Notebook: Fox announces WWC coverage; news across the NWSL
Coaching hires, roster news and more
Aly Wagner is heading to France this summer with FOX. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Aly Wagner is heading to France this summer with FOX. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

We’re officially 100 days out from the start of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

On Wednesday, FOX announced major details of its coverage for France this summer, including its top commentary team, television schedule and digital plans. Aly Wagner and JP Dellacamera will lead FOX’s broadcast team, and the network will headquarter its coverage from Paris from a set at Place du Trocadéro.

All 52 matches of the World Cup will air live across the FOX networks: 22 will be on broadcast television on FOX, 27 matches will air on FS1, and three will air on FS2. All of the games will also be streamed via FOXsports.com and their app.

FOX provided a document with a full listing of their programming for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The network will also be providing additional coverage via two daily studio shows. FOX will also stream a new show every matchday via Twitter from their studio, and will support the specific World Cup content with coverage on FOX Soccer Tonight from their Los Angeles location.


On Wednesday, the Orlando Pride announced that Carl Green will be joining the team as an assistant coach. Much like new head coach Marc Skinner, Green is also incoming from Birmingham City Women.

Green previously served as Birmingham City’s Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning coach, and he also holds a UEFA “B” coaching license.

“Carl is an integral part of my team and I am thrilled that he is able to join me at the start of this exciting project. Carl has a wonderful blend of applied functional sports science and coaching. His personality is infectious and I’m sure the players will love his attitude and love working with him,” Marc Skinner said in Orlando’s press release.


The Chicago Red Stars have added Megan Young as the First Team High-Performance Director ahead of the 2019 season. Young previously worked for Auburn University, including strength and conditioning programming for their women’s soccer and basketball programs.

“I am excited to bring my performance expertise and integrate that with a club and coaching staff who value investment in multi-modal approaches to improve the women’s success and maximize their performance,” Young said in the team’s press release.


On Wednesday, the Washington Spirit announced they have waived defender Whitney Church.

The Spirit drafted Church in 2015 with the No. 30 overall pick, and Church played four seasons in Washington. She played every minute of their postseason run to the 2016 NWSL Championship in Houston. Last year, she appeared in 22 regular season games for the Spirit, and finished second on the team in defensive clearances with 103.

Church has cleared the waiver process and is now discovery eligible for the other eight clubs across the league.


Reign FC also shared two player-related news items on Wednesday.

Defender Alyssa Kleiner announced her retirement from professional soccer via an Instagram post on February 10. Before her time with Reign FC in 2018, Kleiner also played for Portland Thorns FC and the Washington Spirit.

“It’s been amazing to see my dream of playing professional soccer realized,” Kleiner said in Reign FC’s press release. “I’m thankful for my fans, coaches, staff, and teammates for their love and support throughout the years. This beautiful game will always hold a special place in my heart, but it is time to grow in other aspects. I’m excited for the next challenge that lies ahead of me!”

Reign FC also announced that they have signed midfielder Morgan Proffitt, marking her return to the NWSL after heading to SK Slavia Praha of the Czech First Division in 2018. Proffitt previously played for both the Red Stars and the Spirit before heading to Europe last summer.

“I’m looking forward to working with Morgan this season,” head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in the team’s press release. “She’s a talented player with a lot of potential and I know she’ll be a valuable addition to our midfield.”

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