FootyPop: USWNT Star Kelley O’Hara Signs with Gotham FC!

    This was an exciting week in women’s soccer news, from the NCAA tournament to USWNT players getting together to a bunch of new signings and transfers in the NWSL. Here are the highlights that you need to know. 


    High of the Weekend 

    The USWNT Players Ball was hosted this past weekend, and we were served with an array of golden moments on social media. From USWNT players, current and former getting together to Rose Lavelle singing Celine Dion to all of the stunning looks, it was a great thing to see. 


    Low of the Weekend

    Aaaand, the shoe we all felt was going to drop… has dropped. A new article came out about sexual harassment and verbal abuse in youth soccer, following all the findings of Sally Yates’ report into the NWSL abuse. Many NWSL coaches started in elite youth soccer, and the issues clearly run deep. 


    News of the Weekend 

    The NWSL released its schedule for 2023, and there’s a critical change that many have been asking for a while. The Challenge Cup is now in the midst of the season instead of at the beginning. This is a change that will hopefully mitigate all those preseason injuries that we saw last season. 

    Additionally, the league announced that minimal matches would be played over the course of the Women’s World Cup!


    Win of the Weekend 

    Not your typical win, but a victory nonetheless. The World Cup just began, and the excitement around the world is unreal. One thing we love to see is that female referees are included in this tournament’s officials for the first time ever!

    Ontournament’s is Kathryn Nesbitt. From the United States, she made an incredible jump from being an analytical chemist to a world-renowned professional referee.


    Coach of the Weekend 

    Coach Mark Parsons is back stateside after coaching with the Netherlands women’s national team. Parsons coached the Spirit from 2013 to 2015, and after all the team has been through, it’s great to see such an experienced coach come back to the team. 


    Transfer of the Weekend 

    In huge news, Kelly O’Hara has signed with Gotham FC. Will she be able to bring a new edge to a team that came in last during the 2022 season? 


    Goal of the Weekend 

    Another week of NCAA tournament action and another week of Notre Dame’s Korbin Albert causing absolute chaos for otDame’sams. Just look at this goal. Her dribbling and setup are immaculate. 


    Player of the Weekend 

    Additionally, Ashlynn Harris announced her retirement from professional soccer. It was later announced she’d be joining Gotham FC’s front office as the Global Creative Advisor.


    What to Look Forward To

    NCAA Quarterfinals 

    Friday, November 25: Alabama (1) vs. Duke (2) at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT

    Saturday, November 26: Florida State (1) vs. Arkansas (3) at 5:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT

    Saturday, November 26: North Carolina (2) vs. Notre Dame (1) at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT

    Saturday, November 26: Virginia (3) vs. UCLA (1) at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT


    Featured image via @gothamfc on Instagram




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