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USWNT players in NWSL week 22: Tobin Heath remains pretty good at soccer

O’Hara is back, Brian is improving with every game, and Heath is okay we guess.

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Now that’s more like it! We’ve got three of four playoff spots clinched, with fans of Chicago frantically doing some quick math to see if they’ll make it into the fourth slot. Chicago has a game in hand over both Utah and Houston and would have to drop all six points in order to be vulnerable to being overtaken. Seeing as one of their opponents is poor Sky Blue FC, that’s a slim possibility, but you never know! This league and this sport are great because hope springs eternal for wacky results. Here’s how USWNT players did in NWSL this past week.

Seattle Reign 2 - 0 Houston Dash

Megan Rapinoe

She got 70 minutes for the Reign and managed an assist after dropping a lot of nice balls into the box to get Seattle an insurance goal.

Allie Long

Out with injury

Washington Spirit 0 - 1 Utah Royals

Becky Sauerbrunn

A good game from Sauerbrunn who did a good job all game long of limiting Spirit chances and shutting them out of clear looks in the box.

Christen Press

She had some nice movement across the field and a couple of shots that went into the side netting, but ultimately couldn’t find the net herself.

Rose Lavelle

62 minutes for Lavelle in this one and a bit of a quiet game as she struggled to make Washington’s setup work.

Mallory Pugh

Pugh got 64 minutes and looked okay, turning and beating Utah’s defensive line from time to time with Ashley Hatch as her target.

Kelley O’Hara

She returned from injury, subbing on in the 76’ for Amy Rodriguez and going in at right mid. She looked pretty active for her first game back but her feeds to Press didn’t create a goal.

Portland Thorns 2 - 1 Sky Blue FC

Carli Lloyd

She tried to find space with her movement and was an occasional ball winner but wasn’t able to spur Sky Blue to a result.

Adrianna Franch

She had some staunch saves with good positioning, including a sharp ball right at her in the second half.

Emily Sonnett

She pushed high to keep pressure high while recovering, although she sometimes didn’t quite cover the players around her in the box on service in.

Lindsey Horan

She was patient on the set up with Caitlin Foord while also acting as a target for set pieces and making some crafty runs around the box.

Tobin Heath

She sometimes drifted inside like a playmaker and did a lot of defensive work on the ball, eventually surging and scoring the game winner in the 54’.

Seattle Reign 1 - 1 North Carolina Courage

Abby Dahlkemper

It took her some time to adjust to handling Jasmyne Spencer but she ultimately kept her pretty occupied. She also escaped a late handball call in the box that could’ve given Seattle the winner.

Crystal Dunn

She started at left back for NC and did okay defending Elizabeth Addo, then pushed into right mid in the second half, while also switching left as needed.

Sam Mewis

Very active game for Mewis, holding off Jess Fishlock, adding to numbers in the box, and trying to feed the ball in quickly and accurately.

McCall Zerboni

She kept a pretty good lock on Morgan Andrews, pushing her out of central midfield, and had a close attempt blocked.

Megan Rapinoe

out with injury

Orlando Pride 1 - 3 Chicago Red Stars

Alyssa Naeher

Some good stops from Naeher despite an awkward moment with Ertz later in the game, but a mixed bag on distribution particularly when she tried to go direct.

Casey Short

She was under a bit of pressure from Alex Morgan but stayed sharp to make several clearances from the box.

Julie Ertz

She had some success setting up out of the back looking to go direct and helped Short cover in the box.

Morgan Brian

Brian continues to look better with each game, getting a full 90 here and keeping Chicago settled all through the midfield with her short passing.

Alex Morgan

Morgan dragged one back for Orlando in the 65’ but didn’t have a lot of success putting the ball into dangerous areas in the box.

Ashlyn Harris

A big game for Harris despite the scoreline as Orlando’s defense continues to struggle; Harris put together some good saves even if she couldn’t keep Chicago entirely out.

Washington Spirit 0 - 1 Portland Thorns

Adrianna Franch

She wasn’t called on too much, but when she was, she made a nice big save on a long range shot from Lavelle.

Emily Sonnett

She did a good job holding off the Spirit’s primary point of attack in Hatch, which pretty severely limited their chances.

Lindsey Horan

A mediocre game by Horan’s standards, with several denied opportunities and passing that could have been more accurate.

Tobin Heath

She got the game-winning goal for Portland with some nice smooth moves to dazzle her defender and then roof the ball.

Rose Lavelle

Lavelle was limited in her usefuless to Washington in the 77 minutes she got, although she did have a couple of lovely balls and looked better when she was able to get closer to Pugh.

Mallory Pugh

81’ minutes for Pugh, who saw limited action despite switching sides of the field and didn’t look super crisp for a lot of it.

Houston Dash 6 - 1 Sky Blue FC

Carli Lloyd

What else can you really say on a day your team gets scored on six times? She gave up turnovers and only had a couple of long range attempts on target.