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The Lowdown:  Lines concedes, Riley fumes

The Lowdown: Lines concedes, Riley fumes

Dan Lauletta July 29, 2014 36

It was a rough week for the 2013 finalists.  The Flash’s home loss to the Breakers on Friday night led their coach, Aaran Lines, to raise the verbal white flag and start talking about

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The Lowdown:  Playoff contenders gearing up for finish

The Lowdown: Playoff contenders gearing up for finish

Dan Lauletta July 22, 2014 47

There is something of an uneasy feeling at Sahlen’s Stadium this summer.  The Flash are used to being at the top of the table, cruising into the playoffs, and contending for championships.  But 2014

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The Lowdown: Tight races for final playoff spots

The Lowdown: Tight races for final playoff spots

Dan Lauletta July 16, 2014 35

Just like that there are only five weeks to go in the NWSL season.  At the moment it seems like two teams rate between very safe and fairly safe to reach the playoffs and

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The Lowdown: The case for FC Kansas City

The Lowdown: The case for FC Kansas City

Dan Lauletta July 9, 2014 22

The remarkable start by Seattle Reign FC has managed to give anonymity to the second-best team in the NWSL: FC Kansas City. FC Kansas City’s 5-0 thrashing of Sky Blue FC on Sunday night

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The Lowdown: The 2015 NWSL schedule conundrum

The Lowdown: The 2015 NWSL schedule conundrum

Dan Lauletta July 2, 2014 40

The World Cup is over for the American men, which means some of the focus can switch to the women, who play next summer in Canada. Yes the U.S. has to qualify, and I

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The Lowdown: Six stories to follow

The Lowdown: Six stories to follow

Dan Lauletta June 25, 2014 13

Here are six storylines to follow over the last two months of the 2014 NWSL season: How good will the Reign turn out? This could just as well be titled, “Can the Reign go

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The Lowdown:  NWSL mid-season assessment

The Lowdown: NWSL mid-season assessment

Dan Lauletta June 18, 2014 84

With a 19-week season, the just past Week 10 represented the exact midpoint in the season, at least according to the calendar. That means it is time to take a look at where each

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The Lowdown: Flash emerging from rare slump

The Lowdown: Flash emerging from rare slump

Dan Lauletta June 11, 2014 31

The Western New York Flash play in Houston this week and for the first time in a long time, trying to get a read on the team is difficult. The defending regular season champions

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The Lowdown: Week 8 was one to remember

The Lowdown: Week 8 was one to remember

Dan Lauletta June 3, 2014 19

Yurcak Field, last Wednesday. Following postgame interviews, one of the coaches looks up puzzled by the news that Breakers have a 4-0 lead on the Thorns. But that’s not all. The Breakers have built

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The Lowdown: Expansion Dash making slow progress

The Lowdown: Expansion Dash making slow progress

Dan Lauletta May 28, 2014 20

Nine games into their existence the Houston Dash have found myriad of ways to frustrate themselves and their fan base. From conceding early to conceding late, to misfiring from the penalty spot, it has

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