Soccer 2 the MAX: 2018 NWSL Season Preview Part 1, USMNT Squad Against Paraguay, Freddy Adu

NWSL Season Preview
FC Kansas City Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4) closes on Washington Spirit Forward Mallory Pugh (11) in the first half of an NWSL women’s soccer match between the Washington Spirit and FC Kansas City on May 27, 2017 at Children’s Mercy Victory Field in Kansas City, MO. – Getty Images

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger get everyone ready for the National Women’s Soccer League season.

However, first, they go over Major League Soccer Week 3 results. Who’s surprising so far in the young season? And who’s disappointing this early?

There’s also discussion on Freddy Adu playing soccer again for Las Vegas Lights FC. The 23 cities named in the united bid for the 2026 World Cup. As well as, the U.S. Men’s National Team squad against Paraguay has also been named. Featuring several uncapped players and a mostly young roster. What does the trio think of the roster?

Finally, Rachael and Sean go through the first four teams in their 2018 NWSL Season Preview. They cover Houston Dash, which features the latest in the Christen Press drama. Washington Spirit, Utah Royals, and Sky Blue FC.

PODCAST: USMNT Squad Against Paraguay, 2018 NWSL Season Preview Part 1, Freddy Adu

About Soccer 2 the MAX

A podcast about the world’s game with a focus on the United States Men’s and Women’s club and international scenes, with some CONCACAF discussion thrown-in as well. Whether it’s breaking down Major League Soccer, NWSL, U.S. Men and Women’s National teams, and even some USL in there too. Starring Rachael McKriger, current soccer writer for multiple outlets, and former writers Erik Watkins and Sean Garmer come together to make the perfect attacking triangle each week. All three also played soccer growing up and into high school as well. So, these are three Footy lovers that have discussions about the happenings on this side of the pond.

Sean Garmer

Being born into a Latino family, Sean grew up around the game of Futbol. No matter what you deem to call it, Mr. Garmer enjoys the sport. Sean played Defender growing up and then transitioned to Goal Keeper in High School. Due to the University of North Texas not having a Men’s Soccer team at the time, his playing career ended in 2005.

However, since then, he’s kept up with Soccer by watching his favorite teams and leagues, while also writing as well. Sean was paid to cover the 2010 World Cup, formerly hosted the Football 2 Futbol Podcast, and also wrote about the beautiful game for several other outlets. He mainly follows Major League Soccer supporting his childhood team in FC Dallas. Sean’s also a Manchester United Supporter after visiting England in 2003 and picking the Red Devils.

Erik Watkins

While he was never really the best on the field, Erik’s always had a deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game. From discovering it in Maryland thanks to DC United to cheering on Manchester United since the days of Ruud van Nistelrooy. Not to mention, considering donning purple hair to cheer Orlando City SC today. From MLS to USL and NASL (Viva Armada!) to even dreaming of training and playing in the MASL, if it’s soccer, he’s usually on it.

Rachael McKriger

Don’t let height fool you. Before becoming a journalist, Rachael McKriger was a goalkeeper. Yes, all 5-feet-two-inches of her. Now, don’t ask if she was good or not because that answer is up for debate. Currently, she doesn’t play soccer anymore, unless it’s a pickup game in the park or at her former high school. However, she’s still closely attached to the sport. Rachael covers the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The MLS and NWSL for Last Word on Soccer and covers the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the Pittsburgh Sporting News. She loves football with an undying passion. Yes, she calls it football, since she hails from Europe (the colder part, aka Moscow). Rachael’s favorite clubs are Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany, the Seattle Sounders in MLS, the Washington Spirit in the NWSL and the U.S. National Teams.


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