We’ve reached the quarter mark of the 2017 season and across the league the competition is heating up, while across the pond, Carli Lloyd will hope to lead Manchester City to a FA Cup title at Wembley Stadium. Here are this weekend’s matchups and the U.S. Women’s National Team players to keep an eye on:
Saturday, May 13
Houston Dash vs. Sky Blue FC – 4 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
After a 2-0 loss in Chicago last weekend, Kealia Ohai, Morgan Brian and the Houston Dash return home after three straight road games looking for its third win of the season when they host Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC.
Sky Blue FC is unbeaten in its last seven meetings against Houston (4W-3D), has only allowed three goals and has earned four shutouts during the streak.
Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After earned a point away to Portland last weekend, Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Reign return to the familiar confines of Memorial Stadium to welcome the Washington Spirit.
Washington has not won in Seattle since the first meeting between the two clubs on May 16, 2013 (a 4-2 final score line). Seattle is unbeaten in its last eight games at home (6W-2D).
FC Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Numerous U.S. WNT players are set to take the field Saturday afternoon at Children’s Mercy Victory Field as Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City welcome Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg, Lindsey Horan, Tobin Heath, Emily Sonnett and the Portland Thorns.
In the history of the two clubs since 2013, Kansas City has lost just once at home to Portland.
Sunday, May 14
Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage – 5 p.m. ET (go90.com)
It certainly won’t be an easy task, but Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and the Orlando Pride will aim to earn their first win of the season and climb out from the bottom of the standings when they take on Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams and the NWSL-leading North Carolina Courage.
North Carolina claimed the 3-1 win on April 29 in the first meeting of 2017 between these two sides.
Chicago Red Stars vs. Boston Breakers – 6 p.m. ET (go90.com)
A second Mother’s Day showdown takes place Sunday in the Windy City when Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Casey Short welcome Rose Lavelle and the Boston Breakers to Chicago for the final game of the weekend.
Boston won 4-1 the first meeting between the two clubs on May 3, 2013, but the Red Stars have gone unbeaten in the nine games since (8W-1D), and have only allowed just four goals to the Breakers.
Alex Morgan and Olympique Lyonnais defeated Souyax 9-0 on May 8 to secure the D1 Feminine League title. They’ll close out league play against Paris Saint-Germain on May 13 in the first of three consecutive games between the intense rivals. The teams will meet again in the French Cup Final on May 19, and of course, in the UWCL Final in Cardiff, Wales, on June 1.
Carli Lloyd and Manchester City have a huge game this weekend as they take on Birmingham City in the FA Cup Final on May 13 at Wembley Stadium in London, where Lloyd scored both goals in the 2-1 victory against Japan in the the 2012 Olympic Final.
Crystal Dunn and Chelsea FC return to action Wednesday, May 17 against Arsenal at home.
WNT Players on NWSL Team of the Month
Seven U.S. WNT players were named to the first NWSL Team of the Month of 2017, as midfielder Rose Lavelle, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, defender Emily Sonnett, defender/midfielder Julie Ertz, midfielder Samantha Mewis and forward Kealia Ohai were honored for outstanding performances in April. Lavelle, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 Draft, became the first player in league history to be honored as the NWSL Player of the Month in the first month of her rookie season as a professional. Ertz, Lavelle, Mewis, Ohai and Williams all found the net one or more times during April.
Watch NWSL on go90.com
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Matches will also be streamed live via nwslsoccer.com or the NWSL app (for users outside the U.S. only.)
The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.