The Equalizer Podcast

The Equalizer Podcast

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We are The Equalizer, the leading women’s soccer news and analysis outlet in the United States since 2009. This is our podcast, where top journalists and personalities from throughout the women’s game gather for critical, thoughtful and fun discussion.


88: It’s Stanford’s Year
Dec 9 • 31 min
Stanford won the 2019 NCAA championship on Sunday, defeating North Carolina in a sudden-death penalty-kick shootout after a scoreless game through regulation and extra time. The victory was Stanford’s second in three years and third of the decade. It was…
87: Lyon’s NWSL Reign
Dec 2 • 57 min
The OL Groupe, which owns Olympique Lyonnais, is in exclusive negotiations to become the majority owner of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Reign FC. What does that mean for the Reign? And is this truly overwhelmingly good news, or are there reasons…
86: Dawn of a New Era
Nov 25 • 46 min
United States women’s national team coach Dawn Scott is leaving the program after a decade to return to her home country and take over a similar role with the FA and England’s women’s national team programs. What does that mean for the U.S. as Vlatko…
85: What’s the News?
Nov 18 • 52 min
The National Women’s Soccer League season is over and the United States women’s national team is done playing in 2019. Slow season, right? Not quite. Expansion news for 2020 still remains strangely TBD, and now there’s news of a potential competitor…
84: The Andonovski Era
Nov 11 • 44 min
With their 3-2 victory over Sweden on Thursday, the U.S. Women’s National Team opened up a new chapter in their history, under the guidance of new coach (and old friend) Vlatko Andonovski. This week, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran sat down to talk…
83: The Wild Offseason Begins
Nov 4 • 48 min
Vlatko Andonovski is officially the new head coach of the U.S. women’s national team, and the National Women’s Soccer League has unveiled a $300,000-per-team allocation initiative to attract top world talent to the league. Oh, and on the same day as the…
82: All Hail the Courage
Oct 28 • 56 min
The North Carolina Courage won their second consecutive National Women’s Soccer League Championship with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. It was a dominant display from the Courage, one which no team in this league would have been able…
The Equalizer Podcast, NWSL Championship Preview Edition
Oct 25 • 16 min
The 2019 National Women’s Soccer League Championship has arrived! Chelsey Bush and John Halloran preview Sunday’s final between the North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars. Will the Courage win a second straight title? Or will Chicago, led by league…
81: NWSL Semifinal Recap
Oct 21 • 51 min
The North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars have advanced to the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League Championship after defeating Reign FC and Portland Thorns FC, respectively, in Sunday’s semifinals. Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush break down each…
The Equalizer Podcast, Playoff Edition: NCvRFC and CHIvPOR
Oct 18 • 29 min
The NWSL playoffs are upon us, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is here to guide you through it! First, Chelsey Bush and Dan Lauletta break down the North Carolina Courage vs Reign FC, to see if Tacoma’s finest can pull off one of the biggest upsets in NWSL…
80: Seeding
Oct 14 • 55 min
The NWSL playoff table is finally fully set, with Reign FC drawing their way to fourth place and the Portland Thorns also drawing their way to third. This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush discuss the Reign’s draw with Orlando, Portland’s scoreless…
The Equalizer Podcast Episode 79: Jill Ellis’ Final Act
Oct 7 • 45 min
Jill Ellis’ tenure as United States women’s national team head coach came to a close with a victory and a draw in a pair of friendly matches against South Korea. That final win gave Ellis 106 in her career as U.S. head coach, setting a new record for the…
78: It’s How You Finish
Sep 30 • 47 min
The 2019 NWSL playoff field has been set, with Reign FC clinching the final spot this week with wins over the Utah Royals and the Portland Thorns. The Chicago Red Stars will be hosting a semifinal for the first time since 2019, and the Spirit stole a game…
77: Clinched
Sep 23 • 47 min
It was a significant weekend in the NWSL, with the North Carolina Courage clinching the shield, and Chicago and Portland punching their respective tickets to the playoffs. The rest of the race? Still to be determined. We break it all down in this week’s…
76: Playoffs, Anybody?
