The Reign of Seattle at the top of the power rankings (see what we did there?) continues for another week as the unbeaten streak reaches 11, breaking FC Kansas City’s record for most games without losing set last season. Washington ended Chicago’s winning streak while Houston started their move up the power rankings with their first back-to-back wins.
Here are the Orange in the Oven NWSL power rankings for week 9 (see last week’s rankings here):
1. Seattle Reign FC (9-0-2), 1st Place (Last Week – 1)
Seattle broke the record for most consecutive matches without losing by cruising past the Chicago Red Stars by a score of 3-1. Kim Little added two more goals to her season total (both penalties), taking her to 11 goals in 11 games.
There is not much to say about Seattle that has not already been said. By knocking off Chicago, Seattle helped FC Kansas City into 2nd place. The gap between the two teams is huge, however, with Seattle enjoying an 8 point lead with two games in hand.
Week 10 Schedule: Seattle does not play again until June 19th.
2. FC Kansas City (6-4-3), 2nd Place (Last week – 3)
It seems like only a few weeks ago that FC Kansas City looked extremely shaky with a back line that could not stop opponents from scoring. Now the team is in the midst of a 5 match unbeaten streak including three straight clean sheets (granted two of those came at the expense of Boston).
FCKC beat Western New York this week by a score of 1-0 off of an Amy Rodriguez goal, her 9th, and got two goals out of Lauren Holiday (5 total) to beat Boston by a score of 2-0. They have now moved up to 2nd place in both the overall standings and the power rankings.
Week 10 Schedule: FC Kansas City make their 2nd trip to Houston this Saturday, facing a very different team from the one they beat 4-0. FCKC will look very different themselves, having to get it done with no Rodriguez, no Holiday as well as no Nicole Barnhart or Becky Sauerbrunn due to national team call ups. This present a huge challenge for Kansas City.
3. Washington Spirit (6-4-1), 3rd Place (Last week – 4)
Washington lent credence to their playoff challenge this season with a road win against Chicago by a score of 1-0. Once again, it was Jodie Taylor doing the damage for Washington. Taylor maintains her hot streak and takes her season total to six goals.
Washington continues to surprise by remaining firmly in the playoff spots.
Week 10 Schedule: Two matches for Washington this week with a road trip to Boston in mid-week followed by a second away match to Portland Thorns FC.
4. Chicago Red Stars (6-4-1), 4th Place (Last week – 2)
Chicago came crashing back down to earth with a pair of losses this week. Washington pipped Chicago at home by a score of 1-0 while Seattle handled them on the road, 3-1. The arrival of Christen Press did nothing to help Chicago, although fellow newcomer Emily Van Egmond scored her first goal of the season against Seattle.
Week 10 Schedule: Chicago hosts Sky Blue FC on Sunday with both teams looking to get back in the win column.
5. Western New York Flash (4-5-2), 5th Place (Last week – 5)
Western New York held onto 5th place in the power rankings by splitting two tough road matches this week. In mid-week play, they fell 1-0 to FC Kansas City which was their 5th straight match without a win.
They turned things around this weekend, however, with a 5-0 thumping of Portland Thorns FC. It was the largest ever goal total for Western New York.
Week 10 Schedule: The Flash get a rematch with the Houston Dash in mid-week, this time at Houston. Both teams will be missing key players to international duty.
6. Houston Dash (3-7-1), 7th Place (Last week – 8)
The Dash are surging, winning back-to-back matches for the first time ever by easily handing Sky Blue FC by a score of 3-0 this weekend. The team had been playing well even prior to the two wins. The confidence that came with winning last week and the arrival of Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg put the team on even better footing.
The Dash have scored 7 goals over their last 3 games. Tiffany McCarty is on fire after a brace this weekend took her season total to 3. Kealia Ohai, Nina Burger and Ella Masar are all playing well.
Week 10 Schedule: A big week is in store for the Dash as they could sit 5th by Saturday night. Home matches against Western New York and FC Kansas City beckon. The Dash as well as their opponents will be missing key players. The Dash, however, are used to missing key players all season and should be much better equipped to perform than their opponents.
7. Portland Thorns FC (4-4-2), 6th Place (Last week – 6)
Portland has managed to get blown out in consecutive matches by a total of 9-1. They are in free fall and even the return of Alex Morgan and the arrival of Vero Boquete did nothing to help the team.
Portland was the victim of another red card, this one a 28th minute sending off for keeper Nadine Angerer. The collapse that followed was inexcusable, hence the free fall in the table. If Portland does not straighten things out soon, the defending champs could miss the playoffs.
Week 10 Schedule: Portland hosts Washington on Sunday. With so many national team players in their squad, Portland will be missing the heart of their lineup. Their losing streak may well continue as a result.
8. Sky Blue FC (2-6-4), 8th Place (Last week – 7)
Sky Blue saw their struggles extended by the Houston Dash in a 3-0 loss. The defeat marked 7 straight without winning for the franchise. While nearly 2/3 of the season remains, the playoffs look like a pipe dream at this stage. Nothing is going right for Sky Blue right now.
Week 10 Schedule: Sky Blue visits Chicago over the weekend.
9. Boston Breakers (2-8-0), 9th Place (Last week – 9)
Another week, another pair of losses for Boston. The 4-1 win over Portland was clearly an aberration. Reality is a 3-2 loss at home to Washington and a 2-0 loss on the road to FC Kansas City.
Boston is just bad. The only positive for the Boston faithful is the Breakers only have two home matches remaining over the course of June and July before finishing with 3 in August.
Week 10 Schedule: Mid-week home match against Washington.