NWSL Preseason Update

Spring is finally here and the NWSL inaugural season is just about ready to get underway. Teams are gearing up for the start of the season and Dragonwing girlgear is offering a unique perspective of the preseason of each NWSL team. Here is a team by team update:

Boston Breakers:

Update: U.S. national team members Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux joined their new team on Wednesday March 20th, after competing with the national team in Portugal in the 2012 Algarve Cup. The WNT won 2-0 to Germany.

Since receiving their respective allocated players, the Breakers signed two discovery players: defender Julie King, who played for the Breakers last year in the WPSL elite league and Lisa Marie Woods. Discovery players are those who were not selected in the Supplemental Draft that was held on Feb. 8th. The two discovery players will join six other players who were selected in the supplemental draft as well as the six players allocated during the winter.

Other news: On March 18th, the team announced that they are partnering with the Andover Soccer Association (ASA) to launch the Boston Breakers Academy Program that will be “targeting players who need/desire extra development and advanced training to supplement what they do within their local community soccer program,” according to the press release from the NWSL news website.

First game: Sunday, April 14th vs. the Washington Spirit

Chicago Red Stars:

Update: The Red Stars have been busy since Day 1 updating their roster with four free agent signings since the allocation and college draft including midfielder Lori Chalupny, defender Taryn Hemmings, forward Ella Masar and midfielder Leslie Osborne. The team added some international players to the mix with defender Sonja Fuss and forward Inka Grings, both from Germany. Fuss and Grings will join their new team starting on May 20th and are the first German players to play in the NWSL. Preseason has delivered some bad news however as the Red Stars will be without star defender Amy LePeilbet for six to eight months due to a torn ACL in January.

Other news: Along with the Seattle Reign, the Red Stars completed the first ever trade in the NWSL, sending midfielder Keelin Winters to Seattle in exchange for a first round pick in the 2014 college draft with future considerations.

First game: April 14th at home vs. Seattle

Washington Spirit

Update: In gearing up for the season, the Spirit scheduled five preseason matches with some of the country’s top college programs, four of whom are in the ACC (Maryland, UNC, Duke, and UVA). The Spirit already defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 1-0 on March 17th and will look to use these college friendly matches as a gauge for their preseason progress.

“We are thrilled at the chance to take on top quality college opponents as we gear up for the NWSL season,” Spirit head coach Mike Jorden said in an interview with NWSL news. “This marks an important step in our preseason preparations, and will be a great opportunity for fans to get a first look at their new team.”

Other news: The Spirit signed three additional draft picks-including MAC finalist Caroline Miller on March 8th. The team also signed Discovery player Domenica Hodak.

First game: April 14th, at Boston

FC Kansas City

Update: After holding an open tryout back in February, Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski and the “The Blues” have narrowed down their roster to 17, featuring some of the country’s top talents. Additionally, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Lauren Cheney and midfielder Kristie Mewis were all named to the USWNT Algrave cup team

Other News: The team welcomed Title Boxing as it’s official sponsor and will feature the company’s logo on the players’ jerseys.

First game: Will play host to the Portland Thorns in the first inaugural game of the NWSL season on April 13th.Portland Thorns

Update: The Thorns signed their two discovery players- forward Danielle Foxhoven and defender Jazmyne Avant. The team opened training camp on March 11th with an opening roster of 27, but will have the cut six players by April 5th to meet the roster cap at 21. According the Thorns’ website, head coach Cindy Parlow Cone said, “This is a pretty select group that we have here right now,” Cone said. “I was able to invite in 32 players and I didn’t for a reason. I wanted it to be a select group with quality all the way through. … Just about every player on the roster (not including goalkeepers) will have to be able to play multiple positions.”

Other news: In January, forward Alex Morgan led the way for the USWNT in their Algrave Cup victory against Germany. Morgan scored the team’s only two goals in the match.

First game: April 13th at FC Kansas City

Sky Blue FC

Update: Sky Blue FC has been making a splash since the allocation by inking several quality players including Australian national team member Caitlin Foord. Foord joins forward Taylor Lytle as the team’s two discovery players. In addition, goalkeeper Jill Loyden broke her hand in a training session with the USWNT in Portugal in early March, prompting the team to sign Brittany Cameron, their second pick in the supplemental draft. Loyden will be out three to four months.

