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The Lowdown: Opportunity awaits new commissioner

The Lowdown: Opportunity awaits new commissioner

Dan Lauletta November 19, 2014 71

For the first time the National Women’s Soccer League will undergo a seismic shift in leadership.  Cheryl Bailey will step down as executive director of the fledgling league as soon as the search for

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The Lowdown: Assessing the flurry of NWSL trades

The Lowdown: Assessing the flurry of NWSL trades

Dan Lauletta November 5, 2014 31

The NWSL went virtually dormant through September and much of October.  Save for some loan news and the retirement of Jillian Loyden, things were quieter than usual.  And then came an onslaught of trades,

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The Lowdown: XI ideas for a better NWSL

The Lowdown: XI ideas for a better NWSL

Dan Lauletta September 17, 2014 216

The National Women’s Soccer League has two seasons in the books and it is time to turn attention towards the all-important third. The importance is two-ply. First, the league will have to share, if

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The Lowdown: KC’s risky off-season pays off with title

The Lowdown: KC’s risky off-season pays off with title

Dan Lauletta September 2, 2014 58

TUKWILA, Wash. — To properly trace the roots of the 2014 FC Kansas City team, you have to go back to last fall, when Lauren Holiday was boarding a bus following national team practice.

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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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The Lowdown:  sorting  the NWSL with 2 weeks to play

The Lowdown: sorting the NWSL with 2 weeks to play

Dan Lauletta August 6, 2014 29

Two weeks to play in the NWSL season.  Here’s how the teams stand. Seattle Reign FC (15-1-5, 50 pts), clinched 2014 NWSL Shield The Reign clubbed the Dash on Wednesday to take the regular

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The Lowdown:  Lines concedes, Riley fumes

The Lowdown: Lines concedes, Riley fumes

Dan Lauletta July 29, 2014 41

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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