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NWSL reveals Washington Spirit 2018 season & home openers

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The 2018 campaign begins with a trip west, followed by a home opener that will be broadcast nationally on Lifetime

The NWSL has revealed the home openers for the 2018 season, with the Washington Spirit opening the year with a a challenging road game against Seattle Reign FC. The Spirit will play their first home game the following weekend, hosting the Orlando Pride at the Maryland Soccerplex.

Courage land Crystal Dunn via surprise trade with Spirit

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Crystal Dunn is coming back to the NWSL.

The North Carolina Courage announced on Tuesday that they have acquired Dunn's rights and an international roster spot via a trade with the Washington Spirit. In exchange, the Spirit received Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch.

Dunn, 25, was most recently on the books of Chelsea after signing with the English outfit in 2017, but played for Washington for three seasons prior to that.

Francisca Ordega joins Atletico Madrid on loan

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The Washington Spirit striker will be playing in Spain during the NWSL offseason

Washington Spirit forward Francisca Ordega will spend her offseason in Spain on loan with Atletico Madrid. Ordega remains under contract with the Spirit, and with the Spanish season ending in March, should be back just in time for the start of the 2018 NWSL season.

Tori Huster to join Newcastle Jets on loan

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The Washington Spirit's longest tenured player will spend this winter in Australia

Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster will return to Australia to play for the W-League's Newcastle Jets. It's a familiar move for Huster, who has previously spent time with Newcastle in 2012 and 2014. Additionally, the 28 year old spent the 2013 Australian season playing for the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Orlando Pride

Sydney Leroux traded to Orlando Pride

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Sydney Leroux will be reunited in the same town as husband and Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer for the 2018 season.

Leroux was traded to the Orlando Pride by the Utah Royals in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft on Friday.

The 27-year-old forward, who played for FC Kansas City the last two seasons, joins an attack in Orlando that includes Brazilian star Marta and U.

Thorns FC: The Art of Forechecking

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Saturday's scoreless draw in Orlando was perhaps not the best of matches or results, for Thorns FC. The match was described in the Equalizer as leaving "...both sides less than satisfied" and by our own Katelyn Best as "...a chippy slog".

The result leaves the NWSL table in flux (Sky Blue's draw against Carolina also keeps the NWSL Shield in play) and was a disappointment for those of us hoping to see a return of the prolific Portland attack of midsummer.

Defense Abandons Breakers in Latest Loss

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It was another game, and another set back for the sinking Breakers, who dropped a 4-2 loss to the Orlando Pride on Saturday at Orlando City Soccer Stadium in Orlando.

Despite getting goals from Rosie White and Julie King in the 49th and 88th minutes, respectively, the Breakers were overwhelmed by the Pride's potent attack.

Major League Soccer

Beckham open to possibility of NWSL team for Miami

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David Beckham is open to the possibility of Miami’s new MLS franchise fielding a NWSL team in the future, according to his remarks in a press conference on Monday.

Asked whether Beckham would be interested in adding a women’s team, Beckham said, “At the moment, we have a blank canvas so we want to create a community with our club.

Beckham open to possibility of NWSL team for Miami

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David Beckham is open to the possibility of Miami’s new MLS franchise fielding a NWSL team in the future, according to his remarks in a press conference on Monday.

Asked whether Beckham would be interested in adding a women’s team, Beckham said, “At the moment, we have a blank canvas so we want to create a community with our club.

News roundup: More on Accam, Bethlehem Steel grad to Atlanta, Pro/Reg in USL?

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Also: new Union jersey today, MLS' Miami team to be announced Monday, Leeds United's badge upsets Internet, and more.

2017 CONCACAF Award Winners Announced

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Miami (Tuesday, December 19, 2017) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today the winners in the remaining nine categories of the 2017 CONCACAF Awards. On Sunday, December 17, Alex Morganand Keylor Navas were announced as CONCACAF Female and Male Players of the Year during the fourth edition of [.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 15

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Portland wins the NWSL. Bethlehem makes the playoffs but with the hardest first round match-up. Philadelphia slides a bit in power rankings for what that means.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia is officially out. Bethlehem has nearly in the playoffs though. NWSL on to the finals.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through October 1

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Philadelphia playoff odds climb past a whole percentage point thanks to NYRB stumbles. Bethlehem stumbles put them in jeopardy of making USL playoffs. NWSL playoffs about to begin.

News roundup: Academy call-ups, Nashville expansion, NWSL wraps up, U.S. camp, more

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Local youngsters Matt Real and Mark McKenzie have earned a spot on the U.S. U-18 roster and the Union are hanging on by a thread to playoff hopes.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 24

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Philadelphia holds steady in playoff odds. Bethlehem moves closer to their playoffs. NWSL playoff teams are set with one week to go.

Footy On The Telly September 22-29

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This week, we can watch the WAFU Nations Cup action; UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; a plethora of league and college action; and a double dose of the Union's ever-so crowd-pleasing Process.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 17

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Philadelphia survives mathematically with a statistically lucky draw. Bethlehem inches closer to the USL playoffs. Final USOC forecast for tonights match.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 10

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Philadelphia's odds at playoffs remains above zero but barely

Footy On The Telly September 8 – 15

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This week, we can watch the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the WAFU Nations Cup; Copas MX, Sudamericana, Libertadores and Argentina; England's League Cup; a USWNT Friendly; a ton of league and college action; and The Union's ever trustworthy Process.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through September 3

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Bethlehem Steel odds increase a bit. New York City FC effectively clinch playoff spot to join Toronto in SEBA 100 percent club.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 27

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Philadelphia playoffs chances edge closer to zero, Bethlehem playoff chances closer to 50/50 now, but hey, we added some historical Union plus/minus player analysis.

