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OCT 27
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Week 19 Power Rankings: Courage still No. 1, every other team changes spots
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter

See where each team ranks after Week 19:

 

1
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
15-1-4, 49 pts
Change:
Last week: 1

The Courage clinched the 2018 NWSL Shield on Sunday night defeating Portland Thorns FC 2-1. Lynn Williams scored a brace on the night to hand the Courage their NWSL Shield for the second year in a row. The Courage are now 15-1-4 with 49 points – 16 points ahead of the second-place Seattle Reign FC. The Courage will next face the fifth-place Chicago Red Stars on Friday night. The Courage have four more games left of the regular season and if they win all four they could have a maximum of 61 points headed into the postseason.


2
SEATTLE REIGN FC
9-4-6, 33 pts
Change: ▲ 1
Last week: 3

Seattle Reign FC move up to second place in the power rankings and hold on to second place in the league standings after shutting out the Spirit 2-0 in Week 19. The Reign are 9-4-6 with 33 points in the standings and sit three points ahead of the third-place Orlando Pride. Reign forward Jasmyne Spencer and Jodie Taylor scored on the night. The Reign have fives games left in the regular season and will travel to Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday to face Utah Royals FC.


3
CHICAGO RED STARS
7-4-7, 28 pts
Change: ▲ 1
Last week: 4

The Red Stars were off in Week 19 but remain just one point behind the fourth place Thorns for a playoff spot. The Red Stars defeated the second-place Reign 1-0 the last time out and will return to action on Friday against the league-leading North Carolina Courage. The Red Stars are in fifth place with a 7-4-7 overall record and 28 points and have five games left to continue on to postseason action.


4
PORTLAND THORNS FC
8-6-5, 29 pts
Change: ▼ 2
Last week: 2

Portland suffered a 2-1 loss to the Courage in Week 19. The loss snapped their three-game winning streak and handed the Courage the 2018 NWSL Shield. The Thorns remain in fourth place in the league standings with a 8-6-5 overall record and 29 points. Lindsey Horan scored the Thorns only goal of the game off of a free kick from Tobin Heath. The Thorns will next face the third-place Orlando Pride on Saturday – with a win the Thorns could jump the Pride in the standings. After Saturday the Thorns will only have three games left in the season.


5
UTAH ROYALS FC
6-6-7, 25 pts
Change: ▲ 2
Last week: 7

Utah’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Dash moved them to sixth place in the league standings. Utah swapped places with the Dash in the standings and are now four points behind the fourth-place Thorns FC. Utah Royals FC are 6-6-7 with 25 points and have a busy week ahead hosting the Spirit on Wednesday and then the second-place Reign FC on Saturday. After Week 20, Utah will only have three more games left in the regular season.


6
ORLANDO PRIDE
8-6-6, 30 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 5

A high-drama packed 2-2 draw vs. Sky Blue drops the Pride to 8-6-6 with 30 points. Despite just earning one point in Week 19, the draw is still good enough for third place in the NWSL standings. The Pride have just four games left to play – which is at least a game or two less than their nearest competitors in the standings. The Pride next face fourth-place Portland Thorns FC on Saturday. The Thorns are just one point behind the Pride.


7
HOUSTON DASH
6-8-5, 23 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 6

The Dash couldn’t keep hold of their 1-0 early lead vs. Utah Royals FC, dropping three points on Sunday in a 2-1 loss. The Dash dropped to seventh place in the standings, swapping spots with Utah. The Dash are 6-8-5 with 23 points and have five more games to play to work their way up in the standings into a playoff spot. Next up, the Dash will look to bounce back against Sky Blue FC on Saturday.


8
SKY BLUE FC
0-13-4, 4 pts
Change: ▲ 1
Last week: 9

Sky Blue moves out of last place into eighth place in Week 19’s power rankings after putting up a fight against the third-place Orlando Pride on Sunday. Sky Blue and the Pride played to a 2-2 draw and Sky Blue earned a point to improve to 0-13-4 overall with four points. The New Jersey club remains in search of their first win of the season and will have a tough task ahead without the presence of midfielder Carli Lloyd in their next match. Lloyd received a red card against the Pride, so she will be out of Sky Blue’s game vs. the Dash on Saturday.


9
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
2-13-4, 10 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 8

The Spirit suffered their sixth straight loss on Sunday night, falling to the Reign 2-0. This is the Spirit’s tenth straight game without a win and the result drops them to 2-13-4 with 10 points. The Spirit return to action on Wednesday vs. Utah Royals FC and will look to not only earn a win on the road, but will also be on the hunt for a goal – they have only scored once in their last nine games.


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