USWNT World Cup Roster, NWSL Early Season Thoughts

FRISCO, TX – OCTOBER 14: Morgan Brian controls the ball during the semifinal match between Jamaica and United States as part of CONCACAF Women’s Championship at Toyota Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Rachael McKriger, and Erik Watkins are back with an all women’s soccer show.

First, the crew discuss the 23 rumored names for the United States Women‘s world cup roster. How do the trio feel about the list, and will any of the names change once the official reveal is made? Who are some players that should be there instead? Rachael certainly has some thoughts on this that you want to hear.

After that, it is a major focus on the National Women’s Soccer League, as they look at some of the big storylines through the first three weeks of games. Who stands to gain from the stars leaving for World Cup camp? What team could be hurt the most? And what’s up with the Orlando Pride?

Finally, Sean, Rachael, and Erik make some late-season predictions for the major awards like Golden Boot and MVP. As well as the NWSL Shield and Cup winners too.

Discussing the USWNT World Cup Roster, and Making Our NWSL Picks

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 as an Editor. 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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