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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Seattle takes the top spot
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
Seattle Reign FC netted six goals in Week 5. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)
Seattle Reign FC netted six goals in Week 5. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)

Nahomi Kawasumi had a game for the ages with a goal and four assists to lead the Seattle Reign to an emphatic 6-2 victory in Week 5.

The Japan international established a pair of new NWSL records with her offensive outburst, while Megan Rapinoe scored her league-leading third and fourth goals of the season and the Reign set a new club record with six goals in a single game.

Elsewhere, the Orlando Pride brought an end to their 12-game winless run with a 3-1 victory against the North Carolina Courage in the first game in league history to feature three goals in as many minutes – two by the Pride and one by North Carolina. The loss for Paul Riley’s team snapped a four-game win streak to start the year.

1
SEATTLE REIGN FC
2-1-2, 8 pts
Up: 4
Last week: 5

Naho Kawasumi added her name to the NWSL history book as she established new single-game records with four assists and being directly involved in five goals to lead the Reign to a 6-2 victory over the Washington Spirit. The six goals scored by Seattle were the most in club history and has left them averaging 2.80 goals per game this season.


2
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
4-1-0, 12 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 1

The Courage saw their four-game win streak to start the season come to an end in a 3-1 road loss to Orlando. North Carolina return home for a two-game home stand that will see Chicago and Sky Blue FC come to Sahlen’s Stadium – where Paul Riley’s team are a perfect 2-0-0 so far this year.


3
PORTLAND THORNS FC
2-1-2, 8 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 2

Adrianna Franch made two saves to help deliver the second shutout in three games for the Thorns, who had to settle for their second consecutive draw. Portland now prepares for a home-and-home series with Boston in Week 6 and Week 7 with the first match in New England.


4
SKY BLUE FC
2-2-1, 7 pts
Up: 4
Last week: 8

Sarah Killion scored her fourth goal of the season – tied with Seattle’s Megan Rapinoe for the league lead – while Leah Galton and Sam Kerr both got their first tallies of the year as Sky Blue FC romped to a 3-1 victory over Houston as the New Jersey side extended its unbeaten run against the Dash to eight games.


5
BOSTON BREAKERS
2-2-1, 7 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 4

The Breakers were oh so close to ending a nine-game winless run against Chicago, but had to settle for a 1-1 road draw with the Red Stars after allowing the game-tying goal in the 89th minute. Rose Lavelle continued to impress with her second goal of the season.


6
CHICAGO RED STARS
2-2-1, 7 pts
Down: 3
Last week: 3

Christen Press picked the perfect moment to score her first goal of the 2017 season as she headed home in the 89th minute to salvage a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Boston in Week 5. The tally extended the Red Stars’ unbeaten run to 10 games against the Breakers – tied for the longest such streak in league history for one team against a single opponent.


7
ORLANDO PRIDE
1-2-2, 5 pts
Up: 3
Last week: 10

Chioma Ubogagu, Camila and Jasmyne Spencer all scored to power the Pride to a 3-1 victory over league leaders North Carolina and snap Orlando’s 12-game winless run that dated back to last season. Coach Tom Sermanni’s team now look to end a 10-match winless run on the road when they travel to face Seattle in Week 6.


8
HOUSTON DASH
2-3-0, 6 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 6

Poliana scored her second goal of the season, but the Dash dropped their second straight game with a 3-1 loss against Sky Blue. Houston has allowed two or more goals in all three of their losses this year. Coach Randy Waldrum’s side go on the road to face Sky Blue FC in the second game of a home-and-home.


9
FC KANSAS CITY
1-2-2, 5 pts
Last week: 9

Nicole Barnhart posted a two-save shutout for her second clean sheet of the season to help FC Kansas City earn a scoreless draw with the Thorns. But it’s déjà vu for the Blues who continue to excel on defense but are struggling on the offensive side of the ball – with just three goals through the first five games.


10
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
1-3-1, 4 pts
Down: 3
Last week: 7

The Spirit became the first team to concede half a dozen goals in a game since Boston allowed six goals against Western New York in June last season. Washington will be eager for newly allocated U.S. international Mallory Pugh to arrive as soon as possible to help bolster a team that has won just once this year.

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