NWSL Season #9

In episode #324 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper talks with longtime Equalizer Soccer contributor Dan Lauletta about the start of the NWSL Season #9, the structure of the season, the players returning to the league, new international signings and more.

In the first of two segments, Jen and Dan review the pros and cons of the structure of the 2021 NWSL season, the first to feature both a regular season and a Challenge Cup competition.

In the follow-up segment about NWSL Season #9, they chat about USWNT players Samantha Mewis and Rose Lavelle returning to the league as well as the high-profile signings of Dzsenifer Marozsan, Sarah Bouhaddi and Eugenie Le Sommer by OL Reign.

This week’s “Jensplaining” segment covers the meaning of soccer positions by number, as in “Marta is a quintessential #10″ and “Ertz fills the role of #6 for the USWNT.”

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


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Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSopedia” page at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-plus-page comprehensive guide to the first eight seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also, check out the Houston Dash almanac and commemorative 2020 Challenge Cup booklet.