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The Lowdown: How is each NWSL team positioned for the homestretch?
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Spirit forfeit Thorns game, fined $25,000

The Washington Spirit were hit with a second forfeit of the week on Thursday as the NWSL officially ruled that the team broke league medical protocols ahead of the scheduled Sept. 4 game in Portland. It's another 3-0 forfeit for the Spirit (just like the scheduled Reign game). The $25,000 fine is the largest ever announced in NWSL history. I reported details of the protocol breaches earlier this week.

Spirit forfeit to Reign due to COVID protocol breaches

The Sept. 12 game scheduled to be played between the Washington Spirit and OL Reign at Audi Field has been cancelled. It's 3-0 forfeit (score is a FIFA rule) for Washington for breaking COVID-19 protocols. A source tells EQZ there were multiple breaches, including a player exiting quarantine early. No word yet on the fate of last week's postponed Thorns-Spirit game. Washington has now lost two of 12 scheduled home games this year.

USSF proposes ‘solution that equalizes World Cup prize money’

U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone says USSF has asked both USMNT & USWNT PAs to join “in negotiating a solution that equalizes World Cup prize money.” Molly Levinson, spokesperson for U.S. women's players, responded, saying: “USSF has finally acknowledged that they pay women players less than men players… Letters to fans are not a substitute. It’s time to back up a lot of words with some actions.”

Gotham to play in ‘Philly’ Oct. 6 to honor Carli Lloyd

NJ/NY Gotham FC will play its Oct. 6 home match, originally scheduled for Red Bull Arena, at Subaru Park in Chester, Penn. -- just south of Philadelphia. That Wednesday night game against the Washington Spirit has been moved there as a way to give retiring Carli Lloyd one more game in her 'hometown' (she grew up in southern New Jersey, about 20 miles away).

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Kristen Edmonds was cut from pro rosters out of college. She was told she...

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The Equalizer Podcast: Mail Time
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Claire Watkins and Pardeep Cattry open up the mailbag to answer questions about the...

Mailbag: Send in questions for the EQZ Pod!

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Mallory Pugh, in form and with the USWNT again, is living in the moment
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‘I don’t think anything is given’: Marisa Viggiano on the mentality to succeed
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Kassouf: Carli Lloyd understood Carli Lloyd, and that’s what made her great
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‘I’m a different coach now’: Laura Harvey says she grew in her time away from the NWSL
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The Lowdown: How is each NWSL team positioned for the homestretch?
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USWNT 8, Paraguay 0: Talking points from another blowout

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How Real Madrid, Tottenham provided the blueprint for stifling Manchester City
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