TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Continuing a strong presence on the international and professional stages after their time at Florida State, there are 11 former Seminoles that are competing this summer on six of the 10 teams in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
The NWSL is in its second half of the season, with most teams already completing 13 of their 20 scheduled regular season matches.
Casey Short and the Chicago Red Stars are in second place in the league, narrowly trailing the NC Courage’s 27 points with a 7-3-3 mark and 24 points of their own. Short has made 12 starts in her 13 matches played this year, and her lone assist on the year came on the game-winning goal by Sofia Huerta against Sky Blue FC on June 25.
In fourth place are the Seattle Reign, including a pair of Noles that won an NCAA national championship in 2014 – Carson Pickett and Michaela Hahn. Pickett has played and started in all 13 games thus far for the Reign, while Hahn was picked up by the club off of waivers from the NC Courage, but has yet to play any minutes for the Reign this season.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir and the Portland Thorns are in fifth place with 19 points and a 5-4-4 record, and Brynjarsdottir has played in four matches so far this season.
Only four points separates the bottom five teams in the league, topped by the Orlando Pride at 4-5-4. Fields has played in 11 matches with six starts and recorded a game-winning assist on May 14 against the NC Courage, while Pressley has started on the defensive backline in 10 of her 11 matches this season for the Pride.
Amanda DaCosta roams the midfield for the Boston Breakers, who are currently in ninth place in the NWSL. DaCosta has started in three matches and played in eight games so far for the Breakers.
The Washington Spirit and its four former Seminoles – Tori Huster, Kassey Kallman, Cheyna Williams and Kelsey Wys – are at the bottom of the table with 12 points and a 3-6-3 record, but have only lost once in their last five matches. Huster has started and played all 90 minutes of the eight matches she’s played this season, while Kallman has competed on the backline with nine starts this year. Williams has tallied a goal and an assist in her 10 matches played this year, scoring the game-winner versus Houston on June 3 and recording an assist in a draw at Chicago on June 17. Wys is continuing to rehab an ACL injury she sustained in Australia and has not played this season after starting 14 games in goal for the Spirit in 2016.
The NWSL regular season runs through the end of September, before the top four teams compete in the NWSL playoffs in early October. Matches are available on television on the Lifetime Network, as well as on the go90 streaming service.
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