Kealia Watt Is Having A Baby With J.J. — We’re Winning The World Cup In 24-25 Years

Americans often wonder: What if our best athletes played soccer? Well, that already happens on the women’s side, where we’ve won four World Cup titles thanks in large part to a head start provided by Title IX. On the men’s side? The nation’s best athletes still usually play American football, basketball or baseball. 

Hopefully that changes in the coming years, and hopefully it includes Kealia and J.J. Watt’s new baby. The couple announced they’re expecting their first child in October on Thursday. 

Tea Time With David Episode 20

The18's David Moore breaks down the week in soccer news while sipping on some tea...it's Tea Time.

Episode 20 Topics include: Mason "Mickey" Mount missing his penalty, US Soccer officially has equal pay for World Cup winnings and game appearances, and newly formed USL2 side, Vermont Green, wins fans with their excellent debut kit.

Rose Lavelle Outshines Alex Morgan With Incredible Diving Header For Game-Winner

Early NWSL leaders San Diego Wave travelled to Lumen Field in Seattle on Sunday to play OL Reign with all eyes on two of this season's most impressive attacking talents. For the expansion Wave, Alex Morgan has fueled the quick success with a league-leading six goals. For the Reign, Rose Lavelle entered with the most shots, 18, across the NWSL.

The Reign defense, anchored by the center half pairing of Alana Cook and Sam Hiatt, did an excellent job marshaling Morgan and the Wave's attack. At the other end, San Diego had no answer for Rose Lavelle's threat off the left-hand side.

N.C. Courage Attendance Is Way Down — Everyone Knows Why Except The Owners

For years, N.C. Courage attendance numbers were some of the best in the NWSL. In 2022, no one wants to go see the Courage play, even when it’s the Challenge Cup final. 

The reasons are pretty obvious. Well, they’re obvious to everyone but the owners, it seems.

For the last few years (discounting the pandemic season of 2020), North Carolina has averaged more than 5,000 fans per game, always in the top half of the NWSL attendance rankings. It wasn’t hard to see why: The Courage won three NWSL Shields and two NWSL Championships from 2017-19. 

Alex Morgan Targets USWNT Return After Red-Hot Start To NWSL Season

After fielding the oldest squad at both the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, a changing of the guard was inevitable for the USWNT ahead of building toward the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Carli Lloyd, the team's most capped player and leading scorer, retired last year, but is Alex Morgan still on the USWNT?

Morgan is now the team's leading active goalscorer with 115 in 190 appearances (0.61 per game), and the 32-year-old figures to play a huge role at both this summer's Concacaf W Championship in Mexico and next summer's World Cup.

CBSSN Was Supposed To Air NWLS’s Best Rivalry; Instead The First 20 Minutes Were Bull Riding

Fans tuning in to CBSSN for one of the best rivalries in American sports on Friday night were infuriated for the first 20 minutes of the match. As the OL Reign and Portland Thorns began play at Providence Park, CBSSN was showing a got damn rodeo.

CBSSN didn’t join the Thorns-Reign match until 20 minutes had passed by, instead showing bull riding, which many consider animal abuse. The match finished in a 0-0 draw, but the story was the disrespect CBS showed women’s soccer. 

How Much Do NWSL Players Really Make? An In-Depth Look At NWSL Salaries

For the first time ever, 2022 NWSL salaries guarantee players a living wage. The NWSL and its players signed the league’s first Collective Bargaining Agreement on Feb. 1, 2022, increasing women’s soccer salaries across the board. So just how much do women’s soccer players make? The CBA, recently made public, tells us everything we need to know about NWSL salaries.

Scary Injuries, Bizarre Moments Overshadow NWSL Challenge Cup Final

One of the NWSL’s budding stars hobbled off after a shocking challenge that went unpunished. A USWNT keeper’s head clanged awkwardly off the post. A fan favorite appeared to have a seizure on the pitch.

The North Carolina Courage edged the Washington Spirit 2-1 to claim the NWSL Challenge Cup trophy on Saturday in Cary, North Carolina, but the final score was one of the last things anyone was talking about after the match. 

NWSL Challenge Cup Prize Money Increasing Tenfold, Will Achieve Pay Equity With Men By 2023

When the Houston Dash won the 2020 Challenge Cup, it was a landmark moment for the National Women’s Soccer League. As the first professional team sport to return to play in the U.S. after Covid-19 shut the sports world down, the NWSL set the example for how leagues like MLS and the NBA could resume during a pandemic. For the players, however, there wasn’t much incentive to win beyond a bunch of Budweiser

Ashley Sanchez Buries 20-Yard Rocket As Defending NWSL Champs Return With Win

Defending NWSL champion Washington Spirit opened its 2022 season Sunday with a thrilling 2-1 victory over OL Reign at Audi Field. 

The attacking trifecta of Ashley Hatch, Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez picked up right where it left off last campaign, but the Spirit had goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury to thank early.

In the ninth-minute, the Reign were awarded a penalty that Rose Lavelle couldn't convert.