Enduring Spirit: Restoring Professional Women’s Soccer to Washington was published in September 2013. It’s the story of the first season of the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, who were kind enough to let me wander around at their practices and follow them on a couple of road trips. It was first released for Kindle and Nook but is now available at other outlets as well.
- Weight lifted with U.S. soccer victory, gold (USA TODAY) – 2008 Olympic final (in-person coverage)
- Marta has her Diego Maradona moment (ESPN) – 2011 World Cup (in-person coverage)
- New life in the Old World: The nomadic American aiming for World Cup 2019 … with Canada (FourFourTwo) – feature on Ella Masar
- U.S. conquers the world / Fans hold breath, are requited with dramatic win (Knight Ridder Tribune) – column on World Cup final. That’s 1999. I’m old.
- Carli Lloyd’s memoir explodes myth that US women’s soccer is all fun and friends (The Guardian) – book review
- USA’s women lost – blaming it on ‘cowards’ simply misses the point (The Guardian) – after 2016 exit
- The USWNT is a soccer team, not a traveling circus. It’s time for a fix (The Guardian) – after Honolulu catastrophe
Projects and indexes
- Women’s Professional Soccer lawsuit and demise: Consistently broke news for ESPN and espnW as maverick owner Dan Borislow sued the league, one of the factors in its eventual dissolution.
- 2011 Women’s World Cup: Traveled to Germany to cover early rounds for ESPN and espnW.
- The college bribery case and accused soccer coachesThanks a lot, Twitter, for sending me down another rabbit hole. I could be working on any number of things, including my transitions from guitar to keyboard and vice versa on the Better Than Ezra classic Good. (If you want to know where we’re performing, let me know.) If you don’t know of the women’s… Read More
- Welcome, drive-by pundits. Can we introduce you to the NWSL?I’ll toss this into the “maybe tying pay to revenue isn’t such a good idea” argument, and please don’t take one part out of context … Over the past week, per the daily Soccer America newsletter, eight MLS games and one CONCACAF game had better attendance than the WNT’s game in Tampa. What does this… Read More
- U.S. women’s soccer team v U.S. Soccer. Please let somebody winI’ll need to start with disclaimers, for some people in the women’s soccer community have sharp knives and blurred vision, and some people think saying, “Hey, that point you made won’t stand up in court” is the work of a misogynistic craptastic devil in a Belly T-shirt. So let’s start: DISCLAIMERS 1. The point of… Read More
- The top 100 women’s soccer players, by the numbersThe Guardian has released its annual list of the top 100 women’s soccer players in the world, drawing votes from an outstanding panel. It’s a diverse group of voters. The only U.S.-based journalists on the panel are Jennifer Gordon and Jen Cooper, both terrific choices. (You might also include Jordan Angeli, a former player now… Read More
- NWSL’s leadership void compounds hurricane damageOn Monday, Campbell University and Coastal Carolina University agreed to move their football game from Saturday to Wednesday and play it at Campbell instead of Coastal Carolina, a brief sojourn for Chanticleers fans. (Coastal Carolina won rather easily.) On Tuesday, the University of Virginia moved its home football game against Ohio to Nashville. On Tuesday,… Read More
- Washington Spirit report: Meet the new boss …Taylor Smith won the ball at the back and surged down the right channel into open space. Mallory Pugh went out wide. A couple of passes threatened to unlock the Utah defense. I don’t remember exactly what happened next, but it probably involved Becky Sauerbrunn breaking up the attack. I bring it up because that… Read More
- New podcast, new T-shirtThe feedback I’ve received on the T-shirts is that everyone loves the “three minivans” badge. So the new T-shirt emphasizes that badge. The RSD banner is moved, and the “TRAVEL SUCKER” logo becomes a small badge. Take a look and get your shirt now. Also new … I’m going to do fewer hourlong podcast interviews.… Read More
- RSD36: Player pathways, college and elite leagues, with Lesle GallimoreLesle Gallimore has been head women’s soccer coach at the University of Washington since 1994, and she’s the current president of United Soccer Coaches. In this conversation, we talk about how college coaches adapt their recruiting to the new “elite league turf war” environment. And we talk about how players adapt and whether they *can*… Read More
- RSD27: Julie Foudy finds reasons to be optimistic about youth soccerIf you came here from my Soccer America piece, skip ahead to the 25-minute mark. Or maybe go back to the beginning of this conversation around the 18-minute mark to hear Foudy talk about pay-to-play and the chase for results. Or back to 13:20 to hear the entire youth soccer discussion. Today’s guest has an… Read More
- Scenes from an Orlando hotel (or, why Heather O’Reilly is hard core)After my interview with SiriusXM FC today (thanks, Dunny and Janusz), I headed over to the hotel where all the action is at the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting to grab a good meal and see who was hanging around. I found more than I expected: Hard-core HAO: I’ve been wrong about a few things in… Read More
I’ve covered just about everything in women’s soccer, from an Olympic final (2008) and World Cup games (2011) to high school games and sparsely attended exhibition games in the Dark Ages between U.S. professional leagues. I’ve also covered ongoing news stories such as the feud between WPS and maverick owner Dan Borislow. When Borislow suddenly passed away, I wrote a remembrance that was one of the most popular posts in SportsMyriad history.
Some reporters are afraid to be controversial in women’s soccer coverage. I’m not. I’m willing to call out Brazilian star Marta on her gamesmanship (while still paying tribute to her skill) or lead the chorus questioning the USA’s tactics and personnel decisions. I’ve had some interesting “discussions” on Twitter with angry soccer celebrities.
The point is not to be cynical or snarky. The point is to show the reality of the situation and hold people accountable.
And as journalists, we’re beholden to the facts. So when they’re bent, as came up often in the Great U.S. Women’s Pay Dispute in 2016, it’s up to us to correct the record, popularity be damned.
Also, when a team overcomes its problems, as the USA did in the 2015 World Cup, the victory is that much more sensational.
I think people are tired of seeing female athletes treated as perfect little robots who go out and do nothing but generate positive things. The reality is much more interesting, much more important, and much more inspiring.