Jessa Braun is a contributing writer at Just Women’s Sports covering the NWSL and USWNT. From Ontario, Canada, she is a graduate of Laurier Brantford University, where she captained the varsity soccer and cross country teams while majoring in Community Health. After Laurier, she got her Sports Journalism certificate at Centennial College, where she also played soccer.

Her Work

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‘A dream come true’: USWNT past and present celebrate historic CBA

Becky Sauerbrunn, Amanda Cromwell and others reacted to the equal pay achievement.

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Courage’s winning mentality starts with veterans like Meredith Speck

Speck exemplifies a standard of excellence she learned from Heather O'Reilly.

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Kelley O’Hara embraces role as torchbearer for the next generation

O'Hara has taken on the responsibility of pushing women's sports forward.

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NWSL Power Rankings: San Diego Wave, Portland Thorns on the upswing

The first two weeks of the regular season have been chaotic.

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Reign motivated to win Challenge Cup trophy amid scheduling challenges

OL Reign travel to Washington, D.C. to face the Spirit despite being the top seed.

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NWSL 2022 regular season preview: New and old rivalries in Season 10

The NWSL's 10th season kicks off Friday night.

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NWSL power rankings: Reign, Courage lead the way into regular season

The Challenge Cup gave us an opportunity for early evaluation.

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Stephanie Labbé focuses on Canada’s next generation in retirement

Labbé continues to push for a professional women's soccer league in Canada.

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Orlando Pride launch Luna kit to honor future of women in space

The kit was inspired by NASA's mission to land the first woman on the moon.

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Angel City FC takes a stand for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the NWSL

As part of a coalition with eight clubs, ACFC hosted the first workshop last week.

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Five new players to watch as the NWSL Challenge Cup resumes

These NWSL additions have breakout potential.

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Rose Lavelle is owning the month of April for USWNT, OL Reign

Wearing the captain's armband, Lavelle scored two more goals Tuesday.

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Naomi Girma steps into the soccer spotlight with ‘quiet leadership’

For her whole life, Girma has showcased leadership traits you can't teach.

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‘Steph is one of the greats’: Labbé’s legacy lives on with Canada

Labbé's teammates reflect on her far-reaching influence as she retires from the sport.

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Washington Spirit rookie Tinaya Alexander carries late father with her

Alexander's father was killed by a police officer when she was 11.

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As Gotham FC aspires to titles, Estelle Johnson reflects on club’s evolution

The club has evolved from a bottom-dweller to a top competitor.

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What makes Angel City FC different in the NWSL? Let the players explain

The players tell JWS what makes ACFC unique compared to other clubs.

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‘A blank slate’: San Diego Wave players don’t want to wait for success

"We can create and write our own narratives," said Abby Dahlkemper.

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NWSL Challenge Cup predictions: Teams trending up and down

Gotham FC has what it takes to win the trophy this year.

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For San Diego’s Kelsey Turnbow, the wait to turn pro was worth it

Turnbow makes her NWSL debut with the Wave after staying in college for an extra...

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San Diego building through veteran leaders: New from NWSL Camp

Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper show off their chemistry at Wave camp.

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Orlando Pride ready for fresh start after offseason of change

The new-look Pride are determined to rebound from consecutive losing seasons.

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Jessica Berman wants to earn players’ trust as NWSL commissioner

Berman emphasized "consensus" during her introductory press conference.

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Nadim returns to training, Thorns change formation: New from NWSL camp

Nadia Nadim is expected to play this season, while ACFC's players settle into L.A.

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Pride coaches revel in USWNT equal pay win: New from NWSL camp

Amanda Cromwell and Michelle Akers reflected on their fight for equal pay with the USWNT.

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USWNT players who aced their auditions, and more from SheBelieves Cup

Vlatko Andonovski has some tough roster choices ahead.

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After historic equal pay settlement, USWNT turns attention to FIFA

U.S. Soccer and the players explained their "pressure approach" with FIFA.

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USWNT finding attacking identity: Takeaways from win over New Zealand

The USWNT's attack was much more effective against New Zealand.

