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Dash drop wild match against Chicago

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Red Stars clinch playoff berth with 3-2 victory

Rachel Daly's 86th-minute goal didn't provide enough of a spark for a Houston Dash comeback, as the club suffered a 3-2 loss against the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Dash made a push for an equalizer in the final minutes, following Daly's goal and Yūki Nagasato being sent off in the 89th minute for a dangerous tackle on the English forward.

Houston Dash vs Chicago Red Stars Final Score: Dash start season with impressive victory over Red Stars

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The Houston Dash defeat the Chicago Red Stars 3-1, with a few major contributions from their rookies.

Rachel Daly scored her first professional goal in the 22' minute Saturday night, leading Houston to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. Daly's goal came on the heels of a turnover by Red Stars defender Samantha Johnson.

Breakers

Prudhomme Helps Breakers Blank Red Stars

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Sammy Jo Prudhomme made a career-high eight saves to help the Breakers get a point from the first-place Red Stars in Friday's 0-0 draw at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

Prudhomme also extended her shutout streak to 316 minutes, the longest unblemished run in Boston's #NWSL history.

Breakers Earn Road Point in Chicago

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Reigning NWSL Player of the Month Rose Lavelle gave the Breakers a lift after the hour mark, but a late goal from the Red Stars forced the guests to settle for a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Lavelle tallied her second goal of the season in the 69th minute, and the lead stood until Christen Press scored an 89th minute equalizer.

WPS Week 4

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Week 4 of WPS took place at the same hour, same day and same coast. All 4 games this weekend were played at 6 pm on the east coast, on Saturday with a special FSC broadcast of the Sky Blue FC-FC Gold Pride match up that day. This weekend saw the Chicago Red Stars earn their first win of the season against a very strong Boston Breakers side, and that was the big story that came out of WPS.

Wow – Another Wainy Wednesday!

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Who'd a thunk? I woke up at about 4:30 this morning to the sound of teeming rain -- and wondered how our young plants are keeping themselves from sliding down the hill. Really. As the light returns, I see that everything looks pretty much intact out there -- albeit waterlogged.

Not so intact are the egos of the Red Sox this morning, I'm thinking, as they blew a 10-1 lead and lost to the Orioles.

Saturday Stuff Including Sadistic Sex Crimes at the Top

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Read Naomi Wolf's thorough and absolutely horrific article about the sexual perversity perpetrated by the Bushies in Iraq and elsewhere. I do not understand why Obama is rationalizing and temporizing about releasing the photos and really going after these sadomasochistic pricks.

The activities of these dudes so speaks to the fruits of the kind of self-righteousness and repression that is so often the hallmark of Bible thumping fundamentalism.

Sundry Sunday Stuff

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Morning everybody! It's looking like a good reading day here in New Hampshire, although it's early yet!

The Bookeaters had an excellent meeting at the Exeter Inn last night, where we broke bread and discussed The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage. We all loved (and most of us read) the book, and I would highly recommend it as a portrait, not only of a marriage but of a period of time.

The Saturday Before Sunday

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Okay so I do, I really do want to be rooting for Obama but what's with this latest appointment? GE's defender on environmental issues, Ignacia Moreno, has been hired to do the legal stuff for EPA? How did Obama explained this decision, I'm wondering. It kind of gives me a weird feeling in my stomach.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Yup, it's Mother's Day. Hope yours is a good one, whether you're celebrating someone or being celebrated yourself. The universe has been kind enough to send sun, a steady breeze, and cooler temperatures hopefully making relatively pain free outdoor work a possibility for the hordes of mothers in New Hampshire who will be out there tending gardens and planting, perhaps, Mother's Day flowers.

Busy Day Ahead … Not That You Asked or Anything

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Yup - it's a busy day in Canterbury, with lots of computer work on tap, as well as some growing grass to catch up with, a bike to get to the bike shop, maybe even a little bit of exercise (other than mowing) and reading to squeeze in along the way. (Hah!)

Here's the WPS preview for the weekend - with some interesting match-ups, starting with FC Gold Pride and the Daniela-less (and MacNeill-less) Athletica tonight at 8PM ET.

Thursday, in (Very) Brief

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Nice bit here from Dave giving Dick a dose of his own medicine.

Pia has announced the USWNT roster for an upcoming friendly vs. Japan ... 5/20 and 5/23 ... meaning that 17 US players won't be with thier WPS teams for a bit - but for the most part won't miss any matches. I was interested to see that, while the Breakers lose 4 players, one of them isn't Lil.

