Start going to some games! Let’s not just say “Wouldn’t it be great if women got paid more for playing sports?” and never go to a single game to help them out. Below are the season schedules for all nine teams in the league, and links to buy tickets. Go watch some soccer!
Reminder that the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and FOX Sports agreed to televise 10 NWSL games this season (2015) STARTING TOMORROW.
The deal includes:
Having FOX Sports 1 air regular-season matches and three games of the NWSL Playoffs.
Regular season matches being available on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com, beginning IN EXACTLY 24 HOURS.
I don’t need to remind you that America has had women’s professional (soccer) leagues fail before. Do not let the NWSL be another one. Watch the games. Record the games. Then watch them again. Show broadcasters that women athletes are worth television time. With any luck, they might start showing other women’s leagues. This could be the change we’ve been waiting for.
I encourage all the new women’s soccer fans to follow the NWSL. Here are some short descriptions of each team to help you decide on a favorite…
Portland Thorns: Home to the glorious duo of Tampax Morgan and Tobin Heath’s swag, the Thorns are a great team with the largest amount of merch you can buy and wear out of any NWSL team. They are also home to the biggest fanbase and players who enjoy interacting with fans.
Houston Dash: The newest addition to the league, the Dash is home to Carli “Saved Jill’s Ass” Lloyd, Kling, and Morgan Brian. Also home to Erin and Ella Mcleod, the only officially out couple in the league (which means you can ship them without it being uncomfortable for everyone). The atmosphere at home games is quite exciting and fun.
Chicago Red Stars: A super talented team that contains two of my favorites, Chalupny and Boxx, as well as beauty queens Julie Johnston and Christen Press (who is actually played as a forward in the league, weird right?) . They are currently at the top of the standings and are regarded as team that is so gr8 that they are basically gr9.
Boston Breakers: Check out this team to see our ultra-talented Alyssa Naeher in goal. Also, the very awesome Kristie Mewis can be found here. They’re definitely worth a look, especially if you are living in the area.
FC Kansas City: 2/3 of the New Kids can be found here, A-Rod and Holiday. Badass Becky Sauerbrunn and HAO the kraken also play for these guys. It’s honestly one of the most stacked teams in league with a load of talented players.
Seattle Reign: Team of Hope Solo, the best diddly dang goalkeeper in the world, and the one person who intimidates the frick-frack outta me. Pinoe, a fan favorite, plays here as well. Overall a very talented team.
Sky Blue FC: The team of our glorious Captain America, Christie Rampone and our leprechaun-squirrel hybrid Kelley O'Hara. There are also a few Aussies on the team if you’re into that sexy accent.
Western New York Flash: The NWSL’s own Beyoncé, Sydney Leroux plays for these guys, as well as Whitney Engen. Abby used to play for them too. Sometimes I hug my old Wambach Flash jerseys and cry to myself. Don’t judge me.
Washington Spirit: Princess Warrior Ali Krieger calls this team home. The ever so attractive and talented Ashlyn Harris plays as keeper here as well. This is a team who isn’t afraid to tell the ref how they feel about things, and is also loaded with talent and skill.