USWNT Settlement and NCAA Update

In episode #309 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper discusses the recent USWNT settlement of part of the ongoing lawsuit with US Soccer, and also gets an update on the NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer landscape.

Jen first chats with Kelsey Trainor, an entertainment lawyer who often writes about legal issues for Equalizer Soccer. Kelsey reviews the benefits of the recent USWN settlement with US Soccer on the non-compensation parts of the lawsuit, and also shares her thoughts on what will happen with the outstanding compensation issues.

Then Jen talks to Travis Clark of about many changes that college soccer has seen this year, especially NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer, and how those changes could affect the NWSL draft and the 2021 NWSL season.

This week’s “Jensplaining” segment review the order of picks for the 2021 NWSL Draft, which is set for Wednesday, January 13.

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