Other news: Former WPSL elite coach Erwin van Bennekom will join the coaching staff as an assistant coach and will co-head coach the club’s official reserves team, the Jersey Sky Blues.

First game: April 14th vs. the Western New York Flash

Western New York Flash

Update: Star forward Abby Wambach joined her new team on Wednesday, March 20th. She remains four goals behind Mia Hamm’s all-time record of 154 international goals. On March 18th, the Flash announced a 25-player preseason roster after signing five free agents including McCall Zerboni, Adriana Martín Santamaría, Brittany Taylor, Samantha Kerr and Sarah Huffman.

Other News: Wambach will be the only representative from the USWNT for the beginning of the season as midfielder Carli Lloyd broke her shoulder in the U.S match vs. Ireland. She will be sidelined for six to eight weeks but should only miss a small part of the season.

First game: April 14th at Sky Blue FC

Seattle Reign

Update: The Reign will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo who had successful surgery on her left wrist and will be recovering for four months. The team will be without forward Amy Rodriguez for the entire season as she announced in the winter she is pregnant with her first child. The Reign will also miss midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who will not report until June.

Other news:  Rapinoe was named the Algrave Cup’s tournament MVP.

First game: April 14th at Chicago


Girls Really Do Have the Power of the Purse

Girls Really Do Have the Power of the Purse

On the night of International Women’s Day, over 450 guests came together at the Portland Art Museum to raise over $250,000 for Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon, an organization dedicated to the achievements of girls and young women.  Headlined by one of a kind purse designed by local purse designers and local notable “purse-o-nalities”, the annual gala was the organization’s most successful fundraiser to date, revealing how just how empowering this movement has become.

In anticipation of the fundraiser an aspiring girl reporter from Girls Inc. interviewed Cindy Parlow Cone head coach of the Portland Thorns. In the interview, Parlow Cone cited some of her most teachable leadership moments came from her mother.

“She always told me that I could do whatever I wanted to do, be whoever I wanted to be,” said Parlow Cone in the interview.  Other Girl Inc reporters interviewed Erin Janssens, fire chief for the city of Portland and Tom Manley, president of the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Parlow auctioned off her own purse at the event, which was filled with goodies including tickets to see the Portland Thorns, a meet and greet with the team and an autographed team jersey.

“We were absolutely thrilled to include Cindy, and the Thorns in the 2013 Power of the Purse,” said Elizabeth Nye, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon. “We can’t wait to continue our partnership with the Thorns as they kick of their first season!”

Dragonwing girlgear shares the same vision and passion for young, female athletes as Girls Inc. and was an in-kind sponsor and attendee at the event.

Since 1998, Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon, formerly known as the Girls Initiative Network, has been serving all types of girls in the greater Portland area as a grassroots organization. In 2005, it became affiliated with Girls Incorporated, a national organization that started in 1864 and has reached over125,000 girls nationwide and in Canada.

The success of organizations like Girls Inc of Northwest Oregon and Girls Incorporated truly shows that women and girls really do have the power of the purse.

To learn more about Girls Inc of Northwest Oregon visit http://girlsincnworegon.org.  To learn more about the Portland Thorns, visit, http://www.portlandtimbers.com/thornsfc.  To learn more about Dragonwing girlgear, visit dragonwinggirl.com.


Show Us How You Rock It!

Girls and Parents!  Show us how you rock it! Send us a photo of your favorite climb — and you could win * Dragonwing™ girlgear capris and a two hour parent daughter lesson at Triangle Rock Club!   Everyone who enters wins a 15% off coupon for purchases on the Dragonwing™ girlgear website and a coupon for a parent/daughter day pass combo for only $19 – $8 off regular price – at Triangle Rock Club!

Together these are a $150 value!

To enter, share your photo on Instagram and either the Triangle Rock Club or Dragonwing™ girlgear Facebook pages with the tag #DragonwingRockOn.

Official Rules for the Triangle Rock Club Dragonwing™ girlgear Giveaway Contest

No Purchase Necessary.  A Purchase will not Increase Your Chances of Winning.

1. Eligibility:  The Triangle Rock Club Dragonwing™ girlgear Giveaway Contest (the “Contest”) is only open to legal residents of the United States who are at least eight (8) years old. Employees of Triangle Rock Club and Dragonwing™ girlgear, their parent, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to enter.

