The Equalizer Podcast

The Equalizer Podcast

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We are The Equalizer, the leading women's soccer news and analysis outlet in the United States since 2009. This is our podcast, where top journalists and personalities from throughout the women's game gather for critical, thoughtful and fun discussion.
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The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 73: Winners and Losers
NWSL action rages on, as does the WoSo appetite of a nation. This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush break down NWSL action, ICC drama, and what's going to happen to the USWNT now. 
50:04
August 19, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 72: The Triangle
There was another week of heated NWSL action, and teams are beginning to separate themselves. This week, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins talk through Chicago's impressive streak, Portland making it work, the Reign winning and losing, Utah's surge, and whatever it was that happened between Houston and the Orlando Pride. Drama!
42:36
August 12, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 71: Outside the Window
Lots of soccer this weekend, EQZ Pod listeners. Reign FC held on against the Houston Dash, North Carolina brought the rain against the Washington Spirit, the Chicago Red Stars toppled the Royals and Sky Blue FC added to their long history of holding Portland to a single point. The USWNT also played a game! Dan Lauletta, John Halloran, and Chelsey Bush were here to tell you all about it, and answer questions.
54:40
August 5, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 70: Blowouts and that World Cup Bump
Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush discuss the latest from around the National Women's Soccer League, including landslide victories in Portland (for the Thorns) and Tacoma (for the visiting Red Stars). They also take a look at some of the teams which still haven't totally impressed them -- including Utah Royals FC -- and wrap up with the FBRef.com Stat of the Week and your questions.
45:33
July 29, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 69: A Nice Return
The confetti has fallen, the celebrations have subsided, and it's time for the USWNT players to jump back into the NWSL. This week, Dan Lauletta and Ray Curren talk through Utah grabbing a point against Portland, Orlando getting the better of Sky Blue, the Dash breaking their winless streak against Washington and 17,000+ in Chicago witnessing a powerful return against North Carolina. They also answer your questions.
44:06
July 22, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 68: What's Next
Well! The World Cup is over, and life goes on. On this weeks episode, Dan Lauletta and John Halloran talk through their experiences in France, the NWSL, and what's next for women's soccer in this country and beyond. Enjoy.
44:33
July 15, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 67: We Have a Winner (It's the USA)
They did it! The U.S. Women's National Team are your FIFA 2019 World Cup winners. What a journey. Claire Watkins and Chelsey Bush sat down immediately post-game to talk through the tournament, the issues, the winning, and what happens next. Enjoy it y'all, we made it.
47:12
July 7, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 66: Drawn and Quartered
The World Cup quarterfinals have been played, and the semifinals are set. Gosh, there's so much to talk about. This week, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins talk through what exactly happened with the USWNT met France, how disappointed Germany should be by this year, whether the Netherlands are real contenders and what the heck Sweden has been up to. Oh, and England too. They also talked through an NWSL weekend that saw the triumphant return of a few familiar faces, and answered your questions!
52:54
July 1, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 65: Attack and Counter
Drama! The knockout rounds of the 2019 FIFA World Cup have kicked off, with no lack of compelling storylines. This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush break down what they saw from the weekend, VAR, controversy, and competition. They also run through the NWSL weekend, and answer your burning questions
49:09
June 24, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 64: All According to Plan
We're in the thick of the 2019 World Cup, and the U.S. Women's National Team has opened their account with a fair amount of emphasis. Much to discuss, and today Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins broke down intensity, form, opposition, and the best laid plans of the USWNT after their first two games in Group F. They also consider Australia on the brink of disaster, whether Canada can keep grinding out results, and the value of organization. They also (there were a lot of games this week!) touch on the weekend of NWSL action, and answer your questions.
49:56
June 17, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 63: Off with a Bang
The 2019 World Cup in France has finally kicked off, and boy are we excited! In this weeks episode, recorded at the end of the third match-day of group play, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins broke down how the first three groups are looking, whether or not the top seeds look like true contenders, and tackle the issue that is the talk of the tourney so far: the dreaded VAR. They also question the possibility of upsets going forward, and how the group stages might shake out. They also answer your questions. 
41:26
June 10, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 62: Raise Our Expectations
It's the last week before the World Cup kicks off, and we're excited! This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush talk through a whole mess of NWSL action, where North Carolina took down Orlando, Houston and the Reign got a point each, Washington looked like the real deal against Utah, and Portland celebrated their big home opener with a 3-0 win against the Chicago Red Stars.
