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OCT 27
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Week 14 Power Rankings: No budge at the top as the Courage hold on; Reign FC move to No. 2
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
The Courage improved to 11-1-3 with a 3-0 win in Orlando in Week 14. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
The Courage improved to 11-1-3 with a 3-0 win in Orlando in Week 14. (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)

See where each team falls in the Week 14 edition of the Power Rankings.

 

1
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
11-1-3, 36 pts
Change:
Last week: 1

The Courage scored three goals in three minutes to grab three points over the Orlando Pride on Saturday. The Courage sit comfortably in first place in the league standings with 36 points and a 11-1-3 overall record. North Carolina has a 13 point advantage over the second-placed team in the standings (Seattle Reign FC). The Courage will likely welcome newly-signed Heather O’Reilly in Week 15 play after the midfielder was acquired by the Courage from Utah last week.


2
SEATTLE REIGN FC
6-3-5, 23 pts
Change: ▲ 4
Last week: 6

The Reign bump up four spots after earning four points in Week 14. Jodie Taylor scored in the 89th minute to lift her team over Portland Thorns FC on Saturday night. The Reign secured second place in the league standings after the weekend and are now 6-3-5 for 23 points. The Reign will return to action on Saturday to host the Houston Dash.


3
UTAH ROYALS FC
5-3-6, 21 pts
Change: ▲ 2
Last week: 5

Utah Royals FC climb up two spots this week after earning four points in Week 14. After settling for a scoreless draw against Reign FC on Wednesday, Utah let the goals fall on Saturday, scoring three to defeat Sky Blue FC 3-1. Christen Press scored her first for the team and Katie Stengel scored a brace in the win. Utah sits in fifth place in the standings with a 5-3-6 overall record and 21 points. Utah will gear up for a Friday night road game vs. Portland Thorns FC.


4
CHICAGO RED STARS
5-3-7, 22 pts
Change:
Last week: 4

The Chicago Red Stars shut out the Washington Spirit 2-0 on Sunday to slide up to the fourth and final playoff spot as we enter the final third of the season. Yuki Nagasato scored a diving header for her third goal of the season. The Red Stars are now 5-3-7 with 22 points and will be back in action on Wednesday vs. the North Carolina Courage.


5
PORTLAND THORNS FC
5-5-5, 20 pts
Change: ▼ 2
Last week: 3

Portland drops down two spots this week after earning one point in two games in Week 14. The Thorns split points with Sky Blue on Wednesday and then fell to Seattle 1-0 on Saturday. The Thorns are now sixth place in the standings with a 5-5-5 record and 20 points. The Thorns will host Utah Royals FC on Friday.


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

The Pride fall four spots after losing both of their games in Week 14. The Pride first fell to the Houston Dash 2-1 on Wednesday and then gave up three goals in three minutes to fall to the Courage on Saturday. The Pride still hold on to third place in the league standings with a 6-5-4 overall record and 22 points. They’ll next be in action Saturday night at home vs. the Spirit.


7
HOUSTON DASH
4-5-5, 17 pts
Change:
Last week: 7

The Houston Dash are unchanged this week in the rankings after earning three points in Week 14 in their 2-1 comeback win over the Orlando Pride on Wednesday. The Dash snapped the Pride’s chance at going unbeaten through five straight games and are now unbeaten in all but two of their last nine games. The Dash are now 4-5-5 overall on the season with 17 points. The Dash will hit the road in Week 15 to face Seattle Reign FC on Saturday.


8
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
2-9-4, 10 pts
Change:
Last week: 8

The Spirit fell to the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday and have now been shutout in five straight games (0-3-2 over that span.) The Spirit are in eighth place in the standings with a 2-9-4 overall record and 10 points. The Spirit will look to get back to wining ways when they visit the Orlando Pride on Saturday.


9
SKY BLUE FC
0-10-3, 3 pts
Change:
Last week: 9

Sky Blue FC earned a road draw in Portland but then fell to Utah Royals FC 3-1 on Saturday. They are now 0-10-3, the longest winless streak to start a season in NWSL history. Carli Lloyd scored in both games, however, Sky Blue will still be looking for their first three points of the season when they host the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday night.

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