WoSo Independent Podcast #67 – 2019 NWSL Previews – Utah Royals (+Early Orlando Pride Thoughts)

In this episode of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) give a handful of hearty I-Told-You-So’s after Orlando’s calamitous first two games.

Then, they finish out their in-depth previews of the NWSL by looking at the Utah Royals (11:36), who will be looking to rise into the playoff places in their second season. Utah has a potentially potent attack but major questions on defense.

WoSo Independent Podcast #66 – 2019 NWSL Previews – Portland Thorns (+NWSL Standings Predictions)

On this episode of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) preview the Portland Thorns ahead of the 2019 NWSL season.

Can the Thorns somehow overcome the Courage after losing decisively throughout last season, especially in the final? Will there be enough in depth to cover losses during the WWC? And could the unthinkable happen, with Portland missing the playoffs this year if things go badly?

At 41:18, Chris and Jon then give their predictions on how the final table will shake out.

A new era for the Washington Spirit

Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh grab a snack from the new player lounge

Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh grab a snack from the new player lounge.

When we last encountered the Washington Spirit, they had completed a dismal season in next-to-last place after a 1-1 draw with the last place team, Sky Blue FC.

Since then, they have hired a new head coach and several assistant coaches, acquired a new majority owner and new CEO, and churned over the roster yet again. Oh, and they’ve added a team mascot.
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WoSo Independent Podcast #64 – 2019 NWSL Previews – Reign FC

In this episode of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz)preview the rebranded Reign FC’s 2019 season.

Has the now Tacoma-based club done enough to close the gap with the best in the league? Will their depth give them a big advantage with so many absences around the league? And what might be their Achilles’ heel?

WoSo Independent Podcast #62 – 2019 NWSL Previews – Washington Spirit

In this episode of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) preview the Washington Spirit’s 2019 NWSL season.

How will an offseason of tumult affect the club in the short and long-term? Was enough done to address issues on the backline and frontline? And what should the Spirit be looking at realistically in terms of results in 2019?

WoSo Independent Podcast #61 – 2019 NWSL Previews – Houston Dash

In episode #61 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) preview the Houston Dash ahead of the 2019 NWSL season.

What of the team’s new head coach, and what are the questions he has to answer to get this team to the playoffs? Is the Sophie Schmidt signing a make-or-break proposition for the Dash? And could the numerous attacking looks the club could throw out at opponents be a key to success?

WoSo Independent Podcast #60 – 2019 NWSL Previews – North Carolina Courage

In this episode of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) preview the North Carolina Courage for 2019. Hint: We think they’re still going to be very good.

A few of the club’s newcomers are discussed, as well as the fantastic depth throughout that will likely see them through as title favorites once again.