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Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 22

Meghan Klingenberg’s 6 assists was tied for second in NWSL in 2017 (photo copyright Patti Giobetti for The Equalizer)

2017 NWSL Standings
W L D GF GA PTS
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE 16 7 1 38 22 49
Portland Thorns FC 14 5 5 37 20 47
Orlando Pride 11 6 7 45 31 40
Chicago Red Stars 11 7 6 33 30 39
Seattle Reign FC 9 8 7 43 37 34
Sky Blue FC 10 11 3 42 51 33
FC Kansas City 8 9 7 29 31 31
Houston Dash 7 13 3 23 35 24
Boston Breakers 4 13 7 24 35 19
Washington Spirit 5 15 4 30 48 19

 

Results and Leaders

Wednesday
Houston Dash 0-4 North Carolina Courage
recap Mewis (13)
att: 2,905 Williams (38)
Debinha (51)
Hatch (56)
Saturday
Portland Thorns FC 3-1 Chicago Red Stars
Raso (2) recap Huerta (71)
Sykes (13) att: 21,144
Nadim (83, pk)
Washington
Spirit
2-3 Seattle Reign FC
Pugh (27) recap Fishlock (71)
Pugh (32) att: 3,780 Crummer (83)
Fishlock (90)
Boston Breakers 3-4 Sky Blue FC
Dowie (25) recap Kerr (34)
Dowie (28) att: 3,497 Tiernan (76)
OG (Casey, 85) Skroski (78)
O’Hara (87)
North Carolina Courage 2-3 Orlando Pride
Williams (62) recap Edmonds (22)
Williams (67,
pk)
att: 7,020 Marta (51)
Kennedy (91+)
Sunday
FC Kansas City 1-1 Houston Dash
Kelly (9) recap Daly (53)
att: 1,312

NWSL League Leaders

Goals Scored
1. Sam Kerr, Sky Blue FC — 17
2. Marta, Orlando Pride — 13
3. Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign FC — 12
4. Christen Press, Chicago Red Stars — 11
5. Alex Morgan, Orlando Pride — 9
Lynn Williams, North Carolina Courage — 9

Assists
1. Nahomi Kawasumi, Seattle Reign FC — 9
2. Marta, Orlando Pride — 6
Meghan Klingenberg, Portland Thorns FC — 6
Adriana Leon, Boston Breakers — 6
Shea Groom, FC Kansas City — 6

They Said It

“I was really pleased. We came back from being down 2-0. I don’t know if we deserved to be down 2-0, because we missed a lot of good chances early in the game to get ourselves ahead. Every game you get something different that hits you in the face. I don’t remember us being down 2-0 all season.

“The fans were brilliant tonight. They came out in droves and got to see some of the best players in the world. To think there were 16 international players on the field tonight and you’re not going to see that anywhere else in the world. It felt like a playoff game tonight.

No one has ever won the NWSL Shield and won the championship in the same season. We’re 0-3 against Chicago, so we’re the underdog, which is great. I don’t mind the underdog tag. I look forward to next weekend. There were no red cards and we got everyone through the game healthy, that was the top priority.”
-North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley

Story lines to follow

Here are some story lines we’ll be following heading into semifinal weekend:

-The loan agreements are already rolling in; which NWSL players will play where this offseason?
-Will Morgan Brian be healthy enough to suit up for the Red Stars on Sunday?
-How serious is the injury to Camila?

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