After an exciting 2015 campaign during a World Cup
year, the women are ready to crown another
champion. After FC Kansas City won it last year and
Seattle Reign won it two years ago, the third season is about to end on a high note.
The Chicago Red Stars are on a mission to be
the best here in 2015, but the Washington Spirit
with Golden Boot winner Crystal Dunn might have something to say about that. The great thing is,
all soccer fans get to enjoy this top notch competition, and see football at it’s finest right here in the
US. Chicago’s head coach Rory Dames says his “team is ready to go”, after playing the Houston Dash
to a 1-1 draw Sunday Sept 6th in Toyota Park. Christen Press late goal from an assist off the head of
Julie Johnston, saved the momentum from a late year loss to a draw and positive energy flowing to
Sundays rematch with FC Kansas City. Coach Vlatko Andonovski has FC KC ready to come into
Chicago with Amy Rodriguez on fire right now with two goals and one assist in their last match
of the year. This will a great match with both teams only one point from each other in the standings,
also a nice mix of World Cup champs with Heather O’Reilly, Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn,
along with Rodriguez to play against the Red Stars with Christen Press, Julie Johnston, and Lori
Chalupny. The Red Stars are showing amazing young talented first year players, but the whole
team is solid from top to bottom. Goalie Karina LeBlanc, just announced her retirement, and goalie
Michele Dalton both had a great 2015 season. Defenders Arin Gilliland, Abby Erceg, Julie Johnston,
Michelle Lomnicki, Samatha Johnson, Taryn Hemmings and Rachel Quon all are very tough to beat.
Excellent midfielders Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Lori Chalupny, Mary Luba, Zakiya
Bywaters, and Alyssa Mautz keep the possession and passing alive. The speed and striking proof
comes from Adriana Leon, Jen Hoy, Christen Press, Sofia Huerta, Cara Wells, and Melissa Tancredi
who all put the Red Stars into the playoffs. Seattle Reign get to host the Washington Spirit next Sunday
the 13th, with Seattle pulling in 43 points for the 2015 season earns them NWSL Shield award for most
points in the season. Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Kim Little, and Lauren Barnes from Seattle will
all have to slow down the Spirit’s Crystal Dunn and her supporting cast strong players Ali Krieger,
Megan Oyster, and Spirit goalie Ashlyn Harris will be ready for the mighty Reign of Seattle.
Good luck Laura Harvey head coach of Seattle and Mark Parsons of Washington’s head coach.
2016 is right around the corner, look out for Houston Dash, Portland Thorns FC, Western NY
Flash, BlueSky FC, and Boston Breakers all look to be in the playoffs next year, and everything can change in a year.
NWSL playoffs are here, go out and support it, it will be exciting football.
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