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Transfer Roundup: Freda Flies To Cyprus

01/31/2017, 10:15am EST
By Admin

Inferno’s Blomquist off to Finland; RSL’s Verdoia now in Norway

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Business is picking up in the world of women’s soccer, as post-collegiate and professional players look for teams to latch on to for the 2017 season. Three players with connections to United Women’s Soccer (UWS) member teams have found new landing spots as former New Jersey Copa F.C. forward Krystyna Freda, former Lancaster Inferno midfielder Sydney Blomquist and Real Salt Lake Women alum midfielder Stephanie Verdoia have signed on for professional teams in Europe.

Freda - the 2016 United Women’s Soccer Player of the Year, who scored 15 goals and tallied three assists in 11 games for the East Conference champions - has been offered a three-month trial with Apollon Ladies F.C. in Cyprus. ALFC won the Cypriot First Division four consecutive times between 2009-2012 and competes in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, where Apollon has advanced from the qualifying stage on five occasions.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity,” said Freda. “I have been looking to take that next step in my career, and when this came up I couldn't refuse. Cyprus is beautiful and the team is excellent, so I think that it will help me immensely in my soccer career. I am going to look to improve my soccer skills and fitness while over there and become the best player I can be, as well as expand my cultural knowledge.”

For more information, click HERE for Freda’s full interview on the NJCFC website.

Blomquist suited up for Lancaster in 2014 and 2016 (playing in eight games), and was presented with an opportunity to play in Prague for SK Slavia (UEFA Women’s Champions League qualifier). Sidney had a successful trial but ultimately chose to sign for Swedish club Vasteras BK30 and helped them win promotion to the Elitettan. She has now signed on to play for Åland United of the Finnish Naisten Liiga for the 2017 season.

“Playing in Europe has been an amazing experience so far,” said Blomquist. “It has provided me with the opportunity to continue growing not only as a player, but also a person. I’m very grateful be to living out my dream as a professional footballer and seeing the world in the process.”

For more information, click HERE for Blomquist’s full Q&A on the Inferno website.

Verdoia is a Real Salt Lake Women alum who was drafted by the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the 4th Round of the 2015 NWSL Draft, after ending her Seattle University stint as the career leader in goals (51) and points (132). Stephanie was recently waived by Boston after making 18 appearances over two seasons with the Breakers (five starts in 10 games in 2016). The midfielder would find a new home quickly as she signed with Vifademene of Norway’s Toppserien.

For more information on Verdoia’s days with the Real Women, click HERE for a Q&A on the RSL website.

About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UWS is managed by EDP, a leading soccer management company that runs a number of leagues and tournaments. In addition to UWS, EDP operates youth leagues that includes an NPL league, the EDP Super Club program, the EDP Premier League and the EDP Championship League. EDP also runs EDP Futures programs for U-7’s to U-12’s and it conducts more than 20 youth tournaments, including tournaments within its EDP Cup Series and EDP Showcase Series.

Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at Press@UWSSoccer.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Director Joe Ferrara by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.

2017 NWSL College Draft Preview

01/09/2017, 7:45pm EST
By Admin

10 players with UWS connections will take part in Thursday’s NWSL Draft

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Last week, the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced the list of players that will be eligible for selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. The unprecedented fifth edition of the draft will take place this Thursday, January 12th at 3:00 PM ET (Noon PT) at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Los Angeles. Ten players with connections to United Women’s Soccer (UWS) member teams will take part in the NWSL Draft, highlighted by three players from 2016 East Conference champion New Jersey Copa F.C.

UWS will also take part in this week’s convention festivities, as fans, friends and potential players, sponsors & teams can meet up with league officials at Booth 369 starting this Wednesday afternoon when the convention officially kicks off. The full list of current players & alumni with connections to UWS member teams is below:

NAME - POS. - HOMETOWN - COLLEGE / CLUB
Morgan Andrews - M/D/F - Milford, NH - Univ. of Southern California / New England Mutiny *
Emily Armstrong - GK - Collegeville, PA - Univ. of Connecticut / Lancaster Inferno    
Nicole Bates - D - Basking Ridge, NJ - Fordham Univ. / New Jersey Copa F.C.
Nickolette Driesse - M/D - Wayne, N.J. - Pennsylvania State Univ. / TSF Academy         
Callie Duliba - D/M - Kintnersville, PA - Villanova Univ. / New Jersey Copa F.C.
Kaitlyn Johnson - F/M - Los Angeles, CA - Washington State Univ. / Colorado Pride
Serina Kashimoto - D/M/F - Hiroshima, Japan - Butler Univ. / New York Magic *
Diana Poulin - GK - Hauppauge, NY -  St. John's Univ. / Long Island Rough Riders *
Kristyn Shea - GK - Piscataway, NJ - Providence College / New Jersey Copa F.C.
Michele Vasconcelos - M/F - Sandy, UT - Brigham Young Univ. / Real Salt Lake Women

* signifies club alumni who did not play in UWS 2016

NWSL will live stream the 2017 NWSL College Draft via Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, with host Mark Rogondino, analyst Aly Wagner, analyst Jen Cooper and reporter Ashleigh Ignelzi broadcasting live from the JW Marriott. Click HERE for full draft broadcast information and HERE for the full NWSL College Draft list.

