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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Pride strike at home to stay in top spot
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
Alex Morgan and Marta celebrate one of the Orlando Pride's four goals scored against the Boston Breakers during Week 19. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper for isiphotos.com)
Alex Morgan and Marta celebrate one of the Orlando Pride's four goals scored against the Boston Breakers during Week 19. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper for isiphotos.com)

Alex Morgan saw her scoring streak come to an end at five games, but the U.S. international still managed an assist to help the Orlando Pride to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Breakers for a club-record fifth consecutive win. The 2016 expansion club continues to make strides toward a playoff appearance in just their second season.

Morgan still has a goal or an assist in each of her last six matches – while Marta has four goals and two assists during the same stretch – as the Pride have taken their play to another level down the stretch.

Elsewhere, Christine Sinclair and the Portland Thorns continued to roll along with a 4-0 triumph over the Washington Spirit as the Cascadia club clinched a playoff spot.

1
ORLANDO PRIDE
10-6-5, 35 pts
Last week: 1

Chioma Ubogagu had a goal and assist and was instrumental all four goals to lead the Pride to a 4-2 victory over Boston as Orlando won their fifth straight to put themselves on the brink of the first playoff appearance in club history.


2
PORTLAND THORNS FC
11-5-4, 37 pts
Last week: 2

Christine Sinclair scored twice to help the Thorns clinch their fourth playoff appearance in five years with a 4-0 victory over Washington. Portland has won seven of their last eight and if that wasn’t scary enough – they just added Tobin Heath to their active roster.


3
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
14-6-0, 42 pts
Last week: 3

The runaway league leaders have officially found themselves a bogey team as the Courage lost to Chicago for the third time this season in a 2-1 road defeat. It was also the first time North Carolina has lost when leading in a match.


4
FC KANSAS CITY
7-9-5, 26 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 5

FC Kansas City are still alive following a huge 4-1 victory over Sky Blue FC as Shea Groom scored twice and added an assist for the Blues. Groom and her teammates can buy themselves another week with a win against Chicago in Week 20.


5
CHICAGO RED STARS
10-6-5, 35 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 6

Yuki Nagasato and Julie Ertz both scored to rally the Red Stars to a 2-1 victory against North Carolina as Chicago completed a three-game sweep of the season series against the league leaders.


6
SEATTLE REIGN FC
8-7-6, 30 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 7

Coach Laura Harvey became the first coach in NWSL history with 50 wins as the Reign got a much needed 1-0 victory against Houston to keep themselves in the playoff hunt.


7
SKY BLUE FC
9-10-2, 29 pts
Down: 3
Last week: 4

Sky Blue FC’s margin for error has almost vanished following a deflating 4-1 loss to FC Kansas City. The Jersey club play for their playoff lives from here on out and will need every goal they can get from Samantha Kerr as she tries to break the NWSL single-season scoring record.


8
HOUSTON DASH
7-11-2, 23 pts
Last week: 8

A 1-0 loss to Seattle leaves the Dash on the precipice of postseason elimination. Houston has won just once in their last five matches – and failed to score in three of those.


9
BOSTON BREAKERS
3-11-7, 16 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 10

The Breakers fell to a 4-2 defeat against Orlando. Boston is winless in the previous nine games and has won just once in the last 18 matches. That’s the bad news. The good? Rose Lavelle made her first NWSL appearance since June.


10
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
4-13-4, 16 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 9

A 4-0 loss to Portland saw the Spirit extend their winless run to six games – the most for the club since an NWSL record 13-game streak without a victory back in 2013.


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