland

When she departed for Iceland, Makoski set herself a definitive goal of returning to play in WPS in 2012. Inking a deal with the league champion Flash fulfills that goal.
— Dan Lauletta

Things were looking up for Manya Makoski in January 2010. She was in Philadelphia modeling the new away jerseys for the Los Angeles Sol. Earlier in the day the club had enjoyed a productive draft and was set to head into the season favored to defend its regular season championship. Makoski never would have guessed that her next competitive match that counted would be played in Iceland.

“Everything seemed right,” she recalled recently. “I was excited to go back to the team again. We had most of the girls back and we had our staff back. We were all very excited about that. It was a few weeks after that we found out what was going on.”

Makoski was lucky enough to get selected by the Atlanta Beat in the dispersal draft, but then a training camp injury left her knee and her season in ruins.

“It was the fourth day of pre-season with the Beat in a scrimmage against Kennesaw State. You never think that will happen to you but once it happened it was like ‘Yup, I did it.’ There is nothing anyone can say to you that will make it better. It’s one of those things where it happens and you handle it the best you can and you put 100% into your rehab.”

Makoski could have elected to rehab the injury without surgery and possibly return for the end of 2010. In the end she elected to go with surgery, putting long-term health over the possibility of getting in a few games at season’s end.

“I didn’t want to rush coming back. It wasn’t really worth coming back for one or two games at the end of the season. In talking to the doctors and the coaching staff and my trainer, it was the right decision to just have the surgery and follow everything the way it was supposed to be. You see a lot of players that are so anxious to come back because they want to play. I wanted to be smart about my career and think about the future. I have many more years ahead of me and I didn’t want to mess that up.”

Yet instead of landing a job back in WPS in 2011, Makoski caught on with Thor/KA in Iceland.

“I wanted to use that season as a confidence builder and to get my game back to 100 percent,” said Makoski, who promptly netted a hat trick in her first league match.

When she departed for Iceland, Makoski set herself a definitive goal of returning to play in WPS in 2012. Inking a deal with the league champion Flash fulfills that goal. In doing so she took advantage of what was a shaky market during the temporary stalemate between the league and US Soccer.

“I had the opportunity to sign and I just went with it,” she said, adding that chats with several players and coach Aaran Lines helped seal the deal. “It’s exactly where I wanted to go. It was a perfect fit for me.”

Makoski played forward in Iceland but has her eye on returning to the more familiar role of outside back once the season gets going in upstate New York. And there could be an opening in the starting 11 with Rebecca Moros having departed for the Beat.

“It’s going to be a challenging environment for me,” Makoski said.

As for her time in Iceland, Makoski has fond memories of what is known by those who have been there as one of the world’s most visually appealing lands.

“Iceland is probably the most gorgeous country I have visited. Everything is very natural, very pure, beautiful. The mountains, water, and farms all over the place. Living in a foreign country is always going to be difficult but overall it was a good experience. I loved being there.”

And about that surgically repaired knee?

“It’s 100%. It feels great.”

Lauletta’s League Lowdown: Moving Forward

WPS will indeed live to see a fourth season and likely many more than that, but the road to 2012 has been paved with bumps.
— Dan Lauletta

When Women’s Professional Soccer launched in 2009 one of the main watermarks was whether the league could thrive beyond the three seasons afforded WUSA, which closed its doors after playing between 2001 and 2003. WPS will indeed live to see a fourth season and likely many more than that, but the road to 2012 has been paved with bumps. Last week though, the league and US Soccer signed off on an agreement that will see the league sanctioned with five teams for next season with promises for more in the years to come.

“Every year each of the pro leagues are required to submit a formal annual report that essentially outlines how we meet the standards of US Soccer,” Melanie Fitzgerald, WPS Manager of League Operations, explained. “So we were re-applying for Division I sanctioning.”

This time around, after WPS terminated magicJack and left itself with five teams, US Soccer balked at sanctioning, and laid down some demands for the league to meet. In the end the 2012 season was allowed to proceed with five teams. Fitzgerald did not speak on any specifics of the arrangement, but WPS will be required to add a sixth team for 2013 and at least eight by 2014.

“We didn’t feel it was appropriate to rush the process,” Fitzgerald said of adding a sixth team for 2013. The Western New York Flash were an active soccer club when they joined up late in the game ahead of 2011. The league is hoping to be able to make an expansion announcement during the first half of 2012, although Fitzgerald stopped short of making that a firm goal.

“We’re looking forward to moving forward and adding and announcing new markets,” she said. “That’s exciting for fans.”

The league is not divulging information on specific expansion candidates, but cities everywhere from Long Island to Vancouver have been mentioned as potential homes for WPS franchises. Even Detroit was mentioned a few years ago when the new owners of the Silverdome vowed to transform the building and host men’s and women’s soccer teams.

