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Sauerbrunn makes 4th straight NWSL Best XI

Sauerbrunn makes 4th straight NWSL Best XI

The Equalizer Staff October 7, 2016 90

Becky Sauerbrunn’s three-year reign as NWSL Defender of the Year ended earlier this week, but the FC Kansas City captain is now the sole player to have made every Best XI. She was joined

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The Lowdown: XI NWSL players who need USWNT calls

The Lowdown: XI NWSL players who need USWNT calls

Dan Lauletta October 5, 2016 138

This column was going to wait, but in light of Jill Ellis’s recent comments to Graham Hays, it seemed like a good idea to fast-track things. We already know that Whitney Engen has been

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Thorns Shield season earns Parsons Coach of the Year

Thorns Shield season earns Parsons Coach of the Year

The Equalizer Staff October 3, 2016 45

One day after absorbing one of the toughest defeats of his coaching career, Mark Parsons has been named NWSL Coach of the Year for 2016. Parsons jumped from the Washington Spirit to the Thorns

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Things learned: rebuilt Flash have arrived

Things learned: rebuilt Flash have arrived

Dan Lauletta October 3, 2016 6

After two seasons of discontent when the Flash went from the top of NWSL to a sub-.500 team without much apparent direction, the 2016 campaign for the Western New York side will end with

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Things Learned: Thorns just couldn’t stop set pieces

Things Learned: Thorns just couldn’t stop set pieces

Ray Curren October 2, 2016 76

In the end, Portland knew what was coming Sunday afternoon from Western New York. The Thorns knew they would be seeing a very direct 4-4-2. Mark Parsons probably called every player Paul Riley put

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Flash edge Thorns in extra time thriller

Flash edge Thorns in extra time thriller

Dan Lauletta October 2, 2016 396

Today's attendance for @NWSL Playoffs: 20,086. THANK YOU, THORNS FC FANS!#BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/EEuzHCJZef — Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) October 2, 2016 In a match that saw seven goals, six yellow cards, 30 extra minutes, and

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Parsons, Riley in another all-English playoff battle

Parsons, Riley in another all-English playoff battle

Kieran Theivam October 2, 2016 11

On Sunday, Providence Park will play host to its first post-season play-off match featuring the hometown Portland Thorns and the Western New York Flash – a repeat of the 2013 NWSL Championship. While the

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NWSL Semifinal: Best offense meets best defense

NWSL Semifinal: Best offense meets best defense

Chelsey Bush October 1, 2016 29

2016 NWSL Semifinal Western New York Flash at Portland Thorns FC Providence Park, 5pm EDT (FS1/foxsportsgo.com) Season series: Thorns won, 2-0-0 All-Time series: Thorns lead, 5-2-3 Past playoff meeting: 2013 NWSL Championship, 2-0 Thorns

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The Lowdown: My 2016 NWSL Awards Ballot

The Lowdown: My 2016 NWSL Awards Ballot

Dan Lauletta September 27, 2016 206

Here is my 2016 NWSL Awards ballot. This was a difficult season as I did not feel there were many standouts. So there will likely be even more disagreements than usual. I welcome them

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NWSL Week In Review: Where do non-playoff teams go from here?

NWSL Week In Review: Where do non-playoff teams go from here?

Ray Curren September 27, 2016 119

Sadly, the close of the regular season means that we say goodbye to 60 percent of the NWSL’s teams until the spring. But before they walk out the 2016 door, it gives us a

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