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Courage, Red Stars players offer honest assessments and express frustrations on media day – The Athletic

There is an inherent awkwardness to the media day that happens before every NWSL Championship. There are round tables with name tags, and players from the two teams have to find their own seats — which usually causes a few to wander the entire room before finally finding their assigned spots. Then, the media file in, moving from table to table. Think of it like speed dating, except in this case it’s speed quoting, as a reporter tries to find the right question and hopes the players give some insight on the game or their team or the league that no one else will get.

Despite the vibe in the room, players from both the North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars were still game for questions. For the Courage, this was old hat, as they return to their third consecutive championship (and for the players who were on the 2016 Western New York Flash, this was their fourth media day in four years). However, some of the Red Stars weren’t quite sure what to expect, and asked the…

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