Dec 16, 2021 • 4M

Podcast Headliner: Alex Morgan Takes the NWSL to Task

New San Diego Acquisition Explains Her Role in Supporting Mana Shim and Sinead Farrelly and Her Thoughts on the NWSL Needing to Protect Its Players

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Grant Wahl, one of the world’s leading soccer journalists, shares his thoughts on the sport and interviews the biggest names and the most fascinating figures in the game.
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Hi everyone! We’ve made a small adjustment to our podcast set-up. The entirety of my audio podcast episodes will no longer be hosted on my Substack newsletter. If you already consume my podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or other listening platforms, nothing will change at all. But if you have been listening to my audio podcast solely through this newsletter, you’ll need to sign up for the full pod at one of the links above. It’s still free to listen to.

What we are going to be doing moving forward is this: For every podcast episode on Mondays and Thursdays, I’ll publish a select audio clip that I’m calling the “Podcast Headliner.” It’s a three- to 10-minute clip that is the part of the interview that I think stands out the most.


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In the case of my new interview with USWNT star Alex Morgan, who just joined the NWSL’s San Diego Wave, the Podcast Headliner is her thoughts on supporting former Portland players Mana Shim and Sinead Farrelly in amplifying their story of being sexually coerced and harassed by former Portland coach Paul Riley—and why she was so angry about the NWSL’s inability to protect its players.

To listen to the rest of my interview with Morgan, as well as my conversation with Jessica Black about Arsenal and LAFC, click on the links above.

For paid subscribers, I will continue to publish the written Q&A from select podcast interviews.