March 16, 2010

WPS Teams Pare Rosters to 24

Today was the deadline for WPS teams to trim their rosters to 24 and there were only a few surprises. Among the few veterans cut that saw substantial playing time last year were Kerri Hanks (former Athletica and Sky Blue), who was waived by Philadelphia and Sharolta Nonen (former LA Sol) who was waived by Atlanta. Chioma Igwe, who saw extensive playing time with the Chicago Red Stars in 2009, had been waived earlier. Final rosters, consisting of 18 full roster players + 4 developmental players will be announced on April 1.

Philadelphia released their 24 player roster with Hanks listed as one of the 24, but later in the day added Dani Collins back to the roster and waived Hanks, the only player so far to score a goal with 2 different WPS teams.

Atlanta's 24 player roster also does not include Christine Latham, who was waived as well. Latham had been waived by Boston, where she had spent the 2009 season. Meanwhile, Boston trimmed their roster, including two players that saw brief action with the team last year, Erika Sutton and Mary-Frances Monroe. All 7 of Chicago's college draft picks made the Red Stars' 24 player roster.

Probably the most notable player not making the final 24 for FC Gold Pride was Lindsay Massengale, who saw action in 4 games during the 2009 season. The Washington Freedom cut two of the 6 goalkeepers they had in camp, Mary Casey and Lauren Robertson, as well as 2009 developmental player Christen Karniski. Among Sky Blues' cuts was former WUSA player, Jen Grubb. And Saint Louis Athletica actually trimmed their roster down to 23 players. Among the players who made the roster is India Trotter, who had been drafted by Athletica way back in October, 2008 only to announce that she was retiring at that time.