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July 28th, 2013 11:31PM
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[NWSL REWIND: Week 16] In surely the wildest game of the NWSL season, the Portland Thorns FC had to settle for a 3-3 tie with the Chicago Red Stars in front of 12,534 fans at JELD-WEN Field after twice leading by two goals.

The Thorns, who got two goals from Canadian star Christine Sinclair, led 2-0 and 3-1 but could not hold for the win in a match that featured five yellow cards, including one on U.S. star Tobin Heath for a heavy challenge on Lori Chalupny that forced the Red Stars' top scorer to leave the game.

Alyssa Mautz, who replaced Chalupny, had two goals for Chicago, which tied the score at 3-3 in the 86th minute on a goal by Julianne Sitch.

Saturday ...

Boston Breakers got goals from five different players -- Lianne Sanderson, Mariah Nogueira,  Heather O'Reilly, Cat Whitehill and Rhian Wilkinson -- to beat the last-place Washington Spirit, 5-2, on the road. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Spirit, which slumped to 1-12-4.

NWSL RESULTS, Week 16
Sunday, July 28
Portland 3 Chicago 3
Saturday, July 27
Washington 2 Boston 5
Thursday, July 25
Seattle 4 Chicago 1
Wednesday, July 24
FC Kansas City 3 Boston 0

NWSL STANDINGS
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-
35 FC Kansas City 10-4-5 30/17
31 Sky Blue FC 9-5-4 25/19
31 Portland 9-4-4 24/18
27 Western NY 7-4-6 28/17
23 Boston 6-7-5 29/29
23 Chicago 6-7-5 24/30
18 Seattle 5-10-3 20/29
7 Washington 1-12-4 13/34

NWSL LEADING SCORERS
G PLAYER (TEAM)
10 Abby Wambach (Western NY)
10 Sydney Leroux (Boston)
9 Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City)
7+1 Diana Matheson (Washington)
6+2 Christine Sinclair (Portland)
6 Alex Morgan (Portland)
6 Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
6 Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC)

NWSL SCHEDULE, Week 17
Saturday, August 3
Chicago vs. Seattle
Boston vs. Western NY
Sky Blue FC vs. Washington
Sunday, August 4
Portland vs. FC Kansas City

NWSL SCHEDULE, Week 18
Wednesday, August 7
Boston vs. Portland
Western NY vs. Seattle
Washington vs. Chicago
Saturday, August 10
Chicago vs. Sky Blue
FC Boston vs. FC Kansas City
Washington vs. Seattle
Western NY vs. Portland

NWSL SCHEDULE, Week 19
Saturday, August 17
Western NY vs. Boston
Seattle vs. Portland
Sunday, August 18
FC Kansas City vs. Chicago
Washington vs. Sky Blue FC

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