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?
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).