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Red Stars coach Rory Dames resigns amid abuse allegations

Within days of the Chicago Red Stars making an appearance in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game, the organization’s head coach resigned amid multiple allegations of abuse. Allegations about Rory Dames came to light after an investigation from the Washington Post was published Monday. Dames resigned from the Red Stars late Sunday night, in […]

  • Extra-time goal gives Spirit championship over Red Stars

    Kelly O’Hara scored the go-ahead goal seven minutes into extra time Saturday and the Washington Spirit won the NWSL championship game by rallying for a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars at Louisville, Ky. O’Hara’s game-winner was her first goal of the season and came off a header following a long pass from Trinity […]

  • First NWSL stadium to be built in Kansas City

    The first soccer stadium built for a National Women’s Soccer League team will be constructed in Kansas City, Mo., the club announced Tuesday. The owners of the future home of Kansas City NWSL will finance the estimated $70 million stadium, which will be built along the Berkley Riverfront in the city, near the Missouri River. […]

  • Report: NWSL relocates championship game to Louisville

    The National Women’s Soccer League will shift its championship game to Louisville, Kentucky, after players asked for it to be moved out of the Pacific time zone, The Athletic reported Wednesday. The game was scheduled for Nov. 20 at noon ET — 9 a.m. local time — at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., with the […]

  • NWSL players halt games in show of solidarity

    National Women’s Soccer League players briefly halted games Wednesday night in the sixth minute in a display designed to demonstrate solidarity with their colleagues who have spoken out about sexual coercion and abuse from coaches. The NWSL Players Association issued a statement calling for further investigations into league office and club officials to find any […]

  • Report: Lisa Baird resigns from U.S. Soccer board

    Former National Women’s Soccer League commissioner Lisa Baird has also resigned from the U.S. Soccer board of directors, ESPN reported Monday. The report comes in the aftermath of Baird resigning her post as commissioner of the NWSL on Friday. U.S. Soccer on Friday announced it was launching an independent investigation into the NWSL in the […]

  • NWSL commissioner resigns; U.S. Soccer to investigate league

    National Women’s Soccer League commissioner Lisa Baird resigned Friday night in the wake of allegations that she failed to properly investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and other abusive behavior by league coaches. The league tweeted late Friday night that it “received and accepted Lisa Baird’s resignation as its commissioner.” pic.twitter.com/rDtfhpZKSV — National Women’s Soccer League […]

  • NWSL postpones weekend matches amid misconduct claims

    The National Women’s Soccer League on Friday postponed this weekend’s matches in the wake of misconduct allegations against former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley. Friday’s matches featuring the Washington Spirit at North Carolina and NJ/NY Gotham FC at Racing Louisville FC were postponed. The Orlando Pride’s match at Chicago Red Stars on Saturday also […]

  • Courage fire coach Paul Riley after report of sexually coercing players

    The North Carolina Courage of the NWSL fired coach Paul Riley Thursday afternoon after allegations of sexual misconduct toward his players over the years. “The Courage support the players who have come forward and we commend them for bravely sharing their stories,” read an official statement signed by “the players, staff and principal owner” of […]

  • Washington Spirit forfeit match due to breach of protocols

    The Washington Spirit have been forced to forfeit their Sunday match against visiting OL Reign due to breach of league medical protocols, the National Women’s Soccer League announced Saturday. Under FIFA guidelines, the match will go down as a 3-0 victory for OL Reign, who will receive three points in the NWSL standings. Tomorrow’s match […]

  • NWSL’s Gotham FC give Carli Lloyd a ‘Hometown Farewell’ match

    Retiring soccer star Carli Lloyd will be recognized at a “Hometown Farewell Match” on Oct. 6 when her NJ/NY Gotham FC and the Washington Spirit meet at Subaru Park in Philadelphia. The 39-year-old Lloyd, who is from the Philadelphia suburb of Delran, N.J., announced last month that she intends to call it a career this […]

  • Thorns sign 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie, who sued NWSL

    The Portland Thorns signed 15-year-old midfielder Olivia Moultrie to a three-year contract Wednesday, making her the youngest player in the history of the National Women’s Soccer League. Moultrie filed a lawsuit against the NWSL in early May seeking to overturn the league’s rule that players must be at least 18 years old, on the grounds […]

  • NWSL expands to San Diego with Jill Ellis as club president

    The National Women’s Soccer League is adding an expansion franchise in San Diego, and former U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis will serve as club president. “This is a proud and historic moment for soccer in San Diego, Southern California and the United States,” Ellis said Tuesday in a statement. “The NWSL continues to […]

  • USWNT stars Lavelle, Mewis set to rejoin NWSL

    U.S. women’s national team midfielders Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis are set to rejoin the National Women’s Soccer League following a successful one-season stint in England. Mewis will head back to her former club, the North Carolina Courage. Lavelle will join OL Reign of Tacoma, Wash., the club that acquired her NWSL rights from the […]

  • California 15-year-old files suit against NWSL

    California teenager Olivia Moultrie is at the center of a lawsuit regarding age restrictions for participants in the National Women’s Soccer League. Moultrie, 15, and her father filed suit in Oregon alleging antitrust violations regarding the NWSL’s requirement for players to be at least 18 years old. Moultrie’s exploits already have earned her a nine-year […]

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