Tag: Portland Thorns

Can The Rose City Blossom Once Again?

The 2017 Portland Thorns will look very similar to last season’s team, and if you’re a Rose City fan, that’s got to be a great feeling. For Portland, three important elements of the NWSL Shield-winning 2016 team are back:  an explosive offense, a core veteran group, and a dominant defense. There’s only really one […]

U.S. Soccer Announces NWSL Allocations for 2017

After yesterday’s exciting news that a new 5-year CBA agreement had been reached, the USSF followed today with the names of those players to be allocated in the NWSL this season. 22 players across nine teams in the league will have their salary paid for by US Soccer, an arrangement that […]

Around the World of WoSo: NWSL TV details, Mittag to Sweden

Mittag on the move: German international Anja Mittag has announced she will be returning to Sweden’s FC Rosengard this season. The-31 year-old striker is familiar with the club, having played for them from 2012-2015. She will leave Wolfsburg behind after just one season, and played her final game for the […]

Down to 25: NWSL Preseason Rosters Updated

Teams across the league released updated preseason rosters, cutting down from their 30+ player lists to just 25. Just an FYI if, like us, you find yourself counting names, a few teams will have more than 25 players listed, due to listing selected players as “Out of Market” or NYR […]

Breaking: NWSL Releases Full 2017 Schedule

The NWSL dropped the full 24-match schedule for each of the 10 teams this morning, to the great relief of fans across the world. #NWSL announces complete 2017 regular-season schedule for its historic fifth campaign. Details: https://t.co/pSjtR0kGRi pic.twitter.com/QQTnCPxedp — NWSL (@NWSL) March 1, 2017 Each team will play 24 matches–12 […]

Around the World of WoSo: Harvey Takes the Reigns, Matildas on TV

Edwards to Sweden: A couple of months ago, former Orlando Pride player Becky Edwards announced her retirement from the NWSL. But it seems the 28-year-old midfielder/defender has found new life in Sweden, as the club Kristianstad DFF have announced her signing this past weekend. Edwards is set to play again, in a […]

NWSL Releases Home Opener Schedule

This afternoon the NWSL released information about the league’s 2017 season home openers. #NWSL announces the schedule of home openers for the 2017 regular season. Details: https://t.co/zVBWyPUzjy pic.twitter.com/eZUeJIFzh6 — NWSL (@NWSL) February 21, 2017 The release was chock full of important information. Most notable, perhaps, was the fact that 2017’s Opening […]

A Look at Season Tickets Around the NWSL

With the NWSL season quickly approaching (no schedule available at the time of posting), it’s time to take a look at the different season ticket options around the league. This year’s NWSL season features 12 games at the home field of each club (24 in total)—up from the 10 home game, […]

Around the World of WoSo: Crummer to Seattle and Canberra takes Prem

Seattle Sign Crummer: Laura Harvey has signed Australian Larissa Crummer, who is 21 years old and has emerged from a defender to talented forward since turning pro in 2013. Her previous club experiences were with Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar before signing on with Melbourne City in 2015. Crummer’s profile […]

Around the World Of WoSo: NWSL Semis Go Bananas

Washington Advance to NWSL Championship: The first ladies of professional soccer have finally advanced to the National Women’s Soccer League Championship after beating the Chicago Red Stars over the weekend. In a cold and rainy game, this was such a great matchup to have on TV for all kinds of […]

A Brief Look at Attendance Trends in the NWSL and MLS

In their fourth season, the NWSL has managed to do something that the MLS was not able to do in their first four years: find growth in attendance. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at attendance between NWSL teams that share cities with MLS teams and […]

What Could Have Been: The 2016 NWSL All-Star Game That Wasn’t

All-Star games are a part of most major sports. A way to see the best of the best in that league square off against each other on two super teams. Some leagues, like Major League Baseball, put some importance on the game by using it to award home field advantage […]

The Future of the USWNT is in the NWSL: Defense

With the USWNT beginning a new cycle and the team in transition, it’s time for new blood. In this two-part series, I take a look at whose NWSL play has earned a call-up to National Team camp and the chance to make an impression on Jill Ellis. Part One examines […]

The Downsizing of Fat Fans

I haven’t always been a sports fan. I grew up in southeast Wisconsin, a place where Sunday Catholic masses in the fall usually included a reference to the Packers during the homily. And sometimes a joke about the Bears or the Vikings, to the delight of almost all. But I […]

Making the Case: NWSL All-Star Match

In many ways, the National Women’s Soccer League has never looked better. With last season’s post-World Cup surge in attendance, the addition of a tenth team in the Orlando Pride, and player acquisitions like Lindsey Horan and Raquel Rodriguez (not to mention the return of fan favorite and big personality […]

Just Pick an NWSL Team Already, I’m Begging You.

Hey all you new NWSL fans out there. Yeah you. I have a message for you. Pick a team. Pick an NWSL team and stick with them. For one whole season; just pick a team and stick with them. Even if they break your heart. Maybe especially if they break […]

Introducing Backline Soccer

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 […]

Terms of the Deal Were Not disclosed. Wait, why?

“Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.” That sentence shows up in every story on NWSLSoccer.com about a player signing. Officially, no club  can create a page on their website that lists  what each of their players make. The only things we do know are that non-allocated […]