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Sky Blue FC Forward Samantha Kerr Voted 2017 NWSL Most Valuable Player

October 20, 2017 in News, NWSL

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Sky Blue FC Forward Samantha Kerr Voted 2017 NWSL Most Valuable Player

Sky Blue FC forward Samantha Kerr was voted the National Women’s Soccer League Most Valuable Player for the 2017 NWSL season, the league announced Friday.

Kerr, 24, broke the NWSL single-season scoring record with 17 goals, eclipsing the previous mark of 16 tallies set by former Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little during her MVP season in 2014. She is the fifth consecutive NWSL Golden Boot winner to also be voted MVP for the same year. Read the rest of this entry →

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Portland Thorns FC Win 2017 NWSL Championship

October 15, 2017 in News, NWSL

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Portland Thorns FC Win 2017 NWSL Championship

Lindsey Horan scored the lone goal of the match and Adrianna Franch made six saves to lead Portland Thorns FC to a 1-0 victory over the North Carolina Courage at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. to claim the 2017 NWSL Championship.

The Thorns – who also won the inaugural NWSL championship in 2013 – become the second club in NWSL history with two league titles, matching the two championships won by FC Kansas City in 2014 and 2015.

Horan was voted MVP of the 2017 NWSL Championship, while Franch – who set an NWSL single-season for a goalkeeper with 11 shutouts – notched just the third clean sheet against North Carolina this year. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match preview | NC Courage Meets Portland Thorns in Orlando for NWSL Championship Final

October 14, 2017 in News, NWSL

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Match preview | NC Courage Meets Portland Thorns in Orlando for NWSL Championship Final

The 2017 Regular Season Champions, the NC Courage, travel to Orlando to meet the Portland Thorns in the 2017 NWSL Championship Final on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The Championship matchup will see this year’s NWSL Shield Winners, the NC Courage, go head-to-head with 2016’s NWSL Shield Winners, the Portland Thorns on Lifetime TV.

The Courage earned a spot in the final after defeating fourth-seed Chicago Red Stars at home on Sunday, Oct. 8. Midfielder Denise O’Sullivan scored the lone, late goal in the 90th minute of play to send her side to the NWSL Championship. Read the rest of this entry →

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NC Courage Advances to NWSL Championship with 1-0 Victory Over Chicago in front of a record crowd of 10,017

October 9, 2017 in News, NWSL

NC Courage Advances to NWSL Championship with 1-0 Victory Over Chicago in front of a record crowd of 10,017

NC Courage Advances to NWSL Championship with 1-0 Victory Over Chicago in front of a record crowd of 10,017

The NC Courage clinched its spot in the 2017 NWSL Championship match with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars in front of a record crowd of 10,017 on Sunday at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

After playing most of the match in Chicago’s half, the NC Courage sealed the historic victory with a thrilling goal from Denise O’Sullivan off an assist from Jess McDonald in the 90th minute.

The NC Courage will play the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Championship match on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Orlando Pride Falls to Portland Thorns FC in NWSL Semifinal

October 8, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

Match report: Orlando Pride Falls to Portland Thorns FC in NWSL Semifinal

Match report: Orlando Pride Falls to Portland Thorns FC in NWSL Semifinal

No. 3 Orlando Pride saw its 2017 season come to a close, falling 4-1 to No. 2 Portland Thorns FC on Saturday afternoon at Providence Park.

The Pride, playing in their second year in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), finish the year with a team-best 11-6-7 (40 points) regular season record and reached the postseason for the first time in team history.

“I think it was a game at halftime, we were very much in the game. After a very shaky start, I was really pleased with the way our players responded, and in the second part of the first half, I thought we played really well and got ourselves back in the game. Thought we started the second half well, but the thing we couldn’t do, we found it really difficult, to break down their defense,” Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “We are really proud of our players’ effort. I thought 4-1 was an unfair scoreline for the effort and the commitment and the performance of our players today.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Orlando Pride Forward Marta Voted NWSL Player of the Month

October 5, 2017 in News, NWSL

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Orlando Pride Forward Marta Voted NWSL Player of the Month

Orlando Pride forward Marta was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Month for the month of September of the 2017 NWSL season.

Marta, 31, had two goals in four appearances during September to lead the Pride to their second consecutive undefeated month with a 2-0-2 record over the final 30 days of the regular season. Orlando scored eight goals during the month to finish the 2017 campaign with the No. 1 offense in the league – with their 1.88 goals per game the fourth best single-season mark in NWSL history. The Pride went undefeated over the final nine matches of the regular season to clinch the first playoff appearance in club history.

The Dois Riachos, Brazil native scored for Orlando in both wins for the club in September. She netted the game-winning goal Sept. 2 in a 4-2 home victory over the Boston Breakers and found the back of the net Sept. 30 during a 3-2 road win against the North Carolina Courage. The victory over North Carolina was the fifth road win of the year for Orlando – the second most in the league this season – and set up a semifinal showdown with Portland Thorns FC in the 2017 NWSL Playoffs. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sky Blue FC Forward Samantha Kerr Wins 2017 NWSL Golden Boot

October 3, 2017 in News, NWSL

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Sky Blue FC Forward Samantha Kerr Wins 2017 NWSL Golden Boot

Sky Blue FC forward Samantha Kerr was honored Monday as the winner of 2017 NWSL Golden Boot, awarded to the player with the most goals during the regular season.

Kerr, 24, finished the season with 17 goals in 22 appearances as she set a new NWSL single-season scoring record – eclipsing the previous record of 16 goals set by former Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little in 2014.

Kerr set the record Sept. 30 in the final game of the year as she scored in the 34th minute against the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field to help rally Sky Blue FC for a 4-3 victory over the Breakers. Read the rest of this entry →

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Match report: Orlando Pride’s Late Game-Winner Books Semifinal Date with Portland

October 1, 2017 in Match report, News, NWSL

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Match report: Orlando Pride’s Late Game-Winner Books Semifinal Date with Portland

Orlando Pride (11-6-7, 40 points) had its postseason fate determined on Saturday night after midfielder Alanna Kennedy bent in a stoppage-time stunner, lifting the Pride over No. 1 seeded North Carolina Courage (16-7-1, 49 points) at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The 3-2 regular-season finale victory means the Pride finish their second season in third place, rising six spots on the table from their inaugural campaign, and will face No. 2 Portland Thorns FC in the playoff semifinal round on Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET at Providence Park.

The win continues the Pride’s point streak, extending the team’s unbeaten run to nine straight games. Read the rest of this entry →

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Portland V Orlando, Courage V Chicago Semi Finals NWSL

October 1, 2017 in News, NWSL

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Portland V Orlando, Courage V Chicago Semi Finals NWSL

 

Portland Thorns 3 – 1 Chicago Red Stars

Goals From:

Hayley Raso 2′ (Portland Thorns)

Ashleigh Sykes 13′ (Portland Thorns)

Sofia Huerta 71′ (Chicago Red Stars)

Nadia Nadim 83′ (Portland Thorns)

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National Women’s Soccer League Announces 2017 Awards

September 28, 2017 in News, NWSL

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National Women’s Soccer League Announces 2017 Awards

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the list of 2017 NWSL Awards featuring the Golden Boot, Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Best XI. The 2017 NWSL Awards will be voted upon in two rounds with fans once again participating in the voting process.

In the Preliminary Round, owners, general managers, coaches, players and the media will vote on the individual awards from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. ET to determine the top finalists. The fans will then join the voting via an online link for the Final Round from Oct. 4 to Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. ET to determine the individual award winners and Best XI. Read the rest of this entry →