NWSL Fall Series and Future Thoughts

In the 300th episode of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper celebrates this milestone podcast with three chats centered around the NWSL Fall Series.

First, Jen catches up with with Julia Poe of the Orlando Sentinel about the many NWSL Fall Series signings for the Orlando Pride and

Then, Jen talks with Philadelphia Inquirer soccer reporter Jonathan Tannenwald about how the opportunity to break the “Christen Press & Tobin Heath to Manchester United” news fell into his lap. Jonathan and Jen debate the good and bad of star USWNT players transferring out of NWSL.

Finally, the Keeper chats with Equalizer Soccer’s Dan Lauletta about what the NWSL Fall Series means for both the league and the players who have chosen to participate, as well as those who’ve earned short-term contracts for the games. They also look ahead to the very uncertain structure of the 2021 soccer year.

This week’s “Jensplaining” segment covers the tiebreakers specific to the standings for the NWSL Verizon Community Shield, which goes to the winner of the Fall Series.

Got a question or comment for the Jensplainer? Email your question or general Mixxed Zone comments to keeper@keepernotes.com.


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