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Reign seeks record in clash against Chicago
June 6th, 2014 5:01PM

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[NWSL: Week 9] It's first-place Seattle vs. second-place Chicago -- the NWSL's best offense against its best defense -- in Saturday's top-of-the-standings clash at Memorial Stadium. The Reign has a chance to set an NWSL record by extending its unbeaten streak to an unprecedented 11 games.

Scotswoman Kim Little leads the Reign with nine goals. Chicago's Karina LeBlanc has the lowest goals-against average in the NWSL at 0.67.

Joining the Red Stars is Christen Press, one of three U.S. internationals who stayed in Europe under their UEFA Champions League campaign ended and have returned to the NWSL. This week they got news that their Swedish club, Tyreso, has folded following its bankruptcy.

-- In Portland, Alex Morgan should make her first appearance of the season for the champion Thorns against Western New York.

-- Another Red Star player on the U.S. national team, Shannon Boxx, trained with Portland this week. She lives in Portland and is working to regain her fitness after giving birth to her first child in February.

WEDNESDAY. The Chicago Red Stars' five-game winning streak that moved them into second place in the NWSL ended when they fell at home to the Washington Spirit, 1-0. Amy Rodriguez continued her hot form with the lone goal in FC Kansas City's 1-0 win over Western New York.

Chicago came into the game with the NWSL's best defense, but Englishwoman Jodie Taylor broke a scoreless deadlock in the 79th minute for the Spirit, which moved into fourth place with the victory.

A-Rod's goal gave here nine for the season, tied with Kim Little of first-place Seattle for the league lead.

Flash star Abby Wambach missed the game with a mild lateral collateral ligament sprain sustained at Houston on Saturday.

NWSL WEEK 9, Results:
Wednesday, June 4
Chicago 0 Washington 1
FC Kansas City 1 Western NY 0

NWSL WEEK 9, Schedule:
Saturday June 7
8:00 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Boston
10:00 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chicago
Portland vs. Western NY
Sunday June 8
6:00 pm   ET
Sky Blue FC vs. Houston
Streaming: NWSL You Tube

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
26 Seattle 8-0-2 22/8
19 Chicago 6-2-1 15/6
18 FC Kansas City 5-4-3 19/16
16 Washington 5-4-1 20/20
14 Portland 4-3-2 10/10
11 Western NY 3-5-2 14/14
10 Sky Blue FC 2-5-4 11/18
7 Houston 2-7-1 10/20
6 Boston 2-7-0 13/22

NWSL Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
9 Kim Little, Seattle
9+1 Amy Rodriguez, FC Kansas City
5+1 Jodie Taylor, Washington
5 Jessica McDonald
, Portland
5 Diana Matheson, Washington

NWSL WEEK 10, Schedule:
Wednesday June 11
7:00 pm   ET
Boston Breakers vs. Washington
9:00 pm   ET
Houston Dash vs. Western NY
Saturday June 14
9:00 pm   ET
Houston vs. FC Kansas City
Sunday June 15
2:00 pm   ET
Chicago vs. Sky Blue FC    
5:00 pm   ET
Portland vs. Washington
Streaming: NWSL You Tube

NWSL WEEK 11, Schedule:
Wednesday June 18
7:00 pm   ET
Western NY vs. Chicago
Thursday, June 19
7:00 pm   ET
Boston vs. Seattle
Saturday, June 21
6:30 pm   ET
Washington Spirit vs. Portland
8:00 pm   ET
FC Kansas City vs. Chicago
Sunday, June 22
1:00 pm   ET
Sky Blue FC vs. Boston
3:00 pm   ET
Western NY vs. Seattle
Streaming: NWSL You Tube

NWSL WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, June 25
10:00 pm   ET
Portland vs. Sky Blue FC
Friday, June 27
7:30 pm   ET
Western NY vs. Boston
Saturday, June 28
8:00 pm   ET
FC Kansas City vs. Portland
9:00 pm   ET
Houston vs. Washington
Seattle vs. Sky Blue FC
Streaming: NWSL You Tube


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