Introducing Backline Soccer

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RJ Allen:

I am RJ Allen. I am the Editor in Chief of Backline Soccer. I’m joined by Chelsey Bush, who is the Managing Editor of Backline Soccer.

So Chelsey, why is Backline Soccer a thing now?

Chelsey Bush:

We felt like it was time to devote all our attention to promoting women’s soccer, and Backline Soccer is the perfect place for us to continue to provide insight, analysis, and conversations you can’t find anywhere else.

RJ Allen:

Our time at Midfield Press was a fantastic entry into running a website and learning about the world of soccer coverage. But it was time to create our own place.

Plus, now Chelsey has a title fitting her boss status.

Chelsey Bush:

Midfield Press is a great place, and I look forward to seeing how they continue their excellent coverage of men’s soccer.

RJ Allen:

We also have done a bit of rebranding. Titles of weekly pieces will be changed from more generic “NWSL Week X Recaps” to something with a little more panache.

Chelsey Bush:

We’re putting more of our stamp on things.

RJ Allen:

And, I think, the biggest change (outside of the site as a whole) is the rebranding of The Midfield Report into The Scouting Report.

Chelsey Bush:

Yeah, we definitely couldn’t let that go. It’s one of our most popular features.

New name, same faces!

RJ Allen:

We are adding a new news feature to TSR. Because, with a limited staff, we can’t get to everything. And if we don’t write about it, we want to at least give it some attention on the podcast.

Which I’m excited about.

Chelsey Bush:

Very exciting things coming up.

RJ Allen:

What are you most looking forward to in the Backline Soccer world?

Chelsey Bush:

I’m pretty excited about the NCAA coverage we’re adding. Personally, I’ll be doing a weekly column with an NCAA WoSo roundup.

The future of our WNT is there right now. The faces of the next World Cup are in college.

RJ Allen:

That is something I’m looking forward to learning more about. It’s a weak area for me, so growing my base as the site grows its base will be great.

Personally I’m looking forward to how the interviews with players grow and how TSR grows. Bringing on guests, our own thoughts, adding to the intelligent debate, etc.

Chelsey Bush:

We do have a lot of fun on there.

RJ Allen:

Something that will also be pretty great is that the four TSR hosts will be in Houston for the final.

And if all goes well we’ll be doing at least one live show from the hotel.

Chelsey Bush:

And we’re 75% sure all of us will survive the weekend.

It’s going to be a ton of fun, and we’re going to see some great soccer no matter who ends up in the game.

I’m really excited to bring my TSR friends to my “home base.”

RJ Allen:

I think it’s important that we’re branching off at this point. So when season five happens—it’s amazing that we’re all so sure it will—and the league is strong enough for a season five, we’ll hit the ground running.

Chelsey Bush:

Yes. We’re going to be doing a lot of building and work behind the scenes during the off-season.

No off-season for WoSo writers!

RJ Allen:

This is a really exciting time for us at Backline Soccer. And we hope all of you enjoy the ride with us. Between our own writing, TSR, interviews, and everything else we’re doing, it’s a really exciting time.

Chelsey Bush:

We’re ready to make our mark, and it’s going to be a blast.

RJ Allen:

If you want to find us elsewhere online you can find us on Twitter @BacklineSoccer, you can email us backlinesoccer@gmail.com, and you can find The Scouting Report here

If you’d like to write for or need to contact, Backline Soccer you can contact us here.