Author: Charles Olney

Route Two Soccer – Sky Blue Lose to Houston: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Sky Blue knew this would be a difficult year, but they didn’t know it would start out this rough. After four games, they’ve managed only one solitary point. And while there’s still plenty of time to reverse course, it’s worth taking a moment to assess precisely how things have gone […]

Route Two Soccer: 2018 NWSL Season Predictions

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 […]

Route Two Soccer: 3 Winners and 2 Losers from the NWSL Final

Winner: Portland, for getting the job done The Thorns showed up with a chip on their shoulder, ready to complete the ‘unfinished business’ of last season. It’s strange to say for a team that has now won either the league title or the shield in three out of the league’s […]

Route Two Soccer – Portland and Orlando Fight Out an Interesting 0-0 Draw

Portland showed how to defend against Orlando, without doing much to threaten on the other end The Orlando Pride entered Saturday’s match against Portland on an offensive tear, winning five of their previous six games and scoring 17 goals in the process. But that high-flying attack ground to a halt […]

Route Two Soccer – How Will Chicago Use Morgan Brian?

When news arrived that Houston had traded Morgan Brian to Chicago, it immediately inspired speculation about the motivations for the deal. Was Brian the rumored national teamer that might be headed to Lyon? Was this simply Houston’s effort to get something out of the player before she departed for foreign […]

Route Two Soccer – What Went Wrong with Sky Blue?

It’s been a strange season for Sky Blue FC. They got off to a strong start, and spent most of the first half looking like serious playoff challengers. That came as a surprise to those who had judged them too young, too inexperienced, and too raw to make a serious […]