In part three of their 2017 NWSL Preview, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) discuss the prospects of former NWSL Supporters’ Shield winners Seattle Reign FC. Just how disappointing was their 2016 season? And how will the Reign cope with losing key players such as Kim Little and Kendall Fletcher as they try to get back into the playoffs in 2017?
In the second part of a ten-part 2017 NWSL Preview, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) have some spicy takes about Baseball Field-Gate and the WNY Flash that are admittedly about half a year too late.
Then, they move on to talk about the NWSL’s newest franchise, the North Carolina Courage. Specifically, the big steps business-wise the club is taking before playing a game as well as the vast potential in the long term for the franchise. Additionally, they discuss if the Courage can repeat as champions behind a lethal offense and a questionable defense.
In the first of ten team previews for the 2017 NWSL Season, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) talk about the Houston Dash. Can they overcome missing Carli Lloyd for the first few months of the season? Will a potentially lethal offense be able to compensate for a shaky defense? And what happens if this team misses the playoffs again?
On episode #6 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) briefly discuss the rumored Summer tournament featuring the USWNT, Brazil, Japan, and Australia (1:55). Then, they spend roughly an hour discussing the beginning of preseason for NWSL clubs (7:57) and ask a few pointed questions about each as a teaser for full episode length podcasts for each club to come over the next few weeks.
Boston Breakers (11:07)
Chicago Red Stars (16:50)
FC Kansas City (23:55)
Houston Dash (33:35)
North Carolina Courage (40:15)
Orlando Pride (45:54)
Portland Thorns (50:35)
Seattle Reign FC (54:55)
Sky Blue FC (58:57)
Washington Spirit (1:05:15)
In episode #5 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris (@chris_awk) and Jon (@jonlipsitz) conduct a thorough post-mortem on the calamitous SheBelieves Cup for the USWNT including discussing the 3-5-2 (1:40).
There’s talk about the Allie Long at center-back experiment (12:52) and personnel if the team does stay with the 3-5-2 (17:20).
The USWNT’s attacking misfires don’t escape criticism either, as Chris and Jon argue about Alex Morgan and whether she’s an automatic starter right now (26:43). They also discuss whether Carli Lloyd is the right player to fill the “#10” role in a 3-4-1-2. (34:45)
They also pick a USWNT SheBelieves Cup MVP. This was not easy (44:01).
There are also a few words about France and their SheBelieves Cup tournament triumph and whether this is a turning point for the program (48:16)
Closing out, Chris & Jon discuss a potential Marta to Orlando deal (54:27), while Chris suddenly remembers that Jeff Plush resigned as NWSL commissioner a few weeks ago (1:01:47). And Jon has a new job for the coming college season with Cal (1:04:20).
Need to know where the top undrafted rookies from this past class are headed either domestically or abroad? Here’s a master list. Numbers by each player are their final ranking on my big board. Have not included players unranked on my final board.
As always, updates are appreciated, especially with players going overseas.
22. Simone Kolander – F – Minnesota
73. Jacqueline Altschuld – MF/D – San Diego
102. Kourtney Kutscher – MF – Cal State Northridge
130. Emily Richardson – D – Evansville
FC Kansas City
27. Josee Stiever – MF – Minnesota
60. Jenna Hellstrom – F (CF) – Kent State
66. Sydney Miramontez – D (CB) – Nebraska
67. Toriana Patterson – D (CB) – UConn
96. Kaela Little – GK – Notre Dame
98. Danielle Rice – GK – Texas A&M
124. Rachel Leonard – D – Sacramento State
99. Lauren Watson – GK – Texas Tech
74. Carly Gould – MF – Brown
97. Krystina Iordanou – D – Virginia Continue reading
Here’s the (unofficial) 2017 preseason schedule. Four teams haven’t released full, “official” preseason schedules, but here’s what I’ve gathered through official releases for NWSL clubs as well as college teams. All times listed are EST.
8:00 PM – Chicago Red Stars @ Wisconsin
1:00 PM – Orlando Pride vs Stetson
2;00 PM – Washington Spirit vs Penn State
5:00 PM – FC Kansas City @ Missouri
6:00 PM – Houston Dash vs Baylor
3:00 PM – Sky Blue FC @ Saint John’s (NY)
4:00 PM – Boston Breakers @ Boston College
6:00 PM – Orlando Pride @ South Florida
6:30 PM – Washington Spirit @ North Carolina
5:30 PM – Houston Dash vs U.S. U23
8:00 PM – Portland Thorns vs Chicago Red Stars
7:00 PM – Boston Breakers @ NEFC U15 Boys
4:00 PM – Orlando Pride @ Florida
8:00 PM – Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash
10:30 PM – Portland Thorns vs U.S. U23 Continue reading
On episode #4 of the WoSo Independent Podcast, Chris Henderson (@chris_awk) and Jon Lipsitz (@jonlipsitz) discuss the first round of matches in the SheBelieves Cup (1:55). Afterward, they briefly discuss the release of the NWSL schedule, including some questionable decisions on who’s getting the most and least games in the 4:00 PM Saturday TV windows (28:55). Then, they touch upon the latest injuries and signings as the NWSL preseason rapidly approaches (35:44). Finally, an animated discussion on the present and future of the U.S. youth national teams (57:11).
(Note: This episode was recorded on Thursday morning, before the announcement of Jeff Plush’s resignation as NWSL commissioner. We’ll cover that in Episode #5.)