Category Archives: soccer

How far would you travel for travel soccer?

Alternative youth soccer leagues are almost as popular these days as alternative facts. I’ve spent the last month doing interviews and compiling data for an upcoming story to see how we stand on the fine line between awesome and absurd. &hellip...

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Washington Spirit 0-1 FC Kansas City: History and repeating

Something new: Mallory Pugh became the first U.S. teenager in the NWSL and, as far as I know, the first U.S. teenager in a pro women’s soccer league. Something old: The Spirit couldn’t turn their chances into a goal, losing … Conti...

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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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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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