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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Adrianna Franch, Thorns hold onto the top spot with 11th shutout of the season
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
Adrianna Franch earned her 11th shutout of the season against the Orlando Pride. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper for isiphotos.com)
Adrianna Franch earned her 11th shutout of the season against the Orlando Pride. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper for isiphotos.com)

Adrianna Franch made two saves to help Portland Thorns FC earn a scoreless draw on the road against the Orlando Pride as the goalkeeper set a new single-season record for shutouts with her 11th clean sheet of the year.

The clean sheet was the third in a row – and fourth in the last five games – for Franch, who has played every minute of the season for the Thorns. She passed FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, who posted 10 shutouts in 2013, for the single-season record.

Meanwhile, the Red Stars and Orlando Pride both clinched playoff spots in Week 21 to complete the field for the 2017 NWSL Playoffs.

See below where each club has landed in the rankings this week.

1
PORTLAND THORNS FC
13-5-5, 44 pts
Last week: 1

Adrianna Franch made NWSL history with her 11th shutout of the year – setting a single-season record – to help the Thorns to a scoreless draw against Orlando. The 11 clean sheets for Portland are tied for most by a team in a single season.


2
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
15-6-1, 46 pts
Last week: 2

Ashley Hatch scored the sixth goal of her rookie campaign to help the Courage to a 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC in Week 21. It was the first draw for North Carolina, who narrowly missed out on clinching the NWSL Shield. The Courage will get another shot at securing the regular season crown Wednesday against Houston.


3
CHICAGO RED STARS
11-6-6, 39 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 4

Christen Press scored her 11th of the season, while Jen Hoy and Casey Short also found the back the net to help the Red Stars back to the playoffs for the third consecutive season with a 3-2 victory over Houston.


4
ORLANDO PRIDE
10-6-7, 37 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 3

Ashlyn Harris made one save to help earn the Pride a scoreless draw against Portland Thorns FC. Thanks to Seattle’s loss on Sunday, Orlando clinched a playoff spot for the first time in club history as they look to play on their home field in the 2017 NWSL Championship.


5
FC KANSAS CITY
8-9-6, 30 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 6

Shea Groom scored her fifth of the year – to go along with six assists – as FC Kansas City registered a 1-0 road win over Seattle. Nicole Barnhart needed to make just one save behind her backline led by Becky Sauerbrunn and Yael Averbuch to become the first goalkeeper to shutout the Reign since May 2015.


6
SEATTLE REIGN FC
8-8-7, 31 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 5

The Reign fell to a 1-0 home defeat against FC Kansas City in Week 21. The result eliminated Seattle from the playoffs and snapped their NWSL record 28-game home scoring streak. Not the greatest of weeks for the Reign.


7
BOSTON BREAKERS
4-12-7, 19 pts
Up: 3
Last week: 10

Natasha Dowie scored, Adriana Leon had a goal and an assist and Abby Smith made three saves as the Breakers snapped a 10-game winless run with a 3-0 win over Washington. The result also ended a 13-match winless run on the road that was the longest active streak in the league.


8
SKY BLUE FC
9-11-3, 30 pts
Last week: 8

Raquel Rodriguez scored and Samantha Kerr had an assist as Sky Blue FC earned a 1-1 draw against North Carolina. Goalkeeper Caroline Casey also played a pivotal role with six saves to help the Jersey club snap a two-game losing streak.


9
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
5-14-4, 19 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 7

The Spirit fell to a 3-0 defeat against Boston as Washington lost for the sixth time in the last seven games. The Spirit will try to close out the 2017 season on a positive note against Seattle in Week 22.


10
HOUSTON DASH
7-13-2, 23 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 9

Amber Brooks and Rachel Daly both had a goal to snap a three-game scoreless streak for the Dash, but Houston still fell to a 3-2 defeat against Chicago. The Dash have now lost four straight and will look to end that run with two games in Week 22 against North Carolina and FC Kansas City.


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