USWNT throwback: NWSL playoff race heats up

The competition for the NWSL regular season title and the coveted six playoff spots remains higher than ever after another entertaining week of play.

Portland Thorns FC extended their lead at the top of the standings with a 2-1 midweek win on the road against Washington Spirit. After the hosts and defending champion Spirit took the lead in 76e minute on an own goal from Portland, the Thorns – who won the Shield in 2021 – regained the lead in 84e minute and walked away with the three points after a stoppage time goal from forward Morgane Weaver. Portland is now undefeated in its last 11 games as Washington continues its quest for its first win since May.


Houston Dash, San Diego Wave FC and Kansas City Current are all three points behind Portland in the league standings with 25 points apiece. Houston leads the group with a superior goal differential and held Racing Louisville FC to a 0-0 draw on Friday night.

San Diego suffered its second straight loss, losing to Orlando Pride at home after the Florida visitors were awarded a penalty for a handball in the 23rd minute.

The Current prevailed over the North Carolina Courage in a thrilling 4-3 affair Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Current scored twice in the final 30 minutes to erase a 3-2 deficit for their second straight win and 10e game without defeat in the general classification.
Offense was also in the spotlight in Seattle where OL Reign beat NJ/NY Gotham FC 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to move up to fifth in the standings. Megan Rapinoe scored a brace and added an assist while Rose Lavelle also found the back of the net for the Reign, opening the scoring in the 15the minute with a stellar left-footed finish at the far post after a throw-in down the left flank from Rapinoe.

WATCH: LAVELLE OPENS THE SCORE IN SEATTLE

Rapinoe doubled the reign advantage before half-time by fouling in the penalty area and then coolly converting the ensuing attempt from the point. She hit again in the 69e minute with an emphatic right-footed touch for his third goal in two games for the reign. Rapinoe, who now has three goals and two assists in three games for the post-Concacaf W Championship reign, also played in the serve that led to a goal against Gotham in the 73rd minute.

WATCH: RAPINOE BAGS BRACE FOR REIGN


OL now occupy fifth place in the league with 24 points, closely followed by the Chicago Red Stars (24 points) and Angel City FC (21 points), who met on Sunday evening in Los Angeles, offering a 1-0 win at the hosts.

Along with a full slate of NWSL league action, several clubs will also be taking part in exhibition tournaments this week. Portland hosts the Women’s International Champions Cup, which features reigning UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyon and the USWNT midfielder. Lindsey Horan – reigning FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea and CF Monterrey, who won the Liga MX Femenil’s Opening of Mexico in 2021. Racing Louisville and OL Reign will take part in the Women’s Cup, which includes Tokyo Verdy Beleza from Japan, AC Milan from Italy, Tottenham Hotspur from England and Club America from Mexico as well as the two NWSL teams.

Below is information on upcoming matches featuring players from the United States Women’s National Team. All times listed are ET.

Wednesday August 17

Women’s cut: Club America vs OL Reign

5 p.m.

Paramount+

Women’s Cup: AC Milan v Racing Louisville

8 p.m.

Primordial

NWSL: Houston Dash vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC

8:30 p.m.

CBS Sports Network

CCI women: Portland Thorns FC. against CF Monterrey

11:00 p.m.

ESPN2

friday august 19

NWSL: Kansas City Current vs. Angel City FC

20:00

CBS Sports Network

Saturday August 20

CCI women: Portland Thorns FC v TBD

To be determined

ESPN Networks

Women’s cut: TBD versus TBD

To be determined

Paramount+

NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars

7:00 p.m.

Tic

NWSL: NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Orlando Pride

7:00 p.m.

Paramount+

NWSL: San Diego Wave FC vs. Houston Dash

10:00 p.m.

Tic