The WoSo Independent Podcast – Episode #21 – Pugh & NWSL Players Association

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!

3 thoughts on “The WoSo Independent Podcast – Episode #21 – Pugh & NWSL Players Association

  1. mockmook

    I think it is pretty hard to make a case that the 2016 draft was weak for CBs — currently you have these as starters:


    And, Jon seems to be bending over backwards to place little of the blame for Houston on Waldrum.

    Most egregious, he rightly questions the Roccaro pick, but somehow completely decouples it from Waldrum.

    Speaking of which, with 20/20 hindsight, how nice would it have been if Houston had picked up Naughton and Skroski with those early picks? But, you don’t need 20/20 hindsight to at least know that the #1 priority for Houston should have been two strong CB prospects.

    1. Chris Henderson Post author

      Skroski is much better as a full-back than a center-back.

      Roccaro hasn’t been great at all.

      Westphal was a disaster for one season (but has been much better this year).

      1. mockmook

        Right, but we are talking relative to other years for CBs:

        2017 Starters:

        2015 Starters:

        2014 Starters:

        2013 Starters:
        —– nada —–

        Ergo, 2016 is/was the CB golden age.


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