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The Lowdown: Thorns took unexpected path to title

The Lowdown: Thorns took unexpected path to title

Dan Lauletta September 3, 2013 14

It was the first group of Portland Thorns FC players—acquired via allocation—that were responsible for the club being stamped as National Women’s Soccer League favorites.  It was ironic then, that it took a contribution

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The Lowdown: How Flash, Thorns were built

The Lowdown: How Flash, Thorns were built

Dan Lauletta August 27, 2013 27

As we barrel toward the conclusion of the first NWSL season it bears reminding that when the calendar first turned over to 2013, none of the eight teams had a single player on its

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The Lowdown: Harvey says Reign ‘close to being a good team’

The Lowdown: Harvey says Reign ‘close to being a good team’

Dan Lauletta June 11, 2013 29

It was a moment that defined Seattle Reign FC’s poor start to their inaugural season.  Hope Solo, by all accounts the Reign’s best player, failing to adequately cover the near post on a half

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The Lowdown: Early NWSL draftee grades

The Lowdown: Early NWSL draftee grades

Dan Lauletta June 4, 2013 25

As Sky Blue FC continued their torrid start, 1st round draft pick Lindsi Lisonbee-Cutshall got some mop-up duty Saturday night, playing the final four minutes and stoppage time in a 5-1 rout of the

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The Lowdown: A deeper look at the NWSL standings

The Lowdown: A deeper look at the NWSL standings

Dan Lauletta May 14, 2013 24

When the season began I was approached about putting weekly power rankings in The Lowdown.  I declined.  There were several reasons for this, among them my belief that ranking teams every week gets stale

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The Lowdown: Spirit, FC Kansas City coming together

The Lowdown: Spirit, FC Kansas City coming together

Dan Lauletta March 27, 2013 2

The Lowdown went down low last week, buried under a cavalcade of news from World Cup schedules to collective bargaining agreements.  But we’re back and pleased to report that with the new agreement between

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The Lowdown: Red Stars already planning ahead

The Lowdown: Red Stars already planning ahead

Dan Lauletta March 6, 2013 3

The Red Stars became part of the first NWSL trade last week when they sent Keelin Winters to Seattle for the Reign’s 1st round pick in the 2014 college draft plus a U.S. allocation

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