Mine That Bird, Breakers, Phillies, Red Sox and Celtics Happy Endings!

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Wow - what a race! I've watched the video twice and still can't quite track how it happened. Red Sox, Phillies and Celtics all won their respective games yesterday ... and the Breakers came back after a disappointing and lackluster performance against the Red Stars to beat Marta and her LA Sol at Hahvard!

Seattle Reign

Reign vs. Red Stars: Photos

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Seattle Reign defeat the Chicago Red Stars with two penalties from Pinoe.

Reign vs Red Stars: Running Out Of Legs

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Three of Seattle's top four players are now out injured, so it's a matter of holding on against a team that hasn't conceded a goal since their season opener.

Today at 4pm at Memorial Stadium the Seattle Reign face the Chicago Red Stars for the first time this season.

Last week a come-from-behind draw against the Portland Thorns saved Seattle from their second ever loss at Memorial, but they continue to struggle to find an attacking rhythm with Jess Fishlock out injured.

Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit will face Chicago Red Stars in NWSL semifinal

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After losing to Chicago on Saturday night, the Spirit will get a rematch at home this Friday

The Washington Spirit had the opportunity to secure the NWSL Shield, awarded to the regular season champions, last night against the Chicago Red Stars but the Spirit fell 3-1 in its final regular season match.

Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars NWSL live stream 2016: Game time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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Banini returns from injury and with a win, the Spirit clinch the NWSL Shield

The Washington Spirit face the Chicago Red Stars in what will be the final regular-season game for both sides. The Spirit can secure the NWSL Shield - given to the top team in the regular season - with a win tonight.

NWSL Week 15: A look back

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By MIKE McCALL

This weekend brought a lot of opportunity for the three teams on the outside of the National Women's Soccer League playoff race. But after four games in two days, only one of those three teams was able to take advantage.

And with less than a month to go, the playoff window is closing and it's looking more and more like the top four will stay the top four.

boston breakers

Set Pieces Stifle Breakers in Loss to Stars

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A pair of strikes that originated from the corner flag sent the Boston Breakers to a 2-0 defeat to the Chicago RedStars on Wednesday at Village of Lisle in Chicago.

Alyssa Mautz secured the opener in the 30th minute, while Melissa Tancredi scored the second in the 82nd minute to send the Red Stars to a postseason-clinching win.

WPS Week 11

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Week 11 of Women's Professional Soccer started on Wednesday as the Philadelphia Independence traveled down to Atlanta to take on the Beat. The Boston Breakers hosted the Chicago Red Stars on Friday, the Independence played their 3rd game in eight days as they faced the Washington Freedom on Saturday, and FC Gold Pride got their first loss at home against Sky Blue FC on Sunday.

WPS Week 10

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FC Gold Pride opened Pioneer Stadium at CSU East Bay with a win against the Boston Breakers, which was the Breakers' first loss on the road. Philadelphia defeated Sky Blue FC in their own turf, and the Atlanta Beat got their first win of the season! They did it! They defeated the second worst team in the league right now, Chicago Red Stars, 1-0 at home.

Chicago Red Stars

FC Kansas City Fall in Regular Season Finale

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From FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City lost 2-1 to the Chicago Red Stars in front of 2,111 fans at Benedictine University. Melissa Tancredi scored first for Chicago in the 9th minute then Christen Press in the 40th minute. Morgan Marlborough's goal came for Kansas City in the 43rd minute of the match.

NWSL Week 15: A Look Back

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Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Thorns FC

By SARAH HALLETT

It was a pivotal week in the National Women's Soccer League as the first playoff spot has been claimed. To no one's surprise, the Seattle Reign FC clinched a berth into the playoffs while last year's champion Portland Thorns greatly improved their chances of reaching the post season, too.

NWSL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

With the Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City holding a firm grasp on the top two-playoff positions, a little over a month remains for the rest of the league to claim the other two spots. This week is crucial as four teams came into it within one point of each other and all those teams play this weekend.

FCKC Unbeaten Run Now at 7

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Second place FC Kansas City (8-4-3 27 pts) shut out Chicago Red Stars 1-0 in front of 1,493 fans tonight on Verizon Wireless Field. The Blues' stay in second and create space between the third place Red Stars. Jen Buczkowski scored the lone goal of the night with Merritt Mathias is credited with the assist.

NWSL Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

The stage has been set and the ninth week of the National Women's Soccer League is ready for a high profile return and a top-of-the-table clash.

