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OCT 27
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Power Rankings: Sky Blue FC climbs to No. 1
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
Sky Blue FC topped Houston thanks to a late game-winning goal from Raquel Rodriguez. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
Sky Blue FC topped Houston thanks to a late game-winning goal from Raquel Rodriguez. (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

Sarah Killion scored for the fourth time in the last three games and Raquel Rodriguez tallied her second-game winning goal of the year to lead Sky Blue FC to their second consecutive win and third victory in the last four contests.

The 2-1 win was their second in as many weeks against the Houston Dash as coach Christy Holly’s team has stormed up the standings into second place and to the top of this week’s rankings.

Elsewhere around the league, the Chicago Red Stars pushed their unbeaten run to three games – while the Portland Thorns extended their stretch without a loss to four matches.

See below where all 10 clubs rank in this week’s rankings.

1
SKY BLUE FC
3-2-1, 10 pts
Up: 3
Last week: 4

Sarah Killion scored her fifth goal of the season – fourth from the penalty spot – and Raquel Rodriguez netted the game-winning tally to lift Sky Blue over Houston for the second consecutive week. The Jersey girls face a big road test against North Carolina in the midweek before rounding out Week 7 at home against Orlando.


2
CHICAGO RED STARS
3-2-1, 10 pts
Up: 4
Last week: 6

Christen Press scored for the second game running and added an assist while Sofia Huerta and Vanessa DiBernardo both notched their first goals of the year to send the Red Stars to a 3-1 win vs. North Carolina. Chicago has seven points from their last three games – tied for the most in the league during that stretch – and look to keep it going in Week 7 when they welcome the Courage to Toyota Park.


3
SEATTLE REIGN FC
2-1-3, 9 pts
Down: 2
Last week: 1

Beverly Yanez notched her third goal of the season to lead the Reign to a 1-1 home draw against Orlando as the Reign extended their unbeaten run to three straight. Haley Kopmeyer made four saves against the Pride as Seattle allowed fewer than two goals in a match for the first time in four games.


4
PORTLAND THORNS FC
2-1-3, 9 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 3

The Thorns became the 16th side to earn at least a point from a game in which they trailed by two goals as Nadia Nadim scored twice to rally Portland for a 2-2 draw with the Breakers. But three straight draws have seen coach Mark Parsons and his players take just three of the last nine points available and they will look to get things turned around next week against Boston.


5
BOSTON BREAKERS
2-2-2, 8 pts
Last week: 5

Despite wasting a two-goal lead behind goals from Natasha Dowie and Rosie White in a 2-2 draw against the Thorns, the Breakers continue to show signs of improvement. A win against Portland in Week 7 would see Boston match the club’s best seven-game start as well as equal their entire point total from last year.


6
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
4-2-0, 12 pts
Down: 4
Last week: 2

After starting the year with four wins on the trot, back-to-back 3-1 losses will be a cause for concern for the Courage. North Carolina will want to see a return to the defense that earned them three shutouts in their first four matches of the season with a pair of difficult games in Week 7 against Sky Blue FC and Chicago.


7
FC KANSAS CITY
2-2-2, 8 pts
Up: 2
Last week: 9

Sydney Leroux set up Alexa Newfield for only the second goal in the last five games for the Blues, but it was enough for a 1-0 win against Washington – their first since opening day – thanks to goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and her impressive backline. FC Kansas City bring their No.-1 ranked defense back home to face the Spirit again in Week 7.


8
ORLANDO PRIDE
1-2-3, 6 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 7

Marta scored her second goal of the season to help the Pride earn a 1-1 road draw with Seattle. It was the second point this season Orlando pulled back from a losing position but it did extend the team’s 11-game winless run on the road, a club record. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris left the match in the 26th minute with an apparent hip injury.


9
HOUSTON DASH
2-4-0, 6 pts
Down: 1
Last week: 8

After claiming wins in two of their first three matches, the Dash have slipped down the power rankings thanks to three straight losses. Coach Randy Waldrum’s team has been outscored 7-2 in those three matches and will be looking to avoid Houston’s first four-game slide since a six-match losing streak last year when they take on Seattle in Week 7.


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

The good news: Mallory Pugh is here! The bad news: the Spirit are still looking to get out of their funk after a 1-0 loss to FC Kansas City saw Washington make their worst six-game start to an NWSL season.

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