The NWSL doesn’t do everything right. Being a newer league, it has limited funding in comparison to other sports and its business structure still needs a lot of fine tuning. They are learning, and growing, and making fantastic strides forward, but it would be unreasonable to expect the NWSL to […]
This week, we combine the confusion of overfull rosters following the Boston Breakers shutdown with the return of the Australians from international duty. Predictions are meaningless in the face of such wholesale and paradigmatic abstraction. Plus they are hard to do. Houston v. Utah – March 30 @ 8 pm ET […]
This offseason, the Reign said goodbye to their longtime coach Laura Harvey, and quite a few players as well. For many fans, this movement was disconcerting. Even for those who liked the changes in principle, there was plenty of concern about how long it would take them to get everything […]
In this episode, Charles and RJ discuss positive moments from the first week of the season, reflect on the league’s continued refereeing issues, discuss the pluses and minuses of the streaming situation, and talk about the continued lack of a league commissioner. Follow us on Twitter: @123rdminute Intro music: Those Better Days by Mimi Page
*Announcer voice* And here is your weekly recap of NWSL games. Actually, I hate talking. That’s why I write. And I have no idea what sort of voice I’ll be writing in as this goes. Newsy? Sardonic? Trolling? Quickly fired? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Anyway, *Announcer […]
The NWSL is back. RJ and Luis talk all about the news of week one. – Where to find the hosts on Twitter: RJ Allen: @TheSoccerCritic Luis G. Hernandez: @RadioactivClown The Show: @QuickKicksNews – Thank you for playing Quick Kicks. To check out more about Backline Soccer please visit backlinesoccer.com.
Greetings, friends, and welcome to the first installment of Points of Pride. Each week, I’ll give three takeaways, two match quotes, and one point to look for going forward into the next match. For the first edition, the Orlando Pride hosted the Utah Royals FC in the Pride home opener and […]
Warning: This power ranking is not reactionary. This power ranking takes outside factors like weather and injuries into account. It has bias—yours when you read it and mine when I wrote it. Enjoy it. It will soon change.
Emma Bayer is an 11-year-old who does a recurring interview series for Backline Soccer. You can find more out about how Emma got into soccer here. Jess McDonald has played in quite a few cities during her career; Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Houston, Rochester, New York, and currently Cary, North Carolina. She […]
TSR takes a look at Chicago, Utah and Washington as the season heads toward the start. – You can also find us on iTunes. – Where to find the hosts on Twitter: RJ Allen Lindsay Schwarz Becca Kimble The Scouting Report – Thank you for playing The Scouting Report.
Congratulations, women’s soccer fans! We made it! The season has officially begun and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. No longer will we have to go through NWSL withdrawals. No longer will we have to mark down the days on our calendars. No longer will we have to […]
The Utah Royals FC are the newest NWSL team on the scene. However, after a quick game of musical chairs this fall, the team secured an experienced head coach and a veteran lineup. On November 7, the Seattle Reign announced that Laura Harvey was stepping down and FC Kansas City […]
Predictions are a mug’s game, but I’m a mug, so here we are. For these predictions, I’ve assigned an order, and my rough estimation of the chance of each team making the playoffs. What should quickly become clear is that I think this league has four tiers, with clear separation […]
It’s easy to forget, but 2017 started out as a pretty difficult year for the Thorns. Tobin Heath was out almost all season after an all time year for club and country in 2016. It put a wrench in their attacking plans and they stumbled around a bit lost in […]
Last year’s shield winners and NWSL championship runners-up, the North Carolina Courage open the season at home against the Portland Thorns on March 24th. Rarely the underdog, the Courage will embrace a Junkyard Dog mentality from whistle to whistle all season long. Voted by the league general managers and NWSL […]
Snow Joke Recently, the UK has been going through some testing times with the weather. At the start of March, a snow storm wreaked havoc everywhere—something we’re not used to. This extreme weather meant many fixtures were postponed. This weekend wasn’t quite as bad, but there was more snow. League games […]
Once upon a time, the Seattle Reign were the most dominant team in the NWSL, playing a brand of fast-paced, possession-oriented soccer that remains some of the most attractive we’ve seen in the young league. For two years, they were all but unstoppable, winning the shield in 2014 with 54 […]
It’s preseason preview time, and I have the honor of covering Sky Blue FC. This is by no means your ordinary, run-of-the-mill NWSL team. They don’t play in a huge stadium. They don’t have fluffy bathrobes in their locker rooms (as far as I know). And they don’t rep a […]
The Chicago Red Stars are that team that always gets to the playoffs but never gets to the finals. They have historically had one of the top midfields in the league, but when push comes to shove, they always wilt in the biggest moments of the season. This offseason saw […]
Another NWSL season is almost upon us, and it seems like it’s going to be a pretty good year for the Orlando Pride. The Orlando Pride are entering their third season in the NWSL, and are starting the season with arguably their strongest roster yet. They finished third place last […]