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.
- AGM wrap: U.S. Soccer board obstructs and women's soccer moves forward … but this one guy …The U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting provided expected drama at some points, unexpected non-drama at others, and unexpected drama at others. I'll get to the bit about the guy who called out the women's national team for its sportsmanship. Going bit by bit ... The Powers That Be may once again find themselves at war … Continue reading AGM wrap: U.S. Soccer board obstructs and women's soccer moves forward … but this one guy …
- Harvard analysis shows deeply embedded misinformation on women's soccer payIt's not their faults. Harvard Business Publishing has made available -- for a fee -- a pair of articles designed to serve as a basis for classroom discussion. They're thoroughly researched by four people ("Professors Christine Exley and John Beshears and Research Associates Manuela Collis and Davis Heniford prepared this case") with roughly 100 citations. … Continue reading Harvard analysis shows deeply embedded misinformation on women's soccer pay
- 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 bonusesNow 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 disputeThis 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 stageThree 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 sameLet'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?
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.