Washington Spirit 0-1 Houston Dash: Random thoughts

Houston is not that bad. Yes, the Dash lost 5-1 to Seattle, which lost 3-0 to Boston. It’s an unpredictable league. If you want predictability, watch the Celtic men or Lyon’s women demolish their domestic leagues. Anyway … – Kealia Ohai was a monster. Her goal, which Washington defender Estelle Johnson simply called “a great play by a great player,” wasn’t even her best play of the game. She was a constant threat down the left wing and put the “track” in “tracking back.” She’s a blur at top speed, even on a hot night in the D.C. exurbs. “It’s a … Continue reading Washington Spirit 0-1 Houston Dash: Random thoughts

2018 medal projections: 31 today

NBC’s Nick Zaccardi has taken care of something I had planned to do, rounding up this winter’s World Championship results into a medal projection. His numbers: 34 Germany 28 USA 27 Norway 26 Canada 22 France Compare this to the most recent Virtual Medal Table from Gracenote, which compiles all results: 34 Germany 34 Norway 31 USA 29 Canada (only 5 gold) 23 Russia I haven’t done a full-fledged projection (and I might not), but I’ll take a quick pass through the World Championship results and assign a plus or minus to Nick’s count: ALPINE SKIING Medals won: 3 Mikaela Shiffrin: … Continue reading 2018 medal projections: 31 today

Why the Washington Spirit should make a deal with Portland

Let’s get a few things out of the way first. The Washington Spirit have problems — some of their own making, some not. (Some of this was covered earlier in my Guardian piece on the club’s issues.) Last year’s national anthem fiasco was, first of all, the wrong decision on the club’s part. (Make no mistake — a lot of people spoke up in support of Bill Lynch, just not within the narrow confines of the women’s soccer community. But you simply can’t make a point about patriotism by stifling peaceful free expression. And I’d challenge the people who said … Continue reading Why the Washington Spirit should make a deal with Portland

Collecting the dripping info of U.S. women’s soccer’s CBA

First, read my piece at The Guardian. If you haven’t been following the saga of the Great Equal Pay Standoff of 2016-17, that’ll help you catch up. You may notice there’s a lot we don’t know. It’s not as if U.S. Soccer and the union held a press conference and went over the CBA line by line. “It’s a private document,” I’ve been told by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. A BigSoccer poster captured the release of information perfectly: Exact terms not to be disclosed until you’ve lost interest. And indeed, the previous CBA and Memorandum of Understanding weren’t … Continue reading Collecting the dripping info of U.S. women’s soccer’s CBA

U.S. women’s soccer team: What we know, what we don’t

The U.S. women’s soccer CBA is, quite literally, a Big Deal. And yet we really know so little about it. We know which players will be allocated in the NWSL, with the only slight surprise being Jaelene Hinkle’s omission. [gview file=”http://www.sportsmyriad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/NWSL-allocations-by-year-Sheet1.pdf”%5D We also know, via the NYT’s Andrew Das, that there’s no outright prohibition on artificial turf. One USWNT nugget from cutting room: no prohibition on artificial turf in CBA, b/c neither side wanted to rule out cities like Portland, etc. — Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) April 6, 2017 We’ve seen some comparisons between the pay in the old deal and … Continue reading U.S. women’s soccer team: What we know, what we don’t

Washington Spirit vs. Duke: Panic at the Plex?

The Washington Spirit returned to the Maryland SoccerPlex’s stadium field on Saturday without Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Diana Matheson, Megan Oyster, Christine Nairn and Estefania Banini. We didn’t even see Boyd, the SoccerPlex dog. And they fell behind to a college team, 3-2. Proof that the team can’t compete? Time to panic? Not really. First of all, it’s preseason. Major League Baseball teams lose spring training games to minor league and college teams from time to time. MLS teams occasionally beat European powers warming up for their seasons in the USA, and we don’t think D.C. United would win La … Continue reading Washington Spirit vs. Duke: Panic at the Plex?