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Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 19

Sam Mewis and the Courage are in the playoffs, and one win away from hosting a semifinal in their first season in North Carolina (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

2017 NWSL Standings
W L D GF GA PTS
North Carolina Courage 14 6 0 30 18 42
Portland Thorns FC 12 5 4 33 19 40
Chicago Red Stars 10 6 5 29 25 35
Orlando Pride 10 6 5 41 28 35
Seattle Reign FC 8 7 6 39 33 30
Sky Blue FC 9 10 2 36 45 29
FC Kansas City 7 9 5 27 30 26
Houston Dash 7 11 2 20 30 23
Boston Breakers 3 11 7 18 30 16
Washington Spirit 4 13 4 26 41 16

Results and Schedule

Wednesday

Washington Spirit 2-3 North Carolina Courage
Banini (8) recap Mewis (46+)
Williams (73) att: 2,365 McDonald (61)
McDonald (66)

Saturday

Portland Thorns FC 4-0 Washington Spirit
Nadim (22) recap
Sinclair (25) att: 19,141
Sonnett (40)
Sinclair (81)
Orlando Pride 4-2 Boston Breakers
Hill (8) recap White (49)
Hill (15) att: 5,413 King (88)
Marta (67)
Ubogagu (77)

Sunday

FC Kansas City 4-1 Sky Blue FC
LaBonta (39) recap Tiernan (83)
Groom (44) att: 1,571
Groom (64)
Leroux (94+)
Chicago Red Stars 2-1 North Carolina Courage
Nagasato (52) recap Williams (15)
Ertz (84) att: 3,745
Houston Dash 0-1 Seattle Reign FC
recap Mathias (50)
att: 1,258

Week 20 Saturday

Chicago Red Stars at FC Kansas City, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Seattle Reign FC at Orlando Pride, 7:30 p.m. EDT
Houston Dash at North Carolina Courage, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Week 20 Sunday

Portland Thorns FC at Boston Breakers, 6:00 p.m. EDT
Washington Spirit at Sky Blue FC, 6:00 p.m. EDT

They Said It

“I agreed with Lyon to terminate my contract and continue with Orlando Pride moving forward…I feel like the present of this Club and the future of this Club is going above-and-beyond and we’re going to do incredible things. I’m really happy here. This is my home.”
Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan

Story lines to follow

Here are some storylines we’ll be following during Week 20

-Where in the world of Stephanie Labbe and will she ever play for the Spirit again?
-Will the four playoff teams be set ahead of the season’s final FIFA break?
-Will the Courage and Thorns secure home semifinals ahead of the season’s final FIFA break?
-Can the return of Megan Rapinoe spark a last-ditch playoff push from the Reign?

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