NWSL Rewind: One playoff spot is still up for grabs

The NWSL again breaks for the FIFA women's international calendar and returns the weekend of Sept. 24-25 for the final game of the regular season.

The Washington Spirit and Portland Thorns have clinched home games in the semifinals and will be joined by the  Chicago Red Stars, whose 0-0 tie at KC Kansas City was enough to return the Red Stars to the playoffs.

The final playoff berth will go to the Western New York Flash or Seattle Reign.

The Reign stayed alive when it the Spirit, 2-0, and beat the Flash lost to Portland, 3-2, before a capacity crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park. Megan Rapinoe started her first game of the year for the Reign and stood at attention with her teammates for the playing of the national anthem.

NWSL, Week 17:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Houston 4 (Beckie 26, Ohai 35, Lloyd 78, pen. 81) Boston 1 (Krieghoff pen. 76).
Att.: 6,107
FC Kansas City 0 Chicago 0.
Att.: 2,303.
Seattle 2 (Yanez 27, Winters 78) Washington 0.
Att.: 4,574.
Portland 3 (Nadim pen. 27, Sinclair 37, Brynjarsdottir  69) WNY Flash 2 (McDonald 77, Williams 80).
Att.: 21,144.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Orlando 1
(Edmonds 44) Sky Blue FC 2 (Kerr 49, Hayes 54).
Att.:
6,788.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Washington 2 (Dunn 50+, Williams 62) Seattle 1 (Little 70).
Att.: 3,039.
Boston 2 (Simon 4, Dowie 51) WNY Flash 2 (McDonald 38, Williams 76).
Att.: 1,435.
Sky Blue FC 1 (Kerr 80) Orlando 1 (Morgan 23).
Att.: 2,055.
Chicago 2 (Press 13, Huerta 87) FC Kansas City 3 (Groom 7, 77, Silva 62).
Att.: 2,068.
Portland 3 (Long 25, 71, Sinclair 90) Houston 0.
Att.: 13,752.
 
NWSL Standings
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
39 *Washington 12-4-3 29/18
38 *Portland 11-3-5 32/18
30 *Chicago 8-5-6 21/19
29 WNY Flash 8-6-5 36/26
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27 Seattle 7-6-6 26/19
26 Sky Blue FC 7-7-5 23/27
23 FC Kansas City 6-8-5 16/19
22 Houston 6-9-4 27/26
19 Orlando 6-12-1 19/28
11 Boston 3-14-2 14/43
*Clinched playoff berths.

Leading Scorers
G PLAYER (TEAM)
10
Kealia Ohai (Houston)
10 Lynn Williams (WNY Flash)
9 Nadia Nadim (Portland)
9 Jessica McDonald (WNY Flash)
8 Shea Groom (FC Kansas City)
7 Christen Press (Chicago)

NWSL Schedule
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Orlando vs. FC Kansas City
Boston vs. WNY Flash
Chicago vs. Washington
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Sky Blue FC vs. Portland
Houston vs. Seattle     

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