Futbol Fix

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USC women's soccer head coach Ali Khosroshahin was not pleased with 2011's 7-13 record, so he's overturned the roster with 18 newcomers to go along with the McAlister Field makeover (pictured).

mcalister-construction.jpg"After all the injuries we had last year, there was a huge need to reinforce ourselves," Khosroshahin said. "We feel we've gone out and recruited not only the most talented class that we've ever had here, but also the deepest class. We have been able to bring in reinforcements at every position, and we're very confident in these new players' abilities and their ability to adapt to the way we play." 

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The dramatic personnel shift means more players are coming in than returning.  The new wave is led by Missouri sophomore transfer Caroline Stanley, who is expected to start in goal.

"She's a very good organizer," Khosroshahin said about his new keeper.  "She communicates well and she's very good with her feet. I expect her to have an immediate impact on this team."

Of the 16 incoming freshmen, seven of the 13 locals earned All-CIF honors, while Oregon import Whitney Pitalo headlines the three out-of-state talents.

"Whitney could potentially be the best athlete in this class," Khosroshahin said. "Her hobby is pole vaulting and she's an accomplished soccer player. She has scored a lot of goals and can play multiple positions."

The women's soccer season kicks off in August.

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Can we please stop calling it futbol? Soccer or football.. or even footy work just fine. It's not "that sport Mexicans play" so there's no reason to distinguish it from American football by calling it futbol.

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