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Recap: Thorns fall to Reign 2-3 at home

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The Portland Thorns lost to their rivals from the north today in a wild nail-biter of a game that saw the Thorns dominate the run of play, but ultimately fall short thanks to a penalty kick and a first-half set-piece goal. The loss was extra painful, as the game was a homecoming for three former Thorns players: Jodie Taylor, Michelle Betos, and, worst of all, Allie Long.

Once a Thorn: A Brief Tribute to Allie Long

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Remember 2015?

It seems like ancient history now—the lowest point in the Thorns' still-short history, when, under the not-so-watchful eye of Paul Riley, the team went 6-5-9 and missed the playoffs. Nadine Angerer was still a player, the NWSL had yet to break the infamous three-year curse, and Alex Morgan, weirdly, was still in Portland.

Seattle Reign FC

Get To Know More Reign FC Players

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Find out what Seattle needs to do to start the season with a win.

We are just one more night of sleep away from the Seattle Reign FC kicking off the 2018 season and after the club invited season-ticket holders to KEXP studios on Wednesday night for a season kickoff party, fans are ready to make some noise on Saturday.

Jess Fishlock does it again

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The Welsh midfielder scored a trademark Fishlock goal, sending Melbourne City to its third straight W-League Final

Over the weekend, the four best teams in Australia's W-League faced off in the playoff semifinals. In the scorching heat, Melbourne City FC — current home to Seattle Reign FC players Jess Fishlock, Lauren Barnes, Larissa Crummer, Lydia Williams, Steph Catley, and Jodie Taylor — faced off against the top-ranked Brisbane Roar.

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England sink Spain to close in on women’s Euro quarters

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor handed England a 2-0 win over Spain in a game marred by heavy rain in Breda on Sunday, to make it back-to-back victories at the women’s Euro tournament.

Earlier in the day, Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of Euro newcomers in Rotterdam.

England sink Spain to close in on women’s Euro quarters

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Breda (Netherlands) (AFP) – Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor handed England a 2-0 win over Spain in a game marred by heavy rain in Breda on Sunday, to make it back-to-back victories at the women’s Euro tournament.

Earlier in the day, Carolina Mendes and substitute Ana Leite gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Scotland in a clash of Euro newcomers in Rotterdam.

Taylor treble sparks England rout of Scotland

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England demolished newcomers Scotland 6-0 at the women’s European Championship while Spain cruised past Portugal in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

In Utrecht, Arsenal striker Taylor struck an 11th-minute opener, capitalising on a run by Lucy Bronze, before firing home again in the 27th minute following a goalmouth scramble.

Taylor treble sparks England rout of Scotland

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Jodie Taylor scored a hat-trick as England demolished newcomers Scotland 6-0 at the women’s European Championship while Spain cruised past Portugal in their opening Group D match in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

In Utrecht, Arsenal striker Taylor struck an 11th-minute opener, capitalising on a run by Lucy Bronze, before firing home again in the 27th minute following a goalmouth scramble.

Washington

Prepare Your Heart...With Two Games Left, Spirit Race for the Playoffs Is On

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Washington (10-8-4, 34 pts) managed six massive points without leading scorer Jodie Taylor this week, with two 2-1 wins over Kansas City and Chicago at home.

Yael Averbuch's 94th minute game-winning rocket of a goal Saturday night sent Washington in the thick of the playoff race, nudging just ahead of Portland (9-7-6, 33 pts), Chicago (7-7-7, 28 pts), and Western New York and in striking distance of Kansas City (11-6-5, 38 pts.

Washington Spirit Midweek Check-in: Three Points in the Bag, Six to Go

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Saturday Washington had probably its best performance of the season, defeating Western New York 3-2. Jodie Taylor recorded her first two goals of the year, and essentially forced a third that was scored an own goal. Now the team looks to tonight's match-up with Sky Blue FC

The Spirit are a third of the way to the nine points I've said are critical during this 8-game stretch.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Darwin Quintero arrives in Minnesota

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The deal's not official, but Loons fans are excited. The sculptor of the infamous Ronaldo bust gives it another shot.

Seattle

Backline Soccer takes a look at the Reign's early returns after all the offseason turnover, and they like what they see. Route Two Soccer: A Strong Start for the Reign – Backline Soccer

Reign Academy defender Smith Hunter made the final squad for the U17 World Cup.

USWNT v. France: Gamethread

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Megan Rapinoe gets the start again for the U.S.

After a 1-0 victory against Germany, made possible thanks to a Megan Rapinoe goal, the United States continues its SheBelieves Cup play against France on Sunday. The match kicks off at 9:00 AM PT on ESPN2.

Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe earns the start again for the USWNT, while fellow Reign FC teammate Allie Long is available off the bench.

2016 Houston Dash Season Preview: Missed moves

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The Dash made a lot of moves this offseason, but did they miss out on a key move? We asked our Dash staff what they think might have been a missed move.

The NWSL season is almost here so to prepare we gathered all of our Houston Dash writers to ask them about the offseason, the upcoming 2016 season and more.

Late PK Rips Win Away from Breakers

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Heather O'Reilly converted a pair of early penalties, but a Diana Matheson strike from the spot leveled it late to force the Breakers and Spirit settle for a wild and weather-delayed 3-3 draw at Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday.

O'Reilly tallied in the fourth and seventh minutes, while Jazmine Reeves added one of her own in the 45th minute.

Washington Spirit Make Mid-Season Moves to Bolster Attack

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In the last week, Washington has added some significant offensive firepower, bringing in German midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes last week and now the speedy De Vanna. Both moves should help free up Jodie Taylor, who has really carried the load at striker this season.

Washington sends defender Bianca Sierra and its third and fourth round picks in the 2015 NWSL College Draft to the Breakers in exchange for Lisa De Vanna, who expected to join the Spirit this week, prior to the next match against Portland this Saturday.