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The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 77: Clinched

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It was a significant weekend in the National Women’s Soccer League, with the North Carolina Courage clinching the Shield, and the Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns FC punching their respective tickets to the playoffs. The rest of the race? Still to be determined. We break it all down in this week’s episode.

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Episode notes

  • Segment 1: Is the dominance of the same few teams a good thing for the NWSL? Plus, which team has been the most disappointing this season? Dan and Chelsey are in agreement..
  • Segment 2 (13:16): Last week brought the worst officiating we’ve seen all season. Part of the fallout meant Merritt Mathias tearing her ACL, which means Heather O’Reilly will end her career in a very important right-back role.
  • Segment 3 (28:16): The Football Reference Stat of the Week is more like STATS of the week. Dan has all kinds of scoops on playoff streaks. That, plus we answer your fan questions.

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