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Naho paces Reign in rout of rival Thorns
July 27th, 2014 11:58PM

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[NWSL: Week 16] The Pacific Northwest battle of this year's leader, Seattle, and last year's champion, Portland, proved to be no contest as the Reign got two goals and an assist from Japanese star Nahomi Kawasumi in a 5-0 win over the Thorns in front of 5,597 fans -- the second sellout of the season -- on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Sydney Leroux opened the scoring in the fourth minute, Naho scored right before and right after the break to make it 3-0.

“With Portland playing with three back on their defensive line, there were just a lot of openings for us today,” Kawasumi said through an interpreter. “More so than usual. That was easy to find.”

Megan Rapinoe made it 4-0 in the 57th minute, while Kim Little added the final goal in stoppage time to take the NWSL scoring lead with her 12th goal of the season.

Seattle already holds the NWSL record for points in a season, eight ahead of the previous high of 38, with five regular season games left to play. It is nine points ahead of second-place FC Kansas City, a 2-1 winner over Sky Blue FC, and 16 points clear of third-place Portland.



NWSL WEEK 16, Results:
Sunday, July 27
FC Kansas City 2 Sky Blue FC 1
Seattle 5 Portland 0
Saturday, July 26
Chicago 0 Houston 0
Friday July 25
Western NY 2 Boston 4
Wednesday, July 23
Washington 1 Portland 1

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
46 Seattle 14-1-4 40/15
37 FC Kansas City 11-5-4 34/26
30 Portland 8-7-6 37/33
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 4-8-7 21/34
18 Houston 5-10-3 20/30
14 Boston 4-13-2 30/45

NWSL Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
12+1 Kim Little, Seattle
11 Jessica McDonald, Portland
11 Jodie Taylor, Washington
11 Amy Rodriguez, FC Kansas City
9 Allie Long, Portland
8 Lauren Holiday, FC Kansas City
7 Diane Matheson, Washington
7 Samantha Kerr
, Western NY
7 Heather O'Reilly, Boston
7 Carli Lloyd, Western NY
7 Nahomi Kawasumi, Seattle

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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