2. Sponsor:  The Contest is sponsored by Triangle Rock Club and Dragonwing™ girlgear, (the “Sponsor”), located at 102 Pheasant Wood Ct  Morrisville, NC 27560 and 510 Meadowmont Village Circle Suite 188, Chapel Hill NC 27517.  The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and/or any other social media website or platform on which it may appear. Any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed to the Sponsors.

3. Agreement to Official Rules:  By entering the Contest, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsors’ decisions regarding the Contest, which are final and binding.  Winning the prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. How to Enter: To enter: (1) Take a picture of your favorite climb; (2) upload your picture on your Instagram or Twitter account using the hashtag #DragonwingRockOn. Only nominations received between 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 7, 2013 and 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 21, 2013 (the “Entry Period”), will be eligible. Sponsors’ computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

5. Content Requirements: Your Entry must not: (a) violate any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity; (b) contain defamatory statements; (c) include threats to any person, place, business, or group; (d) be obscene or indecent; (e) depict any risky behavior, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion; (f) contain any third party trademarks or logos; and (g) have been entered in any other contest or have been published or distributed in any other media. Sponsor reserves the right to refuse to post any Entry for any reason

6. Entrant’s Warranties and Representations:  By submitting an Entry, you warrant and represent that: (a) the Entry is an original work created solely by you for entry in the Contest; (b) you own all rights to the Entry; (c) to the extent the Entry depicts any individual or features the voice of any individual, you are the individual pictured and heard in the submission, or, alternatively, that you have obtained written permission from each person appearing in the Entry to grant the rights to Sponsor described in the “Sponsors’ Rights to Entries” section below, and can make written copies of such permissions available to Sponsor upon request; and (d) the Entry complies with all requirements of these Official Rules.

7. Sponsors’ Rights to Entries:  By participating, you: (a) irrevocably grant Sponsors, their agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual (non-exclusive) right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works of, exhibit, and otherwise use your Entry as-is or as-edited (with or without using your name) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party; (b) forever waive any rights of copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsors’ use of your Entry, or require any further permission for Sponsors to use the Entry; and (c) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against Sponsors on the grounds that any use of the Entry, or any derivative works, infringes any of your rights as creator of the Entry, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, and moral rights.

8. Selection of Potential Winner:  After the Entry Period, the Sponsors will evaluate all Entries and select one (1) potential winner based on the following Judging Criteria: originality and creativity. If the Sponsors suspect any fraud, tampering, or any activity that the Sponsors believe may impair the integrity of the entry process, the Sponsors may, in its sole discretion, select an additional potential winner.

9. Notification and Requirements of Potential Winners:  Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner within one (1) business day of the date of selection. Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release, and a release in which he/she irrevocably assigns and transfers to Sponsors any and all usage rights, title, and interest in Entry, including, without limitation, all copyrights and trademark rights, and waives all moral rights in the Entry.  If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf.  If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place according to the Judging Criteria.  Only three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted.

10. Prize:  One (1) winner will be selected. The winner will receive a Dragonwing™ girlgear Chill Weight Capri and a free two hour training session at Triangle Rock Club.    The approximate retail value of the prize is $160.  A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above.  Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.  A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded.  You may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsors reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.

11. General Conditions:  In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsors may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize according to the Judging Criteria from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment.  Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Failure by Sponsors to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.  Proof of sending any communication to Sponsors by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsors.  In the event of a dispute as to any online entry, the authorized account holder of the email address, Twitter Handle, or other user name used to enter will be deemed to be the participant. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

12. Release and Limitations of Liability:  By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsors, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and/or any other social media website or platform on which the Contest may appear, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone, or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize.  You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees.  You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

13. Privacy and Publicity:  Any information you submit as part of the Contest is provided to the Sponsors, and not to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media site or platform on which the Contest may appear, and it will be used for purposes of this Contest and treated in accordance with Sponsors’ Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes an entrant’s consent to Sponsors’ use of his/her name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

14. Disputes:  Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in North Carolina.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsors in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of North Carolina, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of North Carolina or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York.

15. Results:  To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Dragonwing™ girlgear Social Media Department, 510 Meadowmont Village Circle, Suite 188, Chapel Hill NC 27517.  Requests must be received by March 25, 2013.