After a four-game slate on Wednesday, the weekend will feature the full schedule of matches with four taking place on Saturday and one on Sunday. Here are the matchups as well as the U.S. Women’s National Team players to keep an eye on:
Saturday, July 1
North Carolina Courage vs. Sky Blue FC – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
After not playing on Wednesday, the NWSL-leading North Carolina Courage host Sky Blue FC in the Lifetime Game of the Week. Kelley O’Hara, who scored against the Pride on Wednesday from the penalty spot, and Australian Sam Kerr, she of the spectacular overhead volley and NWSL Player of the Month honoree, will be looking to guide SBFC to three points on the road against Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper and the Courage. A win could propel Sky Blue into the top four – a playoff position -- in the standings.
North Carolina has won four straight games against Sky Blue, tied for their longest winning streak against the New Jersey club. North Carolina has won five home games this season, tied for the most in the league. The Courage’s 12 home goals are the second most in the league. Sky Blue has won two of their last four away games. In both of their wins, they have score three goals.
Boston Breakers vs. Washington Spirit – 4 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Boston snagged a point at Houston on Wednesday with a hard-fought 0-0 draw, but now returns home to welcome the Washington Spirit. With a win, Boston would have 12 points, pushing them above Spirit which currently has 11, while also lifting them out of last place in the league.
This will be the 12th all-time meeting between these two clubs with Boston having the slight advantage in record 4W-2L-5D. Boston has gone winless in eight straight games, their longest streak since the start of last season.
Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars – 5 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After earning back-to-back wins on the road for the first time in club’s history, the Pride will head home to face the Chicago Red Stars in Orlando for the first time this season. Ali Krieger, Alex Morgan and the Pride will take on U.S. teammates Christen Press, Casey Short, Julie Ertz and Alyssa Naeher as the Red Stars continue their four-game road stretch and try to bounce back from a loss at Seattle on Wednesday. Alex Morgan, who is at the tail end of her recovery from a hamstring injury suffered while playing with Olympique Lyon, may make her 2017 NWSL debut. The other five U.S. National Team players have started every game for their respective teams this season.
Chicago won both games against Orlando last season by a score of 1-0. Orlando has played just four games at home so far this season, going 2W-1L-1D. In their last home game, the Pride were held scoreless for just the second time in franchise history.
Seattle Reign vs. Portland Thorns – 10:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
The intense Pacific Northwest rivalry is renewed once again as NWSL-leading scorer Megan Rapinoe and the Seattle Reign host Allie Long, Meghan Klingenberg, Lindsey Horan and the Portland Thorns at Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening. Both teams are coming off big wins during their midweek clashes against the Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City, respectively. Rapinoe scored a brace against Chicago to jump atop the scoring leaderboard with seven goals in 2017.
Seattle and Portland have drawn three of the last five meetings ( with one win each), including a 2-2 draw in Portland on May 6 of this year. Seattle has scored in 16 straight home games (including playoffs), the second-longest streak in the league since the start of last year. Portland has scored just four goals on the road this season, tied for the third fewest in the league.
Sunday, July 2
FC Kansas City vs. Houston Dash – 8 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Becky Sauebrunn, Sydney Leroux and FC Kansas City return home to take Morgan Brian, Carli Lloyd and the Houston Dash on Sunday. FCKC comes into the game after a 3-0 loss at Portland on Wednesday, while the Dash is coming off a scoreless draw against Boston.
Kansas City and Houston split the series last season, with each side earning a road victory. Kansas City has scored just one goal in each of the two games. Kansas City has outscored the Dash 15-9 over their eight-game history. FC Kansas City has not lost in their last seven home games (3W-4D), the fourth-longest streak in the NWSL since the start of 2016.
NWSL Team of the Month – June
Five U.S. WNT players were selected by the NWSL Media Association as part of the NWSL Team for the month of June: midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Samantha Mewis; and defenders Abby Dahlkemper, Ali Krieger and Casey Short.
Watch NWSL on go90.com
To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app.
Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.
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.