NWSL: Week 11 Recap, Standings, and Team of the Week

A busy week in NWSL means some big movement in the table.

It was a week filled with intrigue, how would teams handle the congested schedule and the added travel? Seattle, who didn’t have to travel, had the best week by far. Beating two playoff contenders, including Cascadian rivals Portland, puts them in good shape going into July.

Sam Kerr continues to be amazing, her and Megan Rapinoe are creating quite the MVP race in the league this season. Her late winner gave Sky Blue FC a huge three points against North Carolina.

Elsewhere it was the usual unpredictable league, filled with upsets, outstanding goals and a congested table.

Weekend Match Recaps

North Carolina 0 -Sky Blue 1

Kerr really has developed a taste for late game winners this season. The three points for Sky Blue is huge because they have already played an extra game over everyone else. Keeping up in the playoff race and picking up road points against another playoff contender was huge.

Boston 1 – Washington 0

Washington had been playing well as of late, so naturally they fall flat against Boston. It was a second straight shutout for Sammy Jo Prudhomme that led Boston to their first win since week three.

Orlando 0 – Chicago 1

Chicago held on for dear life, but got three points at the end of a brutal travel week. The win has them just a point behind North Carolina for first place in the league.

Seattle 2 – Portland 0

Seattle looked outstanding and Portland looked dreadful in the marquee matchup of the weekend. Megan Rapinoe is in incredible form and led the Reign to a win. The biggest concern for now is how serious Jess Fishlock’s injury is.

Kansas City 1 – Houston 2

Kansas City was in great shape at half time. Up a goal and just 45 minutes away from jumping into the playoff race. The two second half goals from Houston dropped them even to the Dash on points and looking further away from making any noise.

Standings

  1. North Carolina Courage, 24 points, +6 GD
  2. Chicago Red Stars, 23 points, +5 GD
  3. Seattle Reign FC, 20 points, +9 GD
  4. Sky Blue FC, 19 points, 0 GD
  5. Portland Thorns FC, 18 points, +4 GD
  6. Orlando Pride, 15 points, -1 GD
  7. FC Kansas City, 13 points, -4 GD
  8. Houston Dash, 13 points, -9 GD
  9. Boston Breakers, 12 points, -5 GD
  10. Washington Spirit, 11 points, -5 GD

Team of the Week