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Jan. 1, 2017 — Wishes and hopes for 2017

We begin 2017 with our usual list of hopes and wishes (kind of like virtual giftboxes) for life and sport in the New Year.

I hope the NWSL is going to look past the possible investment dollars of FC Barcelona when it comes to its next expansion and will choose the investment group(s) that make sense for future growth.

I hope U.S. Soccer will hear Alex Morgan’s concerns about competition and will help other CONCACAF countries to organize a continental club competition to feed into an eventual FIFA Women’s Club World Cup.

I hope the reputed move of Elena Delle Donne to the East Coast will not destroy the chemistry of the WNBA team she eventually lands with.

Then again, wouldn’t it be nice if the Philadelphia 76ers were to nurture and develop a WNBA team?

I’m hoping that USA Field Hockey would take a page from United Women’s Lacrosse and host a traveling league that plays alongside summer camps so that young people can go and see their role models in action.

I’m hoping that there is enough sponsorship money for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team to take part in the planned FIH home-and-away league.

I hope for great things from the U.S. women’s senior national lacrosse team as they go for a third straight FIL World Cup title, though I think Canada and England have supplanted Australia as the Americans’ chief rivals.

I hope the National Women’s Hockey League doesn’t die on the vine after its second season.

I hope that someone will take the opportunity to make the upcoming girls’ lacrosse game between The Hill Academy of Vaughn, Ont. and Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) into a showcase for the sport. It should be good competition, despite the won-loss record of Hill last spring.

I hope those collegiate teams who are being afforded the services of some of the greatest players coming through the prep ranks will understand the expectations their presence will engender. This especially goes for North Carolina field hockey next fall and USC women’s lacrosse this spring.

I hope a happy medium can be found between those who believe that scholastic competition is a good and necessary educational component, and those who would rather have their sons and daughters play highly advanced competitions, even though the infrastructure for such competition doesn’t yet exist at certain age levels.

I also hope that players who are playing up a level, such as Erin Matson and Mallory Pugh, can perhaps be part of a wave of athletes who opt into a different way of development.

And I hope that different way might perhaps supplant the NCAA, as its stars have been opting out of football bowl games, and entire seasons as so-called “student-athletes.”

I wish good health and happiness to my readers and I hope to see a lot of you around the playing fields of America.

Happy New Year, everyone.


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