Domestic Allocation

by admin on September 28, 2008

It seems like a while ago since I last blogged. As you know, I’ve been really busy putting together the roster and securing the rights for 8 potential Red Stars. Let’s begin with the three Americans. I’m absolutely delighted to have three starting USWNT players joining the Red Stars.

First, Lindsay Tarpley. She’s someone I’ve been following for a long time, since her days at UNC. Her goal-scoring record at college is second to none, and that has always impressed me about her. Her coach once sent me a DVD of 50 goals scored by the UNC team in 2003, and I was so impressed by the different types of goals she scored that season. Being at UNC, she is used to playing in a very offensive-minded set up and she will be right at home here at the Red Stars. It’s in her mentality, and that will never change. I also think she will provide some versatility across the front, but I prefer her in a central forward position. She’s also a cracking person off the field as well. Seeing the Tarpley clan at the USWNT/Ireland game last week, we know there will be a strong following for Lindsay too.

As for Kate Markgraf, what more can I say about a player that has achieved so much. She is very well-respected in the soccer world and to those that I spoke to, both friends of hers and former teammates, they’ve let me know how much she will bring to this team. Even speaking with Pia about her, the one thing that impressed me the most was how much she was still willing to learn and to grow as a player. She knows what it is to be a pro; she played in the last league. She will be a veteran on this team and has outstanding leadership qualities. I am sure she will bring energy to this league as she knows how important it is to the long-term development of the top players in this country. I watched her closely during the Ireland games, and her 1v1 defending ability is very underrated. She is smart. She knows when to go and win a ball, when it’s on, and she’s very quick at dropping off before attackers get a yard. I was also fortunate to witness her first-ever US goal, I was sitting directly behind the goal.

Moving on to Carli Lloyd. I first watched Carli as a High School senior while I was on a college recruiting mission. I sat on the banks of a field somewhere on the East Coast. I remember watching this tricky, talented, technical midfielder that drew crowds to watch her play. I thought to myself, “Wow, this girl is going to be something special.” Following her career quite closely after that, Carli rightly went on to win a starting position in the midfield in the USWNT and her game has grown from strength to strength. Her passing range is exceptional, and I can honestly say I have not seen many players strike the ball harder than her. The great thing about her is that she has not reached her potential, and that’s something we will hope to help her with. Her game-winning goal against Brazil, after a strong performance in the final, demonstrated that in the final third, she can be deadly.

All in all, a great allocation for the Red Stars has given me a lot to think about in terms of putting players around them that are going to bring the best out of all three of them. My selections in the International Draft reflect that.

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