The Pali Blues open up their season on May 18 against the Los Angeles Strikers. Photo courtesy

Pali Blues Ins and Outs: February 5, 2013

After falling short of their quest to become W-League Champions, Charlie Naimo’s Pali Blues were back to putting the pieces together for the 2013 season, which does not start until May. Naimo was named one of ten United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame Inducteeson Dec. 14, 2012 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Here are the inductees and teams recognized.

2012 Men’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Builder – Bill Rudisill, Wilmington Hammerheads

Coach – Laurie Callaway, Des Moines Menace, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Rochester Rhinos

Player- Dustin Swinehart, Charlotte Eagles, Hampton Roads Mariners, Indiana Blast


2012 Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Builder – John Pugh, Ottawa Fury

Coach – Nino DiPasquali, New York Magic

Coach – Charlie Naimo, Pali Blues, Central Jersey, Jersey Sky Blue,New Brunswick, NJ Wildcats


2012 MISL Hall of Fame Inductees

Builder – Earl Foreman

Coach – Ron Newman, Sand Diego Shockers

Player – Hector Marinaro, Cleveland Crunch, Cleveland Force, Los Angeles Lazers, Minnesota Strikers

Player – Slavisa “Steve” Zungul, New York Arrows, San Diego Sockers, Golden Bay Earthquakes, Tacoma Stars


2012 USL 10+ Clubs

BYU Cougars

Fresno Fuego

West Virginia Chaos

The first four players were announced for the W-League season earlier this past month. They are UCLA Bruins Jenna Richmond and Abby Dahlkemper and 2012 USA U-20 Women’s National Team members Sarah Killion and Samantha Mewis.

“With the NWSL it was important for us to shift back to a team predominantly stacked with the top college players in the country, similar to what we had in 2009,” said Naimo to “Adding Abby, Samantha, Jenna and Sarah puts a huge dent in creating that class again.”

Richmond, a midfielder from Centreville, Va., is heading into her final season at UCLA. As a freshman in 2010, she started all 21 matches she played in, ending the season with five goals and four assists for a total of 14 points. Richmond’s immediate impact on the team earned her a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team that year. Richmond was part of the U-20 squad that won the 2012 CONCACAF Championship for a berth to the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a tournament in which she started all three group matches.

Dahlkemper comes to Pali with two seasons at UCLA under her belt, in addition to her U-17 and U-20 youth national team training. In her first season at UCLA, Dahlkemper earned two assists, and then in 2012 improved to three goals and three assists in 2012 while playing in all 23 matches as a starter.

“I am extremely honored and excited to sign with the Blues,” said Dahlkemper. “I can’t wait to play and practice with some of the best players in the country and I am looking forward to getting coached by Charlie and the rest of the training staff.”

As a freshman at UCLA, Killion assisted two goals, and appeared in all 21 matches played by the Bruins. In 2012, she finished fourth on the team in points with three goals and six assists. Killion missed part of the Bruins’ 2012 campaign while on national team duty. She helped the USA to a championship at the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Japan, defeating Germany 1-0 in the final.

“I am so happy and grateful about the opportunity to play with the Pali Blues this summer,” Killion said. “I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of girls and playing with some amazing talent. Of course I’m also excited to be coached by Charlie.”

Mewis helped the USA to second place in the 2008 U-17 FIFA World Cup in New Zealand, which she played alongside her sister Kristie. At UCLA, Mewis finished the 2011 season second in scoring, behind US forward Sydney Leroux, with six goals, earned seven assists, and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.

“I am excited about signing with the Blues for this summer,” said Mewis. “I think it will be a great opportunity to compete at a high level with girls from around the country. Not only will it be a great place to get better in the off season, but it should be challenging and a fun environment.

“[I am] honored to be a part of such a great team.”

Pali open up their season on May 18 against the Los Angeles Strikers at Palisades Charter High School’s Stadium by the Sea.

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