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Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 18

Dave Hodgson addresses Sky Blue players during warm-ups ahead of the team’s 1-0 win over the Breakers (photo copyright Katie Cahalin for The Equalizer)

2017 NWSL Standings
W L D GF GA PTS
North Carolina Courage 13 5 0 26 14 39
Portland Thorns FC 11 5 4 29 19 37
Chicago Red Stars 9 6 5 27 24 32
Orlando Pride 9 6 5 37 26 32
Sky Blue FC 9 9 2 35 41 29
Seattle Reign FC 7 7 6 38 33 27
FC Kansas City 6 9 5 23 29 23
Houston Dash 7 10 2 20 29 23
Boston Breakers 3 10 7 16 26 16
Washington Spirit 4 11 4 24 34 16

 

Results and Schedule

Saturday

FC Kansas City 1-2 Orlano Pride
LaBonta (42) recap Ubogagu (16)
att: 2,812 Morgan (87)
Seattle Reign
FC
1-2 Portland Thorns
FC
Fishlock (90,
pk)
recap Raso (49)
att:  6,041 Raso (86)
Washington
Spirit
1-2 Chicago Red
Stars
Williams (81) recap Mewis (21)
Gordon Press (87)
att: 3,469
Sky Blue FC 1-0 Boston Breakers
Kerr (5) recap
Lauletta
att: 2,244

Saturday

Houston Dash PPD North Carolina Courage
recap

Week 19 Wednesday

North Carolina Courage at Washington Spirit, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Week 19 Saturday

Washington Spirit at Portland Thorns FC, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Boston Breakers at Orlando Pride, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Week 19 Sunday

Sky Blue FC at FC Kansas City, 6:00 p.m. EDT
North Carolina Courage at Chicago Red Stars, 6:00 p.m. EDT
Seattle Reign FC at Houston Dash, 8:00 p.m. EDT

What They Said

“We haven’t done anything specific to the backline. We have done some things specific with the whole 11 unit. Our lines are closer together. We have each other’s back. It’s mentality rather than anything else. These girls know how to defend. They know good shape. They know crap shape.”–Sky Blue FC game day coach Dave Hodgson on an improved defensive effort

“She’s just a very, very special person. She’s a fantastic footballer, but she’s a 10-times better person. She’s obviously our co-captain now, and she’s what our girls have been craving for. A leader on the field. A leader off the field. A leader in the locker room.” –Sky Blue FC game day coach Dave Hodgson on Sam Kerr

Story lines to follow

Here are some story lines we’ll be following during Week 19:

-Sam Kerr has 4 games to score 1 goal to break the NWSL record and 3 to tie the U.S. WoSoPro record for goals in a season
-Can Sky Blue make a final push and become a playoff team?
-How will the Dash come through Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that has ravaged Houston?
-Are the Red Stars back?

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