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:
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
There were lots of games this week, so this week's edition will be quick and dirty. North Carolina is still firmly in control of the NWSL, while the race for the other three playoff slots is still red-hot. Orlando and Portland both had tough weeks. Utah and Chicago are on
Under the shadow of both the men's World Cup and a rumored midseason trade slated to bring Christen Press back to the States and shuffle various players between Utah, Chicago, and Houston, life went on in the NWSL. This weekend saw a winless streak continue and an undefeated streak end
With the international break upon us, we only got one NWSL game this past weekend, an unmistakably depressing scoreless draw between the league's two worst teams.
Sky Blue vs. Washington (0-0)
With both teams looking frankly miserable both going forward and defensively, there were few takeaways from this one. Imani