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Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 8

Debinha has the Courage in 1st place at the FIFA break (photo by Lewis Gettier.)

Debinha, 10, has the Courage in 1st place at the FIFA break (photo by Lewis Gettier.)

Monday marks the beginning of a dark week for NWSL as the league steps aside and most prominent national teams assemble for friendlies around the world. With eight weeks in the books the season is one-third over plus the one stray midweek match. Here’s the latest table, results, quotes, and storylines. Next match, June 17…

2017 NWSL Standings
North Carolina Courage 6 3 0 14 10 18
Chicago Red Stars 5 2 1 11 7 16
Portland Thorns FC 4 1 3 11 5 15
Sky Blue FC 4 4 1 12 13 13
Seattle Reign FC 3 2 3 17 11 12
FC Kansas City 3 3 2 7 7 11
Orlando Pride 2 3 3 10 11 9
Boston Breakers 2 4 2 7 10 8
Washington Spirit 2 5 1 11 16 7
Houston Dash 2 6 0 6 16 6


Results and Schedule

North Carolina FC 2-0 FC Kansas City
Zerboni (60) recap
Hatch (67) att: 3,717
Washington Spirit 2-0 Houston Dash
Williams (3) recap
Pugh (69) att: 3,096
Sky Blue FC 0-2 Portland Thorns FC
recap Horan (20)
att: 2,418 Horan (42)
Orlando Pride 2-0 Boston Breakers
Marta (9, pk) recap
Spencer (13) att: 5,185
Chicago Red
1-0 Seattle Reign FC
Press (49) recap
att: 3,147

Week 9 Saturday (June 17)
Washington Spirit at Chicago Red Stars, 4 p.m. EDT
Seattle Reign FC at FC Kansas City, 4 p.m. EDT
Boston Breakers at North Carolina Courage, 7:30 p.m. EDT
Orlando Pride at Houston Dash, 8:30 p.m. EDT
Sky Blue FC at Portland Thorns FC, 10 p.m. EDT

What they said

I was really delighted with the way we started the game tonight. We started it and showed real intent and we were rewarded for that by the two early goals. It was great to have a clean sheet. I can’t remember exactly when we had one of those before, it’s been some time. I was pleased with a lot of aspects of our performance tonight. Difficult conditions against a very competitive team.

–Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni

story lines to follow

Here are some story lines we’ll be following during the FIFA break

-Where will the Dash turn to find their new head coach?
-Will Alex Morgan be ready to play when the Pride season resumes?
-How serious is Megan Oyster’s injury and can the Breakers gets by without her?
-Will Tobin Heath respond to this week’s friendly and be ready for June 17?


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