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Week 7 Power Rankings: Big wins for the Courage, Reign and Pride earn this week’s top spots
NWSL Power Rankings presented by Cutter
Seattle Reign FC's Allie Long scored her second goal of the season. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)
Seattle Reign FC's Allie Long scored her second goal of the season. (Photo credit: Jane Gershovich/isiphotos.com)

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

 

1
NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE
6-0-2, 20 pts
Change:
Last week: 1

Make it eight straight. The North Carolina Courage extended their unbeaten streak over the weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Spirit. Abby Erceg scored for the Courage and Katelyn Rowland picked up the shutout in net. Between Rowland and goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, the two have earned five shutouts this season. The Courage will next travel to New Jersey to face Sky Blue FC on Saturday, May 19.


2
SEATTLE REIGN FC
4-1-1, 13 pts
Change:
Last week: 2

From the 3-2 thriller at Providence Park last week, to the 4-1 victory over Sky Blue FC to close out Week 7 — the Reign are on a roll. Megan Rapinoe returned to the pitch for the first time in three weeks and scored a brace on the night. Jodie Taylor and Allie Long also added a goal each to secure three points at home. The Reign return home in Week 8 to host the Chicago Red Stars. With a healthy Rapinoe and the option of using either Michelle Betos or Lydia Williams in net, the Reign have set themselves up for a good situation in the following week.


3
ORLANDO PRIDE
3-2-3, 12 pts
Change: ▲ 2
Last week: 5

The Pride picked up four points in Week 7 with a draw against Utah Royals FC in a midweek meeting and a dominant 2-1 win against Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park. Alex Morgan and Christine Nairn scored to earn the Pride their first win over the Thorns. The Pride moved up two spots this week and will get to rest in Week 8 before a big test against the top-ranked North Carolina Courage on Wednesday, May 23.


4
PORTLAND THORNS FC
2-3-3, 9 pts
Change:
Last week: 4

Christine Sinclair scored her league-leading fifth goal of the season in Week 7, but the Thorns only came away with one point on the week. The Thorns drew 1-1 with the Houston Dash during the week and then dropped three points at home against the Orlando Pride on Saturday. The result on Saturday was the Pride’s fifth-straight game without a win. The Thorns will look to bounce back when they hit the road to play the Washington Spirit on Saturday.


5
CHICAGO RED STARS
2-2-5, 11 pts
Change: ▼ 2
Last week: 3

The Red Stars earned one point in Week 7 after a 2-2 draw against the Houston Dash. Sam Kerr scored for the second-straight game and Sofia Huerta also had a goal in the tie. This is Chicago’s fourth draw in their last five games — their last win was against the Dash on April 18. The Red Stars will look to get back on the winning train when they travel to Seattle to face the Reign on Saturday.


6
UTAH ROYALS FC
1-1-5, 8 pts
Change:
Last week: 6

Utah Royals FC earned their fifth draw of the season on Wednesday with a 0-0 result against the Orlando Pride. Utah’s best chances came from forward Katie Stengel as the game drew late, but the game was an even battle. Utah got to breathe this weekend and will next host the Dash on Saturday.


7
HOUSTON DASH
1-3-4, 7 pts
Change: ▲ 1
Last week: 8

The Dash earned two points in Week 7 and are now unbeaten in their last three games. The Dash played Portland to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday and then scored twice to split points against the Chicago Red Stars 2-2. Kyah Simon scored for the Dash on Wednesday and Rachel Daly and Kristie Mewis scored on Saturday. The Dash will head to Rio Tinto Stadium to face Utah Royals FC on Saturday.


8
WASHINGTON SPIRIT
1-4-2, 5 pts
Change: ▼ 1
Last week: 7

The Washington Spirit drop down another spot this week after falling to the Courage 1-0 in Week 7. This is the second-straight game the Spirit have lost on the road and are still looking for their second win of the season. Aubrey Bledsoe kept her team in it, earning five saves on the night. Bledsoe still holds a league-leading 37 saves on the season. The Spirit return home in Week 8 to welcome the Portland Thorns to the Maryland SoccerPlex.


9
SKY BLUE FC
0-4-1, 1 pt
Change:
Last week: 9

Sky Blue FC are still looking for their first win of the year. Savannah McCaskill  scored her second goal of the season to get her team on the board, but Seattle Reign FC saw the better end of the match earning the 4-1 win. Sky Blue will gear up for a big meeting with the North Carolina Courage when they host the league-leading team at Yurcak Field on Saturday.

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