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Denise Reddy leaves Washington Spirit to become Sky Blue FC’s head coach

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The Spirit assistant coach and Maryland DA director is taking over New Jersey's NWSL club

Washington Spirit assistant coach Denise Reddy will leave the Spirit to become head coach at Sky Blue FC. Reddy joined the Spirit alongside current head coach Jim Gabarra in 2016 after coaching for several years in Europe and as an assistant coach for the WPS-era Chicago Red Stars.

USMNT roster, D.C. United scores (and wins!), and more: Freedom Kicks for August 28

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It wasn't all good news, as the Spirit lost, but still a busy weekend

Hello. I'm here for Ryan today since the Spirit have a home game this Wednesday night and sleep is something I like. Happy Monday morning/last week of summer and any other cheery greetings you'd like.

D.C. United makes it three straight 1-0 wins in victory over New England Revolution - Black and Red United
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Washington Spirit’s NWSL playoff hopes extinguished after 2-1 loss to Chicago Red Stars

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Despite a late equalizer, the Spirit fell to goals from Christen Press and Kristie Mewis

It was a familiar tune Saturday night at the Maryland Soccerplex, where the Washington Spirit fell 2-1 to the Chicago Red Stars. The Spirit had plenty of possession in the final third but exited the first half without a shot on goal, gave up a goal to Kristie Mewis - the player Washington just traded to Chicago - midway through the half.

Washington Spirit pick up Morgan Proffitt

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Chicago waived Proffitt after acquiring Kristie Mewis in trade with Washington

After the Chicago Red Stars acquired Kristie Mewis in a trade with the Washington Spirit on Monday, Chicago waived rookie midfielder Morgan Proffitt to make room. Today, the Spirit claimed Proffitt off the waiver wire.

Washington Spirit trade Kristie Mewis to Chicago Red Stars

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In exchange the Spirit received a first round draft pick

The Washington Spirit started to make moves for next year with today's trade that sent Kristie Mewis to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for either their natural 1st round draft pick or the Seattle Reign's first rounders (which Chicago hold), whichever is higher.

DMV pro soccer recaps, USMNT jersey leaks & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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This is a little more serious than usual.

Hi. Off we go:

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over D.C. United from us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Waking The Red has the GTO take.

Ordega's goal helps Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago - Black And Red United: Francisca Ordega helped celebrate Caprice Dydasco's return to the roster by scoring as the Washington Spirit drew with the Chicago Red Stars, putting them 8th in the NWSL.

Francisca Ordega’s goal helps Washington Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago Red Stars

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Missing multiple starters, the Spirit managed a gritty road draw against one of the best teams in the NWSL

Francisca Ordega scored just before halftime to help the Washington Spirit scrape a 1-1 tie on the road against the Chicago Red Stars. Chicago was the favorite this afternoon, but couldn't create much against a stubborn Spirit side.

Mal Pugh injured, 2017 US Open Cup draw, and more: Freedom Kicks for 6/16/2017

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Also, a warning to prepare yourself for the rapidly approaching battle with the robots

Fighting off sleep to put this together, so this will be a short one.

2017 US Open Cup draw pairs D.C. United with the New England Revolution | Black and Red United
Mostly linking this over again so I can go on record with my hunches on who gets through:

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Thorns Preseason Tournament Preview

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Time to get excited, folks

Ah, springtime in Portland. The cherry trees are in bloom. The weather has changed from persistent rain to bursts of sun interspersed with more rain. Best of all, the NWSL's annual six-month drought is over, and the girls in red are back in town.

Before the regular season gets underway April 15 against Orlando, we get a four-team preseason tournament this week, with Portland hosting the Houston Dash, the Chicago Red Stars, and the USWNT U-23s.

Houston Dash 2017 Schedule Released

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The NWSL has released the 2017 schedule.

At last the (very) long wait for the 2017 Houston Dash schedule is over. The Dasd kick the season off at home against the Chicago Red Stars and end the season on the road against Kansas City FC. The season opener will be a double header with the Houston Dynamo who will play Minnesota United FC after the Dash game ends.

NWSL home openers announced: Breakers will play Sky Blue FC April 23

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NWSL has finally released home opener information and Boston will start off away.

NWSL has finally released home opener information and the Boston Breakers are scheduled to play FC Kansas City away on April 16, then will return the following weekend to open at home against Sky Blue FC on April 23.

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Storylines: Orlando Pride at Portland Thorns

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Three games to go.

This Saturday the Orlando Pride come to Portland for the first of two semifinal matches kicking off that weekend.

The Thorns (14-5-5) earned their home semifinal several weeks ago and enter it coming off a 3-1 home win over the Chicago Red Stars. That match saw Chicago head coach Rory Dames rest most of his starting lineup.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 18-23, 2017

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MLS returned from its summer break with Orlando City SC taking on Atlanta United on ESPN last Friday night. The match drew 338,000 viewers, up 13% from ESPN’s previous Friday night broadcast on June 30 and a strong number for MLS on the network. The next day, however, Minnesota United’s match against the New York Red Bulls broadcast on ESPN was the networks second least-watched match of the season with only 222,000 viewers.

