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. The print version is available at Amazon.and Barnes & Noble.
I’ve covered just about everything in women’s soccer, from an Olympic final (2008) and World Cup games (2011) to 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.
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.
- The happy exiles: why US women’s soccer stars choose to play abroad | Football | The Guardian - I spoke with experienced NWSL players (Cami Levin, Tori Huster), young players who’ve gone overseas instead (Toni Payne, Natasha Anasi — both from Duke) and a couple of others to get some insight into global WoSo warfare. Source: The happy exiles: why US women’s soccer stars choose to play abroad | Football | The Guardian
- The best U.S. women’s league ever? NWSL is still chasing WUSA | FourFourTwo - “The WUSA had the international drawing power of England’s Premier League. The NWSL is closer to MLS.” Source: The best U.S. women’s league ever? NWSL is still chasing WUSA | FourFourTwo
- 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: So … Continue reading What happened to the Washington Spirit?
- U.S. women’s soccer: Always look on the bright side of life - Sure, they lost 3-0. But they learned a lot, and the crowds keep coming out to see them even when they’re not seeing a bunch of celebrities crushing some hapless, unfunded national team just happy to be staying in a nice hotel. Go ahead and rip me on Twitter. I won’t be responding. At least … Continue reading U.S. women’s soccer: Always look on the bright side of life
- Steffi Jones’ homecoming, anthem update, other notes from RFK - German women’s coach Steffi Jones has every reason to be pleased tonight. Her team took an impressive 1-0 win over England, and she did it in her old home stadium from her Washington Freedom days. “That was about 14 years ago, but I was still feeling home,” Jones said. “I remember so many great games … Continue reading Steffi Jones’ homecoming, anthem update, other notes from RFK
- Still no news on that U.S. women’s soccer contract … - Yeah, I should’ve used a NewsRadio clip in this update on the U.S. women’s soccer labor situation, which is in an advanced state of limbo while the women replace their union leadership. Enjoy: The US soccer pay dispute: will a fix be found before the NWSL season begins? – The Guardian
- U.S. women and 60 Minutes: What we still don’t know - Yes, Carli Lloyd actually said the women’s team deserves to be paid more than the men. We still don’t know what that means. So my Guardian piece on the matter covers some familiar ground. But we do have some news, and it’s probably not good. This labor dispute has no signs of progress. The next … Continue reading U.S. women and 60 Minutes: What we still don’t know
- To my LGBTQ friends, colleagues and readers … - I’m not going to lie. I grew up with a backwards attitude. Yeah, Athens is a college town, but it’s still in Georgia. At both my rough-and-tumble public school and my vaguely Christian-ish (and generally wonderful) private school, homophobia reigned. “Gay” meant “weak.” It took me a few years to realize that I knew gay … Continue reading To my LGBTQ friends, colleagues and readers …
- Turmoil in U.S. women’s soccer and NWSL player pool - My latest for The Guardian looks at the start of a possible player exodus from the NWSL while the U.S. women’s national team negotiations — which directly affect the league — race toward the year-end deadline. How turmoil in US women’s soccer could drive players to Europe | Football | The Guardian Related: Yesterday’s post … Continue reading Turmoil in U.S. women’s soccer and NWSL player pool
- A brief Hope Solo court update - On Thursday, Hope Solo’s assault case will be officially remanded to the trial court, Kirkland Municipal Court … unless Solo’s counsel decides to appeal again. That’s the upshot of the stack of paper I managed to procure and have shipped cross-country to me in an effort to figure out the status of her case. Two … Continue reading A brief Hope Solo court update