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NWSL Power Rankings: Week 15
NWSL Chaos continues! Who are this week's risers and fallers?
NJ/NY Gotham FC (+4) - Margaret “Midge” Purce dominated the game and led Gotham to one of their best wins of the season, 2-1 over Portland Thorns.
North Carolina Courage (-1) - They were outplayed for the majority of the game against Angel City. This remaining schedule as difficult as it gets, can they find ways to stay in the playoff chase?
OL Reign (-1) - This team’s lack of consistency away from home is baffling. They’re too good to be this inconsistent on the road. The 0-1 loss at Orlando is another reminder of that.
Portland Thorns (-1) - Three consecutive losses, luckily still remain in 2nd of the table. Getting no points without their key contributors and stars, is not an acceptable excuse. The system has to be adapted to the personnel you have.
Washington Spirit (-1) - Solid rebound performance after last week’s blowout loss to Orlando.
San Diego Wave - Even in a draw, this by far was one of their best performances of the season. They were bossing the ball around and playing good football. Taylor Kornieck’s goal was well deserved for the Wave.
Racing Louisville (+1) - A much needed win at home over the Kansas City Current. If they’re going to make the playoffs, they’ll need to find results over the top teams too.
Angel City FC (+1) - Massive home win for the team, coaches, and their fans. Becki Tweed has this team playing with a new level of intensity and newfound belief. Winning against the top team in the NWSL table is big time. Their coaching search might be completed.
Orlando Pride (+1) - Seb Hines is one of the best coaches in the NWSL. Orlando Pride’s 1-0 win at home against OL Reign is a reminder how young, but talented this team truly is. Julie Doyle and Messiah Bright are in incredible form.
Houston Dash (-3) - They’ve scored 0 goals in their last 4 regular season games and have scored 1 goal in their last 6 matches in all competitions. The latest loss at home to Chicago Red Stars should set off alarm bells. Is it time to hit the panic button? Yes.
Chicago Red Stars (+1) - Back to back wins for the Chicago Red Stars. Their defense is showing significant signs of improvement.
Kansas City Current (-1) - After winning two consecutive games, they fell flat against Racing Louisville. Their defense was exposed all game and counterattack was non-existent.
*Key: Teams with (+ or -) moved up or down from last week’s rankings
Tier 1 - The Favorites: Gotham, North Carolina, OL Reign, Portland
Tier 2 - Dark Horses: Washington, San Diego
Tier 3 - Playoff Chase: Louisville, Angel City, Orlando
Tier 4 - Nope: Houston, Chicago, Kansas City