Houston Dash

Kristie Mewis could be key to Houston’s future success

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Kristie Mewis may be the catalyst the Houston Dash need going forward

After being acquired by the Houston Dash in exchange for Morgan Brian on Wednesday, Kristie Mewis is on the move for the second time in less than two weeks. Aside from a midweek training session, the left-footed strike she scored against her former club the Washington Spirit highlighted Mewis' brief time with the Chicago Red Stars.

Houston Dash vs Chicago Red Stars: Highlights

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Highlights from Houston's 2-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars

Thorns Announce Pre-Season Tournament

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The Portland Thorns will be hosting a Spring Invitational where they will play the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash and the U23 US National Team

To those of us who are parched for NWSL games, the Thorns announced their pre-season plans this morning! Throughout the years, the Thorns have always hosted great pre-season tournaments, and this year is no exception.

Seattle Reign

Seattle Reign v. Sky Blue: Preview, how to watch

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With six games remaining, Seattle continues its push for a playoff spot.

On Saturday, August 19, Seattle Reign FC (7-5-6) closes out its two-game road stretch with a match against Sky Blue FC (7-9-2) in Piscataway, New Jersey (say that five times fast). The game kicks off at 4 p.m. PT and will stream on the go90 and NWSL websites.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Three Questions

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We chat with Hot Time in Old Town about a team that's caused Seattle problems on the road.

On Wednesday evening, Seattle Reign FC kicks off a two-game road trip with a match against the Chicago Red Stars. The game begins at 5 p.m. PT and will stream on go90 and the NWSL website. Every point is critical for Seattle for the rest of the season.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Three Questions

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Hot Time in Old Town previews a red-hot Red Stars side.

Seattle Reign FC has a tough mid-week match on their hands, as the squad hosts a Chicago Red Stars team with a seven-game unbeaten run on the line. The match kicks off Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 PM PT, and will stream on the go90 app, the go90 website, and NWSLSoccer.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Schedule, lineups, how to watch

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Sunday. June 4. 12 PM PT. Watch with us.

It's Seattle Reign FC matchday! On Sunday, June 4, at 12 PM PT, Seattle kicks off against the Chicago Red Stars. The game will be played at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and can be streamed on the go90 platform. It is the second of three matches on the road for Reign FC, and the second straight home match for the Red Stars.

Seattle Reign v. Chicago Red Stars: Three Questions

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Seattle has another tough road challenge this weekend.

After surviving the Texas heat, Seattle Reign FC (3-1-3) face another road challenge this weekend when they take on the Chicago Red Stars (4-2-1). The game kicks off on Sunday, June 4 at 12 PM PT, and the temperature should be near 87 degrees at kickoff.

Seattle Reign v. Houston Dash: 3 Questions

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Our friends at Dynamo Theory help preview Saturday's matchup.

Seattle Reign FC (0-0-1) kick off their second match of the 2017 NWSL season on Saturday, April 22. The Reign FC squad again plays at home, this time meeting the Houston Dash (1-0-0) in an evening game.

While Seattle was lucky to earn a draw against Sky Blue FC, Houston came out of the gates strong and defeated the Chicago Red Stars team 2-0 in its home opener.

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Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Chicago Red Stars

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Boston needs goals at home.

The Boston Breakers entire this match against the Chicago Red Stars at #9 on the table, with 12 points out of 12 games. The Red Stars are #2, with 23 points out of 12 games. In their last meeting in May, the Red Stars forced a 1-1 tie in nearly the last minute of regulation, denying the Breakers a crucial road win.

Smith and Lavelle called up for USA friendlies in Europe

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Will Abby Smith get her first international cap?

Jill Ellis has named her 21-player USWNT roster for their upcoming June friendlies against Sweden and Norway.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

Rose Lavelle is in the lineup; given her most recent performances with the WNT and her current form in NWSL, it was almost a given she would be called in.

Match preview: Boston looks for away points in Chicago

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Another test for Boston as they go on the road.

The Boston Breakers are looking for their first away points of the season as they face the Chicago Red Stars away at Toyota Park. The Breakers are coming off two wins and one loss at home, while Chicago also has a mixed bag of results, beating FC Kansas City and the Houston Dash at home, but losing to Houston away, as well as losing to Portland away.

Boston Breakers waive Libby Stout

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Stout never seemed to fully recover from injury.

The Boston Breakers have waived goalkeeper Libby Stout. Stout started 2017 preseason with an ankle injury which put her out four to six weeks and never managed to get back into the roster.

Stout was brought onboard in November of 2015 after the Breakers dealt away former starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to the Chicago Red Stars.

Oyster and Lavelle called up to USWNT before Russia friendlies

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Lavelle returns and Oyster gets her first callup.

