ROS Presents: Counterattack

Religion of Sports | PRX

A story about the women of soccer—the dream that inspires us, the sisterhood that unites us, and the fight that gets us back up and moving constantly towards the goal.

  • 31 minutes 29 seconds
    COUNTERATTACK Part 6: The Comeback

    Telling their stories opens the door for Sinead Farelly and Mana Shim — and the NWSL itself — to undergo radical transformations.

    15 June 2023, 8:00 am
  • 29 minutes 17 seconds
    COUNTERATTACK Part 5: The Reckoning

    Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim go public with their stories of abuse and coverup in the NWSL and, in doing so, inspire a reckoning across women’s soccer.

    8 June 2023, 9:55 am
  • 22 minutes 52 seconds
    COUNTERATTACK Part 4: The Awakening

    The creation of Angel City FC, a new NWSL team owned and operated by women, promises the kind of culture players have long envisioned for the league. But Sinead Farelly is deeply concerned that the league and its players will never reach their potential with coaches like Paul Riley still in positions of power. So, she decides it’s time to finally tell her story.

    1 June 2023, 8:00 am
  • 35 minutes 33 seconds
    COUNTERATTACK Part 3: The Whistleblower

    The National Women’s Soccer league launches, creating new opportunities for elite female soccer players, including Sinead Farrelly, Michelle Betos and newcomer Mana Shim. But the imbalance of power and lack of oversight that defined previous leagues persists; coaches remain powerful and unaccountable gatekeepers. Sinead vows to take her and Paul’s secret to the grave, but it leads her down a path of self-destruction. At the same time, Paul pulls the same moves on a new player — but she has no intention of keeping quiet.

    25 May 2023, 9:00 am
  • 27 minutes 32 seconds
    COUNTERATTACK Part 2: The Reality

    Sinead Farrelly leaves college early to go pro. But when she arrives, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Abysmal pay, poor conditions, and league instability create a culture in which players have little protection or power.

    But her coach, Paul Riley, is a soccer legend. He pushes her to play her best—but he also pushes beyond her personal boundaries. At first, she laughs off his inappropriate comments, but eventually his advances cross the line.

    This episode brings listeners inside the culture of women’s and girls soccer. Host Briana Scurry explores the undercurrent of sexism that has historically pervaded its power structures, media coverage, and often, coach-player relationships.

    18 May 2023, 9:01 am
  • 25 minutes 23 seconds
    COUNTERATTACK Part 1: The Dream

    The US Women’s National Team’s historic World Cup win in 1999 changed the narrative for female athletes everywhere and inspired a generation of soccer-loving kids like Sinead Farrelly, a little girl in small-town Pennsylvania with big soccer dreams.

    Host and goalkeeper Briana Scurry relives that iconic summer and reflects on the legacy of activism, organizing and sisterhood in women’s soccer in this inaugural episode of Counterattack. She also traces the orgin story of Sinead Farrelly, whose experiences in the pros eventually change the game forever.

    11 May 2023, 9:00 am
  • 2 minutes 14 seconds

    World Cup champion goalkeeper Briana Scurry follows the journey of Sinead Farrelly from young soccer phenom to league whistleblower to comeback kid in Counterattack, launching May 11.

    Sinead’s experiences in professional soccer and her brave decision to speak out ignited the revolution taking place in professional women’s soccer today.

    Through determination and collective action, she and her fellow players are continuing a long tradition of sisterhood in women’s soccer. They are changing the game and forging a new path forward—for themselves, for their league, and for the next generation of little girls with big soccer dreams.

    4 May 2023, 10:45 am
  • 35 minutes 6 seconds
    ROS Presents: Elena Delle Donne on In The Moment with David Greene

    Two-time MVP Elena Delle Donne is considered one of the best to ever play in the WNBA. In 2019, she led the Washington Mystics to their first WNBA championship in franchise history. Playing through three herniated discs, a broken nose and a knee injury, Delle Donne managed to dominate in the winner-takes-all Game 5 putting up 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

    “I was given all the warnings. I was told, like, this isn't the greatest way to go about this,” Delle Donne told In the Moment’s David Greene, “but I wasn't gonna listen.”

    Delle Donne’s decision to ignore warnings from team doctors and play through her injuries helped the Mystics cement the win. She credits her mindset about playing through the pain to her older sister, Lizzie, who has cerebral palsy and was born deaf and blind.

    “The things she has to overcome is way more than any of the pain that I had to deal with in Game 5,” Delle Donne said.

    In The Moment’s David Greene sat down with Delle Donne at the Mystics practice facility in Washington, D.C. to discuss that game and how her close relationship with her sister helped shape her uncommon career path in the WNBA.

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    27 April 2023, 1:59 pm
  • 33 minutes 8 seconds
    ROS Presents: Carli Lloyd on In The Moment with David Greene

    In the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, the USWNT suffered a devastating loss to Japan after the 2-2 match went to penalty kicks. In 2015, the two teams faced each other again in the final and this time, Carli Lloyd and the USWNT had something to prove. Lloyd went on to become the first woman in FIFA World Cup history to record a hat trick in a final in their 5-2 win over Japan.

    Lloyd sat down with David Greene for a special live taping of In the Moment to relive her historic hat trick.

    6 April 2023, 8:00 am
  • 33 minutes 10 seconds
    ROUGHHOUSING Part 6: F*ck Closure

    The trauma from violent hazing can lodge itself inside the victim, metastasizing in the years that follow. In our final episode, we’ll find out how Rodney, as well as other people who have more distance from their hazing incidents, have dealt with it years down the road.

    30 March 2023, 8:00 am
  • 33 minutes 52 seconds
    ROUGHHOUSING Part 5: The Good Fight

    When a violent hazing occurs, the natural impulse is to search for ways to make sure it doesn’t happen again. This effort to stop hazing has been going on in the U.S. for decades. But how effective has it been? And is it even possible to change something so ingrained in our culture?

    23 March 2023, 8:00 am
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