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Time is running out for Umeå to sign De Vanna

Lisa De Vanna is interested in joining Umeå IK, but the club has problems finding the money to secure a contract.

Australian striker Lisa De Vanna, who last season played for AIK, has been Umeå's preferred replacement for Marta since last fall. Umeå's general manager Britta Åkerlund told Västerbottenskuriren today, that she is in contact with De Vanna's agent Greg Erskine and the talks are going well. But Umeå still hasn't managed to find the extra resources necessary to finance the deal.

Umeå has strained finances and Åkerlund has declared that a player like De Vanna must be financed with new money. And even if club managed to round up a large amount of sponsors for a deal with Marta, this was for a deal with Marta. Åkerlund has been forced to negotiate again with potential sponsors and has so far not been able to get enough support.

Umeå is competing with the American club Washington Freedom for De Vanna's signature. "She [DeVanna] probably can't afford to wait much longer" said Åkerlund. "If nothing happens within a week or a week and a half we will lose her".
de Vanna vill hit - men UIK saknar pengar

Chicago confirms Jönsson and Östberg signings

Chicago Red Stars in the US league today confirmed the signings of Swedish internationals Caroline Jönsson and Frida Östberg. They have both signed contracts for one season.

Caroline Jönsson told that she took her time to make up her mind. "There was a lot of papers to read and you have to be thorough". She also said that making it possible to combine her football in USA with her psychology studies in Umeå was a necessary condition for her. And Umeå University is known for helping athlete students doing that.

The 80 times capped Sweden goalkeeper also announced that she now has decided to retire from the national team. "I have experienced several major championships with the 2003 World Cup silver as the big highlight." Leaving the national team will also make it possible for her to play the entire American season, including the play-offs, that would have clashed with the European Championships in August. states that USD 30,000 per season seems to be the going rate for most internationals in the WPS league. Caroline Jönsson doesn't want to comment in detail, but it sounds like she will be making more than that.

I haven't found any comments from Frida Östberg yet.
Chicago Red Stars:
Chicago Red Stars Sign Sweden's Frida Östberg & Caroline Jönsson ”Carre” sa ja till Chicago, men nej till landslaget
Aftonbladet: USA nästa för Östberg/Jönsson (Nice picture here with USA bound Larsson, Jönsson and Östberg, looking unhappy after the 2003 World Cup final).

Hammarby and Piteå wins friendlies

Hammarby IF - Bollstanäs SK  3 - 0
Hammarby (starters): Minna Merilouto - Annica Svensson, Elin Sölveskog, Karin Lissel, Kicki Bengtsson - Madeleine Tegström, Lena Andersson - Leena Puranen, Johanna Andersson, Sara Wiman -Nina Hietanen
Goals: 1-0 Sara Wiman, 2-0 Johanna Andersson, 3-0 Nazanin Vaseghpanah
Hammarby defeated another Stockholm side, Bollstanäs, in their first outdoor match for the season. Bollstanäs, a promotion contender to damallsvenskan last year, but narrowly beaten by Piteå, never threatened Hammarby. Hammarby played their usual 4-2-3-1 and they tried out most of their new signings as starters. Two of these made the score sheet, Sara Wiman (IFK Gävle) and Johanna Andersson (Jitex).
Seger i första träningsmatchen

Piteå IF - Sunnanå SK  2 - 1
Sunnanå: Eva Nilsson - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Sanna Frostevall, Maggie Esseryd - Josefin Johansson, Carina Holmberg, Erika Karlsson, Matilda Forslund (45 Magdalena Rosendahl) - Linda Fransson, Lisa Renberg.
Goals: 0-1 Josefin Johansson, 1-1 Marie Lundqvist, 2-1 Johanna Lindahl
Piteå played their second training match this season, taking advantage of the full size indoor arena in nearby Luleå. This was a littyle disadvantage for Sunnanå, playing their first after training a month in gym halls. Piteå's Håkan Norberg was pleased with his team managing to come from behind and win, showing they're on the right way preparing for their first Damallsvenskan season.
In Sunnanå Hanna Marklund made her eagerly awaited come-back. She was not really up to match pace yet, but played 90 minutes. Piteå slog Sunnanå
Norra Västerbotten: Släkten är värst - Lindahl sänkte Sunnanå i premiären
Piteåtidningen: Visst ser det bra ut, Piteå