Aly Wagner to join NWSL draft coverage

The Equalizer Staff January 7, 2017 52
Aly Wagner used to do this. Now she is a soccer analyst and will be part of NWSL's live streaming draft coverage.

Aly Wagner used to do this. Now she is a soccer analyst and will be part of NWSL’s live streaming draft coverage.

Two-time gold medalist Aly Wagner will join Jen Cooper as analysts on NWSL’s 2017 draft coverage which will be live streamed for the second year in a row. Mark Rogondino, once the national voice of WPS, will serve as host.

Wagner drew rave reviews for her analysis during the 2015 World Cup while working with Justin Kutcher and continues to work as a soccer analyst for FOX. The 36-year old Wagner had one of the great college careers at Santa Clara where she helped the Broncos win the 2001 national championship and won the Hermann Trophy Award as a senior the following year. In 2003 Wagner was the first overall pick in the WUSA draft by the San Diego Spirit. She went on to win Olympic gold medals with the national team in 2004 and 2008 before being allocated to the LA Sol in WPS. With Wagner a dominant force in the midfield the Sol won the regular season title before falling to Sky Blue in the final. Her international career included 131 caps and 21 goals.

Cooper has been the analyst on Houston Dash broadcast since the club came into NWSL in 2014. She also hosts the weekly women’s soccer podcast The Mixxed Zone as well as the Houston-based site keepernotes.com. Several Equalizer writers including Dan Lauletta, Jen Gordon, and Allison Lee have been featured as guests on The Mixed Zone.

Rogondino is currently the pre and post game host for Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts and also works for NBA League Pass.

The draft is Thursday, January 12 at 3 p.m. EST at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles. The stream will be live on both youtube and Facebook. The event is open to the public.

  • mockmook

    Great choice — and great to see the NWSL invest in top talent for this broadcast.

    Now, stop dilly-dallying and hit the research, Aly!!! πŸ™‚

    • Steglitz49

      I was hoping for Zlatan.

  • Som Termanni

    Last year it was Jen Cooper and Jonathan Yardley (of ESPN’s NCAA woso coverage), and it was livestreamed on YouTube but not Facebook.

    Rogo’s woso work these days is on Pac-12 games. More importantly in terms of league business, Rogo and Wagner brings everything back into Fox Sports family. (Which leads to a significant question: no deal with Fox to simulcast it? Not even on FS2 or FS Now? You’d think if FS2 would run even U17 WWC matches not featuring the USWNT, it’d run the draft featuring some current and future senior WNTers…)

  • Steglitz49

    Janice Cayman does the needful and delivers the goods.

    Today Stina Blackstenius made her debut for Montpellier in the French Cup. She came on at half-time, when Montpellier were losing 1-0 away to Olympique Marseille. After the break Sofia Jakobsson equalized and in the 96th minute Janice Cayman (ex-WNY and Belgium) scored for Montpellier. The match thus ended 2-1 to Montpellier. Attendance at the game was 213 people.

    • Tom F

      please use her nickname; Blackie!. Sounds like she don’t quite have the rep with the French as of yet. I wonder how many will show up for Morgan’s debut? Do you know when that debut might be?

      • Steglitz49

        The simple answer is no. Who is “Blackie”? Stina or Janice?

  • Steglitz49

    Ada Hegerberg, the 21 year old Norwegian lass who plays for Lyon, Alex Morgan’s new club, has won both the prize for best football player in Norway in 2016 and tonight she also was proclaimed this (2016) year’s female athlete regardless of sport.

    Not shortlisted by FIFA for voting for POTY but clearly the darling of her own country Norway.

  • Ashley C

    Good edition. I think another great commentator would be Karina LeBlanc. Heard her a few times doing the canWNT matches/analysis and thought she was great too.

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  • guest

    Morgan: Lyon “incredible opportunity.” Lyon “best club in the world.” Pfffft.

    • Steglitz49

      Holder of the Champions League. Only Frankfurt has won more Champions Leagues.

      Which is your proposal?

    • guest

      lyon “spends the most money club in the world”

      • guest

        how can you be the best club in the world when there is no club world cup? self-proclaimed best club in the world. maybe best club in europe is more accurate.

        • Steglitz49

          The JFA ran such a cup for 3 years. The NWSL never sent a team which shows how weak they thought the NWSL must be.

          The first year it was won by Lyon.

        • guest

          Why do all Americans start whining once someone states that something or someone or some club is best in the world which is not American?

          • DNG

            Eh. Is Lyon definitely better than Wolfsburg or some of the other top teams? I don’t know, probably but I don’t think the gap is that huge if there is one. We’ll see how the CL competition shapes out this year. As far as the best club in the world claim there are different definitions for different people of what makes a club the best in the world. For some it may be the football that is played or the facilities or the fan atmosphere around the club. I assume that Morgan is talking about football with her comments in which case, did anyone expect her to say something different?

