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…
|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|
Results and Schedule
|North Carolina FC||2-0||FC Kansas City|
|Hatch (67)||att: 3,717|
|Washington Spirit||2-0||Houston Dash|
|Pugh (69)||att: 3,096|
|Sky Blue FC||0-2||Portland Thorns FC|
|att: 2,418||Horan (42)|
|Orlando Pride||2-0||Boston Breakers|
|Marta (9, pk)||recap|
|Spencer (13)||att: 5,185|
|1-0||Seattle Reign FC|
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?