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USWNT players in NWSL: Week 5

Very tight scorelines this weekend have some teams shifting around the table


No NWSL team won by more than one goal this weekend, nor did any team manage to score more than one goal. Some teams have been exploiting the margins better than others, but the goal differentials are a good sign of parity - on any given day, you never know when a bottom-of-the-table team might tip over a championship contender. Still, some teams are exploiting the margins better than others, with the Spirit beginning to pull away from the pack.

Ashlyn Harris and Alyssa Naeher are also continuing their neck-and-neck race in that race for #2 on the Olympic roster and showing why both of them have deserved more playing time for the WNT than Ellis has given them.

Sky Blue FC 1 - 0 Boston Breakers

Kelley O'Hara: She got into the attack for Sky Blue as usual, and sent in the cross that would ultimately result in an own goal for Boston and win the match for SBFC.

Whitney Engen: But for that OG, it would have been a good night for Engen and her defense. After the OG things broke down a little bit on both ends, but Engen mostly kept Boston organized enough to absorb SBFC forays forward.

FC Kansas City 0 - 0 Chicago Red Stars

Heather O'Reilly: She only managed 45 minutes for FCKC, getting subbed for Erika Tymrak after taking some a hard hit in the first half, but she did manage to launch some forward movement while she was on the pitch.

Becky Sauerbrunn: As usual she did the hard but not flashy work and had some good steps to the ball through anticipation and positioning to break up Chicago attacks.

Christen Press: Even though she remains terrifyingly on target with six shots on goal out of seven shots total, she wasn't able to break the deadlock.

Julie Johnston: Did not play; still recovering from a left groin injury.

Alyssa Naeher: A more-than-solid performance from Naeher to keep the clean sheet, continuing her consistent streak for Chicago.

Washington Spirit 1 - 0 Houston Dash

Crystal Dunn: Though she remains scoreless, Dunn is still a creative engine for Washington and was fairly threatening against the Dash.

Ali Krieger: She got pretty involved in the attack at times and helped create a lot of movement along the right for the Spirit.

Morgan Brian: Brian continues to come back to full match fitness, playing 75' for Houston in a fairly low key game from her.

Carli Lloyd: Still recovering from knee injury.

Orlando Pride 1 - 0 Western New York Flash

Alex Morgan: Just take a look at this game-winning goal at 2:13.

Ashlyn Harris: Stayed solid in net and came up with a big stop to help get Orlando those three points.

Jaelene Hinkle: Willing to make that overlapping run and help the Flash push out, but sometimes caught ballwatching in her own box, which is generally not great when Alex Morgan is running around behind you.

Samantha Mewis: She did a decent job of matching up against Orlando's Kaylyn Kyle, forcing some turnovers, creating service into the box, and generally just having the vision to keep her forwards supplied with opportunities.

Seattle Reign 1 - 1 Portland Thorns

Hope Solo: Not a great night for Solo, who was discombobulated on the Portland goal.

Lindsey Horan: A more defensive night for Horan, providing more of a shield in front of the back four against Seattle.

Meghan Klingenberg: She was limited in her usual preference to push up high as Seattle kept surging at the Thorns goal.

Tobin Heath: Sitting out a game after being sent off in the Thorns' last match against the Washington Spirit for accumulating two yellow cards.