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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Sunday Cardinal Couple - Soccer Alumnae Inaugurate a Venue

NWSL Turning Left?


Will Racing Louisville FC's game plan today involve attacking up the left side?  Emina Ekic has been playing as a left side attacker, and they'll be playing in a venue well known for left turns, so let's hope the strategy brings success.

Yes, Racing Louisville FC is playing in a special game against the Orlando Pride today.  It's an away game, so don't head down to Lynn Family Stadium to watch.  If you're in Orlando, well, it's not going to be there, either.

Instead, the teams will be matching up inside the Daytona International Speedway, to take part in The Daytona Soccer Fest.  It is being billed as the "first ever", so there seems to be some expectations that this is an event that may occur again.


Racing will be playing with two Louisville alumnae on the roster, with Allison Whitfield joining the club after having played for the organization's USL W League team, their pre-professional development side.  Whitfield played in every game for the side until she was signed to the international replacement contract with the main Racing Louisville FC team.

This is a great opportunity for our the NWSL as a whole, not to mention Racing Louisville, and the Orlando Pride, to get some prime-time exposure on CBS Sports at 8pm.  The game will immediately follow the New York Liberty vs Los Angeles Sparks game on the station.  Alas, no UofL rooting interests in that one anymore.

Will we see Whitfield get on the pitch?  She was added to the roster on a short term contract to help replace several players who have been called up to international duty, including Nadia Nadim, Emily Fox, Rebecca Holloway, and Satara Murray.  

WNBA Check in

Dana Evans played a little over seven minutes with the Sky yesterday in their matchup with the Phoenix Mercury.  She hit a pair of three pointers, got a defensive rebound and a pair of assists in Chicago's 91-75 win over the Mercury.

Emily Engstler and the Indiana Fever are not in action until Tuesday night.  The Fever seem to be showing all of their games on their Facebook page, which is nicely accessible.

For today's UofL rooting interests, you've got a 1pm game with Myisha Hines-Allen and the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun on ESPN, and a 3pm game with AD Durr and the Atlanta Dream hosting the Seattle Storm and the Sue Bird farewell tour on NBA TV and maybe Amazon Prime?

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

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Paulie returns, but Case had an early alarm to go watch boats go fast on the Ohio River, so it was a foursome yesterday on the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast.  Daryl, Jared, Paulie and myself covered the news of the week, which was largely dominated by official fall sports schedule releases.  We got a sneak peak of Volleyball last week, but we got a look at Field Hockey and Women's Soccer this week.

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  1. David Watson7/03/2022 11:15 AM

    Hey Ho !
    Dave O. Here!
    Great broadcast, gang! I will weigh in on the "attack yorkie" controversy and my first piece of evidence comes from a Paulie article in July 2014:

    UofL loses two of the three "attack yorkies"...a term that Worldwide, Jenny and I coined several years ago when Shelby Harper and Jude Schimmel were the backup guards at UofL. The girls were small in size but ferocious with their on-court tenacity and ability to hound and pressure larger opponent guards.

    Jude was 5'6".

    So, 5'6" it is. the real question is whatever happened to Jude, Shelby or even Jenny?

    Enjoy the 4th weekend everyone. I'll probably put various food items over hot charcoal and burn them for the kin.

    David Watson

  2. Shelby is asst GBB coach at Allen County Scottsville, Jude works for NIKE and Jenny occasionally pops up on social media but no longer writes for Cardinal Couple.



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