Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Former Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley returns to town

I got an e-mail from a friend yesterday who was passing along news that former Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley is back in town, leading a series of regular training sessions for players with Women's Professional Soccer experience.

Former Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley returns to town

0 comments

I got an e-mail from a friend yesterday who was passing along news that former Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley is back in town, leading a series of regular training sessions for players with Women's Professional Soccer experience.

Riley is currently hosting a weeklong, residency-style program for a group of players who are participating in the WPSL Elite division this year. 

Most of those players are on the roster of the New York Fury, which Riley also coaches. A lot of them also played for the Independence.

Although I highly doubt any of these players will be on the U.S. Olympic team this summer - especially since Pia Sundhage's roster can only have 18 players - there are still a few names you might recognize.

More coverage
 
More soccer coverage from The Goalkeeper
 
USA 2015 Women's World Cup Champs Gear & Collectibles
 
2015 Philadelphia Union schedule
 
Major League Soccer national TV schedule

The most significant name on the list is probably Sinead Farrelly, the Haverford native who was the Independence's top draft pick in 2011. She was starting to get on the radar for the U.S. national team as the Independence made their playoff run last year, but WPS' suspension this year means she won't have the same kind of opportunity to showcase her skills.

Most of the big-name U.S. women's players are in Seattle right now, playing for the Seattle Sounders' women's team in the W-League. The Sounders' roster includes Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Stephanie Cox, Sydney Leroux and Mexican international Veronica Perez.

The W-League is run by United Soccer Leagues, which also oversees the USL Pro and Premier Development League. 

D.C. United, the Colorado Rapids and the Vancouver Whitecaps also sponsor W-League teams, and FC Dallas sponsors a WPSL team.

As of now, the Union do not have any official ties to any teams in either women's league.

You are welcome to wonder aloud as to why there are two women's leagues playing at the same level, and competing with each other for talent and other resources. Especially when there is no full-time professional women's league

Anyway, here's the list of players who are in town for Riley's training sessions. Their current teams are listed first, followed by past affiliations.

Jen Buczkowski - Chicago Red Stars (WPSL Elite)/Philadelphia Independence (WPS)
Tina DiMartino - New York Fury (WPSL Elite)/ Philadelphia Independence (WPS)
Sinead Farrelly - Ottawa Fury (WPSL Elite)/ Philadelphia Independence (WPS)
Estelle Johnson - New York Fury (WPSL Elite) / Philadelphia Independence (WPS)

Nikki Krzysik - New York Fury (WPSL Elite) / Philadelphia Independence (WPS)
Meghan Lenczyk - Ottawa Fury (W League)/Philadelphia Independence (WPS)
Jasmyne Spencer - New York Fury (WPSL Elite)/Philadelphia Independence (WPS)

Jazmyne Avant - NY Fury (WPSL Elite) / Sky Blue FC (WPS)
Michelle Betos - NY Fury (WPSL Elite) / Boston Breakers (WPS)
Allie Long - New York Fury (WPSL Elite) / Paris Saint-Germain (France) / Sky Blue FC (WPS)
Brittany Taylor - New York Fury (WPSL Elite) / Sky Blue FC (WPS)

Claire Zimmick - Boston Breakers (WPS)
Kelsey Hood - New England Mutiny (WPSL Elite)
Ashley Grove - Rochester Ravens (W-League)
Merritt Mattias - NY Fury (WPSL Elite)

Kaitlyn Ryan - Villanova
Amanda Forrester - UNLV
Jess Hopton - LaSalle

Philly.com
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
The Goalkeeper is your home for the latest news about the Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer, the National Women's Soccer League, the U.S. men's and women's national teams, and the rest of the world's most popular sport. It's also a place for fans to gather and celebrate the culture of soccer and its unique place on the sports landscape.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
Lauren Green Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter