Houston lined up the framework of a lineup that will make opponents work for goals in Friday's NWSL expansion draft. Offense will be on new coach Randy Waldrum's mind with the second pick in the college draft on Jan. 17.
The spotlight on Abby Wambach continued to shine brightly in 2013: She led the Western New York Flash to the NWSL championship game and moved past Mia Hamm for most international goals in soccer history.
Erika Tymrak and Leigh Ann Robinson represent the first payoff for U.S. Soccer from its investment in NWSL. The rookie and the journeyman punched their tickets to the national team with a successful season with FC Kansas City.
With injured stars, a rookie goalkeeper and home-field advantage all part of the mix, there are plenty of issues to consider heading into the first NWSL championship game between the Thorns and the Flash.
Kansas City isn't exactly known as a soccer hotbed in history or geography. But the success of FC Kansas City, currently standing atop the NWSL standings and chasing a title, is making the sport a success story in middle America.
At first glance, dividing 23 American soccer players, in addition to 32 Canadian and Mexican players, into eight equal groups in the allocation process for the eight founding teams in the National Women's Soccer League might seem easy. Not really.