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Category: NWSL

Lisa Baird conquers 2020 in her debut as NWSL commissioner

Lisa Baird was announced as the NWSL commissioner on Feb. 27, 2020. She knew she had big shoes to fill after multiple teams drew sell-out crowds and the league ultimately achieved a 70% increase in attendance during the 2019 season under Amanda Duffy’s watch.  Baird was ready. Then COVID-19 struck. Just three weeks into her […]

Thorns finish first in Fall Series with victory over OL Reign

Portland Thorns FC claimed the NWSL’s Community Shield in the league Fall Series with Saturday’s 2-1 win against the OL Reign. Christine Sinclair put both goals up on Portland’s side of the scoreboard while Amber Brooks scored for the Reign. With a successful penalty kick from Sinclair, the Thorns led 1-0 going into halftime but […]

Why so many USWNT players are suddenly signing overseas

Just two months ago, every USWNT player was a part of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the USA. Since then, six players, including Tobin Heath, Christen Press, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis, Emily Sonnett and Alex Morgan, have officially signed with European teams. There are rumours that more of the USWNT are talking about […]

No. 8 Thorns take down undefeated Courage in Challenge Cup quarterfinal

Coming into the NWSL Challenge Cup, the North Carolina Courage were the favourites to win the tournament. The 2019 champions remained undefeated throughout the entire preliminary round, even scoring the most goals (seven) of any team. But the Courage’s promising road came to an unexpectedly short end in the first quarterfinal match when NWSL rookie […]

PREVIEW: Carolina still undefeated as the NWSL Challenge Cup enters knockout stage

The North Carolina Courage are the favourites to win the NWSL Challenge Cup after scoring seven goals to remain undefeated in the preliminary round. (Photo credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), boasting the world’s highest level of talent in women’s soccer, is North America’s first professional league to return to play […]

The Courage seal last-minute win in Game One of the Challenge Cup

The Portland Thorns FC and North Carolina Courage officially kicked off the NWSL Challenge Cup at the Zion Bank Stadium in Utah on Saturday.   It was clear, at the start of the league’s first nationally broadcasted game, that the players were focused on more than just the match at hand. During the playing of the […]

NWSL Challenge Cup preview: Thorns face defending champions in tournament kickoff

In less than a week a professional sport will finally return to action for the first time since the beginning of April. The NWSL’s Challenge Cup begins on Saturday, with the Portland Thorns FC taking on defending champions North Carolina Courage to kick off the tournament. With a total of nine teams and 25 games, […]

OPINION: Megan Rapinoe’s activism is part of what makes her North America’s greatest soccer player

Less than five minutes into the quarterfinal match of the 2019 FIFA World Cup, Megan Rapinoe buried the first goal of the game. The U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) co-captain scored again later in the match to overtake France 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals. It was a day that marked the beginning of one […]