Sep 16 • 45 min
Over the course of four days, the North Carolina Courage won matches 6-0 and 6-1 on opposite sides of the country, putting their dominance on full display. The NWSL playoff race continues to heat up for half the league — with Utah Royals FC and Reign FC…
75: A Late Surge
Sep 9 • 49 min
The end of the NWSL season is approaching, and there are five (okay maybe six) team surging towards the four available playoff spots. Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush talk through Chicago handling Houston, Reign FC taking down Orlando, and perhaps most…
74: Unsurprising Results
Aug 26 • 51 min
Another NWSL weekend has occurred, with less than shocking results. North Carolina outlasted Reign FC, Portland trounced Chicago, Houston couldn’t unlock Sky Blue and Washington had a party against Orlando. This week Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins and…
73: Winners and Losers
Aug 19 • 51 min
NWSL action rages on, as does the WoSo appetite of a nation. This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush break down NWSL action, ICC drama, and what’s going to happen to the USWNT now. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
72: The Triangle
Aug 12 • 44 min
There was another week of heated NWSL action, and teams are beginning to separate themselves. This week, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins talk through Chicago’s impressive streak, Portland making it work, the Reign winning and losing, Utah’s surge, and…
71: Outside the Window
Aug 5 • 56 min
Lots of soccer this weekend, EQZ Pod listeners. Reign FC held on against the Houston Dash, North Carolina brought the rain against the Washington Spirit, the Chicago Red Stars toppled the Royals and Sky Blue FC added to their long history of holding…
70: Blowouts and that World Cup Bump
Jul 29 • 47 min
Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush discuss the latest from around the National Women’s Soccer League, including landslide victories in Portland (for the Thorns) and Tacoma (for the visiting Red Stars). They also take a look at some of the teams which still…
69: A Nice Return
Jul 22 • 45 min
The confetti has fallen, the celebrations have subsided, and it’s time for the USWNT players to jump back into the NWSL. This week, Dan Lauletta and Ray Curren talk through Utah grabbing a point against Portland, Orlando getting the better of Sky Blue,…
68: What’s Next
Jul 15 • 46 min
Well! The World Cup is over, and life goes on. On this weeks episode, Dan Lauletta and John Halloran talk through their experiences in France, the NWSL, and what’s next for women’s soccer in this country and beyond. Enjoy. —- This episode is sponsored by…
67: We Have a Winner (It’s the USA)
Jul 7 • 49 min
They did it! The U.S. Women’s National Team are your FIFA 2019 World Cup winners. What a journey. Claire Watkins and Chelsey Bush sat down immediately post-game to talk through the tournament, the issues, the winning, and what happens next. Enjoy it…
66: Drawn and Quartered
Jul 1 • 54 min
The World Cup quarterfinals have been played, and the semifinals are set. Gosh, there’s so much to talk about. This week, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins talk through what exactly happened with the USWNT met France, how disappointed Germany should be by…
65: Attack and Counter
Jun 24 • 50 min
Drama! The knockout rounds of the 2019 FIFA World Cup have kicked off, with no lack of compelling storylines. This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush break down what they saw from the weekend, VAR, controversy, and competition. They also run through the…
64: All According to Plan
Jun 17 • 51 min
We’re in the thick of the 2019 World Cup, and the U.S. Women’s National Team has opened their account with a fair amount of emphasis. Much to discuss, and today Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins broke down intensity, form, opposition, and the best laid…
63: Off with a Bang
Jun 9 • 43 min
The 2019 World Cup in France has finally kicked off, and boy are we excited! In this weeks episode, recorded at the end of the third match-day of group play, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins broke down how the first three groups are looking, whether or not…
62: Raise Our Expectations
Jun 3 • 48 min
It’s the last week before the World Cup kicks off, and we’re excited! This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush talk through a whole mess of NWSL action, where North Carolina took down Orlando, Houston and the Reign got a point each, Washington looked like…
61: Shipping Out
May 27 • 34 min
The U.S. Women’s National Team is on their way to France and boy are we excited! This week the Equalizer Podcast Team really honed in on the USWNT final friendly against Mexico, and what it all meant (both good and bad). Chelsey Bush, Claire Watkins, and…
60: Play Better
May 20 • 47 min
This week, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran take a stab at the USWNT’s victory over New Zealand, as well as a whole heap of NWSL action. They talk Washington’s defeat of Portland, North Carolina’s draw with Utah, the Reign’s take down of Sky…
59: Mom Goals
May 13 • 48 min
Wow, what a Mother’s Day weekend! Four NWSL matches were played, and the USWNT took on South Africa in a comfortable, if not particularly exciting, victory. This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush tackled the depth in the USWNT midfield, whether or not a…
58: Final Decisions
May 6 • 50 min
In this week’s episode, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran discuss the current round of NWSL matches, whether the USWNT roster spells disaster, and answer your questions about both the current round of NWSL matches and if the USWNT roster spells…
EQZ Pod, Special Edition: USWNT World Cup Roster Drop
May 2 • 19 min
Yes, the day is finally here: The U.S. Women’s National Team has dropped their 23 player roster indicating who will be representing the team at the 2019 World Cup in France. There were some big surprises in both inclusion and exclusion, and the EQZ pod…
57: Dark and Stormy Nights
Apr 29 • 46 min
It took some re-planning, but Week 3 of the 2019 NWSL season has successfully occurred, with Utah taking down Orlando 1-0, North Carolina stomping Houston 4-1, Sky Blue getting a 2-2 draw out of Portland, and Chicago downing Reign FC 3-0 after a massive…
56: A Weirdness You Can’t Shake Out
Apr 22 • 53 min
NWSL Week 2 is in the books, and we’ve got an all-timer already. Chicago and Portland drew 4-4 in a wild match that said many things (and sometimes very little) about two heavy NWSL hitters. This week also featured two 1-0 score-lines, the first favoring…
55: Soccer Games!
