With the second NWSL season starting this weekend, it’s time for a reminder about the book I wrote on the first season of the Washington Spirt.
Enduring Spirit: Restoring Professional Women’s Soccer to Washington tells the story of a team keeping it together through a stressful season. They didn’t win a lot. They had plenty of injuries. People lost jobs.
I went to a lot of their practices, went on one and a half road trips, and saw one team meeting. That gave me a chance to flesh out the team beyond the epic winless streak. I saw their sense of humor and their determination. I can no longer watch basketball without hearing goalkeeper coach Lloyd Yaxley asking why anyone would invent such a noisy sport.
A couple of excerpts are available here: one from the road trip, one from the team’s preparation for Game 1. (That was one of the few times I was able to see them working on tactics.) I also ran through a quick list of what you’ll learn from the first couple of chapters.
You can get the book just about any way you like:
- Print: Amazon or Barnes and Noble (the cover is a little different)
- Kobo (erratically available)
On that note, SportsMyriad is going on spring break. See you in a week or so.