All USA: The US Women’s Soccer Show: 2022 NWSL Season and UWCL Finals Preview
The NWSL season is in full swing with the Challenge Cup trophy being taken home by the North Carolina Courage last weekend while the regular season already has plenty of exciting action to offer.
In this week’s episode of All of US: The US women’s soccer show, GATE reflects on the first competition of the year while looking ahead to all that is to come.
The biggest game of the season in Europe is also on the horizon as Lyon meet Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League final later this month. There’s much to talk about on that front too, especially given US women’s national team star Catarina Macario is making award-worthy performances for the French giants.
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As well as listening to this week’s broadcast, there’s plenty of timeless content to watch and enjoy – with some especially good to listen to ahead of women’s football in May.
On the NWSL front, we have been joined in recent weeks by The Spirit’s Ashley Hatch, Racing Louisville’s Emina Ekic and OL Reign defender Alana Cook to discuss their careers to date and look ahead to the 2022 season give.
Macario was also a guest earlier this season and spoke about her move to Lyon, her decision to play for USWNT against Brazil and more.
If you’re looking for content covering the Barcelona side, you can also check out the episode starring Veronica Boquete. She and her Spanish team-mates did something incredibly important for the rise of women’s football in their home country in 2015 by speaking out about alleged abuse by the national team’s head coach.
“It’s hard to imagine the sweet moment that Spanish women’s football is going through now when we’re still doing it with Ignacio Quereda,” she said in an incredibly candid interview.
Who will win the NWSL Championship?
After winning the Challenge Cup, the Courage are among the favorites for the championship. However, it is a very open race for this title.
The Spirit, the reigning champions, are big contenders, as are OL Reign and the Portland Thorns, while the Chicago Red Stars have also demonstrated their ability to produce results in recent weeks, even when key players are absent.
California’s two expansion teams are also making some noise, with Alex Morgan scoring four goals last week for the San Diego Wave and Angel City, who beat the Courage. If they don’t make the playoffs, at least they will be teams that can upset those who are.
Who will win the UEFA Women’s Champions League?
The UWCL Finals on May 21st will be a repeat of the flagship event of 2019 which was a catalyst in making Barcelona the incredible team they are today.
They were beaten 4-1 that day as Lyon won their sixth European Cup which they followed with a seventh in 2020. However, last year, when the French side were eliminated for the first time in seven years, Barca reigned supreme.
The Spanish champions have been the talk of the town ever since – something that has provoked comments from those at Lyon, keen their incredible performances over the past 10 years are not forgotten.
From a US perspective, the French team will be the ones to cheer the most, with USWNT stars Macario and Lindsey Horan aiming to win their first UWCL title, both of whom had standout moments en route to Torino.