Perhaps the tale we should be looking at for comparison’s sake isn’t A-Rod’s at all.

The most obvious difference is that we’re in a whole other league now, and one that — despite the fact we just found out, a whole two days before the start of the season, where and how to watch the games — doesn’t feel like it’s flying quite as much by the seat of its pants.

We’re in year five, smashing through the previously impenetrable three-year barrier Cheap Jerseys China Paypal that felled the previous two leagues. The relative infrastructure, history, and stability that the NWSL brings as compared to WPS, especially when Rodriguez was a rookie, means that at the very least, there are four other people who once stood where Lavelle is now, and based on where at least three of them are now, things will probably turn out OK.

Perhaps the tale we should be looking at for comparison’s sake isn’t A-Rod’s at all. Perhaps we should instead head west, to Chicago in 2015. The Red Stars, for all their struggles in the WPS era and in the early days of NWSL, made the playoffs for the first time in 2015, and Cheap Jerseys Good Quality they did it largely on the strength of a team devoid of the kind of names you’d think they’d need to get there.

Manziel and Gilbert were two premier selections who wound up making 11 total starts before washing out of the league. Since 2000, no team has had two players taken so highly in the same draft who contributed so little.

The Pac-12 career record-holder for made three-pointers will remain on the West Coast, joining a Sparks team that’s loaded with talent. Wiese’s three-point ability will be greatly appreciated in Los Angeles after the defending champion Sparks led the league in three-point shooting last season.