Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber gave his annual State of the League address and was asked specifically if teams in his league are interested in investing in the women’s game ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In year’s past, Garber has been coy when answering these questions […]
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, […]
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 […]
Lewis Gettier was on hand for the 2018 championship between the North Carolina Courage and the Portland Thorns. Check out his photos below!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The National Women’s Soccer League 2018 season will be remembered for the extremes of the standings with the dominance of the North Carolina Courage and the woes in New Jersey both on and off the field with Sky Blue FC. Among the lesser stories which will be nothing more than […]
Lora Charles was at the final game of the 2018 NWSL regular season. She captured the North Carolina Courage and Houston Dash square off.
Photos by Steph Nacho.
The NWSL Podium: Top Performances is a weekly series that looks at the best attacking, defensive, and goalkeeping performances each week. Week 22 has come and gone, and the NWSL playoffs are starting to take shape. This week, the Portland Thorns clinched their ticket to the playoffs with a 2-1 […]
Charles Olney (@olneyce): Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Backline chat. It’s been an exciting weekend in the NWSL, so let’s start by discussing the playoff race. I think the general consensus has the current top four (NC, Seattle, Portland, and Chicago) as the most likely to make it in […]
The NWSL Podium: Top Performances is a weekly series that looks at the best attacking, defensive, and goalkeeping performances each week. With only a handful of games left for each team this season, the race for a spot in the NWSL playoffs is heating up. In Week 20, the Seattle […]
Every year there is a conversation on who the NWSL MVP should be. We here at Backline Soccer decided to offer 9 nominations, one from each NWSL team. Chicago Red Stars: Sam Kerr ~Charles Onley Sam Kerr, who else? It’s not that Chicago doesn’t have other potential options. Julie Ertz […]
The NWSL has some truly outstanding international soccer talent rostered on the nine current teams in the league. We are all incredibly lucky to be able to watch some of the best in the world, week in and week out in this league. You have five time FIFA Women’s Player […]
Charles Olney (@olneyce): Welcome to our midweek Backline chat. The international break is over. The NWSL is back. There’s plenty to cover, but let’s start with the playoff race. Did this weekend’s results change anyone mind about who will make the cut? RJ Allen (@TheSoccerCritic): I knew the results of the Orlando […]