Women’s soccer writing: 2004-2015

Selected women’s soccer pieces, including coverage of the Women’s World Cup (2011) and the demise of WPS: Women’s World Cup 2011 (espnW/ESPN) Despite speed and spirited offense, Japan falls twice German soccer moves to next level Preview (ESPN): Germany-Canada FIFA press conference has abrupt ending Game 1: Loudly supported Germany defeats Canada Game 1 (ESPN):Continue reading “Women’s soccer writing: 2004-2015”

American women in Europe: Champions League soccer update

Can’t promise I’ll do this every time we have UEFA games, but with the round of 32 starting this week, it seemed like a good time to check out the Women’s Champions League and see how U.S. players and a few players with U.S. ties are doing. (I’ve surely missed people. Please add them in the comments.)Continue reading “American women in Europe: Champions League soccer update”

The elephant in the women’s soccer room: NCAA

NY Fury coach Paul Riley, who led the Philadelphia Independence to two runner-up finishes in WPS, has a few thoughts about the future of the game, and it differs a bit from the Peter Wilt plan — more money, more months in the season: The money issue is really just a question of what owners areContinue reading “The elephant in the women’s soccer room: NCAA”

The U.S. Open Cup, women’s soccer and “data points”

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is an economist by trade — which is good, because if you see the financial documents linked later on, you’ll remember that he doesn’t get paid for his role with the federation. (Perhaps it’s a little unfair that the person making the big bucks, CEO Dan Flynn, rarely has toContinue reading “The U.S. Open Cup, women’s soccer and “data points””

You want U.S. Soccer involvement in elite women’s game? Here you go …

I don’t see the press release at USSoccer.com yet, but there was a second announcement today in addition to Pia Sundhage’s roster for the Olympics. Here’s the key excerpt: Following the FIFA Women’s World Cups for the Under-17 and Under-20 age levels this coming fall, the head coaching positions for those teams will become full-timeContinue reading “You want U.S. Soccer involvement in elite women’s game? Here you go …”

Random bits of U.S. women’s pro soccer history

This week, I participated in a roundtable discussion (sort of — we didn’t see anyone else’s answers until today) on WPS’s demise, and Julie Foudy sent us scrambling down Memory Lane with an espnW column about the next steps in pro women’s soccer. Taking the roundtable first: It’s a little humbling to answer a questionContinue reading “Random bits of U.S. women’s pro soccer history”

Borislow unleashes anger at U.S. Soccer

Former magicJack owner Dan Borislow has been conciliatory toward other WPS alumni. Their lawsuit is settled, and everyone’s moving forward. But he still sees an obstruction in the path of women’s soccer, and it’s the organization that collects the sanctioning fees. Here’s his statement: My take on the whole matter is that WPS could haveContinue reading “Borislow unleashes anger at U.S. Soccer”

Boston Breakers statement on WPS

I’ll have more analysis at some point over the weekend, in case my story and analysis at espnW aren’t enough for you. But I wanted to go ahead and pass this along from my inbox … May 18, 2012 (NORWOOD, MA) – Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) further announces today that the efforts of all teamsContinue reading “Boston Breakers statement on WPS”