NWSL players to get higher salaries, insurance under 1st CBA
The National Women's Soccer League Players Association said Monday night it has agreed to its first-ever collective bargaining agreement. The NWSL is embarking on its 10th season as the top women’s professional league in the United States and two new teams, Angel City and the San Diego Wave, are joining the league. All players will see increased salaries, retirement fund contributions, life and health insurance and housing. “Our owners are committed to providing the significant and unprecedented investment required to build and sustain a professional women’s soccer league that properly supports our players, both as professional soccer players and as individuals,” Messing said. Last September, two former NWSL players came forward to accuse longtime coach Paul Riley, then with the North Carolina Courage, of harassment and sexual coercion.wftv.com
Alex Morgan is headed to San Diego in trade with Orlando Pride
ORLANDO, Fla — The worst-kept secret in the NWSL is official. Alex Morgan will join expansion club San Diego Wave FC for the 2022 season. On Monday, the Wave posted an announcement on social media welcoming Morgan to the club, followed by a retweet from Alex herself. READ: Women’s team players, US Soccer extend labor deal 3 monthsIn the last month, the Orlando Pride have traded many of their high-profile players, including goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defender Ali Krieger and now Alex Morgan. The Orlando Pride sent out the following statement, “The Orlando Pride has worked with forward Alex Morgan to secure a trade that is mutually-beneficial for the Club’s future success and Alex’s goals, both personal and professional.wftv.com
Orlando City Soccer announces full capacity seating at Exploria Stadium starting in June
ORLANDO, Fla. — Exploria Stadium announced Monday it will open to full capacity in June. Select seats located near player areas, such as benches and the competition tunnel, will not be available due to league COVID-19 protocols. Health and safety protocols will remain in place for all City and Pride matches. In addition, the Club will also continue to operate in accordance with both the MLS and NWSL medical protocols. READ: Skydiver dies after midair collision with parachutist in DeLand, police sayBeginning Friday, May 21, single-game tickets for all regular-season matches from June on will be available to the general public.wftv.com
Bad second half costs Orlando Pride in 3-1 loss to Houston
Two goals in the second half lifted the Houston Dash to a 3-1 over the Orlando Pride on Saturday night in Houston. Houston opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a goal by Nichelle Prince, but the Pride tied the game in extra time right before halftime on a goal by Marisa Viggiano. But the Dash took control on a goal by Sophie Schmidt in the 55th minute and another in the 72nd minute by Shea Groom. The chances were heavily in favor of the Dash, who outshot the Pride by a 27-6 margin. Next up is a rematch with the dash on Oct. 9, this time at Osceola County Stadium.
Pride open up fall series action with 0-0 tie at North Carolina
The Orlando Pride opened up their fall series of play with a scoreless draw at the North Carolina Courage on Saturday. The Pride withstood a barrage of shots from the Courage, who outshot the Pride, 18-6, and had eight corner kicks to four for Orlando. Orlando will next be in action next Saturday at the Houston Dash in what will be the second of four games played during their fall series.
Women's World Cup winner Nagasato joins men's club in Japan
ATSUGI Womens World Cup winner Yuki Nagasato is joining Japanese mens club Hayabusa Eleven on loan from the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. The mens team plays in an amateur regional league that is several levels below the countrys top pro soccer league, the J-League. Nagasato, who won the Womens World Cup with Japan in 2011, joined Chicago in 2017 after playing in several other leagues. It was very inspiring to hear the social message about gender inequality and other messages that Rapinoe was trying to deliver during the (2019) World Cup, Nagasato said. For over a decade shes been telling me that her ultimate dream is to play in a mens team, Genki Nagasato said.