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.


2016 NWSL Draft Rewind
Aug 10 • 44 min
Rachael Kriger and Dan Lauletta take a look back at the 2016 NWSL Draft, which featured Emily Sonnett going No. 1 to the Thorns and the Dash picking up the future NWSL Challenge Cup MVP in Rachel Daly. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
NWSL after the Challenge Cup
Aug 3 • 39 min
Dan Lauletta and John Halloran talk about the Houston Dash’s NWSL Challenge Cup win and what it could mean for the franchise moving forward. They also discuss the report from The Athletic’s Meg Linehan that Sam Mewis is headed to Manchester City, and…
Dash win the NWSL Challenge Cup
Jul 26 • 63 min
Dan Lauletta, Pardeep Cattry, Rachael Kriger and John Halloran recap the Houston Dash’s win over the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Challenge Cup Final. They discuss the importance of the tournament for the Dash, and debate whether we’ll see a similar…
Dash, Red Stars advance to the NWSL Challenge Cup final
Jul 23 • 40 min
The Houston Dash and Chicago Red Stars will meet on Sunday in the final of the NWSL Challenge Cup. Dan Lauletta and Pardeep Cattry recap their semifinal wins, and look back on the performances from Portland Thorns FC and Sky Blue FC in defeat. —- This…
Sky Blue FC, Red Stars move on to the NWSL Challenge Cup Semifinals
Jul 19 • 42 min
Sky Blue FC and the Chicago Red Stars advance, while the Washington Spirit and OL Reign are headed home. Dan Lauletta, John Halloran and Rachael Kriger recap Saturday’s NWSL Challenge Cup quarterfinal penalties and look ahead to Wednesday’s semifinal…
Thorns, Dash advance in the NWSL Challenge Cup
Jul 18 • 50 min
Britt Eckerstrom’s big game leads the Thorns to an upset win over the Courage. Jane Campbell’s penalties magic continues as the Dash beat the Royals. Dan Lauletta, Emily Dulhanty and John Halloran recap Friday’s quarterfinal matches of the NWSL Challenge…
NWSL Challenge Cup Quarterfinals Preview
Jul 14 • 40 min
Another win for the Courage and a scoreless draw between the Thorns and OL Reign. Dan Lauletta, Rachael Kriger and John Halloran recap the final day of the preliminary round of the NWSL Challenge Cup and look ahead to this weekend’s quarterfinal games. —-…
Spirit, Red Stars Win on Day 7 of the NWSL Challenge Cup
Jul 13 • 42 min
The Red Stars get their first victory of the NWSL Challenge Cup and the Spirit pick up another win. Dan Lauletta, Pardeep Cattry and John Halloran recap Day 7 of the NWSL Challenge Cup. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Day 6 of the NWSL Challenge Cup
Jul 9 • 39 min
Dan Lauletta and Rachael Kriger discuss OL Reign’s eventual breakthrough against Utah Royals FC. Then, John Halloran joins Dan to discuss Sky Blue FC finally shaking off the rust in a win over the Houston Dash. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor:…
Day 5 of the NWSL Challenge Cup
Jul 6 • 42 min
Dan Lauletta and Emily Dulhanty recap another win for the Courage. Then, John Halloran joins Dan to break down an entertaining 1-1 draw between the Thorns and Spirit. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Utah and Houston win on Day 4 of the NWSL Challenge Cup
Jul 5 • 37 min
Dan Lauletta, Pardeep Cattry and John Halloran recap big wins for Utah Royals FC and the Houston Dash, and tough losses for Sky Blue FC and OL Reign, on Day 4 of the NWSL Challenge Cup. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
NWSL Challenge Cup Day 3
Jul 2 • 39 min
The Courage show their dominance in a 2-0 win over the Spirit, and the Thorns and Red Stars draw on Day 3 of the NWSL Challenge Cup. Dan Lauletta, Rachael Kriger and John Halloran react to the games. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
NWSL Challenge Cup Day 2
Jul 1 • 32 min
A 3-3 thriller between the Houston Dash and Utah Royals FC, and then a 0-0 draw from OL Reign and Sky Blue FC. Dan Lauletta, Ray Curren and John Halloran recap it all. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
NWSL Challenge Cup Opening Games
Jun 28 • 45 min
Dan Lauletta and John Halloran recap North Carolina’s win over Portland and Washington’s win over Chicago on the first day of the NWSL Challenge Cup. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
NWSL Challenge Cup Preview
Jun 22 • 59 min
Dan Lauletta gets ready for the NWSL Challenge Cup with a close look at the teams that finished at the top and bottom of last year’s table. Neil Morris joins the podcast to talk about the North Carolina Courage and Julia Poe previews the Orlando Pride. —-…
The Equalizer Podcast: NWSL’s Outlook and U.S. Soccer’s Apology
Jun 15 • 36 min
Dan, John and Rachael discuss the NWSL Challenge Cup as the tournament nears, and discuss what 2020 might mean for the league going forward. They also take your questions in the first segment. Then, they discuss U.S. Soccer’s repeal of Policy 604-1, which…
2015 NWSL Draft Rewind
Jun 8 • 44 min
Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush, and John Halloran look back on the 2015 NWSL Draft. Which team won the draft? Which player has had the best career so far? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
NWSL Challenge Cup Draw
Jun 1 • 25 min
Dan Lauletta and John Halloran react to the NWSL Challenge Cup Draw and share what they think of each team’s chances in the tournament. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
NWSL Challenge Cup Announced
May 31 • 37 min
Dan Lauletta and John Halloran discuss the announcement of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, taking place this summer in Utah. They share their thoughts on the tournament format, the blind draw, which teams they’re most looking forward to seeing and more. —-…
2014 NWSL Draft Rewind
May 25 • 48 min
Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran take a close look back at the 2014 NWSL Draft, which featured a number of players from “that” USWNT U-20 team. It also featured the last pick going on to become an MVP candidate. Which players have developed…
2013 NWSL Draft Rewind
May 18 • 44 min
Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran look back on the 2013 NWSL Draft. Which teams did well? Which teams did not? Who would be the No. 1 pick if they could do it all over again? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
Next 23
May 11 • 40 min
Could a United States Next 23 win a World Cup? Who would be on that hypothetical roster? Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran debate their picks. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
USWNT Lawsuit Ruling Reaction
May 4 • 39 min
Kelsey Trainor joins Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush to explain and react to the recent ruling in the U.S. women’s national team’s gender discrimination lawsuit. They examine what’s next for the USWNT and answer listener questions about the ruling. —- This…
Weird, Wild, and Unforgettable WoSo Moments
Apr 27 • 52 min
Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush, and John Halloran roll through some of the weirdest moments they remember in women’s soccer—including, of course, some memorable weather games—and hear from listeners about the topic. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor:…
Top Women’s Soccer Memories
Apr 20 • 60 min
Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran share their top women’s soccer memories of all time. What’s your favorite women’s soccer moment? —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
WoSo Origins
Apr 15 • 42 min
Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran share their women’s soccer origins and hear from fans about when they first started following the sport. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Imagining Soccer’s Return
Apr 9 • 36 min
Building off of Jeff Kassouf’s recent interview with new National Women’s Soccer League commissioner Lisa Baird — in which Baird discusses how the league is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, and speaks to a possible return to play at the end of June — Jeff…
Socializing During Social Distancing
Mar 24 • 40 min
We’re living in strange times, no doubt. The National Women’s Soccer League season is delayed to a date unknown and the Olympics have been postponed to 2021 (news which dropped after the recording of this podcast). Jeff Kassouf and Dan Lauletta discuss…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 100: Everything But Soccer
Mar 16 • 48 min
This wasn’t how we expected to celebrate Episode No. 100, but this is our world right now. The U.S. women’s national team won the SheBelieves Cup and protested the U.S. Soccer Federation at the same time. Carlos Cordeiro stepped down the next day, and…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 99: (Kinda) Live from SheBelieves Cup
Mar 9 • 42 min
We’re in the middle of the SheBelieves Cup and that means a whole lot of United States women’s national team analysis. Jeff Kassouf and Dan Lauletta come to you from Red Bull Arena (until they get abruptly kicked out) with thoughts on the U.S.’ first two…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 98: Meet the Boss, NWSL Edition
Mar 2 • 56 min
Lisa Baird is the new commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League, and she brings an extensive marketing background from her days at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the NFL, among other organizations. This week, Chelsey Bush,…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 97: Paid by the Fed
Feb 24 • 50 min
The National Women’s Soccer League released the list of 2020 federation players (those paid by U.S. Soccer or Canada Soccer), and while there were few changes to speak of, the list is never short on intrigue for the window it gives us into some of the…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 96: Explaining the USWNT’s Lawsuit
Feb 17 • 48 min
This week, attorney and writer Kelsey Trainor joins Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush to discuss where the United States women’s national team’s lawsuit stands right now and what’s ahead. Kelsey takes your questions from social media and explains the latest…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 95: The USWNT’s Impossible Problem to Solve
Feb 10 • 50 min
Who is the most irreplaceable player on the United States women’s national team? And which player who isn’t seen as a regular starter should be? The truth is, the U.S. is so deep that there are many correct answers to most questions. This week, Chelsey…
The Equalizer Podcast Special: Tori Huster’s Spirit
Feb 5 • 26 min
Tori Huster has played for the Washington Spirit since the team’s first kick of a ball in the National Women’s Soccer League in 2013. She’s among a very rare group of players — particularly those not on the U.S. national team — to have stayed with the…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 94: We’ve All Been Concacaf’d
Feb 3 • 60 min
Concacaf Olympic qualifying thus far has been as predictable as you could have imagined. Dan Lauletta, John Halloran and Rachael Kriger analyze the United States’ games thus far and whether there’s any shot at all that a team other than Canada and the…
The Equalizer Podcast Special: GM Alyse LaHue on Sky Blue’s makeover
Jan 31 • 34 min
Sky Blue FC has undergone an immense makeover on and off the field. A year after their top two National Women’s Soccer League draft picks declined to play for them, they were the talk of the league on 2020 draft day, acquiring United States international…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 93: It’s money, honey
