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OCT 27
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Highlights: NWSL on international duty
Big goals and big wins in the final international games of 2017
Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair and North Carolina Courage forward Denise O'Sullivan (photo credit: isiphotos.com)
Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair and North Carolina Courage forward Denise O'Sullivan (photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Another international break is in the books and it saw no shortage of NWSL players making the scoresheets across the globe. Sam Kerr (who else?) scored four goals and added an assist. Denise O’Sullivan and Ireland came away with a huge point in their World Cup qualifier vs. the Netherlands, the reigning Euro champs. Christine Sinclair scored her 169th international goal. Marta notched a goal and three assists.  Debinha returned to the field and scored a goal after being injured in the NWSL playoffs.

Plus, Spirit midfielder Estefanía Banini represented Argentina at the 2017 Women’s Futsal World Cup. Banini scored nine goals and three assists as Argentina finished second in the tournament. Read more

It’s been a busy two weeks of international games for NWSL players. Here’s a look at all the highlights and results.

 


 

Wednesday, November 22 Australia vs. China

Sam Kerr continued her strong 2017 as the reigning NWSL MVP scored twice for Australia in a 3-0 win over China. Highlights

NWSL players on Australia’s roster: Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns FC), Larissa Crummer (Seattle Reign FC) and Lydia Williams (Seattle Reign FC)

 

 


Friday, November 24 Wales vs. Kazakhstan (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

Wales scored the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute of their World Cup qualifier vs. Kazakhstan. Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock started for Wales in the 1-0 win. Match report

NWSL players on Wales’ roster: Jess Fishlock (Seattle Reign FC)


England vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

England topped Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 in their Women’s World Cup qualifier. Jodie Taylor, recently signed by Seattle Reign FC, did not feature in the match. Match report

NWSL players on England’s roster: Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign FC)


Jordan vs. Japan

Japan beat Jordan 2-0 in a friendly. Match report

NWSL players on Japan’s roster: Rumi Utsugi (Seattle Reign FC)


 

Saturday, November 25 Costa Rica vs. Mexico

Raquel Rodriguez scored the game-winner in the 90th minute as Costa Rica topped Mexico 3-2.

NWSL players on Costa Rica’s roster: Raquel Rodriguez (Sky Blue FC)


Chile vs. Brazil

Marta converted a penalty kick and added an assist in Brazil’s 4-0 win over Chile. Andressinha also tallied an assist and Debinha, who dislocated her left elbow in the Courage’s 1-0 NWSL semifinal win in October, returned to the field.

NWSL players on Brazil’s roster: Andressinha (Houston Dash), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Marta (Orlando Pride) and Monica (Orlando Pride)


Thailand vs. New Zealand

New Zealand and Thailand played to a 0-0 draw in Bangkok. Match report

NWSL players on New Zealand’s roster: Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign FC) and Katie Bowen (new Utah NWSL team)


Sunday, November 26 Australia vs. China

Another game, another brace for Sam Kerr. After falling behind early, Australia rallied to beat China 5-1 in their final game of the year. Kerr also added an assist and Lydia Williams made several big saves for Australia. The Matildas finished off a strong 2017 with seven straight wins. Highlights

NWSL players on Australia’s roster: Steph Catley (Orlando Pride), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns FC), Larissa Crummer (Seattle Reign FC) and Lydia Williams (Seattle Reign FC)


Monday, November 27 Costa Rica vs. Mexico

Costa Rica fell to Mexico 2-0 in the second of two friendlies between the teams. Match report

Tuesday, November 28 Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Wales (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

A 1-0 win for Wales in their World Cup qualifier vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina. With three wins and a draw through four games, Wales sits on top of their qualifying group. Match report

NWSL players on Wales’ roster: Jess Fishlock (Seattle Reign FC)


Netherlands vs. Republic of Ireland (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

Denise O’Sullivan and Ireland earned a 0-0 draw on the road vs. the Netherlands, the reigning Euro champs. Match report

NWSL players on Ireland’s roster: Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage)


England vs. Kazakhstan (Women’s World Cup Qualifier)

England topped Kazakhstan 5-0 in their World Cup Qualifier. Match report

NWSL players on England’s roster: Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign FC)


Chile vs. Brazil

Brazil topped Chile 3-0 in their final game of the year. Debinha scored and Marta assisted on Brazil’s first two goals in the win.

NWSL players on Brazil’s roster: Andressinha (Houston Dash), Debinha (North Carolina Courage), Marta (Orlando Pride) and Monica (Orlando Pride)


Canada vs. Norway

Canada fell behind 2-0 in the first half, but rallied to beat Norway 3-2. Christine Sinclair scored international goal No. 169 in the win, Canada’s seventh of the year. Janine Beckie and Adriana Leon also scored. Maegan Kelly earned her first international assist. Match report

 

NWSL players on Canada’s roster: Stephanie Labbé (Washington Spirit), Lindsay Agnew (Washington Spirit), Adriana Leon (Boston Breakers), Allysha Chapman (Boston Breakers), Shelina Zadorsky (Washington Spirit), Desiree Scott (new Utah NWSL team), Janine Beckie (Houston Dash), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash) and Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC).


Thailand vs. New Zealand

Katie Bowen scored a goal and earned a penalty kick for the Ferns as New Zealand beat Thailand 5-0. Match report

NWSL players on New Zealand’s roster: Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign FC) and Katie Bowen (new Utah NWSL team)

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