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Sounding Off on Soccer: Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News on USWNT, Women’s World Cup and Pittsburgh Sports Mt. Rushmore

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The Women’s World Cup is in full swing, so it’s a great time to bring Pittsburgh native and The Sporting News columnist, Mike DeCourcy back on the Sounding Off on Soccer podcast.

Mike and Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s John Krysinsky talk about the U.S. Women’s National Team’s chances for a three-peat, what are the most intriguing storylines at the World Cup, a few of his feature stories on the most compelling USWNT players Megan Rapinoe and young forward Sophia Smith.

Plus, John and Mike also take a few moments to discuss the veteran sports writer’s recent column as part of The Sporting News‘ series on top athletes from each City, with his Pittsburgh sports Mt. Rushmore.


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Mike DeCourcy has been the college basketball columnist at The Sporting News since 1995.

Starting with newspapers in Pittsburgh, Memphis and Cincinnati, he has written about the game for 35 years and covered 32 Final Fours. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Hall of Fame and is a studio analyst at the Big Ten Network and NCAA Tournament Bracket analyst for Fox Sports. He also writes frequently for TSN about soccer and the NFL.

Mike was born in Pittsburgh, raised there during the City of Champions decade and graduated from Point Park University.


John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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