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The Lowdown: Professional women’s soccer returns to North Carolina

The Lowdown: Professional women’s soccer returns to North Carolina

Dan Lauletta April 25, 2017 30

As Christine Sinclair writhed in pain after taking a high challenge from Yuri Karamura, one of the younger fans in attendance could be heard shouting to the Canadian great that she was not in

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The Lowdown:  No 3-5-2 in NWSL…yet

The Lowdown: No 3-5-2 in NWSL…yet

Dan Lauletta April 18, 2017 11

For months, no conversation about domestic women’s soccer tactics could get off the ground without referencing the 3-5-2. Ever since U.S. coach Jill Ellis decreed it the new world order of the national team

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The Lowdown: My 2017 NWSL preseason predictions

The Lowdown: My 2017 NWSL preseason predictions

Dan Lauletta April 11, 2017 301

It’s the final Tuesday before the opening of the regular season, which means it is time for my annual NWSL predictions. In other words, it’s time to subject myself to a summer of ridicule

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The Lowdown: Milestones and statistics for the 2017 NWSL season

The Lowdown: Milestones and statistics for the 2017 NWSL season

Dan Lauletta April 6, 2017 5

On Saturday, July 8 there will be a little history made at Yurcak Field. On that evening Sky Blue will become the first club to play 100 regular season NWSL matches. The original clubs

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The Lowdown: From cupcakes to radio silence

The Lowdown: From cupcakes to radio silence

Dan Lauletta March 28, 2017 22

Fifty-four days ago, the NWSL and A+E held a massive media event in Manhattan to announce a new partnership. The proverbial landmark arrangement calls for the fifth-year league to appear on national television. Every

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The Lowdown: Three units that could make or break NWSL seasons

The Lowdown: Three units that could make or break NWSL seasons

Dan Lauletta March 21, 2017 230

Here are the three units I think will have the biggest make-or-break influence on their teams for 2017 Boston Breakers back line Matt Beard pretty much redid his entire roster during the winter, doing

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The Lowdown: Burning questions to start NWSL preseason

The Lowdown: Burning questions to start NWSL preseason

Dan Lauletta March 14, 2017 51

NWSL preseason is underway at 10 training camps around the country. Here are three on-field and two off-field points of interest with less than five weeks until opening day. Will Vlatko have to adjust

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The Lowdown: My weekend with the NWSL referees

The Lowdown: My weekend with the NWSL referees

Dan Lauletta March 9, 2017 14

PHOENIX, AZ — So you think you can be a referee? Here’s a quick scenario. A ball gets sent through to an attacking player overlapping on the left side. She crosses it toward traffic

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The Lowdown: Is Joanna Lohman the most interesting player in NWSL?

The Lowdown: Is Joanna Lohman the most interesting player in NWSL?

Dan Lauletta February 28, 2017 17

On July 19, 1999 the U.S. national team accepted president Bill Clinton’s invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Cup championship. Their win nine days earlier and the World Cup that preceded

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The Lowdown: Looking at 3 issues facing NWSL

The Lowdown: Looking at 3 issues facing NWSL

Dan Lauletta February 14, 2017 121

We’re not even two weeks out from NWSL announcing a major media deal with A+E and already the league is preparing for a crush of negativity with the expected move of Carli Lloyd to

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