It was yet another interesting weekend of NWSL games that saw several last-minute goals, two red cards, simultaneously weather-delayed games, a 12-minute hat trick, and lots and lots of criticism for referees. Here’s how USWNT players did in NWSL this weekend.
Boston Breakers 0 - 0 Chicago Red Stars
Christen Press: It was a somewhat frustrating night for Press who couldn’t quite get the Chicago attack started, and then when she finally manged to bury the ball in the net, had it called back for offside.
Julie Ertz: A solid game from Ertz, who really helped limit Boston’s chances on goal. Boston already had trouble attacking and made it even worse for them.
Casey Short: Good game from Short, who was consistently threatening into space. She took off into pockets big and small and defended well one-v-one.
Alyssa Naeher: Naeher really wasn’t tested much, but commanded her space pretty well.
Washington Spirit 2 - 2 Orlando Pride
Mal Pugh: It was a great game for Pugh, who notched both goals for Washington. Her first goal was a well-placed slow roller that showed composure under defensive pressure, while the second was a PK.
Ali Krieger: Slightly shaky first half from Krieger but a better second half as Orlando slowly took control of the game. She did leave some gaps in the line late in the game, but couldn’t help the PK.
Alex Morgan: It was 63 minutes for Morgan on the day, who definitely looked like someone adjusting to both returning from injury and to a new-ish team.
Sky Blue FC 3 - 2 FC Kansas City
Kelley O’Hara: A fantastic assist from O’Hara kickstarted the Sky Blue comeback on the strength of a Sam Kerr hat trick (and an exhausted and outgunned FCKC).
Becky Sauerbrunn: She kept track of Maya Hayes in the box as well as cutting out lots of attempts to put the ball in. She also had a great moment schooling Sam Kerr in the 32’, but Kerr later returned the favor and flat out beat her.
Sydney Leroux: She did a lot of running but didn’t really get on the ball, and subbed out in the 83’ looking exhausted.
North Carolina Courage 2 - 0 Seattle Reign
Samantha Mewis: Mewis commanded the space in the middle, although her midfield partner McCall Zerboni helped by having an extremely good night.
Lynn Williams: She had her fair share of good chances in front of goal, but couldn’t quite finish. She subbed off in the 66’.
Megan Rapinoe: She was fighting on the left side but NC did a good job of keeping her mostly playing defense.
Houston Dash 1 - 1 Portland Thorns
Carli Lloyd: A very interesting night for Carli Lloyd, who was doing a good job of getting Houston’s attacks started, pressuring turnovers, and taking a few chances herself. But then she got a red card in the 92’ for a challenge that saw her cleats in another player’s thigh. Lloyd had plenty of words for the ref after the card came out.
Allie Long: Long was partially responsible for Houston’s first goal, watching as the pass to scorer Janine Beckie rolled right past her, and had a generally lackluster night. But she wasn’t the only one, as most of the Thorns looked like the rain delay took the sharpness out of them.
Meghan Klingenberg: Klingenberg was certainly one of the players who wasn’t crisp. She was one of several Thorns who seemed to disappear in chunks over the course of the game.
Lindsey Horan: She and Long tried to work their way back into the game together, but it was a slightly passive performance from her - until the 91’ when she landed a gorgeous free kick right in the goal to equalize for Portland.