Washington Spirit 0-1 Houston Dash: Random thoughts

Houston is not that bad. Yes, the Dash lost 5-1 to Seattle, which lost 3-0 to Boston. It’s an unpredictable league. If you want predictability, watch the Celtic men or Lyon’s women demolish their domestic leagues. Anyway … – K...

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2018 medal projections: 31 today

NBC’s Nick Zaccardi has taken care of something I had planned to do, rounding up this winter’s World Championship results into a medal projection. His numbers: 34 Germany 28 USA 27 Norway 26 Canada 22 France Compare this to the most &hel...

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Why the Washington Spirit should make a deal with Portland

Let’s get a few things out of the way first. The Washington Spirit have problems — some of their own making, some not. (Some of this was covered earlier in my Guardian piece on the club’s issues.) Last year’s national …...

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NWSL players now make more than AAA baseball players?

Apparently so, at least if we compare minimum salaries. But there’s considerable action underway to give minor-league baseball players a living wage. In their case, the money to boost their pay into the $30K-$40K range is certainly there....

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Collecting the dripping info of U.S. women’s soccer’s CBA

First, read my piece at The Guardian. If you haven’t been following the saga of the Great Equal Pay Standoff of 2016-17, that’ll help you catch up. You may notice there’s a lot we don’t know. It’s not as if … Cont...

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U.S. women’s soccer team: What we know, what we don’t

The U.S. women’s soccer CBA is, quite literally, a Big Deal. And yet we really know so little about it. We know which players will be allocated in the NWSL, with the only slight surprise being Jaelene Hinkle’s omission. We … Contin...

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Washington Spirit vs. Duke: Panic at the Plex?

The Washington Spirit returned to the Maryland SoccerPlex’s stadium field on Saturday without Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Diana Matheson, Megan Oyster, Christine Nairn and Estefania Banini. We didn’t even see Boyd, the SoccerPlex dog. And ...

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Youth soccer survey: Happy with your area’s leagues?

Parents, coaches, technical directors, administrators, whoever … please let me know what you think. I’ll likely do a story on the results. Create your own user feedback survey...

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