State of the Spirit, Mewis trade edition

You can’t fault the Washington Spirit for trading Kristie Mewis. She’s a strong attacking player who hasn’t been a full-time starter in recent weeks as the Spirit fully embrace their non-contender status and continue to develop a gaggle of young attackers who have been better than expected. She has trade value, and yet it’s reasonableContinue reading “State of the Spirit, Mewis trade edition”

Spirit-Breakers, before the deluge

Concentrating on soccer was rather difficult this afternoon. When we weren’t checking updates on Charlottesville, we were checking the weather. A couple of minutes after the final whistle, the SoccerPlex lightning-detection system kicked into gear, and we all had a wet drive home. But the game deserves some mention, even if it was basically aContinue reading “Spirit-Breakers, before the deluge”

Podcast: Episode 4— Are WoSo players role models? Guest: Jen Cooper

Charles Barkley said he isn’t a role model. Women’s soccer players, though, have typically embraced that role. But does being on a pedestal come with inevitable pitfalls? Jen Cooper, keeper of Keeper Notes and the Mixxed Zone podcast, joins the show to talk about it. We cover (in rough order; see Podbean for the timestamps):Continue reading “Podcast: Episode 4— Are WoSo players role models? Guest: Jen Cooper”

Jill Ellis, the U.S. women and whether a “wrong experiment” exists

Sometime last night, while the U.S. women were losing to Brazil (before the frenetic last 10 minutes yielded an improbable 4–3 win), WoSo Twitter was melting down. And it wasn’t without reason. I found myself recalling that Tom Sermanni lost his job for far less experimentation than Jill Ellis has been doing in 2017. ButContinue reading “Jill Ellis, the U.S. women and whether a “wrong experiment” exists”

Podcast: Episode 3 with Gwendolyn Oxenham and extraordinary women’s soccer stories

Gwendolyn Oxenham and I both went to Duke, but she’s a more typical Dukie overachiever — soccer player, filmmaker, author, etc. Her new book, Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer, collects interesting stories from all over, showing us what women’s soccer players do to compete and get better in a sportContinue reading “Podcast: Episode 3 with Gwendolyn Oxenham and extraordinary women’s soccer stories”

More apps (and more women) in the crowded soccer-skills marketplace

From the mailbox today: English Premier League soccer team Manchester City has launched SkillCity, presented by Nexen, a new interactive app that will help develop the talents of young soccer players across the US. The City squad is currently in the United States for its pre-season tour, visiting Houston, Los Angeles and Nashville. SkillCity willContinue reading “More apps (and more women) in the crowded soccer-skills marketplace”

Are refs calling NWSL and MLS games differently?

A few of us have gotten the impression that referees in NWSL games are awarding tons of penalty kicks but not many yellow cards. Are we right? Sort of … So the PKs, aside from games involving Sky Blue, aren’t that far off. But yellow cards? A rare sight in an NWSL game. If you’dContinue reading “Are refs calling NWSL and MLS games differently?”

Spirit, Pride still works in progress

Marta is here. Alex Morgan is back. Mallory Pugh is here. Estefania Banini is back. But the chemistry isn’t quite there. And neither is the service from midfield. Yes, the Washington Spirit and Orlando Pride each scored twice in a 2-2 draw before a crowd of 5,200 that filled the seats, the hill and theContinue reading “Spirit, Pride still works in progress”

Washington Spirit 1-0 Portland Thorns: Rivalry?

The driving distance from Providence Park to the Maryland SoccerPlex is 2,785 miles. Google Maps says I can do it in 41 hours. But is the relationship between the Portland Thorns and the Washington Spirit a rivalry? “For me, yeah,” said former Spirit and current Thorns midfielder Hayley Raso with little hesitation. “It’s hard toContinue reading “Washington Spirit 1-0 Portland Thorns: Rivalry?”

What happened to the Washington Spirit?

I spent several weeks reporting this piece tracing the club’s trajectory from “30 seconds from the title” to “who’s starting for this club?” and “what happened to the youth clubs?” I did not pick the word “downfall” in the headline, which immediately made me think of Meme Hitler screaming about the Krieger trade. Source: SoContinue reading “What happened to the Washington Spirit?”