Several teams have a chance to inch closer to playoff berths and others are looking to avoid elimination. A full breakdown of how each team can claim one of those coveted spots is available on NWSL.com. Here are the matches taking place this weekend as the fifth season of NWSL roars to a close.
Saturday, Aug. 26
FC Kansas City vs. Orlando Pride – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
Everything seems to be clicking for Orlando, and with their playoff push in full force, Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris now head to the Midwest to take on Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City in this weekend’s Lifetime Game of the Week.
Kansas City is also making a late-season push as both teams come into the weekend with three-game winning streaks. Orlando is sitting in the fourth position in the league standings, tied with third-place Chicago Red Stars with 29 points, but just two points ahead of fifth-place Seattle. FCKC is in seventh but only six points behind that fourth playoff spot, meaning a win against Orlando could boost them into position for a late run into the playoffs. After winning both games against Orlando last year, Kansas City has not won either of the games this season against the Pride (1L-1D). Alex Morgan has now scored in four straight games this season. Before this run, she had scored in five of the 19 NWSL games she had appeared in.
Alex Morgan has now scored in four straight games this season.
Seattle Reign vs. Portland Thorns – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Another installment of the Pacific Northwest rivalry takes place on Saturday afternoon as Seattle hosts Portland at Memorial Stadium in a game with major playoff implications. Allie Long, Lindsey Horan and Meghan Klingenberg will look to earn a massive three points on the road as they look to stay solidly in playoff position. Seattle (27 points) sits fifth in the NWSL standings, but only two points behind the fourth-place Pride (29 points).
Seattle has lost just one of their last eight games against the Thorns (4W-3D) in the all-time series. Meanwhile, Portland has won just one of its last five away games (3L-1D). The Thorns have been shut out on the road four times this season, tied for the second most in the league.
Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Although Chicago sits in third place in the standings with 29 points, the Red Stars will be visiting Mallory Pugh and the last-place Spirit looking to rebound from a poor showing over the last few weeks that has seen Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short and the Red Stars drop three consecutive home games.
After losing three of their first four games at home this season, Washington is unbeaten at home over its last four games (2W-2D). On the flip side, Chicago has gone unbeaten in its last four road games (1W-3D). They have posted two clean sheets during that streak, their only two shutouts on the year. Press has scored three goals against the Spirit since the start of last season (including playoffs), her second-most against any team over that span.
Sky Blue FC vs. Boston Breakers – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
It was an astounding comeback win and performance from Sky Blue FC last weekend at home as they defeated the Seattle Reign 5-4 after falling behind 3-0, coming back to tie, falling behind again, and then scoring two goals in stoppage time. SBFC will be looking for a similar performance on the offensive end on Saturday evening when Kelley O’Hara’s squad hosts the Boston Breakers in New Jersey. Sky Blue is currently sixth in the NWSL standings, but with 26 points, it’s just three points away from the fourth-place Orlando (29 points). A loss will eliminate Boston from playoff contention. Breakers' Rose Lavelle could see some action this weekend after being sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury back on June 11.
This is the second meeting of the season between the two sides with the Breakers winning the first match earlier this season, 1-0 in Boston. Boston has yet to win on the road this season. Australia international Sam Kerr has 15 goals for Sky Blue this, tops in the league.
Rose Lavelle has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since June 11, 2017.
Sunday, Aug. 27
Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage – 8 p.m. ET (go90.com) -- POSTPONED (Date: TBA)
The Houston Dash vs. North Carolina Courage scheduled for Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium has been postponed due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Harvey, which is projected to affect the Greater Houston area over the weekend.
fater closely monitoring the weather forecasts over the last 48 hours in consultation with Dynamo, Dash and BBVA Compass Stadium management, Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League made the decision to reschedule the games in the interest of fan, public, staff and player safety.
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Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.
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