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« on: April 30, 2008, 01:48:36 PM »
Freedom Signs Two Illinois Stars
April 24, 2008

The Washington Freedom announce today the signing of University of Illinois players Christen Karniski and Ella Masar for the 2008 W-League season.

Karniski, a 2006 Illinois graduate, joined the Freedom after playing in the Swedish Damallsvenskan League with Bälinge.  The Illinois record holder for most games played and most games started as a left back, was the Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year and second team All-American in 2005. As a junior in the fall of 2004, Karniski helped lead the Illini to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance, earning second team All-Big Ten and All-Region honors in the process.

“Christen is a proven wide player that we have been looking to have play with us for the past two years.  We’re delighted that she has decided to play with the Freedom for this summer.  She will provide us with plenty of options on the left side of the field”, said Coach Gabarra

Masar, graduates from Illinois in May 2007, will be joining the Freedom after an impressive collegiate career.  The 2007 Lowe’s All-Senior All-American and captain of the Illini finished the season with 12 goals and a team-leading 27 points.  As a junior Masar was named an NSCAA second team All-American.  Masar also spent part of her summer in 2007 with the US U21 Women’s National Team helping them as they went onto winning the Nordic Cup in Finland. 

Gabarra is thrilled with the addition of Masar.  “We think Ella is a great fit for the Freedom.  She is hard working and a real handful for opposing defenses.  We look forward to having her in our defense of the W-League championship.”

The Freedom kick off the 2008 W-League season away to Long Island on May 10th.  June sees the Freedom open a four game home schedule with the first on June 1, 2008, 6:00pm at the Maryland SoccerPlex when the Freedom host the Boston Renegades.  Tickets are $10 ($8 for groups of 20 or more).  Tickets can be purchased online at www.WashingtonFreedom.com.

http://www.washingtonfreedom.com/article.asp?aid=133

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Re: Washington Freedom
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008, 02:27:22 AM »
I plan to go to a Washington Freedom match sometime this year.  They have a very nice complex up in Germantown Maryland.  I've driven by it a few times visiting friends but never realised it was their complex till earlier this year when I started paying attention to womens footy.  :)  It's actually probably a better 'overall' complex than RFK which is where I believe they will start playing at when the new league stars up. 

Here's an aerial view of their football complex.


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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008, 11:32:44 AM »
We meet again smurfy ;)   The Freedom's ground is one place I never visited when I was in the states a couple of years ago.  It looks a very nice place.

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008, 01:29:17 PM »
We meet again smurfy ;)   The Freedom's ground is one place I never visited when I was in the states a couple of years ago.  It looks a very nice place.

You also didn't visit me.  meanie  :P

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008, 06:29:28 PM »
I didn't know you then mate , sorry.  If I come by again you can show me around , how about that? :)

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008, 08:40:50 PM »
Deal.  :)

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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2008, 09:38:23 PM »
Freedom Beat Long Island in Season Opener
May 11, 2008

The Washington Freedom started their defense of the W-League title with a 3-1 win over the Long Island Rough Riders in their season opener.

After the long trip up to Michael Tully Field in Long Island the Freedom started off strong, controlling much of the play and possession. 

Long Island native Christie Welsh opened the scoring in the on the 6 minute mark after some great combination play and a quick switch of the point of attack when Emily Janss played the ball into Welsh, who turned her defender the wrong way to finish from 12 yards out.  The Freedom continued to press through the first half but finished the half leading 1-0. 

The second half continued with much of the same theme until the 65th minute when Lori Lindsay took the ball down the left side of the field to cut a nice cross back to Sarah Huffman who lost her defenders well to slot the ball into the net from 8 yards out.  Eight minutes later Welsh found the net again after Lori Lindsay again played the roll of the supplier after she found herself free and behind the Rough Rider defense for a 40 yard run.  She took on the Rough Rider keeper who did well to keep Lindsay from shooting and again found herself on the left side of the box and cut another great cross into Welsh who finished off the play with a great goal in the 73rd minute. 

Long Island's Pardini found the back of the net in the 80th minute off a ball from McCabe after the Freedom made several changes to their backline.  In the end, a lone goal was all the Rough Riders could come up with and the match ended 3-1 in favor of the Freedom.  The Freedom were able to celebrate in front of a great group of Freedom fans, many from friends and family from Long Island to see the Freedom's New York natives, Christie Welsh, Rebecca Moros and Alex Singer. 

