Several months ago a handful of ladies met as writers and contributors via Midfield Press a site dedicated to covering NASL, NPSL, and USL. In our initial adventures in covering NWSL for them, we got to know each other and our passions. We soon realized our unrelenting love for all things women’s soccer was worth it’s own space.
Our Editor in Chief RJ Allen reached out to founding members Chelsey Bush, Monica Esenwein, and me, Sandra Herrera. After some intense chats, phone calls, and texting in the middle of a sibling’s wedding in Mexico – Backline Soccer was born!
After inviting other fantastic writers and contributors onto the site, the first chapter of our journey has seen many articles, interviews, and webcasts. We’ve been able to grow together, while trying to stay true to ourselves. Covering the league and its players has been both an honor and a privilege; and a grand conclusion came for us when we had the opportunity to cover the NWSL Championship in Houston this year. Which was something the original creators of the site had planned to do regardless of team outcomes.
Our trip to Houston was filled with much of what you’d expect. Excitement, joy, nerves, and anxiety at the thought that we’d have no idea what the hell we were doing. Much of our nerves were calmed when we all finally got to sit down and integrate into Houston. After a quick pre-game press conference and WoSoCo 2.0 (great job Keeper Notes!) we were more excited for the championship final than before. Getting feedback from our peers, media counterparts, readers and viewers is something we will never forget.
Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash did not disappoint. Although some extensive moments of lull after the game’s first 20 minutes, all the drama of a championship final unfolded in the final minutes of extra time giving NWSL fans a penalty shootout to determine a victor. Flash goal keeper Sabrina D’Angelo saved three penalty shots, and Western New York were crowned 2016 champions. The NWSL historic fourth season had come to an end, and we were truly grateful to have been a part of the ride.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our readers and audience. We ran into some of you in Houston and that was amazing! Whether you come to us for the articles or interviews, or if you invite us onto your web screens and mobile devices through The Scouting Report, we thank you.
We don’t pretend to know everything, in fact, we’re pretty good at calling ourselves out when we think we were wrong on something. Ultimately, we believe in Women’s Soccer and we believe that constructive criticisms help us grow as writers and a site.
We look forward to engaging with you during the off season and the fifth season of NWSL! We will still be producing content for you to enjoy through articles, surveys and our webcast The Scouting Report. So look out for new content from us! Truth is there is no off season, just down time.
We will never stop asking – Do you even WoSo?
So once more, thank you for joining us and coming along for this wild ride. Thank you for taking reader surveys, for participating in Scouting Report chats, and retweeting out our articles. Your impact on the game as a whole and on various media outlets does not go unnoticed, and we are especially grateful that you choose to come to us for your women’s soccer content.