New Jersey Copa F.C. will have three draft-eligible players, led by 2016 All-UWS Honorable Mention & All-UWS East Conference First Team goalkeeper Kristyn Shea who played in nine matches (664 minutes) and had 27 saves over the course of the season. The former Providence College shot-stopper was named the UWS East Defensive Player of the Week (Week 2), going 1-0-1 in a win over TSF Academy and a draw against Long Island.

Nicole Bates was also part of Copa’s stalwart defense and was named to the UWS East Honorable Mention Team - playing 687 minutes while helping to hold opponents to only 11 goals scored - and Defensive Player of the Week (Week 5). The senior captain for Fordham University was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference. Callie Duliba (eight games, 693 minutes) was named UWS East Defensive Player of the Week (Week 3) when the center back’s leadership paid dividends in a shutout win over New York.

Emily Armstrong split duties in goal for the Lancaster Inferno this past summer, playing 276 minutes in seven matches (12 saves). At UConn, she was chosen as American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season. Nickolette Driesse was named UWS East Offensive Player of the Week (Week 6), when she led TSF Academy with two goals in a 3-1 win over New England. At Penn State, Driesse was a team co-captain and a All-Big Ten First Team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team selection.

Kaitlyn Johnson was named to the UWS All-West Conference First Team for the Colorado Pride, playing seven matches (497 minutes). The Washington State forward was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team for the second straight fall. Michele Vasconcelos led Real Salt Lake Women in scoring (three goals, three assists) and was named to the All-UWS Honorable Mention & All-West Conference Teams. At BYU, she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and totaled 16 goals & 13 assists which ranked her fifth nationally (2.14 points per game).

For full information on the 2017 NSCAA Convention, click HERE.

About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UWS is managed by EDP, a leading soccer management company that runs a number of leagues and tournaments. In addition to UWS, EDP operates youth leagues that includes an NPL league, the EDP Super Club program, the EDP Premier League and the EDP Championship League. EDP also runs EDP Futures programs for U-7’s to U-12’s and it conducts more than 20 youth tournaments, including tournaments within its EDP Cup Series and EDP Showcase Series.

Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at Press@UWSSoccer.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Director Joe Ferrara by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.

WNY Flash Show Interest In Freda

08/08/2016, 3:45pm EDT
By Admin

UWS Player of the Year & Copa star getting a closer look from NWSL club

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The 2016 United Women’s Soccer (UWS) Player of the Year may be moving on up from the pro-am ranks to the top league in the world. New Jersey Copa F.C.’s top-scoring forward Krystyna Freda is slated for a trial with the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), who are currently in third-place (and in playoff position) with a 8-5-2 record. Freda’s 15 goals and three assists (33 points) for the East Conference champions this past season won the UWS scoring race by a tidy margin.

“I loved playing for Copa because the coaches were so great and they helped me work on a bunch of things I needed to refine and take myself to the next level,” said Freda in a NJCFC release. For the full Q&A, click HERE. “Everything that Copa did for me, practices, connections, it’s all paying off and now when I go to New York it’s going to happen.”

After being held scoreless in her first game in Copa colors, the Somerset, NJ-native would go on an impressive run of form, netting a goal in eight of the last nine games to finish the regular season. Freda’s success should not be a surprise, as in 2015 for Merilappi United in the Finnish Naisten-Liiga, she scored 10 times in 14 games and had three Game MVP selections to her credit. The former Winthrop University star has been a goal machine for some time now, as she notched 63 goals in her four-year career for the Big South Conference side.

“There is no doubt that Krystyna is going to be a great example for young girls in our academy and girls around the country who look up to one day playing in the NWSL,” said NJCFC Head Coach & 2016 UWS Coach of the Year Roberto Aguas.

About United Women’s Soccer (UWS): UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UWS is managed by EDP, a leading soccer management company that runs a number of leagues and tournaments. In addition to UWS, EDP operates youth leagues that includes an NPL league, the EDP Super Club program, the EDP Premier League and the EDP Championship League. EDP also runs EDP Futures programs for U-7’s to U-12’s and it conducts more than 20 youth tournaments, including tournaments within its EDP Cup Series and EDP Showcase Series.

Media can contact UWS Director of Communications Jorma Kansanen by e-mail at Press@UWSSoccer.com. You can visit the league’s official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.

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