Apr 15 • 47 min
Games! Soccer games to discuss! NWSL is back, and the Equalizer Podcast Team could not be more thrilled. North Carolina and Chicago drew at 1-1, Washington beat Sky Blue 2-0, Portland downed Orlando 2-0 and the Houston Dash tied Reign FC at, you guessed…
54: The Great NWSL Preview Pt II
Apr 11 • 38 min
Welcome back for the second half of The Equalizer Podcast Team’s epic NWSL preview episode, this time checking in with Dan Lauletta and John Halloran about how the Chicago Red Stars are going to get their midfield to work, whether or not the league is…
54: The Great NWSL Preview Pt I
Apr 9 • 35 min
Finally! The 2019 NWSL season is upon us, with mainstays looking to stay at the top of the table, and challengers ready to shake the standings up and make a push into the playoffs. The Equalizer Podcast Team is here to break all of it down, starting with…
EQZ Pod, Special Edition: USAvBEL First Reactions
Apr 8 • 22 min
Wow, what a different kind of game. The U.S. Women’s National Team smashed the Belgium Red Devils on Sunday night 6-0 behind goals from Carli Lloyd (x2), Alex Morgan, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis, and Jessica McDonald. Ali Krieger saw her first playing time…
EQZ Pod, Special Edition: USAvAUS First Reactions
Apr 5 • 30 min
Wow, what a game. The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated The Matilda’s 5-3 on Thursday evening, showing the best and the worst of the way the team is set up right now. With fewer than 70 days between now and World Cup kickoff, the Equalizer Podcast Team…
53: The Waves of Preseason
Apr 1 • 54 min
NWSL Preseason is rolling on, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is here to discuss who’s thriving, and who’s having trouble making an impact. This week Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins, and Chelsey Bush talk through Sky Blue’s injury woes, and wonder who’s going…
52: Familiar Faces
Mar 25 • 48 min
NWSL preseason is heating up, the U.S. Women’s National Team dropped some roster bombs, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is ready to get things started. This week, Claire Watkins, John Halloran, and Katelyn Best met up in person after the first round of the…
51: Signals of Progress
Mar 18 • 42 min
It’s been a bit of a quiet week in the days after the conclusion of the SheBelieves Cup, as players report to the early stages of 2019 NWSL preseason. Not a ton of soccer being played, but that didn’t stop the Equalizer Podcast Team from taking a look at…
50: Let us fix this
Mar 11 • 48 min
The 2019 SheBelieves Cup left the U.S. women’s national team with more questions than answers, so the Equalizer Podcast Team took a deep breath, reflected on the tournament, and came up with all the ways they could improve the situation. This week Dan…
SheBelieves Cup: USAvBRA First Reactions
Mar 6 • 20 min
The USWNT wrapped up their 2019 SheBelieves campaign this evening with a 1-0 victory over Brazil, and the Equalizer Team was ready and waiting to pod about it. Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins broke down the feeling immediately after the match, asked…
49: Looking lost out there
Mar 4 • 46 min
The U.S. women’s national team has had an interesting run so far in the 2019 SheBelieves Tournament, with consecutive 2-2 draws against Japan and England showing the team having some difficulty in separating themselves from their competition. In their own…
Live from the SheBelieves Cup: USAvJPN First Reactions
Feb 28 • 22 min
The U.S. Women’s National Team started their 2019 SheBelieves campaign this evening, with a 2-2 draw against Japan behind goals from Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. The Equalizer team showed out in full force in Chester, PA, and Jeff Kassouf and Dan…
48: Seizing the Opportunity
Feb 25 • 61 min
In the fallout of a bombshell announcement, there’s nothing to be done but to discuss the long-term ripples, and such is the discussion this week after the shocking midweek news that the NWSL would be splitting with A+E going into the 2019 season. In this…
47.5: Not the best of circumstances
Feb 21 • 24 min
When breaking news drops, the Equalizer Podcast Team is on the job, and this midweek emergency pod is no different. In this episode Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush try to make sense of A+E’s sudden divorce from the NWSL, the expectations for game coverage…
47: A Truly Grand Final
Feb 18 • 43 min
The W-League season ended with a bang, and the NWSL pre-season is just weeks away, so where is the schedule exactly? This week, Chelsey Bush, John Halloran, and Claire Watkins break down the W-League Grand Final, where it might lead its American stars in…
