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Nadim returns to training, Thorns change formation: New from NWSL camp

5 weeks of NWSL pre-season, 2 weeks left.

The team is working with the university and other NWSL teams and is starting to get a better sense of what the team will look like on the pitch when the Challenge Cup begins on March 18th.

Throughout the training camp, players have recovered from injuries, teams have changed formations, and newcomers have the opportunity to explore new cities.

Here’s what’s happening in Louisville, Portland, and Angel City at the NWSL camp this week:

“I’m going to do everything in preparation”

Nadia Nadym-somewhat almost-is back.

The Louisville star scored three goals last season and assisted in eight games before breaking the ACL in September.Ironically, in January, during her recovery process, she I became a doctor. Not surprisingly, she runs the recovery process and places it exactly where she needs it at this point.

This week she returned to training without contact. She wants to play in the match by May.

“My knees were amazingly responsive,” she said.

The next step is to work on gaining the muscles she has lost in the last few months. I spend a lot of time in the gym doing individual aerobic exercises and strength training.

“I will do everything to get ready as soon as possible,” said the 34-year-old.

While she wanted to return to the game, she was happy with the sunshine in Florida and was finally freed from the studies and exams she was crazy about while she was a doctor. Recently she sleeps “very well”.

“To be honest, it’s been very hard for the last three months,” she said with a laugh. “I’m not a stressed person, but I think it was stressful.” She later said, “It shows what humans can do. You can always push that wall a little more.”

Nadym has only been training with the young Louisville team for a few weeks, but she reports that “everyone is very happy to learn.”

Louisville is in its debut season when the club finished ninth in the league. Director Christie Holly was dismissed “for good reason” in August, leaving details of the dismissal obscured.

Under the new head coach Kim Byulke Glen, Racing plans to play an essentially direct ownership style. Björkegren, who recently led Cyprus’ Apollo Ladies FC to an undefeated season, prefers to base his playing system on his players rather than adopting a pre-determined philosophy.

“He will be great for us, and I can’t wait for these players to grow,” Nadym said.

Who is this new formation?

Portland Thorns will take a different shape in the field this year. Head coach Lian Wilkinson hasn’t spilled details, but she says it won’t be too far from former coach Mark Parsons’ 4-Diamond-2.

Wilkinson likes to use width, so as she says, the change has a lot to do with stretching the field left and right to “have a real purpose.” It also depends on how the player looks and plays in a particular position.

Defender Kelly Hubley told reporters on Friday that he was excited about the change.

“In terms of personnel, I think this year is a good match for the people we have,” she said. “Sure, it can be hard for everyone to understand the new role, but overall, I think it works very well for us when clicked. We’re all looking forward to playing this. We’re incorporating some games and playing with each other. “

Wilkinson, who has just been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, is said to be a laid-back coach by the players.

“That’s not the case, but it’s a good thing,” Hubley said. “That’s good. I think we’re all really excited to know more about her and her style.”

Explore the city

Many teams further north had to train in the southern states until February, but Angel City had the opportunity to settle in a new home in Los Angeles.

Head coach Freya Coombe said he wanted to know what they were doing on their days off as the players were hanging out in their backyard. So he decided to ask a few ACFC players directly.

Growing up near Los Angeles in Capistrano Beach, California, midfielder Dani Weatherholt spends most of his weekend hiking with his dog Nora. Pairs can usually be found in Malibu Canyon.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” she said.

When the sun isn’t shining and you’re not enjoying the mountains, you’re trying out new restaurants in the city.

“Fans have done a great job of letting us know where to go,” she said.

Forward Jasmine Spencer tried to do something new every weekend. Recently she visited the Broad Museum, where she got some inspiration about how to decorate her new apartment.

“”[It] It was really cool, “she said. “I went to see really cool art.”

Angel City will begin its opening season on March 19th against NWSL’s other expansion team, San Diego Wave.

Jessa Braun is a contributor to Just Women’s Sports, which covers NWSL and USWNT. Follow her on her Twitter @jessabraun..

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