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Andonovski: No one was going to be better than us today

Andonovski: No one was going to be better than us today

Dan Lauletta August 31, 2014 9

TUKWILA, Wash. — Vlatko Andonovski gathered his team in the locker room before the start of Sunday’s NWSL Championship and delivered something of an unconventional message. The FC Kansas City coach acknowledged that his

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Kawasumi, Reign bonded on language of soccer

Kawasumi, Reign bonded on language of soccer

Dan Lauletta August 30, 2014 10

TUKWILA, Wash., — Ask anyone to click off the names of the most important Seattle Reign FC players and it could be awhile before the name Nahomi Kawasumi comes up. But the player known

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Deines, Kopmeyer relish what chances they get

Deines, Kopmeyer relish what chances they get

Dan Lauletta August 29, 2014 6

TUKWILA, Wash. — Haley Kopmeyer knows that if things go according to plan she will not play in Sunday’s NWSL Championship. She also knows that she’d better be ready – just in case. “You’ve

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Looking back on WoSo finals gone by

Looking back on WoSo finals gone by

Dan Lauletta August 29, 2014 11

TUKWILA, Wash. — At some point over the last calendar year it was brought to my attention that having attended all of the top-flight women’s soccer finals in the United States, it put me

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Fishlock thrived in improved Reign side

Fishlock thrived in improved Reign side

Dan Lauletta August 28, 2014 24

TUKWILA, Wash. — Jess Fishlock hit NWSL like a tornado last year.  She arrived from Wales a virtual unknown but made an immediate impact.  Fishlock cut a conspicuous figure with her platinum blonde hair,

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The Lowdown:  My 2014 NWSL Awards Ballot

The Lowdown: My 2014 NWSL Awards Ballot

Dan Lauletta August 26, 2014 235

Here is my 2014 NWSL awards ballot. Votes were due prior to the start of the semifinal matches, and performances in those matches have no bearing on these picks or anyone else’s who had

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Breakers’ Naeher voted Goalkeeper of the Year

Breakers’ Naeher voted Goalkeeper of the Year

Dan Lauletta August 25, 2014 56

Alyssa Naeher became one of the most statistically unlikely award winners on Monday when NWSL announced the Breakers’ keeper as its Goalkeeper of the Year for 2014.  Naeher beat out Hope Solo and Ashlyn

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Parsons proud of strides made after tough loss

Parsons proud of strides made after tough loss

Dan Lauletta August 25, 2014 19

Eight days after Mark Parsons admitted the occasion of trying to clinch a playoff berth got his side, the Washington Spirit produced a fantastic, 90-minute effort that included everything but a win.  They spent

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Reign rally to beat Spirit, will host final

Reign rally to beat Spirit, will host final

Dan Lauletta August 25, 2014 203

Seattle Reign FC are set to host the 2014 NWSL Championship after rallying for a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit in Sunday night’s semifinal at Memorial Stadium.  Megan Rapinoe scored the game-winner in

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