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Hope and Angerer to square off against top offenses
July 26th, 2014 9:46PM

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[NWSL: Week 16] The Seattle Reign FC can move closer to its first NWSL title with a win over the visiting Portland Thorns FC on Sunday. Seattle's magic number is seven points as a combination of seven points earned by the Reign or lost by FC Kansas City will give it the 2014 NWSL Shield.

FC Kansas City is the only team that can catch the Reign after the Thorns, the 2013 champions, were held to a 1-1 draw on the road Wednesday against the Washington Spirit in a match that was delayed nearly two hours due to weather. Alex Morgan scored her fifth goal, to go along with four assists, in nine starts this season for Portland in the tie.

Sunday's game will match the NWSL's two best offenses against each other. Seattle's Kim Little and Portland's Jessica McDonald are tied for the league scoring lead with Washington's Jodie Taylor with 11 goals each.

In goal will be two of the world's best keepers: Hope Solo for Seattle and German Nadine Angerer, the 2013 FIFA Women's Player of the Year, for Portland. In the first meeting between the teams, Solo made eight saves in a 1-0 Seattle victory.

The Thorns lead Washington and Chicago by two points in the battle for the third and fourth playoff spots.

NWSL WEEK 16, Results:
Saturday, July 26
Chicago 0 Houston 0
Friday July 25
Western NY 2 Boston 4
Wednesday, July 23
Washington 1 Portland 1

NWSL WEEK 16, Schedule:
Sunday, July 27
6 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Sky Blue FC
7 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
43 Seattle 13-1-4 35/15
34 FC Kansas City 10-5-4 32/25
30 Portland 8-6-6 37/28
28 Chicago 7-6-7 24/20
28 Washington 8-8-4 31/39
24 Western NY 7-10-3 33/28
19 Sky Blue FC 4-7-7 20/32
18 Houston 5-10-3 20/30
14 Boston 4-13-2 30/45

NWSL Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
11 Kim Little, Seattle
11 Jessica McDonald, Portland
11 Jodie Taylor, Washington
10 Amy Rodriguez, FC Kansas City
9 Allie Long, Portland
7 Christine Sinclair, Portland
7 Lauren Holiday, FC Kansas City
7 Diane Matheson, Washington
7 Samantha Kerr
, Western NY
7 Heather O'Reilly, Boston
7 Carli Lloyd, Western NY

NWSL WEEK 17, Schedule:
Wednesday, July 30
7 pm ET
Washington vs. FC Kansas City
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Seattle, ESPN3
Thursday, July 31
7 pm ET
Sky Blue FC vs. Western NY
Saturday, August 2
6:30 pm ET
Washington vs. Chicago
8 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Seattle
Sunday, August 3
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Western NY
10 pm ET
Portland vs. Houston, ESPN2

NWSL WEEK 18, Schedule:
Wednesday, August 6
8 pm ET
FC Kansas City vs. Boston
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Houston
Saturday, August 9
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. FC Kansas City
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Sky Blue FC, ESPN3
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Washington
Sunday, August 10
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Portland

NWSL WEEK 19, Schedule:
Wednesday, August 13
7 pm ET
Western NY vs. Sky Blue FC, ESPN2
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. Boston
Saturday, August 16
6:30 pm ET
Washington vs. Sky Blue FC
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. Western NY
Sunday, August 17
5 pm ET
Portland vs. Seattle, ESPN3
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Houston


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