          • guest

            I propose a club championship to settle this matter. But would it make money?

          • Steglitz49

            The JFA tried. Three (3) years in a row. The NWSL never sent a team.

            Lyon won the inaugural one.

            PS — next time read the comments before you comment

          • guest

            What was the format?

          • Steglitz49

            A form of knock-out.

          • guest

            Ur on a roll!

          • Steglitz49

            Lyon won the Champions League last season, overcoming Wolfsburg in the final.

            What we do know is that in OG-16, Germany got gold, Sweden silver and Canada bronze while the USWNT had their worst tournament ever. Worst. Ever.

          • guest

            remember. according to euro standards. the champions league final was a tie. wolsfburg did not lose the game.

          • Steglitz49

            That is the FIFA rule. It has benefited the USWNT twice at least if not more.

          • guest

            i did not expect alex morgan to say anything different. she did not make that statement because it’s true. she made that statement because she’s paid to say that. but at the same time, i also expect the media and public to challenge and correct any false statements made. lyon are not the best team in the world. that title can only be won on the field.an arguement can be made that they aren’t even the best team in europe.

          • guest

            the united states is the unofficial sport capital of the world. americans don’t have a problem with foreign teams being called the best in the world as long as that title is earned on the field not just handed to them by some monarchy. that statement can be made by the men’s champions league winner since europe dominates club football. but that is not the case on the women’s side. europe doesn’t dominate women’s football as of yet. not to mention the fact that the champions league final ended in a tie at the end of overtime between lyon and wolfsburg. lyon has won 2 of the last 5 champions leagues. and so has wolsfburg and they have also gotten to a third final. lyon has won three champions league titles in the last fifteen years. and when lyon plays by their second name, the french national team, they haven’t won anything yet in their entire history. also, lyon don’t get any extra points for winning the french cupcake league.

      • guest

        please don’t question the euro inventors of football…they know best.

        • Steglitz49

          Football was strictly speaking invented in England. It rapidly spread all over the world, as opposed to cricket and rugby which remained games of part of the British Empire.

          The role of the FA Cup in the development of soccer must not be underestimated nor all those expats taking the sport with them around the globe.

      • #1Fan

        like the USA does in Wo So then.

      • Steglitz49

        Just look at the list of their current non-French players:

        Saki Kumagai, Dzenifer MarozsΓ‘n, Pauline Bremer, Josephine Henning, Ada Hegerberg, Caroline Seger, Kadeisha Buchannan and Alex Morgan.

        Granted, they let Lotta Schelin and Lara Dieckmann go.

    • guest

      alex, we all know who is the real best club in the world…..the uswnt.

      • Steglitz49

        Bombed in the QF, worst result ever for that club.

        • guest

          and megan rapinoe, hope solo and jill ellis should be sacrificed to the gods as a result.

          • Steglitz49

            Hope already has been chucked under the proverbial bus. JE came second in the COTY voting, besting the coach that bested her.

          • guest

            i have a great fear that not all hope is lost.

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe a screwdriver and coach-driver to the rescue if not a wall-banger?

      • guest

        that is true, a club not a national team without equal opportunity.

    • guest

      does lyon break 1000 in attendance at every home game with alex morgan on the field?

      • Steglitz49

        Now that Kadeisha Buchanan has joined them also, we shall never know who contributed the most, will we?

  • Som Termanni

    The Toronto Star published an article on how the NWSL is too big to fail, thanks in part to TV deals (no mention of their length or shoddiness) and stable ownership (no mention of the Flash or KC sales): https://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/2017/01/08/us-womens-pro-soccer-might-be-too-big-to-fail.html

    Bonus: The caption for the photo at the top of the page misidentifies Canadian WNTer Sabrina D’Angelo as US WNTer Jaelene Hinkle.

    • anon

      tv deals? isn’t only one match per week broadcast on a network? the rest are free on youtube

    • So, some stellar journalism there, huh?

  • guest

    Why would they hold the draft in far off LA unless there were some NWSL announcement related to that city?

    • Steglitz49

      They could try Pearl Harbor or Fairbanks.

      • guest

        Makes no sense to make everyone fly out there.

        • Steglitz49

          Then hold it in KC, Chicago or Houston?

          • guest

            “Chicago, Chicago, it’s a helluva town…” or something like that. Nothing against LA, but I’d be pissed if I had to fly there for no good reason, and then fly right back.

          • Steglitz49

            How about the Grand Ol’ Oprey in Nashville or failing that Georgetown KY ?

    • mockmook

      The Draft has always been attached to the NSCAA Convention — a way to have the draft surrounded with soccer-philes, soccer coaches, etc.

      • guest

        Well that explains it, thanks. Also, I’ll shut up now.

      • Steglitz49

        Makes sense.