19 2 / 2014

Who better to start off the first formal episode of this new show than with an interview with Seattle Reign rookie Amanda Frisbie? 

Amanda Frisbie loves soccer. Her passion for the sport is apparent in her play and when she speaks. Frisbie played for the University of Portland Pilots from 2010 to 2013. She played her entire career as a forward until her senior year, when she was asked to play central defense. It seemed like a strange move coming off her 2012 season, when she lead the team in goals and assists. She proved to be up to the challenge and was nominated for MAC Hermann award and was picked up by the Seattle Reign in the first round of the 2014 NWSL college draft.

I spoke with Amanda outside a North Portland coffee shop on a chilly President’s Day afternoon. We talked about her early days playing in Texas, the influence her family has had on her success, the joys of scoring goals and frustrating goal scorers, and most importantly KELLY CLARKSON.

On a personal note, speaking to Amanda about her passion for soccer reminded me why I love the sport and why started this little project, so for that, I thank her.

(See full post at AvailableSubstitutes.com)

15 11 / 2013

The Santa Clara Broncos-Portland Pilots rivalry is the probably the biggest rivalry in women’s soccer. We talked about it a lot on Cross-Conference and it stands to reason that it would make its way over to Available Substitutes. Check out this episode which serves as a transition between the two shows. 

05 11 / 2013

marioooops:

omfg send help
[x]

oooh, GIRL.

marioooops:

omfg send help

[x]

oooh, GIRL.

(Source: casillasassy, via supersistar)

26 10 / 2013

There is a bigger announcement about this forthcoming, but I thought I’d post this in the meantime. It’s some postgame audio from the UP Pilots’ win over USD this Thursday. I’ve got some selected transcripts and other thoughts on AvailableSubstitutes.

The Pilots take on BYU this evening, which you can watch at WCC TV.

05 10 / 2013

"Oh. You’re not one of us."

04 10 / 2013

So Portland Pilot Amanda Frisbie went on a scoring and hugging tear last weekend against Wyoming and Washington.

The Pilots face Pacfic on Saturday. You can watch the game live at 7pm

30 9 / 2013

Musical intermission.

26 9 / 2013

"

[DiCanio] fascinates us because, beyond the broad outlines of a controversial, unbalanced figure, we don’t have a clue what to make of him.

And that difficulty throws a strange light on one of the prevailing tendencies of Tumblr-era sports fandom, which is that, a lot of the time, maybe most of the time, we treat athletes as fictional characters.

We turn [Balotelli’s] personality into an extension of the game itself — it becomes a consumer product we feel entitled to enjoy. Which is weird, morally, even if we’ve been tacitly encouraged to reach this point by years of marketing efforts to sell sports by selling a fantastically constructed and mediated emotional engagement with sports stars.

"

- Brian Phillips’ tremendous Grantland essay on Paolo DiCanio.

As Romanista, I naturally despise DiCanio, but this is great. In a few sentences, he describes what makes me so tremendously uneasy about women’s soccer fans these past few years.

07 9 / 2013

cranscape:

I wrote a massive postmortem of the NWSL and specifically Seattle Reign’s first season. I had to get that all out apparently. Hah. -____- 
Read here.

I don’t agree with everything in here, but damn, I like the gumption and the effort and the style. Slow clap.

cranscape:

I wrote a massive postmortem of the NWSL and specifically Seattle Reign’s first season. I had to get that all out apparently. Hah. -____- 

Read here.

I don’t agree with everything in here, but damn, I like the gumption and the effort and the style. Slow clap.

04 9 / 2013

Hand to Glob, Sarah Sentilles is one of my favorite religious writers, or writers PERIOD. I had totally forgotten that she lived in Portland and had no idea she went to Thorns games. Imagine my delight when she published this piece for Ms. today. 

It’s amazing how she can frame women’s soccer as a movement in a way that is not only tolerable, but in a way I can totally get behind.