Claire Watkins is a musician and writer who lives in Chicago.

Her Work

Claire Watkins - Feature

The secrets behind the Kansas City Current’s stunning turnaround

The Current are having fun and setting an NWSL precedent.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

USWNT roster: Will we see any changes before 2023 World Cup?

Coach Vlatko Andonovski has so far favored roster cohesion over rotation.

Claire Watkins - Feature

Fresh off transformative summer, women’s soccer enters age of ambition

Fans across the world got a glimpse instead at what is happening right now.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

USWNT at Concacaf: Takeaways and top priorities for 2023 World Cup

This group isn't the team we'll see at the World Cup, and that's a good...

Claire Watkins - Feature

Brandi Chastain and the never-ending push for progress

Chastain's iconic kick set the team on a path toward excellence and generational change.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

Mexico’s complicated path to prominence goes through USWNT

Mexico's two losses have changed the tenor of Monday night's rivalry game.

Claire Watkins - Feature

How Casey Stoney created an NWSL title contender in San Diego

Stoney's blueprint for the Wave has led to unprecedented NWSL success.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

USWNT roster: What will go into World Cup qualifying selections

Christen Press and Alex Morgan could find themselves back in the fold.

Claire Watkins - Opinion

Solutions to NWSL Challenge Cup format take on even greater urgency

The final reignited concerns over player safety under the current format.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

NWSL grades: Evaluating every team from the Challenge Cup

Here's what the Challenge Cup group stage taught us about every team.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

NWSL Challenge Cup: Taking stock of every team as the games begin

The NWSL Challenge Cup is full of unpredictability after an offseason of turnover.

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The NWSL’s CBA journey through the eyes of three player leaders

The NWSL Players Association's three presidents have many stories to tell.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

NWSL players strike: How we got here and what it would mean

A work stoppage is on the table for Feb. 1 if an agreement isn't reached...

Claire Watkins - Opinion

My wishes for the NWSL in 2022, a defining year for the league

The stakes are high for the NWSL's 10-year anniversary season.

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Inside Angel City’s modern approach to building a NWSL contender

ACFC has prioritized player wishes and data analytics while filling out their roster.

Claire Watkins - Game Recap

In season of adversity, Washington Spirit find strength to win NWSL championship

What the Spirit accomplished in 2021 is one of the most miraculous sports stories of...

Claire Watkins - Analysis

‘Read the game’: Why the NWSL championship will be won in the midfield

The teams' midfields have been their backbone all season long.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

The Red Stars and Spirit, teams of destiny, are NWSL finals bound

Their journeys to Louisville were improbable but fitting for this league.

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To ‘win everything’ in 2021, the Portland Thorns are trusting in the process

An NWSL championship would complete the Thorns' trophy sweep.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

NWSL’s parity shines in exhilarating quarterfinal debut

Sunday's games were different in style but equal in skill level.

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Red Stars Iron Woman Sarah Gorden embodies the spirit of Chicago

Gorden's impact goes far beyond the Red Stars' backline.

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‘We will build a better league’: NWSL’s CBA talks take on new sense of urgency

The NWSL Players Association is pushing harder than ever for real change.

Claire Watkins - Feature

Balancing crisis and professional duty: Inside the NWSL’s pivotal week

NWSL players battle exhaustion as they fight for playoff positioning.

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‘It is a very draconian system’: The NWSL Players Association’s fight for its first CBA

This season has made the need for a collective bargaining agreement especially urgent.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

What went wrong for the USWNT at the Tokyo Olympics

The U.S. women's national team didn't look like itself from the moment it took the...

Claire Watkins - Feature

For the USWNT, Tokyo is a chance to make history and cement a remarkable legacy

The Tokyo Olympics might be the last major tournament for this USWNT group.

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Behind the NWSL’s gameday fits and the power of self-expression

Gotham FC and OL Reign have led the way in pregame fashion, a growing league...

Claire Watkins - Analysis

Re-seeding the NWSL during the Olympic period

Some teams are better equipped to handle the player absences than others.

Claire Watkins - Analysis

Here’s who the USWNT should take to Tokyo

Projecting the 18-player USWNT roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.