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Wednesday Roundup: Rapinoe voted NWSL Player of the Month

Also in today’s Roundup, the Houston Dash waive Irish international Denise O’Sullivan and FC Kansas City- North Carolina Courage rained out match rescheduled for August 10

Megan Rapinoe and the Seattle Reign now sit in the 4th position in the NWSL standings through Week 14.

Megan Rapinoe and the Seattle Reign now sit in the 4th position in the NWSL standings through Week 14.

Today, the NWSL announced that Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe was voted Player of the Month for the month of July for the 2017 NWSL season.

The 32-year old scored five goals in four games during the month of July that helped solidify Seattle’s position in the top half of teams atop the NWSL table, where they currently sit in playoff contention. During that four game stretch, Rapinoe helped lead the Reign to two wins, one tie and one loss through those four weeks. Most notably, Rapinoe scored a hat trick in last weekend’s 5-4 victory over Sky Blue FC. She opened the month with two goals in a 2-0 win over Portland Thorns on July 1.

The USWNT midfielder currently sits atop the scoring charts for the league with 12 goals on the year. She is also five goals shy of breaking the NWSL single-season scoring record of 16 goals that was set by Kim Little with nine games left in the regular season. The Seattle Reign, currently in 4th place in the NWSL standings, have 24 points through 15 games and are four points shy of the current league-leaders, the Chicago Red Stars.

Houston Dash waive Irish international Denise O’Sullivan

Denise O'Sullivan signed with the Dash in May 2016 (photo: Football Association of Ireland)

Denise O’Sullivan signed with the Dash in May 2016 (photo: Football Association of Ireland)

On Wednesday, the Houston Dash announced that they waived Irish international Denise O’Sullivan at her request. It’s been rumored that she is looking to move back to Europe ahead of World Cup Qualifiers in an effort to see more playing time. According to the Houston Chronicle’s Corey Roepken, the 23-year old has received offers from clubs in England, Germany and Scotland.

O’Sullivan has made five starts in 11 appearances for the Dash this year, but the last start that O’Sullivan saw was on June 3, the first game after the firing of former head coach Randy Waldrum. Under Waldrum, O’Sullivan saw time as an occasional starter and a typically guaranteed sub. Since Omar Morales took over, her role has lessened, resulting in less playing time in a Dash jersey.

O’Sullivan signed with Houston in May 2016 from Glasgow City FC of the Scottish Premier League. In 2016, she started in 14 of 18 appearances, where she recorded two goals and three assists. For Ireland, she debuted in 2011 and has since seen 51 appearances for her country.

On Twitter, O’Sullivan thanked her teammates and fans for the past year and a half, noting she will forever cherish the memories she made during her time in Houston.

FC Kansas City- North Carolina Courage July match rescheduled for August

In other NWSL news, the game between FC Kansas City and the North Carolina Courage originally set for July 22 has been rescheduled to take place on August 10 at 8 p.m. ET at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. This match, which was started on July 22, was called during the 39th minute due to weather-related issues such as rain and lightening. The sustained rain and lightening caused officials to make a decision in the best interest of the fans and players. The game will be restarted and play the full 90 minutes on its new, rescheduled date.

This Thursday night game will cause both teams to play three matches within eight days as they will return to NWSL action the weekend before. This will be the second game for both teams post-FIFA break as the North Carolina Courage first take on the Seattle Reign on Saturday, August 5 and the Blues face off against the Boston Breakers on Friday, August 4.

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