WoSoPro: It Was 20 Years Ago Today

In episode #321 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper takes a look at the huge woso milestone that happen 20 years ago this week — the first game of the world’s first fully professional women’s soccer league.

The episode starts with a chat with Dan Lauletta of Equalizer Soccer, who’s been covering women’s soccer for nearly 20 years. Jen and Dan discuss memories of that inaugural game, its impact on women’s pro sports and how that game compares to the first-ever NWSL game played eight years ago this week.

Then Jen talks with two women who were part of that first WUSA match — Bay Area CyberRays player Ann Cook, who is currently associate head coach for Penn State women’s soccer, and 1991 Women’s World Cup champion Wendy Gebauer, who served as broadcast analyst for the game.

Note there is no “Jensplaining” segment this week, but it will return next week.

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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 Challenge Cup booklet.