Jan 27 • 57 min
This is an economics podcast now. This week, Dan, Chelsey, and John break down what we thought we knew about NWSL allocation money, what we know now, and how that could equally rev the league up and spell disaster for a certain number of teams. Assets!…
The Equalizer Podcast Special: Water Cooler Talk with Laura Harvey
Jan 22 • 37 min
Laura Harvey is the new coach of the United States Under-20 women’s national team. She topped by Podcast Row at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore to talk to us about why she took that job and left Utah Royals FC somewhat abruptly after two…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 92: What Just Happened?
Jan 17 • 49 min
Chelsey Bush and Dan Lauletta come to you from Podcast Row at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore for this week’s episode. They discuss the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, which saw the entire first round of draft picks…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 91: Let the Trades Begin
Jan 13 • 58 min
The new year finally brought an active trade market in the National Women’s Soccer League. Chelsey Bush, John Halloran and Dan Lauletta discuss all the biggest trades from the first full week of the new year, plus some of the coaching movement that came…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 90: The Calm Before
Jan 6 • 53 min
Whew! So a lot has happened on the first Monday of 2020. Catch our first episode of the new year to hear discussions on what the feeling surrounding the league was as it pulled out of a holiday slumber. This week, Dan and Chelsey talk through Laura Harvey…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 89: 2019, What a Year
Dec 16, 2019 • 64 min
Well folks, it’s the end of the calendar year, and time to reminisce. 2019 saw the U.S. Women’s National Team defending their World Cup title in grand fashion, the North Carolina Courage defending their NWSL title in grand fashion, and a whole lot of…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 88: It’s Stanford’s Year
Dec 9, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 87: Lyon’s NWSL Reign
Dec 2, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 86: Dawn of a New Era
Nov 25, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 85: What’s the News?
Nov 18, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 84: The Andonovski Era
Nov 11, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 83: The Wild Offseason Begins
Nov 4, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 82: All Hail the Courage
Oct 28, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 81: NWSL Semifinal Recap
Oct 21, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 80: Seeding
Oct 14, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 78: It’s How You Finish
Sep 30, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 77: Clinched
Sep 23, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 76: Playoffs, Anybody?
Sep 16, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 75: A Late Surge
Sep 9, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 74: Unsurprising Results
Aug 26, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 73: Winners and Losers
Aug 19, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 72: The Triangle
Aug 12, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 71: Outside the Window
Aug 5, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 70: Blowouts and that World Cup Bump
Jul 29, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 69: A Nice Return
Jul 22, 2019 • 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,…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 68: What’s Next
Jul 15, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 67: We Have a Winner (It’s the USA)
Jul 7, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 66: Drawn and Quartered
Jul 1, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 65: Attack and Counter
Jun 24, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 64: All According to Plan
Jun 17, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 63: Off with a Bang
Jun 9, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 62: Raise Our Expectations
Jun 3, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 61: Shipping Out
May 27, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 60: Play Better
May 20, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 59: Mom Goals
May 13, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 58: Final Decisions
May 6, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 57: Dark and Stormy Nights
Apr 29, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 56: A Weirdness You Can’t Shake Out
Apr 22, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 55: Soccer Games!
Apr 15, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 54: The Great NWSL Preview Pt I
Apr 9, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 52: Familiar Faces
Mar 25, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 50: Let us fix this
Mar 11, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 48: Seizing the Opportunity
Feb 25, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 47: A Truly Grand Final
Feb 18, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 46: Kerr Boom
Feb 10, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 44: Reading from the same hymn book
Jan 28, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 43: France’s Opening Statement
Jan 21, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 ·…
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 42: Analyzing the Draft
Jan 17, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…