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USWNT players in NWSL: Week 4

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A couple of teams got on the strugglebus this week.

NWSL continues to be full of narrow one-goal results and more parity between the teams predicted to be at the bottom of the table than most people thought. Here's how national team players performed in the league this week.

Boston Breakers 0 - 1 Chicago Red Stars

Whitney Engen: She had some good moments from positioning herself correctly to cut out passes in Boston's defensive third.

Julie Johnston: She's back after an injury scratched her at game time last weekend. She and Chicago had a little trouble with Boston's offense but it came to naught in the end.

Christen Press: Made up for a relatively quiet night when she scored the game winner for Chicago off a corner kick with a laser-precise one time shot into the upper 90.

Alyssa Naeher: Some good saves from Naeher to preserve her clean sheet against her former team, including a late one that had her tangled up with Kristie Mewis in the box.

Washington Spirit 0 - 0 Portland Thorns

Crystal Dunn: Dunn has been a major presence for the Spirit so far, even though she hasn't gotten herself on the tally sheet yet. She managed six shots against Portland, nearly doubling her season total to date, and had one goal called back for offside.

Ali Krieger: Krieger got in on the offense in this spirited (I know) game against Portland, contributing two shots and a shot on goal when she wasn't hustling back on defense.

Tobin Heath: Where to begin. Heath was all over the field as usual, but her temper got the better of her as she got increasingly shirty throughout the match. First she received a yellow card for encroaching on a free kick, then a second yellow in the 88' for dissent, getting her sent off. She won't be with Portland when they travel to play Seattle on Saturday.

Lindsey Horan: Horan couldn't help Portland break that 0-0 scoreline either, and she'll now be faced with carrying even more of the midfield without Heath.

Meghan Klingenberg: Plenty of attack from her, though she lost track of players a few times in her own box.

Sky Blue FC 1 - 2 WNY Flash

Kelley O'Hara: She worked hard for SBFC and was standing over a last-minute free kick with a chance to equalize, but wasn't able to push Sky Blue to a result.

Jaelene Hinkle: She equalized for WNY on a penalty kick.

Samantha Mewis: She scored the game winner for WNY, pouncing on a loose ball after SBFC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley wasn't able to control it in the air.

FC Kansas City 1 - 2 Houston Dash

Heather O'Reilly: She got on the end of a few good balls and had some service into the box. She also got a mysterious yellow card for "unsporting behavior."

Becky Sauerbrunn: She maybe could have done better to help control Chioma Ubogagu on Houston's second goal, but did her best to make up for it with a wild attacking center back run straight up the middle and right into the Houston box, where a foul on her earned FCKC a free kick in a dangerous position.

Morgan Brian: Only 45 minutes for Brian in this game; she came off in the second half for Denise O'Sullivan. But she patrolled the middle of the park fairly well and kept FCKC pushed back or wide.

Carli Lloyd: Out with MCL injury, expected back early June.

Orlando Pride 2 - 0 Seattle Reign

Alex Morgan: A great week for Morgan with both assists for Orlando (her second is being credited as an assist, and she certainly did the hard work in the getting the ball to goal, but technically Lianne Sanderson scored on the rebound unassisted). Her first was textbook Morgan, running down a ball over the top that might have escaped another player, then controlling it and delivering it neatly for Sarah Hagen.

Ashlyn Harris: Not a whole lot for Harris to do overall as the Reign struggled, but goalkeepers always say those are the most dangerous games. She stayed sharp and came up big to tip away a shot headed for the upper 90.

Hope Solo: She got let down by her defense on the day and had a great save during some chaos in the box, getting a palm to a deceptively dangerous ball that was about to sneak in.