46:42
June 3, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 61: Shipping Out
The U.S. Women's National Team is on their way to France and boy are we excited! This week the Equalizer Podcast Team really honed in on the USWNT final friendly against Mexico, and what it all meant (both good and bad). Chelsey Bush, Claire Watkins, and John Halloran all convened to consider Tobin Heath at left back, if Alex Morgan needed to buy a goal, and just how much any of this matters going into a major tournament anyway. They also gave the Sports-Reference Stat of the Week, courtesy of FBRef
33:00
May 27, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 60: Play Better
This week, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran take a stab at the USWNT's victory over New Zealand, as well as a whole heap of NWSL action. They talk Washington's defeat of Portland, North Carolina's draw with Utah, the Reign's take down of Sky Blue and Chicago's topping of Houston. They also answered your burning questions.
46:38
May 20, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 59: Mom Goals
Wow, what a Mother's Day weekend! Four NWSL matches were played, and the USWNT took on South Africa in a comfortable, if not particularly exciting, victory. This week, Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush tackled the depth in the USWNT midfield, whether or not a player should be subbed if actively bleeding from the mouth, as well as notes and analysis on Washington's victory over Sky Blue, Houston's taking down of Utah, and Portland adding to Orlando's misery. In addition, John Halloran and Claire Watkins tuned in from immediate post-game at SeatGeek Stadium to talk through the Chicago Red Stars win over a (dare we say?) struggling North Carolina Courage squad. Things are heating up from here, don't miss it.
47:08
May 13, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 58: Final Decisions
In this week's episode, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and John Halloran discuss the current round of NWSL matches, whether the USWNT roster spells disaster, and answer your questions about both the current round of NWSL matches and if the USWNT roster spells disaster. It's an episode worth checking in for.
49:58
May 6, 2019
EQZ Pod, Special Edition: USWNT World Cup Roster Drop
Yes, the day is finally here: The U.S. Women's National Team has dropped their 23 player roster indicating who will be representing the team at the 2019 World Cup in France. There were some big surprises in both inclusion and exclusion, and the EQZ pod team simply had to react. Today, Claire Watkins and Jeff Kassouf talk through what looks good, what is frightening, and how this group truly represents head coach Jill Ellis's legacy with the team.
18:28
May 2, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 57: Dark and Stormy Nights
It took some re-planning, but Week 3 of the 2019 NWSL season has successfully occurred, with Utah taking down Orlando 1-0, North Carolina stomping Houston 4-1, Sky Blue getting a 2-2 draw out of Portland, and Chicago downing Reign FC 3-0 after a massive snowstorm in the Windy City. This week Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins, and Chelsey Bush talk through the adverse conditions in Bridgeview, Christen Press's hot start, Crystal Dunn's current intensity, and just how well Sky Blue like to play the Thorns. They also allude to USWNT roster talk, as the stage is set for U.S. national players to depart their clubs in favor of camp this upcoming week, and they also answer your burning questions.
45:30
April 29, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 56: A Weirdness You Can't Shake Out
NWSL Week 2 is in the books, and we've got an all-timer already. Chicago and Portland drew 4-4 in a wild match that said many things (and sometimes very little) about two heavy NWSL hitters. This week also featured two 1-0 score-lines, the first favoring the Houston Dash over Sky Blue, the second finding the Utah Royals in victory over the Washington Spirit. And finally, Reign FC drew the Orlando Pride 1-1 (a good result for the Pride after a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of the North Carolina Courage mid-week). Clearly, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins had a lot to talk about in how Chicago put it all together, whether or not Sky Blue is improving, the value of Christen Press, and the Pride's highs and lows. They also answered your Twitter questions!
52:20
April 22, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 55: Soccer Games!
Games! Soccer games to discuss! NWSL is back, and the Equalizer Podcast Team could not be more thrilled. North Carolina and Chicago drew at 1-1, Washington beat Sky Blue 2-0, Portland downed Orlando 2-0 and the Houston Dash tied Reign FC at, you guessed it, 1-1.  This week Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins, and Chelsey Bush were here to talk pace, tactics, players, and...kits! The squad talked through whether Washington is ready for the big leagues, if Chicago hedged too many bets against last year's champs, how Houston seems like a squad of years past and if Orlando can get themselves figured out quickly enough to factor dangerously into this season. They also talk streaming, shirts, and the answering of Twitter questions (yours).