"Overall it was a great start to the season.  We played very well at times and maintained posession through the match.  We needed to manage the end of the game better, but this result was exactly what we needed to start the season off on the right foot," said Coach Gabarra. 

http://www.washingtonfreedom.com/article.asp?aid=135

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2008, 09:21:08 AM »
Freedom Comes Away With 3-0 Victory Over Lady Gunners
May 27, 2008

In their second league game of the season, the Washington Freedom defeated the Fredericksburg Lady Gunners thanks to a hat trick by forward Jenn Parsons.  Although the Freedom only led by one goal at halftime, they had taken 16 shots and forced the Lady Gunners' goalkeeper to make 11 saves.

After registering 6 shots in the first 10 minutes of the match, the Freedom finally got on the scoreboard in the 12th minute when a shot from outside the penalty area was mishandled by Gunner goalie Amanda Barasha, and Parsons calmly tucked the rebound away.  Despite outshooting the Lady Gunners, the Freedom failed to score again in the half and gave up a couple dangerous scoring opportunities to their opponents due to defensive lapses.

In the second half the Freedom continued to struggle to make the most of their scoring opportunities.  It wasn't until the 60th minute that Parsons once again found the back of the net.  In a manner very similar to the first-half goal, a long shot was stopped by Barasha, only to ricochet off the crossbar and land at Parsons' feet.  She quickly slotted the ball into the lower corner of the goal to put the Freedom up 2-0.

As the game neared its end, a misplayed pass by a Fredericksburg defender was intercepted by Parsons, who placed the ball into the right side of the goal to complete her hat-trick.

"We are happy to get the three points from a Lady Gunners team that showed a lot of fight in their home opener.  We can certainly do a better job of not having a defensive lapse or two per game.  We also need to be more efficient in the final third.  Jenn Parsons showed today that she is a proven goal-scorer, and we are fortunate to have her with the Freedom," said Coach Gabarra.

http://www.washingtonfreedom.com/news.asp

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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2008, 09:30:25 AM »
Freedom Drop Home to Renegades
June 2, 2008

Goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak Knocked out in 66th Minute

The Boston Renegades came to the Maryland SoccerPlex and shutout the Defending Champion Freedom on a 54th minute goal from Mary Therese McDonnell.  The first half produced numerous scoring chances for both teams, as both the Freedom and the Renegades were able to create quality shots. The best chances fell to the feet of Ali Andrzejewski of the Freedom. She had three clear looks at Boston keeper Meghan Burke but Burke made a point blank save on one and the other two were off target.  Boston's Allison Martino's hard work created the best chances for Boston but KJ Spisak was up to the challenge. The teams went to the break tied 0-0. The Freedom had 10 shots to the Renegades 4. The Renegades Burke made 5 saves and Freedom's Spisak made 2.

In the second half the Renegades' counter attack produced the game's first goal. The Freedom defense, seemingly having numbers back and the attack diffused, had a collective let down and allowed Martino the opportunity to find McDonnell's feet inside the penalty area for a well place shot to the lower left corner past a surprised Spisak. The scariest moment came in the 66th minute when off a Boston corner kick Freedom keeper KJ Spisak was fouled as she went high for a cross. She was knocked unconscious and remained on the ground until trainers, ER doctors in attendance and an ambulance arrived. She was taken to Shady Grove Hospital. Reportedly, she was awake, alert and smiling and will be fine. She suffered a concussion and will be reevaluated today and over the coming week. The Freedom players, staff and fans are all pleased that she will be ok. The last 25 minutes of the game the Freedom franticly tried to break down the Renegades' defense. Again the Renegades looked to counter and produced one breakaway, but Freedom's Chante Sandiford stood up and made a great save on Ashley Pistorious.  Christie Welsh's right-footed volley screamed just wide and again the Freedom could not either find the target or when they did Burke was there to make the save.

Freedom coach Jim Gabarra: "I think as a team we played a good game against a quality opponent. You are going to have these types of games during a season. We created plenty of chances and it just seemed like today was one of those days that we were just not going to score. I am proud of the team for fighting so hard, never giving up and having the ability to play on after the Spisak injury which frightened all of us. Credit Boston with a great defensive effort."

http://www.washingtonfreedom.com/news.asp

According to the Freedom site, attendance for the game was 1,400.

