Chicago Red Stars close in on first playoff berth

[NWSL: Week 19] The Chicago Red Stars are one win away of clinching their first berth in the NWSL playoffs after securing a 2-0 victory over visiting Boston Breakers in front of 1,311 fans on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, 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.

The Chicago 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. The Red Stars will make the playoffs with a win in their final regular-season finale at home on Saturday against the Flash.

“It’s a credit to the players for their ability to push through at this time of year,“ said Red Stars coach Rory Dames.

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.

If Sky Blue FC wins at Washington and Portland doesn't beat first-place Seattle, the New Jersey club will go into its makeup game with Houston postponed from July 2 with a chance to make the playoffs. A win over the Dash next Wednesday would send Sky Blue FC to the playoffs for the second year in a row.

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 20
7:30 pm ET
Sky Blue FC vs. Houston

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
33 Portland 9-8-6 38/35
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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

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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