Why It’s So Good: Julie Foudy on the National Women’s Soccer League

by Allie Burger

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Photo by Curt Gibbs

ESPNw analyst and commentary writer Julie Foudy is a superstar. In her soccer 17-year soccer career, she won two World cups and three Olympic medals. Foudy has more recently moved her talents off the field to her work at ESPNw, where she is both an analyst and commentary writer for the website.

Recently, Foudy wrote an amazing commentary piece about the start of the National Women’s Soccer League. The piece covered the new changes to the league in its third attempt to reestablish itself.

Rather than just presenting the basic facts about the league and leaving the reader with a bite of knowledge, Foudy explained in full detail the various components of the project and the challenges that it will face. By doing this, Foudy was able to successfully paint a picture of the struggles of the league over the last fifteen years, making it easier for the reader to understand the importance of a third beginning for the NWSL.

Foudy’s previous soccer experience also added to her credibility in the article. By contributing information about her experience playing soccer in the United States, Foudy provides the reader with a way to compare the new league to how the program worked in the past.

The USWNT never won a World Cup or Olympics during the years the WUSA and WPS were in existence… Some will argue this is just coincidental, but having lived through one professional league while playing on the U.S. team, I can tell you the physical demands of crisscrossing North America for league games and crisscrossing the globe for international games is exhausting. This is especially true as you get into your 30s, where many of the core USWNT players are right now.

The struggle for players between having a league in the United States and winning the World Cup is hard to understand for an outsider who does not know much about soccer. However, Foudy explains the point of view for the athletes, having been in their position. This reference creates an easier understanding of the conflict and adds a personal tie to the issue for the reader by providing the reader with a face, in this case Foudy, who has faced adversity as a result of the issue.

Foudy ran the strength of the article all the way to the last punctuation. Instead of presenting the facts for the reader to interpret them how they wish, she called for action.

If you are a fan of the women’s game, go buy tickets. Tell your friends and teammates and family members and complete strangers who just want to visit beer gardens to join you. Let the market speak. Better yet, make it chirp.

After presenting the importance of the new league and all of the problems it has faced, Foudy states exactly what the reader needs to do next. Therefore, the reader is left with both knowledge and their own way to help.  

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