Being An Ally: Playing For Pride

On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina legislature delivered a rebuke to the city of Charlotte, NC after it passed an ordinance extending protection to transgender people by allowing them to use the public restroom corresponding to the gender they identify with. Known as House Bill 2, or the “Bathroom Bill” the infamous legislation disallowed…Continue reading Being An Ally: Playing For Pride

Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park

NCFC v Landsdowne Bhoys Football Club

Last night I went to my first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at WakeMed Soccer Park. The tournament has been around for over a century1 and includes teams from more than 30 states, from amateur clubs to Major League Soccer teams. Although MLS has dominated the tournament over the last two decades, there is…Continue reading NCFC v Landsdowne Bhoys Football Club

NC Courage v Chicago Red Stars: 6 May, 2018

During the 2017 regular season, the Chicago Red Stars were the only team the North Carolina Courage could not solve, though they did beat them in the National Women’s Soccer League semi-final when it counted the most. Going into their first meeting of the 2018 season, the Courage and Red Stars sat in first and…Continue reading NC Courage v Chicago Red Stars: 6 May, 2018

NC Courage v Utah Royals game recap

It was a perfect afternoon for soccer in Cary, NC as the 4-0-0 NC Courage took on the Utah Royals, in their first-ever NWSL matchup1. Utah was coming off a 0-1 loss to Chicago a week ago, while the undefeated and league-leading Courage were playing their third game in eight days. Utah challenged the Courage…Continue reading NC Courage v Utah Royals game recap

The Raleigh World: My First NC Courage Match

For all that the Bay Area has to offer in sports, it lacks women’s professional basketball1 and soccer teams. Luckily, now that I’m in Raleigh, National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) matches are just a few minutes from home. I attended my first North Carolina Courage match last Saturday against Sky Blue FC (based in New…Continue reading The Raleigh World: My First NC Courage Match

North Carolina FC v Tampa Bay Rowdies

On St. Gertrude’s Day I got to attend my first North Carolina Football Club match. I had been looking forward to it since I discovered just before moving from California that I’d be living a few minutes from Wake Med Soccer Park. It also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day, which meant many of the…Continue reading North Carolina FC v Tampa Bay Rowdies

USMNT Soccer: The Gut Response

Welp. Owing to an own-goal and an utterly lifeless performance, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team eliminated themselves from the 2018 World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago were already eliminated and had nothing to play for, yet the United States made them look like a team headed for World Cup glory. The last time the USMNT…Continue reading USMNT Soccer: The Gut Response