In episode #23 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) begin by discussing the passing of legendary coach Tony DiCicco and the lasting influence he had on so many within the world of women’s soccer (0:36). Afterward, they discuss the week that was in the NWSL, including takes on Carli Lloyd’s comments and a surprising road win for Sky Blue FC (7:45).
In episode #22 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) return for their NWSL 1/3rd of The Season Review Jamboree! First, they discuss the NWSL’s revised procedures dealing with heat prompted by the scary incident in Houston involving Rachel Daly (2:14). Afterward, they spend the rest of the podcast discussing the first third of the NWSL season for each of the ten clubs and their prospects for the rest of the season (7:52).
In episode #21 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) try to squeeze in their commentary on a very busy week of WoSo. They discuss the signing of Mallory Pugh with the Washington Spirit (1:35) and what it means for all stakeholders. Afterward, they discuss the formation of the NWSL Players Association, and Jon steps up on his soapbox about the spate of recent unexcused absences (11:56). Then Chris rants about the non-news with a potential Barcelona NWSL team [hint: don’t hold your breath] (19:55). And they take a few minutes to ruminate on streaming and attendance issues (29:38).
Then they close out with a review of Week Five in the NWSL including the numerous defensive pratfalls from clubs (33:50) before a brief preview of Week Six (1:10:05).
Reminder! We’re off until early June before returning with a handful of new episodes!
We’re back! After a one week hiatus, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) return to the air for episode #20 of the WoSo Independent Podcast. They briefly talk about the official announcement of a four-team international tournament with the U.S., Japan, Brazil, and Australia (0:36). They follow that up with a discussion about the injury crisis that has plagued the NWSL early in 2017. Why is it happening, and, more importantly, is their a solution (3:58)? They then give a brief(ish) overview of Week Three including a rant about the NWSL Team of the Month (14:05). Then they review week four, including rants about whether Washington-Sky Blue FC was good soccer and the continual agony of trying to watch streams from Boston (29:52). They then close it out with a short preview of week five in the NWSL (1:14:34).
In episode #19 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) discuss Marta-mania, as the Brazilian superstar arrived in Orlando and in the NWSL (1:25). Then they discuss NWSL attendance through the first two weeks of the season (4:00). Should fans and clubs be concerned with sagging attendance in some markets? Then they break down week two of the NWSL season (12:15), including discussion of Marta’s home debut, a much improved display for Chicago, North Carolina’s home debut, Houston’s self-destruction, and Boston’s impressive win. Finally, they give a brief preview of week three’s matchups (1:00:20).
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?