This was a fitting end to an unbelievable season for North Carolina, in a city that has set the gold standard for the future of the game. North Carolina came away 3-0 winners, but there was plenty more to this game than just the final result. Here are four winners […]
We have finally made it to the very last day of the 2018 NWSL season. We have weathered the summer thunderstorms, the midday heat, the head scratching trades, the coaching kerfuffles and all the other furtastic things that come with your typical season. And we’re right back to the same […]
Lewis Gettier (@LewisNC) is in Portland to snap some photos for Backline this championship week. Take a look below at the photos from media day, open training and the Amanda Duffy press conference.
RJ and Luis talks about USWNT rosters, NWSL awards, the semis and a preview of the final. Check us out on iTunes.
On Saturday, the Portland Thorns defeated the Seattle Reign to advance to their second consecutive NWSL Final. The defending NWSL Champions now await the winner of tonight’s contest between the Chicago Red Stars and the North Carolina Courage. If Chicago advances, it will be the first time Rory Dames gets […]
It’s time for some end of the year votes. Here’s my take on who should win the big awards. MVP Crystal Dunn Lindsey Horan McCall Zerboni Megan Rapinoe Sam Kerr It’s the most wide-open field the league has ever seen this year. To my eyes, there are a half dozen […]
Last weekend, Serena Williams faced Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open Women’s Final, a match where the quality of play was overshadowed by the umpire. Williams was penalized for breaking a racket, receiving hand signals from her coach, and defending those violations to the umpire. Williams received a point penalty […]
In the latest edition of “The NWSL needs a Commissioner”, we have a hurricane set to hit North Carolina as early as today. Hurricane Florence will hit the Tar Heel state just three days before the North Carolina Courage host the Chicago Red Stars for Sunday’s NWSL semifinal match. Late Thursday afternoon–roughly ten […]
The NWSL Podium: Top Performances is a weekly series that looks at the best attacking, defensive, and goalkeeping performances each week. The 2018 NWSL season has come to an end. After an exciting playoff race that was often too close to call, we finally have our final four. And in […]
The National Women’s Soccer League 2018 season will be remembered for the extremes of the standings with the dominance of the North Carolina Courage and the woes in New Jersey both on and off the field with Sky Blue FC. Among the lesser stories which will be nothing more than […]
The US played Germany in 2015. Do you remember the game? Charles and RJ break it down. powered by podcast garden Check us out on iTunes.
Lora Charles was at the final game of the 2018 NWSL regular season. She captured the North Carolina Courage and Houston Dash square off.
FIFA announced the final three for Best Women’s Player of the year today, leaving many people scratching their heads in bewilderment. The shortlist: Ada Hegerberg, Dzsenifer Marozsan, and Marta. That’s certainly three of the best players in the world over the past few years. But the best over the last twelve […]
Photos by Steph Nacho.
The NWSL Podium: Top Performances is a weekly series that looks at the best attacking, defensive, and goalkeeping performances each week. Week 22 has come and gone, and the NWSL playoffs are starting to take shape. This week, the Portland Thorns clinched their ticket to the playoffs with a 2-1 […]
RJ and Charles talk about the 2012 USWNT Olympic semifinal against Canada. Questionable refereeing, frantic play, *that* goal, and not much defense. powered by podcast garden Check us out on iTunes.
Charles Olney (@olneyce): Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Backline chat. It’s been an exciting weekend in the NWSL, so let’s start by discussing the playoff race. I think the general consensus has the current top four (NC, Seattle, Portland, and Chicago) as the most likely to make it in […]
Dan and RJ answer questions in Mail Bag about “who should be the USMNT GM, should we be worried about the USWNT going into the Women’s World Cup, and which “old time” player should they go find film on”. Then, Dan and RJ give you an American club soccer 101 […]
When the Orlando Pride were announced in the team’s introductory press conference by the fountain of Lake Eola which is the basis for the team logo, Tom Sermanni was named the first head coach in team history. Since being appointed as gaffer he’s gone on to a 25-26-14 overall record. […]
RJ and Luis talk all about two handed shoves, the NWSL heading down the stretch and make predictions. Check us out on iTunes.