Why the USWNT is so good – and so popular

by Theo Hewson Betts (22/1/23) Above: Scenes from the New York City ticker tape parade after the USWNT won the World Cup. Photo: Flickr/New York City Department of Transportation Let’s get one thing absolutely clear before anything else – America loves winning. That is the most important piece of background to this piece, and itContinue reading “Why the USWNT is so good – and so popular”

NWSL Off-Season: The story so far

by Blaise Ogutu, Impetus’ North American Football Correspondent (10/1/23) The NWSL offseason is rarely a quiet time with every team trying to figure out what’s best in the coming season. The 2023 Draft is also fast approaching and it offers a chance to top collegiate talent to make the transition to the professional leagues. WithContinue reading “NWSL Off-Season: The story so far”

Portland Thorns Down Current To Win NWSL Championship

by Blaise Ogutu (31/10/22). Above: Portland Thorns players lift the championship trophy in DC. Photo: @ThornsFC/Twitter. An easy 2-0 win over the Kansas City Current gave the Portland Thorns the NWSL Championship at Audi Field in Washington DC on Saturday night. It was Kansas’ first trip to the championship final as the relatively newly-revamped CurrentContinue reading “Portland Thorns Down Current To Win NWSL Championship”

NWSL Semi-Final Round-Up

by Blaise Ogutu (25/10/22). Above: Portland Thorns players celebrate Crystal Dunn’s last-minute winner against the San Diego Wave. Photo: @ThornsFC. Crystal Dunn’s 92nd-minute rocket sealed a win for the Portland Thorns at Providence Park as they came from behind to beat the San Diego Wave and in the process, secure their Championship final spot. SanContinue reading “NWSL Semi-Final Round-Up”

NWSL Quarter-Final Review

Impetus’ Blaise Ogutu brings us all the news from the first week of Finals action in the NWSL (18/10/22). Above: San Diego Wave players celebrate after their comeback win over Chicago Red Stars. Photo: @sandiegowavefc. Alex Morgan’s 110th-minute goal secured a comeback win for the San Diego Wave as they beat the Chicago Red StarsContinue reading “NWSL Quarter-Final Review”

NWSL: The Final Week Previewed

Impetus’ Blaise Ogutu brings the background to this weekend’s all-important games in the final round of the NWSL’s regular season (30/9/22). Above: North Carolina Courage’s Debinha celebrates after scoring against Gotham FC. Photo: @TheNCCourage/Twitter. Four teams have secured their place in the play-off rounds in the NWSL. Four more teams are in the hunt forContinue reading “NWSL: The Final Week Previewed”

NWSL Weekly Wrap Round 18

Impetus’ Blaise Ogutu brings us his detailed weekly round-up of all the action from the NWSL (20/9/22). Above: Nadia Nadim and Jessica McDonald during Racing Louisville’s win over Orlando Pride. Photo: @RacingLOUFC/Twitter. Racing Win, Snapdragon Stadium Opens To Record Crowd And More: Four points separate first from sixth. Five points are the difference between the sixth and eighth. AContinue reading “NWSL Weekly Wrap Round 18”

NWSL Weekly Wrap Round 17

Impetus’ Blaise Ogutu brings us his detailed weekly round-up of all the action from the NWSL (13/9/22). Above: Crystal Dunn in action for the Portland Thorns three months after the birth of her baby. Photo: @ThornsFC/Twitter.   New Table-Topper, Brazilian Connect, And More The end of the regular season looms ever closer and the race for the shield continues toContinue reading “NWSL Weekly Wrap Round 17”

Orlando Pride Rise To Play-Off Contention

by Blaise Ogutu (6/9/22). Above: Orlando Pride players huddle after a game. Photo: ORLPride/Twitter. Teams in the NWSL this season have been riddled with their own storylines. Whether good, bad or ugly, there is no denying the fact that the league has gotten a lot of attention in recent months. One team that caught people’sContinue reading “Orlando Pride Rise To Play-Off Contention”

NWSL Weekly Wrap Round 15

Impetus’ Blaise Ogutu brings us his detailed weekly round-up of all the action from the NWSL (25/8/22). Above: Houston Dash’s Ebony Salmon takes on Mandy Freeman and McCall Zerboni of the NJ/NY Gotham FC. Photo: @HoustonDash/Twitter. Scordonez Brace And An All-Timer Celebration: NWSL Round 15 This week, nine teams were in action in the NWSL with the Portland Thorns, OLContinue reading “NWSL Weekly Wrap Round 15”