My W-League bias and fickleness, let me show you it.

My team loyalties at the W-League level aren’t as strong as they are for WPS or NCAA. These teams change so much that I go season to season, bouncing my attention around three or four teams depending the the rosters they put together and who actually shows up.  The Pali Blues had me hooked in 2008, mildly interested in 2009, and apathetic in 2010. The Vancouver Whitecaps have always had some degree of my interest, but rarely hooked my support–too many youth national players in 2008, too few of the CWNT in 2009. 2010, though, reminds me of the rosters in 2005 and 2006. When Kara Lang committed to them this season, that was it. There’s my loyalty for this year. Pali’s signing of two Irish, two Cardinal, and Alex Morgan cannot buy my love.

This year, the Whitecaps are a mix of Canadian international experience. Here is their lineup from Sunday’s 3-2 win over Pali:

1.Siobhan Chamberlain; 16.Robyn Gayle, 2.Emily Zurrer, 19.Martina Franko (3.Shannon Woeller 76′), 21.Danielle Sweeney; 13.Sophie Schmidt, 17.Chelsea Stewart, 15.Kara Lang (18.Monica Lam-Feist 79′); 10.Jodi-Ann Robinson, 6.Amy Vermeulen (11.Desiree Scott 45′), 14.Melissa Tancredi (23.Nikki Wright 90′)

Subs not used: 27.Stephanie Panozzo, 25.Rachael Pelat, Ranee Premji

If you follow the CWNT or their youth national teams at all (which I suspect is not likely), most of those names are familiar. The likes of UCLA, UNC, Portland, and Notre Dame are represented here.  There are two former WPS starters. A handful of these players have won W-League and NCAA championships in the past. Most of them have played together at various levels.

In the past couple of weeks, the Whitecaps have dealt Pali two losses, including the first in the Blues’ history. I respect Pali’s history and Charlie Naimo’s ability to put together an amazing team, year after year, and I’m glad that when Pali finally fell, it was to a team of Vancouver’s caliber.

So much for draft thoughts.

One of the perks of having two writers at this blog is that we often don’t focus on the same teams or topics. I don’t have much to say about the LA Sol except that this is a nice approach (notifying the fans of what to expect from the LA web presence) and I really wish FC Gold Pride wasn’t doomed to be the next Marta’s Team, but I’m not holding my breath. I liked the early rumor that Athletica’s big trade was to put it in a position to draft her.

While the past few days have seen things happening in the WPS, the CONCACAF U-20 tournament was winding down. I caught 15 or 20 minutes of the final replay on FSC after having watched it live on CONCACAF’s stream. I still prefer the stream, choppy as it was sometimes, but I can appreciate that FSC actually aired games from a women’s youth tournament. I wonder what prompted that.

A friend suggested that I actually write about my thoughts on the games at some point. I don’t know what prompted that, either, and I worry that I have let too much time pass to say anything specific.

Ahead of the semis, I called a Mexico-US final because Canada seemed to have struggled in group play. Something wasn’t clicking, to the point that I wouldn’t have been surprised to see them lose a game in group. I didn’t expect them to completely run out of luck in the consolation match, though. Costa Rica was good–I think the result was fair, given how unconvincing Canada was–but I am going to miss having the chance to follow the Canadians this summer.

I think the US got a taste of competition once they got out of group. They faded quickly after their first game. This is still a decent team, but it doesn’t seem to be a good team the way last cycle’s was. They don’t seem to be clicking. Mexico is good, but the US has some great players at its disposal. It would be nice to see a few roster changes before the World Cup. I have some suggestions, but I think I used all of my brownie points on Henninger.

Mexico’s performance, by the way, almost makes up for not having Canada at the World Cup. I can see them making it out of group as long as the draw doesn’t land them in a group of death.