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Ashley Sanchez takes full advantage of USWNT opportunity

Sanchez stepped up in the midfield in Rose Lavelle's absence.

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Takeaways from USWNT’s SheBelieves Cup draw with Czech Republic

The USWNT met coach Vlatko Andonovski's expectations, but there's still a ways to go.

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Catarina Macario makes her case as USWNT center forward

Macario made her USWNT debut at the nine, her preferred position.

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Spirit settle in, Courage hit the reset button: New from NWSL camp

Every week, we will take you behind the scenes of NWSL training camps.

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Vlatko Andonovski’s USWNT evaluation begins at SheBelieves Cup

The roster is filled with young talent as the coach looks toward the future.

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Angel City FC’s small-roster approach is already paying off

The 25-player training camp has been a welcome change for ACFC's athletes.

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OL Reign’s original three look to build on their NWSL legacies

Megan Rapinoe, Jess Fishlock and Lu Barnes are entering their 10th season in Seattle.

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What to make of Trinity Rodman’s absence from latest USWNT roster

Rodman signed the richest deal in NWSL history earlier this week.

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Rachel Corsie stuck with NWSLPA, and it paid off in historic CBA

After an unexpected transfer, Corsie stayed on to see the NWSL's CBA through.

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Houston Dash search for midfield answers in place of Kristie Mewis

The coach expects María Sánchez and Marisa Viggiano to be the centerpieces.

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UVA goal-scoring star Diana Ordoñez ready to take on the NWSL

The ACC's leading goal scorer decided to forgo her final season at UVA.

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Declaring early for the NWSL Draft, Mia Fishel dreams big

Fishel is turning pro to challenge herself and achieve her ultimate goals.

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NWSL top prospect Jaelin Howell has the full package

At FSU, Howell proved herself as a sensational player and gifted leader.

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Likely No. 1 pick Jaelin Howell enters NWSL College Draft

Sources tell JWS that San Diego plans to take Howell No. 1.

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Where every NWSL team stands heading into draft week

Trades and protections lists have set the stage for an eventful NWSL draft week.

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What makes Trinity Rodman so good? Let NWSL players explain

Rodman's teammates and opponents explain what makes her game next-level.

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USWNT roster: Who’s trending up, down after Australia friendlies

The games gave Vlatko Andonovski a chance to evaluate players ahead of World Cup selection.

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Where USWNT’s new players stand after first friendly against Australia

Many new faces are fighting for a roster spot during two games in Australia.

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Kelley O’Hara brings NWSL trophy home in first season with Spirit

In her first season "back home," O'Hara led the Spirt to their first-ever title.

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NWSL Championship 2021: How the Spirit and Red Stars can win their first title

Each team is playing their best soccer at the right time.

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Emily Sonnett and Kelley O’Hara embody Spirit’s ‘never-say-die mentality’

Washington's backline, led by Sonnett and O'Hara, blocked 12 shots Sunday.

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Five players to watch in the 2021 NCAA College Cup

The NCAA women's soccer tournament begins Friday.

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NWSL playoffs 2021: Previewing the semifinal matchups

OL Reign host the Spirit and the Thorns take on the Red Stars this weekend.

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What Vlatko Andonovski sees in USWNT roster’s newcomers

The roster has 12 players with 10 caps or fewer, and five with none at...

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Washington Spirit ride ‘belief in each other’ to NWSL semifinals

The Spirit have become a more tight-knit group through turmoil this season.

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NWSL playoffs 2021: Previewing the quarterfinal matchups

Four teams will battle for a spot in the NWSL semifinals.

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What to watch for as the 2021-22 Premier Hockey Federation season begins

All six teams will be in action during the PHF's opening weekend.

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Cece Kizer fueling Racing Louisville’s bright NWSL future

“I look to Cece as a potential national team player," said her interim coach.

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‘We want to carry on her legacy’: Carli Lloyd completes final mission with USWNT

Lloyd committed her final years to preparing the next generation for success.

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Vanessa Gilles’ unique journey to the top of soccer in Canada

Gilles was 16 when she took up soccer for the first time.

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Interim CEO Marla Messing on how the NWSL will move forward

Messing expressed a commitment to transparency in her first press conference.

