Buchanan’s Anisa Guajardo leans on Stockdale’s Michelle in the first half in a 5-1 romp by Buchanan at Buchanan High School on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. (Fresno Bee File)
Jan. 11 update: Guajardo was allocated to the Boston Breakers, along with USWNT players Sydney Leroux, Heather Mitts and Heather O’Reilly. Canadian national team members Adriana Leon and Rhian Wilkinson also are on the squad while Cecilia Santiago joined Mexico teammate Guajardo. Full list.
Former Buchanan High standout Anisa Guajardo is one of 55 players from either the U.S., Canadian or Mexican national teams allocated to the National Women’s Soccer League.
Guajardo, a forward on the Mexican National Team who just concluded a four-year career at Pepperdine, will learn Friday which of the upstart league’s eight teams she’ll be assigned to. The NWSL includes the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), Seattle Reign FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.
The Bee’s 2008 Girls Soccer Player of the Year will have her salary subsidized by the Federation of Mexican Football. Guajardo helped lead Mexico into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2012.
The NWSL, formed out of the ashes of the defunct Women’s Professional Soccer, is set to launch in April with each team playing a 22-game regular season schedule.
Other players allocated to the league include U.S. Olympic team standouts Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach.