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).
Franny Ordega had a career match to lead the Spirit to their first win of 2017.
Driving to the Soccerplex on Saturday, I was already composing this article in expectation of another lackluster performance. “Should the Spirit change their name? Spirit is the one thing that they’ve seemed to lack this season.” I was also going to note that Francisca Ordega seemed too fragile for this league, too often being bumped off the ball.
Shows what I know.
An almost unrecognizable team showed up Saturday evening, especially in the first half: completing passes, making runs off the ball, and showing an intensity that had been lacking in their previous three matches. And far from being a fragile flower, Ordega was muscling defenders off the ball in what some were calling the best NWSL performance of 2017 as she played a role in all four Washington goals: scoring two, assisting on one, and contributing to an own goal with a shot across the goalmouth.