[W-LEAGUE] The Charlotte Lady Eagles, Ottawa Fury, Washington Spirit Reserves and LA Blues, the 2014 regular-season champions, will host W-League conference finals this weekend. The final team in the conference finals was determined Tuesday when K-W United FC beat the Laval Comets, 1-0, in an all-Canadian battle.
The four conference champions will travel to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, to compete at the W-League Championship July 25-27.
The LA Blues (12-0-0) play the expansion Colorado Pride (9-2-1) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT at Occidental College. The Blues, formed through an offseason merger of the LA Strikers and the 2013 W-League champions Pali Blues, earned the regular-season title thanks to a perfect season, outscoring their opponents, 50-4. The Pride lost 2-0 at LA in the only meeting this season.
The Charlotte Lady Eagles will host the expansion Gulf Coast Texans Saturday. The Texans claimed the regular-season title last weekend thanks to a 1-1 draw against Atlanta but due to stadium availability issues they will be unable to host. Charlotte advanced Friday by defeating the Carolina Elite Cobras, 2-1, in a winner-take-all showdown.
The Washington Spirit Reserves face the Braddock Road Stars Elite in a battle of Washington area teams at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Friday night. The Spirit Reserves cruised to their fourth consecutive Northeastern Conference title with a record of 10-0-2. In its first W-League season, Braddock Road completed a remarkable turnaround by defeating North Jersey, 3-0, Saturday to advance to the title match.
The Ottawa Fury (11-0-1) will host K-W United FC, a 1-0 winner over the Laval Comets Tuesday on USF junior Leticia Skeete's goal, on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET at the Algonquin College Soccer Complex.