The Pro Foul Podcast: The Dragon of the NWSL was slayed, but at what cost?

MIB quarterfinals

Podcast — Welcome back to another edition of the Pro Foul Podcast with R.J. Allen, Rachael Kriger and André Carlisle! On this week’s episode, the triumphant trio discuss rumblings around the NWSL. The NWSL Challenge Cup comes close to an end for some teams and U.S. Soccer tells Washington Spirit what to do with their player minutes.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the Los Angeles expansion announcement! We’ll get started on watching all of those Natalie Portman movies.


The Quarterfinals of the NWSL Challenge Cup

  • 01:14 — North Carolina Courage v Portland Thorns (Highlights)
  • 09:09 — Houston Dash v Utah Royals FC (Highlights)
  • 18:45 — Washington Spirit v Sky Blue FC (Highlights)
  • 30:12 – OL Reign v Chicago Red Stars (Highlights)

The Top Players from the NWSL Challenge Cup

  • 39:09 — Voting for player of the tournament. Also, why Lynn Williams is the player of the tournament.
  • 42:37 — Should this be called the NWSL Goalkeepers Cup?
  • 45:20 — Why doesn’t the NWSL have the most talented strikers in the world?
  • 50:30 — Which group is having the best tournament so far?

Why is USSF Dictating Player Minutes?

  • 51:10 — Rose Lavelle’s minutes for the quarterfinal were limited by US Soccer. However, it appears that she is the only allocated player that received such a limitation. André isn’t stoked about it.

Fans, Stans and All Things Fandom

1:11:40 — RJ wrote an article at Backline Soccer discussing the stans in women’s soccer.

Professional Women’s Soccer Comes to Los Angeles, With an Entourage

1:25:51 — News broke on July 21st that a rather large ownership group is bringing an LA based team to the NWSL in 2022.

About the Pro Foul Podcasters

Rachael Kriger is a senior editor at Last Word on Soccer. At Last Word, she is the head Seattle Sounders writer and covers the NWSL and USWNT. She is also the social media manager for Equalizer Soccer and is in the NWSL Media Association.

Furthermore, Rachael is the communication director for the North American Soccer Reporters. A native of Moscow, Russia, Rachael grew up playing soccer and basketball. While she coaches basketball, her love of sports reporting stems with soccer. Follow her on Twitter, @RachaelKriger.

RJ Allen has been covering women’s soccer since 2016. She is currently the Editor-In-Chief of Backline Soccer and co-host of The 123rd Minute Podcast, the Attacking Half Podcast and The Pro Foul Podcast. You can find her on Twitter @TheSoccerCritic.

Follow @ProFoulPodcast on Twitter for all updates! We’ve got a lot of good stuff planned for 2020 and look forward to all of you joining us as we provide a platform for Women’s Soccer news, analysis and coverage for all.

André Carlisle writes some, tweets a lot and tires not to let soccer ruin his life — and he often fails at all three. Still, the sport is his favorite thing in the world and it is an honor to have it step on his emotions. If you want to read things that André writes, or laugh at his angst, you can find him on Twitter @not_carlisle, covering the Washington Spirit at Black and Red United or writing about Chelsea at We Ain’t Got Not History.

Also, like any dejected wannabe columnist in this era of digital media, he also has a newsletter called No Love in Fear — though he’s no quite sure what he’s doing with it yet. You have been warned!


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