Dynamo's match against Sporting KC postponed due to hurricane

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Hurricane Rodney has claimed an MLS match before it even makes landfall on the Texas coast.

Houston Dynamo were slated to host Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, but the impending hurricane has postponed the match. The Houston Dash of the NWSL were supposed to play North Carolina Courage on Sunday.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 20

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Philadelphia's last-minute loss of two points continues to decline the Union's weak playoff odds. Tonight's @ Toronto match doesn't provide great odds.

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 13

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Philadelphia playoffs chances plummet. New Union player +/- analysis is available though!

United States Men's National Team

News Roundup: Union men on national team duty, the Crew Seek investors in Ohio, and a rough weekend for women’s soccer

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Also pre-season starts, the Fire plan a trip to Bavaria, and silly season gets down to business.

Footy On The Telly September 1 – 8

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This week, USMNT and every other National Team in World Cup Qualifying action. Also, NASL, NWSL, Euro U-21 Qualifying, a smattering of action from the international pro leagues, College Soccer, And The Union get to Trust The Process while they rest.

Houston Dash

News Roundup: David Accam!, MLS SuperDraft, and classy Middlesbrough fans

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Plus- Big moves in the NWSL, roster moves from around MLS, and bonus FIFA corruption

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press involved in three team NWSL trade

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Two huge faces of the U.S. Women's National Team were in the news on Thursday as a part of a blockbuster trade in the NWSL.

Carli Lloyd has seen her drama-filled stint with the Houston Dash ended after the two-time FIFA Player of the Year was sent to Sky Blue FC. Lloyd will be joined by Canadian international Janine Beckie, who was also sent away by the Dash.

Washington Spirit trade Crystal Dunn’s NWSL rights to North Carolina Courage for Taylor Smith, Ashley Hatch

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A separate deal saw the Spirit trade Lindsay Agnew and the 6th overall pick to pick up the 3rd overall pick in Thursday's draft

The NWSL offseason kicked into a higher gear today thanks in no small part to a pair of Washington Spirit trades. Washington traded the NWSL rights to Crystal Dunn (currently playing for Chelsea in England) and an international roster spot to the North Carolina Courage, picking up right back Taylor Smith and forward Ashley Hatch.

Breakers Fall at Home as Struggles Mount

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The winless ways of the Boston Breakers continued on Wednesday after they fell 3-1 to the Houston Dash at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.

Even though Natasha Dowie's 26th minute strike put the match on level terms going to break after Sarah Hagen opened the scoring inside of 11 minutes, the Dash triumphed thanks to Janine Beck's 64th minute goal, which preceded another score from Hagen in the 79th minute.

Hagen nets brace to help Dash playoff hopes

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Sarah Hagen's two goal performance led Houston to a 3-1 victory over Boston.

Sarah Hagen's breakout two-goal performance led the Houston Dash to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field in Boston on Wednesday night.

With Carli Lloyd out with an ankle sprain, Hagen made the most of her opportunity in the starting eleven, finding the back of the net twice, both following great attacking build-ups from the Dash attack.

The Rest

Around the Forest: Ashleigh Sykes pens letter to Thorns fans

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Also: Bocanegra pulls name for consideration, Russell on signing with SKC, Barco is setting in at ATLUD and more!

Portland

A letter to Thorns FC fans from Ashleigh Sykes | Portland Timbers
Joining the club in June 2017, Sykes appeared in 15 matches (13 starts) during the regular season, and started in both 2017 NWSL playoff matches as she helped Thorns FC win the 2017 NWSL Championship.

Report: NWSL delegates to vote for Kathy Carter in U.S. Soccer election

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Kathy Carter already has the support of MLS, and reports say she'll have the support of the NWSL as well in Saturday's U.S. Soccer election.

According to Sports Illustrated, the NWSL'sthree voting delegates (4.8 percent of the total vote) will go to Carter. The news comes as a further boost to Carter's campaign as the longtime executive is also expected to have the support of the nine MLSvoting delegates on the Professional Council.

NWSL releases dispersal draft order

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Let's hope the players find spots for the 2018 season.

The NWSL has announced the order of the dispersal draft to take place tomorrow, January 30, at 4 PM ET. This follows on the news that the Breakers will cease operations, effective immediately, and will not participate in the 2018 NWSL season.

Boston Breakers fold after ownership deal falls through

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The end of an era.

UPDATED 1/25/18 10:00 PM ET: Added tweets from Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson regarding the status of the Breakers before the decision was made to fold the team.

A new ownership deal that could have kept the Boston Breakers local but moved them down to the Union Point land development in Weymouth has fallen apart, and with no new ownership able to step in on such short notice, the team will fold.

Rapinoe, Sauerbrunn, Leroux among nine NWSL players to protest National Anthem

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Sunday's National Anthem protests were not limited to NFL players.

The NWSL saw a host of players stay in the locker room during the anthem before Sunday's match between the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City.

A few missing starters on the field for the national anthem.

Breakers Lose 5th Straight

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Call it a case of losing pretty.

Despite outshooting their foes by wide margin, the Breakers ended up in the loss column yet again following Sunday's 1-0 defeat to the Portland Thorns at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

Christine Sinclair netted the game's only goal in the 72nd minute to send the Breakers to their 12th loss of the season.

Dash lose 1-0, Campbell's strong effort not enough

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Jane Campbell made seven saves in Houston's 1-0 loss

Houston's unfortunate losing streak continues.

With a 1-0 loss on Sunday night, the Dash dropped their 10th straight match against Seattle Reign FC at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Jane Campbell had a standout performance with seven saves as Seattle fired 21 shots in her direction, nine on goal.