NWSL Roundup: Reign has plenty to counter China

Seattle Reign FC has another bye week in the NWSL, but it will use it to host Women's World Cup finalist China Friday night at Memorial Stadium. It will also honor its two Canada-bound U.S stars, goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Megan Rapinoe, in a pre-match ceremony.

“The game against China comes at an interesting time for us,” Reign head coach and general manager Laura Harvey said. “I think we can utilize it as an opportunity to get prepared for the next game that we have in the league and show how we can compete against an international team preparing for the World Cup.”

Solo and Rapinoe are the Reign's only losses for the Women's World Cup, but it has plenty off players with international experience. Defender Stephanie Cox appeared in both the 2007 and 2011 Women's World Cup for the U.S., while Jess Fishlock (back from European champion FFC Frankfurt) has more than 80 caps for Wales National Team. Midfielder Kim Little and defender Rachel Corsie have appeared in nearly 200 games combined for Scotland.

Reminder: The NWSL will be off for just one week of the Women's World Cup, the weekend of June 12-13, the second weekend of the tournament.

Trade Central

The Houston Dash have signed 26-year-old Australian defender Ellie Brush from Westfield W-League champion Canberra United and 20-year-old Brazilian defender Camila, who represented Brazil at the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
“Camila’s a player I saw at the U-20 World Cup, and I think she’s going to be an up-and-coming star for their senior team,” Dash coach Randy Waldrum said. “She’s a young player, but I think she’s a really exciting outside back."
To make room on the 20-player roster, defender Stephanie Ochs was placed on the season-ending injury list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and Irish forward Stephanie Roche was waived.

Player of the Week

Sofia Huerta was named the NWSL Player of the Week for the second week in a row as she scored twice to rally the first-place Chicago Red Stars from two goals down at Houston for a 2-2 draw.

NWSL, Week 7 Schedule:
Boston vs. Sky Blue FC
WNY Flash vs. Washington
FC Kansas City vs. Chicago
Portland vs. Houston

NWSL Standings:
11 Chicago 3-0-2 11/6
10 FC Kansas City 3-2-1 5/4
9 Washington 3-2-0 8/7
8 Portland 2-1-2 9/6
7 Seattle 2-2-1 11/7
6 Boston 2-3-0 6/12
5 Houston 1-2-2 7/8
5 Sky Blue FC 1-3-2 4/7
4 WNY Flash 1-3-1 4/8

NWSL Leading Scorers:
4+2 Sofia Huerta (Chicago)
4 Christen Press (Chicago)
4 Crystal Dunn (Washington)
4 Allie Long (Portland)

NWSL, Week 8 Schedule:
Washington vs. Portland
Boston vs. FC Kansas City
Seattle vs. Chicago
Sky Blue FC vs. Housto
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