On episode eighteen of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) break down the big news of Mallory Pugh leaving UCLA and turning pro (0:32). Will she end up in the NWSL or in Europe? Can U.S. Soccer broker a deal between the Spirit and Thorns without things getting messy? Then, they briefly discuss the Cami Levin to Houston trade (15:20). Afterward, Chris and Jon discuss the ups and downs of Lifetime and Go90 on opening weekend (18:45). Next, they tackle some of the big takeaways from week one of the 2017 NWSL season (33:03). Finally, there’s a short discussion of what to look for in week two (1:07:05).
Here’s our projected final table:
- FC Kansas City
- North Carolina
- Sky Blue FC
And our major award winners:
- MVP – Tobin Heath (Chris’ pick), Christen Press (Jon’s pick)
- Golden Boot – Christen Press
- Defender of The Year – Becky Sauerbrunn
- GK of The Year – Alyssa Naeher
- Rookie of The Year – Christina Gibbons
- Coach of The Year – Vlatko Andonovski
In episode #17 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) are gearing up for the beginning of the NWSL season with their pre-season wrap-up episode. First, however, they engage in a robust discussion about the U.S.’ new U17/U20 team managers (1:45). Then, they grind some axes discussing the increasingly fraught situation with the streaming of non-televised NWSL matches (23:10). Finally, they give their projected league table for the 2017 NWSL season (35:40), along with major award winner projections (1:03:30), and a last word about television schedule imbalances (1:11:50).
On the final (!) edition of our 2017 NWSL team previews, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) discuss their thoughts on the Orlando Pride, now having signed Brazilian superstar Marta. Will a Marta + Morgan partnership equal playoffs in the team’s second season? Is the defense the best in the league? And is the midfield a major concern?
In part nine of their 2017 NWSL season preview, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) break down the prospects for Sky Blue FC, one of last year’s overachievers. With heavy investment in the defense through the draft, will the Jersey side challenge for the playoffs? Can Sam Kerr make the leap to superstar status? And will this club ever succeed at the box office?
In episode #14 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) preview FC Kansas City for the 2017 NWSL season. Can the former two-time league champs bounce back after missing last year’s playoffs with the addition of Sydney Leroux and the return of Amy Rodriguez? And just how many tactical options does a very versatile side on paper have?
In episode #13 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) continue on with their preview of the 2017 NWSL season with an analysis of the Chicago Red Stars. Will mostly standing pat with last year’s playoff roster be enough to get them over the hump and challenging for the championship? And can the Christen Press led offense match the form of one of the league’s top defenses?
In episode #12 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) continue their preview of the 2017 NWSL Season by taking a look at the Washington Spirit. After the Offseason From Hell, can a vastly changed Spirit stay in the playoff race? And what does the roster shakeup say about the franchise in the short and long-term?
In episode #11 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) deliver part five of their 2017 NWSL season preview. In this episode, they break down last year’s table topping Portland Thorns side. Can they repeat and finally get the job done in the playoffs after last year’s semi-final defeat? Just how loaded is the offense, and can the Thorns stay strong in goal with the departure of Michelle Betos?
In part four of the WoSo Independent 2017 NWSL Preview, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) preview the Boston Breakers. Is there anywhere to go but up after a historically bad 2016 season? How effective will a promising midfield and frontline be after being stocked with top rookies? And can the defense improve enough to propel this side up the table?