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.
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- Carli Lloyd's memoir explodes myth that US women's soccer is all fun and friends | Football | The GuardianLloyd says she doesn’t want “drama,” unlike many of her team-mates. “Unfortunately, in a dozen years on the US women’s national team, I’ve been around enough drama queens to fill a royal palace,” she writes. Yet “drama” is the bulk of this book. And it’s actually much of her career. Prodded by trainer James Galanis, she always has a chip on her shoulder, and she readily admits she plays better with an underdog mentality. She always has to have someone to prove wrong, whether it’s a media critic, an opposing coach (based on whispers of disrespect), or any random person who doubted her. Tags: clips the guardian 2016 womens soccer woso-s
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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.
- 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 […]
- U.S. Soccer presidential election: Last call for questionsIn 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 […]
- Time for U.S. pro leagues to treat their cornerstones a bit betterWith 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 […]
- Yes, it’s possible to understand the U.S. Soccer WoSo and YoSo numbers — maybeThis 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 […]
- RSD21: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Eric WynaldaEric Wynalda has played in multiple World Cups, Germany, MLS, etc. He’s been a successful coach and commentator. Yes, we talk about promotion/relegation. In fact, we did it first just so you single-issue types can […]
- RSD18: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Mike WinogradHe doesn’t have the name recognition of Eric Wynalda, he hasn’t been in the U.S. Soccer inner circle like Carlos Cordeiro, and he hasn’t been campaigning as long as Steve Gans. But Mike Winograd is […]
- Women in U.S. Soccer leadershipNo, it’s not a blank post. The Guardian recently posed the question of whether a woman could be elected U.S. Soccer president, focusing on one of the more likely candidates (we think) — Julie Foudy. […]
- Alex Morgan's ejection from Epcot: Not a big deal, not not newsworthyLet’s first get rid of the notion that male athletes or public figures would not make the news if they were tossed from a bar — let alone tossed from Epcot Center, where hundreds of […]
- Spirit season recap and a post-Vegas anti-cynicism rantIn the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the Ranting Soccer Dad podcast opens with a few thoughts on why we shouldn’t give up on changing people and society as a whole, either on something […]
- Promotion/relegation propaganda/reality, Part 3: U.S. SoccerThere’s no organization in the world quite like U.S. Soccer. That’s not a compliment. That’s not an insult. It just … is. U.S. Soccer is unique among major U.S. sports federations in that its mandate […]
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.