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Week 13 Power Rankings: Courage back to winnings ways, Pride move up to No. 2
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The North Carolina Courage are now 10-1-3. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)
The North Carolina Courage are now 10-1-3. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)

See where each team falls in the Week 13 edition of the Power Rankings.

1
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
10-1-3, 33 pts
Change:
Last week: 1

The Courage got back to their winning ways in Week 13. Crystal Dunn scored twice to lead the Courage to a 4-1 road victory over Seattle Reign FC. The Courage remain at the top of the league table with a 10-1-3 overall record for 33 points. Dunn now has six goals on the season for a league second-best. Lynn Williams also chipped in with a goal and two assists. The Courage will hit the road for a 1-vs-2 match-up against the Orlando Pride on Saturday, June 30.


2
ORLANDO PRIDE
6-3-4, 22 pts
Change: ▲ 1
Last week: 3

The Pride rise up to No. 2 in the league standings and power rankings after earning a 1-0 win over the Washington Spirit in Week 13 action. Alanna Kennedy scored from midfield to improve the Pride’s record to 6-3-4 overall for 22 points. The Pride are unbeaten in their last six road games and have lost only once in their last ten games. The Pride have a busy week ahead when they first face the Houston Dash on Wednesday and then a key test on Saturday when they host the Courage.


3
PORTLAND THORNS FC
5-4-4, 19 pts
Change: ▲ 2
Last week: 5

The Thorns move up two spots in the power rankings this week after defeating the Houston Dash 3-1 on Friday. The Thorns are in fourth place in the league standings with a 5-4-4 overall record for 19 points. Christine Sinclair scored a goal, her seventh of the season, and earned an assist in her 100th career NWSL game. The Thorns also welcomed back Adrianna Franch in goal and she made one save in the win. The Thorns will next host Sky Blue FC for a midweek clash on Wednesday and then will face Seattle Reign FC on the road on Saturday.


4
CHICAGO RED STARS
4-3-7, 19 pts
Change: ▲ 3
Last week: 7

The Red Stars move up three spots this week after securing a 2-0 win over Utah Royals FC at home in Week 13. With the win, the Red Stars shot up to fifth place in the league standings with a 4-3-7 overall record for 19 points. The Red Stars are unbeaten in their last three games, going 2-0-1 over that span. The Red Stars will return to action on Sunday, July 1 facing the Washington Spirit.


5
UTAH ROYALS FC
4-3-5, 17 pts
Change: ▼ 3
Last week: 2

After earning a No. 2 spot in the Week 11/12 power rankings, Utah Royals FC drop to fifth place in the rankings after falling to the Red Stars 2-0 in Week 13. Utah falls just behind the Red Stars for sixth place in the league standings. Utah is 4-3-5 overall with 17 points. Utah will return home on Wednesday to host Seattle Reign FC and then will host Sky Blue on Saturday. New Utah forward Christen Press and defender Sam Johnson, who were acquired in a trade with the Red Stars and Dash last week, did not appear in Saturday’s game, but could make their debut on Wednesday night.


6
SEATTLE REIGN FC
5-3-4, 19 pts
Change: ▼ 2
Last week: 4

The Reign drop two spots in the rankings this week after falling to the Courage 4-1. The Reign’s lone goal came from Megan Oyster for her first goal of the season. The Reign sit in third place in the league standings with a 5-3-4 record for 19 points. The Reign will look to bounce back when they travel to Sandy, Utah, to play Utah Royals FC on Wednesday before returning home to host Portland on Saturday.


7
HOUSTON DASH
3-5-5, 14 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 6

Sofia Huerta, in her Dash debut, scored Houston’s only goal in their 3-1 loss to Portland Thorns FC in Week 13. The Dash are seventh in the league standings with a 3-5-5 record and 14 points. This was the Dash’s first game back since June 3 due to the international break and bye week. The Dash return to action on Wednesday to visit the Orlando Pride.


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

The Spirit are winless in their last five games and drop to 2-8-4 overall with 10 points after falling the Orlando Pride on Saturday. The Spirit have not scored in their last three matches and will enter Week 14 still in search of their third win of the season. The Spirit will hit the road to face Chicago on Sunday.


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

Sky Blue had a bye in Week 13 and will look for their first win of the season when they travel to Providence Park on Wednesday to face the Thorns and to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Utah Royals FC on Saturday.

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