Women’s soccer

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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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Recent posts

  • Women’s soccer: How about equal spending in general, not just equal pay?
    Harvard Business Review had a piece on lessons to learn from the U.S. women's soccer team's "equal pay" push, which may be premature given that the lawsuit hasn't proceeded yet (and, based solely on what's going to end up presented in court, may not go well for the women). Here's how I responded: I've covered … Continue reading Women’s soccer: How about equal spending in general, not just equal pay?
  • Equal-pay play: No friendly gap, narrowed Cup bonuses
    Now that the national team pay calculator is done (more or less), we can run some scenarios. Here's one: Assumed results: Women win World Cup with 9 points in group stage, take Olympic bronze with 7 points in group stage. Men reach World Cup quarterfinals (7 points in group) one year and take 3 points … Continue reading Equal-pay play: No friendly gap, narrowed Cup bonuses
  • Why do I question women’s soccer narratives?
    I'm aggravated when people denigrate soccer because it's my favorite sport -- and because such sentiments are often rooted in a form of xenophobia in which generations have been expected to be culturally assimilated through our devotion to American sports like football, basketball and baseball. I'm aggravated when people denigrate women's sports because such sentiments … Continue reading Why do I question women’s soccer narratives?
  • A quick guide to the U.S. women’s soccer pay dispute
    This World Cup is going to be quite competitive, today's 13-0 rout notwithstanding. The bad news is that the USA's chances of winning are less than 50-50, but the good news is that the reason is the growth of the game worldwide. No one who cares about women's soccer would want the game in England, … Continue reading A quick guide to the U.S. women’s soccer pay dispute
  • Women’s World Cup predictions (collated)
    If you made predictions, feel free to share them. I'll try to compile as best I can. GROUP STAGE Key: Third-place teams that qualify marked with asterisk. The predictors ... BD: me538: from their rankingsAC: Avi Creditor, Sports IllustratedLL: Laken Litman, Sports Illustrated (you'll have to click to see the picks from Kellen Becoats, Luis … Continue reading Women’s World Cup predictions (collated)
  • Game-by-game guide to Women’s World Cup group stage
    Three basic icons here: 📺 ️- must-watch☠️ - must-win 🏏- country also playing in Cricket World Cup on same day Times Eastern Friday, June 7 3 p.m., FS1: France vs South Korea. Traditional first-day favorable matchup for the hosts. Saturday, June 8 📺 9 a.m., FS1: Germany vs China. Does China have anything to offer … Continue reading Game-by-game guide to Women’s World Cup group stage
  • U.S. Soccer: The game is not the same
    Let's skip the intro and get right into it ... You may want to refer to the original, because this is a paragraph-by-paragraph response. Miki Turner has done some of the screenshots already, so expect to see his Tweets throughout ... (NOTE: When I say POINT here, I don't mean my point. This is what … Continue reading U.S. Soccer: The game is not the same
  • Any defense for USA’s World Cup roster?
    At the Total Soccer Show, Daryl Grove and Taylor Rockwell seem worried. At The Guardian, Caitlin Murray seems slightly skeptical. At The Equalizer (paid content), Chelsey Bush laments the absence of Casey Short. At Soccer America, Paul Kennedy sees a couple of surprises. At Twitter ... no, I'm not going there. I'm probably less worried … Continue reading Any defense for USA’s World Cup roster?
  • The college bribery case and accused soccer coaches
    Thanks 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 … Continue reading The college bribery case and accused soccer coaches
  • 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 … Continue reading Welcome, drive-by pundits. Can we introduce you to the NWSL?

History

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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.

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