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FC Kansas City clinches playoff berth
August 3rd, 2014 12:02AM
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[NWSL: Week 17] FC Kansas City became the second team to clinch a playoff berth when it tied first-place Seattle, 1-1, and Washington beat Chicago, 2-1. Yael Averbuch's goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time moved the Spirit closer to a playoff berth after finishing last in the NWSL in the league's inaugural season.

The Red Stars struck early with a 4th minute goal from Lori Chalupny, but Washington equalized with a 48th-minute Christine Nairn goal. The Spirit sits in third place, four points ahead of Portland, which plays Sunday night, and six ahead of Chicago.

NWSL WEEK 17, Results:
Saturday, August 2
Washington 2 Chicago 1
FC Kansas City 1 Seattle 1
Thursday, July 31
Sky Blue FC 1 Western NY 0
Wednesday, July 30
Washington 2 FC Kansas City 1
Houston 1 Seattle 4

NWSL WEEK 17, Schedule:
Sunday, August 3
6:30 pm ET
Boston vs. Western NY
10 pm ET
Portland vs. Houston, ESPN2

NWSL Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
50 Seattle 15-1-5 45/17
38 FC Kansas City 11-6-5 36/29
34 Washington 9-8-5 35/41
30 Portland 8-7-6 37/33
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28 Chicago 7-7-7 25/22
24 Western NY 7-11-3 33/29
22 Sky Blue FC 5-8-7 22/34
18 Houston 5-11-3 21/34
14 Boston 4-13-2 30/45

NWSL Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
14 Kim Little, Seattle
12 Amy Rodriguez, FC Kansas City
11 Jessica McDonald, Portland
11 Jodie Taylor, Washington
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 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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