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.
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- Washington Spirit 1-0 Portland Thorns: Rivalry? - The driving distance from Providence Park to the Maryland SoccerPlex is 2,785 miles. Google Maps says I can do it in 41 hours. But is the relationship between the Portland Thorns and […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
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.