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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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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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The Lowdown: Six on-field questions for NWSL return

The Lowdown: Six on-field questions for NWSL return

Dan Lauletta August 24, 2016 94

After the soft restart to the NWSL season with last week’s makeup match, the regularly scheduled games resume on Friday and all 10 teams will be in action over the weekend. From there it

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The Lowdown: Seven questions for return of NWSL

The Lowdown: Seven questions for return of NWSL

Dan Lauletta August 17, 2016 198

Thursday marks the return of NWSL, eight days earlier than originally planned but also just in the nick of time after the United States’ untimely exit from the Olympic tournament. The make-up match between

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The Lowdown: Team talking points for the break

The Lowdown: Team talking points for the break

Dan Lauletta August 2, 2016 50

A fascinating Week 15 likely left NWSL fans clamoring for the rest of the season, something they will have to wait for as the league steps aside for the Olympic tournament.  The Spirit and

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The Lowdown:  Sky Blue’s subtle but effective culture change

The Lowdown: Sky Blue’s subtle but effective culture change

Dan Lauletta July 27, 2016 21

When predictions began popping up for the 2016 NWSL season, the one published by Allison McCann and Jay Boice at FiveThirtyEight stood out for its optimistic outlook on Sky Blue FC. McCann picked Sky

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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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