Torri Allen – D – Georgia – Former U.S. youth international had a respectable college career with Georgia but didn’t develop into a star as might have been expected after strong youth career. Played center-back at college level but too small (5’4″) to play centrally at this level. Might have the athleticism to make a move out wide but still got turned too easily by elite attackers in the SEC. Tough road to make it with a seasoned Flash defense.
Ally Lee – D – Jacksonville – Small school star was one of the Atlantic Sun’s best defenders in recent memory after four seasons with the Dolphins, including A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year honors for the best JU side in some time. Nice size for a center-back, especially one from a small conference school. Flash aren’t hard up for defenders though, especially rookies, meaning she might be a developmental prospect at best this season.
Kristen Meier – MF – Seattle Reign (Wake Forest) – Another player with local ties having been born in Syracuse, though she played club ball and attended college in the Southeast. Meier was a late charger in 2012 and was justly rewarded by being selected by Seattle in the 2013 rookie draft, though she played sporadically, getting released at the end of the season. Versatility in being able to play in defense and midfield could be key to sticking here.
Haley Palmer – D – San Diego State – Massive left-back stands at 5’9″ and is unsurprisingly a converted forward. Physical and athletic as you might expect and has been one of the Mountain West’s best defenders in recent memory, taking home two straight league Defensive Player of the Year awards. SDSU’s slight step backwards this year might have kept her from being drafted, but left-backs don’t fall off of trees, so I’d be surprised if she’s not on someone’s roster this year.
Casey Ramirez – D – Portland Thorns (Syracuse) – Came to the Thorns in mid-season last year along with Tiffany Weimer but featured sporadically, partially due to niggling injuries and was deemed surplus to requirements in the offseason by the new management. Had prior stints in Denmark with Fortuna Hjorring and with W-League powerhouse Ottawa Fury. A local product having played at Syracuse but likely fighting for one of last few spots on defense.
Yoreli Rincon – MF – FC Rosengard (SWE) – Colombian was once touted as a wondered and the best hope for a nation budding with potential at the end of the last decade. Toiling in obscurity in South America, Rincon got a move to Swedish contenders Rosengard and won a Damallsvenskan title with them this past year. Still, she hasn’t hit the heights expected of her at one point, but making this roster would give her a new platform to excel on. Boundless upside.
Jordon Roseboro – MF – Bay Area Breeze (Miami (FL)) – Played four seasons for an often middling Miami (FL) team, bouncing in and out of the lineup a bit as a senior in 2012. Spent past Summer in the W-League as a reserve with the Bay Area Breeze. Not a threat offensively given her college and W-League scoring record and may be too small to be a defensive midfielder at this level. Stacked midfield as well, meaning she’s a real longshot.
Brianna Smith – F – Canisius – Local product didn’t do her chances of sticking around any harm by scoring the lone goal in the friendly against Buffalo earlier this week. If a pro soccer career isn’t in the cards, Smith has more physical options being a reigning two-time boxing Golden Gloves winner for the state of New York. Can be wildly inconsistent in front of goal though, as evidenced by two excellent seasons in college as a freshman and junior and two relatively underwhelming ones as a sophomore and senior.
Jasmyne Spencer – F – Washington Spirit (Maryland) – Seemingly always in this position, scrapping for a roster spot at this level. Bounced from Boston to Washington last season and will try to catch on with the Flash this season. Little lightning bolt packs plenty of pace, which makes her a scoring threat and effective tool for stretching the field despite her lack of size. Decent bet to hang around given all the offensive talent the club will miss at one time or another on international duty.
Best Bets: Rincon, Palmer, Spencer