Route Two Soccer – Handicapping the Playoff Run-in

The NWSL season is entering its squeaky-bum period, with five weeks to go and very little settled. North Carolina are as close to a lock as you can get at this point, with a five point lead over second place and a game in hand (against last place Washington) to […]

The Unused Sub: The Home Stretch

THE TABLE IS SILLY, THE SEASON IS SILLY Turnabout is fair play in the NWSL. Seattle beats Sky Blue in a bonkers 5-4 match because of a stoppage time winner, Sky Blue beats Seattle in a bonkers 5-4 match with a goal in stoppage time too. Look, can we just […]

Off the Bench with Backline Soccer: 2017, Week 17

Backline Soccer Recap: Under the Radar: 5 Reasons Rachel Daly Is Underrated – Lindsay Schwarz breaks down five reasons Rachel Daly is underrated in the NWSL.  The Unknown International: Alanna Kennedy – Allison Cary shines a spotlight on Australian International Alanna Kennedy. The View from the Sideline: Washington Spirit vs […]

The Unused Sub: Holly, We Hardly Knew Ye

I am going to miss Christy Holly. He was a sharp-dressed man and built something good with Sky Blue FC and I think was on the cusp of something great with them. ON THE TYLER LUSSI SUSPENSION & MORE The NWSL DisCo’s decision to suspend Tyler Lussi of the Portland […]

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 […]

Breaking News: Christy Holly Steps Down as Sky Blue FC Coach

Christy Holly has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Sky Blue FC Head Coach, effective immediately. pic.twitter.com/FinkhbmuY5 — Christy Holly (@christyeholly) August 16, 2017 Sky Blue FC President and General Manager Tony Novo had this to say about Holly’s departure: “First and foremost, we want to […]

Off the Bench with Backline Soccer: 2017, Week 16

Backline Soccer Recap: Euro’s Final Set – Allison Cary recaps the Euro’s semi-final matches.  The View from the Sideline: Chicago Red Stars vs Orlando Pride – Kat Farris snapped some great shots at the draw between the Pride and Red Stars. Multi-Trick Pony: 5 Reasons Christen Press Should Start for […]

The Unused Sub: August In Kansas Is A Hot Seat?

Kelley Piper Hi. UNPOPULAR… BUT SURELY A PROVOCATIVE OPINION Most of the time I look past whenever people are playing the occasional hashtag game on Twitter. However taking part in #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion, our very own fearless leader RJ Allen tweeted something that sure was provocative. https://twitter.com/CaptainWOSO/status/894381935807561732 Full disclosure, what I am […]

The Unused Sub: Hey, We’re Back

As I write this, the Pacific Northwest is in the middle of a crazy heat wave. It’s hot in the room I am typing this and my brain has melted. NWSL ALL-STAR GAME? SURE WHY NOT I just finished watching the 2017 MLS All-Star Game in which the league’s best […]

Route Two Soccer – Sky Blue and Seattle play the craziest game of the year

Photo by MikeRussellFoto, find more @mikerussellfoto This weekend, Seattle and Sky Blue played one of the craziest games in the history of the league. I was lucky enough to see it in person, from high above the Memorial Stadium pitch, perched with the seagulls. And when I arrived, my plan was to […]

Off the Bench with Backline Soccer: 2017, Week 14

Backline Soccer Recap: The Unknown International: Amandine Henry – Allison Carey takes a look at French international Amandine Henry in her debut piece.  Amber Brooks Deserves Another Shot With The USWNT – Alanna Fairbairn breaks down why the Houston defender deserves another shot with the USWNT.  The Rock(Y) Of The Team: […]

The Unused Sub: More Than A Feeling With Boston

First and foremost, a big thanks to my Backline Soccer colleagues for wishing me a happy birthday last week. AS I TOOK ANOTHER STEP IN BEING OLD, I CAN’T HELP BUT GET REFLECTIVE On  Sunday, the UEFA Women’s European Championship started. The second half of the NWSL season is underway […]

6 Takeaways from NWSL: Week 13

Another week, another step closer to the end of the season, and a little bit more parity. The Portland Thorns are currently occupying the last playoff slot, but just five points separate them from the top of the table … and from 7th place. It’s a close race. Here are […]

Off the Bench with Backline Soccer: 2017, Week 13

Backline Soccer Recap: The View From The Sideline: Washington Spirit Vs Orlando Pride: 7/8 – Kelly Piper zooms in on the Spirit and Pride game. Check out these awesome shots. Kailen Sheridan: Not Your Average Rookie – RJ Allen interviewed the Sky Blue rookie keeper and asked her about her rookie […]

6 Takeaways from NWSL: Week 12

Well, faithful followers, it has been quite the week in WoSo, hasn’t it? From the nail-biting 12-minute score-a-thon from Sam Kerr to Carli Lloyd’s “You think that’s a red card, I’ll show you a red card” last minute send-off on Saturday night, our heart rates are still not quite back […]