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Re: Washington Freedom
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2008, 08:25:53 PM »
Spisak Recovering Well

Freedom goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak, who was injured in the Freedom's game against the Boston Renegades on June 1, was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.


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Re: Washington Freedom
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2008, 08:31:43 PM »
Freedom Rebound With Resounding 5-1 Win Over the Wildcats
June 9, 2008

The Washington Freedom regained their scoring touch Sunday against the New Jersey Wildcats and ran away with a convincing 5-1 victory. Four different Freedom players scored with Lori Lindsey netting two at the Maryland Soccer Plex Stadium field in front of 1012 fans who braved a hot and humid evening.

The Wildcats defended very well and had numbers behind the ball for the entire first half and looked to counter and press the Freedom defense when they had the ball. This tactic rewarded the Wildcats and held the Freedom to one goal on 15 shots in the first half. The goal was produced by Kele Golebiowski’s weaving run into the penalty area. She beat the last defender who was forced to reach for the ball and look Kele’s legs out from under her. Referee Dean Fairweather immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Lori Lindsey stepped up and confidently blasted the ball into the lower left corner of the goal to give the Freedom the lead.

The second half resulted in the Freedom’s possession game creating excellent scoring chances as well as producing fatigue in the Wildcats. Jenn Parsons came on and in the 52nd minute crossed a ball to Lindsey, who headed the ball past Wildcat goalie Jones for a 2-0 lead. Substitute Tiffany McCarty, after being on the field for one minute, pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and left-footed a shot in the right corner to put the game out of reach. In the 80th minute the Wildcats produced a rare scoring chance that Amy Hoyer volleyed past Chante Sandiford to make it 3-1.

But the Freedom wasn’t done scoring, and Parsons again was the provider with a nice through ball for Welsh. Christie, with an open shot, nicely finished to push the lead back to three. In the 90th minute, Emily Janss played a great give-and-go with Welsh and calmly placed the ball past Jones for a well-deserved goal. Freedom coach Jim Gabarra was pleased with the team’s performance. “It was important for us to get an early goal and I was pleased with the way we played and we continue to improve with every game. After last week’s frustration I think all the players responded in a positive way both in training this week and in the game tonight.”

http://washingtonfreedom.com/article.asp?aid=143
 


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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2008, 11:18:13 PM »
After a W-League season which saw the Freedom come through the post-season Eastern Conference play-offs as champions with wins over Charlotte and Atlanta, they succumbed to the Pali Blues from California in the League Championship play-off semi final. They had to settle for a third place play-off 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders.

They can now turn their attention to their new life in the new WPS league due to start in summer 2009, as the Washington Times reports.

Freedom reborn with new league
by John Haydon, Washington Times
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Washington Freedom, a charter member of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), were introduced to the media Tuesday at a news conference at RFK Stadium.

With team owner Maureen Hendricks on hand, the club welcomed its star defender, Cat Whitehill. The former North Carolina player had hopes of earning a living playing pro soccer when the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) folded in 2003.

"I was a senior," Whitehill said. "I was right there. I was on the cusp, and I was devastated."

Whitehill, 26, who has played 129 games for the U.S. national team, was allocated to the Freedom with star forward Abby Wambach and rookie defender Ali Krieger. Wambach (broken leg), who won a WUSA title with the Freedom in 2003, and Whitehill (torn ACL) suffered major injuries before the Beijing Olympics.

"They are both ahead of their rehab schedule," Freedom coach Jim Gabarra said.

The Freedom are the only team in the seven-club WPS with original owners from the WUSA.

"Our loyal fans have stayed with us," said Hendricks, who owns the Freedom along with her husband, John, founder of the Silver Spring-based Discovery Channel. The Hendrickses kept the Freedom afloat as a semipro team with a thriving youth organization for the last five years.

"We have many things that are the same [from the WUSA] - the same owner, same coach and same key player [Wambach]," club president Joseph Quinn said.

The Freedom will play their home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex near Germantown. The venue will expand to increase the capacity from 3,200 to 6,000. Some home games will be played at RFK Stadium as part of doubleheaders with D.C. United.

