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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Red Stars fight their way to No. 1
Christen Press led Chicago to a win on the road in Orlando
Christen Press scored a penalty kick for the Red Stars, earning them the win and the top spot in the power rankings for Week 11. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper for isiphotos.com)
Christen Press scored a penalty kick for the Red Stars, earning them the win and the top spot in the power rankings for Week 11. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper for isiphotos.com)

Christen Press and the Chicago Red Stars rebounded from their first loss in nine matches with a tough 1-0 victory over the Orlando Pride in their second match of Week 11.

The U.S. international held her nerve from the penalty spot in the second half and Alyssa Naeher made four saves against Orlando as the Red Stars earned their fifth win in the last seven games. Chicago’s 16 points in their last seven games are the most of any club during that stretch.

Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe is putting on a clinic. The leading scorer in the league tallied four times in Week 11 – scoring every goal for the Seattle Reign in a pair of victories, including a 2-0 triumph in a grudge match with the Portland Thorns.

See below for where your favorite club slots in for this week’s rankings.

1
CHICAGO RED STARS
7-3-2, 23 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 2

Christen Press picked up her fifth goal of the season to lead the Red Stars to a 1-0 win against Orlando and pull Chicago within one point of the Courage at the top of the table. The U.S. international has scored or assisted on three game-winning goals this year.


2
SKY BLUE FC
6-6-1, 19 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 3

Samantha Kerr can’t stop scoring. The two-time reigning NWSL Player of the Month scored her fourth goal in as many games as Sky Blue FC toppled North Carolina to bounce back from a midweek loss.


3
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
8-4-0, 24 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 1

The Courage split their two games in Week 11 – with a 1-0 win over Boston followed by a 1-0 loss to Sky Blue FC. At the end of the day, North Carolina remained on top of the league.


4
SEATTLE REIGN FC
5-2-5, 20 pts
Up: 2
Last week: 6

Megan Rapinoe is on a mission. The U.S. international scored all four goals for the Reign to lead a pair of victories in Week 11. Rapinoe has tallied five times in the last three games and leads the league with nine goals.


5
ORLANDO PRIDE
4-5-3, 15 pts
Last week: 5

Aubrey Bledsoe continued her strong performance as the stand-in for the injured Ashlyn Harris with five saves in a loss to Chicago as the Pride split their two games in Week 11. Alex Morgan also made her first NWSL appearance since winning the UEFA Champions League with Olympique Lyon.


6
HOUSTON DASH
4-7-1, 13 pts
Up: 3
Last week: 9

Rachel Daly scored for the second game running and Nichelle Prince netted the game-winning goal as the Dash rallied for a 2-1 win over KC to push their unbeaten run to three games – their longest such streak this year.


7
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
3-6-2, 11 pts
Down: 3
Last week: 4

A 1-0 loss to Boston put the skids on a three-match unbeaten run as the Spirit suffered their first shutout in the last six games. On the positive side, Washington has allowed just two goals in the last four games.


8
PORTLAND THORNS FC
5-4-3, 18 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 7

A 2-0 setback to Seattle was the third loss in the last four games for the Thorns. Opponents have shutout Portland in two of the last three matches and the 2013 champs will look to get back on track against Houston in Week 12.


9
BOSTON BREAKERS
3-6-3, 12 pts
Up: 1
Last week: 10

Rookie Margaret Purce scored her first goal as professional to deliver a 1-0 win for the Breakers and snap a four-game losing streak as well as an eight-match winless run. Fellow rookie Sammy Jo Prudhomme has two shutouts in the first three starts of her career.


10
FC KANSAS CITY
3-5-4, 13 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 8

Shea Groom scored her first goal of the season to give FC Kansas City a lead against Houston, but the Blues weren’t able to make it hold up as they slumped to their fifth defeat of the season. KC is winless in their last five – one off the longest runs without a victory in club history.

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