46:02
April 15, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 54: The Great NWSL Preview Pt II
Welcome back for the second half of The Equalizer Podcast Team's epic NWSL preview episode, this time checking in with Dan Lauletta and John Halloran about how the Chicago Red Stars are going to get their midfield to work, whether or not the league is ready to utilize a World Cup year to their advantage, and what exactly watching league games is going to look like with no TV deal currently in place. And then, it's prediction time! Dan, John, Chelsey, and Claire all break down their 2019 playoff teams, champs, MVP's, and much much more. The picks might not be perfect by the end of the season, but what's sports without some wild speculation into the future.
36:30
April 11, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 54: The Great NWSL Preview Pt I
Finally!  The 2019 NWSL season is upon us, with mainstays looking to stay at the top of the table, and challengers ready to shake the standings up and make a push into the playoffs. The Equalizer Podcast Team is here to break all of it down, starting with Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush talking about what last year's playoff contenders need to do to keep their momentum in 2019. Later, Dan and Claire Watkins talk about what the other teams in the league need to do to surge into post-season contention, and perhaps most importantly in a Word Cup year, when in the year  top squads might be vulnerable to dropped points. Stay tuned for Part II with John Halloran and the whole squad's 2019 predictions later this week!
33:58
April 9, 2019
EQZ Pod, Special Edition: USAvBEL First Reactions
Wow, what a different kind of game. The U.S. Women's National Team smashed the Belgium Red Devils on Sunday night 6-0 behind goals from Carli Lloyd (x2), Alex Morgan, Lindsey Horan, Sam Mewis, and Jessica McDonald. Ali Krieger saw her first playing time in almost two years, and the vision for the final World Cup roster is coming into view. Right after the match Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins sat down to see what takeaways could be gleaned from such a lopsided performance, and to discuss the bigger picture of a USWNT game turning into a flashy LA event.
21:12
April 8, 2019
EQZ Pod, Special Edition: USAvAUS First Reactions
Wow, what a game. The U.S. Women's National Team defeated The Matilda's 5-3 on Thursday evening, showing the best and the worst of the way the team is set up right now. With fewer than 70 days between now and World Cup kickoff, the Equalizer Podcast Team is trying to break down exactly what occurred. Claire Watkins and Jeff Kassouf talk midfield formations, defensive personnel, and what's going right in addition to what's going wrong for the U.S. and what Australia can take away from a tough match against the world's best.
28:52
April 5, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 53: The Waves of Preseason
NWSL Preseason is rolling on, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is here to discuss who's thriving, and who's having trouble making an impact. This week Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins, and Chelsey Bush talk through Sky Blue's injury woes, and wonder who's going to fill out their starting lineup in the wake of some hits to their depth. They also circle back to the pickup of Taylor Smith by Reign FC, and talk salary and roster philosophies surrounding de-allocation. Later, Claire gives a follow-up on the state of the Portland Thorns, Reign FC, and the Chicago Red Stars after seeing a few more Portland Invitational games, and the crew wonders what, after an extensive camp, they're going to see from the U.S. Women's National Team in their matchup against Australia. They also answer your Twitter questions, including which NWSL teams could use the talents of one of college basketball's top point guards (yes, we're talking about Sabrina).
54:02
April 1, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 52: Familiar Faces
NWSL preseason is heating up, the U.S. Women's National Team dropped some roster bombs, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is ready to get things started. This week, Claire Watkins, John Halloran, and Katelyn Best met up in person after the first round of the Portland Invitational to talk about what they saw from Reign FC's 2-1 victory vs the U.S. U-23's and the Portland Thorns' similar scoreline against the Chicago Red Stars.  They also discussed the surprise re-calling of Ali Krieger to the USWNT, wondered if the U.S. midfield knows what its job is, and as always, answered your burning questions from Twitter. The Equalizer Podcast theme music is First Conversations by Scout Ripley.
