After a pair of midweek games, Week 16 of the 2017 NWSL season continues with three games on Saturday and two on Sunday as the race to claim one of the four playoff spots heats up. Here are the matches taking place this weekend:
Saturday, Aug. 12
Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
After dropping its match 3-0 to the Orlando earlier this week, Mallory Pugh and the Washington Spirit will aim to bounce back by taking on the Boston Breakers in this weekend’s Lifetime Game of the Week. Since the start of 2014, Washington is unbeaten against Boston when playing at home (1W-2D). Boston has accrued just eight total points on the road since the start of 2015.
Orlando Pride vs. Sky Blue FC – 7:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
It will be an exciting clash in Orlando this weekend as the Pride hosts Sky Blue FC in a game featuring the No. 5 and No. 6 teams in the league, respectively, who are both in desperate need of points to make a playoff run. Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and a recently cleared-to-play Ashlyn Harris are coming off a big 3-0 win against Washington on Tuesday that added another three points and saw them climb to within one place of a playoff spot. Kelley O’Hara will miss the game as she is carrying a minor injury.
Orlando is unbeaten in its last three home games. Sky Blue has alternated wins and losses in their last six games on the road. They have narrowly outscored their opponents 12-11 over that span.
Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns – 8 p.m. ET (go90.com)
The second-place Red Stars host the third-place Thorns in a matchup featuring several U.S. WNT starters and prolific strikers for both sides. Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short and Julie Ertz look to continue their successful season at home while trying to keep Lindsey Horan and Meghan Klingenberg at bay and claim another three points to create some separation amongst the top teams in the league. Allie Long will miss the match due to an excused absence.
This will be the 13th all-time meeting between the two clubs. Portland has only lost to Chicago once, back in 2013. Chicago has a record of 5W-1L-5D against the Thorns. The Red Stars are one of two teams not to lose at home this season (Seattle is the other). Since July 1, Christen Press is tied for second in the league with five goals and an assist. Portland’s Christine Sinclair has scored against the Red Stars twice since the start of 2016. Chicago is one of three teams that Sinclair has multiple goals against over that span.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City – 8:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
With its long unbeaten streak ended last weekend, Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian, Jane Campbell and the Houston Dash welcome Becky Sauebrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City to BBVA Compass Stadium. Just four points out of a playoff spot, Houston will be looking to start another successful run.
The Dash have only won one of their five all-time meetings against Kansas City when playing at home. Kansas City has conceded multiple goals in five of their last six road games (4L-2D) after conceding multiple goals in two of their previous 14 games on the road (7W-6L-1D).
Seattle Reign vs. North Carolina Courage – 9 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Another pair of top teams meets this weekend as the Seattle Reign will looks to take three points at home from the visiting NWSL-leading North Carolina Courage. Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and Taylor Smith have led North Carolina to a 11-5-0 record and to the top of the league standings with 33 points. Meanwhile, the fourth-place Reign will have to do without NWSL-leading scorer Megan Rapinoe, who recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and will be out for 4-6 weeks.
North Carolina has shutout Seattle in both of its meetings this season, which were both played in North Carolina. Seattle has scored 24 goals at home, eight more than the next closest team this season. However, North Carolina has only conceded seven goals when playing on the road, tied for the fewest in the league.
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