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The Lowdown: My 2016 NWSL Awards Ballot

The Lowdown: My 2016 NWSL Awards Ballot

Dan Lauletta September 27, 2016 163

Here is my 2016 NWSL Awards ballot. This was a difficult season as I did not feel there were many standouts. So there will likely be even more disagreements than usual. I welcome them

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For Thorns, Shield was total team effort

For Thorns, Shield was total team effort

Dan Lauletta September 26, 2016 51

On July 30, Allie Long was dozing off in her hotel in Brazil watching the stream of her Portland Thorns against the Seattle Reign. The Reign carried much of the play that night, but

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The Lowdown: Playoff, Shield, Boot races down to wire

The Lowdown: Playoff, Shield, Boot races down to wire

Dan Lauletta September 14, 2016 93

An interesting Week 18 that saw all 10 teams play twice settled a number of scenarios but not everything in terms of the NWSL table. What we know is that the Spirit and Thorns

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Draw puts banged up Red Stars into playoffs

Draw puts banged up Red Stars into playoffs

Dan Lauletta September 11, 2016 39

It wasn’t pretty but the Chicago Red Stars earned point they needed to return to the playoffs, clinching their second straight berth following a scoreless draw at FC Kansas City. Alyssa Naeher made an

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France sack Bergeroo; Olivier Echouafni hired as coach

France sack Bergeroo; Olivier Echouafni hired as coach

Dan Lauletta September 11, 2016 19

France has sacked Philippe Bergeroo as national team head coach following a string of disappointing results at major tournaments. Olivier Echouafni has been announced as the new coach and is scheduled to be introduced

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Lauletta: Spirit made all the wrong moves

Lauletta: Spirit made all the wrong moves

Dan Lauletta September 8, 2016 243

The Washington Spirit’s decision to play the national anthem without the players on the field has stoked the passions of women’s soccer fans like few events before it. When the night was over, the

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The Lowdown: The latest from Week 17

The Lowdown: The latest from Week 17

Dan Lauletta September 7, 2016 25

Following a midseason crunch in the standings, the NWSL playoff race crystallized a bit during Week 17. The Spirit became the first to officially clinch and maintained control of the Shield race. And the

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The O’Reilly Factor: HAO’s sparkling record in finals

The O’Reilly Factor: HAO’s sparkling record in finals

Dan Lauletta September 2, 2016 4

When FC Kansas City won their second straight NWSL Championship last fall, head coach Vlatko Andonovski reflected on his key offseason acquisition, Heather O’Reilly.  One of the things that stood out to Andonovski was

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The Lowdown: another messy re-entry for NWSL

The Lowdown: another messy re-entry for NWSL

Dan Lauletta August 31, 2016 64

It seems like NWSL just can’t get this re-entry thing down pat. Last year, with interest in the sport at a fevered pitch, every member of the World Cup winning U.S. team sat out

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