47:08
March 25, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 51: Signals of Progress
It's been a bit of a quiet week in the days after the conclusion of the SheBelieves Cup, as players report to the early stages of 2019 NWSL preseason. Not a ton of soccer being played, but that didn't stop the Equalizer Podcast Team from taking a look at some other things going on in the WoSo landscape. This week Chelsey Bush, Claire Watkins, and John Halloran talk about VAR being announced for the 2019 World Cup, U.S. Soccer Federation's response to the women's national team lawsuit, and what can reasonably be expected from NWSL preseason in a World Cup year. They also tackle your questions, which included topics like USWNT development, Nike expectations, and allocation stress.  The Equalizer Podcast theme music is 'First Conversations' by Scout Ripley
42:04
March 18, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 50: Let us fix this
The 2019 SheBelieves Cup left the U.S. women's national team with more questions than answers, so the Equalizer Podcast Team took a deep breath, reflected on the tournament, and came up with all the ways they could improve the situation.  This week Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush, and John Halloran put their heads together to figure out what exactly the USWNT can do about that midfield, and how they can shore up a shaky defense to back up a well-tuned offense. They also tackle the delicate issue of the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by current USWNT players against U.S. Soccer Federation, and as always, do their best to answer your burning questions. 
47:52
March 11, 2019
SheBelieves Cup: USAvBRA First Reactions
The USWNT wrapped up their 2019 SheBelieves campaign this evening with a 1-0 victory over Brazil, and the Equalizer Team was ready and waiting to pod about it. Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins broke down the feeling immediately after the match, asked whether the tough questions are going to be answered, and looked at both strong and weaker performances. 
20:04
March 6, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 49: Looking lost out there
The U.S. women's national team has had an interesting run so far in the 2019 SheBelieves Tournament, with consecutive 2-2 draws against Japan and England showing the team having some difficulty in separating themselves from their competition. In their own right, the Equalizer Podcast Team considers themselves match-fit, and ready to determine whether or not the USWNT should be too concerned with their current form. This week, Chelsey Bush, Claire Watkins, and John Halloran break down who's doing well for the U.S., who is struggling, and what exactly Jill Ellis is trying to do with all of the U.S. formation shifting in 2019. They also take a look at the tourneys being played across the globe, featuring heavy hitters like Australia (looking good!) and Canada (not so sure!). They also, as always, take a shot at your Twitter questions.
45:24
March 4, 2019
Live from the SheBelieves Cup: USAvJPN First Reactions
The U.S. Women's National Team started their 2019 SheBelieves campaign this evening, with a 2-2 draw against Japan behind goals from Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.  The Equalizer team showed out in full force in Chester, PA, and Jeff Kassouf and Dan Lauletta were there in the aftermath of the match to break down their first reactions of an inconsistent USWNT performance.
21:17
February 28, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 48: Seizing the Opportunity
In the fallout of a bombshell announcement, there's nothing to be done but to discuss the long-term ripples, and such is the discussion this week after the shocking midweek news that the NWSL would be splitting with A+E going into the 2019 season. In this week's episode, Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins, and Chelsey Bush take a look at the TV breakdown with the benefit of a few days perspective, speak on the importance of the ownership group turning possibility into reality, and what exactly the NWSL could be losing with Lifetime out of the picture. They also discuss the upcoming SheBelieves Cup, amongst other tournaments, and answer your Twitter questions (stay tuned at the end for some ranting about under-staffing in the league office)
1:00:30
February 25, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 47.5: Not the best of circumstances
When breaking news drops, the Equalizer Podcast Team is on the job, and this midweek emergency pod is no different.  In this episode Dan Lauletta and Chelsey Bush try to make sense of A+E's sudden divorce from the NWSL, the expectations for game coverage in 2019, what the original deal brought to the table, and what the league should do now. And in usual fashion, they answered some of your questions.
23:20
February 21, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 47: A Truly Grand Final
The W-League season ended with a bang, and the NWSL pre-season is just weeks away, so where is the schedule exactly? This week, Chelsey Bush, John Halloran, and Claire Watkins break down the W-League Grand Final, where it might lead its American stars in the future, before turning their attention to the 2019 NWSL season.  They also discuss the U.S. Women's National Team SheBelieves Cup roster (Morgan Brian out, Danny Colaprico in, Allie Long somewhere in between), and as always do their best to tackle your burning questions!