Alex Morgan, who hasn't played competitively since November, is expected to finally return to the pitch – and not a moment too soon for a struggling Portland Thorns.

NWSL Week 7: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

The unstoppable Seattle Reign are finally looking vulnerable. Seattle had to settle for two draws this week – their first results less than a win this season – though they still hold a sizable lead in the standings, sitting seven points ahead of second-place Chicago.

NWSL Week 6: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

Several teams had opportunities to make a big move in the standings this week, but only the Chicago Red Stars were able to take full advantage.

The Red Stars won both their games this week and grabbed six points to move up to second in the league.

FC Kansas City Gets First Win of the Season

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From FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City earned their first victory of the season tonight, defeating the visiting Chicago Red Stars 1-0. Amy Rodriguez scored her team-leading third goal of the season to lead the Blues to the win.
After suffering a disappointing loss last weekend against the Portland Thorns, it was very important for Vlatko Andonovski's squad to get off to a fast start.

NWSL Week 18: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

In terms of suspense, Wednesday was a bit of a disaster for the National Women's Soccer League.

Western New York's win over Seattle, coupled with Washington's weather-shortened victory over Chicago, clinched playoff berths for the top four teams with two games remaining.

NWSL Week 15: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

With each team down to its final six or seven games, there's really only one thing to watch as the inaugural National Women's Soccer League seasonwinds down.

Sure, the races for the top spot in the standings or goal-scoring chart will carry some intrigue, but the real drama comes via the race for the four playoff spots.

Breakers fall to Chicago

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The Boston Breakers' winless run was extended to three games when they lost to the Chicago Red Stars, 1-0, in Lisle, Ill., on Sunday evening. Lori Chalupny knocked in the game's only goal for Chicago, while the Breakers were shutout for just the second time this season. The result pushes the Breakers down to fifth place in the NWSL standings, 10 points from league-leading Sky Blue FC.

NWSL Week 7: A Look Ahead

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By MIKE McCALL

At this early stage in the National Women's Soccer League season, the title race is starting to take shape.

The Thorns are good, the Reign are bad (at least until reinforcements come), and teams like Sky Blue FC and FC Kansas City might just have what it takes to challenge the favorites in Portland.

Eclipse Select's Chicago Red Stars Preview Series

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CHICAGO (April 13, 2013) - The National Women's Soccer League kicks off its first campaign this weekend, with the Chicago Red Stars opening against Seattle Reign FC on Sunday (5 p.m., Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex).

The Red Stars roster consists of five players with ties to Eclipse Select Soccer Club: midfielders Leslie Osborne and Julianne Sitch, defenders Rachel Quon and Jackie Santacaterina and goalkeeper Taylor Vancil.

The Rest

Thorns vs. Red Stars: Preview, Analysis, Full Coverage

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The Thorns return home to meet the Red Stars in the final match of the regular season. Both teams are assured of a semifinal appearance, so both will likely be playing to get the best possible result while avoiding injuries to key players and resting as many critical starters as much as possible.

One of the most interesting stories of the match may well be the second appearance of the season for Portland's Tobin Heath, whose long-awaited return in Orlando last week was limited to the final half-hour of the match.

Thorns vs Red Stars: Match Thread, How to Watch

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The Thorns (8-4-4, W-L-T) face the Chicago Red Stars (8-3-5) at 5 pm PT on the road. Chicago and Portland are second and third in the table, respectively, with Chicago coming off a road draw against Orlando, and Portland off a win at home against Houston. The matchup also features the second- and third-strongest defenses in the league, with Portland at 14 goals against, and Chicago at 15.

Wilkins, Badgers start to answer questions against Red Stars

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NWSL Week 10 Rewind: Rise of the Red Stars

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By MIKE McCALL

The league-wrecking, stars-on-international-duty disclaimer aside, Chicago is making some noise in the National Women's Soccer League.

Entering June, the Red Stars were winless and hopelessly adrift near the bottom of the table, seeming destined to flounder around alongside Seattle for the title of the league's next-to-worst team.

Reign vs Red Stars - Livestream and Gamethread

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Professional women's soccer finally arrives in Seattle, by way of Chicago.

Oh No … Say It Ain’s So!

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More bad news on the WPS front, as the Red Stars have announced that they are suspending operations for 2011 ... and hoping to rejoin the fray in 2012. Obviously, this is not good, as it whittles down the teams currently competing to six. However, on a brighter side, the league continues!

Does it make me nervous to hear about this?