Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pali Blues Re-Sign Tapscott, McNamara; Sign Taylor

The defending United Soccer Leagues W-League champion Pali Blues announced the re-signings of midfielder Leah Tapscott and defender Beth McNamara, and the signing of forward Jodie Taylor.

Tapscott was a member of last season's team, scoring four points on a goal and two assists. She had 10 goals and 10 assists for 40 points in four seasons at Stanford University and was named to the 2004 All-Pac 10 Conference First Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America West Region Second Team and the Soccer Buzz magazine Third Team.

McNamara, who played three seasons with Blues head coach Charlie Naimo at the W-League's New Jersey Wildcats, where she also won a championship title, missed the 2008 season with an injury.

At James Madison University, she was the school's 2003 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection.

She began her professional career in 2003 by playing three games with the Philadelphia Charge of the Women's United Soccer Association, then joined the W-League's Boston Renegades that season.

McNamara was named to the 2006 W-League's All-Eastern Conference team.

Taylor, a member of England's U-23 National Team, was the only player in Oregon State University history to be named four times to the All-Pac 10 Conference First Team and have 100 career points (47 goals, 19 assists for 113 points).

She also played for the Renegades in 2006, then played the next two seasons with the Ottawa Fury. In 2008, she was sixth in the W-League in scoring with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists.

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