43:02
February 18, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 46: Kerr Boom
Sam Kerr had quite the game for the Perth Glory in their W-League Final matchup against the Melbourne Victory, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is here to give her performance a full rundown. In this week's episode, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush, and John Halloran break down what switch flipped to allow Kerr to take over that game, what she can still do in Chicago, and what it means for the future. They also tackle the other W-League Final between Sydney FC and the Brisbane Roar and, as always, answer some of your questions
49:36
February 11, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 45: A Case of Independents
It's been a week of significant news, and the Equalizer Podcast Team is on the case!  This week, Dan Lauletta, Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins dive in to uncover the history behind Reign FC's move to Tacoma, the W-League's roll towards the post-season, and Sky Blue's journey toward their self-imposed 30 day deadline. Tune in to see who's on board! 
46:02
February 4, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Beast Mode Soccer's David Copeland-Smith
Beast Mode Soccer's David Copeland-Smith is one of the most well-known soccer trainers in the U.S. He works with and has helped develop international players from Alex Morgan to Rachel Daly and Ali Riley. Dave stopped by to share some of his funniest stories and fondest memories of training players who many fans have come to adore.
44:42
February 1, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Haley Carter on Afghanistan WNT, women in coaching
Former Houston Dash goalkeeper Haley Carter joins the podcast to discuss her time as an assistant coach with the Afghanistan women's national team, the reform needed at the federation following allegations of player abuse, and the barriers facing women in coaching.
22:30
January 31, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Monica Gonzalez on joining the Houston Dash coaching staff
Monica Gonzalez was recently appointed as an assistant coach on new Houston Dash head coach James Clarkson's staff. Gonzalez is a former professional player and international player with the Mexican women's national team. She also has extensive experience as a TV broadcaster in the men's and women's game. Gonzalez joined The Equalizer Podcast to discuss her transition into professional coaching, a move she has long wanted to make.  
21:32
January 29, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 44: Reading from the same hymn book
In this weeks episode, the Equalizer Podcast Team (this week: Dan Lauletta, Claire Watkins, and Kieran Theivam) take a look at the U.S. Women's National Team win against Spain, the continuously curious case of Australia National Team upheaval, and ongoing issues with Sky Blue FC, which might have just as many issues on the field as they do off of it.
51:38
January 28, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Alexi Lalas on media coverage of the USWNT
Former U.S. men's national team defender and Fox Sports studio analyst Alexi Lalas joins The Equalizer Podcast for a discussion on how he covers the women's game the same way he covers the men's game,  plus his thoughts on the United States' chances at the 2019 World Cup.
30:37
January 25, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Yael Averbuch on the state of the NWSL
NWSL Players Association president Yael Averbuch joins the podcast to discuss the recent unionization of the PA, her immediate playing future as she works to get healthy, and her passion for her training business, Techne Futbol.
19:18
January 24, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 43: France's Opening Statement
The U.S. Women's National Team had their first friendly of 2019 this week, and boy was it one to talk about. This week, man on the ground in Le Havre Kieran Theivam joins Chelsey Bush and Claire Watkins in taking a look at what went wrong (and perfectly fine) in the USWNT's 3-1 loss to France. The trio also discussed Australia's sudden coaching change, shed some insight into Julia Ashley's ultimate destination (a hint: it's not Sky Blue), and as always answer your questions
46:08
January 21, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Utah Royals head coach Laura Harvey
Utah Royals FC coach Laura Harvey joins Chelsey and Dan to discuss the process of building her roster -- including the long pursuit of Christen Press -- and how the league can make itself better by being more transparent.
19:59
January 18, 2019
The Equalizer Podcast, Episode 42: Analyzing the Draft
 The 2019 NWSL College Draft has come and gone, with some teams making some major moves, while others sat the whole thing out entirely. Regardless, there's plenty to talk about! 
48:42
January 18, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Lesle Gallimore on opportunities for female coaches
Lesle Gallimore is the longtime head coach of the University of Washington women's soccer program and board member of the United Soccer Coaches. In 2018, she served as president of the United Soccer Coaches. She joined The Equalizer Podcast in her final days as president to discuss the year that was and the challenges women face in the coaching industry.
11:10
January 15, 2019
Live from the 2019 USC Convention: Ali Krieger on pursuing a future in coaching
Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger joins The Equalizer on Podcast Row at the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago. Ali shares her plans for pursuing a coaching career after she is done playing, what the Orlando Pride need to do in order to improve upon a poor 2018 showing, and how the National Women's Soccer League could better market to adult fans.
16:58
January 14, 2019
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