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Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 14

Lynn Williams tries to dribble around Shelina Zadorsky (photo copyright Hannah di Lorenzo for The Equalizer)

2018 NWSL
Table


W

L

D

GF

GA

PTS
North Carolina Courage 11 1 3 31 13 36
Seattle Reign FC 6 3 5 15 12 23
Orlando Pride 6 5 4 21 20 22
Chicago Red Stars 5 3 7 21 17 22
Utah Royals FC 5 3 6 13 11 21
Portland Thorns FC 5 5 5 20 20 20
Houston Dash 4 5 5 16 21 17
Washington Spirit 2 9 4 10 20 10
Sky Blue FC 0 10 3 10 23 3

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Week 14 Results and Attendances

Wednesday (recaps)
Houston Dash 2, Orlando Pride 1
Utah Royals FC 0, Seattle Reign FC 0
Portland Thorns FC 1, Sky Blue FC 1

Saturday (recaps)
North Carolina Courage 3, Orlando Pride 0
Seattle Reign FC 1, Portland Thorns FC 0
Utah Royals FC 3, Sky Blue FC 1

Sunday (recap)
Chicago Red Stars 2, Washington Spirit 0

Attendances for the Week

Orlando (Wednesday): 3,215
Utah (Wednesday): 8,504
Portland: 18,237

Orlando (Saturday): 4,017
Seattle: 4,781
Utah (Saturday): 8,394

Chicago: 2,858

What They Said



“Frankly we’ve just been beaten by a team that was better than us, significantly better on the day. Probably in essentially all areas of the field. They were quicker to do things, they were dynamic, they were alert, they did soccer fundamental things better than we did. We got ourselves a little bit rattled. We knew it was going to be a tough game. Probably the real disappointing thing of the performance was the manner and the timing of the losing of the three goals. Particularly the reaction to the first goal and then the reaction to the second goal, which, for a team of our caliber and professionalism, is very poor. We did a little bit better in the second half but didn’t quite do enough to really trouble them a great deal. [North Carolina] are a very good side. Sometimes you’ve got to walk away from a game and say, ‘The other team were better.’ North Carolina this year have been better than everybody. Today they showed the reasons why they’re better than anybody in the league. I think the real thing that, if I reflect on this week, was the Wednesday game, it hurt us more than today’s game. Those are the games that we need to make sure we get in and do better, so we don’t come into a game like today with the kind of pressure that we had. That’s basically the game today. We need to go back to the drawing board. I need to sit down and look and see what’s our best team going forward for us to get results. The thing about this league — apart from North Carolina, who are running away with it — there’s five or six teams right in the mix there. We need to ensure that we get back on an even keel, on a winning run, and put this game behind us.
— Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Courage

NWSL Week 15 Schedule

Wednesday
Chicago Red Stars at North Carolina Courage, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Friday
Utah Royals FC at Portland Thorns FC, 11:00 p.m. EDT

Saturday
Chicago Red Stars at Sky Blue FC, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Washington Spirit at Orlando Pride, 7:30 p.m. EDT (ESPNews)
Houston Dash at Seattle Reign FC, 10:00 p.m. EDT

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