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NWSL – Fantasy Round Sixteen Preview
by All White Kit
posted July 25, 2014 at 5:11pm

Big round! Probably. Portland’s frontline lit opposing teams up, making anyone who went heavy with them a happy camper. Washington? Err, the only player to really establish themselves with a big round was Jodie Taylor. Neither side has a double...more

NCAA – List of Players Missing For The U20 Women’s World Cup
by All White Kit
posted July 25, 2014 at 4:12pm

From FIFA’s official list. Feel free to offer up a correction if you find something incorrect. Alabama -Noelle Sanz Boston College -McKenzie Meehan Clemson -Kailen Sheridan Dayton -Ashley Campbell Duke -Christina Gibbons -Rebecca Quinn Florida...more

Sports History Files: Germany’s stylish soccer renaissance
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 24, 2014 at 8:31pm

Tweet While I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to ...more

WPSL: ASA Charge fall in tough match with CFC Passion
by All White Kit
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:48pm

Central defender Jennifer Gillette had a terrific performance in her final game, but it wasn’t enough. (file photo courtesy of Ken L. Harriford) The ASA Chesapeake Charge, top seeds in the WPSL’s Northeast Conference, were unable to muster ...more

Brazil and Back Again: Three Days at the 2014 World Cup
by Soccer Science
posted July 20, 2014 at 8:45pm

Three days was all I needed to find a window of opportunity to get to Brazil for World Cup 2014. The 12-hour flight down, and 24-hour trek home, were totally worth it as the experience of attending a World Cup game is just beyond comparison. On my first ...more

W-League: Spirit Reserves claim Northeastern Conference Championship
by All White Kit
posted July 20, 2014 at 9:21am

Ashley Herndon would tally a goal and three assists in the conference championship. (Photo by Larry J. Clark) A Braddock Road Stars Elite team missing four of its best players was no match for a Washington Spirit Reserves team nearly at full strength a...more

NWSL – Fantasy Round Fifteen Preview
by All White Kit
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:43pm

Meh in Round Twelve, pretty damn good in Round Thirteen, and To Be Determined (but probably quite disappointing) in Round Fourteen. That’s a quick catchup now that points for the past few weeks have been tabulated. I finally cracked the Top 100 afte...more

NCAA – 2014 CoachRank – How Do New Faces Fare?
by All White Kit
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:36pm

Forty-six schools made coaching changes between 2008 and 2010.  Of those schools, thirty-seven were replacing coaches who had been in their post for three or more seasons.  But how many of those schools made a change for the better in terms of r...more

NCAA – 2014 CoachRank – Lessons From The Recently Departed
by All White Kit
posted July 17, 2014 at 1:09pm

As a part of calculating CoachRank numbers, I also looked at the coaches that left their position after the 2013 season to see if there were any patterns that emerged in regards to those coaches who departed.  The results are below, but here are some...more

NCAA – 2014 CoachRank Adjusted Rankings – Trendwatch
by All White Kit
posted July 16, 2014 at 9:16pm

The totals for CoachRank only tell part of the story. You can get a clearer view of the big picture by examining some of the trends associated with the individual season scores that are averaged together to get the total CoachRank score. The following ar...more

NCAA – 2014 CoachRank Adjusted Rankings – By Conference
by All White Kit
posted July 15, 2014 at 9:00pm

An easier reference point for those just looking to compare coaches from a single conference. Further supplemental material coming throughout the week. AAC 23. 51.70 – Brooks Monaghan (Memphis) 63. 35.31 – Denise Schilte-Brown (South Florida...more

DC-Area AmWoSo: Three Teams in the Playoffs; Youth Championships Coming to Town
by All White Kit
posted July 15, 2014 at 1:34pm

Ashley Herndon in her fourth year with the Spirit Reserves helped them to their first undefeated season. (Photo by Larry J. Clark) You couldn’t ask for much more from the local teams this year: with three playoff spots available in the WPSL and ...more

Wendy Parker: The Midsummer Classic and the American pastime
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 15, 2014 at 1:33pm

  July is the time for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and Hall of Fame induction, so I’ll be devoting some posts this week to topics related to baseball’s future — and as always the case with this sport — and exp...more

