NWSL playoffs begin, how are players feeling after Yates report

The National Women’s Soccer League playoffs are here, a time of year when the best players and teams from one of the world’s top leagues are on display. For the second straight year, however, there is a heaviness around what would otherwise be a celebratory moment. NWSL players again enter the postseason shortly after publicly … Read more

Why each NWSL team will win playoffs (and why they won’t)

The National Women’s Soccer League is known for parity, and knockout tournaments are ripe with upset. Enter: the NWSL playoffs. Six teams remain in contention for the NWSL Championship after the league’s most dramatic playoff race to date. The top two — OL Reign and the Portland Thorns — earned byes to the semifinals, with … Read more

NWSL terminates contracts of Orlando Pride coach Amanda Cromwell, assistant Sam Greene

The National Women’s Soccer League announced Monday that it had terminated the contracts of Orlando Pride coach Amanda Cromwell and assistant Sam Greene after finding the two had engaged in retaliatory conduct. The league made the announcement in a statement following a joint investigation by the NWSL and NWSL Players Association, with the Pride voicing … Read more

USSF’s Parlow Cone says further cases have come forward

U.S. Soccer Federation president Cindy Parlow Cone said that additional allegations of abuse have come to light since the publication of the Yates report on Monday. Parlow Cone made the disclosure of at least three additional cases in a pair of interviews with CNN. According to CNN’s report, Parlow Cone didn’t provide any additional details … Read more

USWNT coach – Proud of players for even being on field vs. England after ‘extremely difficult week’

LONDON — United States women’s national coach Vlatko Andonovski said he was proud of his players for “even being on the field” after they lost 2-1 to England at Wembley Stadium on Friday, just days after the release of a report detailing systemic abuse in women’s soccer in the U.S. The independent investigative report from … Read more

Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson, Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler stepping aside during NWSL investigation

Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson and Chicago Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler are both stepping away from decision-making roles with their respective National Women’s Soccer League clubs until the findings are released from an ongoing investigation into numerous reports of sexual misconduct and abuse around the league. Paulson, who is also the owner of Major … Read more

USWNT, Portland Thorns defender Becky Sauerbrunn: Players ‘failed’ by leadership

U.S. women’s national team defender Becky Sauerbrunn said that anyone still in the NWSL who contributed to its abusive environment needs to be removed, in the wake of the release of the Yates report detailing the abusive culture in women’s professional soccer. “For so long, this has always fallen on the player to demand change, … Read more

Explaining Holly, Riley, and Dames abuse

An investigation commissioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation and conducted by former U.S. deputy attorney general Sally Yates was released Monday, and it includes revelations that are sure to send shockwaves throughout women’s soccer and raise tough questions about accountability and player safety. The report’s findings focus heavily on three coaches in the National Women’s … Read more

U.S. Soccer investigation into women’s game finds systemic abuse, misconduct

The independent investigation into player abuse in women’s professional soccer found a long list of failures by National Women’s Soccer League coaches and executives, as well as the United States Soccer Federation itself. “Our investigation has revealed a league in which abuse and misconduct — verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct — had become … Read more