Christen Press scored two goals, including the stoppage-time golazo that was the winner, and added an assist on Jen Hoy's first-half goal as
the Chicago Red Stars opened their NWSL season with a 3-2 win over Seattle Reign FC.
NWSL, Week 2 Schedule: SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Washington 3 FC Kansas City 1 Portland 1 Western NY 0 Sky Blue FC 1 Houston 1 Chicago 3 Seattle 2
With the game seemingly headed
toward a share of the points, Press blew past the Reign defense and beat her teammate on the U.S. women's national team, Hope Solo, with a shot from outside the
Allie Long's goal gave Portland Thorns FC a 1-0 victory over the Western New York Flash in front of 13,148 fans at Providence Park. U.S. national team star Alex Morgan sat out the game with a knee contusion.
-- The Washington Spirit handed defending champion FC Kansas City its second straight defeat with a 3-1 decision. Christine Nairn's two goals and Crystal's Dunn's goal in the first minute of the second half lifted the Spirit to its first
win of the season. Heather O'Reilly had put FCKC ahead when she lofted a shot past the fingertips of goalkeeper Ashlyn
Harris, her teammate on the national team.
-- The Houston Dash earned a come-from-behind point on the road with a 1-1 draw at Sky Blue FC on Jessica McDonald's goal in the second half. Sky Blue had grabbed the lead in the 15th minute on a goal by Katy Freels.
NWSL Attendance, Week 2: CROWD MATCH 13,148 Portland-Western NY 4,136 Washington-FC Kansas City 1,742 Sky Blue FC-Houston n/a Chicago-Seattle
NWSL Standings: PTS TEAM W-L-T +/- 6 Portland 2-0-0 5/1 4 Houston 1-0-1 3/1 4 Sky Blue
FC 1-0-1 2/1 3 Seattle 1-1-0 7/4 3 Chicago 1-0-0 3/2 1
Washington 1-1-0 3/3 0 FC Kansas City 0-2-0 1/4 0 Boston
0-1-0 1/4 0 WNY Flash 0-2-0 1/6
NWSL, Week 3 Schedule: THURSDAY, APRIL 23 FC Kansas City vs. Seattle SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Chicago vs. Portland SUNDAY, APRIL 26 Boston vs. Houston Sky Blue FC vs. Washington