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The Lowdown: 5 takeaways from NWSL Week 1

The Lowdown: 5 takeaways from NWSL Week 1

Dan Lauletta April 14, 2015 19

After traveling to the inaugural NWSL match in Kansas City two years ago and the maiden Dash match last April, the third season was the first in which I took in the entire opening

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The Lowdown: A conversation with Jeff Plush

The Lowdown: A conversation with Jeff Plush

Dan Lauletta April 2, 2015 83

Less than three months into his tenure as the NWSL’s first commissioner, Jeff Plush has visited all nine markets—plus a few prospective ones—and reports the league to be in good health and moving forward. 

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The Lowdown:  How no Wambach will impact NWSL

The Lowdown: How no Wambach will impact NWSL

Dan Lauletta March 25, 2015 302

There is little doubt that NWSL is in a stronger position heading into its third season than either of its two predecessors, WUSA and WPS.  But the league took its first serious body blow

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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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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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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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The Lowdown: Morgan Brian, then what?

The Lowdown: Morgan Brian, then what?

Dan Lauletta January 13, 2015 40

The third NWSL draft is Friday morning in Philadelphia.  It is the second straight year being held in Philadelphia and it is the second straight year there will be little drama surrounding the top

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The Lowdown: A look ahead at NWSL in 2015

The Lowdown: A look ahead at NWSL in 2015

Dan Lauletta January 7, 2015 37

NWSL fans, get ready to see and hear some version of this phrase for the entirety of 2015: pivotal third season. It might be rephrased as crucial, important, make-or-break, vital, or a variety of

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