Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Flash has momentum heading into semifinals
August 24th, 2013 4:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[NWSL PREVIEW: Semifinals] The Western New York Flash, which came from nine points back with six weeks to play to win the the NWSL regular-season title on goal difference over FC Kansas City and the Portland Thorns FC, hosts Sky Blue FC in Saturday's semifinals. FC Kansas City and Portland meet in the other game.

FC KANSAS CITY-PORTLAND. Two straight losses to conclude the regular season cost FC Kansas City the regular-season title. Before the season began, Portland was favored to win the league title but it went 3-4-4 over the last half of the season after opening 8-2-1.

FCKC midfielder Lauren Holiday, who the Golden Boot as the NWSL top scorer with 12 goals, is the favorite for the league's MVP award, while Erika Tymrak was named Rookie of the Year, Nicole Barnhart Goalkeeper of the Year and Becky Sauerbrunn Defender of the Year.

U.S. women's national team star Alex Morgan, who hasn’t played since Aug. 7 with a knee sprain, traveled with Portland but remains listed as day-to-day.

Christine Sinclair stepped up in the absence of Morgan to score her seventh and eighth goals of the season to pace the Thorns to a 2-1 win over Seattle in the season finale.

Series: FC Kansas City leads 2-1-1.

WESTERN NEW YORK-BOSTON. The Flash didn't lead the standings until the second to last day of the regular season with a 2-1 victory over Boston and held on when FC Kansas City lost to Chicago, 2-1, in stoppage time the next day.

Abby Wambach’s game-winning goal was her 11th goal of the season – tied with Breakers forward Sydney Leroux for the second most in the league behind Holiday. She also finished second in assists with eight -- also behind Holiday.
 
Sky Blue FC comes into Saturday's semifinal with just one win (over the last-place Washington Spirit) in its final seven games. Injuries took their toll on the New Jersey club that had previously led the league for 100 days.
 
SBFC will be without midfielder Kelley O’Hara and defender Caitlin Foord, who are both sidelined with injuries. The attack will be led by forward Monica Ocampo, who scored eight goals and midfielders Sophie Schmidt (seven goals) and Katie Freels (six assists).
 
Defender CoCo Goodson was one of just three outfield players along with Western New York defender Estelle Johnson and FC Kansas City midfielder Jen Buczkowski to play every minute of the 2013 season.

Series: Western New York leads 3-1-0.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Corona scores in Tijuana's Copa MX win    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] U.S. international Joe Corona scored the winner for Tijuana in its 3-1 win over ...
What They're Saying: Mark Geiger     
"It was very strange, with the way [Brazil] walked out on the field and just their ...
Manchester United wins third tour game in shootout    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Manchester United won the third game of its U.S. tour with a 5-3 shootout ...
Cuevas gets start in Lobos BUAP victory    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Former U.S. under-20 national team forward Daniel Cuevas started for Torneo Ascenso (second division) ...
Lots in play on busy MLS Wednesday    
[PREVIEW: Week 21] A Wednesday of four MLS matches makes up for the lightened schedule of ...
Tim Howard returns in booth    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] Tim Howard will again be spending many of his off-days as part ...
Clubs busy making mid-season player moves    
[MLS: Tuesday] The Philadelphia Union announced a press conference for Wednesday at which time it is ...
U.S. U-17s drop second straight game    
[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT] The U.S. under-17 national team dropped its second game in two days at ...
Zusi celebrates his first post-World Cup goal     
[VIDEO PICK: MLS Goals of the Week] Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi scored his second ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 20] In case anyone had forgotten, the Galaxy is still to be reckoned with. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives