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The Lowdown: XI things to be thankful for, NWSL style

The Lowdown: XI things to be thankful for, NWSL style

Dan Lauletta November 22, 2016 28

The Lowdown is back! And with Thursday being Thanksgiving it’s time for the list of XI things to be thankful for in NWSL. I did this last year and some of the items are

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Parsons signs ‘long-term extension’ to remain Thorns coach

Parsons signs ‘long-term extension’ to remain Thorns coach

The Equalizer Staff November 8, 2016 4

Mark Parsons is staying in Portland for the long haul. Portland Thorns FC announced on Tuesday that the 30-year-old coach signed a “long-term contract extension” with the club. Goalkeeper coach and former player Nadine

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Lloyd, Sinclair, Henry on shortlist for FIFA’s best player of 2016

Lloyd, Sinclair, Henry on shortlist for FIFA’s best player of 2016

The Equalizer Staff November 3, 2016 178

United States captain Carli Lloyd and Canada captain Christine Sinclair are among the 10 players on the shortlist for the FIFA Best Women’s Player 2016 award. Lloyd is the incumbent for the award given

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McDonald, Menges replace Hinkle, Klingenberg in USWNT camp

McDonald, Menges replace Hinkle, Klingenberg in USWNT camp

The Equalizer Staff November 2, 2016 16

Jessica McDonald and Emily Menges are headed to training camp with the senior U.S. women’s national team for the first time. The pair will join the U.S. women’s national team this month ahead of

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NWSL clubs announce options, Re-Entry Wire players

NWSL clubs announce options, Re-Entry Wire players

The Equalizer Staff October 19, 2016 47

All 10 NWSL clubs announced updated contract status of all players on Wednesday. There were no real surprises on the day that left 13 players that will go through the Re-Entry Wire meaning they

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Thorns’ Kat Williamson retires after four NWSL seasons

Thorns’ Kat Williamson retires after four NWSL seasons

The Equalizer Staff October 18, 2016 65

Portland Thorns FC defender Kat Williamson announced her retirement from professional soccer on Monday. Williamson played four seasons in the NWSL and helped guide the Thorns to a championship in the league’s inaugural season

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Sauerbrunn makes 4th straight NWSL Best XI

Sauerbrunn makes 4th straight NWSL Best XI

The Equalizer Staff October 7, 2016 90

Becky Sauerbrunn’s three-year reign as NWSL Defender of the Year ended earlier this week, but the FC Kansas City captain is now the sole player to have made every Best XI. She was joined

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The Lowdown: XI NWSL players who need USWNT calls

The Lowdown: XI NWSL players who need USWNT calls

Dan Lauletta October 5, 2016 138

This column was going to wait, but in light of Jill Ellis’s recent comments to Graham Hays, it seemed like a good idea to fast-track things. We already know that Whitney Engen has been

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Thorns Shield season earns Parsons Coach of the Year

Thorns Shield season earns Parsons Coach of the Year

The Equalizer Staff October 3, 2016 45

One day after absorbing one of the toughest defeats of his coaching career, Mark Parsons has been named NWSL Coach of the Year for 2016. Parsons jumped from the Washington Spirit to the Thorns

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Things learned: rebuilt Flash have arrived

Things learned: rebuilt Flash have arrived

Dan Lauletta October 3, 2016 6

After two seasons of discontent when the Flash went from the top of NWSL to a sub-.500 team without much apparent direction, the 2016 campaign for the Western New York side will end with

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