The Mixxed Zone: Women’s soccer from Howler Magazine

Host Jen Cooper interviews players, coaches, and journalists on topics that matter in the wild world of WoSo



      The Awesome Aussies

      Jen catches up with Ann Odong, founder of, the site dedicated to coverage of the Australian WNT, aka The Matildas. Jen and Ann look back at the Aussies' performance in the Tournament of Nations and discuss the team's future as it heads into qualifying for France 2019. They also talk about the possibility of Australia hosting the 2023 Women's World Cup ... and then talk Game of Thrones fantasy soccer (no spoilers).



      An Oranje Revolution – Looking Back at Euro 2017

      Jen and WoSoZone's Kieran Thievam look back at the thrilling Euro final between host Netherlands and Denmark, review the evolution of the tourney and the possbilities for more WoSo development in UEFA countries. They also ask the crucial question ... if you were building a Westeros national team for the Euro, which character would you build your team around? (spoiler-free)



      Tournaments of Surprises

      "The Keeper" catches up with "The Goalkeeper" Jonathan Tannenwald, longtime soccer reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, discussing a variety of WoSo topics, including EURO 2017 broadcasts, WoSo media coverage, the potential for an NWSL club in Philly and, most importantly, what to take from the USWNT performances in the Tournament of Nations and who should take the field in the tourney finale versus Japan.



      Game of Goals, Tournament of Nations, Game of Thrones

      Jen talks with Susie Rantz, an editor of Sounder at Heart, about the nine-goal soccerfest that was the Reign vs Sky Blue NWSL match last weekend. They also review the USWNT roster for the upcoming Tournament of Nations and then wrap up the episode with a Game of Thrones/WoSo crossover discussion ... "Which women of Westeros would you name to the USWNT roster?"



      The NWSL Season Continues, The Euros Begin

      Jen chats with Allison Lee, assistant managing editor of Equalizer Soccer, about Sky Blue FC's dramatic season so far as well as the young keepers who've emerged as frontrunners in the first half of the NWSL season. The pair also discuss the 2017 Women's Euro championship that kicked off last weekend in The Netherlands and is enjoying unprecedented coverage worldwide.



      NWSL Week 12: MIlestones and Memories

      Recorded on July 10, the anniversary of both the historic 1999 USAvCHN WWC final and the dramatic 2011 USAvBRA WWC quarterfinal, the 159th episode of The Mixxed Zone feature Jen and Dan Lauletta of Equalizer Soccer strolling down WoSoPro memory lane as Dan shares his experience of attending last Friday's NWSL that honored Tony DiCicco. The pair also review important NWSL milestones and the exciting action of the Week 12 fixtures.



      NWSL Season Midpoint: Thoughts from a Keeper & a Broadcaster

      Jen catches up with her former Houston Dash broadcast partner Matt Pedersen, who is now one of the regular broadcasters on NWSL game streams. They discuss the challenges and benefits of calling a game off monitors, what advice Matt has given to broadcasters new to NWSL and how the Dash are faring since the departure of Randy Waldrum. Then Jen talks with Chicago Red Stars keeper Alyssa Naeher, to get her stories about being coached by the legendary Tony DiCicco at the 2008 U-20 Women's World...



      An Ode To Tony DiCicco

      Jen chats with two members of the WoSo community who have unique memories to share about former USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco, who passed away last week at the age of 68. First, Jen talks with Lauren Gregg, the first female on the USWNT coaching staff who worked with Tony for more than a decade before both made the transition to the WUSA front office. Then it's a few stories from Jacqueline Purdy, who covered women's soccer when she was at ESPN and frequently interviewed Tony after Boston...



      Under The Lights and On The Sidelines

      Jen chats with Gwen Oxenham, author of the upcoming book "Under the Light and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer." Oxenham shares some of her experiences playing for the Santos women's team in Brazil. Then Jen talks to the newest assistant coach in NWSL, former US national team veteran and Reign defender Stephanie Cox, who has rejoined her NWSL club on the sidelines.



      June FIFA Break: USWNT Questions, Canadian Answers

      Jen reviews the two recent USWNT friendlies in Scandinavia with Steph Yang of The pair come up with a lot more questions than answers about the state of the USWNT. Then Jen chats with Canadian WoSo fans Jessica and Katie, hosts of the For Kicks podcast, about how they started following the game and their thoughts on Canada's two games versus Costa Rica.