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Monday Morning Wakeup: Courage clinch Shield; U-20 World Cup begins

Lynn Williams' brace helped the Courage win another trophy (photo copyright Lewis Gettier)

2018 NWSL
Table

W L D GF GA PTS
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE 15 1 4 43 15 49
Seattle Reign FC 9 4 6 22 15 33
Orlando Pride 8 6 6 29 28 30
Portland Thorns FC 8 6 5 30 24 29
Chicago Red Stars 7 4 7 26 22 28
Utah Royals FC 6 6 7 16 19 25
Houston Dash 6 8 5 23 30 23
Washington Spirit 2 13 4 11 27 10
Sky Blue FC 0 13 4 14 34 4

 

PODCAST: Ray Curren gets his first cap alongside Dan Lauletta to recap a wild NWSL Sunday, the 2018 Tournament of Nations, and your questions!

 

Last week’s results and NWSL attendances

Thursday
Tournament of Nations: United States 4, Brazil 1 (Recap  |  Kassouf  |  Bush)
Tournament of Nations: Australia 2, Japan 0

Sunday (recaps)
North Carolina Courage 2, Portland Thorns FC 1
Orlando Pride 2, Sky Blue FC 2
Utah Royals FC 2, Houston Dash 1
Seattle Reign FC 2, Washington Spirit 0

U-20 World Cup Group A: France 4, Ghana 1
U-20 World Cup Group A: Netherlands 2, New Zealand 1
U-20 World Cup Group B: England 3, North Korea 1
U-20 World Cup Group B: Mexico 3, Brazil 2

NWSL Attendances for the Week

North Carolina: 5,379
Orlando: 4,577
Houston: 3,907
Seattle: 3,704

What They Said

“I think today’s game is probably a snapshot of our season to be perfectly honest. We had more than enough possession to win the game, we had certainly more than enough chances to win the game, but we hit the woodwork, maybe three or four times. We dominated large parts of the game, but we just don’t put the game away. Then we seem to be again defensively frail to give up easy opportunities that shouldn’t really happen and that’s been the snapshot of our season up to now. We could’ve got ourselves out of jail for one, for a better one, obviously with having a penalty in the last minute, but again that’s been our season so far. The last game against Sky Blue we scrapped out in the last four or five minutes, our last game here against Washington we did the same with a bit of individual brewing by Marta. I wish I had an answer, we need to be able to put games to bed when we dominate them so much and we also need to stop giving up chances that are so easy for our opponents. I’m at a loss to be able know how to remedy both those to be honest.”

Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni

 

This week’s schedule

Monday
U-20 World Cup Group C: Paraguay vs Spain, 10:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group C: United States vs Japan, 1:30 p.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group D: Nigeria vs Germany, 7:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group D: Haiti vs China, 10:30 a.m. EDT

Wednesday
Washington Spirit at Utah Royals FC, 10:00 p.m. EDT

U-20 World Cup Group A: Netherlands vs Ghana, 10:30 a.m. EDT
U-20 World Cup Group A: France vs New Zealand, 1:30 p.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group B: Brazil vs England, 7:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group B: North Korea vs Mexico, 10:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)

Thursday
U-20 World Cup Group C: Spain vs Japan, 10:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group C: United States vs Paraguay, 1:30 p.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group D: Germany vs China, 7:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group D: Haiti vs Nigeria, 10:30 a.m. EDT

Friday
North Carolina Courage at Chicago Red Stars, 8:00 p.m. EDT

Saturday
Seattle Reign FC at Utah Royals FC, 3:30 p.m. EDT (Lifetime)
Houston Dash at Sky Blue FC, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Portland Thorns FC at Orlando Pride, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Sunday
U-20 World Cup Group A: Netherlands vs France, 10:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group A: Ghana vs New Zealand, 10:30 a.m. EDT
U-20 World Cup Group B: Brazil vs North Korea, 7:30 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup Group B: England vs Mexico, 7:30 a.m. EDT

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