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Spirit and Red Stars control their destiny
August 14th, 2014 7:53PM

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[NWSL: Week 19] The Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars both control their own destiny as the NWSL enters the final weekend of the regular season. If both teams win, they will advance to playoffs, making three out of the semifinalists teams that finished in the bottom three spots in 2013.

For Washington, a win in Saturday's match against red-hot Sky Blue FC will clinch and a draw may also be enough dependent upon other results.

The Red Stars also have their fate in their own hands as win against the recently eliminated Western New York Flash will put them in the playoffs. Chicago and Washington can also clinch postseason berths if other results go their way.

The defending champion Portland Thorns FC, fifth in the standings, face a do-or-die match when they play NWSL Shield winner Seattle Sunday. They will not only need a win to have a shot at the postseason but will also need favorable outcomes in other matches.

Seemingly out of the playoffs just a few weeks ago, SBFC will still make the playoffs if it wins at Washington and then its makeup game against Houston, Chicago loses to the Flash, and Portland doesn't beat Seattle at home.

Wednesday night ...

-- Chicago secured a 2-0 victory over visiting Boston Breakers in front of 1,311 fans on Wednesday night that moved the Red Stars ahead of Portland into fourth place.  The goals were scored by Alyssa Mautz on a pass from Julie Johnston in the 30th minute and Melissa Tancredi from Taryn Hemmings in the 71st minute.

-- Afghani-Dane forward Nadia Nadim scored in the 89th minute to give Sky Blue FC a 3-2 win over Western New York that kept its playoff hopes alive and eliminated the Flash. Nadim had two goals and an assist on Kelley O'Hara's goal to give her seven goals and three assists in six games for Sky Blue FC.

NWSL WEEK 19, Results:
Wednesday, August 13
Western NY 2 Sky Blue FC 3
Chicago 2 Boston 0

NWSL WEEK 19, Schedule:
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

NWSL WEEK 20, Schedule:
Wednesday, August 120
7 pm ET
*Sky Blue FC vs. Houston
*Makeup game.

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
54 *Seattle 16-1-6 50/19
41 *FC Kansas City 12-7-5 39/32
35 Washington 10-8-5 36/42
34 Chicago 9-7-7 29/23
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33 Portland 9-8-6 38/35
28 Sky Blue FC 7-8-7 28/37
27 Western NY 8-12-3 39/35
18 Houston 5-14-3 23/42
17 Boston 5-16-2 36/53
*Clinched playoff berths.

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


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