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PORTLAND GIVE THE FIVE: REIGN DEVASTING!

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MAIN SRFC Celebration 7-27-14

While in the last day the Seattle Reign have officially got a place for the playoffs, behind the situation is still very open, with the Kansas City very close

to reach the Seattle team and two places still vacant for the season finale; gray day for the Thorns who undergo the second manita of the season by the Reign, with so much apology from the players of Portland to their fans.

On Wednesday 23 the Washington hosted the Portland Thorns, in a very important game for the Play off race. The game starts with almost 2 hours of delay due to bad weather conditions, but the teams do not seem to be affected and offer show from the first minutes of the game. The game is immediately unlocked at 7 ': Alex Morgan receives a long throw from Catley and with a lob from outside the mockery Ashlyn Harris. The Thorns are close to doubling with a corner kick at the 21 ', where Amber Brooks heads the ball slightly high above the crossbar. The Washington react and, a few minutes later, Angerer is good at anticipating exiting Washington striker Jodie Taylor. At the 34 'Alex Morgan receives another long throw and is one on one with the goalie of the Spirit Ahslyn Harris, who is very good not to get blown up and retaliate the next shot, keeping the result on the 0-1. In the second half, the Portland still start strong and even after 10 minutes from the beginning of the recovery is still Alex Morgan looking for the goal with a shot from a tight angle that Harris para. At the 67 'the Washington tie, capitalizing on one of the few real occasions had: Jodie Taylor is face to face with Angerer, the jump and coldly ends on the net from a tight angle. This is the eleventh seasonal goal for Jodie Taylor. After the draw, the Washington find courage and the 70 'touch the goal with an opportunity for Garefrekes foiled by Angerer. But the Thorns are not watching and at 77 'Alex Morgan still forces Harris to an amazing parade. The last chance of the match happens two minutes later on the feet of Kerstin Garefrekes, which touches the door defended by Angerer with a shot from distance. In the last 10 minutes the result does not change and the game then ends on the score of 1-1.

Last Friday the WNY Flash, fighting for the playoffs, hosted the Boston Breakers, last in the standings, in a very funny game and in which many goals were scored. The first opportunity is for the WNY, with Lloyd at the 13 'tries to surprise the Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher with a lob that touches the crossbar. On the reversal of the front Reeves puts a low cross within the WNY area: Heather O'Reilly is good at anticipating the defenders but hits the crossbar. A minute later the Flash took the lead: Carli Lloyd crossed from the left and Jasmyne Spencer (forgotten in the area by the defense of the Boston) reiterates in the net by beating Naeher head. At 27 'Lianne Sanderson puts Kristie Mewis' cross down and crosses the WNY goalkeeper Kelsey Wys. Two minutes later ingenuity of Brittany Taylor, who will hold Jazmine Reeves in the box: penalty kick. On the spot Heather O'Reilly introduces herself, coldly, displaces Wys and takes the advantage of the Boston Breakers. The Flash tries to react and at 34 'Lloyd devours a goal kicking on Alyssa Naeher. Four minutes later, the Boston scored again: goal by Reeves who headed a cross from O'Reilly on a general sleep of the Flash defense. The Flash shortens the distance to 54 'with a goal by Carli Lloyd, the best in the field for the WNY. At the 81 'it is still Lloyd who impregnates Alyssa Naeher in a big parade that keeps the result on the 3-2 for the Boston. Five minutes later O'Reilly finally closed the game on the score of 4-2, taking advantage of a counter-attack that caught the defense of the Flash unprepared. For the Boston this is the fourth win of the season and allows the Breakers to reduce the distances from the Penultimate Dash. The WNY Flash with this unexpected defeat remain realistically (though not yet mathematically) excluded from the playoffs, as also confirmed by their coach Aaran Lines in the aftermath.

On Saturday the Chicago Red Stars played at home against the Houston Dash penultimate. The game ended with a goalless draw, which is very rare in the NWSL, as this is only the second time this season that a game ends on the 0-0. In the first half the Dash controlled the ball possession but they were not able to create important occasions. In the second half the Red Stars tried to keep up the pace, to go looking for 3 points that would have been very important for the playoff race. One of the few occasions has happened to 65 ', when Christen Press is good at finding Julie Johnston, who from the inside of the area commits the Dash goalkeeper Erin Mcleod. The best chance for the Dash is a free kick from the edge of the area where Stephanie Ochs commits Chicago goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. The last emotion of the match arrives in the recovery minutes, when Christen Press explodes with a left shot from outside the area that hits the crossbar and the pole incredibly before leaving

On Sunday the Kansas City, second in the standings, hosted Sky Blue FC, seventh.

The Kansas City start immediately strong, immediately touching the goal with an action of Gorry, but does not find the door. At the 13 'still Gorry close to the goal but his shot was rejected by Loyden. The Kansas City are again close to the lead at 25 ', with a shot from distance Erika Tymrak that hits the crossbar. The Kansas City goal finally comes to the 34 'when Amy Rodriguez reiterates a low cross from Lauren Holiday. For Rodriguez it is the eleventh seasonal goal. In the second half the Kansas City continue to control, but the Sky Blue are close to the draw by hitting a pole. The Kansas City doubles with Holiday at 70. At 87 ', on an ugly backstop by Gorry, Nadia Nadim scores and shortens the distance but it is too late and the game ends on 2-1 for the Kansas City. For Nadim this is the second goal in three appearances in the NWSL.

In the other Sunday game, Seattle Reign, the leader of the standings, played at home against the Portland Thorns. The game proves a real defeat for the Thorns, unable to put an adequate resistance against the leaders of the championship. The Reigns immediately took the lead after 3 ', exploiting a mistake by Nadine Angerer, who gets put on by a Leruox cross-shot from the back line. The Reign have many chances to double, but it only comes to the 39 ': Kim Little puts a perfect cross in the penalty area and Kawasumi is very good at scoring. At the beginning of the second half, the Thorns try to react with a shot by Boquete who ends up just outside. At the 49 'Kim Little puts in another perfect cross and Kawasumi beats Angerer with a spectacular volley. A little later the fourth goal of the Reign will arrive: cross in the middle of Kawasumi and goal by Megan Rapinoe. With the game now closed, the Reign give a little 'field and the Thorns have a couple of chances to score but waste them. In minutes of recovery Kim Little marks the 5-0, thus completing the "manita". For Kim Little this is the twelfth goal in the league, a goal that allows her to temporarily detach the scorers Amy Rodriguez, Jessica McDonald and Jodie Taylor stopped at 11 goal.

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