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The Lowdown: Amid retirements, Johnson returns

The Lowdown: Amid retirements, Johnson returns

Dan Lauletta March 13, 2015 86

A disturbing theme in the National Women’s Soccer League has been the spate of retirement announcements by players well shy of their 30th birthdays.  The reasons are varied and personal but most come down

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The Lowdown: Tipping the scales in NWSL in 2015

The Lowdown: Tipping the scales in NWSL in 2015

Dan Lauletta March 5, 2015 51

Don’t look now but it’s March and NWSL preseason starts Monday.  To get 2015 started in Lowdown style, we picked a player (or two) on each of the nine clubs who could be the most

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A visit to Portland Thorns open tryouts

A visit to Portland Thorns open tryouts

Dan Lauletta February 19, 2015 76

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Paul Riley does most things at least slightly differently from everyone else.  Open tryouts is no exception. “We did a proper training session both days,” the Thorns coach said Thursday following

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The Lowdown:  When, to where will NWSL expand?

The Lowdown: When, to where will NWSL expand?

Dan Lauletta February 11, 2015 62

For three years WPS brass promised that multiple groups were interested in joining the league via expansion.  And while they did add three teams in two years, one was a rush job similar to

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NWSL 2015 — XI matches to watch

NWSL 2015 — XI matches to watch

Dan Lauletta February 5, 2015 32

The 2015 NWSL schedule is out and without question it is the most aesthetically pleasing set of matches dating back through WPS.  The reduced number of games combined with an increase in the number

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The Lowdown:  Jones’ retirement and NWSL realities

The Lowdown: Jones’ retirement and NWSL realities

Dan Lauletta January 28, 2015 70

For two seasons Courtney Jones represented the most underappreciated and in some ways most vital demographic of NWSL players.  Jones was a versatile American who was good enough to often earn starters’ minutes, but

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The Lowdown: Inside the 2015 NWSL Draft

The Lowdown: Inside the 2015 NWSL Draft

Dan Lauletta January 20, 2015 15

PHILADELPHIA — When last week’s NWSL draft was over, nine coaches took turns standing in front of the background curtain decorated with league logos, and told the gathered media how well the day had

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UCLA makes draft history with 6 of first 19 picks

UCLA makes draft history with 6 of first 19 picks

Dan Lauletta January 16, 2015 22

PHILADELPHIA — Amanda Cromwell played at Virginia, so she can claim a very small part of the glory over Morgan Brian being taken first overall in Friday’s NWSL Draft.  Today, Cromwell is the head

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Flash turn picks into players, look to future

Flash turn picks into players, look to future

Dan Lauletta January 16, 2015 38

PHILADELPHIA — The Western New York Flash hogged the 1st round of the NWSL Draft on Friday.  They may not have traded high enough to grab Morgan Brian, but in making four of the

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