"We will share some overhead costs," United president Kevin Payne said.

The Freedom also revealed their logo, a soccer ball shaped like the U.S. Capitol dome.

The team potentially will expand its roster Wednesday in the international draft. Each team will claim the rights to four overseas stars with hopes of eventually signing them. On Oct. 6, the WPS general draft will take place, which will include players from the U.S. team's player pool, plus college graduates. In January there will be a player combine and a final draft to fill out the rosters, which will be set at 22 or 24 players.

Washington Mystics president Sheila Johnson also attended the news conference.

"We are going to work together," Johnson said. "We have to have collaboration."

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/24/freedom-reborn-with-new-league/

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« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2008, 07:55:15 AM »
well thats a boost of confidence for the Freedom fans with the news of Abby returning!

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« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2008, 02:23:42 PM »
Freedom Gears Up For Return, New League
by Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The previous attempt to sustain a league collapsed five years ago, just three weeks after the Washington Freedom won the final Women's United Soccer Association title. Now that a new project is in place and the team is returning with the same nickname, ownership and coach, "I can still say they are defending champions, right?" defender Cat Whitehill joked.

The Freedom reintroduced itself yesterday by outlining plans to assemble a roster and help Women's Professional Soccer, a seven-team circuit kicking off next spring, become a financially viable league.

Following the allocation of U.S. national team veteran Whitehill, star striker Abby Wambach and Dumfries native Ali Krieger (Forest Park) last week, the Freedom will stake claim to four high-profile foreign players today.

The draft will only provide teams with the rights to negotiate contracts and not necessarily guarantee players' arrivals. Brazilian forward Marta, the world's best player, might be out of the price range for most WPS teams. Her teammate, Cristiane, is also highly coveted. Washington will draft fourth in each round.

Jim Gabarra, who has coached the Freedom's club team since the WUSA's demise, must also attempt to acquire Krieger on loan from a German club and hope Whitehill (knee surgery) and Wambach (broken leg) fully recover from injuries that forced them to miss the Olympics.

"My concern is not the beginning of the season and what team we put on the field," he said. "Obviously, that's important, but I am looking at the bigger and broader picture of what kind of team we are putting together -- the players that are going to give us three, four, five seasons."

The roster-building process will continue Oct. 6 with a draft that will make additional U.S. and foreign players available.

Scouting combines and a college draft will be held this winter and training camps are to open March 1. The season will begin in April and include 20 games per team.

The Freedom will be based at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County -- there are tentative plans to expand seating capacity to 6,000 from 3,200 -- and might end up playing three doubleheaders with D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

The Freedom has turned to United to assist with marketing and ticketing efforts, part of a formal alliance between the leagues after the WUSA largely rejected MLS's help.

"Sustainability has been the focus all along," said team president Joseph Quinn, who will run the franchise for Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks and wife Maureen Hendricks. "It's a long-range plan, and I think we have the focus in the [league's] ownership group to stick with the plan."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/23/AR2008092302867.html



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Re: Washington Freedom
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2008, 02:56:32 PM »
Freedom Foreign Selections Are.....

*Japan midfielder Homare Sawa
*France defender Sonia Bompastor
*Australia forward Lisa De Vanna
*France midfielder Louisa Necib

Remember, the Freedom is not assured of acquiring these players. All it means is that the club has the exclusive WPS rights to negotiate with them.

For the full four-round draft list, click here.

As for the Freedom's picks.....

Sawa, 30, is the most accomplished player in Japanese women's soccer history with appearances in four World Cups and three Olympics. She starred for Atlanta in the WUSA.

Bompastor, 28, started for France in the U.S.-hosted 2003 World Cup and has been a national team regular for many years. De Vanna, 23, scored four goals at last year's World Cup in China. Necib, 21, played for France in the 2006 U-20 World Cup and has appeared for the senior national team.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2008/09/freedom_foreign_selections_are.html

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« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2008, 03:33:29 PM »
Sonia Bompastor is reaching 100 caps for France-Iceland qualifier on Saturday.
She either plays left back or left midfield.
Louisa Necib is nicknamed  the female Zizou and there is no bigger accolade than that.
She is excellent technically.

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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2008, 12:54:58 AM »
Midfielder Sawa selected in first round of WPS draft     
Japan Times online

Friday, Sept. 26, 2008

Japan midfielder Homare Sawa was selected in the first round of the Women's Professional Soccer league's draft, the new league announced on Wednesday.
 