On expansion back to the west Fitzgerald repeated what the league has said since losing both California teams: “It’s important for us to reclaim a West Coast presence so West Coast will be a priority for us in terms of expansion.”

For now the focus will turn towards 2012 and what is sure to be a highly competitive season as the reduction to five teams will make jobs that much more difficult to come by. Home openers are expected to be announced close to the draft next month and the full schedule will be ready for February.

As for player signings, Fitzgerald expects the news will start rolling in rapidly.

“At this point the players are prepared to make decisions and to start signing contracts,” she said. “I know a lot of players have already made verbal decisions with teams so we’re waiting paperwork to get submitted and finalized. Teams are definitely moving forward.”

US National Team players—many of whom are free agents—are expected to sign and play more than half of the 2012 season. The rest will be spent preparing for and playing in the Olympic Games. A year ago the World Cup robbed WPS teams of key players, but the epic tournament created unprecedented buzz for professional women’s soccer in the US and the league finished the season with a flourish.

Fitzgerald acknowledges the Olympics are different, but still holds high hopes for a similar impact next summer.

“It is a different event than the World Cup,” she said. “But I think when you look at the Olympics four years ago and the Olympics today, the awareness of women’s soccer has definitely risen. I would anticipate that more people will be paying attention. I trust that we’ll have a successful Olympics and we’ll be able to celebrate that.”

The schedule is far from final, but a break during all or part of the Olympics is anticipated.

“The exciting thing is we’re moving into year four,” Fitzgerald said. “I think there was a big cloud over women’s soccer that, would we make it into year four or be similar to WUSA? We are making it to year four. This is just another hurdle that we’ve crossed.”

WPS to Host 2012 Draft in Kansas City

Fourth Annual WPS Draft to be Held in Conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 21, 2011) – Women’s Professional Soccer officially announced today that the League’s 2012 Draft has been scheduled at 1pm CT on Friday, January 13. The draft will again be held during the 2012 NSCAA Convention which will take place in Kansas City, MO.

Previous installments of the League’s annual draft have brought rising talent to WPS including No. 1 selections Amy Rodriguez in 2009, Tobin Heath in 2010, and Alex Morgan in 2011.

WPS fans around the country will once again have the opportunity to follow their favorite team’s selections via a live league webcast from inside the draft room on Experienced Soccer Broadcasters Dean Linke and Kyndra de St. Aubin have been selected to host the WPS Draft webcast, and will be on hand to provide in-depth coverage, expert analysis, interviews and more, all live from the draft room.

Dean LinkeA familiar face and voice to WPS fans, Dean Linke has regularly filled in as the play-by-play announcer on FOX Soccer’s WPS Sunday Game of the Week throughout the League’s first three seasons. In addition to WPS, Linke lends his broadcasting and soccer expertise as the voice of the NSCAA Men’s and Women’s College Game of the Week on Fox Soccer and the Big Ten Network. Linke has also called Major League Soccer as well as ACC lacrosse and basketball games.Kyndra de St. Aubin

Kyndra de St. Aubin, a former collegiate soccer standout at the University of Minnesota, helped open the 2011 WPS Season on FOX Soccer and is both a sports reporter and producer for Arizona’s KTAR sports radio station based in Phoenix. She has extensive experience with women’s soccer, lending her expertise to US Women’s National Team matches, NSCAA collegiate women’s soccer game of the week on FOX Soccer, as well serving as a commentator for the complete women’s soccer package on the Big Ten Network.

The WPS draft room at the Kansas City Convention Center will be open to league officials, teams, media and credentialed guests of WPS. The public will be able to catch all the action and additional exclusive content on the web.

Christine Sinclair honored as Canadian Soccer Association Player of the Year

Goal scoring powerhouse Christine Sicnlair honored as Canadian Soccer Assocation Player of the Year for a seventh consecutive year.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 15, 2011) – The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that 2011 WPS Championship MVP and Western New York Flash forward Christine Sinclair is the female selection for the 2011 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award.

The winner of the annual award is selected by Canadian media (50%) and Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association’s national course at the B and A levels (50%). Voters take into consideration the player’s performance in the past year for both club and international competition.

Other WPS Stars joining Sinclair among the top female Canadian soccer players from 2011 were Sophie Schmidt (free agent), Karina LeBlanc (Sky Blue FC) and Candace Chapman (Sky Blue FC).

Sinclair – whose career with the Canadian Women’s National team spans more than a decade – has been honored with her country’s top award for seven-consecutive years (every year since the award was re-introduced in 2005).

2011 was another successful year for Sinclair that included a WPS Championship presented by Citi in August, and the first-ever Pam-Am gold medal for the Canadian women in October.

