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NWSL Week 11 Preview

Good matches all around in Week 11 including a 2014 final rematch, Sister Act II between Kristie and Samantha Mewis, and a first-vs-worst showdown in New Jersey.


Houston Dash (3-2-4) at Washington Spirit (4-3-2)
7:00 pm EDT, Maryland SoccerPlex
Watch:  Youtube
Series:  Spirit lead, 2-1-1

Points of Interest:  The teams met in the first match of the season.  Ali Krieger got concussed early in the match and the Dash dominated in the midfield in a 2-0 victory.  That match turned out to be an aberration for the Spirit who have won half of their eight matches since with only two losses.  The Dash are different as well without midfield engines Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, but even without them they have run off five straight matches without a loss. They will be without a third midfielder this week. Brittany Bock has a sports hernia and will not be available.  The Spirit must be chomping at the bit after spending more than five hours at Benedictine University Sports Complex last Saturday and finally scoring a goal near halftime only to have the goal wiped out by a weather-related postponement.

FC Kansas City (3-4-2) at Seattle Reign FC (4-2-2)
10:30 pm EDT, Memorial Stadium
Watch:  Youtube
Series:  Kansas City lead, 5-1-2 (plus Kansas City, 1-0-0 in playoffs)

Points of Interest:  For all the good FC Kansas City have done in two plus seasons they maintain a penchant for dramatic end games that go against them.  And last week they fell prey to an equalizer by the opposition goalkeeper while playing with a woman advantage.  Yet they have shown an incredible ability to rebound from similar disappointments.  The Reign meanwhile look to have finally gotten things together.  They tore apart Sky Blue before the World Cup break and scraped out a 3-2 win in Boston the match after the break.  The Blues are returning to the city they won their championship in last summer, but this time they’ll be at Memorial Stadium where the Reign have still never lost.


Western New York Flash (3-4-1) at Boston Breakers (3-4-2)
5:00 pm EDT, Soldiers Field
Watch:  Youtube
Series:  Flash lead, 4-2-2

Points of Interest:  Both teams lost some momentum last week.  The Flash were locked down in Houston, losing 2-0 and the Breakers dropped an up-and-down 3-2 home decision to the Reign.  When they met at Sahlen’s Stadium earlier in the season the Flash went down a goal before taking over the match for a 3-1 win.  The Breakers have been much better defensively since then but may need to make some adjustments to stay with the Flash’s speed.  The Mewis sisters are both playing well ahead of their second pro meeting.  Rookie Sam scored in the Flash’s win early this season.

Chicago Red Stars (4-1-3) at Sky Blue FC (1-4-4)
6:00 pm EDT, Yurcak Field
Watch:  Youtube
Series:  Red Stars lead, 2-0-4

Points of Interest:  First against last and bottom dwelling Sky Blue need a result in the worst way.  They have not won since opening weekend in Kansas City and have still yet to have a match when they have scored more than one goal.  The Red Stars dropped their first game of the season just before the World Cup and were trailing when their match against the Spirit was washed out last weekend.  But they are also terrific at pressuring in midfield and that is exactly where Sky Blue’s possession has fallen apart most often this season.  In 2014 Sky Blue woke up after a two-week break.  This one follows two full weeks off.


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