Sawa, who was a member of the national squad when Japan placed fourth at the Beijing Olympics last month and plays for NTV Beleza, was chosen in the draft by the Washington Freedom, while midfielder Aya Miyama, striker Eriko Arakawa and striker Shinobu Ono were also chosen by different teams.

"I have a feeling that I would like to challenge once again but right now I am in the middle of league play, so I am focused on that," Sawa said. "It depends on the conditions, but I can't really say if I will go at this time."

Miyama was picked in the second round by Los Angeles, while Bay Area selected Arakawa in the third round and Boston chose Ono in the fourth round.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sc20080926a1.html

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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2008, 01:00:42 AM »
Freedom add four more to roster in General Draft
October 06, 2008
by Washington Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 6, 2008) – The Washington Freedom added four players to its roster Monday in the Women’s Professional Soccer General Draft – midfielder Sarah Huffman (No. 1 overall), defender Becky Sauerbrunn (No. 3 overall), midfielder Lori Lindsey (No. 17 overall) and defender Emily Janss (No. 28 overall).

With two of the first three picks in the draft, Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra decided to keep things local with his selections as all four players were on the Freedom’s W-League team in 2008.

“We’re fortunate that we can get four of the players who’ve been around here the past couple of years,” Gabarra said. “The way I see it, and I could be wrong, most teams needed wide players and defenders with the exception of Los Angeles and New Jersey/New York – they needed goalkeepers as well.”

Huffman, a highly decorated midfielder from the University of Virginia, has been with the Freedom since 2006 and gives the team a versatile player who can step in at forward, midfield or defense. Even though she has mostly played midfield with Washington, she has been playing forward with a Norwegian club since the conclusion of the W-League season.

Sauerbrunn, also out of the University of Virginia, was taken with the third pick in the draft that was obtained in the trade with St. Louis during the International Draft and helps fill out the team’s need at defense. The 2008 W-League season was Sauerbrunn’s first with the Freedom.

Lindsey, another University of Virginia standout, was part of Washington’s WUSA championship team in 2003 after coming over in a trade from San Diego before the season. After the WUSA folded, Lindsey remained with the Freedom and was part of the Freedom’s 2007 W-League championship season. Lindsey was Virginia’s first-ever ACC Player of the Year and is the only player other than Mia Hamm to win the award twice.

Janss, out of the University of Maryland, was the final selection of the General Draft and has been with the Freedom since 2004. Janss was part of the Freedom’s W-League championship in 2007, being selected to the W-League Championship All Tournament Team, and previously played for the New York Power of the WUSA from 2001-2003.

Before the general draft Washington added the rights of Norwegian forward Lene Mykjåland on Friday through the league’s discovery process. Mykjåland was a member of Norway’s 2008 Olympic team and 2007 Women’s World Cup team. She currently plays for Røa IL in Norway and was the club’s top scorer in 2007 with 11 goals.

Mykjåland is the second player the Freedom has added through the discovery process – Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod’s rights were added Sept. 25 – and gives the team the negotiation rights to six international players. Per league rules teams are allowed to roster up to five international players and maintain the rights to a sixth player for one year.

WPS will hold its next draft the week of Jan. 14, 2009, about a month after combines are held on the West Coast and East Coast. Players available in this draft include any undrafted players who have registered with the league and players who participated in one of the two combines, including players who have completed their NCAA eligibility.

http://womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid5638.aspx

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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2008, 11:30:05 AM »
Freedom sticks close to home with draft choices
October 06, 2008
by Washington Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 6, 2008) – As the team-building process continues across the league, Washington Freedom Head Coach Jim Gabarra knew he wanted to do what he could to add players from his W-League squad to the domestic and international talent he had already assembled for play in Women’s Professional Soccer in 2009.

So when he ended up with two of the first three picks in the WPS General Draft on Monday, he knew those picks would be familiar faces. By selecting midfielder Sarah Huffman No. 1 overall, defender Becky Sauerbrunn No. 3 overall, Lori Lindsey No. 17 overall and defender Emily Janss No. 28 overall, the newest members of the Freedom now find themselves moving on with the team instead of having to move.

