The playoff picture is starting, maybe, to get a little clearer after this weekend, with Seattle and Portland shutting out Utah and Orlando on the road and Chicago doing well to get a draw against North Carolina. Numerically, the race for the bottom three playoff slots is still wide open,
It was yet another wet and wild week in the NWSL, featuring all the usual hits -- a Lindsey Horan goal, a Megan Rapinoe throw-in assist -- as well as some new ones, including Christen Press getting booed in Houston and an intentional handball by Carli Lloyd. Please watch this
After a busy week off the field, between revelations about conditions at Sky Blue and Jaelene Hinkle getting a second chance with the national team, the weekend in the NWSL was almost slow. We got two draws and one game that wasn't streamed due to a last-minute postponement. Sky Blue-Portland
With the league scrambling frantically toward the international break, this jam-packed week was the most bizarre of the season, replete with overly physical play, appalling officiating, and how-did-she-do-that goalkeeping errors. More quick summaries so you don't have to be here all day. Let's go:
North Carolina Courage vs Washington Spirit
A midweek game and four weekend matchups this week saw some thrills from the likes of Marta, Sam Kerr, and the Thorns, but a dark cloud hung above the fireworks.
On Friday, Diana Matheson went studs-up on Midge Purce's right ankle -- the same one she injured back in June