All Scores

Just Women’s Sports to produce live NWSL Championship preview show exclusively on TikTok

JWS | Women's Sport Coverage

“The Warm Up” on TikTok LIVE to be co-hosted by former USWNT stars Leslie Osborne and Angela Hucles on-site in Louisville

November 16, 2021 — Just Women’s Sports will produce a live preview show exclusively on TikTok LIVE ahead of the NWSL Championship Game. The Warm Up, co-hosted by former U.S. Women’s National Team stars Leslie Osborne and Angela Hucles, will begin at 10:45 am ET on Saturday, November 20.

In addition, JWS will partner with Nike to provide comprehensive NWSL coverage and analysis in the lead-up to the Championship, which fans can find exclusively on JWS channels. Throughout the playoffs, Osborne has served as Just Women’s Sports’ NWSL playoffs correspondent and analyst, breaking down pre-game expectations, in-game play, and post-game reaction via Instagram Live.

Osborne and Hucles will be on the ground at Lynn Family Stadium to co-host The Warm Up, providing fans with crucial insights and analysis before the Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Spirit take to the field. Osborne, an entrepreneur and soccer analyst, and Hucles, the Vice President of Player Development and Operations for Angel City FC and soccer analyst, were both key members of the USWNT, contributing to a combined two World Cups and two Olympic games and at the club level, played critical roles in establishing the NWSL.

Beyond The Warm Up, JWS, in partnership with Nike, will deliver full comprehensive coverage of the Championship game, dispatching a cross-channel team to cover the match on-site including live reporting and social media coverage exclusively on JWS’s properties. On-air coverage will continue after the match on Instagram Live with Osborne’s post-game commentary hosted by Just Women’s Sports.

Just Women’s Sports’ live programming around the playoffs and Championship game marks a pivotal expansion of the platform’s sports coverage as the rapidly growing media company continues to deliver on its mission to give these world class athletes the coverage they deserve and to make it easier for fans to find it.

“Our live NWSL Championship coverage is a significant moment for us as we continue to build an in-depth and substantial media ecosystem for women’s sports while partnering with major brands such as TikTok and Nike,” said Haley Rosen, Founder and CEO, Just Women’s Sports. “I firmly believe that for women’s sports to grow, fans need coverage that matches the hype created by these incredible athletes. The Warm Up, and all of our NWSL Championship coverage, is a significant step forward in showing that these marquee games create the same excitement as other sporting events.”

“I’m so excited to be part of the Just Women’s Sports 2021 NWSL Championship coverage. I believe so much in their mission to provide in-depth coverage of women’s sports. The NWSL continues to grow leaps and bounds with savvy fans who are looking for creative coverage, the social experience and the vibe that JWS brings as a media platform,” said Osborne. “The best part is that I get to do it alongside my former teammate, fellow broadcaster, entrepreneur, and mom, Angela Hucles.”

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to reunite with Leslie and work with Just Women’s Sports as part of their NWSL Championship coverage,” said Hucles. “I’m a big believer in JWS’ mission and am proud to be a part of their effort to create a much-needed platform for female athletes and fans alike.”

Launched in 2020 by Rosen, Just Women’s Sports provides news and analysis of women’s sports through exclusive interviews, podcasts, videos, and other media content, and has quickly grown a passionate audience of fans, followers, and listeners. In addition to its Just Women’s Sports podcast hosted by USWNT star Kelley O’Hara, JWS recently launched Snacks, a podcast co-hosted by USWNT stars Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams, and is home to Tea with A & Phee, the popular podcast hosted by 2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson and 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier. JWS also features Off the Ball hosted by Olympian and NWSL star Ali Riley, and created The Soccer Show, a first-of-its-kind digital weekly highlights-driven show covering the FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) through an exclusive premium content partnership with Ata Football.

In May, Just Women’s Sports announced it had raised $3.5 million in seed funding, led by Will Ventures with participation from Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, Drive by DraftKings, OVO Fund, Supernode Global as well as an all-star roster of women’s sports superstars including Elena Delle Donne, Hilary Knight, Sam Mewis, Kelley O’Hara and Arike Ogunbowale.

MEDIA CONTACT

Rachel Zuckerman, 610-724-5078, [email protected]

About Just Women’s Sports Inc.

Established in 2020, Just Women’s Sports Inc. is a digital-first consumer media brand 100% dedicated to covering women’s sports. Through daily content including podcasts, newsletters, online content and social media, Just Women’s Sports brings you everything you need to see and know in the world of women’s sports. Find Just Women’s Sports online, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.

About Leslie Osborne

Leslie Osborne, is an entrepreneur and sports broadcaster, having covered the FIFA Women’s World Cups in 2015 and 2019 for Fox Sports, and was a member of the US Women’s National Team from 2004 to 2008. During the 2007 World Cup, Osborne was a central piece of the USWNT’s midfield, starting and playing a full 90-minutes in all but one of the tournament’s games. In addition to her international career, Osborne played professionally for the Boston Breakers and the Chicago Red Stars. Osborne won an NCAA title at Santa Clara University and as a senior, received the Honda Sports Award – a recognition of her stellar performance as a female college athlete.

About Angela Hucles

Angela Hucles, the Vice President of Player Development and Operations for Angel City FC and soccer analyst, was a member of the US Women’s National Team from 2002 to 2009, winning two Olympic gold medals over the span of her career as well as two third place World Cup finishes. Hucles played for the Boston Breakers and was the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year. Prior to her professional career, Hucles played at the University of Virginia where she still holds the record for game winning goals.

