Photo by Lora Charles. Charles Olney (@olneyce): Hi everyone, and welcome to our first slackchat of the offseason. We’re hoping to get back into a semi-regular conversations here are news starts to pick up. For today, we’ll mostly focus on international news, and do a little bit of assessment of […]
If Sky Blue FC was owned by a Republican member of New Jersey politics, Governor Phil Murphy may have already called for a special session to ask how someone could own a team and run it so poorly. If Steven Temares, the Chief Executive Officer of Bed Bath & Beyond, […]
The probability that Scotland is going to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup isn’t very high. But it is a possibility. Scotland will play in the Women’s World Cup for the first time when they take the field for their opening match. And that game will open up a possibility […]
Most of the media that cover women’s sports have made themselves experts in the field – and often times using expert feels a bit dicy – through years of following the teams and players. We get there by writing about the on-the-field play and the off-the-field drama of whatever is […]
It is the lot in life for most head coaches to be let go of the team they are leading. This came to be true for Tom Sermanni, as the Orlando Pride wilted down the stretch losing the final four matches of the season, and were winless in the last […]
The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship has been strange. Both Jamaica and Panama have made the semifinals while Costa Rico and Mexico–two teams that were expected to make the cut–are now out of the tournament. The only really expected result that has held is both Canada and the US making the […]
Lora Charles was on tap to shoot some great photos during the USWNT vs Trinidad and Tobago game. Check them out below.
Cuba exit World Cup Qualifying having scored zero goals and conceded 29. Their performance shows what’s wrong, and what’s right, about women’s soccer in CONCACAF. Cuba entered this month’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament well aware of the uphill battle they’d be facing. They are currently ranked 88th in the […]
Yesterday was a big day for Christine Sinclair. In the morning, France Football magazine released their shortlist for the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or award, and Sinclair’s name was included. This shouldn’t be especially notable, given Sinclair’s quality we would expect these sort of accolades to pile up almost unnoticed at this […]
Lora Charles was on hand to capture the USWNT vs Mexico as both teams try to qualify for France 2019.
Lewis Gettier was on hand for the 2018 championship between the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns. Check out his photos below!
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 […]