Must-Watch WoSo

In episode #285, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper chats about several “Must-Watch WoSo” games and catches up with a former NWSL player now living in Europe.

First, she chats recently retired Bundesliga striker Ella Masar about her final season of professional soccer, her thoughts on European players moving to the NWSL, and the new company she’s launched to help former players find new careers.

Then Jen reviews must-watch woso matches from the last 20 years with Dan Lauletta of Equalizer Soccer: the 2003 WUSA Founders Cup featuring Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Briana Scurry; the USA-Brazil 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal that went to extra-time; the August 2014 Washington Spirit-Chicago Red Stars match that ended up being the final tiebreaker in the playoff standings; and the the 2016 semifinal between Portland Thorns and Western NY Flash that produced seven goals, three of them in extra-time.

Links to full match video:
2003 WUSA final
2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal (game will be posted Monday 4/20)
2014 NWSL Spirit vs. Red Stars
2016 NWSL semifinal

Also in this episode is another “Jensplaining” segment. This week Jen talks about the “golden goal” era in FIFA matches.

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