This is Kickin' Back, a podcast by The Equalizer. Women's soccer is filled with incredible personalities and untold stories. Since founding The Equalizer (equalizersoccer.com) in 2009, Jeff Kassouf has been telling those stories. On this podcast, he sits down one-on-one with personalities from across the game to discuss their journeys.
Kickin' Back on Podcast Row at the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Convention
Dr. Colleen Hacker, David Copeland-Smith and Ashlee Fontes-Comber join Jeff Kassouf on Podcast Row at the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Convention. Dr. Hacker discusses her decades of experience as a mental skills coach and performance psychologist at the highest levels of international sport. Then, Beast Mode Soccer and My Soccer Training app founder David Copeland-Smith sheds light on the rise of individual training, and United Soccer Coaches vice president Ashlee Fontes-Comber discusses investment in women's soccer.
Kickin' Back with Lisa Baird
With the chaos of 2020 behind her, NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird joins Kickin' Back to recap a successful but challenging year, and teases what’s ahead for the league, including expansion strategies, the relationship with U.S. Soccer, and a league rebrand ahead of the 10th-anniversary season.
Kickin' Back with Esmeralda Negron
You can thank Esmeralda Negron for the ability to watch live European women's soccer on TV each weekend in the United States. She co-founded Atalanta Media with Hannah Brown, together founding a company which is redefining the value of women's soccer media rights. Negron joins Kickin' Back to discuss jumping into a startup, the future valuation of women's soccer, and how her successful playing and coaching career led her to this role.
Kickin' Back with Meg Linehan
What's it like to be a full-time women's soccer reporter? Very few people can actually answer that. Meg Linehan is The Athletic's women's soccer reporter who breaks news and tells in-depth stories across the sport. She joins this episode of Kickin' Back to discuss the job, from the long hours to the nuance of managing relationships, why paywalls exist, and what future coverage of the sport might look like. Follow Meg on Twitter @itsmeglinehan and find her articles here. Click here to listen to her podcast, Full Time.
Kickin' Back with Lauren Barnes
Lauren Barnes — better known by most as "Lu" — played professionally in three different countries in 2020 despite the global pandemic. She is a Reign franchise original since the inception of the NWSL in 2013, and one of the most consistent defenders in league history. She joins the pod to discuss her career and her especially wild 2020, which included a championship in Australia and Champions League qualification in Sweden.
Kickin' Back with Heather O'Reilly
You know Heather O'Reilly as the fierce competitor who won Olympic gold medals and a World Cup title with the United States women's national team. Now, Heather is a mom, a coach at UNC, a TV broadcaster and an entrepreneur. 'HAO' joins the pod to talk about life after soccer, her new view on life as a mom, learning from her old coach in new ways, and even some crazy high school memories.