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OCT 27
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Week 6 Power Rankings: Courage hold on to top spot, Reign jump to No. 2
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
The North Carolina Courage are 5-0-2. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
The North Carolina Courage are 5-0-2. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

See where each team falls in the sixth edition of the power rankings.

 

 

1
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
5-0-2, 17 pts
Change:
Last week: 1

The Courage enter another week unbeaten in league play and hold on to the top spot in the rankings after earning a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday. The Red Stars were on the cusp of handing the Courage their first loss of the season, but then midfielder McCall Zerboni came knocking. Zerboni, who picked up two NWSL Player of the Week honors in April, scored in the 82nd minute to secure a point at home for the Courage. The Courage roll into Week 7 with a league-best 12 goals and will host the Washington Spirit on Saturday, May 12. The Courage are 5-0-2 through the first seven games of the season, only the fourth team to go unbeaten through that many games to start the season, joining the 2014 Reign, 2015 Red Stars and 2016 Thorns.


2
SEATTLE REIGN FC
3-1-1, 10 pts
Change: ▲ 2
Last week: 4

The Reign topped Portland Thorns FC in a 3-2 thriller at Providence Park on Saturday. Rumi Utsugi scored the game-winner in the 75th minute to hand the Reign the first victory of the 2018 Cascadia rivalry. Goalkeeper Michelle Betos came up big for her side earning eight saves on the day. The Reign host Sky Blue FC in Week 7 and will look to extend their perfect record this year at home.


3
CHICAGO RED STARS
2-2-4, 10 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 2

The Red Stars went 0-1-1 in Week 6 — falling to the Orlando pride 0-2 on Wednesday and then splitting points for a 1-1 draw against the North Carolina Courage on Sunday. The Red Stars couldn’t find the back of the net in their midweek match, but over the weekend it was 2017 Golden Boot winner Sam Kerr who gave the Red Stars the go-ahead goal. The Red Stars were particularly impressive in net with Alyssa Naeher stepping up big-time for her side earning 12 saves on the day to secure the point on the road. The Red Stars return home for Week 7 where they will host the Houston Dash at Toyota Park.


4
PORTLAND THORNS FC
2-2-2, 8 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 3

Midfielder Lindsey Horan and defender Emily Sonnett both scored for Portland, but the Reign earned the three points at Providence Park. The Thorns were a consistent threat offensively all game especially in the second half when Tobin Heath and Andressinha subbed in. The Thorns will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they travel to play the Houston Dash for a midweek clash.


5
ORLANDO PRIDE
2-2-2, 8 pts
Change:
Last week: 5

The Orlando Pride defeated the Red Stars in a Wednesday meeting led by a goal from Chioma Ubogagu and Rachel Hill. The Pride earned their first-ever win over Chicago and Ashlyn Harris picked up the shutout in net. The Pride will travel to Rio Tinto on Wednesday to face Utah Royals FC.


6
UTAH ROYALS FC
1-1-4, 7 pts
Change: ▲ 1
Last week: 7

Utah Royals FC earned their first franchise win on Saturday with a 2-0 result over the Washington Spirit. Kelley O’Hara and Diana Matheson scored their first goals of the year in the historic win. Utah Royals FC get to stay put on Wednesday when they host the Orlando Pride.


7
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
1-3-2, 5 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 6

The Spirit were shutout for the first time all season when Utah Royals FC picked up a 2-0 result on Saturday. The Spirit didn’t get a shot off on goal until the 91st minute, yet Francisca Ordega’s shot was stopped by Utah goalkeeper Abby Smith to keep the visitors from getting one. If anyone was going to score for the Spirit over the weekend it would of been Ordega — entering Week 6 she had scored in three straight games. The Spirit will continue their road trip this week when they travel to Cary to face the Courage on Saturday night.


8
HOUSTON DASH
1-3-2, 5 pts
Change: ▲ 1
Last week: 9

The Houston Dash earned their first win of the season beating Sky Blue FC 3-2 with goals from Nichelle Prince, Rachel Daly and Veronica Latsko. Latsko scored the game-winner for the Dash in the 79th minute. The Dash have played around with the positions of Daly and Kristie Mewis, and on Saturday night they were moved up to the attack after they played as outside backs for the first five games of the season. The Dash will look to earn their second win of the season when they host the Thorns on Wednesday night.


9
SKY BLUE FC
0-3-1, 1 pt
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 8

Sky Blue FC is the only team without a win this season. Even with a brace from Sky Blue forward Katie Johnson on the day, the New Jersey team fell 3-2 to the Houston Dash. Even with the loss at home, Sky Blue saw the better end of the possession on the day to the Dash at 58.6%. Sky Blue will look for their first win of the season when they hit the road to play Seattle Reign FC on Saturday.

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