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AZ Exports: Ashley Hatch and Sydney Leroux Lead NWSL In Goals


Now that we're just over the midway part in the MLS and NWSL season, the ASA wanted to take a look and see how all the Arizona natives are performing this year. 

At the technical spot, there are currently four Arizona natives who are head coaches. Two in MLS and two in USL. There was 5, however, Rob Valentino returned back the staff after serving as interim head coach for Atlanta United. 

In the women's game, both Ashley Hatch and Sydney Leroux lead the NWSL in scoring with seven goals each. 

Below is a recap on how the natives are performing. 

Head Coach 

Greg Vanney (Tempe), Head Coach, LA Galaxy - 11-3-8; 36 pts. 4th in Western Conference 

Pablo Mastoreni (Phoenix), Head Coach - Interim, Real Salt Lake - 7-6-8; 27 pts. 7th in Western Conference

Rick Shantz, (Tucson) Head Coach, Phoenix Rising FC - 12-5-3; 41 pts. 1st in Western Conference Pacific 

Danny Cruz (Glendale), Head Coach - Interim, Louisville City FC - 12-4-4; 40 pts. 1st in Eastern Conference Central

Assistant Coach 

Rob Valentino (Cave Creek), Assistant Coach, Atlanta United FC - Served as Atlanta United Interim Head Coach from July 18 - August 12

Blair Gavin (Scottsdale), Assistant Coach, Columbus Crew 

Cory Robertson (Scottsdale), Goalkeeping Coach, Phoenix Rising FC 

Eerste Divisie (the Netherlands)

Richie Ledezma (Phoenix), M, PSV - Recovering from injury with potential to be back in October

Major League Soccer

Ventura Alvarado (Phoenix), D, Inter Miami - Currently injured

Matt Bersano (Tempe), GK, San Jose Earthquakes - 0 matches

Nick DeLeon (Phoenix), M, Toronto FC - 13 matches, 1 goal

Bryce Duke (Peoria), M, LAFC - 7 matches with LAFC | 11 matches, 1 goal, 3 assists with Las Vegas Lights (LOAN)

Justen Glad (Tucson), D, Real Salt Lake - 18 matches, 1 goal

Brooks Lennon (Paradise Valley), D, Atlanta United - 20 matches, 4 assists 

Grant Lillard (Scottsdale), D, Columbus Crew - 0 matches

Tate Schmitt (Ahwatukee), F, Real Salt Lake - 0 matches with RSL | 13 matches, 2 goals, 1 assist with Phoenix Rising (LOAN)

Donny Toia (Tucson), D, Real Salt Lake - 16 matches, 2 assists 

USL Championship

Josh Drack (Chandler) D, LA Galaxy II - 18 matches, 2 goals, 6 assists 

Ryan Flood (Tempe), D, Phoenix Rising FC - 16 matches

Sam Gleadle (Scottsdale), F/D, San Antonio FC - 18 matches 

Jose Hernandez (Phoenix), M, Oakland Roots - 9 matches, 2 goals, 1 assist 

Niki Jackson (Scottsdale), F, San Diego Loyal - 5 matches | 4 matches with Tormenta (LOAN)

USL League One

Rafa Guerrero (Tucson), GK, FC Tucson - 0 matches

I-League (India)

Mason Robertson (Scottsdale), F, Real Kashmir - New season starts December 2021


Jorian Baucom (Scottsdale), F, Racing Louisville FC - 7 matches

Julie Ertz (Mesa), M, Chicago Red Stars - 1 match

Ashley Hatch (Gilbert), F, Washington Spirit - 15 matches, 7 goals

Sydney Leroux (Scottsdale), F, Orlando Pride - 16 matches, 7 goals

Cassie Miller (Cave Creek), GK, Chicago Red Stars - 8 matches, 8 goals against, 20 saves, 2 clean sheets

Jessica McDonald (Phoenix), F, NC Courage - 13 mathes, 3 goals, 2 assists 


NÖI NB I (Hungary)

Angela Boyle (Anthem), D,  MTK Hungariá - No stats listed. Team in 3 matches into the 2021-22 season.

Natalie Stephens (Phoenix), F,  MTK Hungariá - 
No stats listed. Team in 3 matches into the 2021-22 season.

Liga MX Femenil (Mexico)

Adriana Orozco (Buckeye), M, Querétaro F.C.

Kazakhstani Women's Football Championship (Kazakhstan)

Brooke Denesik (Boulder Creek), D, BIIK Kazygurt - Season kicks off September 3