46: Kerr Boom
Feb 10 • 50 min
Sam Kerr had quite the game for the Perth Glory in their W-League Final matchup against the Melbourne Victory, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is here to give her performance a full rundown. In this week’s episode, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush, and John…
45: A Case of Independents
Feb 4 • 46 min
It’s been a week of significant news, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is on the case! This week, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins dive in to uncover the history behind Reign FC’s move to Tacoma, the W-League’s roll towards the post-season, and…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Beast Mode Soccer’s David Copeland-Smith
Feb 1 • 45 min
Beast Mode Soccer’s David Copeland-Smith is one of the most well-known soccer trainers in the U.S. He works with and has helped develop international players from Alex Morgan to Rachel Daly and Ali Riley. Dave stopped by to share some of his funniest…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Haley Carter on Afghanistan WNT, women in coaching
Jan 31 • 23 min
Former Houston Dash goalkeeper Haley Carter joins the podcast to discuss her time as an assistant coach with the Afghanistan women’s national team, the reform needed at the federation following allegations of player abuse, and the barriers facing women in…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Monica Gonzalez on joining the Houston Dash coaching staff
Jan 29 • 22 min
Monica Gonzalez was recently appointed as an assistant coach on new Houston Dash head coach James Clarkson’s staff. Gonzalez is a former professional player and international player with the Mexican women’s national team. She also has extensive experience…
44: Reading from the same hymn book
Jan 28 • 52 min
In this weeks episode, the Equalizer Podcast Team (this week: Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins, and Kieran Theivam) take a look at the U.S. Women’s National Team win against Spain, the continuously curious case of Australia National Team upheaval, and ongoing…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Alexi Lalas on media coverage of the USWNT
Jan 25 • 31 min
Former U.S. men’s national team defender and Fox Sports studio analyst Alexi Lalas joins The Equalizer Podcast for a discussion on how he covers the women’s game the same way he covers the men’s game, plus his thoughts on the United States’ chances at the…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Yael Averbuch on the state of the NWSL
Jan 24 • 20 min
NWSL Players Association president Yael Averbuch joins the podcast to discuss the recent unionization of the PA, her immediate playing future as she works to get healthy, and her passion for her training business, Techne Futbol. —- This episode is…
43: France’s Opening Statement
Jan 21 • 47 min
The U.S. Women’s National Team had their first friendly of 2019 this week, and boy was it one to talk about. This week, man on the ground in Le Havre Kieran Theivam joins Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins in taking a look at what went wrong (and perfectly…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Utah Royals head coach Laura Harvey
Jan 17 • 20 min
Utah Royals FC coach Laura Harvey joins Chelsey and Dan to discuss the process of building her roster — including the long pursuit of Christen Press — and how the league can make itself better by being more transparent. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
42: Analyzing the Draft
Jan 17 • 49 min
The 2019 NWSL College Draft has come and gone, with some teams making some major moves, while others sat the whole thing out entirely. Regardless, there’s plenty to talk about! —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Lesle Gallimore on opportunities for female coaches
Jan 15 • 12 min
Lesle Gallimore is the longtime head coach of the University of Washington women’s soccer program and board member of the United Soccer Coaches. In 2018, she served as president of the United Soccer Coaches. She joined The Equalizer Podcast in her final…
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Ali Krieger on pursuing a future in coaching
Jan 14 • 17 min
Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger joins The Equalizer on Podcast Row at the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago. Ali shares her plans for pursuing a coaching career after she is done playing, what the Orlando Pride need to do in order to…