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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Red Stars claim No. 1
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
(Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)
(Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)

Vanessa DiBernardo and the Chicago Red Stars powered to the top spot in the Week 7 rankings with their second straight win over the league leading North Carolina Courage.

DiBernardo had a goal and an assist in the game to power Chicago to a 3-2 win as the Red Stars went undefeated in May with a 3-0-1 record and outscored their opponents 9-4 during the month.

The assist was the 16th of her NWSL career – tying her with Sky Blue forward Kelley O’Hara for the lead among active players and just two behind the league record held by former FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday.

Elsewhere, the Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns both jumped up a spot in this week’s rankings thanks to a pair of two-goal wins. See below for where your favorite team has landed this week.

1
CHICAGO RED STARS
4-2-1, 13 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 2

Vanessa DiBernardo scored for the second game in a row as she netted the game winner in 3-2 victory over North Carolina that saw the Red Stars win for the fourth time in the last six games. The W pulled Chicago within two points of the Courage at the top of the standings – with a game in hand.


2
SEATTLE REIGN FC
3-1-3, 12 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 3

Katie Johnson scored the second goal of her rookie campaign and Nahomi Kawasumi picked up her league-leading fifth assist to pace the Reign to a 2-0 win over Houston. Seattle has now tallied 17 goals so far this year – the most by any team in NWSL history seven games into a given season.


3
PORTLAND THORNS FC
3-1-3, 12 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 4

Two goals in the first five minutes saw the Thorns blitz Boston in a 2-0 win. Amandine Henry was involved in both – getting her first tally of her NWSL career as Portland ended a run of three consecutive draws with the victory. Mark Parsons and his players now gear up for a key home-and-home series with Sky Blue.


4
SKY BLUE FC
4-3-1, 13 pts
Down: 3
Last week: 1

Samantha Kerr had a goal and an assist and Maya Hayes scored the game-winning goal as Sky Blue rallied for a 2-1 win over Orlando as the Jersey girls rebounded from a midweek loss to North Carolina. Sky Blue has won three out of their last four and is a perfect 3-0-0 at home so far this year.


5
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
5-3-0, 15 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 6

The Courage followed a convincing win with a frustrating loss in Week 7 as Lynn Williams, Samantha Mewis, Abby Erceg and Debinha all scored for North Carolina over the past seven days. Paul Riley’s team gets set to start a stretch that will see them play four of their next five at home.


6
FC KANSAS CITY
3-2-2, 11 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 7

FC Kansas City shook off their offensive struggles as Sydney Leroux scored twice and Brittany Ratcliffe had two assists to lead a 10-player Blues side to 3-2 comeback win against Washington. It was just the second time in the last 27 matches that KC has scored three goals in a game.


7
BOSTON BREAKERS
2-3-2, 8 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 5

A 2-0 loss to Portland saw the Breakers follow up the best April in club history with a winless May. Boston has the worst road offense in the league – having scored just once in three games on their travels. It doesn’t get any easier with away games at Orlando and North Carolina in the coming weeks.


8
ORLANDO PRIDE
1-3-3, 6 pts
Last week: 8

Jasmyne Spencer scored her second goal of the season last week as the Pride got on the board first for the third time in the last four games. But Orlando was unable to make that lead hold up as they fell to Sky Blue in a 2-1 loss as they dropped their fifth point this season from winning positions.


9
HOUSTON DASH
2-5-0, 6 pts
Last week: 9

The Dash are experiencing unwelcome echoes of 2016 as they lost their fourth straight match in a 2-0 defeat against Seattle. Houston will travel to face Washington in Week 8 as coach Randy Waldrum’s side will go against the last team they beat prior to their current slide.


10
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
1-5-1, 4 pts
Last week: 10

Havana Solaun scored the third time in the last four games and Kristie Mewis tallied her second goal of the season, but the Spirit suffered their fourth one-goal loss of the campaign in a 3-2 setback against FC Kansas City. It’s the first time since 2013 Washington has won just one of their first seven matches.

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