WoSo Firsts: NWSL CBA & Philippines in WWC

In episode #337, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper has two conversations about WoSo Firsts – the first CBA for NWSL players and the Philippines women’s national team clinching their first Women’s World Cup berth.

First, Jen talks with Houston Dash defender and NWSLPA team rep Katie Naughton about the 18-month journey to finalize the league’s first collective bargaining agreement with non-USWNT players. Naughton shares some of the challenges of the process and which other team reps were leaders in getting the historic deal done.

Then Jen chats with Joana Michaelson, the former Philippines WNT striker and Seattle Reign FC training player (2013-15), about the the progress the “Malditas” have made over the last decade, including hiring former Australia WNT head coach Alen Stajcic and ultimately qualifying for the 2023 World Cup with a PK shootout victory over Chinese Taipei.

This week’s “Jensplaining” segment discusses the breakdown of 2023 World Cup berths by confederation and the format of the first-ever 10-team playoff tournaent to decide the final three teams for next year’s big event.

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