“We’re fortunate that we can get four of the players who have been around here the past couple of years,” said Gabarra, whose W-League team won the 2007 championship and reached the semifinals in 2008.

Heading into the draft, Gabarra wanted to balance keeping players from previous Freedom squads in Washington with what the team needed, while being mindful of what players and positions would be in high demand.

“The way I see it, and I could be wrong, most teams needed wide players and defenders with the exception of Los Angeles and New Jersey/New York – they needed goalkeepers as well,” Gabarra said. “Huffman’s value to us is her versatility. She did very well for us in a wide midfield role. In Norway she is playing wide forward and she can also play as a wide defender.”

Filling the need for a player on the outside with Huffman, Gabarra then addressed the need for a defender with Sauerbrunn’s selection.

“Becky’s a solid defender that’s been in with the National Team, she played in China in the Four Nations Cup,” Gabarra said. “I think she will be a good pairing next to Cat [Whitehill].”

Having been with the Freedom since the 2003 WUSA championship season, Lindsey also remains in Washington and should be another attacking midfielder Gabarra thinks can challenge for a starting job.

“Lori’s a link to the WUSA and she’s sacrificed and invested a lot with the Freedom the past five years,” Gabarra said. “She’s someone who will do anything to play the game.”

Janss is also a former WUSA player, playing with the New York Power from 2001-2003, and also fills the need at defense. Like Lindsey, Janss is one of the longest tenured members of the Freedom, having joined the team in 2004, and has sacrificed a lot to play with the team in the past.

“She’s someone with strong local ties, a very versatile wide player,” Gabarra said. “She’s a very attack-minded defender but can also play midfield. She’s done very well adjusting to defender.”

Gabarra’s picks had a decidedly local ACC flair – Huffman, Sauerbrunn and Lindsey all graduated from the University of Virginia while Janss graduated from the University of Maryland – which he hopes will help fans relate to the team more.

 (Shane Canfield)
The Washington Freedom used the No. 3 overall pick on defender Becky Sauerbrunn.“A lot of it is local ties,” Gabarra said. “You want players your fans can relate to. We’ve had a good working relationship with Virginia. Steve Swanson likes the way some of our youth players are being developed.”

With the four players drafted Monday, the Freedom now have 13 players to which they have the WPS playing rights for, including six international players. Per league rules teams are allowed to roster up to five international players and maintain the rights to a sixth player for one year.


On Friday, the Freedom added the rights to Norwegian forward Lene Mykjåland through the league’s discovery process. The Freedom also acquired the rights to Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod through the discovery process. During the international draft Washington acquired the rights to Japan’s Homare Sawa, France’s Sonia Bompastor and Louisa Necib and Australia’s Lisa De Vanna.

WPS will hold combines on the West and East coasts in the month of December before holding the next draft in January. In February teams will hold tryouts in their markets to fill out rosters in preparation of the opening of camp in March.

http://womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid5514.aspx?team=dc
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Re: Washington Freedom
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2008, 11:40:14 AM »
The WPS October general draft results are on the main league thread but have been followed by some comment on the choices made by the seven teams.

Comment on the Freedom choices was as follows:-

Washington Freedom

Picks: Sarah Huffman, Becky Sauerbrunn, Lori Lindsey, Emily Janss

Change may be the buzzword of choice on both sides of the aisle in the Beltway these days, but the Freedom aren't buying it. Then again, there was a lot less wrong with the mix they had than the mess both political parties have made of the halls of power.

With two of the draft's first three picks, the Freedom stuck close to home with former Virginia and Washington W-League contributors Sarah Huffman and Becky Sauerbrunn. Both are emerging stars with full National Team potential in the midfield and defense, respectively.

But Huffman and Sauerbrunn are relative newcomers compared to third-round pick Lori Lindsey, another former Virginia Cavalier who played for the 2003 WUSA champion Washington Freedom and just a few months ago anchored the team's third-place finish in the W-League. Lindsey knows the system and should, along with Huffman, be capable of either playing cohesively alongside Homare Sawa or covering for her absence should negotiations with the Japanese star prove tricky.

The team's final pick on the day, veteran Emily Janss persevered long enough to move from a 13th-round pick in the 2001 WUSA entry draft to the fourth round this time. A productive outside back for the Freedom's W-League entry, she totaled a goal and three assists last season.