Charlie Naimo’s Pali Blues continued their wheelings and dealings ahead of the 2013 USL W-League season. Former USA Women’s National Team midfielder Angela Hucles was named an assistant coach to Naimo on March 27. Hucles’s years of experience and leadership make her a natural choice to help lead the youth driving this Pali Blues side this season.
“Angela and I have always talked about working together and I could not be happier that we will finally actually do it,” Naimo told BluesSoccerClub.com. “She has so much experience as a collegiate All-American, professional, and on the international level. I cannot think of a better role model for our players. Just one more exciting piece to what we are doing this season.”
Hucles was a standout at the University of Virginia and the Boston Breakers of the WUSA and Women’s Professional Soccer. She retired from playing the game in 2009.
“I’m excited to join the Pali Blues staff this season with what looks to be a great team,” Hucles said. “My experience with the game over the last twenty plus years will be helpful in not only the technical and tactical aspects of the game, but also hopefully relating to the players and helping them work towards their goals and greatest potential.
“I’m also excited to work with Charlie after knowing him for many years both in the USL and former professional leagues. It will be a lot of fun.”
Two more additions were added to the team on April 22: defender Sasha Andrews and goalkeeper Roxanne Barker. Andrews comes from the other W-League across the Pacific, the Australia Westfield W-League, and the Perth Glory. Barker has played for Pali before and returns to the team after finishing her career with the Pepperdine Waves. In addition, Barker was considered to be a fixture with the NWSL’s Portland Thorns FC after training with then in preseason.
“Sasha has proven herself to be a leader and one of the best defenders in the W-League,” Naimo told reporters. “It is great to have her back to bolster our back line.
“Roxy is a great addition. Her pre-season experience with the Portland Thorns combined with her international experience will really give us two great options on goal.”
Pali opened up their season on May 18 against the Los Angeles Strikers at the Stadium by the Sea on the campus of Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.