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Brianna Scurry on her return to soccer and why NWSL is different

Former USWNT keeper Brianna Scurry views herself as a guide as much as she does a coach (Getty Images)

Despite having the most successful team in the history of women’s international soccer, only a few former United States national team players have entered the coaching ranks in the professional game.

Cindy Parlow Cone coached the Portland Thorns to a championship in 2013. Cat Whitehill, Jill Loyden, and Stephanie Cox have all enjoyed stints as assistants in recent years. Marcia McDermott coached years ago in the WUSA. Aside from a handful of “player-coach” situations, that’s about it.

This year, two former national team players are working as assistants in the league, Briana Scurry with the Washington Spirit and Amy LePeilbet with the Utah Royals.

Scurry is hoping her entry into the league might spark a broader movement among her former teammates.

“I feel like it would be a really good contribution for those of us retired national team players, that if we have an NWSL team in our city, that we try to be a part of it and try to see how we can give back and how we can work with that team and share what we learned with them and try to make an impact,” said Scurry


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