Rose Lavelle and Megan Oyster have been called up to the latest USWNT camp ahead of their two friendlies against Russia.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

This is Oyster's first callup to national team.

Thorns (Finally) Release 2017 Schedule

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The long-awaited 2017 Portland Thorns schedule has arrived.

The NWSL season once again expands to the 24 match format we saw in 2014, with the Thorns playing three of their first four at Providence Park,

The Thorns will open the season on April 15 against the Orlando Pride at home, in a day-night doubleheader with the Timbers.

Boston Breakers sign Canadian international Adriana Leon

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Leon returns to Boston after several years away.

The Boston Breakers have signed 24-year-old Canadian forward Adriana Leon, the club announced via team press release.

"Adriana is keen to come back to Boston and prove herself back in the NWSL and also to get back into the Canadian Women's National Team," said head coach Matt Beard.

Amanda Da Costa returns to the Boston Breakers

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The Breakers continue to buff up their roster with trades and international signings.

The Boston Breakers have signed 27-year-old midfielder Amanda DaCosta after acquiring her from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for their third and fourth-round picks in the 2017 college draft.

DaCosta was once a Boston Breaker during WPSL Elite in 2012, the year that bridged WPS and NWSL.

Seattle Reign FC

Seattle Reign FC vs Chicago Red Stars: player ratings

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Megan Rapinoe stepped up in an otherwise fairly sloppy game.

In their first midweek game of the season, Seattle Reign FC defeated the Chicago Red Stars for the first time in eight games, winning 2-1 on the strength of two Megan Rapinoe penalty kicks. The game was quite sloppy, with both teams feeling the effects of short rest.

Reign FC grind out 2-1 win over Chicago Red Stars

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Pinoe converts on a pair of penalties to get 3 important points.

Fresh off grinding out a 1-1 draw against FC Kansas City where they were down to 10, the Seattle Reign FC were back at it on Wednesday night, hosting the Chicago Red Stars.

The Red Stars came into Memorial Stadium with a 2-1 victory over Sky Blue FC on Sunday and looked to have Seattle's number again after their previous meeting earlier this month saw the Red Stars victorious over the Reign in Chicago.

Seattle Reign FC at Chicago Red Stars: Player Ratings

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Haley Kopmeyer nearly salvaged a point on a day when everyone seemed a bit off.

For the second week in a row, Seattle Reign FC had an away match at midday on a hot, muggy day, this time falling to the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 in a game that Chicago dominated for most of the match. The Reign attempted to compensate for the heat and travel burden by trying a new approach—taking a day of rest in Seattle and flying to Chicago only the day before the match—but the combination of travel, fatigue, and a Red Stars team on a hot streak combined to sink Seattle's fortunes in a game that could have been much worse than the score line suggests, if not for the remarkable efforts of Haley Kopmeyer.

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Converted forwards Ubogagu and Huerta trying to impress Ellis as USWNT fullbacks

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In the U.S. Women's national team's year off from major competitions, roster building has become a priority for Jill Ellis. The incorporation of younger players has been an expected part of the process, as has adding depth in certain positions. A surprising development in the last few months, though, has been Ellis's latest experiment: converting forwards into outside backs.

Portland Thorns Close Out Regular Season with 3-1 Win Over Chicago Red Stars

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On to the playoffs!

The Portland Thorns took care of business at Providence yesterday, defeating the Chicago Red Stars 3-1. For the Thorns, who would not have dropped in the standings regardless of the result, nothing was actually on the line. Third-place Chicago, meanwhile, came into the match with no possibility of moving up in the table.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Chicago Red Stars

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The Thorns take on the Chicago Red Stars on the road tomorrow. It's a top-of-the-table-type matchup that will bump Portland into second place if they get the win. It's also, unlike the last time these teams met, way back in April, a fixture between two squads that have legitimately proven they belong in the top four positions.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 12-17, 2017

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Mexico and the United States topped the charts last week as the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage concluded. Mexico’s matches averaged 3.189 million viewers between both FOX’s and Univision’s networks, beating all other nations by a huge margin. Unsurprisingly, the United States saw the second-highest average viewership at 1.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 16

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Chris and Jamie return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 2-2 draw with FC Dallas, to chide the Washington Spirit for seeming to suggest they will not trade Mallory Pugh to the Portland Thorns out of spite, and to recap the Thorns' 1-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars.

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2017 Washington Spirit NWSL preview

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The Spirit won't be as bad as you think they'll be

Last October, the Washington Spirit were seconds away from winning the NWSL Championship before a last-second goal and penalty kicks led to a crushing defeat. The Spirit's offseason got worse from there. Washington lost most of its stars amid widespread reports of club-player conflict.

Chicago Red Stars 2017 Nike Home Jersey

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Now in their eight season, the Chicago Red Stars today unveiled their Nike 2017 home jersey. The shirt reveal featured a number of the team's players modeling the new jersey around the city of Chicago. The Chicago Red Stars 2017 Nike home kit is in the club's traditional sky blue and white with red stars [.