Sofia Huerta signs contract extension with Seattle through 2027

(Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Oregon soccer players detail instances of verbal abuse from former USWNT assistant

(Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via Imagn Content Services)

Members of the Oregon women’s soccer team are saying they received harsh treatment and even verbal abuse from head coach and former USWNT assistant Graeme Abel. 

During the 2023 season, the team had zero wins, and upon its conclusion a total of 12 of the team’s 29 players departed the team. Former players told The Oregonian that Abel would verbally attack them, threaten to kick them off the team and at times would even throw objects.

"When I’d make a mistake at practice, it felt like he made it a job to embarrass you to the point where you just wanted to walk off the field,” one player said. “He’d stop the practice – and I know it’s college soccer, it’s very competitive — but he’d stop practice and just keep going nonstop on this one thing."

In total, the Oregonian spoke with 14 former players – including 12 who agreed to be interviewed in depth. All said that they experienced verbal abuse. Six of the players were among those who transferred following the season. 

One instance of Abel’s tirades included him throwing a water bottle that narrowly missed players’ heads. 

“He kicked all of our staff out of the locker room, kicked a trash can, threw a white board, sat on the trash can and started screaming,” one player recounted. “He wanted us to tell him what we thought went wrong in the game. Me and another player spoke up, and he said, ‘You’re just (expletive) wrong.’ And that if we didn’t want to be in this program, we could all quit, and he’d sign our release paperwork tomorrow.”

While Abel was not made available for an interview, he did say in a statement that “at no point have I used threatening statements or financial repercussions as a part of coaching.”

Instances of emotional distress stemming from Abel’s alleged harsh treatment date back to 2021 – his first full year leading the team following an abbreviated 2020 campaign.

Other former players contacted by The Oregonian detailed positive overall experiences, and described his style as “normal coaching.”

Others, like USWNT players Becky Sauerbrunn and Lindsey Horan, did not respond to requests for comment, although Sauerbrunn wrote in 2019 that she had a “great relationship” with Abel. 

Still, multiple players interviewed had similar stories, with one saying that girls would be “crying in the locker room” after practice because of what he would tell players. Attempts to speak with the administration about his behavior, players say, was “discouraging.”

“His office is like the scariest place,” one player said. “You’d have to sit there while he’d belittle you and say all these nasty things, and gaslight you into believing you’re not good enough. ... Our team fell apart because of the environment he created. We were just trying to get through the day. There was no way we could focus on soccer.”

Multiple players said they experienced suicidal ideation while playing at Oregon. In part of his statement, Abel wrote that “at no time do we put our student-athletes in any danger.”

Abel is currently in his fifth and final year of his contract at Oregon.

Gotham FC unveil Championship rings ahead of banner reveal

Gotham FC players celebrate Lynn Williams' goal in the first half of the 2023 NWSL Championship. (Ray Acevedo/USA TODAY Sports)

Gotham FC has unveiled their 2023 NWSL championship rings — and safe to say, they deliver.

The reveal has led to a little bit of trash talk ahead of the team’s matchup with Kansas City this weekend, as both teams have NFL owners. While the Current are co-owned by Patrick and Brittany Mahomes, former Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a co-owner of Gotham. 

On Wednesday, Manning took to Sportscenter to give Mahomes a bit of a hard time.

“He may have one more Super Bowl ring than me, but he does not have a NWSL championship ring like I do,” Manning joked.

“Come Sunday night at Red Bull Arena, April 14th, we’re dropping the banner on Kansas City. We got the ring ceremony, the players get their rings and their championship afterwards. This is it, I’ve got something to talk a little trash to him about because I can’t do it about football anymore, I gotta find something else.”

The appearance came after Manning posted to social media, inviting Mahomes to “come see [the championship ring] up close this Sunday.”

Mahomes responded in kind, writing that “we’ll see y’all Sunday!”

Gotham takes on current league-leaders Kansas City on Sunday at 6pm ET. The game is available on NWSL+.

Oregon State hit by transfer portal again as Raegan Beers departs

ALBANY, NEW YORK - MARCH 31: Raegan Beers #15 of the Oregon State Beavers shoots a free throw during the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at MVP Arena on March 31, 2024 in Albany, New York. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Oregon State leading scorer and rebounder Raegan Beers announced on Thursday that she is entering the transfer portal. 

"Thank you for all of your endless love and support these past two years," she posted on social media. "I will never forget my time at OSU and I am thankful for the opportunity I had to meet and play with incredible people. My journey as a Beav was a special one and I am grateful for my teammates, coaches, fans, and friends who have changed my life throughout my time here."

A sophomore forward, Beers is a two-time All-Pac-12 selection who averaged 17.5 points per game last season while shooting 66.4 percent from the field. She also added 10.3 rebounds en route to earning third-team All-American honors from the AP. 

She’s the fourth Oregon State starter – and seventh player overall – to hit the portal this offseason. She joins Talia von Oelhoggen and Timea Gardiner in the transfer portal, as well as starting freshman Donovyn Hunter. 

Beers and Gardiner were both top-10 recruits in ESPN rankings coming out of high school. 

With the dissolution of the Pac-12, the program will join the WCC next season and no longer be a part of the Power 5.

Conference realignment is hitting the team hard, with coach Scott Rueck saying during the tournament that he knew it could seriously affect his team moving forward. 

"That's reality," Rueck said. "I can't control that, other than just keep doing what I'm doing. I think the opportunity within that for a leader provides a discipline that you'd better be on your A-game all the time. You'd better take care of people, and you'd better provide a great experience. That's the approach going forward and what happens, happens. We'll find a way."

Start your morning off right with Just Women’s Sports’ free, 5x-a-week newsletter.