NCAA – CoachRank Adjusted Rankings & Quick FAQ (AKA Read Before Killing The Messenger)
by All White Kit
posted July 14, 2014 at 5:34pm

  (Again, read the damn FAQ below before asking questions and/or losing your mind. Supplemental content will appear throughout the week.) 1. 96.11 – Paul Ratcliffe (Stanford)2. 85.59 – Mark Krikorian (Florida State)3. 79.11 – Anso...more

Think Like A Freak via @TiffanyWeimer
by Tiffany Weimer
posted July 13, 2014 at 11:09am

I haven’t written in over a month, yet it seems much longer. I guess time goes slow when you can only do some of the things you enjoy, and not all of them. But that’s neither her nor there or anywhere. I’ve been able to read quite a bit ...more

NWSL – Fantasy Round Fourteen Preview
by All White Kit
posted July 11, 2014 at 1:12pm

How unpredictable has the NWSL been in recent weeks? Only the top two teams have more than nine points in their past six matches, indicating enormous volatility throughout the rest of the table. As you might expect, it’s also proving to be a night...more

NWSL Fantasy Round Thirteen – Provisional Point Totals
by All White Kit
posted July 10, 2014 at 8:27pm

Again, with the official totals on the site not being updated yet, here are my point counts for round thirteen from official league box scores: Portland Match One 5.0 – Angerer -0.5 – Catley 0.5 – Farrelly 5.5 – Heath 6.0 &ndash...more

WPSL: Charge stay hot and undefeated – plus other midweek updates
by All White Kit
posted July 5, 2014 at 9:21am

Katie Watson sends a ball in while Sarah Bonney looks on. (photo by Ken L. Harriford) What was hotter, the ASA Chesapeake Charge or the weather? It was well into the nineties and humid, but the Charge demolished the middle-of-the-pack LVU Lady Sonic, 8...more

NWSL – Fantasy Round Thirteen Preview
by All White Kit
posted July 4, 2014 at 8:52am

I had Carli Lloyd in my side this past round (Good). I also captained Kim Little and picked Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux (Not So Good). I finished (probably) with just above a hundred points and behind many of you if your gloating is to be trusted. This...more

NWSL Fantasy Round Twelve – Provisional Point Totals
by All White Kit
posted July 3, 2014 at 8:00pm

Official point totals are going to be a little slow in getting entered into the system for rounds twelve and thirteen, so here are my unofficial counts based off box scores posted on the official NWSL website: WNY Flash Match One 3.0 – Adriana 5....more

Sports longform and soccer: An ideal match
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 1, 2014 at 2:50pm

Tweet As the World Cup got started a couple weeks ago I laid out a rambling summary of how various media outlets — including more traditional ones — were jumping on the soccer bandwagon. What I didn’t do was get into was how the new lo...more

Washington AmWoSo Week June 25-29
by All White Kit
posted June 30, 2014 at 4:59pm

Sam Lofton and Ashley Herndon of the Spirit Reserves battle Braddock Road’s Allie Wisner for the ball while Marisa Park looks on. (Photo by Larry J. Clark) It was a good week for local women’s soccer fans. The professional Spirit got back o...more

NWSL – Fantasy Round Twelve Preview
by All White Kit
posted June 28, 2014 at 9:21am

If you captained Alex Morgan, you probably enjoyed a very good round. I still managed a decent week to rise closer to the Top 100, but the decision to captain Vero over Morgan turned out to be a rather poor one. Sticking with Morgan, Sinclair, and Vero ...more

Washington AmWoSo Weekend June 21-22
by All White Kit
posted June 24, 2014 at 4:48pm

The Washington Spirit Reserves were recognized at halftime of the NWSL match for winning the US Women’s Amateur Championship. Even though the DC-area amateur teams went undefeated over the weekend, there were still highs and lows. The high was th...more

Spirit lose badly to Thorns in key match
by All White Kit
posted June 23, 2014 at 12:06pm

In a pivotal game with significant playoff implications and revised lineups for both teams, the Washington Spirit fell badly, 6-1, to the Portland Thorns. From being in playoff position for several weeks, after losing three straight Washington dropped to ...more

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