The Equalizer Podcast

The Equalizer Podcast
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.
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 54: The Great NWSL Preview Pt II
Apr 11 • 37 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 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 • 21 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 53: The Waves of Preseason
Apr 1 • 55 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 51: Signals of Progress
Mar 18 • 43 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 50: Let us fix this
Mar 11 • 49 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 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 • 21 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 47.5: Not the best of circumstances
Feb 21 • 23 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 47: A Truly Grand Final
Feb 18 • 44 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 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 • 44 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 • 22 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 • 21 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 44: Reading from the same hymn book
Jan 28 • 51 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 • 30 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 • 19 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.
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 43: France’s Opening Statement
Jan 21 • 46 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 • 19 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.
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 42: Analyzing the Draft
Jan 17 • 48 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!
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Lesle Gallimore on opportunities for female coaches
Jan 15 • 11 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 • 16 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…