SheBelieves Cup Recap

In episode #317 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper returns from an unplanned “winter break” to talk SheBelieves Cup, the recently announced 2021 NWSL federation allocations and more.

First Jen discusses February’s SheBelieves Cup results and highlights with Orlando Sentinel soccer reporter Julia Poe, as well as the new NWSL allocated player list and the potential implications of players who opt out of allocation.

Then Jen talks with former WPS goalkeeper Alli Lipsher about her years as a pro player, her transition to the coaching ranks almost a decade ago, and her new role as goalkeeper coach for Kansas City, one of the NWSL’s newest clubs.

This week’s “Jensplaining” segment covers some of the definitions of NWSL roster jargon – “international player” versus “international slot,” federation players, and more. Updated NWSL rosters by club can be found on the WoSo Nerd Links page of

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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 “WoSo Nerd Links” at 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-page comprehensive guide to the first seven 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 Challenge Cup booklet!