Equal-pay play: No friendly gap, narrowed Cup bonuses

Now that the national team pay calculator is done (more or less), we can run some scenarios. Here's one: Assumed results: Women win World Cup with 9 points in group stage, take Olympic bronze with 7 points in group stage. Men reach World Cup quarterfinals (7 points in group) one year and take 3 points … Continue reading Equal-pay play: No friendly gap, narrowed Cup bonuses

Why do I question women’s soccer narratives?

I'm aggravated when people denigrate soccer because it's my favorite sport -- and because such sentiments are often rooted in a form of xenophobia in which generations have been expected to be culturally assimilated through our devotion to American sports like football, basketball and baseball. I'm aggravated when people denigrate women's sports because such sentiments … Continue reading Why do I question women’s soccer narratives?

Freddy Adu’s next chapter will be worth reading

Remember when U.S. men's soccer was so full of hope? You don't? Watch this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfRflwe1WXA That ad is so much better than the ads we see for the U.S. women's team today. The field-level ad isn't bad, but so much of it is over-the-top hero worship. If we keep putting the women on pedestals … Continue reading Freddy Adu’s next chapter will be worth reading

A quick guide to the U.S. women’s soccer pay dispute

This World Cup is going to be quite competitive, today's 13-0 rout notwithstanding. The bad news is that the USA's chances of winning are less than 50-50, but the good news is that the reason is the growth of the game worldwide. No one who cares about women's soccer would want the game in England, … Continue reading A quick guide to the U.S. women’s soccer pay dispute

Women’s World Cup predictions (collated)

If you made predictions, feel free to share them. I'll try to compile as best I can. GROUP STAGE Key: Third-place teams that qualify marked with asterisk. The predictors ... BD: me538: from their rankingsAC: Avi Creditor, Sports IllustratedLL: Laken Litman, Sports Illustrated (you'll have to click to see the picks from Kellen Becoats, Luis … Continue reading Women’s World Cup predictions (collated)