Sinclair scored 10 goals and eight assists in 15 WPS matches during her 2011 campaign. She has led WPS in assists in each of the past two seasons, and is also one of only two players in the league’s three-year history to have scored more than 10 goals in back-to-back seasons, the other being her Flash teammate and five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta.

Sinclair stood out in the WPS Championship presented by Citi, scoring the opening goal of the match which ended in a 1-1 tie, and finishing her shot from the penalty mark in the shootout which helped her team to the 5-4 victory. Her title-winning performance in the WPS Championship match earned Sinclair the match’s Most Valuable Player title and marked her second-straight WPS Championship.

Another memorable match was Sinclair’s first match back without her protective mask used at the end of Canada’s run at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. With more than 15,000 fans in the stands – a WPS attendance record – for a WPS league match, Sinclair scored two goals and one assist in a 3:1 Western New York Flash victory over magicJack.

On the international side, Sinclair led her team Canada with eight goals in 20 matches and has now led the national team in goal scoring in 11 out of 12 seasons. She also became just the fifth player to score her 120th career international goal and sits atop Canada’s record books as her country’s all-time leading female goal scorer.

The highlight from Sinclair’s 2011 international season was a gold medal at the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011. Down 0-1 late in the championship final, Sinclair scored the equalizer that sent the final to extra time. The match ended in a 1:1 draw, but Canada came away with a gold medal after winning 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of Sinclair’s 2011 campaign was a free kick goal she scored against two-time defending champion Germany in the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. In front of 73,000 German supporters (with a broken nose suffered earlier in the second half), Sinclair curled a perfect free kick over the wall and into the corner of the net.

Next up for the Flash’s Canadian Soccer Star is the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament January 19-29, which will be held minutes away from her home town in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Following, Sinclair will return to WPS action when the League opens its fourth season in April of 2012.

2011 Boston Breakers schedule and results

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Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley Named WPS Player of the Month

Bardsley Recorded 13 Saves to Lead Sky Blue FC Past the Atlanta Beat, 1-0 (Photo by Howard C. Smith – ISI Photos)

Somerset, N.J. (Tuesday, May 11, 2010) – After registering 13 saves en route to her league-leading third shutout of the season, Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been named the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Player of the Week. Many of Bardsley’s saves were done in spectacular fashion in a Sunday evening road win over the Atlanta Beat, 1-0, and her blank slate helped move Sky Blue FC into sole possession of second place in the WPS Standings.

“This is a huge honor, and it truly means a great deal to me,” Bardsley said. “It is a special feeling to get these individual accolades because it means that I am doing well, but the success of the team as a whole is really my only goal. When the team is winning, it makes an award like this so much sweeter.”

Bardsley put on a goalkeeping display in the win over Atlanta, and everyone has been quick to take notice of her dominating performance. On Monday afternoon, Bardsley was named Player of the Week by both Big Apple Soccer and, but it was immediately after the match that she began to realize how special the night had been.

“The response after the game was crazy,” she reflected. “When I sat down in the locker room to call my parents, I had 37 text messages and a bunch of missed calls. To know so many people support me and Sky Blue FC is simply awesome. I’m really honored and flattered to know how much support there is for us out there.”

In addition to leading WPS with three shutouts, Bardsley’s 0.80 goals against average is tops in the league, and her 36 saves are 10 more than any other WPS goalkeeper. She also sits atop the league with a 0.90 save percentage.

The WPS Player of Week is selected by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters. Bardsley is the first Sky Blue FC player to win Player of the Week honors this season, and this is the fourth time overall that a player on the team has received the award. Goalkeeper Jenni Branam and forward Tasha Kai (twice) were each named Player of the Week during the 2009 season.

Next up for Sky Blue FC is a 4:00 p.m. pairing with Saint Louis Athletica this Sunday, May 16th. The team returns home to Yurcak Field when it hosts the Boston Breakers on Saturday, May 29th, at 7:00 p.m.

Karen Bardsley Leads Sky Blue FC Past the Atlanta Beat

Sky Blue FC Wins KSU Soccer Stadium Opener, 1-0(Photo by Michael Pimentel – ISI Photos)

Kennesaw, Ga. (Sunday, May 9, 2010) – Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley put forth a stellar effort on the road tonight in what was the first-ever match at KSU Soccer Stadium, leading Sky Blue FC (3-2-0, 9 points) to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Beat (0-4-1, 1 point). The lone tally of the night came via an own goal by the Beat in the 50th minute, and the three points picked up by Sky Blue FC moves the team into second place in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Standings.

“Karen was absolutely unbelievable tonight,” Sky Blue FC head coach Pauliina Miettinen said after the win. “She made so many amazing saves and really kept us in the match. As a team, it gives you a huge confidence boost when you know that you will get such a high level of play by your goalkeeper.”

