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Week 11/12 Power Rankings: Utah Royals FC move to No. 2 after ending the Courage’s unbeaten streak
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Utah Royals FC upset the North Carolina Courage 1-0 on Saturday night. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
Utah Royals FC upset the North Carolina Courage 1-0 on Saturday night. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

See where each team falls in the Week 11/12 edition of the Power Rankings.

1
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
9-1-3, 30 pts
Change:
Last week: 1

Despite suffering their first loss this season on Saturday night, the Courage continue to hold onto the top spot in the Power Rankings this week. The Courage are still in first place in the league standings with 30 points and 11 points ahead of the league’s second place team, Seattle Reign FC. The Courage will look to bounce back in Week 13 when they hit the road to face the Reign on Saturday, June 23.


2
UTAH ROYALS FC
4-2-5, 17 pts
Change: ▲ 2
Last week: 4

Utah Royals FC moved up two spots after defeating the then-undefeated North Carolina Courage 1-0 in Week 12 action. Forward Brittany Ratcliffe scored the game-winner for Utah in the 94th minute. Utah sit in fourth place in the league standings with a 4-2-5 overall record and 17 points. Utah has only recorded one loss in their last eight games and will prepare to face the Chicago Red Stars in Week 13 play.


3
ORLANDO PRIDE
5-3-4, 19 pts
Change:
Last week: 3

The Pride hang onto the third place spot in the Power Rankings this week after securing a 3-2 win over Sky Blue FC in Week 12. With the victory on Saturday night, the Pride improve to 5-3-4 overall and sit in third place in the league standings, with 19 points. Sydney Leroux scored a brace and Rachel Hill scored in the 83rd minute to lift the Pride over Sky Blue. The Pride have lost just once in their last nine games. The Pride will next visit the Washington Spirit on Saturday, June 23.


4
SEATTLE REIGN FC
5-2-4, 19 pts
Change: ▼ 2
Last week: 2

Seattle Reign FC drop back to fourth place in the Power Rankings after settling for a scoreless draw in Week 12. The Reign played to a 0-0 result against the Washington Spirit and remain in second place in the league standings with a 5-2-4 overall record. The Reign are tied with the Pride in points (19) and will have a big task this weekend when they host the Courage on Saturday night.


5
PORTLAND THORNS FC
4-4-4, 16 pts
Change:
Last week: 5

The Thorns played to a 1-1 result against the Chicago Red Stars in Week 12 and are in fifth place in the league standings, with a 4-4-4 overall record. The Thorns got on the board on Saturday night thanks to a 48th minute goal from Lindsey Horan. This is Horan’s fifth goal of the season. The Thorns return to action on Friday night when they hit the road to face the Houston Dash.


6
HOUSTON DASH
3-4-5, 14 pts
Change:
Last week: 6

The Dash hold onto the sixth place spot in the Power Rankings after a bye in Week 12 play. The Dash are 3-4-5 overall with 14 points, and will return to action on Friday night when they host Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium.


7
CHICAGO RED STARS
3-3-7, 16 pts
Change:
Last week: 7

The Red Stars played to a 1-1 draw vs. Portland Thorns FC this past weekend and just before the game the team announced that Sofia Huerta, Sam Johnson, and Taylor Comeau were all unavailable for the game due to a pending trade. Yuki Nagasato scored the game’s first goal in the 43rd minute after Sam Kerr was fouled in the box. This was Nagasato’s second goal of the year. The Red Stars are currently sixth place in the league standings with a 3-3-7 overall record for 16 points. The Red Stars will face Utah Royals FC in Week 13 action.


8
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
2-7-4, 10 pts
Change:
Last week: 8

The Washington Spirit played two games in Week 11/12 action, both resulting in scoreless draws, after playing to a 0-0 result on June 8 against Sky Blue FC, and then settling for a 0-0 draw against Seattle Reign FC on June 16. The Spirit sit in eighth place in the league standings with a 2-7-4 overall record for 10 points. The Spirit will host the Pride in Week 13.


9
SKY BLUE FC
0-9-2, 2 pts
Change:
Last week: 9

Sky Blue FC battled it out against the Orlando Pride on Saturday night, however, they eventually fell to the Pride 3-2. Savannah McCaskill and Madison Tiernan scored for Sky Blue. With the loss, Sky Blue are winless through their first 11 games, tying the 2013 Seattle Reign FC for the longest winless streak to start the season. Sky Blue are 0-9-2 with the loss, and will look for their first win of the year when they face Portland Thorns FC for a midweek game on Wednesday, June 27.

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