RJ and Charles talk about the 2012 USWNT Olympic semifinal against Canada. Questionable refereeing, frantic play, *that* goal, and not much defense. powered by podcast garden Check us out on iTunes.
Charles Olney (@olneyce): Hi everyone, and welcome to the Backline Soccer chat. Today we’re going to spend some time talking about international soccer, particularly the Tournament of Nations. But first, can we all pour one out for go90, which is officially shuffling off the stage today? Will anyone be lamenting its […]
Jaelene Hinkle was called back into a US Women’s National Team camp last week. Given that Hinkle refused to play last year because she couldn’t accept wearing a rainbow pride jersey, many have seen the decision to bring her back as a betrayal of the US team’s supposed commitment to […]
The United States Women’s National Team are the crème de la crème of women’s soccer, placing no lower than third in all seven World Cups and winning the tournament three times. They are gunning for their eighth straight World Cup appearance next year, and with it, the chance to defend […]
Why does the United States Women’s National Team struggle to break down compact, deep defensive teams? In many ways, this has been the defining question of the two years since the US crashed out of the Olympics after failing to pick apart a very defensive Sweden. Hope Solo called them […]
Charles Olney (@olneyce): Alright, welcome to our slack chat for this week. Today we’re going to start with the US national team, who just finished up a pair of friendlies against China. How do people think it went? For what it’s worth, my general takeaway is: the US still isn’t playing […]
RJ and Luis talk all about the NWSL and the USWNT.
Charles Olney (@olneyce): Let’s start things off with a quick round of discussion about the national team friendlies coming up against China. What do people expect from these games? Is there anything in particular you’ll be watching for? RJ Allen (@TheSoccerCritic): I want Ellis to sit Morgan and Sauerbrunn and co. We […]
Today I want to challenge one of the most durable, and least well-founded, myths in women’s soccer: the idea that there is an “international level,” where play is more difficult than the domestic leagues. This belief is so widespread that, according to a piece this week from Jeff Kassouf which […]
Welcome to a new feature here at Backline: our weekly soccer chat. This week, we discussed the new USWNT roster, Lyon’s victory in the Champions League, and the continuing saga of Christen Press’s club situation. The transcript below has been lightly edited. Charles Olney (@olneyce) : Welcome everyone, to our […]
Charles and RJ discuss the recent USWNT’s friendlies against Mexico–what worked, what didn’t, and why there’s no need to worry too much about the team–and then cover some of the recent NWSL news. There’s also a bonus chat between RJ and Cindy Lara from RSL Soapbox about all things Utah. Follow us on Twitter: @123rdminute Intro music: Those Better […]
The two friendlies this week against Mexico weren’t the highest quality games the US has ever played. The shape wasn’t always compact and both defense and goalkeeping left something to be desired. But these games did show us that when players are “on” they can still be a delight to […]
The SheBelieves Cup comes at the perfect time of year, in my opinion. It is right before the start of the NWSL season, prepping the WoSo fan base for the next eight months. It also happens to kick off Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate the history of […]
NWSL rosters are cut down as the NWSL season grows near. The USWNT is playing for the SBC title. This and more on this weeks Quick Kicks. You can also check us out on iTunes.
That magical time is finally here. It’s NWSL pre season! – Where to find the hosts on Twitter: RJ Allen: @TheSoccerCritic Luis G. Hernandez: @RadioactivClown The Show: @QuickKicksNews –
Take a look below at the photos snapped by Leanne Keator at the SheBelieves match between the USWNT and the French WNT.
The USWNT needs to win the SheBelieves Cup. If they don’t win it, they at least need to come out of it answering more questions and putting more doubt to rest than they did during the 2017 version, or last summer’s Tournament of Nations. The last year or so has […]
When it was announced that John Herdman would be leaving his position as the head coach of the Canadian Women’s National Team to head the Canadian Men’s Team the soccer media world erupted. ‘How could he do that?, Was the team aware?, Does that man have any loyalty?’ were just […]
A three-team trade has shuffled several players around the National Women’s Soccer League. 🚨 #NWSL Trade Alert 🚨 3⃣ teams, 2⃣ trades =@ReignFC acquire Allie Long@ThornsFC acquire rights to Caitlin Foord, 2020 draft pick@SkyBlueFC acquire Rebekah Stott, Katie Johnson Details ➡️ https://t.co/n1gRxtQ8wp pic.twitter.com/FJm0e9gh9G — NWSL (@NWSL) January 11, 2018 Sky […]
There has been something on my mind lately that I can’t seem to shake. I have a hard time calling myself a fan of women’s soccer in the way I call myself a fan of baseball. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a baseball fan since my uncle, who lived just […]