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The Lowdown: Kealia Ohai walks the walk in Dash win

The Lowdown: Kealia Ohai walks the walk in Dash win

Dan Lauletta July 20, 2016 21

In the 7th minute of the Dash’s Saturday night match against the league-leading Thorns, Rachel Daly played a ball to the right flank for Kealia Ohai and sprinted to the far post. Ohai was

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The Lowdown:  NWSL Week 12 was pure chaos

The Lowdown: NWSL Week 12 was pure chaos

Dan Lauletta July 12, 2016 30

Sunday’s Pride-Breakers match brought to a close a chaotic weekend for NWSL, one that few hope to relive but also one that will live on for some time. The league is conducting an “exhaustive

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The Lowdown: Which teams are best suited for summer?

The Lowdown: Which teams are best suited for summer?

Dan Lauletta July 6, 2016 96

Last week, in a non-Lowdown column, I ranked the 20 NWSL players who have left to join the United States Olympic camp in order of how they will be missed.  This week it’s a

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The Lowdown:  Thoughts on the USWNT vs NWSL

The Lowdown: Thoughts on the USWNT vs NWSL

Dan Lauletta June 29, 2016 201

Sometime during the Red Stars annihilation of the Breakers two weekend ago it came to light that Jill Ellis’s pre-Olympic camp was set to begin Friday, July 1. That meant the NWSL match that

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The Lowdown:  Vlatko Andonovski on FCKC transition

The Lowdown: Vlatko Andonovski on FCKC transition

Dan Lauletta June 15, 2016 53

Just about every time FC Kansas City has been and will be mentioned this season it comes with the addendum that they are two-time defending champions. And defending champions they are, if you look at

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The Lowdown:  Taking stock of NWSL at the FIFA break

The Lowdown: Taking stock of NWSL at the FIFA break

Dan Lauletta June 8, 2016 229

There was no NWSL over the weekend. The league went dark for the FIFA window that saw the United States play Japan twice in friendlies, Canada tangle with Brazil two times, and several other

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The Lowdown:  When coaches take the honest approach

The Lowdown: When coaches take the honest approach

Dan Lauletta June 1, 2016 58

In 2001 I spoke to Ian Sawyers, then head coach of the Bay Area CyberRays about his club’s WUSA semifinal match against the New York Power. I inquired about the possibility of the match

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The Lowdown:  Observations from NWSL Week 6

The Lowdown: Observations from NWSL Week 6

Dan Lauletta May 24, 2016 109

If you speak to coaches and other people around NWSL, chances are you will collect a wide variety of opinions about the relative abilities of the 10 clubs. Some don’t think the Spirit or

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The Lowdown:  Jen Buczkowski, the ironwoman of NWSL

The Lowdown: Jen Buczkowski, the ironwoman of NWSL

Dan Lauletta May 17, 2016 166

Monday was a rainy day in Kansas City which meant FC Kansas City training was moved to an indoor location. That would have meant a longer drive for Jen Buczkowski, and she was just

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The Lowdown: Breakers doing everything but scoring

The Lowdown: Breakers doing everything but scoring

Dan Lauletta May 10, 2016 258

Matt Beard was always going to build his team from back to front. The entire Breakers offseason was crafted around that mentality. It’s just that no one thought it would take a month to

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