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.
- 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… Read More
- 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… Read More
- 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,… Read More
- 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: me 538: from their rankings AC: Avi Creditor, Sports Illustrated LL: Laken Litman, Sports Illustrated (you’ll have to click to see the picks from… Read More
- 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… Read More
- 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… Read More
- 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… Read More
- The college bribery case and accused soccer coachesThanks 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… Read More
- 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… Read More
- U.S. women’s soccer team v U.S. Soccer. Please let somebody winI’ll need to start with disclaimers, for some people in the women’s soccer community have sharp knives and blurred vision, and some people think saying, “Hey, that point you made won’t stand up in court” is the work of a misogynistic craptastic devil in a Belly T-shirt. So let’s start: DISCLAIMERS 1. The point of… Read More
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.