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USWNT roster 95 percent vaccinated against COVID-19

The team's vaccination rate has increased since September.

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Catarina Macario making her case as ‘the future’ of USWNT

The 22-year-old midfielder is playing her way toward a starting role.

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Canada’s Olympic hero Julia Grosso is ready for her encore

Grosso's breakthrough summer included the game-winning goal at the Olympics.

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‘There’s no other leader like Sinc’: Christine Sinclair adds NWSL Shield to historic year

Christine Sinclair's leadership carved paths to success for both club and country in 2021.

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Imani Dorsey, Ifeoma Onumonu and the BWPC are transforming soccer

The BWPC has announced a new, long-term partnership with adidas.

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‘We thrive off being the underdog’: The Houston Dash are surging

After a shaky start, the Houston Dash are finding their rhythm.

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Behind Shey Peddy’s start and Diana Taurasi’s finish, Mercury punch ticket to WNBA Finals

The Mercury overcame the odds to beat the Aces in a thrilling Game 5.

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‘Light at the end of the tunnel’: The night the NWSL returned to play

Meghan Klingenberg described a "wide range of emotions" as the NWSL took the field.

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Ada Hegerberg, DAZN making big moves in UEFA Women’s Champions League

Hegerberg is partnering with DAZN to create a brighter future for women's soccer.

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‘It’s a lot for sure’: Washington Spirit interim coach focused on creating safe space

Making headline after headline, the Washington Spirit have been through a roller coaster this season.

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‘Hats off to Diana’: Taurasi drops a playoff career-high in Mercury’s blowout win

The WNBA's all-time scoring leader added to her legacy as Phoenix evened the series.

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Candace Parker’s leadership shines in her first semifinal with Chicago Sky

Parker's energy and guidance in team huddles made the difference in the win.

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Mercury’s Kia Nurse gives Canada reason to be proud

Kia Nurse is the only remaining Canadian in the 2021 WNBA playoffs.

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Brionna Jones showing what Sun knew all along in Most Improved season

Jones was named the WNBA's Most Improved Player on Tuesday.

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Azurá Stevens a ‘huge game-changer’ for Sky in playoff win over Lynx

Stevens shut down Defensive Player of the Year Sylvia Fowles in the Sky's win.

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Jewell Loyd leads the Storm into their first playoff game against the Mercury

After her best season yet, Seattle Storm lean on Jewell Loyd to lead them through...

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‘Mid-October, you’ll see the best of her’: Amy Rodriguez is finding her footing with North Carolina Courage

Former Kansas City star Amy Rodriguez and North Carolina head coach Paul Riley open up...

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Sophie Cunningham has game of her life in Mercury’s playoff win

Cunningham came off the bench to hit six 3s and lead the Mercury to victory.

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Rose Lavelle puts on a show for USWNT in front of hometown crowd

Lavelle had a night to remember, recording a goal and three assists.

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Lynn Williams deserves a chance to start for USWNT

Williams has made the most of limited opportunities.

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Andi Sullivan hoping to establish herself as USWNT regular

A series of injuries have had Sullivan on and off the USWNT roster since 2016.

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Christine Nairn receives emotional send-off in ‘perfect ending’ to NWSL career

Nairn left the field for the final time Sunday, honored as an NWSL pioneer.

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Mallory Pugh makes a statement in return to USWNT

Pugh recorded three assists in her first USWNT game since 2019.

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USWNT’s next wave: Catarina Macario, Mallory Pugh and young stars set to make impact

Vlatko Andonovski has high expectations for his younger players.

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NWSL players still upset about championship game, while Thorns are happy to host

NWSL championship still scheduled for a 9 a.m. kickoff time.

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Courage need midfield to adjust without Sam Mewis as postseason looms

North Carolina's loss to Portland on Sunday was a wake-up call.

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‘It’s scary how far we’ve come’: Thorns ready to defend top spot against Courage

Portland is coming off its first full week of training together in months.

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NWHL enters inclusive ‘new era’ as the Premier Hockey Federation

“I hope it encourages other female leagues to rebrand the 'W,'" says Mikyla Grant-Mentis.