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Monday Morning Wakeup: NWSL Week 20

(copyright Hannah di Lorenzo for The Equalizer)

2018 NWSL
Table

W L D GF GA PTS
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE 15 1 5 44 16 50
Seattle Reign FC 10 4 6 23 15 36
Portland Thorns FC 9 6 5 32 24 32
Orlando Pride 8 7 6 29 30 30
Chicago Red Stars 7 4 8 27 23 29
Utah Royals FC 7 7 7 17 20 28
Houston Dash 7 8 5 25 31 26
Washington Spirit 2 14 4 11 28 10
Sky Blue FC 0 14 4 15 36 4

PODCAST: Dan and Chelsey try to figure out what ails the Orlando Pride, how close the Dash are to contending, and can the Royals find enough offense to survive

Last week’s results and NWSL attendances

Monday
U-20 World Cup Group C: Japan 1, United States 0 (recap)
U-20 World Cup Group C: Spain 4, Paraguay 1
U-20 World Cup Group D: Germany 1, Nigeria 0
U-20 World Cup Group D: China 2, Haiti 1

Wednesday
Utah Royals FC 1, Washington Spirit 0 (recap)

U-20 World Cup Group A: Netherlands 4, Ghana 0
U-20 World Cup Group A: France 0, New Zealand 0
U-20 World Cup Group B: Brazil 1, England 1
U-20 World Cup Group B: North Korea 2, Mexico 1

Thursday
U-20 World Cup Group C: United States 6, Paraguay 0 (recap)
U-20 World Cup Group C: Spain 1, Japan 0
U-20 World Cup Group D: Germany 2, China 0
U-20 World Cup Group D: Nigeria 1, Haiti 0

Friday
Chicago Red Stars 1, North Carolina Courage 1 (recap)

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

Sunday
U-20 World Cup Group A: France 4, Netherlands 0
U-20 World Cup Group A: Ghana 1, New Zealand 0
U-20 World Cup Group B: North Korea 2, Brazil 1
U-20 World Cup Group B: England 6, Mexico 1

NWSL Attendances for the Week
Utah (Wednesday): 8,154
Chicago: 3,567
Utah (Saturday): 8,740
Sky Blue: 2,126
Orlando: 6,012

What They Said

Déjà I’m saying similar things every week. We started out terrific first 15, 20 minutes, probably searching into the first 30 minutes. I thought we dictated the game, the tempo was good, our attacking was good, movement was good. But then we don’t score. You dominate and dominate in games and you don’t score. And then second half it looked like we put a different team out on the park. Same bodies, but a different team out on the field in the second half and the game was over within seven minutes. In reality, we were lucky to get away 2-nil at the end. Again, it’s just down to frailties. For 10, 15, 20 minutes fo the first half, we pounded away at their goal and they defended for dear life. In the first seven minutes of the second half our defending is embarrassing. Our lack of willingness to actually just simply defend is just so poor. And then we go in their malaise where nobody seems to be able to get the team, pick them up and get us back in the game. To be honest, for most of that second-half performance, I apologize to the crowd for coming and keep supporting us because our team on the field didn’t deserve that support in the second half. It was extremely poor.

–Tom Sermanni, Orlando Pride head coach

Defensively, we struggled to find spaces between the lines in the first half, and we had some lapses in our timing when it came to defending as a unit. ffensively, our attacks were very short and direct, which is not how we want to play as a team. In the second half, we played with more aggression and determination on the offensive end, and we were much more disciplined defensively. We showed a great deal of resolve with our second half performance.

–Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach

This Week’s Schedule

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

Wednesday
Chicago Red Stars at Seattle Reign FC, 10:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday
U-20 World Cup quarterfinals: Group C winner vs Group D runner-up, 10:00 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup quarterfinals: France vs North Korea, 1:30 p.m. EDT (FS2)

Friday
Washington Spirit at Houston Dash, 8:30 p.m. EDT

U-20 World Cup quarterfinals: England vs Netherlands, 10:00 a.m. EDT (FS2)
U-20 World Cup quarterfinals: Group D winner vs Group C runner-up, 1:30 p.m. EDT (FS2)

Saturday
Utah Royals at Sky Blue FC, 6:30 p.m. EDT
Orlando Pride at North Carolina Courage, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Chicago Red Stars at Portland Thorns FC, 10:30 p.m. EDT (ESPNews)

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