Women’s soccer

spirit15Enduring 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.

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  • The top 100 women’s soccer players, by the numbers
    The 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 damage
    On 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-shirt
    The 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 Gallimore
    Lesle 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 soccer
    Today’s guest has an impossible task: Make me feel better about youth soccer, and soccer in general, and youth sports in general … maybe just life in general. But she’s faced tougher tasks. She’s Julie Foudy, Hall of Fame soccer player and ESPN journalist. After I make an announcement and then rant about curling commentary,… 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
  • U.S. Soccer presidential election: Last call for questions
    In one week, U.S. Soccer members — from big-shot board members to little-known delegates from far-flung state associations — will descend upon a hotel just outside Disney World and Sea World. They’ll have two days of preliminary meetings and a welcome event at Hollywood Studios. (I have not yet inquired about Fastpasses for Toy Story… Read More
  • Time for U.S. pro leagues to treat their cornerstones a bit better
    With its callous attitude toward Columbus, MLS has already staked out a “thanks for getting us off the ground, now go away” attitude that Don Garber must fix before he either leaves office or renews his contract. Are we seeing the same thing in pro women’s soccer? It’s complicated. We might not know a complete… Read More
  • Yes, it’s possible to understand the U.S. Soccer WoSo and YoSo numbers — maybe
    This tweet, with a screenshot from the 2018 U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting book, created some consternation: I *think* these figures are from calendar year 2017, given the note that they're compared to 2016. pic.twitter.com/0GErzOc5xz — Beau Dure 🗯️⚽👨‍👦 (@duresport) January 12, 2018 Did I say consternation? I meant confusion. Perhaps they shouldn’t make footnotes… Read More


thumb-wosoI’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.

Full clips by topic: women’s soccer, nwsl, wps, olympics