Bardsley registered 13 saves in this match, and the blank slate was her league-leading third shutout of the season. The English National Team netminder was under heavy pressure throughout the night but continues to look very comfortable between the pipes for Sky Blue FC. For the game, Atlanta had 15 corner kicks to four by Sky Blue FC, and the Beat also held the shot advantage by a count of 25-9.

“Tonight was just an amazing night,” Bardsley stated. “From the fans to the facility itself, it was just an amazing environment.”

The only goal of the evening was a result of a play that started off the foot of Sky Blue FC forward Laura Kalmari in the 50th minute. The Finnish National Team striker crossed a ball to the top of the 18-yard box from the right side of the field, and Atlanta defender Leigh Ann Robinson trailed the feed and attempted to head the ball back to goalkeeper Brett Maron. With Maron off her line to challenge for the ball, the header found its way into the back of the net to give Sky Blue FC a 1-0 advantage.

The Beat intensified its attack after the own goal, and it got off a flurry of shots toward the Sky Blue FC goal in the final 40 minutes of the match. The back line of Sky Blue FC fought off the advances, with that effort being led by Bardsley.

“One of my biggest goals is to stay focused for 90 minutes,” Bardsley stated. “Atlanta was really coming at us in the second half, and I knew that I would have to keep the switch turned on. Road wins are critical, and it’s huge for you as a team when you can pick up three points on the road.”

Next up for Sky Blue FC is a 4:00 p.m. pairing with Saint Louis Athletica on Sunday, May 16th. The team returns home to Yurcak Field in three weeks when it hosts the Boston Breakers on Saturday, May 29th, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that game can be purchased now by calling 1-888-SBFC-TIX or clicking here.

“Goofy” Makes the Big Time

Karen Bardsley started playing soccer at age 5, and became a goalkeeper because “basically no one else really wanted to do it, and I was naturally good at it.” When she asked her native-born English father to sign her up to play soccer, he said “Girls don’t play soccer.” He signed her up anyway, and now with her English mom, they are Karen’s biggest fans.

Q: Goalkeeper—it’s a “feast or famine” position, right?

It is. You’re either the hero or goat. It’s a difficult position because obviously there’s only one opportunity, for the most part. And you’re either the hero or the goat. Most people tend to blame the goalkeeper. You can either win a game for your team, or make one mistake and the whole world knows it. It’s all your fault. Growing up, that pushes people away from the position because they don’t want to deal with those type of situations.

Q: How did you feel when you saw Jenni Branam go down with what was obviously a serious injury?

Honestly, I was upset. I really don’t ever want to see anyone get hurt. I was angry at the situation. It didn’t need to be. But, obviously, we were both fighting for the position and unfortunately because of her injury it has given me an opportunity. I’ve been in Jenni’s position. I’ve broken both my legs, so I know what it’s like to have a season ending injury. (left leg in Dec.’99; right leg in Sept. 2003)

Q: Were you nervous for the first game?

No. I really don’t know why. I felt confident in myself and in my team in front of me. I felt more excitement than nerves. I suppose at times it’s like, “been there, done that.” I felt a sense of calm. I’m sure people were feeling jitters. I’ve felt nervous before. The first time I played for England, when I was 18, I was really nervous. I’ve kind of learned how to control my emotions since then. I have a different way of channeling it into a positive I suppose.

Q: Pauliina (coach) called it the team’s “B game.” How do you get to the “A game?”

By playing together as much as possible, and working on our communication—by trying to get the entire team on the same page, all the time, whether defending or attacking. During the game, I felt that it was more of a noise thing. The fans were so awesome, but it was hard to hear on the field. I’ve watched the game 3 or 4 times however, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. In the 2nd half, we started to string things together and control the game more so that Chicago wasn’t imposing their will on us.

Q: What unique piece of advice do you give for youth goalkeepers?

Embrace your gifts, your talents. But I was always the kid that didn’t mind getting dirty, diving around. I just kind of ran with it. Obviously, I didn’t reach 6 foot tall until late high school or college. But people see my hands and say: it was meant to be (I have pretty big hands for a girl.) in glove sizes they are 10; that’s bigger than a lot of guys.

Q: What was it like to be Goofy at Disneyland?

It was one of the greatest experiences. I really enjoyed every minute working at Disneyland. Mostly because no one knows it’s you in the costume. I’m sure they thought I was some creepy guy in a suit; little did they know. I got to be a big kid, and dance around and act silly. Kids eat it up; they want to take your picture. It was a fun release. It didn’t even seem like a job. I couldn’t believe people were paying me to do it. Pretty cool.

Bardsley and Sky Blue FC are currently on the West Coast to play a road contest this Saturday evening against Marta and FC Gold Pride. The team will return home to Yurcak Field on Saturday, May 1st, when it hosts FC Gold Pride in Piscataway. Tickets for that match are available now, and you can click here to purchase!

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