Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NWSL: National TV, Player Ratings, Notes

The National Women's Soccer League made their debut on Fox Soccer this past Sunday and I took in the game. It was the Seattle Reign vs. my hometown Washington Spirit (at Starfire, near Seattle) and it was fun to watch.

Shortly after the match I headed over to the NWSL website to check out standings and stats. To my surprise, the league is doing a great job of tracking both. This was not the case with the WPS a couple years ago, though it was enough for me to determine that Ella Masar was the best player (Masar went on to be one of the central figures in the story arch of that league).

To be brutally honest, up to this past week, I had not spent a whole lot of time with the NWSL as my schedule is filled with Major League Soccer (Columbus Crew) but, I've got the next few days off work and a little bit of time on my hands.

With that, and a good deal of stats to work through, I decided to plug the numbers into my MLS player rating model. Just as I did a couple years ago with the WPS

Here are some of the top players in the league:

Player Score : Player Name TEAM
100 Danesha Adams SKY
99 Courtney Goodson SKY
97 Alex Morgan PDX
97 Abby Wambach WNY
96 Allie Long PDX
95 Kendall Johnson SKY
93 Manya Makoski SKY
93 Kathryn Williamson PDX
93 Christine Sinclair PDX
92 Katy Freels SKY

You may recognize a couple of those names. For league standings and news, head on over to the official NWSL site. If you want a place for all player stats and my player ranking go HERE.

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