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OCT 27
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Week 1 Rewind: We’re back!
The 2018 NWSL season begins
Utah Royals FC celebrate the first goal in franchise history. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
Utah Royals FC celebrate the first goal in franchise history. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

The NWSL is back! A look at all the action around the league in Week 1, as eight of the league’s nine teams played their opening games of the season. Sky Blue FC will make their season debut on March 31.

 

 

North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC

In a game billed as a rematch of the 2017 NWSL Championship, the North Carolina Courage beat Portland Thorns FC 1-0 on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Cary, North Carolina. Debinha scored the game’s only goal on a no-look assist from Denise O’Sullivan. Crystal Dunn returned to the NWSL, making her Courage debut in the game. Read more

 


Orlando Pride vs. Utah Royals FC

The Orlando Pride and Utah Royals FC played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium. Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir scored the first goal in Utah Royals FC history. Diana Matheson, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, assisted on Utah’s goal. Pride forward Marta evened the score with a penalty kick. Orlando earned the penalty following a controversial call by referee Danielle Chesky. Utah defender Becky Sauerbrunn was shown a yellow card for handling the ball in the box, but the ball appeared to hit her in the face. Read more

 


 

Seattle Reign FC vs. Washington Spirit

Seattle Reign FC beat the Washington Spirit 2-1 in their home opener. Megan Rapinoe scored a goal and added an assist to Jodie Taylor. Rapinoe’s goal came on a direct free kick in the seventh minute. Joanna Lohman scored in the second half for the Spirit. Lohman was playing in her first game since tearing her ACL in last year’s season opener. Read more

 

 


 

Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars

The Houston Dash and the Chicago Red Stars tied 1-1 in the final game of Week 1 on Sunday. Kimberly Keever scored her first professional goal to give the Dash a 1-0 lead. Red Stars midfielder Taylor Comeau evened the score in the first minute of second half stoppage time. Read more

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