Weekend RoundUp

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With another year, comes another 365 days of exciting competition and milestones in women’s soccer to be celebrated! In our first round up of 2018, NWSL teams are touching up their squads for the upcoming season, USWNT stars make some moves and Verizon and A+E Networks open up more opportunities for NWSL broadcasting. Read up on everything you might have missed during the holiday season!


Andi Sullivan wins 2017 MAC Hermann trophy
As the United Soccer Coaches Player of the Year in Division 1 soccer, Stanford senior Andi Sullivan was awarded the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann trophy last week. The 2017 PAC-12 Midfielder of the Year and three-time All-American First Team selection tallied three goals and six assists in her senior year, helping her college squad take their second national title in program history.
Morgan Brian signs multi-year contract with Lyon
After battling an injury during much of the 2017 season, Brian will bring her talents across the pond to the French powerhouse Lyon. Her contract will last for two-and-a-half years running through June 30, 2020. Portland Thorns’ Amandine Henry was also introduced as part of Lyon’s 2018 roster, giving the world’s most decorated team an even bigger edge this year.
Verizon and A+E Networks announce digital distribution deal
The new deal with the broadcasting empires could give the NWSL a bigger platform and audience. Verizon will possibly broadcast 2018 matches not only on their Go90 platform but on other entities like Yahoo!, HuffPost and Tumblr.
Houston Dash announces Lisa Cole as assistant coach
The former Boston Breakers assistant and head coach will join Vera Pauw’s technical coaching staff in Houston as an assistant coach immediately in preparation for the 2018 season. Cole started her coaching career at the University of Mississippi in 1997 and most recently spent two years coaching the Papua New Guinea U-20 team.
January camp roster released for start of 2018
While heavy hitter Meghan Klingenberg was welcomed back to the USWNT roster with open arms, many favorites were unfortunately left off the list due to injuries sustained in 2017. Tobin Heath, Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle will be absent from the midfield squad as they undergo surgeries and rehabilitation. The college stars expected to make waves on the national team include College Cup champion and Stanford standout Andi Sullivan, her teammate Tierna Davidson and South Carolina’s Savannah McCaskill.
Denmark Women’s National Team sign new TV agreement with DR
Fans across Denmark will now have the chance to watch all of the WNT’s home matches, including World Cup Qualifying games in France, through the Danish Broadcasting Cooperation through 2023. The new agreement will start in 2019.
Asisat Oshoala named Africa’s Player of the Year 
The Confederation of African Football announced the award winner last week, making Oshoala the first player to receive the honor three times. Oshoala previously won the award in 2014 and 2016. The 23-year-old currently plays for Dalian Quanjian FC of the Chinese Women’s Super League where she scored 12 goals this season. 
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When Cheyenne's mother was about twelve-years-old, she was determined to play basketball in any capacity she could, and so decided to try out for the boy's team at school. With no program for the girls, she had to work twice as hard to prove herself amongst the other boys. When she earned a spot on the team, she was thrilled, but there was just one catch. She had to cut her hair short like the boys in order to play. Without hesitation, her long brown locks were snipped off, and her shoes were laced up, leading to a fruitful collegiate basketball career and a lifetime of athletic achievements. Perhaps it was her mother's testament to 'Girl Power' that motivated Cheyenne to follow her own athletic journey, but as a young girl, she too found a love for sports, landing on both the basketball court and the soccer field.After finishing fourth in the Illinois State Final soccer tournament in her senior year of high school, Cheyenne traded in her cleats for a pen, paper and camera, studying journalism at Chicago's DePaul University and covering sports, including the DePaul women's soccer team, as a reporter and anchor for the school's television news program. As a recent graduate and a self-proclaimed woman of the world, she now resides in Amsterdam where she teaches English and continues to write, cheering on women's soccer and female empowerment in all its forms.


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